What is our primary use case?
We're in a financial institute and we have two data centers. We use this solution for all of our applications.
The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps are very useful for us from an engineering standpoint.
In terms of simplifying our infrastructure, we do not use the cloud right now.
FlexPod has saved our organization in terms of capital expenditures, although I cannot say by how much at this time.
How has it helped my organization?
This solution makes it easier for us, as engineers, to do a lot of design and a lot of the pre-work that goes into things. It is good in that respect.
This solution's history of innovations affected our operations because by using all-flash, we've sped up applications that couldn't do what they do because they were inefficient. These inefficiently-built applications needed more resources, so we used all-flash to compensate.
Generally speaking, application performance has been improved through the use of all-flash storage.
Using this solution has made our staff more efficient because they are spending less time fiddling with the backend stuff. It is more intuitive.
This solution has not had much effect on our unplanned downtime, but we did not have much before.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable features are the integration and ease of use. The integration is intuitive.
This solution is easy to learn. There is nothing hidden, and it's all available for you.
What needs improvement?
This is an expensive solution.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We have run into any issues yet, so as far as I can see, stability is good.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
This solution is easily scalable, and we have scaled quite a bit.
How are customer service and technical support?
We haven't had many cases where we have needed NetApp technical support. When we have, it has been quick and efficient.
How was the initial setup?
I was not involved with the initial setup, but I can say that the work we have done with revamping the solution has been straightforward and simple.
What about the implementation team?
We used a reseller to assist us with our original implementation.
Since that time, we have done half of the work ourselves.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
FlexPod is expensive but from my perspective, it is worth the cost. I say this because of the ease of use and performance benefits.
What other advice do I have?
The fact that FlexPod integrates with all major public clouds did not specifically influence our decision to go with it.
I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?