Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Going from the old monolithic server and silo storage that they used to use is an improvement. With the FlexPod solution, just being able to manage and monitor the overall environment helps.
Availability is the most valuable part of this solution. We have not had any trouble since we installed it.
Things got a lot faster. We can pull and test in DEV systems much more rapidly and are clearing up a lot of DBA time. In the past, every time we tested it, we needed to be refreshed. In the past, it would take a day of our DBA's time, and now it's just point, click, and ten minutes later it's done.
For us as an IT department, it helped us a lot. Before we implemented FlexPod, we were using different solutions all based on a virtual infrastructure. On VMware, before implementing FlexPod, we had a lot of problems doing backups with disaster recovery. After integrating it, it enabled us to have shorter maintenance windows, instant backups, instant recovery, which also minimized the number of alerts that we get from the application team and from the employees who were working on the application that something is not working.
FlexPod's unified support for the entire stack is very important. Before, the customers would log a ticket by Cisco and a ticket by NetApp. It's better when vendors can parter and look for a solution together.
I see the most value in the UCS portion. I love Cisco UCS.
A valuable feature of the FlexPod solution is that it is all one architecture and I can call one number and get support for Cisco and NetApp without having to jump through open TAC (Technical Assistance Center) cases and do multiple things to get issues addressed.
With FlexPod, it is about the synergy of the server, the storage, and the whole management layer. Together, it is really about minimizing staff. You don't have to hire more people. You can work with the minimum level of resources and the availability is really good. We have had very little downtime.
The solution has many good features.
The most valuable features of this solution are fast deployment, security, and it is easy to upgrade.
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.
What I really like about this program, is that it needs little space and it works really fast, so it saves us time.
The HPE Hyper Converged solution is used in a hybrid cloud configuration. We assess the disk space and partition additional capacity.
I've found the data protection features the most valuable.
If you were comparing this solution to VMware, it has more features, and it's very fast on the recovery.
I think it is sufficient for now, but in the next generation, I'd just like to see bigger, faster, and better.
We would like more integration with some other HCI solutions so we can take advantage of other opportunities.
Not a ten because it could always be cheaper, it could always be faster.
The upgrades should be improved. We would like to have the ability to do unified upgrades of the whole infrastructure from beginning to end.
You must build each block separately, that's a disadvantage sometimes.
Possibly the UCS could get a bit better. Other than that, overall I don't necessarily have any sorts of constraints or issues with it. It's done the job that it's been bought to do.
The upgrade process needs to be improved and it would be nice to manage everything from a single pane of glass.
There is always room for improvement. I believe we can do hot swaps on the fly. On the release upgrades, if there was a way to do a release on the fly, that would really be cool because it does take some downtime. It takes restarting. It is more of a software thing. Customers hate doing releases.
I think that OneView should be replaced by something else for the management.
Providing local technical support and improving the price are areas this service needs to consider improving.
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.
The solution is not very stable.
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 price can be improved. We would like to see support for some open source virtualization technology like for example KVM.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The product is kind of expensive even from an entry-level standpoint. I would say FlexPod would be the way to go if you are a larger business or one with large data volume.
The NetApp portion was a $5 million investment five years ago. That has served the customer well over five and a half years.
It is cost-effective.
We fear high availability so we can't buy from different providers.
FlexPod has saved data center costs, due to the fact that we reduced our footprint for storage in a big way. We went from three complete racks down to a 2U storage array for more than 300 terabytes of storage.
We immediately saw a return on investment due to the fact that replacing our legacy storage arrays with the new AFFs reduced the footprint and maintenance costs. Overall, we saw an almost immediate ROI.
We would like everything in one piece of hardware. This way we can just sell the product like a silo by putting everything in a stack together.
The scalability is very expensive.
There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
The solution is expensive - not only the hardware costs but server costs too. And the more you scale, the more expensive it gets.
The solution is too expensive for our customers. The pricing should be lower.
It is an expensive solution, however. If they could adjust the pricing, that would be helpful.
Pricing with Dell EMC is double the price which I paid for HPE. However, in the end, Dell EMC is double in performance. This is not an apple to apple comparison though, as I have a four node from Dell EMC and a three node.
out of 18 in Converged Infrastructure
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out of 38 in Hyper-Converged (HCI)
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Also Known As
|HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS|
|FlexPod||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
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.
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