We had assistance with VCE in the new implementation via a 3rd party consultant that had assisted in migrations like this in the past. The consultant was very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible on scheduling.
Converged Infrastructure Implementation Reviews
Showing reviews of the top ranking products in Converged Infrastructure, containing the term Implementation
Vblock [EOL]: Implementation
The seller included installation and the initial configuration.
Oracle Exalogic [EOL]: Implementation
We had someone come and assist with the implementation.
We used a vendor and had a very good experience with them.
We used an integrator for our implementation, and we found their service to be extremely good.
FlexPod is easier for us to maintain and do build-outs with scalability. We're able to install a lot of the build-outs and service profiles more quickly and it takes a lot less time to have all that stuff set up for the customer. It cuts down on the man-hours it takes to get an implementation done.
We used a reseller for the integration.
We implemented through Paramount.
We have deployed two different systems. The first one was by CDW, which went perfectly well. The second one was by Precidia, which also went perfectly well. Both of these resellers knew what they were doing and everything went smoothly.
We handled the implementation in-house.
I've seen all three examples; resellers, consultants, and integrators.
We used a reseller to assist with our implementation. They made it easy.
We had a reseller for the setup. I'm fairly new at the company. I wasn't there for the setup. From what I have heard, the experience was very good. They have dedicated account managers that work with us directly. It was a good experience.
Initially, we had somebody to provide us assistance with this solution.
We purchased our system through a reseller, CDW. However, there wasn't any special value added. They created a bill of materials.
We are a system integrator, so we use our in-house team.
We use a qualified reseller for all our Cisco procurements.
We had assistance with our deployment from WWT, and our experience was good.
We did not use a consultant. We do it all by ourselves.
We performed the implementation in-house.
We used a consultant for the implementation. That was Bedrock and they are okay at what they do.
We used a consultancy company for the implementation.
We do the implementations.
We did it ourselves.
We do the consultations, so I set it up myself.
We used an integrator who was great.
We work with Cisco and NetApp for the deployment. The guides are absolutely intuitive. You go from start to finish, deploying it all in one. In terms of time, we have used them to reference different aspects of how we should set it up if there are custom requirements, because not all deployments are put it in and deploy it as we go. We have had some custom requirements over time, but the initial one was just straight in and cable. It was quite intuitive for us, which was good. We didn't need for anyone to come out and install it.
We did the deployment, but we did use our WWT. With WWT, we have them set up the basic configurations on everything. For the storage solution, they set up by the IPs and made sure everything is connected correctly. They don't get into the deep dive into the software or deployment. That is something we do.
They get it so when it's at the site, it gets plugged in. The network guy gets the ports plugged in and gets support set up. Then, we can get onto the storage and UCS, provision VMs, etc. Once that's setup, we can start working.
For the deployment of UCS, we uses an integrator and fellow reseller. Our experience with them was very good. Everything works.
We are the integrator. We have five or six people to implement it. In our company, we are segmented, like networking, server, storage, etc.
During the initial deployment, the head of the department worked with a partner and the support of the reseller that provides us with the solution. They are very good. The partner's name was SouthGate.
We used an integrator and the process was seamless. They took all of our requirements and from there it was straightforward. 90% of the process was done at the factory. We only had 10% to do and it was done within hours.
For deployment, we used NetApp personnel and a reseller. The experiences with them were good.
I deployed through Cisco. We had a positive experience with them.
We did the setup ourselves. It was piece by piece and it was built by us and then validated.
We used a reseller to assist us with our original implementation.
Since that time, we have done half of the work ourselves.
This is a solution that's designed by Cisco and NetApp together. We have our reference designs, so we pretty much can skip the part where we need the implementation delivery. We can work directly with the vendor like NetApp, and tell them "We need this, and here is your validated design." But that's what helps right there.
On the Vblock side, they use VCE, but I don't know who they use on the FlexPod side.
We integrated through Sigma Solutions as a reseller and consultant. They were excellent. We enjoy working with them. They worked with us on the first installation and then again when we redeployed our data centers and helped us get the FlexPod solution. They actually took us and brought us to California and we actually went to the EMC shop and we went to the NetApp shop there in California. We toured the main offices and looked at the solutions there and where we ultimately went for the next NetApp FlexPod instead of the EMC FlexPod version.
We have a partner through NetApp who does consulting for us. They came in and helped us configure it. The experience of working with them was good.
We are using one of our partners, with whom we have been working with for many years. It's a German company, and we are getting really good support from them. Not only when it comes to integration and deployment, but also consulting and design.
We used some of the professional services that were tied to the bundled packages. We also obtain our hardware and resources through a third-party called WWT, and everything is great with them.
We hand built our FlexPod environment. It is composed of a Cisco UCS 6332-16UP FI, NetApp AFF A700, and an NDS.
It was easy to build. We had an old FlexPod built by someone else and I built the new one. We're in the process of migrating all the workloads over.
We used a VAR for some of it and then just for the purchasing. After the first couple of rollouts, we just use them for the purchasing piece and we started doing all our own integration.
They were a bit slow. They were taking two to three weeks to roll out a pod and we were doing it in a couple of days.
I highly recommend if you're deploying this, do not deploy this on your own. Definitely work with partners. That is my number one recommendation.
We use Insight, formerly Datalink, to assist us with the maintenance of this solution. They are excellent. They helped with our implementation and they help us to deploy all of the solutions. If we have any questions about designs, where we are going in terms of the roadmap, etc, then between Insight and NetApp they are invaluable when helping us to make decisions.
We brought in a company called MCPc to help us deploy initially. Interestingly, the technician from MCPc who helped us with the deployment ended up becoming our NetApp sales engineer, so I still work with him to this day. I knew nothing about NetApp at the time, so he got me up to speed initially. Then I went to a couple of NetApp Insights and took a couple of certification courses, and I am very comfortable with it now.
We had consultants from EBT assist us with this solution, and our experience with them was good.
We had a reseller assist us with the deployment, eight years ago. Because this was new for us, NetApp was involved to make sure that it was successful.
We leveraged NetApp services to come and install the solution in this case. It went very well.
FlexPod gets very strong performance and efficiency from NetApp storage as well as it is very simple to install and implement. We can be up and running in two or three day after we get the rack.
CVDs reduce risks for implementations. We always make sure that all installations are based on best practices.
FlexPod has so many versions and capabilities. So, we can simplify the data flowing between edge, port, and cloud.
The way that we do the initial setup, there are a lot of volumes. There are multiple copies of the same database.
Let me speak specifically about our recent migration, where the customer actually has four copies of their production workload. In this specific environment, it is complex. Could my customer do it by themselves? No. We helped with that implementation. Their scripts are written in just to help automate the process. This enabled the migration to go very smoothly.
HPE ConvergedSystem: Implementation
We had help from a vendor with our implementation.
I'm a consultant and have experience working with the solution both as a consultant and as an end-user.
We currently have thousands of people using the solution. In our IT department, we have about ten to 15 people working on the solution as admins.
I'd advise others to choose their use cases carefully. It's suitable for certain environments but not all environments.
Others would also be sure to read the small print and really understand the solution before implementation as well. For example, beware of any additional licenses you may need.
I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. If it had a better administrative console, I'd give it full marks.
Most of our landscape is HPE products at the moment. We also have an EMC Backup Appliance in our environment. Currently, we have HPE Blade in our environment. We are thinking of changing all of these products. At the end of this year, we'll probably target HPE Synergy Systems hardware in our environment. Some of the projects require unified storage on our environment due to this. We prefer a storage model, like EMC.
Currently, we also use the HPE Converged Systems. We have SimpliVity nodes in our environment. We use these nodes for most systems, but we are currently having some difficulties in terms of IO utilization issues. We will probably change the systems to SL systems.
In our current situation, HPE still suggests to use the new HPE SimpliVity System in our environment, however, there are some difficulties with the implementation of this project. The project requires NFS sharing on the ACI side.
In terms of advice to others considering the solution, with the implementation of the systems, the networking connections and VLAN settings can be done by VSAT. It would make the implementation of this kind of device simpler. New users may need to add some sort of storage access like NFS. I don't know whether putting in another controller into these devices would help. The virtualization platform can be run on a different controller.
I would caution that a user needs to calculate their IOPS and utilization size very well. If the application requires intensive party access and if they are not in the scope of the application of the SimpliVity devices, the entire application requires the IO of the hard disk located on the SimpliVity.
It's important to run a POC before implementing any application on this kind of ACI system. ACI systems cannot be addressed by every general application. You have to know your application and know your application requirements, and test your application requirements on each appliance. Then, you can proceed to the production environment on the ACI side. Sometimes your application may not be suitable for the ACI systems.
I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Initial setup is complex but not because HP is complex, but because the customer has a lot of integrations or components. When a customer buys Converged they have to eliminate the storage, the switch, and other components. It's difficult to implement correctly in that situation. The last implementation we did took a month but an earlier one took three months. Deployment time really depends on configuration.
Dell EMC VxBlock System: Implementation
We had a VMware group from the UAE assist us with the implementation.
The initial setup was straightforward and deployment took us about a month. We used a system integrator for implementation. We have five people in the system team managing the solution.
The only thing that I can say is when you procure the VxBlock, obviously you have to complete detailed questionnaires about your architecture including the configuration, et cetera. If you make a mistake on the implementation, then you need to rebuild the entire VxBlock. That is just a point of consideration rather than a flaw. You need to be absolutely sure and validate the upfront configuration information that you provide due to the fact that your VxBlock comes delivered and built according to that exact information.
Dell PowerEdge VRTX: Implementation
I did everything myself. Dell offered help when we bought it, but that help never materialized. Our account manager was always too busy to return my calls or respond to my e-mails.
We want to move from a stand-alone implementation of VM hosts and we want to migrate to hyper-converged infrastructure. We will still be using the same virtual machine that we have, but we will migrate it to hyper-converged to have a higher level of availability and resiliency.
The problem is with our configuration. We know we can use PowerEdge for hyper-convergence if we have PowerEdge and configure vSAN. We will be able to achieve what VxRail is being able to provide, but we need to migrate it to a new infrastructure instead of changing our existing. It will be much more difficult for us.
Oracle SuperCluster: Implementation