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What is Converged Infrastructure?

When selecting a Converged Infrastructure solution for your organization, users recommend looking for a true end to end solution and choosing a vendor who will be able to to assist with the migration. Common concerns which should be taken into consideration include flexibility of configuration, scalability and overall cost of the solution.


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Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 23 2017

What do you think of IBM PureSystems?

PART I For a certain generation of IBM faithful or followers the recently announced PureFlex and PureApplication systems might give a sense of DejaVu perhaps even causing some to wonder if they just woke up from a long Rip Van Winkle type nap. Yet for another generation who may not yet be future IBM followers, fans, partners or customers, there could be a sense of something new and revolutionary with the PureFlex and PureApplication systems (twitter @ibmpuresystems). In between those two groups, exist others who are either scratching their heads or reinvigorated with enthusiasm to get out and be able to discuss opportunities around little data (traditional and transactional) and big data, servers, virtualized, converged infrastructure, dynamic data centers, private clouds,...
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
IT Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Flexibility and performance are the most valuable features. We are a financial company. Performance is very important for us, when it comes to processing data on SQL databases. Scalability is another example of us installing a new 8080 and migrating data from 8040 to All Flash on the 8080. It's flexible; it's adaptable; it's pretty fast; and it's non-disruptive.... more»

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in the GUI for the NetApp side. There's a lot that they could do on the CLI side. However, for a lot of novice admin users for NetApp, where you want to delegate certain work to the rest of your team, if you have a new person who joins the team or doesn't have enough experience with the CLI part, the GUI is an easier way for a... more»
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FlexPod
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Principal Architect at JWS Consult

What is most valuable?

We really like the flexibility. I love that – it doesn't happen a whole lot, but – anytime we have a blade die or even just bad RAM, I grab that service profile, throw it on another blade, and we're up and running without any issues. We're... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We actually run one of several private clouds within our company and it is all on FlexPod. We run it as a profit center. We're able to give all our internal clients the fastest response time of any of our server teams and the flexibility to,... more»

What needs improvement?

I haven't really come across a whole lot of areas for improvement. There are features I'd like to see in our deployment that are already available; all-flash trays, and items like that. It's there; I need to find a project that justifies... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Real User
Storage Administrator at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees

What needs improvement?

One thing that we find peculiar is, when you buy ConvergedSystem, it seems to be behind in the versions it supports. For example, vSphere 6 is just now being supported. OneView 2 is just now being supported, even though they have announced OneView 3. We're already a version behind. I know they're probably working and testing as quickly as they can, but we always seem like we're behind the curve with these new features that we know are out that we can't take advantage of and that are supported on the blades individually. They're supported on the blade system individually, but once you get the ConvergedSystem, all of a sudden, they're not supported. I understand that we want a rock solid infrastructure that's well-tested,... more»
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FlexPod
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Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

From the integration standpoint, it is a lot easier to integrate than a lot of people initially felt. Being able to leverage either block or file capabilities of the storage is something that has been beneficial. Most customers had to look at... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped my organization in terms of ease of deployment. The approach of utilizing NFS and some of the key features that have been put in for VDI help us limit boot storm and other similar issues. I see is a lot of those things that... more»

What needs improvement?

I usually give everything a nine, because there's potentially something better out there that I haven't come across yet. Nine says there isn't anything better, and I hesitate to give anybody top marks across the board on anything. In terms of... more»
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FlexPod
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Real User
Senior Engineer at Energysolutions
Oct 15 2017

What is most valuable?

This sounds dumb, but it just works. I don't want to have to deal with support, and I don't need to because, again, it has just worked.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows me to focus on other things. Backing up databases. More efficient. Everybody's short staffed. We're short staffed and so it's allowed me to take on other stuff, and it just sits there and runs. It's not sexy but it does the job.

What needs improvement?

Upgrades are always scary because you just don't know. Nobody has six or seven different systems sitting around that you can test on before you go into production data. My complaints are all ticky-tacky, not from a "vision" perspective. If... more»
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FlexPod
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Network Services System Administrator II at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

We're using the mirroring capability of the FlexPod. We're having the two heads in separate data centers that are approximately one mile apart with dark fiber. We really like the capability of having that high availability and high resiliency within our data structure, our data centers. That's one of the features. High availability is outstanding. We haven't had... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The high availability feature is what we were really looking for, because we have a campus center, where we have two data centers on campus. So, it just made sense. It was the best fit for us at the time to be able to do that mirroring between the data centers, and be able to also have other aggregates for other purposes; all built into one SAN.
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Dell EMC
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Real User
Senior System Specialist at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 13 2017

What is most valuable?

This solution has rock-solid reliability. When a problem does occur, you can call the service number or support site to initiate a service request.

How has it helped my organization?

The original pair of VBlock’s were purchased to replace a hodgepodge of small VM clusters of 3 to 4 VM hosts and an outdated SAN, in addition to moving from an old data center to a new data center. Moving the VM’s from the old systems to the... more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, there is some uncertainty about the future of the product line with regards to Dell's takeover of EMC. Because VBlock is so closely wrapped around the Cisco Blade converged infrastructure environment, I am concerned that Dell may... more»
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FlexPod
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Real User
IT Systems Engineer, III at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Obviously, the most valuable feature is the fact that it's one SKU. Basically, if we have an issue with any one of our features – whether it's VMware, Cisco or the NetApp – they pull everybody together and they work together to solve the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

FlexPod has just simplified it, really. As I’ve mentioned, they all work together. We’ve had it verified that it works together. We know we don't have any sort of device issues, driver issues and so on. We know that if we upgrade the NetApp,... more»

What needs improvement?

My one little pet peeve with all of them is that it's still multiple interfaces. I went to a UCC seminar and they said something like, "Use UCC to run everything." You go to VMware and I know VMware's going to run everything. You go to NetApp... more»
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FlexPod
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Principal Storage Engineer at Esurance

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable features is ease of use. Getting any environment set up is probably the easiest thing to do. You can set up the entire solution in about a day or so. When we have a requirement for a specific project, we don't need to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The storage scales out and you can keep on adding your UCSs. Adding the whole scale-out technology is great. You can grow as you need to and that's a really good feature.

What needs improvement?

I don't think there's much to be improved with the tool since you can now scale out storage. Before that, this was a shortcoming in that you had to upgrade the head every time. I would like to see the ability to combine a couple of FlexPods... more»
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FlexPod
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Real User
Systems Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable features include it being scalable. We got the product and we have a small environment, but it was able to be scalable to when we started to grow. So I think that was one of the bigger features. Also, that everything is seamless. And what I mean by that is that you have the components of a Cisco, and you have the components of NetApp;... more»

What needs improvement?

That's pretty tricky, because for what we have and for what we use it for, it's actually pretty perfect, to be quite honest. Even when we brought the finished product to our customer, there were really no complaints. They were happy with just having HA, "Hey, if something goes down, we don't lose services." That was their biggest concern. Outside of that they... more»
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FlexPod
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Real User
System Team Lead & IT Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is that I have one vendor that I have to contact to go to all my vendors. I don’t have to call Cisco, NetApp, VMware. I just make one call to one of them, they bridge all of that for me; that's nice. Also,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to streamline support tickets that come in. We don't have to call three different vendors. I just call one and they take care of all of that for us. It's been very helpful. Each individual solution has its own cost benefit. It... more»

What needs improvement?

I know there's some new Cisco stuff coming down the road that we might be looking at. UCS Minis: I know that they're going to be supported right off the bat. Nothing's perfect. There's always room to increase: more hyper-conversions; smaller... more»
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
It architect at Broncos football club
Jul 16 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable features is that there is generally one throat to choke, if you will. If you have any problems you can talk to anybody and they'll understand the technical environment you are in, so it makes it easy to troubleshoot.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits of Flexpod are that we have a small IT team and it makes it easy for everybody to run and connect things. It just works. If we ever do need to troubleshoot, or increase a feature set, or things like that, just knowing that we can... more»

What needs improvement?

ACI is coming and we're going be working with that. The ability to get that implemented within the VMware, Net App, and Cisco environments, so we can have a little better mobility between our different sites would be helpful. I think right... more»
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior systems engineer at Redondo beach
Jul 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use is a valuable feature. In our case, we had multi-versions of FlexPod. We connected an additional storage app. Connecting to any type of storage would have been pretty challenging with another type of system. However, with this... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It benefits the organization in that we had no downtime. In almost five years of operation, we have never had a single hour of downtime that was directly related to a storage problem. There weren't things like hard drive failures. In any... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see, perhaps, an interface that's a little more intuitive than the existing one. I think that goes to being more familiarity with other systems. I came from an ICE environment, and it sets you in your ways mentality. When it... more»
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

It runs extremely well. Once the initial setup’s completed, it's very steady and continues to run great. Having something that is kind of like an industry standard is extremely helpful, because there's a lot of information such as other... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For our organization, it makes it extremely consistent across the organization. All of our infrastructure guys are working off of the same things, even if they're at different sites. We've been able to expand our capabilities with the same... more»

What needs improvement?

At a recent NetApp conference, I was hoping to hit some of the sessions to see the ease-of-use for setup, to make that a little bit faster. That way, it's not taking a bunch of guys a lot of time to get that set up. As I’ve mentioned, it's... more»
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Cloud Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the management interface in UCS and then UCS Director. I like how I can still automate, the API that you can do with FlexPod - you can work with it through API - which is what we have to have for our environment. We have to produce... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Faster provisioning, meeting SLAs, deadlines. We are able to produce more with less resources.

What needs improvement?

I would think more cloud integration, a lot more flexibility with adapting to different things. Not saying that it does not already. I'm just trying to see if I could do a lot more things with it, in regards to AWS and Azure. A lot more flow.... more»
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FlexPod
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Real User
Senior Cloud Systems Engineer at Alarm.Com
Oct 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease at which it scales and its redundancy factors. It's extremely redundant and easy-to-scale. The software integration, the APIs, are really good. Because everything is going to such a hybrid world, it's better to push things through... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's very quick. It's very fast. Because it's so highly-scalable and redundant, it's easy to buy new products and scale up quickly onto business demands and needs. As far as data center technologies or blueprints, it's pretty high up there.... more»

What needs improvement?

There are certain things that are just hard to do on a physical infrastructure, like for instance you need to make petabytes of data available at high speed. That's really hard to do in private data centers. I'm not really sure how they could... more»
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FlexPod
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Real User
Senior It Analyst at a energy/utilities company
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease of use. I like that with all the NetApp products, it's very easy to use. I'm on the storage side of it, but we're still working with the servers and we're using the Cis UCS servers. So there are some tweaks that they're still working... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is the speed, it's the performance. That's what it comes down to is the performance of the solution. It's the first step of it right now for us. They're still proving some of the server side out from it but we've already pushed... more»

What needs improvement?

I'm not really sure, to be honest. A lot of what it's doing today is exactly what we need, so I'm focusing on some other things at this point around our database environment and things like that. Everything that I've seen right now from a... more»
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Systems Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's an end-to-end solution for which we have a single support structure. We can tag it in the event we have something that crosses between silos. We like that we've got the validated design that we can use... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits to my organization are faster time for deployment, faster time to problem resolution; a stable and reliable environment.

What needs improvement?

I think it still seems that there is isn’t end-to-end automation. I can't say, "I want to build a host," and say, "Provision the blade. Provision the storage. Provision the SAN." All those things in one swipe would be nice. I think that's... more»
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FlexPod
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior product manager at Century Link
Jul 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ACI integration with overall FlexPod and the Application-Centric Infrastructure. This is especially the case with Vnomic automation software for SAP specific workloads. Those elements are great for us as a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is the realization of value for our external and internal customers, especially as we are leveraging Vnomic automation. Deployments take a lot of time. Manual deployments of SAP workloads can take months, but with this automation... more»

What needs improvement?

The CVD process requires additional development and validation from each of the vendors involved, which does not allow us to be at the cutting edge of technology. For instance, I'm currently waiting for the next generation of the FlexPod to... more»
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