When it comes to trade show bucket lists, Cisco Live 2015 was the last of the majors that I’d yet to attend, so I was more than excited to finally cross it off.

As a Solution Architect within the server storage practice, I was entrusted to work the CDW booth and handle inquiries around our Flexpod display. Foot traffic was brisk, and I had a lot of conversations around the Flexpod Express (Cisco UCS Mini/NetApp FAS/VMware) design we were demonstrating, as well as how it fits into the remote office/data center in a box solution set.

With all of the different customers and clients that I spoke with, there was recurring theme that took me a bit by surprise: Everyone wanted to talk about the APC NetShelter CX enclosure that the hardware was mounted in.

The NetShelter CX server enclosure is designed for branch offices, small offices and any non-IT space. Many times, organizations find there isn’t the room, the time or the budget to build a dedicated IT room, closet or zone. This product fills the need. That’s why the ultra-portable, secure, economic, plug-and-play NetShelter CX server enclosure solution was adding to the buzz at Cisco Live.

You simply roll it into the open office, put the equipment inside, plug it in and close the doors. What’s more, the NetShelter CX is soundproofed and goes by the moniker “Server Room in a Box.”

Here are just some of the many benefits:

  • Reduce capital costs by avoiding construction
  • Avoid wasting space – use the space for something else
  • Stay agile while using a portable IT infrastructure
  • Standardize on one solution for branch offices and remote sites
  • Silence noisy equipment inside a quiet enclosure

The NetShelter CX is includes the following parts:

  • (1) AR4018A – Rack
  • (2) SMX1500RM2UNC – Smart-UPS (Note: We are now using 2 x smaller UPS units vis the 1 larger one on our standard BOM as to ensure that the unit runs on 120V power with a standard 15amp input)
  • (2) AP7900 – PDU

This rolling data center on wheels manages to pack a lot of punch in an 18U form factor. Add this along with the StruxureWare management SW, and you end up with a fully-managed, mobile, remote branch/office infrastructure.

Interested to learn more about the FlexPod Express? Check out my colleague’s interview with BizTech Magazine’s own Tara Buck for more information and contact your account executive to get started.

Lastly, CDW has a huge collection of data center-related white papers, reference guides and case studies, so be sure to take a look or leave a comment below with any questions.