Most people probably remember Bill Gates’ statement: “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.” And GM had a quick response: “If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics …”.


The shocking part is that Gates made this comment 18 years ago. Since then cars might have gotten an electric engine under the hood, but they still look like cars. In the case of computers, most people know about their smart phones, tablets and laptops, but they don’t know for sure how computer technology looks today because many of these computers disappeared somewhere in the nebulous cloud.


In short, servers still look like servers, storage still looks like storage, and the cloud is mapped to datacenters.  Meanwhile, many evolutionary steps resulted in many additional features, higher flexibility, availability, reliability, true scalability, multi-tenancy, and comprehensive virtualization to name a few characteristics. One could claim the SAP HANA database is a revolutionary change finally bringing decades old in-memory computing to the mainstream. But most people won’t recognize a difference aside from speed.


Anyway, one of the current culmination points of many evolutionary steps definitely is the Cisco Validated Design “FlexPod Datacenter for SAP Solutions with Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches – Design and Deployment of SAP HANA and SAP Application on Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches and NetApp FAS Storage”. This painfully long title needs to be translated for most people: it’s a guide for SAP HANA TDI on FlexPod. It combines the characteristics and feature mentioned above with many others. I can tell you this fact…FlexPod for SAP HANA will make IT departments and especially service and cloud providers happy because it provides unparalleled flexibility, and it fulfills all the modern datacenter requirements.  In addition, it does it pretty silently and effortlessly.


The datacenter technology has changed a lot since 1997, the modern car not so much. And that is okay.


Find the CVD here.