FlexPod Review

Presents a new architecture that is both scalable and programmable

What is our primary use case?

We are a NetApp partner. I, myself, am doing ACI and data center stuff. We have been active for a year and have several customers running on FlexPod SF functionality. We don't do native NetApp stuff, only FlexPod SF.

We are mostly looking at healthcare, and we also in the banking world. We have one customer to whom we sold this as a storage product.

What is most valuable?

It's a new architecture, really scalable and programmable. When you look at SDN propositions it fits very well in a next-gen data center.

What needs improvement?

I can't really say anything about improvements right now because we are relatively new to this product. It is implemented for the functionality and it delivers the functionality. Right now, it does everything we want.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a really good, stable product. It has good resilience.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

You can scale it. You can add more boxes and you can have more IOPS available if you want. It's very easy to add new hardware to the cluster.

How is customer service and technical support?

I'm not directly involved in support cases right now so I can't say what the support is like from my own experience, but what I have heard from my colleagues is that the support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is really straightforward. What I heard was you plug it in, you bring it up, and it's easy to install.

What other advice do I have?

It's good, it's a very nice product. Very scalable.

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

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