FlexPod Review

Helps us run VMware Horizon View and standalone workloads

What is our primary use case?

The key features and functionalities of NetApp FlexPod that the company uses run:

  1. VMware Horizon View
  2. standalone workloads.

The environment is NetApp Controller FAS8040, Cisco Nexus switches (5000/7000/9000) and Cisco UCS Server with fabric interconnect.

How has it helped my organization?

A single FlexPod can support a load of 2,000 - 5,000 employees without downtime.

What is most valuable?

SolidFire all-flash block storage in an existing FlexPod data center environment. This improves the agility and performance, including the additional load of cabling.

What needs improvement?

  • Support for multiple vendors' hardware
  • Support for SAN with Cisco 9000 switches
  • Automated deployment and configuration with respect to CVD

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

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

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