FlexPod Review

It allowed us to scale out as our business grew without any issues

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our internal cloud infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

I currently host 2500 VMs for our engineering group and a couple hundred production VMs for corporate. It allowed us to scale out as our business grew without any issues.

It takes all of the homework out of building the solution. The prearchitected design simplifies your deployment, gets you a quicker time to market, and a single point of support. If there is ever any type of issue, you call one number. Whether the issue is in networking, storage, or the hypervisor layer, you get rapid resolution to any problems that you might encounter.

What is most valuable?

  • Dynamic elasticity
  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Uptime

What needs improvement?

I would like to see drag and drop connectivity to Azure and Amazon.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is flawless.

The solution is resilient. It has been running for five years without a problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good. I wish it was a more cost-effective, but you get what you pay for.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support used to be excellent, but now, it is just okay. The last two calls that I have made to NetApp support have been handled too casually. People are too lax, not quite as professional as I would have liked. Basically saying, "I don't know, dude." When I call tech support, I want a professional

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

We had multiple siloed solutions with various hypervisors and storage platforms. These solutions couldn't scale, so I consolidated all of them into a single platform solution, which is more scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. InterVision laid down the framework, then handed me an environment where I could go into a vSphere and deploy VMs from day one.

What about the implementation team?

We used InterVision, who is a VAR, for the deployment. They were excellent.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI.

We saved a few weeks of time for new service deployments.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is expensive. My company is small. When you look at the price point, this is a big thing for us to invest in.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated Dell EMC, HPE, and NetApp Cisco. I chose this solution because I knew it and there was no learning curve.

What other advice do I have?

It's reliable and scalable. I can sleep well at night and not have to get woken up at three in the morning because something went bump. The solution works. You can't go wrong with the platform.

The validate designs and overall versatility are excellent. The people who did them, they did a good job. They were very thorough. The whole entire environment was well thought out, so it could scale up or out. Every component was selected properly. All the configurations for the environment are detailed, so you don't have to do any homework. You just plug it in and run it.

We use FlexPod for Managed Private Cloud, and it is excellent. I haven't had any problems with it at all since I've deployed it, and I have continued to scale it out. I don't see it going anywhere.

Hybrid cloud is where it is at, and I don't believe everybody can go into public cloud or multi-cloud entirely. I am looking forward to connecting hybrid cloud to my FlexPod environment.

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

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