Powering medium and small FlexPod Express

FlexPod Express is a joint infrastructure solution from Cisco and NetApp that simplifies deployment of IT resources for small and midsize businesses. It combines best-of-breed components, including Cisco UCS C220 M3 servers, Nexus 3048 switches, and NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240 storage. A member of the NetApp Alliance Partner Program, Eaton has designed a very simple but reliable power infrastructure to properly support the two FlexPod Express designs shown.

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FlexPod Express Reference Design Storage Server Network Hypervisor
Medium FlexPod Express configuration with redundant power NetApp FAS 2240 Controller Cisco UCS C220 M2 Server Cisco Nexus 3048 Switch VMware ESXi 5.0
Small FlexPod Express configuration with redundant power NetApp FAS 2240 Controller Cisco UCS C220 M2 Server Cisco Nexus 3048 Switch VMware ESXi 5.0

FlexPod Express is a simple and cost-effective way to make a successful transition to a share, virtualized IT environment. It is designed for organizations with fewer than 500 users and limited IT resources. Eaton provides a powerful, integrated and scalable infrastructure designed to properly protect and support the FlexPod Express requirements. Key Eaton solution benefits:

  • Integration/Control – Eaton’s Intelligent Power Management software uses a simple dashboard display that seamlessly integrates into the VMware vCenter hypervisor. This added functionality allows you to easily automate the ability to move, consolidate or suspend virtual machines (VM) in the event of a power disruption. If you can’t move your VMs to a safe place, we offer remote agentless shutdown to gracefully bring down your equipment and avoid data corruption. If you are already using the NetApp Data ONTAP operating system, Eaton integrates into the FAS data storage systems as well.

  • Scalable/Flexible – Power requirements are unique to the locations they reside and constantly change with new business requirements. At Eaton, we anticipate these changes, designing platforms that scale for hyper growth but incorporate well into existing IT environments.

  • Partnerships/Support – Eaton collaborates with NetApp, Cisco and various virtualization platforms to offer a physical and virtual infrastructure that seamlessly integrates into the FlexPod Express environment. We are committed to the ongoing partnerships, offering customers many different integration points within the server, storage and networking layers. Our award-winning service and support organizations have global reach and the capability to deliver service 24/7, when and where you need it.
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