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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
JasonDe Plessis
Real User
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
Nov 21 2019

What is most valuable?

I see the most value in the UCS portion. I love Cisco UCS. Its ability to scale seamlessly makes adding anything so much easier than having to run by separate new hardware from the get-go. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

FlexPod simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud. Everything becomes easier. Everything is more collapsed. Everything is easier to manage and migration into the cloud becomes seamless… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It has reduced our data center costs. Having everything in a single cabinet versus multiple cabinets can reduce your cost.

What other advice do I have?

The advice that I would give to anybody considering FlexPod would be to just do it. It depends whether you know NetApp or not. If you don't know NetApp, when you get into NetApp it's a bit confusing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers also evaluated Dell ECM VxBlock. They chose NetApp because it's cheaper and during a POC it always performs and gives them what they want. I have experience with Dell EMC, HP, and… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

Backup, restore, and ease of deployment are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

FlexPod has enabled us to consolidate some of our stuff. 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… more»

What needs improvement?

It hasn't changed the application performance in our company but obviously the new hardware gives it the performance increase. Overall nothing more changed. I would like to have the installation of… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We knew we needed to invest in a solution like FlexPod because we were growing and we have evaluated different solutions and after that we decided.

What other advice do I have?

If configuration, unification, and standardization are the concern and if they are using it with Cisco as a network edge then I think it will be a good solution to go with FlexPod. I would rate it a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Red Hat, VMware, HP, Cisco. We chose FlexPod because of the consolidation and reduced footprint.
ChrisKnott
Real User
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Nov 21 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before we had FlexPod, we had just stacks and stacks of servers. You know, every time you wanted to build a server you had to go buy a whole pizza box (case for computers or network switches), put it… more»

What needs improvement?

The real improvement I could see on the FlexPod side is it falls on the NetApp components. The upgrades that they had to go through from 7-Mode to CDOT (Clustered Data OnTap) did not make for a good… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before we started using FlexPod we just had a regular old hodgepodge of different IT systems. A couple of Dell servers, a couple of HPs, a couple of IBM blades, and that kind of network doesn't really… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have found that the solution simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud — although we have not really implemented the cloud yet. The solution has made our staff more efficient and enables… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist included a Dell EMC.
JamesThomas1
Consultant
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
Nov 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution runs our VMs. Our SQL databases, for example, are in our VMs, so everything is virtualized. Implementing this solution has made our staff more efficient because once it is built, it's a matter of provisioning additional VMs… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more centralized support model.

What other advice do I have?

We do not use the solution’s storage tiering to the public cloud. We are not using the cloud at all for the moment. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to engage some type of professional services just to set it up if… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also have experience with Vblock.
HammadSikander
Real User
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The number one feature is easily support. It is all converged. If it something breaks, it is easy to fix. It is easy to upgrade. These are some of the key reasons why we deployed it.

What needs improvement?

The majority of the time, if we need more storage, then we need to work with customizing the NetApp deployment. Right now, we just do a generic deployment, then wherever we have a need for storage, we have to move some application out of… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before, it was on a Cisco UCS C240 M5 Rack Server, and we moved some of the applications on a very limited use case. With the innovation of the AFF A800, its ease of management, and supportability, we have seen some performance improvement… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the solution as an eight out of 10. I would suggest or recommend FlexPod for deployment if you are moving from a predefined converged infrastructure or validated design architecture. Though, you have to customize it based on… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have a very strong Cisco partnership. All our networking stack and some of security stack is all Cisco. VxBlock was also on our shortlist. We chose FlexPod because we already had NetApp deployment onsite (on-prem). The history of this… more»
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
Nov 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration between NetApp and Cisco products. From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are using the solution's tiering to AWS as a backup target for all of our data. It is essentially our DR and it is being sent out to AWS using SnapMirror. In terms of making our staff more… more»

What needs improvement?

Hyper-V is not as well supported by NetApp and Cisco as VMware is, which is something that should be improved.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we were using a multi-vendor storage solution that included HP Blade servers with equipment from EMC. We switched to Cisco, which was a strategic management decision.

What other advice do I have?

There have been some improvements on the Cisco UCS side since we began using this solution. In the earlier days, it was more difficult to upgrade, and there was pain involved during the process. That… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing FlexPod.
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