FlexPod for VMware is a “pre-sized, validated, unified and standardised data centre architecture design available through selected channel partners”. It is targeted at applications requiring 1,000 to 2,000 users to be supported from a virtualised server, with the sweet spot being 1,500 users. The components are Cisco UCS servers with VMware’s vSphere and vCenter, Cisco Nexus 5000 switches plus NetApp FAS3200 storage arrays.
The hardware layers can be scaled independently and NetApp says there is a mutual and open partner ecosystem with a collaborative support model. The throat you choke is the supplier you call first, as that business assumes responsibility for the whole system.