FlexPod Other Solutions Considered

Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We considered VMware, Citrix, going full cloud, sharing with a cloud, handing it off to a managed service provider, building it ourselves, rack and stack — pretty much everything was on the table. FlexPod is a good product. I think they just need to continue to keep up the pace with organization like Nutanix and those types of organizations to be able to compete. You can't get in trouble going with Cisco and NetApp. If you get stuck or have an issue, support is there. The inner partnership, inner engineering, and cross-pollination is there. I'm still leery of some of the up-and-coming hyperconverged organizations out there trying to compete. They may be good, dynamic, fast, growing, everybody's getting on on it, but they're not backed by two large publicly-traded organizations that have a legacy foundation that's been tried and proven for what they do and do best. View full review »
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
From a flexible deployment and scalability point of view, we got NetApp. From enterprise and beyond, they are doing above and beyond anything that anyone else is doing at the moment. Cisco are the leaders in LAN technology. With their hardware for unified communication of the UCS bundle, it's so straightforward and easy to set up. It integrates with a lot of other major vendors, which makes our lives a lot easier. View full review »
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Our shortlist included a Dell EMC. View full review »
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Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
It is not so much that we need to invest in FlexPod. I work pretty closely with all of our vendors, and a lot of times, we look and we evaluate. We evaluate all the available solutions out there. It does not matter whether it is a FlexPod or if it is one of the illegal EMC counterparts. We evaluate them all. We look at everything from Nimble Suite and the big brands, like FlexPod. Every time we go out and we evaluate solutions with their flexibility. The flexibility of a FlexPod wins out every time. Having an extremely cost effective solution which is a pain in the butt to manage, a pain in the butt to support, or overly complex does not really do us any good. It ends up just costing us, even though we do not track money. It ends up costing us time, which in turn, costs us money, and management does look at that. We look at performance. We look at the available options and how they unified a platform, especially when it comes to storage. Recently, we were comparing FAS units to a VNX from EMC. The big difference and big selling point for a FAS unit was the data filer with virtualized block put right on top of it. We do not have to maintain separate controllers. The VNX had to have a Solera and a clearing head in it in order to do block and file based storage. We had to separate discs at a point in time. This is a few years ago, so some of it has changed since then. However, when I talk about simplicity to manage, it also goes into cost. On the EMC side, I would have had to have dedicated disc per file and dedicated discs for block-based storage. On the FAS side, I could do whatever I wanted. I just had a big disk pool and I could divide it up however I wanted. View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Prior to choosing this option, we looked at a smaller IBM solution, as well as solutions from EMC. The big winning factor for NetApp was cost. At the same time, since we've brought NetApp in, I've found that NetApp's storage efficiency is unparalleled. I recently had a discussion with a business unit in one of our remote sites that needed some more performance out of their 2650 and they were telling my bosses that they could get an IBM SSD solution for $10,000 USD. Their cost of adding a NetApp shelf would be $26,000 USD. I have no idea where they got those numbers, but never in my entire career have I experienced IBM being cheaper than anybody else. When we factored in storage efficiency and cost savings that we get from using Commvault IntelliSnap for backups, it makes absolutely no sense to use anything other than NetApp. When we originally looked at bringing Commvault into our environment for backup, using Commvault streaming technology, we were looking at several million dollars for backup. When we went through this with the NetApp rep and actually looked at how much streaming backup we needed for Commvault, and how much could be done natively with IntelliSnap, that cost went from several mission dollars down to a quarter of a million dollars. That was huge. View full review »
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
We did a PoC with four different vendors to test out combinations of a hardware build. Storage was kind of a given as we have been a NetApp shop forever. We have gone through a couple other ones. We really like 3PAR, but that's a different story. View full review »
J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I'm only delving into this solution over the last six weeks or so. I don't have the same level of expertise with FlexPod as I do with other solutions. I'm getting there slowly; trial by fire. I came from a much larger integrated reseller. I worked more with FlexPods competitors where they really want to have these connectors and bolt-ons in place to be able to deploy something to Azure. As easy as it is to do it to an on-prem infrastructure, that's really where it's going for a lot of the commercial space. For my current organization, it's opened up a whole new door for us as a NetApp partner to be able to have a competitive product against Dell EMC, HPE, etc., and to what I think to a degree is a better product in most cases, to go after that business. We go after the different verticals as well because we are in both the public sector and commercial space. So, these are much different verticals. Thus, you need to be able to the scalable solution. You need a solution that can meet the needs of these customers. When you're dealing with a healthcare versus a hedge fund, it is very different. Certain other companies they didn't have the same, they weren't able to scale or fit in these verticals. Put them side by side. Do your diligence. There are other vendors out there. There are three other big players in this field: Dell EMC, Nutanix, and HPE. Obviously, each customer is different. But, if you're really looking at a true solution for hybridity with the ability to deploy to the cloud, take a real good hard look at the FlexPod CI solution. We sell other products, and there are times because of the customer's relationship with another vendor that we might go with a different solution. However, we certainly look at putting them side by side. View full review »
Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We did look at the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX converged platform, VRTX. At the time, we were a major Dell EMC consumer. Since our switch to the UCS, we haven't bought a single Dell EMC product. We went with FlexPod because the engineering was better, but support was the major factor: Cisco support and NetApp support. And they support the product even after end-of-sale. Dell EMC has a max term they will support a product: for compute it's seven years. So we had a situation where we could buy the exact same, older technology product just to get more support. We would have been buying old tech just to continue being supported. View full review »
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We probably looked at Dell EMC. We were on HPE SAN for quite awhile. I don't know if we looked at anybody else. One of the deciders for us in looking at NetApp was, even years ago, they just seemed to be in a much better position in the marketplace. We were pretty confident that they would be around in five years, whereas, some of the other smaller vendors might not be, especially with consolidations going on. View full review »
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
We decided on NetApp mainly cost because of cost and the fact that we already have the in-house knowledge and expertise. Therefore, it just made sense to stay within the ecosystem we were in. Usually, we have a look at other vendors, like Dell EMC and HPE. However, currently, it was based on the time cycle of the hardware refresh. It made sense to just go with what we already had. We are looking at going down the next refresh with NVMe, and NetApp is the only one who offers that end-to-end solution. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Because I don't have experience with the Cloud integrations, that did end up affecting choices initially. For now, we are going to be staying with NetApp but we are also looking at other products like Pure Storage and Nimble. View full review »
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We looked at other vendors: IBM and Dell EMC. IBM was our existing vendor at the time, and we found their support was poor. We trialed Dell EMC and FlexPod was the better solution. We were pleased with the way FlexPod went in and worked. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
There are a lot of hyper-converged solutions out on the market these days, a couple of our customers have tried those and they felt a little constrained within those environments. The FlexPod is nice because it is still made up of separate components but it is centrally managed. I actually used to manage the FlexPod at one company I was with. It was great there because it was all Cisco UCS. We leveraged Cisco UCS director to provision and add capacity when we needed to. Another company I was at used a Blade infrastructure along with fabric switches so that was the same sort of model. It is just easier when compared to other solutions. Fewer points of entry make it more manageable. View full review »
Jason Batt
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
We looked at Dell EMC VCE very seriously, as it's a converged product. NetApp was a lot more flexible, it didn't require a forklift approach. We had a really great experience with NetApp specifically. We were already using Cisco, for both network as well as compute, and it just seemed like just a great play, to have that flexibility and to have the support model to help us. And it has proven to be great. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We only evaluated Cisco. I don't believe that we even looked at Dell or HCI. It's pure Cisco for us. View full review »
Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
There were no other options. I've been with Cisco since 1995. View full review »
Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
We work with multiple vendors being a channel partner. We work with all different types: HPE, Dell EMC, and Cisco. We love working with them. Their teams are awesome to work with, and it only makes sense since Cisco's partnered with Netapp. There's not a big stretch in an alliance thing. They have a great partnership together, so there are not competing in the same space, especially when it comes to converged infrastructure. View full review »
Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
We weren't considering anyone else because our customers were happy with Cisco's previous solutions. View full review »
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
I came from IBM and my customer had IBM in place before. So, we can't do FlexPod with an IBM. We can't do FlexPod with a Pure. Dell EMC is a probably the closest one that can do the whole converged environment. But, in this case, my customer would not choose to do this with Dell EMC. The synergy that Cisco and NetApp put together initially for FlexPod worked very well together from an availability standpoint, minimizing staff to manage the environment, keeping costs down overall, and just enabling the whole environment to work smoothly. View full review »
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have a very strong Cisco partnership. All our networking stack and some of security stack is all Cisco. VxBlock was also on our shortlist. We chose FlexPod because we already had NetApp deployment onsite (on-prem). The history of this product's innovations affects private hybrid cloud, mostly. We have a VMware cloud foundation running on FlexPod and want to take this to the next level, either VxRail or on HyperFlex. Those are the solutions that we are looking at right now. I think they are working on SEEBURGER as the next step, but maybe we might introduce NetApp HCI. View full review »
Will Bashlor
Manager of IT Services at a comms service provider
For FlexPod, the whole package itself, including the support and the different vendors who worked together is great (even though it costs more than the other solution we were looking at). There are other things in there that you have to consider, such as the support, devices, how long it has been out on the market, and how well it lasts. We went to other telecommunication providers and asked what they have and how well they were satisfied with it. We found some providers who were using FlexPod and some who were using other products. The ones who were using the FlexPod seemed to be a lot more satisfied with their product overall. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
We are a team of five members and we also work on our storage solutions. We are all here to learn about and understand new products and see what we can do to progress either with the same product or with different solutions. We are evaluating everything as long as it is appropriate. View full review »
Conrad Madewell
TSE at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Usually, I will find some type of "phoned-in designs". Something they want to call their "FlexPod." There are a lot of imitators out there. There are a lot of guys who will buy some NetApp and Cisco products, etc. Then, they will say, "Let us put this all together." However, FlexPod has something good here. That is why it caught my eye. View full review »
Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We evaluated IBM VersaStack and Dell EMC with their VxBlock. FlexPod has more time in the field with more street knowledge. Their support and professional services are better, because people have experience with it. There is not a lot of field knowledge on VersaStack yet. While VxBlock is solid, FlexPod has more experience in the field. View full review »
Network Engineering Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have historically been a really big Cisco partner. We started doing more with hosted client opportunities for data. When they came out with that line, it was something that we moved right into as a natural progression. Once we thought it worked and saw how easy it was to scale it out, we decided to go that way and save a little extra money while scaling out the usage of what we already had in place. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
We did not evaluate other options before choosing FlexPod. View full review »
Isaac Ojeda
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We may consider another solution for the HCI. We have not decided yet. View full review »
Executive Director Of IT at a university
We had all of the options, but not as a FlexPod, rather as separate solutions. We were looking at VM, we were looking at HPE, and this solution brought it all together in a nice little package for us. View full review »
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The short list was a essentially Dell EMC and NetApp. We chose NetApp because of this FlexPod support model. View full review »
JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
Our customers also evaluated Dell ECM VxBlock. They chose NetApp because it's cheaper and during a POC it always performs and gives them what they want. I have experience with Dell EMC, HP, and NetApp. NetApp is a bit more complicated to set up than everything else. Once it gets going, it's so much easier to manage than all the others. The others on the flip side are very easy to set up but then troubleshooting can be a bit tedious and complex at times. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
FlexPod was pretty much the way they wanted to go from the start. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
Nutanix, SimpliVity, and Vblock. We went with FlexPod because I think NetApp is a better product for the back-end storage. The other two are the same. View full review »
Sreenivas H
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are looking at the Dell solution, and also we are looking at Cisco Flex. Right now, there is no immediate need to switch over. View full review »
Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
It was either FlexPod or build our own "FlexPod" ourselves. With FlexPod, and the automation, everything is the same all the time. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Everything was NetApp initially, but we were independently buying the equipment from Cisco through NetApp. This worked for us beautifully because it was the same vendor who we were dealing with and everything was certified in a box. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
FlexPod was the only vendor on our shortlist. We went with FlexPod based on our requirements. Also, we have a file-based, virtualized environment, so we thought NetApp would be the right choice for our file-based environment. View full review »
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
We looked at Dell EMC and NetApp but Dell EMC was expensive. View full review »
Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also looked at VxBlock from Dell EMC. View full review »
Alok Tripathi
It Managed Services Provider at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Right now the Cisco is there. This is a Cisco shop and an IBM shop too. View full review »
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
We didn't have a lot of vendors on the short list. We work with Nutanix in the past, which was a complete and utter failure. Seeing as we're a Cisco and NetApp shop, it was natural to go with FlexPod. View full review »
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
I evaluated Dell EMC, HPE, and NetApp Cisco. I chose this solution because I knew it and there was no learning curve. View full review »
Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
FlexPod is multi-vendor, and it is mostly driven by customer demand. View full review »
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We evaluated solutions from HP, Cisco, and IBM before choosing this solution. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dell, Vertex, Lenovo, and Nutanix were all under consideration. We chose FlexPod because that's what we kind of based our standard on. The redundancy and ease of upgrades not taking any downtime were also major factors. View full review »
Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
We were considering Dell EMC solutions and a mix of products, such as NetApp plus Dell EMC servers and Extreme Networks switches. The FlexClone played a big part of us going with FlexPod along with the migration of the profile onto Cisco. View full review »
Joseph Pontillo
Information Systems Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We didn't evaluate others. We decided to go with NetApp and that drove the decision every place else. We went with the Cisco UCS chassis because that fit our solution. View full review »
Manager Of Network Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
I have been a happy NetApp/FlexPod customer for years. View full review »
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
I also have experience with Vblock. View full review »
Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Cisco and NetApp were on our shortlist. View full review »
Storage Administrator at HDR
We are mostly a NetApp environment, so we did not consider another vendor. If there was an issue with NetApp, we would have left a long time ago. View full review »
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We considered HPE. View full review »
Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We considered staying with an HP solution or moving to FlexPod. Ultimately, we switched to this product. View full review »
Sihle Letlaka
Enterprise Architecture at a Consumer Goods
The strategy of the blueprint and the roadmap were done by the global company. They did the testing in the global company, then once they were happy with the results from the test lab, it was made the standard for the global company and each zone had to comply with it. View full review »
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We looked at Red Hat, VMware, HP, Cisco. We chose FlexPod because of the consolidation and reduced footprint. View full review »
Associate VP at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We have been using NetApp products since 2002. We have not found any serious competition. View full review »
Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
We only looked at Cisco at the time. View full review »
Colin Fritzke
Network Engineer at Long view systems
At the time we deployed FlexPod, there wasn't a whole lot else available other than Vblock. It just came down to a strong relationship with the key vendors that make up the product, NetApp and Cisco. View full review »
Jegan Chinnu
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We also evaluated EMC VxBlock, which has a similar design. Both products have flexibility. The difference is NetApp's response time of 0.5 milliseconds, which we felt was very good. View full review »
Kevin Henderson
Information Security Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
We were looking at EMC as well. At the time, Cisco was partnered with both, but we went for the data deduplication from NetApp. EMC wasn't quite the same. View full review »
Alex Pop
Network Systems Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had other vendors, but we had NetApp in the house as part of our storage, we also had Cisco in the house. It made sense to combine those two and go with FlexPod. View full review »
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We looked at Dell EMC and Brocade, but the knowledge was all there for NetApp and Cisco. VMware was always in-house. We have been on FlexPod for a while now. It was the way the industry was going, so we followed. View full review »
Pre-Sales Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Our customers also look at Dell EMC. View full review »
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We evaluated HPE, Cisco, and NetApp for storage. We chose NetApp because of its storage efficiencies and integration. View full review »
CTO at ForceOne
We fear high availability so we can't buy from different providers. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We are already using NetApp storage products, and we are using the competition, like VxBlock. In addition, we are using Cisco hardware and VMware. So, we have already done our internal research. View full review »
Director Of Engineering
We initially spoke with Cisco and they recommended this solution. View full review »
Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
This solution was implemented before I joined the company. View full review »
Senior systems manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
We evaluated one other vendor. We chose FlexPod because we were previous customers and know their support structure. View full review »
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We evaluated other solutions like HP and EMC, but we already had a lot of Cisco equipment and our engineers were trained on Cisco, so this solution made more sense. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dynamics was on our vendor shortlist. We chose FlexPod after consulting with the vendor and NetApp. View full review »
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We looked at Cisco and HP when we were researching this solution. View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
Before this solution, the organization used some Synology products that were more appropriate for small businesses. The organization had many remote sites and it was not centralized. We also considered VMware vSAN as a solution. View full review »
Ed Osterholt
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We also looked at HyperFlex. HyperFlex is also compatible but I think NetApp SolidFire is more robust. View full review »
Practice Lead at Bedroc
Other options were considered. That included IBM and HP solutions. View full review »
Find out what your peers are saying about FlexPod, Dell EMC, IBM and others in Converged Infrastructure. Updated: February 2020.
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