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FlexPod Review
The scalability allows us to grow with the infrastructure.


Valuable Features:

The most valuable feature is the scalability, how the infrastructure can grow. We can grow easily with the infrastructure.

Improvements to My Organization:

We offer cloud services to our customers in Panama. We can grow when our customers ask for more capacity or more processing. We only add more servers or we only add more storage to the infrastructure.

Room for Improvement:

Maybe the migration tools for all of the environments could be improved. We can change the storage in the infrastructure but when we need to change the switches or other components that we can change easily, I don't know how to migrate that component. I’d like to be able to migrate that much easier.

Stability Issues:

We have been working with FlexPod for four years, maybe, and we haven’t had any problems.

Scalability Issues:

It’s very scalable.

Technical Support:

We have not used technical support yet. We don't have any problems with FlexPod.

Previous Solutions:

Last year, we bought Vblock infrastructure and CloudBurst infrastructure from IBM. We switched because they don't have the scalability and the performance that we have now in FlexPod.

We decided to invest in FlexPod because we have a good relationship with NetApp. We did not only invest in FlexPod; it’s possible that most of our clouds are NetApp.

Initial Setup:

It's very, very easy to manage and to build.

Other Solutions Considered:

We evaluated EMC, Hitachi, IBM and Huawei. We chose NetApp because they have more capability with snapshots that the other environments and vendors do not have.
The most important criteria for me when selecting a vendor to work with are price, performance, scalability, and management.

Other Advice:

I recommend buying FlexPod technology.

I think other vendors have more scalability because they use higher-density disks and they can use clusters for storage. When we use a NetApp cluster, we only have a processing cluster. If one controller fails or a pair of controllers fails, all the disks that are connected to those controllers also fail.

We built FlexPod. We didn’t buy it. We bought the Cisco servers, the switches and the NetApp storage. When we built the first FlexPod, we bought infrastructure for the Guatemala and Dominican Republic data centers. We have the same infrastructure for all of the sites.

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

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