FlexPod Review

Enables integration of different products into one validated design, but updates could be smoother

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for customers that want to replicate infrastructure over and over again and have a consistent architecture for their workloads. It's appropriate for larger enterprises that want the pod design in their data centers.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to integrate different products into one validated design. That allows customers to understand and get the value out of the hardware, as it was designed.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better operations, a single pane of glass to manage and monitor the entire design across VMware, Cisco, etc. I would also like the upgrade process to be a little smoother.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From my experience, it is a consistently stable, reliable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The benefit of it being a pod is you have a lot of flexibility in terms of the hardware and platforms that you choose to have in that validated design, depending on your particular needs.

How is customer service and technical support?

I personally haven't experienced the tech support from NetApp, but I have heard good things about it from customers.

How was the initial setup?

I think the setup is straightforward, with the designs that I've seen in terms of the physical topology. "This link needs to go to this link. You've got to configure it in this way." The validated designs do a good job in terms of the layer 1 and all of the configuration.

What other advice do I have?

I rate FlexPod a seven out of 10. The reason behind that is, there is a lot of value in FlexPod, and FlexPod is incorporating a lot of the newer technologies, like ACI, into the design, rather than just keeping it an xOS, as an example.

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

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