Converged Infrastructure Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Omar Sánchez (Mr.Tech) says in a HPE ConvergedSystem review
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 »
Fred Armantrout says in a Vblock review
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell
The most valuable features are reliability and high availability. View full review »
Rajsudheer-Dangeti says in a Vblock review
Sr Private Cloud Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
It's an integrated box Mac solution, so it's a plug and play. The deployment and build is pre-made and ready to deploy. It makes it easy to apply. View full review »
Richard Artes says in a Dell PowerEdge VRTX review
Senior Network Admin at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the combined management in one box. It is space-saving, and in fact, you can have four Blade servers in one box, all sharing the same storage and network card. A 10 GB network card is a must. The Pro Support is very good and helped me with one of the servers when a network card stopped working. Re-installing the server fixed this problem. View full review »
EricKutyla says in a FlexPod review
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The unified support is the most valuable feature. What I really enjoy about FlexPod is the support model. You have a single point of contact number for all troubleshooting issues and the vendor that you call takes ownership of the case. It goes with the NetApp validated designs, which are based on Cisco, which is really interesting. The features of FlexPod that have had an impact on us are the new additions that we have made with the all-flash arrays: added performance, and flexibility management. These are very nice features. View full review »
RafaelLage says in a FlexPod review
CTO at ForceOne
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. View full review »
JacquelineLee says in a FlexPod review
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
* Scalability. We knew that we needed to grow, but we allowed them to start with a footprint. Then, we were able to add shells and drives. With the way that ONTAP works, it was seamless migrations throughout. * Ease of use. They were familiar with NetApp and some standalone environments, which made it a lot easier for them. * It is cost-effective. View full review »
reviewer1223619 says in a FlexPod review
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration between NetApp and Cisco products. From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking. View full review »
reviewer1223484 says in a FlexPod review
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reliability and convenience are its most valuable features. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are fairly important. Speed-wise, we are not having any latency issues. View full review »
reviewer1223490 says in a FlexPod review
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Backup, restore, and ease of deployment are the most valuable features. View full review »
reviewer1223496 says in a FlexPod review
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've always appreciated the value of the NetApp because it's been incredibly reliable. It's at a decent price point. We are a local government entity and so we have funding issues that probably some commercial entities don't have, but we've been able to buy cost-effective solutions. We feel that this has scaled in terms of technology improvements over the years, but ultimately we're a small team that manages all the systems and we're split in a thousand different directions and so storage management's a very small part of my day or week. The reliability and the relative ease of use, are the real things that keep on bringing us back to NetApp. It's been the reliability and ease of management. In terms of the importance of FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps, we are a big consumer of SAP, so it's important that we have all products that fit into the SAP hardware compatibility list and whatnot. It simplifies the infrastructure from edge to core. It's been an easy configuration for us. We have separate teams that manage all pieces of the infrastructure and I think that it helps the collaboration be a little bit easier. FlexPod's history of innovations has maybe helped us in the context that we've traditionally always been a spinning disc environment where that's the price point that we've typically been able to afford to spend our money. We're starting to deviate away from going with the SaaS layer and SATA layer to more of an SSD layer and SATA because of flash pools, which is a new technology that we were able to leverage on the SSD discs. That is working us into a position where there's less and less demand for us. The unified support for the entire staff is very important because we've been a NetApp partner at my current company for at least eight years and we have 95% virtualized on VMware and we transitioned away from multiple vendors to a Cisco UCS server stack almost exclusively. We're very dependent on those technologies to keep our business running. We run 911 services for multiple jurisdictions and these old services have to be available 24 hours a day. It has improved the performance of our application by around 50% because as the models matured in our data center and we went from a lot of local storage to centralized storage. We made a big investment in storage, so we're also putting a lot of confidence in the system to deliver the IO that we need and that's proven to be the case. View full review »
reviewer1223502 says in a FlexPod review
Sr Storage Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Knowing that everything works, having a single place to be able to find out compatibility and things like that are the biggest benefits of this solution. FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps are very important in our company. For example, running our SQL clusters, being able to have compatibility information, and validated design information, for everything from SQL versions, OS versions, switching, firmware versions, and UCS and models of whatever hardware we're using, having of that all pre-validated and available is nice. We do not use their storage into public cloud. We have found that it simplifies our infrastructure from edge to core. It's just nice to have that single source of pre-validated designs and reference architectures. The history of innovations has not affected our operations. We've been pretty stable. We haven't really done a whole lot as far as, being on the bleeding edge of anything. Unified support for the entire stack is pretty important. It's nice to have. It makes it a lot easier from our perspective, to be able to make or have a single point of contact, for issues that are kind of gray as far as where the problem lies. View full review »
MarioArlia says in a FlexPod review
Senior Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
The most valuable features are the integration and ease of use. The integration is intuitive. This solution is easy to learn. There is nothing hidden, and it's all available for you. View full review »
reviewer1223511 says in a FlexPod review
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of the solution is the flexibility in configuration and the setup. We have not had any major issues so far. View full review »
Michael-Jensen says in a FlexPod review
Infrastructure Engineer at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation point because it's a lot less staff to have to manage it. View full review »
ChrisKnott says in a FlexPod review
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
A valuable feature of the FlexPod solution is that it is all one architecture and I can call one number and get support for Cisco and NetApp without having to jump through open TAC (Technical Assistance Center) cases and do multiple things to get issues addressed. When integrating with VMware, I know all the parts that came with it and all the parts and when I need to update something in it, I can just get the complete package, do all the firmware stuff and the fabric interconnects. View full review »
reviewer1223541 says in a FlexPod review
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We had everything that we needed to start it, stand it up, and get it working, then develop a proof of concept to see how it works. We could also scale it out to meet our business needs over time. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are very important. It's basically become critical to our organization to have that system functioning a 100 percent of the time. If that system is not functional, then our doctors and nurses can't provide the care to the patients in an effective way. So, it's important that it is stable, works, and easy to understand. View full review »
ZbyszekSitarek says in a FlexPod review
IT Manager at Capgemini
The validation designs, which we are using, are mostly for the deployment of FlexPods, Cisco, VMware, and NetApp. We do not use any validated designs for the application because most of the applications that are hosting our in house-build applications. Wo do not have any validated designs as those are only done internally. View full review »
reviewer1223559 says in a FlexPod review
Solution Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature for me is that you can swap out pieces when you have to lifecycle your equipment. You never have to go through a big freeze, but instead, do small pieces at a time. It reduces the migration hassle. The tools bring the compute and storage together so that we can see it in a single pane of glass. View full review »
JamesThomas1 says in a FlexPod review
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. View full review »
reviewer1223577 says in a FlexPod review
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are very important. We just followed them to make sure the CVD was compliant or matched to what they designed. The solution’s unified support for the entire stack is beneficial. It is all in one. View full review »
PeteKujath says in a FlexPod review
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
The ease of expansion is the most valuable feature. The solution's validated designs for major enterprise apps are very important. View full review »
HammadSikander says in a FlexPod review
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The number one feature is easily support. It is all converged. If it something breaks, it is easy to fix. It is easy to upgrade. These are some of the key reasons why we deployed it. View full review »
JustinMoses says in a FlexPod review
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
The most valuable features of this solution are efficiency and simplicity. You don't have to waste a lot of time managing things. View full review »
reviewer1223598 says in a FlexPod review
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
With the Cisco UCS, having the profiles and being able to swap hardware in and out is super valuable. This solution is easy to set up and maintain. I like the fact that NetApp has fully embraced the cloud and the SaaS backup is available. I always hear from my other cloud engineers that Microsoft backs it up, but I don't trust that. I want my snapshots. View full review »
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