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One of the most difficult, and time consuming, aspects of any new infrastructure deployment is the first part: installation and initial setup. From unboxing, to racking and cabling, all the way through loading the hypervisor and getting everything integrated, the whole process can take upwards of two weeks-even for smaller deployments. But what if you could change that? What if you could reduce the time to value of your shiny new hardware to just an hour? And what if anyone, regardless of skill set or level, could do it?


This is exactly the premise of FlexPod with Infrastructure Automation. This week we bring Wyatt Bennett onto the podcast to talk about the new FlexPod offering. He talks about the automation behind the scenes, and why this solution should be compelling for anyone considering a ROBO (Remote Office/Branch Office) deployment. He also shares his palpable excitement for reducing the complexity associated with converged infrastructure deployments and his not-so-lofty aspirations to make all converged infrastructure deployments deployable by anyone.


Wyatt Bennett is senior solutions product manager on NetApp’s FlexPod team, focusing on FlexPod’s fixed platforms, management, orchestration and automation products, and solutions. He has a background in IT engineering, operations and service management, and spent his formative professional years inside the data center, deploying enterprise application solutions and web hosting technologies. If you’re tired of manually configuring your new infrastructure deployments, this is the podcast for you.



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Andrew Sullivan

Andrew has worked in the information technology industry for over 10 years, with a rich history of database development, DevOps experience, and virtualization. He is currently focused on storage and virtualization automation, and driving simplicity into everyday workflows.