FlexPod Initial Setup

Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The product is actually easy to set up. It's self-learning. It's methodical. At the same time, you have to go through all the minutia of the networking layer, the storage layer, the compute layer to focus on the foundation. Then prepare it for application download and then application build on either databases or the application itself based on the OS that it resides on. The model is quite simple. View full review »
reviewer1223427
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. Complexity was added more from a customer perspective, where you need that custom setup for what they require. With the bundle, we did get to go to training for FlexPod's deployment and that sort of area. That also helped us a lot to understand the nuts and bolts and detail of what it is as well, which helped a lot with that knowledge. View full review »
ChrisKnott
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I was involved in the initial setup and it was a bit complex. It was complex at first because I mean it was a new system and stuff and there were some parts that we had not managed before that we had to learn. Using the UCL software was new to us. We can easily manipulate the fabric interconnects. You don't have to get the networking people every time you need to do something. They just have to touch the 9k or the 5k or whatever you running. View full review »
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Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
It was very straightforward. Each solution is a little bit different: Everything from the E-Series being the simplest to MetroCuster being the most complicated, but they have all been relatively straightforward to setup. We have been using NetApp services for most startups, so this has been a big benefit, especially with technology that we did not necessarily understand right off the bat. View full review »
reviewer1223463
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
We did not use WWT for the initial setup, and we did have problems. A lot of it had to do with the gentleman who worked on the program left. From our perspective, it was a lot of trial and error. It took a couple deployments to get a rhythm to it. After that, since the first two to three deployments, it's been very smooth. With the same team, we know what we're doing. We have the same project leader. View full review »
Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
The initial setup was quite straightforward. We didn't have many issues with it. Of course, 10 years ago when we were starting with it, it was quite a fresh thing. There were not many documents available or validated designers like we have now, but we didn't have any major issues implementing it. View full review »
reviewer1223598
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
This solution is super easy and straightforward to set up. It is almost "set and forget", and everything works really well. It actually took longer than it should have, simply because I stopped the engineer and had him walk me through every single step so that I understood what he was doing and why he was doing it. Without my interruption, he could have spun it up himself in a couple of hours. However, it was important for me to understand how the system was deployed and why things were set up the way that they were so that I was able to support it going forward. View full review »
DataCente1bb
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Setup was pretty easy. This was our first venture into UCS at all. It was a steep learning curve figuring it out. We are using Central to manage six different domains, so getting that hierarchy put together upfront so we could do global templating across all those domains was a little rough, mostly from a conceptual standpoint. It deploys easily now that we have got it out. We have been a NetApp shop forever, so that part was a piece of cake. View full review »
Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
I have a lot of experience with setup. I'm somebody who loves to dive into CLI on the NetApp side. I love to build the entire thing from scratch and not really use any of the setup tools that are out there. There is definitely a little bit of a learning curve for FlexPod still, especially as you're building out from scratch. But, at the same time, they have both done a great job at working to simplify that deployment process and make it more straightforward. View full review »
J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
This is my understanding, since I don't deploy it. The initial setup is very straightforward compared to its competitors. Compared to an HPE solution, it is exponentially easier to set up. I know that as a fact. View full review »
Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was more complex for us because we were using Hyper-V. We had to blend a few CVDs, but with the expertise that they had, there weren't any issues. View full review »
ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup was complex at the time our deployment where there was a lot of moving parts. My understanding is that they have since tried to implement more streamlining. View full review »
KyleKnox
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
It was straightforward because I have done it multiple times before. I've had to do it probably four times now. Now, I just know what I need to do versus the first time I had to it. We worked with a reseller and basically read all the documentation the first time. The process for deployment is rack and stack, then upgrade to the latest firmware. We go through all our templates and gather what we're currently using compared to what the latest version of UCS offers. We make any updates, as necessary, then reconfigure, redeploy, and away we go. View full review »
reviewer1223511
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was very straightforward, but you have to know the integration document for the Cisco validated design. It is a must to know. Basically, the guy who performs the implementation should know it like the bible. It is actually the bible for those guys, and for the people who are using it. Those validated designs make our engineer lives, much easier. View full review »
reviewer1223541
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The setup is complex, but not unreasonable. There is a lot to learn. There is a lot to do to make sure that all of the versioning is compatible. I know NetApp offers some tools if you're not familiar with it or you haven't done it before. I'm not sure that I've seen everything or know all the places to look for that information. So, it can be a little anxiety provoking in that sense. View full review »
Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We followed the validated design. Although on paper it looks quite complex, we followed the validated design and working closely with NEC, who has set up other data centers similar to ours. It was easy. It has saved our engineers time. The initial setup to get the service profile set up took some time, but now each new blade that is put in is up and running in ten minutes. The previous service that we had would have taken about half a day to a day. View full review »
reviewer1223397
Solutions Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup is fairly straightforward. Once you get the understanding of how the system works, it is fairly easy to set it up. View full review »
JustinMoses
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
The initial setup of this solution is fairly straightforward. Obviously, you need to know what storage systems are being used, etc, but in general, it is straightforward. View full review »
Mark Reboli
Network/Telecom/IT Security Manager at a university with 201-500 employees
The setup is pretty straightforward. The biggest thing I would say to you if you were looking at doing one is, really look at your VAR. Find one that has done it before and that will help you to make sure you don't have any major pitfalls. View full review »
Jason Batt
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
Because our VAR helped us with a lot of it, from our perspective it was very simple. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. We followed the validated design and we had external partners come in and help us build it, and then we were up and running. I wouldn't say it was complex. View full review »
Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
The initial setup was straightforward. We sat down with Cisco and NetApp, as well as World Wide, and said, "This is what we want to see." And they built the FlexPod based upon our requirements. After that initial work, everything came in quite easily. View full review »
Kent Christiansen
Practice Director at Datalink
The FlexPod initial setup is straightforward if you know what you are doing in the data centers. There are simpler things. For FlexPod, you still need IT staff to set it up (that is what we do). We help build it out for the client. It is not a one button thing, and there are some things like that. It is more of an enterprise architecture. It is absolutely straightforward for us to set it up, certify it, and validate it, but there is a lot more to getting applications on it and tying them into the operations. View full review »
Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
Once you have a plan, it's around 80 percent planning and 20 percent execution. As long as you follow the CVDs and understand what information is going into them, collecting all the information upfront. View full review »
Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
The initial setup is complex because it has to be done in a certain way. View full review »
Michael-Jensen
Infrastructure Engineer at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
The initial setup of this solution requires some training. Once you learn it then everything is simple, but in getting to that point, there is a bit of learning curve. The complexity comes from having so many different components. The need to have skills from several different backgrounds. You need to have experience as a network administrator, a network engineer, a storage administrator, and a virtualization expert. It is a four-technology domain that includes network, compute, storage, and virtualization. Then you have a server administrator, and you have to combine all of these roles into one person. That is where the learning curve comes from. View full review »
JacquelineLee
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
The way that we do the initial setup, there are a lot of volumes. There are multiple copies of the same database. Let me speak specifically about our recent migration, where the customer actually has four copies of their production workload. In this specific environment, it is complex. Could my customer do it by themselves? No. We helped with that implementation. Their scripts are written in just to help automate the process. This enabled the migration to go very smoothly. View full review »
reviewer1223559
Solution Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The setup of this solution is lengthy and complex, but we have been speaking with people about how to make it more efficient. The complexity has a lot to do with when you're initially setting the equipment up. There's a lot of values that you have to plug into their various screens, and then you also have to do a reboot to pick up whether it's going to be a storage node or a compute node. Then, they're looking to fix status too, and you have to do a reboot after that, so you lose forty-five minutes and if you have a large install, that's a long time to build the environment. View full review »
Craig Mcdonnell
Director of Integration Services at Charter Communications, Inc.
At first, it seems a little complex. As you get going, you realize it is quite straightforward. The documentation alone that NetApp provides can guide anybody through the process. You can hire external vendors to assist you with it, but if you have some knowledgeable people, and they read the documentation, in a few short days, you will be up and operational. View full review »
HammadSikander
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup was fairly complex because of the sheer number of servers, more than 30,000 servers. Once deployed, it is set up and forget it. We do not have a dedicated FTE to manage this solution all day long. That's a good thing. View full review »
Will Bashlor
Manager of IT Services at a comms service provider
The initial setup was very straightforward. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was very straightforward. View full review »
Justin Wasden
Director of Datacenter with 51-200 employees
The initial setup of this solution is straightforward and very easy. There is a thirty-five to forty percent reduction in the time required for deployment. View full review »
Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
There is a workbook, so we just use it with our client. It helps us know what they need for implementation. The workbook categorizes all the different information they need, so they know what to expect during the installation. This make the setup clear and concise. They can review the workbook and have plenty of time to fill it out. View full review »
NetworkE8816
Network Engineering Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup is generally pretty easy and faster than most other systems. View full review »
reviewer1223619
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
The initial setup of this solution was complex because we were doing it for the first time. We have some very experienced Cisco engineers on staff, which was key to implementing Cisco UCS because it was familiar to them. View full review »
Isaac Ojeda
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The upgrade was straightforward. There wasn't anything special involved. What we found out is that since no one is using templates properly that we could have done things even faster if we had used the templates. Since then, we use them all across all the sites. View full review »
Executivc4c1
Executive Director Of IT at a university
I wasn't involved personally in the initial setup but my staff was. It was very simple. We got on with NetApp, we got the Cisco guys together, we got our VM guys together. NetApp really took the lead and just pushed us through. So it was a very simple setup. View full review »
EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The initial setup was was very well coordinated between NetApp and us. It was very smooth and very painless. View full review »
JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
The initial setup was quite straightforward. As with anything nowadays, the workflows are just so good that it's easy to configure one thing and just move on to the other. View full review »
PeteKujath
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
The initial setup was very straightforward. We've got all our reference documentation and we had everything planned out. Our VAR did do a good job of saying, here are the components that we're using and here's how everything goes together. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
Setup is complex. They don't follow the norms. You expect certain things to be a certain way but once you start deploying you go, "Ah-ha." I found three or four "ah-ha" moments or "gotchas." It wasn't very straightforward. I had to do some digging to find out the right way to deploy it. View full review »
Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
From a setup perspective, I come at it from two different angles. * As a customer, I was involved very early on in some of those stages. At that point in time, it looked complex to me, especially earlier on in my career. * Now, I have quite a few years of industry experience under my belt and working with both of these products. I would not say it is overly complex. Both NetApp and Cisco have gone to great lengths to simplify the process and IT, as a whole. There is a continued evolution of it, and you are going to continue to see the product get better. View full review »
Sreenivas H
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup is pretty straightforward. We do leverage a reseller to size it. Our partners are RoundTower and WWT. They configure the sizing, then they install the basic hardware. Afterwards, they will ship it to us. We configure the hypervisor and storage network, then we ship it to branch office. View full review »
John Barrow
Chief Technologist at Datalink, a division of Insight
We were early adopters, and there was some complexity involved. That is why a good integrator partner is important. We are a little bit ahead of the curve, and the market has matured since then. After the first FlexPod, the second and third got easier and easier for us to deploy. We are now self-sustaining in the configuration portion of managing it, and also in the ongoing operations. View full review »
Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
I did not really notice anything complex or anything you couldn't figure out for yourself or by picking up a phone or looking up the documents. They were able to produce the system within 24 hours from the time the boxes arrived at the data center. View full review »
SrStorEng65465
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was straightforward. There is a lot certification on the workload, so we don't have to worry about it. View full review »
SeniorSteee7
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. We got all the requirements, then gave them to the consultants who came back telling us what is a requirement and what is a design. We discussed it, and this made the rollout pretty simple. Other than finding out what bits and pieces we needed, the instillation and execution administration was pretty straightforward. View full review »
OliverSchnurer
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
The initial setup was complex. We are implementing ACI as well, application centric infrastructure and this is complex to the network. We are pushing a virtualization layer on to the network which is really complex. View full review »
Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was complex. UCS is not the easiest thing to configure from the ground up. The networking pieces can get confusing, especially when you are talking about virtual segmentation. It is not as easy as other things now on the market, such as hyperconverged. View full review »
Alok Tripathi
It Managed Services Provider at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Although I was not involved in the initial setup, I saw when we were moving from physical to virtual that it was pretty smooth. The initial challenge was the configuration within the data center. But I don't think it was a technical challenge. View full review »
EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The initial setup is straightforward. It is all interface-based, so point and click. View full review »
Alan-Crouch
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
The initial setup was straightforward. InterVision laid down the framework, then handed me an environment where I could go into a vSphere and deploy VMs from day one. View full review »
Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
There are, basically, validated guidelines on how to deploy all of the FlexPods, so they have all been pretty straightforward. This solution does reduce deployment time, although I don’t know the exact percentage in terms of time savings. I can say that as far as “go to market”, it’s generally faster View full review »
Troy Brick Margelofsky
Solutions Architect Team Lead at CDW
It is very straightforward. If we had never done it before, someone else has been the design guide, someone else has been the deployment guide, and it is step-by-step. If you have never deployed NetApp or Cisco before, you can follow these guides. If you have, they are just an augmentation of what you already know, and just a bunch of best practices, so you can get it up and running in a much quicker fashion. View full review »
Architec69f5
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The setup of FlexPod is straightforward because all of the components are there. View full review »
reviewer1223502
Sr Storage Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was straightforward. It would have been set up the same way if it wasn't called FlexPod. We're using Cisco Nexus, which is Cisco UCS, NetApp storage, and VMware are all things we would have done anyway. View full review »
SrPlatfo3333
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup of this solution was straightforward. Granted, the reseller did most of the work. View full review »
VitorDias
Sales Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup is a little complex. View full review »
Infrastr4edd
Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
For design and initial setup, it was very simple. View full review »
SystemsEd439
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
My colleagues mentioned that it was very easy. View full review »
SeniorSy113c
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was somewhat complex, but once you do it thirty, forty, or fifty times, you kind of know your standards. View full review »
David_Harrison
Snr Technical Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology
Setup is easy. They have already preconfigured things. Things are prelabeled, have colors, and they plugin. That is one of the reasons that you buy FlexPod, because of the ease, proven reliability and performance. View full review »
Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
The initial setup was straightforward. Just follow the validation plan. View full review »
DevinChappell
Solution Architect at Charter telecom
There is a lot to do, but the process is very well-documented. The nature of the infrastructure allows us to basically go through and work with a series of templates that we can stamp out very quickly. For the vast majority of the deployments that we do for customers, I have an information gathering sheet that I email them a couple weeks before deployment, and just from the information that we collect, we can get the configuration 98 percent of the way done. View full review »
SeniorIn5f65
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Take a look at FlexPod and do a PoC. Compare it to other products and you will see the huge savings. It provides all the network information needed, such as how to create pools and set up servers. It is pretty easy. 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. View full review »
reviewer1223577
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The setup is pretty straightforward. My recommendation: If you are not familiar with the technology, you probably should engage some type of professional services to set it up. View full review »
Joseph Pontillo
Information Systems Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup was pretty straightforward. We obviously engaged a reseller to help us with it. But putting the different components together is pretty straightforward. View full review »
ManagerO6505
Manager Of Network Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was very straightforward. They provided a lot of documentation. They provided a lot of drawings as to how to cable it properly, along with a lot of tools, making sure it was set up properly. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
We did a head swap upgrade about a week ago, which mostly went well for VMware systems. Everything inside the FlexPlod upgraded fine. We had an AIX system with an issue during the upgrade, but that is not my area. View full review »
Devin Chappell
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The setup is not complex but there are a lot of moving pieces. There are a lot of components to go through and touch and configure the very first time, but once you get a couple under your belt it's very easy to go through and stamp it out from there. If you follow the standardized templates and the design guides, it takes a lot of the work out of it. View full review »
JamesThomas1
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
I built the current FlexPod and it was pretty straightforward. We had another FlexPod that was built by somebody else. It's easy to build and we are in the process of migrating all of the workloads over. We're always refreshed. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
Depends on who you are talking to whether the initial setup is straightforward or complex. Setting up a NetApp is one thing, setting up a Cisco UCS environment is another thing. We did not buy it as a FlexPod. We bought all the ingredients individually, then registered it as a FlexPod because it is licensed as such. We had subject-matter experts doing their roles. In the end, they realized it was a FlexPod and it should be registered as one. View full review »
Alex Tsui
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
For the initial setup, you have to follow the guide, step-by-step and version-specific for the installation. If you follow the guide step-by-step it is fairly simple, not that complex. We deploy for customers firsthand, usually within one week. Our last deployment of FlexPod took one to two months. It depends on the requirements. View full review »
SystemsA52a9
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
While I wouldn't change a thing, it was not easy coming from our old environment. You have local and different servers and have to pull everything together. It took us a year and a half to deploy the first FlexPod and have it be total functionally. After that, the process was simple. Nowadays, things are easier to deploy. View full review »
StorageA5733
Storage Administrator at HDR
The initial setup is straightforward. You just follow the steps. As long as you're not missing steps, especially as it is integrated with OnCommand System Manager or command line, the process is straightforward. View full review »
Adel Saeed
Sr Network Solution Engineer at InterVision Systems Technologies
This solution is easy to deploy. This solution reduces application deployment time because we have integrated automation with it. The simple integration makes it easy. We have an eighty percent reduction in time. View full review »
Enterpriaa97
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It was very straightforward, as long as you follow the documentation. It is a well-architected solution so I didn't really run into issues. I set it up and it works. View full review »
Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup of this solution was complex. It was a steep learning curve, and there is a lot of planning that has to be done up front. The Validated Designs are helpful, and I used them extensively when I set it up. View full review »
Taran Nasseth
Data Center Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
When you open the box, they give you a very nice diagram. Which was my initial guide through setting up any NetApp SAN. It worked itself out pretty well. I knew a decent bit of the network side as well, so I might have had an unfair advantage. I connected everything up like in the diagram and went through the documentation online, then had most of the SAN set up by the time that we had engaged with our engineer to actually set up the SAN. So, the initial setup was pretty straightforward. View full review »
Sihle Letlaka
Enterprise Architecture at a Consumer Goods
I was not involved in the initial setup. View full review »
reviewer1223490
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was straightforward because we did not do it, Cisco did it. View full review »
MarioArlia
Senior Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
I was not involved with the initial setup, but I can say that the work we have done with revamping the solution has been straightforward and simple. View full review »
Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
The initial setup was pretty much straightforward. View full review »
Colin Fritzke
Network Engineer at Long view systems
I wasn't part of the initial setup. However, I have been part of the expansion and it's very simple. The deployment time has been reduced, although I cannot say by how much. View full review »
Evan Wheatley
Solution Architect at Charter
There are a lot of components to it, but setting up FlexPod is what we do every day, so it is easy enough for us to go through and do. We've got some intellectual property that we have built around it, but it becomes second nature. View full review »
reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was straightforward. It's all built at the factory and it came put together as a rack. Everything was straightforward. View full review »
Jegan Chinnu
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup is not complex. It is user-friendly since it is a single solution with all the components delivered in one package. View full review »
reviewer1223601
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup of this solution is straightforward and easy. View full review »
Kevin Henderson
Information Security Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
I was involved in the Initial design and configuration. It was as straightforward as it gets. View full review »
Alex Pop
Network Systems Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I coordinated the initial setup, but I wasn't necessarily hands-on. But it was pretty straightforward. View full review »
SystemsEeff6
Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
I wasn't involved in the initial setup but I'm involved in the upgrading process. It's okay. I haven't worked with it in the past. I'm trying to get in with it, it's a little confusing and different from what I was doing before. But, so far, it's been okay, just minor bumps in the road. View full review »
Operatio235c
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Parts of the initial setup were complex, especially on the networking side. The other two components were pretty straightforward. View full review »
SystemEn8432
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Virtuali7246
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
It was straightforward because I was working with an experienced partner. I have more than six years of experience, so when I work with a partner that has experience, it makes it easier. View full review »
Spencer Carson
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
This is a little bit out of my environment. They give us what they need on-premise from a telecom's perspective. Then, our virtualization teams and the NetApp teams go in and deploy it. I can't speak on the granular issues. View full review »
Robert Ashworth
Director of Infrastructure Operations at ONEOK, Inc.
From all of the feedback that I have received, it is an easy, straightforward system to set up and maintain. View full review »
RafaelLage
CTO at ForceOne
The setup is very straightforward since all our installations are based on CVDs. So, it is very easy to install. View full review »
reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup is straightforward. View full review »
Director7179
Director Of Engineering
We bought a few chassis because we have different locations, different data centers. For the first location, we got help from NetApp and Cisco. For the next few locations, we mostly did it by ourselves. View full review »
Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
The initial setup of this solution is fairly complex. We have a complex environment. This solution has reduced deployment time. View full review »
Evan Wheatley
Solution Architect at Charter
I wouldn't say it is more complex. It is different, because there are a lot more components than if you were just going to buy a traditional compute only or storage only solution. So, there is an added complexity given the size of the deployment and the number of components. However, it is not difficult from a deployment perspective by any stretch. If you were deploying those components individually, it would be the same amount of effort. View full review »
SeniorSy9b41
Senior systems manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup was very straightforward. View full review »
ITEnginecacc
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup of this solution is complex. There are too many levels of architecture design, with lots of different layers of pointing connections. It takes a really well-trained skill set to get it up and running. View full review »
NetworkA5035
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup of FlexPod is straightforward. This solution reduces our application deployment time by approximately five percent. View full review »
reviewer1223484
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was very simple and straightforward. I had it racked within half a day and connected. View full review »
Steven Network Engineer
Network Engineer at Department of Homeland Security
The initial setup of FlexPod was straightforward. View full review »
NetworkE1ffa
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup of this solution is straightforward. You simply follow the documentation. View full review »
NetworkE9bca
Network Engineer III at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was involved in the refresh, and it was relatively straightforward. We had an existing UCS infrastructure that we were replacing, which was being moved over to a secondary sight where it was a new UCS stand up. View full review »
ChrisBarnes
Lead Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Setup is very straightforward. We understand the customer requirements. We take those and translate them into the configuration scripts. We can set it up very quickly and reliably and get them into production a lot faster than most traditional solutions. View full review »
Technica3f50
Technical Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think the setup is straightforward, with the designs that I've seen in terms of the physical topology. "This link needs to go to this link. You've got to configure it in this way." The validated designs do a good job in terms of the layer 1 and all of the configuration. View full review »
NetworkE560c
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
The setup of this solution is a little bit complex at first. After you understand the major components, it gets easier. View full review »
Mohit Mittal
AGM at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was straightforward, but the migration has taken some time. View full review »
Ola Solaru
Enterprise Solution Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
It was pretty straightforward. I was the main engineer during the initial setup. View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
The initial installation was straightforward. View full review »
Technica2c2d
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup, but sometimes I am involved with upgrades which are challenging. This is because there is a lot of documentation that has to be reviewed before you go through an upgrade. It is not as straightforward as some other solutions. However, the product is very stable and it does what it needs to do. View full review »
Krishna Ramanath
Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We used it for the remote setup, not the physical setup. We upgrade it normally during downtime. View full review »
Ed Osterholt
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Practice8f4d
Practice Lead at Bedroc
The installation was straightforward. View full review »
Christian Jansen
Technical Operations Manager at Dyncorp
The initial setup is very straightforward. View full review »
Jan Willem Varossieau
Consultant Technical at Vosko
The setup is really straightforward. What I heard was you plug it in, you bring it up, and it's easy to install. View full review »
NetworkEcbe4
Network Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup of FlexPod was complex in the way that we had to manage the data. View full review »
RajeshSrinivasan
Director at HCL Technologies
The initial setup for FlexPod is complex. View full review »
SystemsA3715
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
SeniorNeb1d5
Senior Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was involved in the networking side of the initial setup. It was pretty straightforward. View full review »
Ali Tadir
Managing Partner at Nextgen
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
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