Jose MarianoCampeloIT at a transportation company
Zeljko RadjenData Centre Solution Department director at a tech services company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"FlexPod has improved our company as far as ease of management, stability, and redundancy."
"All of our main applications run on this solution, and it has done a stellar job."
"FlexPod is easy to setup, maintain and has great stability."
"The agility is probably the most valuable feature for us. It's very easy to send out resources."
"The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is the ease of actually setting it up and learning it."
"It is definitely easier for us to maintain and do build-outs, so it takes a lot less time to set things up for the customer."
"It's a kind of one-stop shop as far as support goes."
"This solution has helped to make more things consistent within our organization."
"The most valuable features are resiliency and data protection."
"If you were comparing this solution to VMware, it has more features, and it's very fast on the recovery."
"I've found the data protection features the most valuable."
"The HPE Hyper Converged solution is used in a hybrid cloud configuration. We assess the disk space and partition additional capacity."
"What I really like about this program, is that it needs little space and it works really fast, so it saves us time."
"The most valuable feature is the in-built backup system. The backup speed is also excellent."
"Hyper-convergence is the most valuable aspect of the solution. We can avoid downtime when there's maintenance or updates needed. Also, we have homogenous hardware, so we have a lot of trust in the solution's reliability."
"The most valuable features of this solution are fast deployment, security, and it is easy to upgrade."
"The initial learning curve is pretty steep."
"This solution is very hard to maintain and keep up."
"One touch upgrades would be nice."
"I'd like to see some more Ansible integration for automation purposes. We automate everything else with Ansible, so it would be great if we could automate our FlexPod with Ansible as well."
"The procedure for contacting technical support could be simplified."
"As we do much of the Tier-I support ourselves, and thus don't normally need it, there is time wasted in moving up to the next level."
"The biggest thing that I would like to see is more cost-effective FlexPod solutions."
"On the NetApp side, there are definitely things to improve in terms of software updates."
"A software-only version of the solution, without the hardware, would be nice."
"One problem I've had is that I was trying to do a move and it was not working. I was given an error and a message asking me to shut down the machine first and then move it to another host."
"The price can be improved. We would like to see support for some open source virtualization technology like for example KVM."
"Some improvement is required in the availability of the data and performance. The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower."
"The solution is not very stable."
"The solution can be improved on the management side. More management features should be added to future releases."
"The solution would be better served if it integrated with other solutions better."
"Providing local technical support and improving the price are areas this service needs to consider improving."
"Cost is the primary factor behind why I would not give this product a perfect rating."
"It is not going to save you money, but that is not the point. The opportunity to stay competitive in the marketplace is not a cost."
"We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month."
"We pay approximately $1,400 USD in total for between five-thousand and ten-thousand ports."
"It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency."
"The solution has saved our customers' organization in terms of CapEx. E.g., with the cloud availability, it's turned into sort of a hybrid CapEx/OpEx model."
"The main return on investment would be that instead of having to refresh all of our desktop hardware we have been able to go reimage existing machines and use those as thin clients, then also purchase new thin clients rather than buying actual hardware. It also reduces the overhead of having our technicians deploy those systems and maintain them."
"Our licensing costs are about $50,000 per year."
"It is an expensive solution, however. If they could adjust the pricing, that would be helpful."
"The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower."
"The solution is expensive - not only the hardware costs but server costs too. And the more you scale, the more expensive it gets."
"There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
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The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk
HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.
Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.
FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 59 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews. FlexPod is rated 8.6, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of FlexPod writes "The agility reduces the number of hours that it takes to construct a physical or virtual data center". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "High quality solution for hybrid cloud orchestration with quick and easy hardware scalability". FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, Dell PowerEdge VRTX and Dell EMC PowerFlex, whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes.
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