FlexPod Review

A scalable solution with good data services, but the usability needs to be improved


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

All of our main applications run on this solution, and it has done a stellar job.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the data services that are available.

What needs improvement?

This solution is very hard to maintain and keep up.

It would like the system to have better usability, where somebody who is less of an expert can still perform the basic functions. In general, simplify the system.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is extremely good. It scales really, really well.

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

In terms of performance, our old architecture was far behind and couldn't keep up. That was our tipping point when deciding to move to a new solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is complex. There are too many levels of architecture design, with lots of different layers of pointing connections. It takes a really well-trained skill set to get it up and running.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator for our implementation, and we found their service to be extremely good.

What was our ROI?

We have seen a return on investment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other solutions like HP and EMC, but we already had a lot of Cisco equipment and our engineers were trained on Cisco, so this solution made more sense.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody considering this solution is to do their homework. There are a lot of other solutions that do the same thing, but it depends on your use case. This is not the best fit for every situation.

Overall, I think that this is a great product, but it is very hard to maintain.

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

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