Behind the Scenes: Episode 228 – FlexPod for Industry Verticals – Healthcare

Welcome to the Episode 228, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we discuss FlexPod and the new initiative to create validated designs for industry verticals. First up – Healthcare and Epic software with NetApp Sr. Product Manager for Converged Infrastructure, Ketan Mota (ketan.mota@netapp.com) and NetApp Solutions Architect for Healthcare, Brian O’Mahony (omahony@netapp.com).

For links to the FlexPod technical reports:

FlexPod for Epic TRs

FlexPod for MEDITECH TRs

And general FlexPod information:

https://flexpod.com/

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/design-zone/data-center-design-guides/flexpod-design-guides.html

https://www.netapp.com/us/products/converged-systems/flexpod-converged-infrastructure.aspx

Podcast Transcriptions

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Episode 228: FlexPod for Industry Verticals: Healthcare – Transcription

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 160 – Converged Systems Advisor 3.0 for FlexPod

Welcome to the Episode 160, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, Sr. Product Manager Wyatt Bennett joins us to talk about the latest release of Converged Systems Advisor and how it can improve your overall converged infrastructure experience.

You can find CSA 3.0 here:

https://csa.netapp.com

There’s also a CSA datasheet you can reference.

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 146 – OpenStack Summit 2018 Recap

Welcome to the Episode 146, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we bring in some of the NetApp OpenStack crew to discuss OpenStack Summit 2018 in Vancouver. Join Product Marketing Manager Pete Brey (@cloudstorageguy) and TMEs Amit Borulkar (@amit_borulkar) and David Blackwell as we discuss all the happenings of the conferences, as well as Amit’s new OpenStack FlexPod Cisco Validated Design!

Link to the CVD:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/UCS_CVDs/flexpodsf_openstack_osp10_design.html

Finding the Podcast

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This week’s episode is here:

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New NetApp FlexPod Cisco Validated Designs available!

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In case you weren’t aware, NetApp partners with other vendors, such as Cisco, to create bundled architectures that are co-supported and simple to deploy. These converged infrastructure products are known as “FlexPods” and they go through a rigorous testing and validation process by both NetApp and Cisco to ensure the highest probability of success in deployments.

There are two new Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) available. I’ll basically be plagiarizing the announcement emails that went out here, because I like converging communications, too. 🙂

FlexPod Datacenter (AFF A300) with Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp for 6000 Seats (credit to Chris Gebhardt – @chrisgeb)

This CVD is a new milestone in user density on the A300 platform running ONTAP 9.3 at 6000 users.  In this CVD we were able to observe peak total values of 83,000 IOPS and a bandwidth of 1750 MB/s at a latency of less than 1ms.  This low latency translates directly into an excellent end-user experience on mixed use case scale testing scenario.

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/UCS_CVDs/cisco_ucs_xd715esxi65u1_flexpod.html

The solution provides customers with a blueprint for deploying large scale mixed use case of persistent, nonpersistent & RDS Windows 10 virtual machines on FlexPod.  Cisco & NetApp have stress-tested the limits of the infrastructure during many different scenarios.

Some of the key values of this solution include:

  • NetApp AFF A300array provides industry-leading storage solutions that efficiently handle the most demanding I/O bursts (for example, login storms), profile management, and user data management, deliver simple and flexible business continuance, and help reduce storage cost per desktop.
  • NetApp AFF A300array provides a simple to understand storage architecture for hosting all user data components (VMs, profiles, user data) on the same storage array.
  • NetApp ONTAP 9.3 softwareenables to seamlessly add, upgrade or remove storage from the infrastructure to meet the needs of the virtual desktops.
  • NetApp Virtual Storage Console(VSC) for VMware vSphere hypervisor has deep integrations with vSphere, providing easy-button automation for key storage tasks such as storage repository provisioning, storage resize, data deduplication, directly from vCenter.

 More information on this and other solutions can be found:

Cisco NetApp Website: http://www.cisconetapp.com/

All Flash FAS Datasheet: http://www.netapp.com/us/media/ds-3582.pdf

Additional FlexPod solutions with All Flash FAS, AltaVault, SAP HANA, Microsoft SharePoint, VMware vSphere, Cisco UCS Director and more, can be found:  http://www.netapp.com/us/solutions/flexpod/datacenter/validated-designs.aspx

FlexPod Datacenter with VMware 6.5 Update1 and Cisco ACI 3.1 Solution (credit to Dave Derry)

I am pleased to announce the release of an updated FlexPod Solution –  FlexPod Datacenter with VMware 6.5 Update1 and Cisco ACI 3.1.  This validated FlexPod design (CVD) refreshes FlexPod with All Flash FAS with ONTAP 9.3, Cisco ACI 3.1, and VMware vSphere 6.5 u1.

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This solution continues the momentum of the huge success of NetApp All Flash FAS along with over 5000 Cisco Nexus 9k customers and over 200 production deployments of Cisco ACI in enterprises and service providers.

FlexPod with All Flash FAS and Cisco ACI is the optimal shared infrastructure to deploy a variety of workloads.  FlexPod provides a platform that is both flexible and scalable for multiple use cases and applications.   From virtual desktop infrastructure to SAP®, FlexPod can efficiently and effectively support business-critical applications running simultaneously from the same shared infrastructure. The flexibility and scalability of FlexPod also enable customers to create a right-sized infrastructure that can grow with and adapt to their evolving business requirements.

FlexPod is the leading converged infrastructure with the lowest storage cost per TB of any converged infrastructure in the market, according to IDC.  This coupled with All Flash FAS increases application performance by 20X and with Cisco ACI that provides up to 83% faster network provisioning times for applications compared to existing network provisioning tools.

Use Case Summary

This infrastructure solution validates this design including redundancy, failure and recovery testing:

  • UCS B200-M4 and M5 compute servers, 6300-series fabric interconnects, running UCS Manager 3.2
  • Nexus N9k running in ACI Fabric Mode, 40G end-to-end
  • Cisco APIC managing the Nexus 9k fabric, running ACI 3.1
  • AFF A300 controllers with ONTAP 9.3, with storage connected to the ACI fabric (NFS)
  • OnCommand System Manager, OnCommand Unified Manager, OnCommand Workflow Automation, NetApp Virtual Storage Console for vSphere
  • NetApp SnapDrive and SnapManager
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 u1
  • Validation of FC direct-connect and iSCSI for SAN boot and data access from the fabric interconnects to storage
  • FC, iSCSI, and NFS Storage access
  • NetApp storage QoS to limit load to keep CPU utilization at a recommended level

The FlexPod Datacenter with VMware 6.5 Update1 and Cisco ACI 3.1 design guide is located here:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/UCS_CVDs/flexpod_esxi65u1_n9k_aci_design.html

To review additional validated FlexPod solutions including validated infrastructure and workload solutions, see this link:   http://www.netapp.com/us/solutions/flexpod/datacenter/validated-designs.aspx

We also will have a podcast soon that covers the CVD for OpenStack in a FlexPod. Stay tuned for that!

Behind the Scenes: Podcast two for one deal!

This week, we have two Tech ONTAP podcasts to share with you in the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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Episode 112 – NetApp NFLEX

This week on the podcast, we brought in our resident converged infrastructure Melissa Palmer (@vMiss33) to talk about the latest converged offering – NetApp NFLEX! Find out what NFLEX is all about and when you can start ordering yours.

Check out the blog here:

https://blog.netapp.com/introducing-nflex-the-latest-converged-infrastructure-solution-from-netapp-and-fujitsu/

Episode is here:

Episode 113 – OpenStack Basics

This week on the podcast, we invited a couple of OpenStack experts to help us understand what it takes to go from novice to expert when deploying and installing. NetApp Technical Marketing Engineer Chad Morgenstern (@sockpupets) and NetApp Solidfire Product Marketing Manager Pete Brey (@cloudstorageguy) walk us through what resources to use, how to approach OpenStack as a beginner and what to expect at the upcoming OpenStack summit in Sydney, Australia.

For more information on OpenStack on NetApp, check out Chad’s blogs on netapp.io.

Episode is here:

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

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I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 105 – Converged Systems Advisor

Welcome to the Episode 105, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we chat about converged systems like FlexPod, and how the NetApp acquisition of Immersive brought us Config Advisor for your Converged Infrastructure, Converged Systems Advisor (CSA)! Join us and Keith Barto, Director of Product Management for Converged Infrastructure Management for everything you need to know about CSA!

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

You can listen to this week’s episode here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 94 – #FlexPodSF

Welcome to the Episode 94, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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FlexPod SF was just officially announced at Cisco Live in Las Vegas this week! For videos of the event, check them out here:

This week on the podcast, we discuss the latest NetApp converged offering, FlexPod with SolidFire, also known as FlexPod SF! Join us as we welcome @vMiss33, Melissa Palmer, and NetApp SolidFire Product Manager Brett Siclair to talk about what FlexPod SF is and what it means for your next generation datacenter.

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

You can listen here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 50 – Cisco Live Recap? Nah. FlexPod Infomercial!

Welcome to the Episode 50, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

A few weeks ago, I thought about making Episode 50 some big event. Confetti, balloons, special celebrity guests. Then inertia set in, as well as the notion that none of us are very “showy” guys. So, instead, we welcomed Glenn back from Cisco Live/vacation to talk about Cisco Live.

What we got instead was a missive on the new FlexPod offering. We just wound Glenn up and let him go…

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Artist’s rendition of Glenn

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

 

You can listen here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 40 – Masters of Puppet!

Welcome to the Episode 40 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week, I was on vacation, so Glenn and Sully took the reins and invited their FlexPod buddies Dave Cain (@thedavecain) and Amit Borulkar (@amit_borulkar) in and talked about Puppet automation.

I don’t have any inside info, other than in the editing, I found that Glenn discovered how poorly I wrote my outro.

I will add that I started to make some clever graphic replicating the Metallica Masters of Puppet album cover, replacing crosses with Puppet logos, but then I got lazy.

So, the original will have to do. (Likely will see a cease and desist from the band for this)

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

You can find it here:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

 

Check out the podcast episode here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 31 – FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation

Welcome to the Episode 31 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

If you noticed that I am late in delivering this post, it’s because I wasn’t actually behind the scenes of this episode. I was out in Sunnyvale at Storage Field Day 9, moonlighting as a live blogger/roving reporter.

Thankfully, the podcast was in completely capable hands, as Glenn and Andrew nailed the latest episode on the new FlexPod product, Infrastructure Automation. Glenn sent it to me to edit on Wednesday afternoon and I knocked it out that night to make sure it got released on time. They left me a few language surprises that I had to edit, but overall, it was a solid show. Sounds like FlexPod has its own HCI-like feel to it now. While there’s technically no hypervisor in place, the solution seems to solve the simplicity and manageability aspects nicely.

I’ll be back in the studio this week, as we’re recording a whopping FOUR episodes on Wednesday and Thursday. Be on the lookout for new shows on Storage Service Design and SnapCenter!

Now, check out Episode 31: