FlexPod Innovation

Have you found the solution to be innovative when it comes to compute, storage and networking? If yes, why?

Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
As for the solution being innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking, when UCS came on first, that technology was innovative.
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Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
We have found FlexPod to be innovative, when it comes to compute, storage and networking because of the fact that NetApp and Cisco work so closely in streamlining, specifically with Validated Designs. The networking is there. I don't have a problem with transferring from physical to the virtual environment. It allows us to have that seamless storage. We lose hard drives and we don't even know about it because it's so good. The tools provided with the FlexPod allow us to be more efficient with the smaller team that we run.
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Enterpriaa97
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We have found the solution to be innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking because each piece is still modular at the end of the day, and if we have to upgrade one area we don't have to upgrade the whole thing.
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Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
In terms of the solution being innovative for compute, it's very useful for the storage engineer. If there is a problem with the host, he can replace the base hardware and put the intelligence right back in the same box. In that way, every type has been kitted out, without anyone having to rebuild anything from scratch.
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NetworkE9bca
Network Engineer III at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It simplifies everything. It gives you a single place to go if you need support or if you need to expand.
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Isaac Ojeda
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I like that everything is integrated, and we can change the port to whatever we need, e.g., Fibre Channel. It is very nice to work with, as it gives the ability to have more choices: Do we want to have more Fibre Channels, iSCSI, or some type of MetroClusters? We can do all this with if we have bandwidth.
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StorageA5733
Storage Administrator at HDR
It is innovative because it integrates with different platforms.
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Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
FlexPod was at one point on the bleeding edge. Now, I think the bleeding edge is hyperconverged, and I know Cisco and NetApp are looking into that independently.
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Alan-Crouch
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
It takes all of the homework out of building the solution. The prearchitected design simplifies your deployment, gets you a quicker time to market, and a single point of support. If there is ever any type of issue, you call one number. Whether the issue is in networking, storage, or the hypervisor layer, you get rapid resolution to any problems that you might encounter.
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SeniorSteee7
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. Each environment has knowledge of another in a FlexPod environment. This would be difficult to operate separately.
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Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think it is innovative with this move to the cloud using ONTAP. With the whole NetApp product range being very similar in its look and feel in the cloud as it is on-prem, I feel comfortable that our engineers will be able to spin up and utilize it quite quickly.
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Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
It is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking because they are continuously updating the UCS infrastructure and continuously adding new FAS and AFF units into it. They're continuously updating the CVDs, so there's definitely innovation which goes into it, almost on a daily basis. They continue to update the number of CVDs available, so it makes our life a lot easier on the sales delivery side.
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Dan Scullen
Senior Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
This solution is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. It comes back to the compatibility. Everything working from top to bottom has been great. Also, knowing the technology has been validated makes everything more streamlined.
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Operatio235c
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
It is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking because there are a lot of the storage efficiencies which allow us to keep a smaller footprint.
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ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We found FlexPod to be innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking. We've taken advantage of their storage optimizations to obtain better use out of the space. We upgraded to All Flash FAS (AFF), which has provided a huge performance increase that we haven't barely scratched the surface of. We have plenty of overhead, so that's always nice when taking on tasks which might have otherwise taxed a smaller system. However, we have a lot of overhead, so this isn't an issue for us.
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Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The orchestration is innovative.
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AssocVpacfd
Associate VP at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are looking towards more advanced HCI deployments now, and we're looking forward to the AI, which will be in concert with Insight. Analytics with AI will be much more beneficial and we are already trying to adopt HCI.
We are targeting now towards HCI because it is more converged towards compute, network and storage. We hope to gain more benefit using HCI, as well as AFF.
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SeniorIn5f65
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
When we install, it is an innovative, because we have all of the products in one box and one frame. This reduces all the cabling and all IPs needed as they are already there.
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SystemsA52a9
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is innovative. It handles virtual networking. Also, it can upgrade blades and continue working seamlessly, which is excellent.
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SrStorEng65465
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was innovative in the beginning. So, it was a very effective proposal. We were dealing with multiple vendors and support. This initially solved our problems, so we could focus on some other areas. However, we had to come back to it and address other challenges.
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Jegan Chinnu
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is innovative for both compute and storage. With other products, we can't scale the storage space, we have to buy more storage. E.g. with Dell EMC, if we want more storage with VxBlock, we have to purchase another VxBlock.
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Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
FlexPod is better than HCI because you can scale wherever you want. You can scale the compute. You can also scale network and storage apart.
FlexPod is innovative when is comes to its product's validate design and functionalities. Plus, you have NetApp and Cisco, the best brands together in one product.
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EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
It is innovative because it's bare metal and you can customize it easily. This brings a lot of benefits to the solution.
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SeniorSy113c
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have found the solution to be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. It really gives me the ability to scale to the site's requirements and size.
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ITEnginecacc
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
When it comes to storage and network, I do not find this solution to be innovative.
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SystemEn8432
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
All-in-one solution is great for when you don't have a lot of staff, with multiple disciplines.
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John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
I find FlexPod to be innovative in how automated it is and how it provides a unified ecosystem.
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Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
Yes, It is easy to put up and the VMs that run it are very, very fast. I'm very pleased with the performance that we get from the HyperFlex.
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Justin Wasden
Director of Datacenter with 51-200 employees
This solution is right there in terms of leading-edge digital equipment.
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Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
Overall yes. There is a lot of flexibility and the hardware specs are based on what application or applications you're trying to run. There's flexibility in the sense that you're tailoring the stack toward whatever application you're trying to run.
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SrPlatfo3333
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I’m not sure that it’s overly innovative. It’s a little more traditional than the hyper converge-type option and things like that, but it works.
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NetworkE1ffa
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Practice8f4d
Practice Lead at Bedroc
The product is not very innovative.
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Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
NetworkA5035
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Yes, definitely. It is diverse and allows connections between two different vendor’s systems.
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Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is innovative, although maybe not compare to hyper-converged. It did allow me to decouple the storage from the computer, so I can scale up the computer independently of scaling up my storage.
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reviewer1123194
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Yes, the solution is innovative.
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NetworkE560c
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Not particularly.
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OliverSchnurer
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
We just got AFF so we've got all flash on the environment now. This really speeds things up from, I don't know, something like eight milliseconds for I/O latency to under one millisecond. Which is great
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