FlexPod Review

Very stable and has increased delivery and integration speeds

What is our primary use case?

We use FlexPod primarily for automation and growing capacity.

How has it helped my organization?

Delivery speed and integration speeds have increased. The solution has enabled us to run mission-critical workloads. Our SQL cluster is on there, which is high IOPS.

All-in-one solution is great for when you don't have a lot of staff, with multiple disciplines. It has increased productivity because we only have a staff of four people, so we are able to focus on other items like innovation. It also has simplified our support experience.

FlexPod has also improved applications for us. It handles IOS better.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to set up, maintain and has great stability.

What needs improvement?

One touch upgrades would be nice.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

FlexPod is very stable and resilient. You just stand it up, and you don't ever have issues with it, so it's been the best storage array in platform we've seen. We've never had a problem.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've been told from our sales team that it's going to scale really well, but we've never actually tested this. We only have one.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have a very high opinion of the technical support team.

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

We've always been roll your own, setting up the UCS, and the external storage arrays, and then plugging them in and zoning it in, so the fact that it's an all-in-one solution is great.

We use Infinidat and EMC. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

It would be nice to have had this years ago when we first started out, instead of a hodgepodge of different storage and compute technologies within our data center. It'd be nice to just have the one and scale it out.

I like the validated designs because they're fully baked, but they do take a while when there are upgrades that need to happen, for all the vendors to come together and certify their solutions in a matrix.

I would rate FlexPod as a ten out of ten. It's innovative, easy, and reliable.

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