FlexPod Review

It has made it easier to deploy new virtual machines

What is most valuable?

It is versatile, and the profiles and things that you can create with it are good to work with and make it easy to replace the hardware.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made it easier to deploy new virtual machines. We use it for our virtual machine environment. Before, it was a lot just having to get the hardware ready. Now that the FlexPod solutions are built up, they make it a lot easier as far as networking.

What needs improvement?

Easier integration from the beginning, which they have put improvements in as far as setting it up. It was just a large learning curve for us at first.

For how long have I used the solution?

Probably two to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Once we got implemented, it was very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It should scale out based on what I've seen.

We haven't had to scale out yet. We have fairly small environments, but many of them and they are all separated. But based on the solution, I think we could scale it more if we needed to easily.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have used it from the storage site, from the NetApp side, and also from the Cisco side. I contacted either vendor.

At times it's difficult to get to the right person, but eventually, depending on how far you push, you can get to the right person. Once I reach the right person, they are knowledgeable. Generally, my experience working with tech support is fine.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were on a platform, which we thought didn't have a long life from another vendor.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial setup. It was pretty complex.

There is a steep learning curve on the Cisco side to set up profiles.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I had pricing from separate vendors. I got storage from NetApp and Cisco Blade Servers, so I don't know. I didn't buy it as a package, so it's hard to say.

What other advice do I have?

We bought the Cisco and the NetApp separately and integrated them ourselves, so that probably made it a little more difficult. But we followed all the guidelines that were published from both Cisco and NetApp regarding how to put them together. Now, it is sold as an already built together package, which probably would make it easier.

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