FlexPod Review

It is innovative because it integrates with different platforms


What is our primary use case?

We use it for its resilience and redundancy. Storage-wise, we use it for its deduplication. The primary use is to keep storage for 24-hours and have no issues.

How has it helped my organization?

Our footprint is lower than it used to be.

What is most valuable?

  • Replication
  • Deduplication
  • Inline dedupe
  • Scalability
  • Compression, which saves us a lot of data.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have more monitoring and reporting, because today some of the reporting, and if you purchase it separately is expensive. We use OnCommand Unified Manager today, which is great, but we are looking for more of that.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable and resilient with no downtime. If I needed any storage or shelf tomorrow, I would just add it to our cluster and there would be no downtime. This is one of the best things about FlexPod.

For example, if we have to add more storage, there is no downtime. If we upgrade any firmware, we do it without any downtime. Also, with a test environment, we can be up and running in a couple of minutes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We can scale in a matter of hours.

How is customer service and technical support?

I am happy with FlexPod's tech support. If we need support on it, we go to one place and get everything that we need in one shot.

Which solutions did we use previously?

The overall versatility and validate designs are great. We previously used a different platform, but we gained a lot of utilization with FlexPod.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. You just follow the steps. As long as you're not missing steps, especially as it is integrated with OnCommand System Manager or command line, the process is straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We use a NetApp reseller, who has great technical experts if we have any issues.

What was our ROI?

We have saved time and money for new service deployments. Without FlexPod, it probably takes about ten hours. With FlexPod, within two hours, we are up and running. So, we have seen about an 80 percent time decrease.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are mostly a NetApp environment, so we did not consider another vendor. If there was an issue with NetApp, we would have left a long time ago.

What other advice do I have?

Try it. Nowadays, they will give you access online to check it out and see how it works.

It is innovative because it integrates with different platforms.

We have seen an 80 percent increase in application performance.

FlexPod for Managed Private Cloud gives us what we need. We don't have any issues with it.

We are planning to eventually go in the cloud. So, the multi-cloud capability being there in the future is exciting.

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