Converged Infrastructure Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Omar Sánchez (Mr.Tech) uses HPE ConvergedSystem
Information Security Advisor, CISO & CIO, Docutek Services at Docutek Services
For the converged system, HANA for SAP. OneView is very good too. View full review »
Mike Rife uses FlexPod
Network engineer at Capital one
The compute team that supports our NetApps does not have to call the network team. This means that everything is running properly and correctly. The users don't have problems with latency and there here are no problems in any of the backups, or in the systems that are tied into the NetApps. That tells me that it is a well-built and well-designed system. If it stays up and running and the network team doesn't get involved, then I will give it the highest rating. View full review »
Syed Jaffar Hussain uses Oracle SuperCluster
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* Software in Silicon View full review »
it_user527226 uses FlexPod
Sr. Systems Administrator at Cardinal Logistics
The most valuable features are flexibility, high availability, and redundancy. It's the easiest way to deploy hardware. We use it with VMware. It's the easiest way to deploy solutions quickly and scale out. In our environment, we are constantly expanding laterally. It allows us to create the capacity and the resources on the fly that we need to get our jobs done. View full review »
NetworkE4c44 uses FlexPod
IT Manager at a engineering company with 501-1,000 employees
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. That's a huge part of what gives it an edge over other technologies these days – the disruption to the business – because our kind of business is an online business. It has to be 24/7 and zero disruption for the users. It is just great for business. View full review »
it_user522210 uses Oracle SuperCluster
Lead Engineered Systems Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is its ease of use and implementation. View full review »
Isaac Ojeda uses FlexPod
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The ability to have the configurations for it: The blades, the service profiles, and making a standard for it. This makes it easy for the other members on our team when setting things up, because there is already a template for them to use. I like that everything is integrated, and we can change the port to whatever we need, e.g., Fibre Channel. It is very nice to work with, as it gives the ability to have more choices: Do we want to have more Fibre Channels, iSCSI, or some type of MetroClusters? We can do all this with if we have bandwidth. View full review »
Aaron Kimball uses FlexPod
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
* Its flexibility * The continuous innovation * All the thought that goes into the product. * The backing teams who are behind it. It's all converged into one consolidated platform, which works well together. The validate designs are great. They are a reference point that you can provide to the customer base to convey what the designs look like as a whole. You can go in, reference how components work together as a whole, what firmware versions you need to run, and what those configurations need to look like. They are helpful in time to deliver to customers. View full review »
StorageA5733 uses FlexPod
Storage Administrator at HDR
* Replication * Deduplication * Inline dedupe * Scalability * Compression, which saves us a lot of data. View full review »
DanScullen uses FlexPod
Senior Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
* Being able to have completely compatible hardware top to bottom and storage compute networking. This way, we're not spending time researching what works with what. * The single call to support for any issue. We like to use the phrase, "One throat to choke." View full review »
Gage Parker uses FlexPod
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It can scale, compute, and storage independently by what we need. As opposed to in the hyper-converged realm, you are sort of locked into a linear growth pattern. View full review »
Operatio235c uses FlexPod
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
* Scalability * Flexibility * Overall time saved. * The compatibility of all the products together. The validate designs and the overall versatility allows us to do what we need to do, so it's definitely a very flexible solution. If we have an issue, we can get all three vendors on the phone at the same time because of the collaboration between all three parties. View full review »
SeniorSteee7 uses FlexPod
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It comes as a package. Since we are dependent on our virtualized environment, and FlexPod provides a small to mid-class environment, FlexPod is the better solution than going with a different product for each individual infrastructure stack. The solution is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. Each environment has knowledge of another in a FlexPod environment. This would be difficult to operate separately. We are at the level where we want it to be on serving our applications, our storage, and whatever traffic we want. View full review »
Capacity532c uses FlexPod
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's a common platform, which provides for ease of use between all of the blade servers. It uses all the same tech, moving service profiles seamlessly across from one blade to the next. There is also combined support. View full review »
ManagerO2057 uses FlexPod
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
In regards to DR and backup: * Performance * Stability * Capability. View full review »
Jason Batt uses FlexPod
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
* The design has already been validated. * The support element, the lack of finger-pointing, where all of the different vendors are working together collaboratively, sharing data, opening tickets with one another. * We already use UCS and it goes well with the vendors that we have picked. View full review »
Enterpriaa97 uses FlexPod
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
* The Cisco Validated Designs * Industry-leading technology, put together * It just works Also, it's very versatile. We haven't run into any issues with it where we couldn't do something because of it. We have been very happy with it. View full review »
NetworkE9bca uses FlexPod
Network Engineer III at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of use * Flexibility * Scalability * Stability The ease in the event that there is hardware failure and having it be stateless. We can swap components out without incurring any significant downtime. View full review »
Ilias Mintidis uses FlexPod
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
FlexPod comes as an engineered solution. We can use it for smaller, medium, or large solutions and we can scale it as we need. That's the reason that it's very useful. View full review »
Casey Riffel uses FlexPod
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features are the CVDs, and the support behind it from both companies. View full review »
SystemsA3715 uses FlexPod
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
* The ease of use * The ease of administration * It is easy to manage. View full review »
Alan-Crouch uses FlexPod
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
* Dynamic elasticity * Scalability * Reliability * Uptime View full review »
Virtuali7246 uses FlexPod
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Simplicity and integration with NetApp are its most valuable features. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz uses FlexPod
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
Ease of deployment. Once I deploy the chassis and I have the back-end storage, configuring more UCS servers is very quick. I can deploy a new UCS server within minutes. View full review »
Brian Foulks uses FlexPod
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
The most valuable feature of FlexPod is all the vendors' synyergy together. I just have to log in and start working with it. Everything is there, and with the failover I don't even have to worry about the systems too much. In addition, I live by the Validated Designs. I do exactly what those designs say and I haven't had a problem as a result. For example, they used to do the FCoE. They figured out there was a problem and they went over to the NFS. I moved over and I agreed with them. It worked better. View full review »

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