FlexPod Review

It’s a seamless integration of three different products: servers, storage and switches, although allowing faster certification times on newer codes on both Cisco and NetApp sides could be good.


Valuable Features

The most valuable feature of the solution is that it combines storage and server – very streamlined, very flexible, and built upon reliability.

Improvements to My Organization

It reduces the operational costs with just one platform to manage. It’s a seamless integration between three different products: servers, storage and switches.

Room for Improvement

I think that allowing faster certification times on newer codes on both Cisco and NetApp sides could be good as this is a pain point. They need to make certification more streamlined.

Stability Issues

It's very stable and there's very few issues with it because it’s a certified product in which all the components work together.

Scalability Issues

It's very scalable so you can add more server, networking or storage infrastructure, or just add more FlexPods. You can add another FlexPod and have the same features, reliability and scalability with no issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Phenomenal – you can work through Cisco or Netapp and they will get the right people involved. The customer doesn’t need to call three people – it’s one entry point per customer.

Initial Setup

It's deployed by NetApp or Cisco, so a lot of FlexPods are done through a partner so there is a single point of contact for the customers.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're partners.
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