FlexPod Review

Simplified and saved time overall for all of the configuration and deployment but it is not a complete solution

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for virtualization, the VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

FlexPod has enabled us to consolidate some of our stuff. 

The validated designs for major enterprise apps are an integral part of our company. We only do validated designs in our thing and then we remove our data center consolidation and move stuff onto that.

It simplifies the infrastructure from edge to core. It simplifies the configuration metrics and saved time. FlexPod simplified and saved time overall for all of the configuration and deployment.

What is most valuable?

Backup, restore, and ease of deployment are the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

It hasn't changed the application performance in our company but obviously the new hardware gives it the performance increase. Overall nothing more changed.

I would like to have the installation of the top virtualization on its own rather than doing it through the admin. For example, if FlexPod is configured after the configuration of the host, the ESXi is installed also, but it should be part of it rather than doing it as a separate system.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't remember having needed to contact their technical support. 

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

We knew we needed to invest in a solution like FlexPod because we were growing and we have evaluated different solutions and after that we decided.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward because we did not do it, Cisco did it.

What about the implementation team?

I deployed through Cisco. We had a positive experience with them.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI. 

It actually initially increased our CapEx.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Red Hat, VMware, HP, Cisco. We chose FlexPod because of the consolidation and reduced footprint.

What other advice do I have?

If configuration, unification, and standardization are the concern and if they are using it with Cisco as a network edge then I think it will be a good solution to go with FlexPod.

I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because a seven means for me that it is more than a five. A 10 would mean that I don't have to do anything else to improve. Improvements could be ESXi installations at vCenter installation and all of that. I have this to do it. It is a solution, but it has stops at a certain point. It is not a complete solution. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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