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Last week Cisco, VMware, and NetApp published a very detailed CVD deployment guide to further simplify and accelerate the deployments of Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy (ESMT) solution on FlexPod for VMware. ESMT is a key FlexPod add-on feature that allows secure hosting and protection of virtualized data centers for multiple tenants on the same, shared FlexPod infrastructure. Availability, Secure Separation, Service Assurance, and Management are the key foundational pillars of the ESMT architecture. Each of these pillars is enabled by innovative technologies from Cisco, NetApp, and VMware.

For those of you not familiar with FlexPod for VMware, it is a flexible ITaaS platform built from unified compute, fabric, and storage infrastructure from Cisco, NetApp, and VMware. FlexPod’s simplified and flexible scale out model accelerates journey to private and hybrid cloud. FlexPod has gained great momentum and customer adoption since its launch in November 2010. As of today there are more than 150 customers who have deployed FlexPod and more than 120 partners worldwide offering FlexPod.
Few months back we published a very extensive ESMT CVD design guide that highlighted the key design principles and gotchas. Total of 56 pictures in the CVD should give you an idea about the level of effort put into describing each and every detail of the ESMT architecture :)

The new CVD deployment guide published last week strongly complements the design guide by providing step by step deployment details of the ESMT architecture. Leveraging the new deployment guide, partners and customers can efficiently enable and manage the ESMT solution on top of FlexPod.  And yes, the deployment guide has a LOT MORE PICTURES than the design guide. Check it out for yourself here :)

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