Converged Infrastructure Software Reviews

Showing reviews of the top ranking products in Converged Infrastructure, containing the term Software
Vblock [EOL]: Software
Fred Armantrout says in a Vblock [EOL] review
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell

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.

We are approaching 3 years of operation with little problems with hardware.  Had one 5K switch fail some ports and replaced that under service.  The VCE Matrix of knowing what software, drivers, firmware and ESXi bundles all work together is a big relief in not having to dig through each and every part of the hardware and software updates to be sure they are all compatible.

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Oracle Exalogic [EOL]: Software
Mohammad Yasir Kamal says in an Oracle Exalogic [EOL] review
AGM at Tech Valley Networks Limited

In the context of ACI, it is scalable. You can add anything from a quarter rack or half rack to a full rack, etc. It is scalable in terms of computing and in terms of storage as well. However, if you think about ACI, Hyper-converged network and some of the solutions like VxFlex and software-defined storage and VMware, it's not that flexible. The level of scalability depends on the conversion with other products.

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FlexPod: Software
Alex Tsui says in a FlexPod review
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

We sell FlexPod. We have different versions of the software people like. Because we are the main seller of the product, we have quite a few customers.

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Francis Shin says in a FlexPod review
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.

Its ability to manage from edge, to core, to cloud, to supporting modern data and compute requirements has been scoped heavily before we actually spec out the FlexPods, but as far as all the interoperability and the core site, that's all been validated by the OEMs. It's kind of a guarantee. These are all validated technology standards. 

From the perspective of the business picking the right solution, it's all being guaranteed to work and it's supposedly scalable. Those are two of the reasons why it's probably been working for a lot of organizations.

They're always validating new designs on FlexPod to adapt to current versions of software and WMware, for instance. They're all good, validated designs.

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SrPlatfo3333 says in a FlexPod review
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

On the NetApp side, there are definitely things to improve in terms of software updates.

There are a lot of complex, moving parts, and as each revision comes along they get easier to manage it all, but there are a lot of moving parts. Things are not as simple as they market them. Until you learn how to use them all, it is a bit of a challenge. The more than they can consolidate and drive that administration down, the easier it will come. That is the biggest thing for me.

I would like to see more SaaS-based management tools. I think that this is where they are headed with Active IQ and Intersight. A lot of the traditional tools have been on-premise hosted, and that's another thing for us to manage. Essentially, to manage things that we are already managing. So, I'd rather see the SaaS-based tools become the standard.

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Adel Saeed says in a FlexPod review
Sr Network Solution Engineer at InterVision Systems Technologies

We are a partner with Cisco, and we assist our customers based on their business requirements. 

We have definitely seen an improvement in application performance. They have high availability, and this is what we are looking for. I would say that it is a ninety percent improvement.

Staff productivity has increased because they have more time. The solution provides centralized management, and less time is required for troubleshooting and research. The documentation is in the GUI, embedded within the software. I would say that there is a thirty percent improvement.

Datacenter costs are reduced by means of less power, cooling, and space. I would say it is a fifty percent reduction.

This solution helps our IT administrator to troubleshoot and understand problems.

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Ahmed Jehanzeb says in a FlexPod review
Infrastructure Engineer at Suntrust Bank

I would like to see more cloud-centric modules that are specific to applications and more software-based solutions. That's all that is missing.

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Business938f says in a FlexPod review
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

If we look at data center solutions, any of those solutions are only as good as the people that put it together. If there's a way for us to take a hyperconverged technology or converged technology — like FlexPod — and use it with artificial intelligence, that allows the engineer who is building it to infuse the deployment with intelligence. Turning it on, the necessary steps — done correctly — eliminate human error. If something is in error or not within compliance to confines of what that particular architecture should be like, intelligence lets that engineer know that an object is out of policy. For example, if you implement SAP and Oracle, the Oracle database goes through this way; if you partition it out to this number of lines or a particular number of virtual machines, the recommendation may be different to achieve the maximum efficiency.

If the solution does that, it helps enable and accelerate deployment. Every organization out there has its own challenges. Whether you're an automobile manufacturer, or a cloud solution provider, or a managed service provider, or even application software provider working for social networking where the only thing they need to do is support people, all that is important is when they login to that particular application. They need to have that effort fit the user experience. The collaboration between Cisco and NetApp can learn to provide that.

Millennials today are very intelligent people when it comes to social media, but they're not hands-on with applications or as CLI (command-line interface) as some of the older engineers. The millennial comes in and they look at something and they get it. Okay, as long as that's valid, it is okay. The smarter thing is that something is put into FlexPod to be sure potential errors are covered. 

The client will tell you what they want to do. Well, whatever that is — they can be selling hamburgers, make pizzas, or fly an airplane. If we make a machine dynamic, it allows professionals to go to market and set their strategy a lot better.

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reviewer1223463 says in a FlexPod review
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Jose MarianoCampelo says in a FlexPod review
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

The validated designs for major enterprise apps in our company are very important. It helps us in using a lot of Microsoft applications.

FlexPod simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud, and that is one of the main reasons we chose FlexPod. We want our environment to provide for users, power users, and service providers in several ways. That is why we developed this FlexPod solution.

The solutions unified support for the entire stack is also very important. We analyze the way the support for our products is utilized. So we need to be with a solution that integrates with support for software along with the storage.

Our team is more efficient since we started using the product as it has enabling them to spend time on tasks that drive our business forward. We don't have to spend time matching each resource to its use.

The advice I would give to someone at another company who is researching FlexPod is that I would recommend that they go straight with FlexPod and not worry about it.

On a scale from one to ten where ten is the best, I would rate FlexPod as a nine-out-of-ten.

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reviewer1223496 says in a FlexPod review
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

Something that we struggle with because we're a relatively small scale organization and the administrative effort is spread across so many different pieces of infrastructure, it would be nice to have a set of tools that enables us to get a little bit more information out of our system. Right now we're in the process of looking at OCI. We have free trial licenses for a two year period and we're investing quite a bit of time into writing reports and allowing it to tell us more information about our systems because we don't have a lot of time and we don't have a lot of sexy tools out there to give us information. We're going to go through this exercise with OCI, but at some point, that tool's going to go away and we may not have the funding to keep it on-premises. There are metrics and there's information in the system that a normal consumer like ourselves, a smaller organization, would probably not be privy to that information. It would be nice if some of those reporting capabilities were available just as a part of the ordinary suite of software that people buy.

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reviewer1223511 says in a FlexPod review
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use on-prem for our unified network communications solution, which is basically a Call Center. We have a Cisco call center running Cisco software on FlexPod. That is our primary and only use case right now for it. We use HP as a computer hardware solution for the enterprise. We'll probably expand our use of FlexPod and we use it for everything else including the entire production environment.

The components we are currently using are Cisco Blade Server Chassis. The blades are M4, Fabric Interconnect 6248, I believe. The very first version. They are very old. We'll probably be upgrading in a few years, or maybe next year. We have MDS switches, 9148 — they are pretty old too. We will have to upgrade them. And then we have NetApp FAS8040 disks.

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ChrisKnott says in a FlexPod review
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

I was involved in the initial setup and it was a bit complex. It was complex at first because I mean it was a new system and stuff and there were some parts that we had not managed before that we had to learn. Using the UCL software was new to us. We can easily manipulate the fabric interconnects. You don't have to get the networking people every time you need to do something. They just have to touch the 9k or the 5k or whatever you running.

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JustinMoses says in a FlexPod review
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University

I am looking forward to using the cloud enablement that they have been working on.

In the last three years, I lost money that was budgeted for capital expenditures, meaning that I have had to give it back because I literally have nothing to buy. We do have operating expenses and we have the capability, but everything that we are doing is moving into Azure, using managed services and software as a service. This means that we've been reducing our hardware footprint significantly. Especially with the efficiencies that NetApp brings, we don't need as much storage space.

My advice for anybody researching this solution is to evaluate your workloads.

NetApp is definitely the way to go.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

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reviewer1223601 says in a FlexPod review
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees

The best thing about this solution is the tight integration with VMware, Cisco, and NetApp from both a hardware and software perspective. The integration of the products works seamlessly.  If you have a mismatch in versions then FlexPod can help you with that, otherwise, you may have problems.

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RafaelLage says in a FlexPod review
CTO at ForceOne

In Brazil, there is a special chain to support FlexPod technical support issues. It is a special chain that is integrated between NetApp and the software layer.

The unified support is very important because we have a single point of contact. Whether it is Cisco, NetApp, or VMware, they work together in order to solve any problem that the FlexPod has.

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JacquelineLee says in a FlexPod review
Senior Client Executive at Sirius

There is always room for improvement. I believe we can do hot swaps on the fly. On the release upgrades, if there was a way to do a release on the fly, that would really be cool because it does take some downtime. It takes restarting. It is more of a software thing. Customers hate doing releases. 

An area for improvement would be on Level 2 and 3 support when there is a release issue.

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HPE ConvergedSystem: Software
Ismael Prieto says in a HPE ConvergedSystem review
Director at ISA

Our first customer evaluated Nutanix and Converged before going with Converged. HP has an advantage because they have hardware and Nutanix is software. That's the reason the customer preferred to make the fusion with the hardware because it reduced the overhead of the processing. Secondly, HP enables a backup in the same solution, and with Nutanix you have to integrate another product from another software and another vendor. 

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Dell EMC VxBlock System: Software
reviewer1435092 says in a Dell EMC VxBlock System review
Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We evaluated hosted cloud options from several suppliers and also some other hyper-converged solutions. That said, we decided, from a cost perspective, it made more sense to run the VxBlock. It was more cost-effective than having a hosted cloud platform. It also provided us with more flexibility because some of our platforms were not suited to run on hosted cloud environments, where you don't have access to the virtualization layer and the virtualization software. When we ran our own private cloud on the VxBlock, we had the ability to interface directly into the virtualization platform, which was a requirement for some of our applications.

We didn't choose a hyper-converged platform at that point in time as the VxBlock provided a better performing platform. We could obtain high throughput, through the VxBlock, than what the hyper-converged solutions could give us at that stage.

We deemed Dell to be the leader in the market. They were the first to enter the market with a converged platform. And I think they'd more of a market presence at that point in time than anybody else.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Software
Fabrizio Bordacchini says in an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance review
Oracle Technical Architect at UKCloud Ltd

The main advantage of the PCA is licensing, for Oracle Database. It's the main reason why companies decide to deploy the PCA, or the software it runs (OVS, OVMM). On the PCA you also have live migration, which is a huge plus.

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Dell PowerEdge VRTX: Software
Deepak-Shinde says in a Dell PowerEdge VRTX review
Project manager at Mustafa Sultan Office Technology Co. LLC

This solution is good but, with multiple Chassis, it would be a good thing to have one console for management and integration with utilization software.

In the next release, I would like to see some auto-tiering features. There are other enterprise storage solutions that have them included.

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Ryan Dave Brigino says in a Dell PowerEdge VRTX review
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We are renewing the support and we are purchasing the license for the software.

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Oracle SuperCluster: Software
SibusisoNgwenya says in an Oracle SuperCluster review
Service Support Specialist at PRASA

In terms of stability, the hardware of the solution is stable but on the software level we've had some problems. They deal with any issues very quickly. 

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Dell EMC Vscale Architecture: Software
Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

My customers procure the HCI boxes from Dell. They deploy it in their data center and then we plan the solution and design or configure the network-based upon how many PLR's and how much storage we need for the Vscale setup. Then we create all the storage-related configuration software policies for networking. We usually use NSX and then we have a different setup. If we are using ACI Cisco it's also a different setup. So we configure it based on company to company. Some of the cases we have configured are portals. In some cases, we use API to provide detailed automated deployment. We have other tools that we use to automate end to end deployment.

The use cases of HCI or even Vscale Architecture are predominantly the areas where the customer has an edge data center or an extended data center where they don't want to set up end to end distributors or fabric costs or to set up network fabric using LTL server switching. We configure the aggregation layer before we sell, plug the plugin distributed cables, manage the networking independently, start it independently, and compute it independently. We use it in the use case when the customer wants an agile type of environment where they can plug and play and get it with a box and a small data center from edge locations. It is for customers who are leveraging IoT of IG setup who have edge data centers and want to be agile and less prone to human errors.

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IBM PurePower System: Software
Afife Soufiane says in an IBM PurePower System review
Head of IT Infrastructure Division at ADM

I would like to see an improvement in the management of the solution. The management is really difficult when it comes to systems with traditional services. It is much faster if we manage everything in our infrastructure. So, today we are looking for a smart solution with AI, for example, to get the maximum automation. That is why we choose the converged system or a hyper-converged system. And, of course, we are willing to try some software-defined networks for the data center, App Dynamics, for monitoring application. 

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