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UCS X-Sequence Powers FlexPod for Horizon 8

Lionel Messi simply led Argentina to win the World Cup!  How did arguably the very best participant on the planet obtain this?  By all the time striving so as to add new capabilities, ball dealing with strategies, exploring completely different angles to shoot from, and in search of each attainable method to enhance his recreation.  FlexPod, a longtime converged infrastructure chief comprised of Cisco UCS and NetApp storage, has the identical incentive!

Again in 2021, I commented in a BLOG how the pandemic compelled firms to maneuver their Digital Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments to the cloud in a single day, however I questioned if these deployments would keep?  Clearly, there’s a pattern to maneuver these deployments again to the information heart to regulate prices and revel in enhanced information safety.  This motion additionally causes a evaluate of earlier IT techniques for VDI and the software program stack deployed.  Beforehand, I commented on how Cisco’s UCS X-Sequence Modular System may simply drive VDI workloads managed by Citrix or VMware Horizon.  Now it’s time to develop upon that work and supply a whole Cisco Validated Design for FlexPod utilizing X-Sequence to host Horizon model 8 which Cisco not too long ago added to its worth listing.

Two VDI “brokers” have the dominate market share, Citrix and VMware Horizon.  A software program stack composed of VMware Horizon 8 working on VMware vSphere 7 on a UCS X-Sequence primarily based FlexPod system would enchantment to many VDI prospects who want to re-host VDI internally or to exchange getting older infrastructure.  The entire finest practices realized are compiled into a brand new CVD designed to scale back the set up time, enhance efficiency, and supply prospects with confidence that FlexPod may be put in accurately the primary time resulting in realizing system advantages rapidly. 

That is the primary CVD to mix Cisco UCS X-Sequence with X210c M6 compute nodes internet hosting VMware Horizon and vSphere related to a NetApp AFF A400 storage array. The X210c M6 may be configured with as much as two 3rd Technology Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.  This design shall be additional enhanced this Spring with the power to configure UCS X210c M7 compute nodes utilizing as much as two 4th Technology Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to supply extra processor cores and the chance for enhanced efficiency and effectivity.  Each compute nodes help Nvidia GPUs to scale back the rendering of complicated graphics for functions within the manufacturing, media, architectural, and associated industries. 

As you possibly can see from the system diagram beneath, 4th technology UCS Material Interconnects, Cisco Nexus MDS and Cisco Nexus 9300 switches allow connectivity between the UCS X-Sequence chassis, NetApp AFF A400 and the surface world.  The whole answer is managed by Cisco Intersight, a SaaS primarily based administration providing that not solely present full life cycle administration and cargo balancing, however can even monitor your NetApp storage array.   


Let me ask my counterpart at NetApp, Sriram Sagi, Principal Portfolio Product Supervisor to assist us below stand the worth the NetApp AFF A400 brings to FlexPod.

“Right this moment’s enterprise workloads should be optimized for working in virtualized and cloud-computing environments, which may provide velocity and responsiveness for important enterprise operations. As a storage chief within the enterprise area, NetApp launched the all-flash storage system, which may present organizations with a high-performance, excessive availability, and cost-effective storage answer that may assist to enhance the general effectivity of their IT operations.        

With the introduction of AFF A400 techniques, NetApp is providing the ability of safe information acceleration, storage effectivity, and better efficiency to buyer workloads. With this functionality, prospects can capitalize on the information progress from applied sciences equivalent to synthetic intelligence (AI), machine studying (ML), and large information. As well as, the AFF A400 techniques can speed up present and rising VDI functions with ultralow latency of end-to-end NVMe storage whereas providing the advantages of industry-leading cloud integration.

AFF A400 techniques are powered by NetApp ONTAP information administration software program. The ONTAP software program choices with the AFF A400 ship the best efficiency, elevated flexibility to amass software program, enhanced information companies, and superior cloud integration. Now you possibly can speed up, handle, and shield your business-critical information in a hybrid cloud surroundings. With the ONTAP system supervisor, prospects can accomplish important storage duties and optimize workflows in a simplified GUI interface. FlexPod with AFF A400 is positioned to unravel the commonest VDI challenges like efficiency, availability, price, and scalability. The all-flash storage with ONTAP delivers confirmed enterprise reliability and effectivity for 1000’s of VDI deployments. Thanks for the chance to remark John.”

FlexPod continues to put money into new capabilities.  This new design enhanced by Cisco X-Sequence, VMware Horizon 8, and the most recent capabilities of NetApp’s AFF A400 are the brand new capabilities prospects can make the most of to assist guarantee their VDI implementation supplies main efficiency in the present day and might meet tomorrow’s challenges. In case your workforce implements this FlexPod design, they may really feel like World Cup champions!





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