FlexPod Competitors and Alternatives

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Sreenivas H
Real User
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The biggest challenge that FlexPod helped me with: Now, I am not replying everyone at all my remote locations. I have approximately 38 small offices. Previously, I provided a lot of physical service… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has had a big, positive impact, because now everything is centralized. I do not have to have a storage or network admin, nor a hypervisor. Everything is preconfigured. Therefore, we can ship it and… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like something like a FlexPod Express; we want a smaller version for small offices. At the moment, we have medium and larger offices, plus data centers, but we are also looking for something… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution. We used to use Dell, IBM, and HPE machines, which were all old. We used to always have a lot of problems with other domain controllers, file servers, DNS, and… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is the best hyperconverged infrastructure. No need to be worried (or scared) on how these three solutions will sit in a box. Everything is prepackaged and rebuilt. It is seamless when you want to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are looking at the Dell solution, and also we are looking at Cisco Flex. Right now, there is no immediate need to switch over.
Tariq Ejaz
Real User
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
Oct 31 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of deployment. Once I deploy the chassis and I have the back-end storage, configuring more UCS servers is very quick. I can deploy a new UCS server within minutes.

How has it helped my organization?

Once you set up the underlying infrastructure, it's very quick to add more capacity or add more compute or networking. We have also definitely saved time for new service deployments, on the order of… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them reduce the complexity, that would be my number one request. Right now, doing simple things is pretty complex. You have so many options. It might be better if it was more… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched to FlexPod because of cost. The cost of our previous solution was too high. I couldn't scale out as easily as I wanted to.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest doing a mini FlexPod PoC. That is probably the best way to kick the tires and find out what the product is all about. I have seen an improvement in application performance but I can't… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix, SimpliVity, and Vblock. We went with FlexPod because I think NetApp is a better product for the back-end storage. The other two are the same.
Casey Riffel
Real User
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the CVDs, and the support behind it from both companies.

How has it helped my organization?

We don't have to worry about support or the resiliency of the solution. Our previous converged platform was Dell EMC. There were single points of failure that were designed into the system, not the… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that I've wanted would be availability of a health status, similar to Active IQ from my converged platform, on an app. I have dashboards so I can see the health of the system when… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In our past converged platforms, we didn't have vendor support that would work together. That's actually what led us to abandon our Dell EMC solution in favor of FlexPod. Also, there were engineering… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take your time. It's no small undertaking to implement a converged platform or to shift to a different one. Typically, when you make the decision on a converged platform, you're making that decision… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX converged platform, VRTX. At the time, we were a major Dell EMC consumer. Since our switch to the UCS, we haven't bought a single Dell EMC product. We went… more»
Colin Fritzke
Real User
Network Engineer at Long view systems
Jul 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the solution are reliability, scalability, and support. Having the validated designs helps because it takes the guesswork out of piecing it together. It works well in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We appreciate having the validated designs because it takes the guesswork out of piecing it together. The solution can be innovative when it comes to cloud computing storage and networking.

What needs improvement?

The FlexPod service and support could be improved. The integration of the different storage equipment could be improved because NetApp is the biggest piece and it seems to be well covered, but not so… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were looking to build a fully-certified data center to provide our IaaS solution to customers.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I have learned, working with this solution, is that it's better to go with something that has been vetted, tested, and designed by people with knowledge, as opposed to trying… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time we deployed FlexPod, there wasn't a whole lot else available other than Vblock. It just came down to a strong relationship with the key vendors that make up the product, NetApp and Cisco.
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