FlexPod Review

It creates a new database and copies the original, but doesn’t need to disturb the original if you don’t want it to. However, monitoring and reporting features are a little behind the older versions.


Valuable Features

The most valuable feature is the mirroring and FlexClone capabilities on the storage side and with the Oracle database. It quickly creates a new database and copies the original, but it doesn’t need to disturb the original if you don’t want it to.

Improvements to My Organization

Probably decreased working time, as we now have a faster deployment of development and test databases.

Room for Improvement

We switched to the new NetApp clustered environment and discovered that the monitoring and reporting features are a little behind the older versions.

Use of Solution

We have been using NetApp for over 10 years, almost 15 years at this point.

Stability Issues

It's been really stable, and I don't think we've had any issue or outages since we've been using it.

Scalability Issues

Scalability has not been an issue for us in this environment, but in other environments it scales very easily by adding more storage.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Overall, the support from the NetApp side has been very good, and is quick to respond if there are hardware issues, etc. They are usually very good, although they don’t have their own field technicians, and a quick response time as well. This is true on the server side as well, quick response and it shows up in the expected time.

Initial Setup

Deployment was not overly complex, it takes time but not overly complex. For our use, and the Oracle database, it’s more complex on the Oracle side of things (E-business suite).

Other Solutions Considered

We always speak to other vendors, whether EMC, Oracle for Exadata, those are the main ones.

We went with NetApp in the end because it's established in the environment already, and we just had to upgrade the hardware. It was something we knew worked and would do the job.

Other Advice

Customer references are important and peer reviews are very important. Sometimes we do a test or POC, but that’s hard to do.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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