FlexPod Review

A very stable, simple turnkey solution which is pretty scalable


What is our primary use case?

It is where we keep our production network: all our main controllers, accounting applications, and our file servers. They are running on FlexPod.

How has it helped my organization?

The virtual environment is a lot more efficient than physical boxes. It allows us to move stuff around a lot, adding resources and removing resources with minimal disruption.

What is most valuable?

It is a simple turnkey solution.

When we purchased it, we had to configure everything. However, everything was already there. We just cabled it up and started to build the virtual machines (VMs).

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is been pretty stable. We have had it running for over five years now, and have had minimal problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is pretty scalable. It has allowed us to add more stuff very easily.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is amazing. The NetApp support is really good. We had some problems with the storage, so we contacted them. They jumped right in and were able to take care of the issue quickly.

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

The solution was already implemented when I arrived at the company.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the initial setup, but sometimes I am involved with upgrades which are challenging. This is because there is a lot of documentation that has to be reviewed before you go through an upgrade. It is not as straightforward as some other solutions. However, the product is very stable and it does what it needs to do.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have your NetApp support up-to-date.

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: reliability, support, and value for money.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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