FlexPod Review

It’s reliable, but has an enterprise cost; however, from an IT perspective it’s worth it.


Valuable Features

  • It's simple as the software is in the fabric instead of having to install the software
  • Management is easy through the UI
  • You can see all the data
  • Integrated networking

Improvements to My Organization

It’s two vendors who have a good track records, so it’s a safe bet, and it’s innovative in that it's planned and being planned. It’s reliable, but has an enterprise cost; however, from an IT perspective it’s worth it.

Room for Improvement

Storage and compute could be better managed. Right now, there are two separate consoles for NetApp and Cisco components. There's no unified management available, and an add-on for that should be a standard option. Also, the cost.

Stability Issues

Very stable as an enterprise-level product.

Scalability Issues

The fabric interconnecters with our older version is fine.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Haven’t had to use tech support because it hasn’t given us trouble.

Initial Setup

Not around for initial setup, it would have been complex four years ago, but now it's straightforward

Other Advice

It’s a good product, and I wouldn’t say not to go with it. If you are heavily invested with another vendor, for example HP, don’t change.

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