OpenStack on FlexPod Cisco Validated Design (CVD) with NetApp, Cisco, and Red Hat: Design Guide

I’m pleased to announce the publishing of the Design Guide portion of the FlexPod Datacenter with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHEL-OSP) project!


FlexPod has officially expanded its extensive validated design portfolio to include an OpenStack solution. NetApp has teamed up with Red Hat and Cisco to deliver cloud-ready, enterprise-grade converged infrastructure with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (RHEL-OSP)-smoothing the way to deploy an open Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for your hybrid cloud environments.


This collaborative, technical engineering effort represents a fully supported, enterprise-class converged infrastructure deployment built on NetApp® FAS and E-Series storage, Cisco® UCS servers, and Cisco Nexus switches.

In the design guide, you can find the following and more:

  • Specific guidance as to why NetApp represents the best enterprise-class storage for both converged infrastructure and OpenStack deployments
  • Enhancements, ease-of-use, and high availability features exposed by utilizing the RHEL-OSP Installer to easily and reliably build an OpenStack deployment on FlexPod
  • How the Cisco Nexus 1000v allows visibility into the resulting OpenStack cloud with familiarity to those versed in Cisco’s NX-OS Operating System
  • What considerations are needed from a design standpoint for all of the following: compute, networking, and storage


I hope this document is useful for you.


For more info

  • Brand new landing page for FlexPod at
  • New and updated sales tools, collateral and Validated Design documents will be made available on the web at
  • More information about NetApp’s participation in the OpenStack community can be found at
  • For Red Hat and NetApp specific information, please visit