Why Comms-care for Flexpod?
Leading Channel IT support specialist Comms-care delivers this simplified, scalable, and flexible data centre solution on behalf of their channel partners. The FlexPod solution is based on best-of-breed enterprise networking, virtualization, and storage technologies enabling virtualized and private cloud environments.
Cisco and NetApp, both separately and collectively, have a powerful global presence and have been working together on a shared virtualized data centre vision since 2003. This collaboration has resulted in a more efficient virtualization and cloud computing solution, and numerous jointly validated reference architectures, all available through Cisco Gold Partner, Comms-care.
Best-in-class components and features
Leading components developed by Cisco and NetApp and offered by Comms-care include: the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco Nexus Family Switches, and NetApp FAS in a complete bundle. Features available through Comms-care include: performance-matched stack, step-by-step deployment guide, detailed application sizing guide, support for multiple classes of computing and storage in a single FlexPod deployment, and centralized management through VMware vCentre with Cisco UCS and NetApp FAS plug-ins. This FlexPod solution enables a wide range of “out of the box” virtualization applications and cloud solution environments.
Improved IT agility
Comms-care’s FlexPod solution allows channel partners to “future proof” their clients business with a flexible, unified infrastructure that securely virtualizes and protects their mission-critical enterprise applications and can easily be optimized to a fully automated private or public cloud solution.
Unified Support Lab
Comms-care FlexPod support engineers can reproduce customer environments, diagnose issues, and rapidly resolve customer cases. This further strengthens the global 24-hour cooperative support models that were developed to offer customers a streamlined response to identify and solve potential issues related to Comms-care’s proposed FlexPod and Secure Multi-tenancy architecture designs.
FlexPod is well-suited for a variety of workload environments, including:
General applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint. For example, a base FlexPod configuration provided by Comms-care can support 1500 users for these four popular workloads simultaneously: VDI, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server. It provides sufficient headroom for additional workloads.
- Test and Development
- Disaster Recovery
- IT as a service (ITSaaS) or secure multi-tenancy
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