FlexPod Review

Rock solid platform, good redundancy, and ease of management, and the upgrade process is smooth and non-disruptive

What is our primary use case?

We use this primarily for robosites, which means remote offices.

How has it helped my organization?

Honestly, we've standardized on it, so FlexPod has improved our company as far as ease of management, stability, and redundancy.

The solution's infrastructure enables us to run demanding and mission-critical workloads. With manufacturing, for example, we need to be up pretty much 24/7.

We've also seen an improvement in application performance with FlexPod, as well as increased staff productivity. Just the fact everything is up when we need it to be, and we're not waiting on downtime.

FlexPod also simplifies our support experience. With every site being on the same standard, we support it the same way everywhere, so it's easy to train new folks or offshore staff. In addition, it streamlines our IT administration.

What is most valuable?

Redundancy and stability are the most valuable attributes for us.

The validated designs are good to have. We do use them.

I have found the solution to be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. It really gives me the ability to scale to the site's requirements and size.

FlexPod also reduces the time required to deploy our application.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have a simpler setup, and we could achieve that with UCS Central, but just the licensing for that is out of our scope from a cost perspective.

The initial learning curve is pretty steep.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability has been solid. Using Cisco-validated design, everything has been rock solid and redundant, and when there is an issue, obviously that redundancy comes into play.

It's been reliable, and it's nice that we can perform upgrades without downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I like the fact that we can add compute as needed, without downtime. From the storage side, I guess that's easy to expand as well, by just throwing down another shelf to the FlexPod.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good.

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

Our older solutions were not as reliable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was somewhat complex, but once you do it thirty, forty, or fifty times, you kind of know your standards.

What about the implementation team?

We used a vendor and had a very good experience with them.

What was our ROI?

Overall, the solution saves us money. We have seen an ROI, although I don't know the exact amount.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell, Vertex, Lenovo, and Nutanix were all under consideration. We chose FlexPod because that's what we kind of based our standard on. The redundancy and ease of upgrades not taking any downtime were also major factors.

What other advice do I have?

I would say that it is a rock solid platform, the redundancy is awesome, and ease of management and the upgrade process is smooth and non-disruptive.

Data center costs are a little bit more expensive with FlexPod, but you're paying for the redundancy and flexibility.

I would rate this as a ten out of ten. It's been a solid solution for us.

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