FlexPod Validate Designs and Versatility

What are your impressions of the validate designs and overall versatility?

Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
I live by the Validated Designs. I do exactly what those designs say and I haven't had a problem as a result. For example, they use to do the FCoE. They figured out there was a problem and they went over to the NFS. I moved over and I agreed with them. It worked better.
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SystemsA3715
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Because we use it everywhere, it is standard to set up. Therefore, if you can manage the set up in one place, then you can manage the whole infrastructure.
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Enterpriaa97
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It's very versatile. We haven't run into any issues with it where we couldn't do something because of it. We have been very happy with it.
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Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
If you want something really fast to deploy, you are going to use a Validated Design; everybody's compliance and all that is taken care of.
If you want something really fast to deploy, you are going to use a Validated Design; everybody's compliance and all that is taken care of.
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Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Regarding the Validated Designs, I've set up VersaStacks as well as FlexPods and it's just like a recipe book or a cookbook. You follow the steps and it's pretty difficult to mess it up. The Validated Designs are great. They're a great reference guide to go back to if you're troubleshooting an issue later on as well.
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Jason Batt
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
It's been very versatile. So we have others that are not exactly conforming with that and yet we still benefit from the collaborative support model. And we're not required to go to a certain thing if it doesn't work well or best case for our situation. So that's been wonderful.
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Virtuali7246
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We enjoy the standardization and having things consistent across the whole data center sphere.
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Isaac Ojeda
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It gives you a lot to work with. The problem with this is then you don't know what you want to do anymore. By making it very versatile, it also gives you too many choices.
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StorageA5733
Storage Administrator at HDR
If we need support on it, we go to one place and get everything that we need in one shot.
The overall versatility and validate designs are great. We previously used a different platform, but we gained a lot of utilization with FlexPod.
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Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Versatility is great. However, in this day and age, it is probably more complex than it needs to be, especially on the Cisco side. I am not a huge Cisco lover. UCS is getting long in the tooth. It's great for what it is, but it is now overly complex compared to other solutions on the market.
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Alan-Crouch
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
The validate designs and overall versatility are excellent. The people who did them, they did a good job. They were very thorough. The whole entire environment was well thought out, so it could scale up or out. Every component was selected properly. All the configurations for the environment are detailed, so you don't have to do any homework. You just plug it in and run it.
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SeniorSteee7
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The validate designs and overall versatility can be very complex. Because when you try to do automation, there are many bits and pieces tied together. Sometimes, automation gets a little tricky for provisioning.
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Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like the validate designs. I like the way they are put together and give you an easy building block to configure and set the system up. The one negative is the interoperability matrix. This could cover a more wide range of partners. For example, we have upgraded the whole firmware across the stack, and looking at the matrix, everything looked green. However, something in Oracle would cause us an issue during the upgrade, then we would have to either rollback or sit with support. While support has been good with getting to the bottom of things, it would be nice to have more confidence when we are going into an upgrade that it will work.
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Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
The validate designs are great. They are a reference point that you can provide to the customer base to convey what the designs look like as a whole. You can go in, reference how components work together as a whole, what firmware versions you need to run, and what those configurations need to look like. They are helpful in time to deliver to customers.
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Dan Scullen
Senior Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
The validate designs and overall versatility are some of the reasons that we decided to go with FlexPod. It's all been prevalidated, and we know it will work, which is valuable for us.
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Operatio235c
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The validate designs and the overall versatility allows us to do what we need to do, so it's definitely a very flexible solution. If we have an issue, we can get all three vendors on the phone at the same time because of the collaboration between all three parties.
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ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Validate designs are hard. They don't validate all of the available options. We don't generally end up in a validated configuration. We did on our initial install when they first rolled out the FlexPod platform. Over time, we've done upgrades, and we don't necessarily fit into a validated design anymore.
We would like them to improve the validate designs. It is hard to stay in a supported config with the software and firmware versions of the platform. It's always a concern to ensure things not only work well, but they work at all. If we run into incompatibility inside of the NetApp, Cisco, or VMware versions, it can cause real issues.
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SystemsEd439
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There's no interface I can go and see that it works properly or sometimes it's hard to explain to people. Right now you're told to just email or call support and say "We're a FlexPod customer". It would be nice if there was a number to call or an email address.
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Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
What I like about FlexPod, there is a lot of knowledge based on it and a lot of field experience now. There are design templates that we can deploy, and follow best practices leveraging other peoples' experience and expertise. This way, we can always follow best practices when deploying it.
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AssocVpacfd
Associate VP at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The validate designs do not fail. They give good performance, which provide us with business benefits. Also, before it fails, it has predictive failure features.
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SeniorIn5f65
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Validate designs are a good. They work in the background to combine all the infrastructure and storage. They create automation which can create volumes and attach VMs directly to massive CIFS. This is now easily done.
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SystemsA52a9
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The idea of validate designs is excellent.
We have never had a problem with the hardware, even when something apparently fails. The response from the support is amazing. We can have changes for things up in less than four hours.
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SrStorEng65465
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Everything is perfect with the validate designs. However, they are not designed for large customers. They are designed for SMBs and small data centers.
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reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I like the validate designs because we don't have to do more research on it. Research has already been done by trustworthy companies, like Cisco, NetApp, and VMware. They have provided us with the proper designed ones, which is less headache for us.
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Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
I like the validate designs. The versatility may seem restricting, but you need to be creative of it. You need to find ways to create and get it in. The flexibility is there, but you may have to think a little out of the box for it.
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Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
The validate designs are great because they made it easier to the deploy solution. Instead of about one week to install everything, with the validate solutions, it took us about two to three days.
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EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
I haven't had time to look over the validated designs, but I have seen some in the past. I think that they are very helpful in getting a general idea and configuration guide to different products.
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SeniorSy113c
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The validated designs are good to have. We do use them.
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SystemEn8432
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The validated design we followed to the letter, and we haven't had any problems with further integration.
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Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The product is currently satisfactory as sort of a stop-gap for design and versatility. It looks like other products are going to move past needing to use FlexPod by inventing their own integrated solutions.
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Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
The validates designs have been generally quite good.
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reviewer1223502
Sr Storage Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps are very important in our company. For example, running our SQL clusters, being able to have compatibility information, and validated design information, for everything from SQL versions, OS versions, switching, firmware versions, and UCS and models of whatever hardware we're using, having of that all pre-validated and available is nice.
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reviewer1223490
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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.
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PeteKujath
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
The solution's validated designs for major enterprise apps are very important.
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reviewer1223496
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of the importance of FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps, we are a big consumer of SAP, so it's important that we have all products that fit into the SAP hardware compatibility list and whatnot.
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reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps are really important because we can go with our SAP HANA solution, our Hadoop solutions, our HP solutions, and our Media solutions. A vendor-specific solution is always preferred.
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JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
The validated design in the architecture is an ongoing debate. You don't need to buy FlexPod itself. You can borrow FlexPod based on the reference architecture. I wouldn't say that the validated design plays such a big role because you can just reference the architecture and technically have FlexPod as well.
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Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
The validation designs, which we are using, are mostly for the deployment of FlexPods. Cisco, VMware, and NetApp. We do not use any validated designs for the application because most of the applications that are hosting our in house-build applications. For them, we do not have any validated designs as those are only internally.
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reviewer1223379
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
On the surface, validated designs for enterprise apps, are not that important but it's knowing that they work, and if they don't work, I can get support for them.
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