FlexPod Review

The stability of the solution is a key component for me; it has never gone down

What is our primary use case?

We have had two FlexPods for five years now. We're currently purchasing a third one. We have never had any problems with them in that time. We are using it for hosting COREmanager and Unity Connection. So far, so good. Its performance is great.

How has it helped my organization?

We purchased them when we changed from physical to virtual. We really didn't have a choice but to go virtual. So, I would not be able to tell you how it improved things because it was a different environment entirely. But it definitely streamlines things.

What is most valuable?

For me, the most valuable feature is the stability. It's one less worry.

What needs improvement?

The new one that we are purchasing is going to have solid state drives. So, obviously, more speed is always a good thing.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no stability issues at all. We had a power failure in our data center. They went down. As soon as we restored the power they came up and everything was good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For us, we were looking strictly at three different data centers. So as far as scalability is concerned, we didn't build one on top of another one. We went for stability more than scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

It has never gone down. I think we had one drive go down once, and we opened a tech case. They sent us a new drive.

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

We were using physical servers, Cisco physical servers. We switched because it was mandatory for updating COREmanager to 8.x, it was mandatory to go VMware.

For us, the most important criteria in a vendor is that they need to pick up when we call.

How was the initial setup?

I coordinated the initial setup, but I wasn't necessarily hands-on. But it was pretty straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had other vendors, but we had NetApp in the house as part of our storage, we also had Cisco in the house. It made sense to combine those two and go with FlexPod.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice, I can only tell you about FlexPod, I don't have any other solution. I would say definitely go for it.

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

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