FlexPod Benefits

Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
At the end of the day, AI is not AI without the application that we write into it. With collaboration between Microsoft — utilizing it to build in a manner that is compatible to the FlexPod architecture — we're able to provide specific intelligence that supports our objectives — whatever it is at a given time. Whether it's data aggregation, learning, pouring out the analytics, the intelligence helps specific applications respond to requirements within a business structure. That's what FlexPod enables us to do. That agility reduces the number of hours that it takes to construct a data center, whether it is physical or virtual, by enabling applications to support AI objectives. It just needs to be built correctly. We have experienced about 28 to 30% improvement in application performance and in our industry that's actually a very significant improvement. The purpose of using FlexPod, for us, is to simplify and streamline application deployment. Compared to utilizing a rack and stack model and using a virtualization technology like VMware, the time savings is about 40% in getting the application into production. View full review »
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Our private cloud sector of our company has grown exponentially thanks to the ease of deployment of the FlexPod architecture. We are also able to deploy a console to customers who want on-prem environments in a smaller deployment structure with a UCS Mini and direct-attached storage. So, it's helped us exponentially grow the business. All-flash has helped the company a lot, especially for business critical applications. We found that customers want more performance than ever based on what is out there in the market. We find that innovation and integration with the whole FlexPod design has helped a lot. View full review »
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
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 in a rack, plug it up. We had EMC, we had a bunch of different storage providers, the way it connected was makeshift, a couple of late servers here and there. So to be able to put everything in one rack, one solution with the storage, was a big step up. Plus, every time we need to expand the storage for the old system, it wasn't easy. Cisco blades simplify everything from a compute standpoint and you can easily upgrade the blades. All you got to do is add a new chassis, change out your blades, and the blades are done. If a blade dies, you pull it out, you get a brand new one or you change the motherboard and you just slide it back in depending on the policy that you create for the surface profiles and you are good to go. View full review »
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Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
We have been using FlexPod for seven to eight years now. It has evolved a lot over time, primarily in ease of connectivity. It has been built around all the same platforms. It is just what storage back-end that we decide to tie it into it. Will we be using blades, a chassis server, or rack mount servers? This makes it easy for us, because everything is consistent. It does not matter whether I bought one five years ago or if I bought it today. All of my connectivity will be the same. When I put it in the data center, it takes a few hours, then I can have a base system up and going. View full review »
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
It's done really good things. A lot of it for us is being able to have that storage with the whole solution onsite at a small site, which may not have the WAN capabilities to use the corporate servers for their applications. So, that does help. A lot of what we've done with the FlexPod is to replace hardware that was failing. We had a lot of UCS solutions go into replace IBM Blade Servers which were majorly failing. We had all types of problems with those. We've also had challenges in the beginning where we didn't size sites right. We just totally blew it. We took their monthly closing down to a crawl, then ended up replacing it with an AFF solution, which was great. It really helped us out a lot. It's just been a little bit here and a little bit there. The biggest thing is being able to have that remote site, and that they can keep running. If they lose the WAN, they can keep running. It's helped not having P1s and P2s at sites because they're dependent on corporate to be able to get something and they lose network connectivity. E.g., we had a site where the roof went. The site is in Fargo, North Dakota. They had a roof collapse at their site, but they kept going because, while they had other problems, they weren't reliant on going to a corporate data center to run their apps in the factory. They were sitting there able to keep continuously running even though they had a roof collapse. We have done the all-flash at some sites. The one site where we totally blew the configuration, we came in with an All Flash FAS, and it went from them not knowing if they were going to be able to do year-end closing to year-end closing happening because they're an Oracle site. They had been on SAN previously, and all our ROBOs are NAS. We don't have any SAN in our ROBO environment, which is our FlexPod environment. So, they went from a SAN environment to a small FAS that didn't meet their needs, then with that AFF, we've had no problems since then. We installed it right before Christmas, literally two days before Christmas by pulling out the old and putting in the new. For the entire stack, we have what we call a ROBO team in each of the regions. I'm part of the U.S. team. We have the same team work on this stack for every installation in the Americas, which includes places like North America, Mexico, and Brazil. It's really helped us because we've done documentation that we can push off to our separate teams that do the support, like server support, UCS support, and our storage support. This helps us out. Everything is the same. We've tried to keep everything the same and keep them as common as we can, so it helps with our operations team, which actually is in India. They know that if they can go to any one of those sites and there should be very similar setup. For the longest time, with all the failures that they had with the IBM Blade Servers, our server staff was rushing to bring in storage and servers because of all the failures. Because of this solution, we now don't have very many problems. The only problems that we do have is sometimes storage gets a little out of control. They need more than they thought they needed. Other than that, it's been very smooth. We rarely have major problems at that size. View full review »
Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
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. Most of the time the reasons for the alerts were backups that had been done or there were some problems with them. Constantly getting snapshots in a virtual infrastructure. Thanks to FlexPod and thanks to NetApp snapshot technology, we were able to reduce it. Even now at this moment, we do not have any kind of information that there's some kind of issue because of backups. Unified support for the entire stack is really important. It was one of the major points and one of the major decision-makers. FlexPod offered unified support. Before, when using various companies and providers, we had a lot of issues with support. For example, whenever we were opening a case with one of the vendors, they always said that it's not their problem, it's not with their application. Our solution is because of them. With FlexPod, now we do not have that issue. We can go to one of the partners or one of the vendors and tell them we have a problem and they will help us directly. Then they will tell us that they do see a problem that we have. That it's not with Cisco, please contact NetApp, give us the ticket number from NetApp and then it will work jointly or the other way around. Now it's much easier for us, for the technical teams to deal with all the issues, that we have in our environment. FlexPod has enabled our staff to become more efficient. We have more time. We have been working with FlexPod for around 10 years now. Since then, we've grown three times. We are still managing the difficult infrastructure with the same number of people. I think it is the best proof that having a unified solution can minimize the admin effort. It is hard to say by how much FlexPod has improved our application performance but we do see improvement. We do see a lower number of tickets coming to us saying that there's a performance issue with applications or there are some latency issues. Once we switched to FlexPod, especially for the last few years, when we are using AFF, we do really not see any kind of tickets coming saying we have performance issues. FlexPod has decreased unplanned downtime incidents by a lot. With FlexPod, we have the opportunity to do un-disruptive upgrades. Since we began using FlexPod, I did not see any kind of disaster or any kind of maintenance that would really impact applications or end-users. We could do it basically on a daily basis without any kind of problems because of the redundancy, which we have there and the way the upgrades can be done. Our data center costs have decreased as a result of having FlexPod. We could reduce the number of racks in which we are using in the data center because of the way FlexPod works. I think that at this moment, compared to what we had before using FlexPod, we still have a lower footprint in the data center as we had 10 years ago. View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
This solution has improved our organization in that we have reduced administration time and reduced troubleshooting time. We know that the performance is there when we need it. The history of innovations has had a positive effect on our organization. NetApp is always coming up with features that I want before I know that I want them. For example, it was helpful when we no longer had to dedicate a certain number of disks to our root volume. In terms of application performance, bringing the AFF in has made a huge difference in some of our manufacturing and labeling applications. View full review »
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
For the management side of our UCS, it is a single pane of glass for multiple people, whether it is data center, sysadmin, or server deployment. On the UCS side for server profile, there is a type of layer of abstraction from the actual hardware. It is a lot easier to do hardware replacement, as long as you are Fibre Channel booting, you can just replace hardware which breaks and have things come right back online. Flash obviously just adds speed and bandwidth to everything. View full review »
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We initially started out with siloed clusters and now we've been able to cluster everything together so that we have multiple nodes in our clusters. We have multiples on different data in different data centers. We've able to do replication between data centers. That's been very beneficial for us as we look to derive a mature DR model. Our data center costs have been lowered. We are in a bit of a unique position where we have a different group that actually pays for the costs of the data center, so we don't see a specific benefit. It's been cost savings in terms of a far smaller footprint in two data centers and then also the associated fewer networking costs as we're just consuming fewer and fewer ports as we've gone to the FlexPod model. Unplanned downtime incidents have absolutely decreased in my organization. We went from having somewhere around three to five outages every year to us not having had any outages in the past four or five years. That's been very, very beneficial for us. View full review »
Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
For most of our customer base, the benefit is the cooperative support model. While we tend to offer ourselves to our clients as a first call for support - because we are familiar with the environment - when they choose to call NetApp or Cisco directly, the cooperative support model means they can get passed back and forth between the two organizations freely. It works really well. View full review »
J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
For a large food distributor using FlexPod, we were able to move them away from traditional server storage, networking, etc. This allowed them to have the ability in both data centers to have hybridity where the FlexPod infrastructure was local and wasn't hosted, then using cloud automation (mainly AWS) and being able to deploy company resources for their teams. This really opened up a lot of doors for them. Their CIO's mantra was sort of cloud first. Well, here's a way to start on that journey and keep some of your stuff local. I think everybody knows you can't just forklift everything to the cloud. You need cloud readiness assessments: What are your application dependencies and tools that are you using? This is how we came up with the FlexPod approach. The solution has decreased unplanned downtime incidents at our customers' organizations, specifically in the database and SQL realms. We are talking to some of our customers about containerization as well. View full review »
Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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 implementation, that we couldn't overcome. The only solution was buying more hardware and scaling it out, which was not the best solution or necessarily affordable. Also, we save days of work when doing new service deployments. With LUN clones we have a template provisioned for the image of our hypervisor on our NetApp, and we can deploy a brand new hypervisor in under an hour. Everything is scripted. We just clone a template LUN and boot from SAN, so there are no single points of failure. There is no spinning disk left in the data center. Finally, we have easily seen a 100 percent improvement in application performance over our previous platform. It's been night and day, to the point where one of our two identically-configured data centers was refreshed to the UCS before the other, and we started to see a shift in where teams were deploying things. The workload actually became unbalanced because everyone was favoring the newer hardware - they were noticing that it was that much faster. But that also gave us the buy-in from the executive level to proceed with refreshing the other site. View full review »
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We haven't experienced any data loss while on NetApp. The stability of it has probably been the biggest benefit. Because of FlexPod's performance and flexibility, our company is doing much better than what we previously used. 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. Because of the stability that we have had on it, it has met our needs on everything. We haven't had a shortcoming in performance nor data loss. View full review »
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
The solution simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud. It makes supporting it, troubleshooting it, and documentation a lot easier. Time to resolving a problem goes down quite a bit as well. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is a solution that's designed by Cisco and NetApp together. We have our reference designs, so we pretty much can skip the part where we need the implementation delivery. We can work directly with the vendor like NetApp, and tell them "We need this, and here is your validated design." But that's what helps right there. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Essentially, it's reduced some of the overhead from our team of administrators, so they can focus on other areas. The solution has simplified infrastructure from edge to core to cloud, which has given us some bandwidth to focus on some other core initiatives that we have. The solution has made our staff more efficient, enabling them to spend time on tasks that drive our business forward. With the administration, it's given us a bit more time to do research and process development, even investing some time in automation. View full review »
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It created lower total cost of ownership. Previously, we had disparate storage and servers, and there were bits of kits everywhere. Now, we have two data centers with almost identical setups in both. We are Active-Active, but we can easily swing workloads across to one data center, if need be, because it's the same underlying technology. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
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. It saves a lot of money on all the various tools that are required to manage a traditional solution. Most of the necessary management and monitoring tools are included with the FlexPod solution. So, that's nice. Potentially through the use of NetApp technologies on the back end — like the FlexCloning and the Snapshots — we have changed the way we do our development workflows and actually the way we do DR (Disaster Recovery) as well. So, we are using UCS (Unified Computing System) on service profiles and leveraging all their servers for test development in normal operating conditions. In the case of DR, you just have to switch service profiles. You boot to a different line off of that and you are able to turn the development test into the DR environment. That's nice. View full review »
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
This solution has had a serious impact on our organization. How do you measure not having outages? It has allowed us to do business without any interruptions, which means that I can sleep well at night. After the last hurricane, we were completely up once it ended because we just brought up all of the VMs using VMware. With respect to the history of innovations, the strategy that NetApp has taken with Cloud volumes online, Azure NetApp files, and all of those things, is good. We've already started using cloud volumes online and we're putting in a new solution with NetApp where we're going to be tiering everything off to Azure because we have a huge presence there. For example, we have an SQL server there, and we're going to be replacing the drives that are on SQL with Cloud Volumes Online so that we can leverage efficiencies. Other data, such as shares, are also going to be tiered off to Azure so that we don't have to be using production cycles, production backups and IOPS and everything, locally. We're instead going to send it to cloud storage. Using FlexPod has absolutely made our staff more efficient. This solution has increased our application performance, but we have been using this solution since 2003 and no longer keep metrics. Our data center costs have been reduced because we've been able to shrink our data center. About ten years ago, we were at about one hundred and seventy servers. Now, we're down to eight blades. We've gone from seven racks down to two racks in the data center, and if you think about power, cooling, and everything else, it's a significant saving. View full review »
Mark Reboli
Network/Telecom/IT Security Manager at a university with 201-500 employees
Because it's virtual, I don't have issues. All the hardware that's tied into it, whether it's memory, disk, etc., it's all seamless. It's not a big deal to make changes, it's not a big deal to upgrade. I've had drives that have failed. It's not a big deal, you just pop it out and pop the new one in and everything's fine. View full review »
Jason Batt
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
We get a unified, collaborative support model. It conforms with the CVD and it helps us with maintaining supportability. All of our vendors give us the support that we need in a timely and effective manner. It has also been very versatile. We have others that do not exactly conform with it 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 isn't the best case for our situation. That's been wonderful. We're using the Epic environment on-demand workflow, and that has saved us quite literally thousands of man-hours by helping us refresh, back up, and create new instances. We wouldn't have been able to do so if it wasn't for all of that time-saving. Being able to have SUP, REL, and REL VAL DR instances, we would need to double our staff, at least, to be able to do that. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
There's a lot less overhead management. It's a lot easier for developers, in particular, to get the compute and storage they need. They don't have to go through a bunch of change requests. They just do it on demand. The solution's infrastructure enables us to run demanding, mission-critical workloads. Our entire development organization runs on FlexPod. Their full development environment is on it. So, application development is pretty mission critical to us. I like FlexPod's granular scalability and broad application support. Our workload isn't that diverse, but I could see other use cases for it. Flexpod helped us reduce the time required to deploy new applications by about 60%. It's a very dramatic change. It has also reduced data centered costs. It's hard to quantify, but there's a lot less bare metal that we need. It's all in FlexPod, so maybe a 40% saving. That's a guess, but it's significant. The solution has also increased static productivity, mainly in that the developers are able to self-serve. They're less dependent on infrastructure resources to stage an environment for them to then start developing on. They can stage their own environments now. Support is probably the same. It's one area that we didn't see a lot of improvement in and it's actually supporting FlexPod. It's new technology to a lot of our staff, so they're a little uneasy when they're in there messing with UCS's. It's not something a lot of them do all the time. When we do have to, we kind of fumble around the UCS a little bit to figure our way around. FlexPod does help streamline our IT admin. View full review »
Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
Due to the way the equipment is all together, with its resiliency, typically we have zero downtime. We run simulations for the military, and the lack of downtime is highly important, given the amount of money we run into it. We don't have to worry about downtime. Having the capability to seamlessly move from different equipment, that's the way to go. 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. View full review »
Kent Christiansen
Practice Director at Datalink
We have sold to more than 500 clients on FlexPod. It becomes an architecture, so in some cases, they understand the architecture. Then, they say, "Okay, I have another data center, and they can go and recreate it." We have had clients who have bought dozens. Others, we give them the assurance that the application is going to run. Therefore, there are a tremendous amount of attributes to it. View full review »
Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
We can get designs built quickly and into the customer's doors; essentially, our time from customer interest to time of deployment has shrunk a lot. Not only that, FlexPod does a stellar job being able to run workloads. View full review »
Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
We are a smaller operation in terms of our infrastructure needs. FlexPod provides very small footprint. We can have it in our offices without bothering with extra cooling, as it is a small unit. Once you have FlexPod installed and customers start using it, they love it. They realize that they can now wrap API around it and can deploy something which would've taken them a couple of days or a week in a few minutes to an hour. When IT people see these metrics, they are very happy. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
This solution has definitely simplified our infrastructure from edge to core to cloud. It's a simple process, for example, the way you create the cloud pools. It's not complicated and very transparent. Our staff has been made more efficient by using this solution, enabling them to spend time on other tasks. Basically, they have time to do things other than managing FlexPod. It includes day-to-day operations, working on and closing support tickets, and other mundane activities. Our application performance has increased since we implemented this solution. One a scale of one to ten we were probably at five, and now we're at a nine. The number of unplanned downtime incidents has absolutely decreased since we started using this solution. We went from having maybe a hundred tickets a month down to perhaps ten. This solution has helped reduce our data center costs because everything is centralized now and we don't have to have multiple data centers, with equipment from different vendors, different support contracts, and so on. View full review »
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
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. View full review »
Solution Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
From an infrastructure standpoint, we have more cohesiveness between the teams. This was a concern to us and we're working to solve it so that we can operate in a more efficient manner. From an ESX node standpoint, using this solution has reduced our footprint tremendously. I would say that it has decreased by approximately thirty-five percent. We have done a lot of consolidation on the storage side. We have been able to put into one cluster what would have taken three or four in the older environment. It benefits us because there is less administration. Some of our applications were on solid-state flash disks and some were on a hybrid platform. This new configuration is all-flash, solid-state, so nobody should have complaints about the performance. The storage performance has most likely increased anywhere from ten percent to probably twenty percent, attributed to the all-flash, solid-state hardware. We have seen a more efficient use of compute resources because we have fewer nodes committed. I would say that we are probably thirty to thirty-five percent more efficient. Our maintenance costs have absolutely been reduced. We were going to have to pay between one and two million dollars, and by putting this in, we're avoiding those costs. Our TCO has been reduced because one big piece of our former infrastructure was made up of Cisco SAN switches, and they are pretty pricey per port when you're using fiber channel. Now, we're using iSCSI, so we're saving a lot of money. View full review »
Craig Mcdonnell
Director of Integration Services at Charter Communications, Inc.
It has been enabling as a data for our service platform. FlexPods have been able to grow, build, and change how they looks at data analytics by setting up the system and enabling them to grow as they need. We can add them to additional NetApp domains allowing them to scale quite large and collect as much information on their data plane as they need. View full review »
Ahmed Jehanzeb
Infrastructure Engineer at Suntrust Bank
We are more than likely going to be moving to the cloud. We'll probably do some sort of hybrid cloud solution. We're looking at AWS. Cisco has FlexPods that work with AWS. More than likely we'll do something like that at the end of the year. We'll probably integrate with AWS or whatever cloud provider we go with. We have thought about it. They have an excellent platform idea. FlexPod is perfectly capable of supporting what we have. Our needs are mostly clients that are based off an internet website. All the computer requirements that we have are more than sufficient. For now, this is all the solution we need. The solution can be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. FlexPod is very flexible and innovative. We can design it as we like. We can do just a single tenant, multi-tenant, whatever we need. It's very helpful. FlexPod is exactly what we're looking for as far as performance is concerned. For our use cases, this is more than ample. It has all the flexibility and the performance capabilities that we're looking for right now. FlexPod helps us meet the needs of diverse workloads. We have seen a major improvement in application performance by around 30%, even though we're running in a hypervisor and we don't have a dedicated service for it. The solution reduced the time we required to deploy an application. It's almost instantaneous. It's not as fast as the cloud, but it's close enough. It's very good. It has been reduced by at least 50%. FlexPod reduced our data center costs by around 20%. For staff productivity, FlexPod helped with some of the manual tasks that we had to monitor within the infrastructure. We don't have to do it now because FlexPod is very reliable. Even replacing basic disks is automated. FlexPod seems to be very quick and reliable. It's been running well. FlexPod also simplifies our support experience. It's mostly internal in our own company. We know exactly what we're looking for. We know what to monitor. We have alerts set up for that. FlexPod helps. View full review »
Will Bashlor
Manager of IT Services at a comms service provider
We installed two FlexPods in two different geographical diverse locations to give full redundancy. This housed all of our virtual servers. It made everything easier to have in one place. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The improvement of our company is in terms of viability. The solution helped us implement capabilities we did not have previously. We do not have any issues right now. However, we are starting to outgrow the current setup. It is not as robust as we might need in the near future. We are coming up to a time where we can renew the solution and have more nodes for storage and we are considering expanding our use of the product. View full review »
Justin Wasden
Director of Datacenter with 51-200 employees
It is definitely easier for us to maintain and do build-outs, so it takes a lot less time to set things up for the customer. We have seen approximately a twenty-five percent increase in application performance. View full review »
Conrad Madewell
TSE at Insight Enterprises, Inc.
I am from the old school. When FlexPod came out, everybody ran away from it, and went to GDC at Cisco. However, here it is, and it is huge and very convenient. The advantage is being able to consolidate everything into a relatively small chassis. View full review »
Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Because the platform is a hyperconverged environment, we expect more from the technologies that manage it. We expect people to know system storage, networking, and virtualization. In the past, a lot of engineers were specific to either virtualization or network. However, there is a need now for everyone to know an element of all of those factors so they can better manage these hyperconverged and converged platforms. View full review »
Network Engineering Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
FlexPod is easier for us to maintain and do build-outs with scalability. We're able to install a lot of the build-outs and service profiles more quickly and it takes a lot less time to have all that stuff set up for the customer. It cuts down on the man-hours it takes to get an implementation done. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
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 efficient, we have had a mixed experience. It isn't necessarily FlexPod, per se. Rather, we chose the wrong hypervisor. Hyper-V is not well supported. NetApp and Cisco don't know as much about running Hyper-V as they do VMware on top of the platform. It was really our choice of hypervisor that is the negative point. We have been able to reduce our data center costs since implementing this solution. Three or four years ago, we were able to shrink our data center by fifty percent. This was a co-location leased space that we were able to reduce. Our capital expenditures have been reduced, I would say, although I do not have exact figures. View full review »
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. Depending on how we deploy, we are seeing application performance improvements as we have plenty of horsepower in the solution. However, at the moment, we have development issues, not performance issues. View full review »
Executive Director Of IT at a university
It took a server room where we had 280 servers and another with 180 and condensed them from 15 racks down to three racks. It's helping us in the data center with all our environmentals: we're talking about heat, air conditioning, our FM200s, all of that. It brought all of those down, so we're saving money there. Plus, we're saving money in support because we're condensing it all down. In addition, we're getting the ability of VMware, which is virtualization, so now we have redundancy on all of our boxes, instead of them being physical. View full review »
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The validated design is really important for us because it gives us a model on which to base our architecture and continued support for all firmware upgrades. It also provides consistency throughout the environment. FlexPod is making our staff more efficient. They don't have to spend as much time validating infrastructures and designs because that has been already taken care of out-of-the-box. The support model makes it a lot more efficient in the case of incidents. View full review »
JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
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. With respect to FlexPod's unified support for the entire stack, it's always good to have a single pane of glass to work from. It has improved application performance. Anything that runs on instance nowadays is good. I suppose if you're going from spinning media to SSD you're guaranteed to see an improvement. FlexPod has enabled our staff to be more efficient. Once it's working, it's working. There's not a lot of break-fix. It gives you time to be proactive and not necessarily reactive. I haven't come across a time when it's not working. We have the normal disk failures and hardware issues but everything is so redundant that it doesn't affect it. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
FlexPod has improved my organization in the way that it has given us much greater flexibility for getting our apps rolled out. It simplified infrastructure from edge to core to cloud. We aren't doing anything to the cloud but within the infrastructure, it's much simpler because anytime we roll out dedicated applications, we are essentially deploying dedicated FlexPods for each application. The solution's IT support has been key for it because we're able to size appropriately depending on the application and the flexibility to grow out each FlexPod depending on the application requirements. It has also enabled our staff to be more efficient. Previous to this, the infrastructure was all outsourced and so when we were bringing everything insourcing, it enabled us to essentially start fresh. We were moving off of the legacy block storage from a specific vendor and this allowed much easier siloing of our applications so that we didn't have resource contention between the applications. The application performance has also been improved. I don't have exact metrics but we're moving from legacy hardware to essentially new hardware, so there's a big jump in the actual overall hardware quality that we've been doing. Unplanned downtime incidents have decreased. We haven't had any unplanned outages that I'm aware of since we went to the FlexPod model. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
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 many weeks - two months, three months. View full review »
Sreenivas H
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 manage it remotely from any server. It is all in a box. We have been very impressed with it. View full review »
Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
The application that is running on the FlexPod that we are working with runs better on FlexPod because of the technology itself. It saves on time to do backups and restores, protection, and of course deployment and roll out. In addition, the support that you can get from all three vendors - VMware, Cisco, and NetApp - with one call, is a value-add. We have also seen a large percentage improvement in the performance of some applications. We can back up and restore within minutes, whereas before, when the program was running on a different platform, that would take eight to 12 hours. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
FlexPod is a design with everything in one bag. This helped us initially when we consolidated everything into one box. 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. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were a small company when we started, like a startup. We have been using this FlexPod since then, and now, we have grown to about mid-scale. However, FlexPod is still able to scale out the way we want, and we are happy with it. View full review »
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
Our previous solution used to take 24 hours and now we're down to seven hours. It has really good performance. It simplifies infrastructure from edge to core but not to the cloud. We have five people running operations and they are quite busy. But for the scale of VMs for the customers, we need to have at least two more men to deal with infrastructure. We just got AFF so we've got all flash on the environment now. This really speeds things up from something like eight milliseconds for I/O latency to under one millisecond which is great. FlexPod has definitely made our staff more efficient, enabling them to spend time on tasks. We're going more into automation now and we don't have to build all the VMs by hand. We automate this. It has also improved application performance by around 50%. We're getting back more scale. I'm very happy with the performance of the database now. It has also decreased our data center's costs. We don't use so many racks anymore. We compressed all the stuff and we have a higher compute and more IOPs in the smaller racks. View full review »
Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Moving from rack and stack servers (Dell EMC and HPE) to having an overall encompassing design with UCS, NetApp, and VMware, made us more resilient. We can lose nodes and drives and also stuff can go down, but there is no downtime. We can recover quickly. It makes disaster recovery (DR) easier as well, if you have a FlexPod set up in one place, then add a DR set. View full review »
Alok Tripathi
It Managed Services Provider at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Prior to FlexPod, we only had a physical environment. At that time we decided that we had to go to a 100 percent virtualized environment. From a physical environment, we were able to work into the FlexPod where we leverage all the virtualizations. It provides us with a lot of agility, on-demand or through orchestrations. We deliver hundreds of servers. It has created a lot of agility in this environment. View full review »
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The speed of scalability within the product and ease of integration are two factors which will play well with our environment. We have seen a ten to 15 percent improvement in application performance. View full review »
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
I currently host 2500 VMs for our engineering group and a couple hundred production VMs for corporate. It allowed us to scale out as our business grew without any issues. 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. View full review »
Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
Its ability to manage from edge, to core, to cloud, to supporting modern data and compute requirements has been scoped heavily before we actually spec out the FlexPods, but as far as all the interoperability and the core site, that's all been validated by the OEMs. It's kind of a guarantee. These are all validated technology standards. From the perspective of the business picking the right solution, it's all being guaranteed to work and it's supposedly scalable. Those are two of the reasons why it's probably been working for a lot of organizations. They're always validating new designs on FlexPod to adapt to current versions of software and WMware, for instance. They're all good, validated designs. View full review »
Troy Brick Margelofsky
Solutions Architect Team Lead at CDW
It takes the time to market, then shrinks and shortens it. View full review »
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Prior to using this solution, we had a legacy VMware environment and there were a lot of problems. Comparing to that time, we can really see the cost benefits of using FlexPod. View full review »
Sr Storage Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod has enabled our staff to be more efficient. They spend less time managing multiple tickets with multiple vendors. If we open a ticket with Cisco and the issue needs to have NetApp pulled in or VMware pulled in, our contact is still Cisco and they still have ownership of the case, as opposed to, without FlexPod, the process would be opening a ticket with Cisco. Cisco would need to check something on the NetApp side. Then we would have to engage NetApp, open a NetApp case, coordinate some time to get everybody together on a WebEx, and then they could say that it's a Windows problem. Then we would have to open a ticket with Microsoft and do the whole thing again. The support is nice to have. It has decreased the unplanned downtime incidents by around 10%. View full review »
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has helped to make more things consistent within our organization. In terms of staff productivity, we manage more and more with less and less people. View full review »
Sales Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud. The solution has made our staff more efficient, enabling them to spend time on tasks that drives our business forward. View full review »
Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
As a whole, it is inexpensive, and it uses the least amount of parts. You do not need a lot of things to make it work. It ships in a rack, so it is very easy to deploy. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We're a team of people working for a hospital and everybody has their own areas of expertise. If you're ever in a bind and there's a NetApp issue, there's practically nobody there with another specialization. They could call up FlexPod and handle the issue. In some ways, it can be like an insurance policy. We can hold the person selling us FlexPod accountable anytime we're in a bind. As a FlexPod customer, you're fully supported or back supported, whatever the case may be - in theory. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Honestly, we've standardized on it, so FlexPod has improved our company as far as ease of management, stability, and redundancy. The solution's infrastructure enables us to run demanding and mission-critical workloads. With manufacturing, for example, we need to be up pretty much 24/7. We've also seen an improvement in application performance with FlexPod, as well as increased staff productivity. Just the fact everything is up when we need it to be, and we're not waiting on downtime. FlexPod also simplifies our support experience. With every site being on the same standard, we support it the same way everywhere, so it's easy to train new folks or offshore staff. In addition, it streamlines our IT administration. View full review »
Snr Technical Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology
A lot of companies do not want to put the time into designing, then figuring how much compute with storage and networking. With FlexPod, companies can buy solutions that have been pre-tested. They know it will work. They are companies out there backing and supporting it, like ours, with worldwide technologies who can support and make it part of their solution. View full review »
Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
FlexPod provides one solution for who to call when there is an issue. View full review »
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has reduced costs because we are not buying a lot of infrastructure or physical servers. Also, deployment and confirmation times have reduced significantly with our use of this solution. We can speed up by VMs at the rate of ten to 15 minutes, then give it to our customers. View full review »
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
It runs our VMs. Our SQL databases are all on VMs, so everything is virtualized. Once the FlexPod is built, managers provision additional VMs. So, it's pretty simplified. With the all-flash array, I think it did improve application performance in our organization. View full review »
Joseph Pontillo
Information Systems Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It keeps us on track. You have to stay FlexPod-certified, you have to really stay on track with your updates, but the troubleshooting and support aspects are really where it's the biggest bang for the buck. View full review »
Manager Of Network Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
It has been a great product, primarily because of a lot of its deduplication features, and the out-of-the-box thinking on block level storage from NetApp, in particular. For the solution as a whole, it is great that all the different products work so well together. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
The nice thing about NetApp is the ease of administration. We have a new storage admin who did not do storage at all, and he has fallen right in with it. There are no real issues. From a Cisco standpoint, we moved away from HPE Blade hardware into Cisco UCS hardware, and it is awesome. We like it a lot. They work well together. Both products are easy to use. Together, they are harmonious. View full review »
Devin Chappell
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The biggest benefit for us, as a partner, is the ease of implementing it. Because the configuration tends to be relatively consistent, we have a series of configuration templates that we can just pretty much stamp out on demand. I can do an entire data to center deployment in under a day now. View full review »
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
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. It's pretty simplified. I think that with the new all-flash array, our application performance has been improved. We did not have very much unplanned downtime before implementing our current solution, so I can't say that our new solution is much different in that regard. This solution has probably not reduced our data center costs because our previous solution was relatively small. It was just one rack. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
It has not improved my organization, because the products work so well on their own. We have not had any issues with it. Knock on wood. It just works fine. View full review »
Alex Tsui
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
In the old days, when VMware was not so acceptable in large enterprises, the company offered customers pre-use coupons to replace their machines. For many large customers, they may or may not trust FlexPod in a sophisticated ecosystem. They still rely on the hardware to provide stability for large enterprises. View full review »
Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The solution makes our staff more efficient, enabling them to spend time on tasks that drive our business forward. The environment is more homogeneous, so there are not as many technologies to study and learn. People can focus on improving their knowledge in existing technologies. It simplifies our lives. We use a smaller footprint of equipment right now. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Since we started, we have been improving and changing the hardware and performance. View full review »
Storage Administrator at HDR
Our footprint is lower than it used to be. View full review »
Adel Saeed
Sr Network Solution Engineer at InterVision Systems Technologies
We are a partner with Cisco, and we assist our customers based on their business requirements. We have definitely seen an improvement in application performance. They have high availability, and this is what we are looking for. I would say that it is a ninety percent improvement. Staff productivity has increased because they have more time. The solution provides centralized management, and less time is required for troubleshooting and research. The documentation is in the GUI, embedded within the software. I would say that there is a thirty percent improvement. Datacenter costs are reduced by means of less power, cooling, and space. I would say it is a fifty percent reduction. This solution helps our IT administrator to troubleshoot and understand problems. View full review »
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The streamlining of support has been an improvement for us. Also, 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. Finally, we have seen about a 20 percent improvement in application performance. The increase is coming over the legacy hardware we were running before. View full review »
Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has decreased operational requirements for maintaining servers. One example is that the storage is decoupled from the computer, meaning that I can scale up the computer without having to scale up the storage. There has been a reduction in the operational workload with regards to change management. View full review »
Sihle Letlaka
Enterprise Architecture at a Consumer Goods
It has improve my organization through cost savings. I belong to a cost center. I need to try and find ways to optimize solutions by actually reducing costs as opposed to running up the bill. View full review »
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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 remove our data center consolidation and move stuff onto that. It simplifies the infrastructure from edge to core. It simplifies the configuration metrics and saved time. FlexPod simplified and saved time overall for all of the configuration and deployment. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
This solution makes it easier for us, as engineers, to do a lot of design and a lot of the pre-work that goes into things. It is good in that respect. This solution's history of innovations affected our operations because by using all-flash, we've sped up applications that couldn't do what they do because they were inefficient. These inefficiently-built applications needed more resources, so we used all-flash to compensate. Generally speaking, application performance has been improved through the use of all-flash storage. Using this solution has made our staff more efficient because they are spending less time fiddling with the backend stuff. It is more intuitive. This solution has not had much effect on our unplanned downtime, but we did not have much before. View full review »
Associate VP at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is a very nice solution because, traditionally, we used to spend more time administrating managing. The developer has to do things differently. Therefore, we put it in a self-service mode for the developer community. View full review »
Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
From a server storage side, we were previously using the HP BladeSystem c7000 chassis for our blade servers. It was much harder to update the firmware when compared to the Cisco UCS. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. FlexPod has improved our application's performance. It is now ten times as fast. Unplanned downtime incidents have decreased. We've had two and a half years with zero downtime. View full review »
Evan Wheatley
Solution Architect at Charter
For our support side, our service desk, it's very helpful. They've got a single point of contact. They know what the solution looks like. It's a consistent experience for them as well. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We have offices across the globe in almost 20 to 22 countries and there was a time when people from Singapore needed access because they experience similar issues as we do. When we implemented this solution, all 250 VDI sessions seamlessly were accessed over the internet. That's the benchmark. It simplifies infrastructure from edge to port to cloud. It proves that deployment is easy and straightforward. There isn't any need to do extra work. We are definitely getting good progress and good improvement from them. It has decreased our data center costs by around 8 to 10 percent. FlexPod has improved our application performance by 40%. View full review »
Jegan Chinnu
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is enterprise storage. The latency is about five billion milliseconds, which is coming from the cloud servers. We have seen an 80 percent improvement in application performance. View full review »
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
This solution has been helpful to our organization in many ways including provisioning storage, provisioning applications, and maintaining applications. The validated designs for major enterprise applications are very important for us. They help with time availability, architecture, and security. From an application uptime perspective, it's important. This solution has helped to simplify our infrastructure. All of these individual components integrate well with each other, and from a customer standpoint, I don't really have to worry about compatibility and other things on my end. The unified support for the entire stack is something that is important to us. This solution has decreased our unplanned downtime. View full review »
Kevin Henderson
Information Security Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
We run a lot of the same OS's so it really saves us a lot on infrastructure cost. It helped us really jump into the private cloud infrastructure instead of just trying to jump straight into public, which is way more expensive in the long run. That is what most businesses will be looking for in the end. It really is a cost saving when you can keep it in-house. View full review »
Alex Pop
Network Systems Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We purchased them when we changed from physical to virtual. We really didn't have a choice but to go virtual. So, I would not be able to tell you how it improved things because it was a different environment entirely. But it definitely streamlines things. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
It was in place when I got to this job. Since I've been here, it has just worked, it functions fine. We haven't had any issues with it. View full review »
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We can scale it out quickly, if needed. We have also seen an improvement in our application performance. Our VM and database environments are able to go as fast as we need them to now. View full review »
Pre-Sales Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The flexibility between Cisco and NetApp is valuable. When there are new parts of new devices like the new AFF 400, then the speed is not fast enough to implement what the customer asks for, but the design is not validated. It's faster to validate the design for new equipment. 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 partner and look for a solution together. It improves application performance for our customers. Before FlexPod, you could make a design and that design was not strong enough for some applications and now there is a good validated design. The validated design gives space for the applications to run or not. Performance has been improved by 50%. Before we had to make separate designs, now, we are more confident that a design is good to work for the type of application. It has decreased unplanned downtime incidents. View full review »
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Delivery speed and integration speeds have increased. The solution has enabled us to run mission-critical workloads. Our SQL cluster is on there, which is high IOPS. All-in-one solution is great for when you don't have a lot of staff, with multiple disciplines. It has increased productivity because we only have a staff of four people, so we are able to focus on other items like innovation. It also has simplified our support experience. FlexPod has also improved applications for us. It handles IOS better. View full review »
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. View full review »
Robert Ashworth
Director of Infrastructure Operations at ONEOK, Inc.
As far as improvement, I don't know of anything immediate other than the performance with the All Flash. For our disaster recovery (DR), we rely heavily on SnapMirror technologies to accomplish our disaster recovery in VMware SRM. The most immediate benefit is definitely the performance. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Our performance increase has been about 15 percent from what we previously used. View full review »
Director Of Engineering
It gives us pretty solid support from either Cisco or NetApp as well as an all-in-one infrastructure. We don't need a storage expert to manage everything for us. View full review »
Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
This solution has given us a great deal of on-site storage that we didn't have before. The solution’s granular scalability or broad application support helps us meet the needs of diverse workloads. We have seen an improvement in application performance. Although I don't know what the baseline was so I cannot tell how much it has improved. It has enabled us to reduce data center costs and to save money. View full review »
Senior systems manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
Being able to contact one place to get support, e.g., if it is the virtualization end of it, hardware, or storage. There is just one place to get support. It has simplified our support. View full review »
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
All of our main applications run on this solution, and it has done a stellar job. View full review »
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
This solution allows us to have a highly diverse environment. It is scalable and has been helpful with our DB deployment and DB management. The solution infrastructure enables us to run mission-control workloads. This gives us a good opportunity because it allows us to connect different Cisco devices, giving us a highly diverse environment. It is diverse and allows connections between two different vendor’s systems. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have significantly less latency now with our imagery. It certainly has increased the speed of operations. The solution has made our staff more efficient because it is easier to manage. This has enabled them to spend time on tasks that drive our business forward. From a management perspective, the interface is much easier to use. View full review »
Steven Network Engineer
Network Engineer at Department of Homeland Security
FlexPod impacted us by making things easier to deploy. The solution is a private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environment. That's very important to us. We're doing a lot of hybrid cloud. The solution's infrastructure enables us to run mission-critical workloads. I do work for the Department of Homeland Security. We have a lot of critical applications. The validated designs and overall versatility in terms of integrating our technology and capabilities are pretty good. The solution brings us a scale of broad application support that helps us meet the needs of diverse workloads. View full review »
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have a network team and assistance team in our organization, and this solution has helped them to combine and work together a lot better. The solution's granular scalability and broad application support help us to meet the needs of diverse workloads. The performance has improved with a couple of applications that we have. I’m not sure of the percentage, but I would say about twenty percent. It also optimizes operations. It has increased staff productivity because we can work on other stuff. View full review »
Network Engineer III at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It simplifies that you don't have to manage all the additional hardware. It simplifies support, as it is all in one area. You don't have to worry about individual pieces of hardware going end-of-life at different times. View full review »
Lead Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Based on the fact that our clients can use code to program the system, they are able to deploy solutions that are a lot more reliable. That enables them to focus more on their business, rather than solving technology problems. View full review »
Mohit Mittal
AGM at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod has helped us reduce our time of deployment because we are really only missing integration with different applications. It has also allowed us to streamline our IT administration. View full review »
Ola Solaru
Enterprise Solution Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Right now, we are trying to deploy on multiple laptops. Using a VDI, which is part of FlexPod solutions, we are able to do this. You can use it on cellphone, iPad, etc. View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
Since going to all Flash, employees are much happier working remotely in our VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). View full review »
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The virtual environment is a lot more efficient than physical boxes. It allows us to move stuff around a lot, adding resources and removing resources with minimal disruption. View full review »
Krishna Ramanath
Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
If we go to different vendors, this solution looks good. Though, it is mainly manufactured to a particular size. As per the implements, we need to bring more devices for this type of situation. It will be helpful for us to get more infrastructure export, etc. View full review »
Ed Osterholt
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It's much cheaper than the old legacy stuff, especially the storage. It means that our customers don't have to take care of separate storage, separate compute, but can combine them. It streamlines things, especially for development. View full review »
Practice Lead at Bedroc
FlexPod simplifies our deployments and the automation. It enables us to handle mission-critical workloads and applications. View full review »
Christian Jansen
Technical Operations Manager at Dyncorp
The product is pretty good for our environment. It is overkill for our environment. In places that we are putting these, it could serve 2000 to 3000 users and it has to serve 50 users for us. It is a sledgehammer system approach, in that we are putting systems which are not necessarily rightsized, but they are redundant because they are going to places which are fairly isolated. View full review »
Network Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
The FlexPod solution increased back-end productivity and streamlined our IT admin. View full review »
Director at HCL Technologies
This solution has improved our organization in the way that we now require fewer employees. It has reduced the complexity of our network monitoring. It has reduced the workload on our network admins and our network availability has been reduced. View full review »
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. View full review »
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
On some occasions, when we have needed virtual machines to install new applications, the administrator has provided them in a matter of minutes. Similarly, we have created virtual desktops for environments of 50-100 users in minutes. Finally, the integration with VMware NSX has allowed us to recover from a failure of the main site in a matter of minutes. View full review »
Information Technology Architect and Business Consultant
The customer added the FlexPod-based solution to a real-time system to improve their overall system with a new analytics environment. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
It makes us more lateral and faster to production. View full review »
Ali Tadir
Managing Partner at Nextgen
It is the first phase of the hyperconverged systems. View full review »
Abhishek Sarthi
Associate at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
A single FlexPod can support a load of 2,000 - 5,000 employees without downtime. View full review »
Aron Campbell
Private Cloud Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Scale up/down * CD/CI pipeline * Development environments scale up/down View full review »
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