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Cisco Live speaking session presentation explaining how Moffatt & Nichol boosted data center performance while cutting overhead with FlexPod

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  • Key Point: What would be the ideal value IT could bringWhat if IT could be used to make the company respond faster to new opportunities initiatives instead of being the critical path item that slows completionWhat if your IT staff could spend their time on high value IT innovation, evaluating and adding new technologies instead of spending most of their time mundane tasks trequired to keep the environment runningWhat if you could build an iT environment that supported applications and initiatives not even being considered today.What if you could do this not for just one part of the business but for the entire business and for any workload. Transition:This requires a new approach to data center design.
  • Key Point: NetApp and Cisco have introduced critical capabilities to make this data center vision a realityTransitionSo how do these technologies deliver the advanced data center functionality….
  • Key Points: The technologies from Cisco and NetApp transform the physical infrastructure into dynamic pools of data center resources creating a shared virtualized infratructure that is flexible and efficient but still retains control and security of a dedicated environmentBuild 1 – Cisco and NetApp technology enables physical devices to be virtualized and abstracted as dynamic resources pool. These resource pools span multiple physical devices to 1000’s of servers and Petabytes of storage. Workloads can by dynamically and non-disruptively moved in the environment. The abstracted environment supports both bare metal and hyper-visor based deployments. Including multiple varieties of hypervisors. Build 2 – Resources are provisioned logically based on service catalogs. The application environments are isolated in this share virtual environment both to ensure data security and service level control while still enabling resources to be dynamically shared across those environments. Something we call Secure-multitenancyTransitionThis environment is ideal for a cloud infrastructure but not all companies are ready to move all of their environment to a cloud….


  • 1. FlexPod as a Competitive EdgeHow Moffatt & Nichol boosted data center performance while cutting overheadShawn McCullough, Director of IT, Moffatt & NicholMark Melvin – VP, CTO, ePlusPatrick Rogers – VP, Data Center Platforms, NetAppCisco Live! Orlando, 2013Session # BRKPCS-2027
  • 2. 2What If You Could… Accelerate business responseinstead of being the critical path Focus on IT innovationinstead of keeping things running Quickly support all new opportunitieseven opportunities not yet identified Do it all with one architecturefor any workload
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  • 4. 4FlexPod Innovations in Data Center TechnologyUnifiedManagementProgrammableInfrastructureUnifiedFabric Policy-based automation and service profiles Self-integrating components Abstraction of bare metal server elements Open API for automation Orchestration through industry standard tools Virtualization awareness Scalability without complexity High-performance I/OCisco Unified Computing SystemNetApp Clustered Data ONTAP Virtualize storage into pools Nondisruptive data motionUnified StorageIntelligentData Management Built-in storage efficiency Integrated data protection
  • 5. 5Cisco Nexus®Family SwitchesNetApp ClusteredData ONTAPCisco®UCS Servers andUCS ManagerFlexPod: Next Generation Integrated InfrastructureVirtualized Storage PoolVirtualized Compute PoolVirtualized Network PoolVirtualizationApp AppAppAppAppAppBare MetalPool resources Single server pool / storage pool Service profiles for consistent policy-based Cisco UCS®deploymentsAbstract resources Virtualized servers and storage Stateless computing Dynamic scalability; app anddata mobilityConsume resources Service catalogs Rapid resource provisioning inaccordance with SLAs Open APIs for self-service / user-driven resourceconsumption
  • 6. 6Leading US-based globalinfrastructure advisorEngineering, planning, design, and economic analysis ofwaterfront and transportationinfrastructure28 global officesHeadquarters in LongBeach, California
  • 7. 7IT Challenges:• Manage and store large amounts of data safely andsecurely• Support daily project development and delivery globally• Meet deadlines without downtime• Replace aging infrastructure (tape-based backup andDR)
  • 8. 8IT Solution:• Integrated FlexPod environment runningprocessing-intensive applications• Workloads consolidated on FlexPod:high-end engineeringapplications, Exchange, SQL server, andmore.• NetApp SnapMirror and SnapVault fordata protection and disaster recovery
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  • 10. 10Solution results:• Reduced daily backup of project data - 300GB to 50 GB• Improved data recovery from hours to minutes• Savings of up to $10,000 per remote office• Cut administrative costs by 15% while boosting operationperformance and business continuity• Helped keep projects on schedule and maximize employeeproductivity• Modular, scalable FlexPod architecture that grows with thecompany
  • 11. 11FlexPod -- Breakthroughs for Your BusinessGet to market fasterFreePort-McMoRan transformed SAPinfrastructure to expand copper productionby 1B lbs/yrContinuous operationsSauber F1 completed all technologyrefreshes in two weeks with no downtimeCut costs in halfComputacenter uses 90% less storage forvirtual environmentsAvoid buildinga new data centerLoughborough University reduced 50-60racks to just 8
  • 12. 12Find Out About FlexPod Visit the NetApp stand (#711) and Ciscobooth to speak with our experts Visit the Cisco Live! NOC. FlexPod is used torun the Cisco Live! data center workloads Download the Moffatt & Nichol success storyfrom netapp.com Visit http://www.netapp.com/flexpod Visit http://www.moffattnichol.com Visit http://www.eplus.com