FlexPod Review

Cisco Validated Designs and streamlining of support were decisive for us

What is our primary use case?

We use it more to deploy a supportive solution so that a customer can go to one business support number and then have FlexPod for the whole infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

The streamlining of support has been an improvement for us.

Also, we have found the solution to be innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking because each piece is still modular at the end of the day, and if we have to upgrade one area we don't have to upgrade the whole thing.

Finally, we have seen about a 20 percent improvement in application performance. The increase is coming over the legacy hardware we were running before.

What is most valuable?

  • The Cisco Validated Designs
  • Industry-leading technology, put together 
  • It just works

Also, it's very versatile. We haven't run into any issues with it where we couldn't do something because of it. We have been very happy with it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's resilient. We haven't had any issues with it whatsoever and we've had it for four years. It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had to scale it and it's very easy. You just swap the component that you need to scale. For the storage you just add on a shelf; for the compute you just add another node and you're good to go.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good. We had to open a ticket one time but it was very quick to get it resolved.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using a mismatch of different things like Cisco switches, NAT storage, and HPE servers. The reason we switched was the validated, one-vendor support for everything. It's one of those things you set up and you just forget it. It just works.

How was the initial setup?

It was very straightforward, as long as you follow the documentation. It is a well-architected solution so I didn't really run into issues. I set it up and it works.

What about the implementation team?

I just did it myself.

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

The cost is a little high.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered HPE.

What other advice do I have?

You won't regret it in the end, if you invest in FlexPod.

My thoughts on the solution regarding private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environment are that I definitely think hybrid is the future, having a flexible infrastructure. That's where I like the FlexPod, it's more like hyperconverged. It has more layers of flexibility for moving workloads up to and back from the cloud. We currently don't use FlexPod for managed private cloud.

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