Contributor(s): Sue Troy
This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Break down the challenges, benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure

FlexPod is a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pre-tested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack. The stack consists of products from multiple vendors and is sold by storage vendor NetApp Inc. or its value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators.

A FlexPod converged infrastructure stack consists of NetApp FAS storage, Cisco Systems Inc. Unified Computing System (UCS), and either VMware Inc. or Microsoft Corp. hypervisor technology. NetApp added SolidFire to its FlexPod lineup in mid-2017 with FlexPod SF, which runs SolidFire's Element OS (operating system) on Cisco servers.

FlexPod is available in several versions:

  • FlexPod Datacenter - designed for enterprise applications and virtualization in large enterprises.
  • FlexPod SF - designed to support multiple applications, clients and tenants with the storage capacity each one needs.
  • FlexPod Express - designed for small and medium-sized enterprises and branch offices.
  • FlexPod Select - designed for specialized, data-intensive workloads like big data and analytics.

Dell EMC's VxBlock Systems, a competing product, is shipped as a pre-configured product. When FlexPod components are sold, however, they must be configured based on FlexPod design guidelines.

This was last updated in April 2018

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