FlexPod Review

The validated designs save us research time and our data access rate is much faster

What is our primary use case?

We are using it to have production workloads running on it.

How has it helped my organization?

Our performance increase has been about 15 percent from what we previously used.

What is most valuable?

It is the integration between the Cisco, VMware, and NetApp as a combined internal solution. The data access rate is much faster than if we were doing it by ourselves.

It has boosted performance.

What needs improvement?

There have been issues upgrading the firmware.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. I haven't seen any issues. It is working fine.

We have found the solution to be resilient. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We can expand it whenever we want.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good. When we want something, they can do it or will redirect to the correct team. It's how we get the right solution with a single click.

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

We need to invest in a new solution because of our end users' compliance.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant for the deployment. They walked us through it very nicely.

What was our ROI?

We have seen a five to ten percent savings on new service deployments.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are already using NetApp storage products, and we are using the competition, like VxBlock. In addition, we are using Cisco hardware and VMware. So, we have already done our internal research.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it as a solution.

I like the validated designs because we don't have to do more research on it. Research has already been done by trustworthy companies, like Cisco, NetApp, and VMware. They have provided us with the properly designed ones, which is less headache for us.

We do not use FlexPod for Managed Private Cloud, but maybe in the future.

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

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