FlexPod Review

We can scale it as needed; it's definitely a very flexible solution to scale out.


What is our primary use case?

It's pretty much our infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

We can scale it out quickly, if needed.

We have also seen an improvement in our application performance. Our VM and database environments are able to go as fast as we need them to now.

What is most valuable?

  • Scalability
  • Flexibility
  • Overall time saved.
  • The compatibility of all the products together.

The validate designs and the overall versatility allows us to do what we need to do, so it's definitely a very flexible solution. If we have an issue, we can get all three vendors on the phone at the same time because of the collaboration between all three parties.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have faster components.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have no downtime. It's resilient because there is very little downtime, if any.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We can scale it as needed. So, it's definitely a very flexible solution to scale out.

How is customer service and technical support?

Once we get to the right people, we get the issues fixed. Sometimes, it can take awhile for support cases to get to the right people, especially if it's not a P1 case. P1 cases are usually quicker.

How was the initial setup?

Parts of the initial setup were complex, especially on the networking side. The other two components were pretty straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant, but did the deployment ourselves.

What was our ROI?

We can just swap in new equipment or hardware as we need, which has probably saved us several weeks.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC and Brocade, but the knowledge was all there for NetApp and Cisco. VMware was always in-house.

We have been on FlexPod for a while now. It was the way the industry was going, so we followed.

What other advice do I have?

It is definitely worth looking into, especially if you have lower-end components that do the exact same thing.

It is innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking, because there are a lot of the storage efficiencies which allow us to keep a smaller footprint.

We are not using FlexPod for Managed Private Cloud. While we don't do cloud yet, we might consider it in the future.

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