FlexPod Previous Solutions

Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We hated taking racks down or putting them up just to deploy a simple solution. If we need an application and had to put another rack up, it means using a lot of resources. Instead, we could launch a virtual machine. The network, the compute and the storage is in a single solution. If you have to spend more time during a day fixing computers, servers and the network than you do focusing on what you make money from, you don't need to be in the business you are in. That's why they provide hyperconverged technologies that are data-center-centric out of the box. You buy it, you bracket, turn it on, load an application onto it, and then you build it. It all started many years ago when IBM created the most intelligent compute system in the world. Everybody logged into a VT100 terminal. They didn't care about what was going on in the machine. They logged in and it worked. Then some guy decided to break it apart and create a disparate network. When they figured out they realized it was too sophisticated. As the company grew they needed a server for every single application. That's why you see the evolution of VMware and Citrix and the evolution of converge. The future of things moved away from just hardware. The future of things now is going to be like hyperconverged but in a very virtual form. That's the reason why Cisco is buying organizations like BroadSoft. They want to get into organizations that provide virtual services. View full review »
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We used NetApp from the start. Before my time, I'm not too sure what they were using. I think before it was just storage on servers, like integrated in. As long as I've been here, I've been using NetApp. At the time we went with that solution, public clouds didn't exist. However, knowing that it does integrate with public clouds is an absolute bonus. It's awesome because we're moving towards that type of integration. Knowing this makes our lives a lot easier because we don't have to move from where we are to get to where we want to go. We've already got what we want, which is absolutely amazing. So, it's great. We are very strong NetApp partners. View full review »
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Before we started using FlexPod we just had a regular old hodgepodge of different IT systems. A couple of Dell servers, a couple of HPs, a couple of IBM blades, and that kind of network doesn't really function well as a solution once your organization starts to get to a certain size. You need to commit to a solution that you will be able to grow with for the next five or six years. The fact that the product integrates with all major public cloud services did not influence our decision to go with FlexPod, although I think that maybe the case with some people. In the end, we went with FlexPod because of everything that they offered. The complete scalability of the system, the recovery capabilities of it, and the whole integration opportunity. The NetApp part was a big deal and a component we wanted because the NetApp storage solution could do everything that we wanted it to do. We didn't have to buy 60 licenses just to make it do what it was supposed to do right out the box. That was a big thing. View full review »
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Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Environments that I worked with have always been hodgepodge. We are not huge right, but HBMSUs were even older than when EVAs were popular, but those were limited to block storage only. Yet, in the organization I am in, they were limited to Fibre Channel, therefore going to a FlexPod and having the flexibility to do NFS, CIS to do Fibre Channel, ISCSI, etc., it doesn't matter. We can do it all in one array for whatever vendor solution that we pick, whatever storage they say we need, whatever hardware they say we need, we have it. We have the flexibility to put it all away. View full review »
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
They were trying to replace all the older hardware with new hardware, getting some new sites as well. At some of the sites, they used the IBM Blade Servers, which were having high failure rates. That was a big wreck. We were going to a UCS solution, so they were trying to integrate into the UCS solution as well. Three or four years ago, our management decided they were going to put in EMC VNX at a site that had a lot of Oracle in it. It was one of our bigger sites. They do big trucks there, and for the three years that VNX sat there, they had all types of Oracle problems in terms of latency issues, but could never get that latency issue fixed. We brought in a ROBO solution, and I didn't do any tweaking on it. I just put it in and put the Oracle on SaaS drives, then separated them out by themselves. We've had no complaints in two years. View full review »
Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
Before, we were using a service with VMware, but there were various vendors. We had storage that was delivered by a different company. Your compute by a different company, networking by a different company. We had a big footprint in our data center. Secondly, we had a lot of issues with support, as I said. We were looking at solutions to help us solve the problem. Minimize the footprint in the data center. Minimize the discussions with vendors whenever we are buying something, so that we would not have to go to many different vendors and ask for the pricing and negotiate the price for the solution. Compatibility and basically going with FlexPod enabled us to resolve those issues. We can talk with one partner whenever we're buying FlexPod for us. It's just one vendor, it's FlexPod. The support works, we do not have any issue with that. When it comes to integration, we know because of the validated design, that it will work and it will suit our requirements. View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We were using IBM SAN and HP servers before this solution, and our uptime has increased from about ninety-five percent uptime to five-nines or six-nines. Our IBM SVC SAN was over-engineered. The person that brought it in didn't want to take the time to properly size the solution, so they just overbought. We switched to this solution because management wanted us to look for ways to cost-save. I had a very small amount of experience with NetApp while I was with a previous employer, but the storage people at the company spoke very highly of NetApp. We brought them in to compare cost, features, and performance, and NetApp was brought into the environment after that. View full review »
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
We previously worked with physical servers. We had a lot of HPE c7000 class. We started with RLX, which was pre-HPE. HPE bought them. We have played with the P class and C class, doing a couple different proven concepts along the way. We had Dell and Cisco, and some other people all come in, and they taught their stuff. This time around, from the managed solution side of it, Cisco is what sold us. Hardware is hardware, but how you put the solution together was the selling point for us. To be able to get something saying, "You build it like this." Not, you have a bunch of parts, what do you want to do with it? This is what a lot of the other vendors are still doing. They are tailoring hardware to your workload after you have bought hardware. As opposed to finding the solution you need, helping you build it upfront, presenting the hardware and dock, then showing you how to build it. This is what is nice for us. While a little rough, once you have built it, the support matrix says, "Here is newest version of firmware. Here is newest version of something else." Then, off you go. They do not necessarily take all iterations of change back to the lab to recertify them. You work with the vendor partnership to keep you in compliance going forward. This is one of the reasons that I want to see the NetApp and Cisco partnership hold together. Otherwise, we are right back where we were before. NetApp has an update and Cisco has an update, and neither one of them have tested it with each other. View full review »
Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
When I was a customer we still had NetApp, but it was all 7-Mode and then we were running HPE c7000 chassis. When we switched over we went to UCS Nexus and had upgraded to CDOT with brand new clusters at the time. With my current organization, we sell a lot of solutions in many different categories but this is my go-to solution because of my comfort level with it, for sure. When I'm having these conversations with customers, ultimately it's based around what the solution outcome needs to look like, what are the business requirements, what are the business needs and building it out from there. The biggest thing to take into account is the challenges that they're having, whether it's performance, or specific workloads and specific needs they have. A lot of customers use NetApp as just a NAS box, and I really try to do my best to get out there and evangelize that it's far more capable than that. I would say the same thing with UCS. View full review »
Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
In our past converged platforms, we didn't have vendor support that would work together. That's actually what led us to abandon our Dell EMC solution in favor of FlexPod. Also, there were engineering oversights with our previous Dell EMC solution. There is a single point of failure in the midplane which we had to replace, to the point where we actually replaced an entire chassis. It required a full outage to replace the chassis. On the other hand, there are multiple midplanes in every UCS 5208 chassis and a scale out into more chassis. And those chassis are a lot cheaper and more affordable than the Dell EMC solution. So there is no single point of failure in the system anymore. View full review »
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We were using HPE G-Series Servers. We needed a lot more space and performance, since I'm not sure that we had good performance metrics at the time that we moved solutions. However, we were looking to expand our Exchange environment and have more SQL. We wanted making sure that we had enough I/O, and the FlexPod system had it. In addition, integrating with UCS made it much more flexible to add compute in our VM environment, and we were going from physical to virtual at the time. Thus, we cut down on the amount of space and power that we were using by going to blade chassis. View full review »
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
Before, we used to run on HPE Blade Centers, so we had a networking guy, an HPE Blade Center guy, and a VMware guy. Using UCS and FlexPod, we now have two people at the company who run that whole stack, so there is no finger-pointing. It eases a lot of troubleshooting, because it's just two people versus multiple teams. It has improved the application performance in our company. For us, it was about replacing old hardware with new hardware. The application performance was slow before, and it is better now. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
When we went to invest in a new solution we were looking for ease of implementation, peace of mind, future reference, and stateless design. That is the ability to take out any hardware piece, replace it with a new one, reboot and — boom — ready to go. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We had primarily used another vendor for our Tier 1 storage applications, then when the all-flash options came out, they were seemed to be doing better. It was a more reliable, well-developed product. We actually switched when we upgraded our existing arrays to the all-flash offerings that NetApp had. I wasn't the primary person for a good portion of the time that we've had it. Now that I've taken over that role, I'll be digging into it a lot more. View full review »
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had such a disparate collection of servers and vendors which didn't make sense since it meant having a lot of different support contracts. We had different servers, switches, and hardware coming out of support, and keeping track of that was quite difficult. We made the decision to move to consolidate data centers. In that decision, we decided to go with FlexPod. View full review »
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
We have always been using NetApp, although about twelve years ago we went through consolidation. We had Dell storage, some Hitachi, some IBM storage, and then we had a NetApp filer. Our multi-vendor hardware came about from purchasing the cheapest thing that we could get when something else was needed. When we met with our NetApp rep, they came in and suggested that we consolidate. We had been having trouble with backups, using Syncsort, and they suggested that we move to SnapProtect and get everything on NetApp. They helped us to take everything off of all the other storage, consolidate down to NetApp, and then replace our entire backup solution with SnapSuite and SnapProtect. After that, they made sure that everything would replicate back up to the DR site. View full review »
Mark Reboli
Network/Telecom/IT Security Manager at a university with 201-500 employees
Before FlexPod it was all physical servers. Believe me, the time savings, the issue reduction, I can't say enough about the solution over physical servers, to do it justice. It's night and day. When I'm looking at a vendor, cost is always a component but that's not number one. My number one is their professionalism in getting me through from soup to nuts: from the start of the project all the way to the end, to make sure that it's running right. And on "Day Two", support. If they cover that whole project, I'm good. View full review »
Jason Batt
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
We had been using Dell EMC storage before, VPLEX, etc. We had a good bit of experience with that. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We used VMware Private Cloud primarily, but we wanted to get into a more tangible private cloud experience as opposed to building our own with individual components that didn't fit together very well. We like that this is designed for network compute storage all in one rack. That's mainly what drilled us to invest in the FlexPod. View full review »
Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
We had a mixture of workstations, some rack servers, some floor servers. We knew that wasn't working. We were being pushed to try to virtualize what we could. That's what drove us to it. The fact that we were able to clean up all that, got rid of racks of equipment, it was just the way to go. View full review »
Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
We've worked with Cisco for a long time. So, we ended up deploying most of our solutions with them, which were similar, even before there was FlexPod. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Prior to this solution, I had experience with Vblocks. It is basically the same product, but on the storage side it uses all EMC and the compute is all UCS. All of the networking is still Cisco, VMware is still VMware. View full review »
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
We have a different storage platform running cache database, which is its main application or database for their healthcare environment. Due to a number of future proofing. scalability options, and simplicity, the customer chose to go to with NetApp from a competitive platform. So, we have just finished the migration off the competitive platform that went very smoothly. They are in GenIO testing right now. Within a few weeks, we were able to migrate them off, and it's going well. View full review »
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Before, it was on a Cisco UCS C240 M5 Rack Server, and we moved some of the applications on a very limited use case. With the innovation of the AFF A800, its ease of management, and supportability, we have seen some performance improvement with the solution. The performance has improved by two or three times. View full review »
Will Bashlor
Manager of IT Services at a comms service provider
We came from physical servers installed on old operating systems. We had around 20 to 30 physical servers. Not only did FlexPod reduce the power requirements in the data centers that we were running, but it also decreased repair, decreased support, and allowed us to have everything in one system as opposed to all these individual different branded devices that we previous had functioning. We originally switched to FlexPod because everything was going to virtualization. We started doing some investigation and research into why, and found out that it was an overall better solution. In the long run, it ended up saving you money, putting everything together into one solution, and allowing you to utilize all your resources for multiple machines. Therefore, if you needed a new server, you did not have to go out and buy a physical server, you just spun up a new virtual machine, and you're done. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
When we were deciding whether to bring on FlexPod as our solution, we did look into other vendors and other solutions. FlexPod was far more advanced than other solutions that we were introduced to at the time. The primary reason we selected FlexPod is that we understood that the solution was secure and could upgrade and manage day-to-day work. This is why we decided to go with them. View full review »
Justin Wasden
Director of Datacenter with 51-200 employees
We were already a big Cisco partner when they came out with this line, and it was something that we just moved right into. Once we saw that it worked, and saw how easy it was to scale it out, we just decided to go that way to save a little extra money. View full review »
Conrad Madewell
TSE at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
In terms of selecting a vendor to work with, collaboration is important because the product is the product. It will sell itself. What supports that? Collaboration. This means being able to work with technical support and engineers to deliver a solution for the customer, who does not care about the challenges that we have to face. The customer just wants the product and that is our goal: To be able to deliver something from behind the "green curtain." If they love it, they buy it, then they want to buy more of it. We have to plan for it and integrate it with our future endeavors. That is what we are all here for. View full review »
Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The industry is going mainly for CAPEX, where people are spending less on individual devices, and most of working capital is going to converged or hyperconverged systems. Basically, we can leverage whatever money we're spending on the solution and get more technology built into the same platform. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
Prior to this solution, we were using a multi-vendor storage solution that included HP Blade servers with equipment from EMC. We switched to Cisco, which was a strategic management decision. View full review »
Executive Director Of IT at a university
We were using all standalone solutions. We had Dell standalones, we had HPE standalones, etc. The problem with the standalones was, if one box went down, whatever application was on it went down too. When this whole age of virtualization came out, I made the choice that we needed to go that way, for a couple of reason. We have a slim IT department, our resources are valuable, and this allows us to put resources in other places and not have to worry about the technology. What I like, when choosing a vendor is when they bring solutions to the table, and then they go through with those solutions. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
We went from an outsourcing model to an insourcing model. It was a good time to make a conversion from legacy, just standard blocks, a lot of physical servers and convert over to a virtual environment and have everything integrated into a nice little box. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
We switched to FlexPod because of cost. The cost of our previous solution was too high. I couldn't scale out as easily as I wanted to. View full review »
Sreenivas H
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We did not have a previous solution. We used to use Dell, IBM, and HPE machines, which were all old. We used to always have a lot of problems with other domain controllers, file servers, DNS, and DNCP. Everything is now in FlexPod and virtual. It is always up and running. View full review »
Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
What made us switch was the fact that we had limitation challenges with the old product. Everything was a little bit different every time. FlexPod helped us solve the problem so that we are deploying something that is the same all the time. View full review »
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did not use a previous solution. View full review »
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
We chose NetApp because we've used them before and we trust them. View full review »
Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were running on legacy rack and stack; just single servers doing single things with server sprawl and multiple racks of servers. It's not a great way to do things. That's what drove us to FlexPod. View full review »
Alok Tripathi
It Managed Services Provider at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We switched because of the virtualization. We were a completely physical environment and we wanted to go to a virtual environment. That is the reason we went with FlexPod. Regarding our most important criteria when selecting a vendor, this is a very big organization and there are multiple vendors. So it's all about the partnership. In this organization, we choose the vendor at the very beginning for three years or five years and go with the long term. View full review »
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
We aren't investing in a new solution because we're currently using Cisco and NetApp products. We're most investing in a new configuration, which is FlexPod, since it aligns well with our current product lineup. View full review »
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
We had multiple siloed solutions with various hypervisors and storage platforms. These solutions couldn't scale, so I consolidated all of them into a single platform solution, which is more scalable. View full review »
Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Before we went FlexPod, we had hard physical servers with networking. Then depending on the networking and a virtual environment, we had several networking environment stacks which required us to have larger servers with more than one cable, maybe even more than one media type. Now, we have a whole rack full of media-type connectors, even media converters doing the same thing. With this particular setup, you have one 10 gig or 140 gig cable, and that is all you need. Instead of having eight cables, you only have one. We had a physical server to NetApp storage. With the components that come in FlexPod, it has enabled us to reduce connectivity down to one wire, whereas before, we had eight, 12, or 20 wires going to one server. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It was just a refresh of storage and hardware that got everyone talking. And then this was the solution. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our older solutions were not as reliable. View full review »
Snr Technical Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology
For a lot of customers, when they are setting up data centers or adding onto their data center, it gives them a way to buy a prepackaged solution. A lot of FlexPods that I have sold, they are building a new data center, or adding on. It is an easy purchase or add-on, because they know it will work, and they know it will be scalable and reliable. View full review »
Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
We were previously using Dell EMC servers and storage. We were also using HPE networking. We switched due to the support and the products were getting old, needing better performance. When migrating from Dell EMC, the performance increased by 200 percent. We now have hybrid which is faster with SSD and SaaS. View full review »
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The previous solution required us to buy a server or node for the cabling, deployment, configuration, which meant a lot of time and resources every time we had to buy more nodes or servers and add them. We don't have this with FlexPod. View full review »
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
When I came onboard, they had already purchased it. I just put everything together. View full review »
Joseph Pontillo
Information Systems Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We used physical servers, different storage, older legacy equipment. The most important criteria when selecting with a vendor are * reliability * technical expertise * speed in response time. View full review »
Manager Of Network Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
We had EMC storage before we got to the NetApp storage. We had a lot of supportability issues. It was an older system, so it was better just to upgrade the system or replace it. We knew we needed to invest in a new solution when we were replacing four hard drives a day. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
We had issues with our old storage provider: quirky stuff, weird outages, almost-outages, and performance issues. We had some IBM hardware and NetApp. Our good luck with NetApp made the decision for us when it was time for a refresh. We got rid of IBM and went all-in on NetApp. View full review »
Devin Chappell
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
We were just building stacks by hand. We were strongly encouraged by Cisco - we partner with them - and when the platform began to get some traction, we looked into it and got on board. For me, the most important thing when working with a vendor is the flexibility. We have great partner relationships with Cisco and NetApp, but it's the flexibility of the platform and the product, the way we can sell and implement it, that makes it really easy for us. View full review »
Alex Tsui
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
We have been using FlexPod here for about 10 years. View full review »
Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We did not have FlexPod before. We had a bunch of standalone HPE rack servers. We switched after analyzing the performance needs and what customers wanted to spend. We reduced the environmental footprint, like reducing electricity costs and heating. However, we are hosting our data centers from somebody else. We reduced our footprint of equipment by approximately 80 percent. Meaning that about 70 percent of our cabinets right now are empty because we switched to FlexPod. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were previously using NetApp, which is why we wanted FlexPod. We wanted to virtualize our servers, but also needed more storage and power. View full review »
Storage Administrator at HDR
The overall versatility and validate designs are great. We previously used a different platform, but we gained a lot of utilization with FlexPod. View full review »
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We were using a mismatch of different things like Cisco switches, NAT storage, and HPE servers. The reason we switched was the validated, one-vendor support for everything. It's one of those things you set up and you just forget it. It just works. View full review »
Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
When we reached the previous product's end-of-life, I began evaluating FlexPod. Our previous solution was from HP. View full review »
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We knew we needed to invest in a solution like FlexPod because we were growing and we have evaluated different solutions and after that we decided. View full review »
Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
Our previous solution was an HP c7000 BladeSystem with 1-gigabit passthrough modules, and we were going to a 10-gigabit solution. We wanted something that was easier, better, and would support 10-gigabit. We actually ended up going to a 40-gigabit solution. The HP solution, HP Virtual Connect Flex-10, only supported 10-gigabit modules. View full review »
Colin Fritzke
Network Engineer at Long view systems
We were looking to build a fully-certified data center to provide our IaaS solution to customers. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It worked for me at my last company so we went with FlexPod. It's what I know. It's what I trust, it's comfortable, and it's worked well for me in the past. View full review »
Evan Wheatley
Solution Architect at Charter
We didn't work with a previous solution. Our background was all Cisco networking. Then, when Cisco came into the compute market we moved into it. When selecting a vendor my most important criteria are support and validated designs. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We used to do it by ourselves but we got a really good intro and demo for this product. We got a strong marketing push from NetApp. View full review »
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
We purchased this solution to increase our capacity. View full review »
Kevin Henderson
Information Security Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod was really our first major endeavor in large converged hardware. Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor are the availability of support, to get it when we need it, and to upgrade as fast as possible when we need to. View full review »
Alex Pop
Network Systems Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using physical servers, Cisco physical servers. We switched because it was mandatory for updating COREmanager to 8.x, it was mandatory to go VMware. For us, the most important criteria in a vendor is that they need to pick up when we call. View full review »
Pre-Sales Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Our customers choose this solution because of the validated design and for the one-stop solution where it's one contract. It's one building block which is an advantage for the customer instead of buying separate items. View full review »
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've always been roll your own, setting up the UCS, and the external storage arrays, and then plugging them in and zoning it in, so the fact that it's an all-in-one solution is great. We use Infinidat and EMC. View full review »
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We brought our IT in-house and needed a solution to host it on, and FlexPod was the solution that we decided on. That was for a smaller subset of the company. The larger parent company used what the contracting IT provided at the time. When we released that contract, we moved to have all in-house employees and an in-house IT. We also decided to use FlexPod because we had seen the value with the smaller companies. It has scaled out well. View full review »
Robert Ashworth
Director of Infrastructure Operations at ONEOK, Inc.
It was organic. We were running IBM storage. We knew we wanted to run a different storage, so we looked at NetApp, which was a good fit. We had run it in the past. So, we decided to go with NetApp. We were already switching from HPE to Cisco UCS for our compute side, and we already had a Cisco network. With the VMware added onto it, we started talking to NetApp and they told us that we could certify it as a FlexPod. So, we just organically grew into the FlexPod product. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We need to invest in a new solution because of our end users' compliance. View full review »
Director Of Engineering
Before FlexPod we were using IBM. We switched because it's all about unifying the systems, converging the systems. We felt we should have a solution from network to storage to the server, and computing power, from the same vendor, all in one solution; not take pieces from different vendors and put them together. When choosing a vendor the most important criteria are the vendor's reputation and tech support. View full review »
Senior systems manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
We were previously using very individual systems, then our vendor suggested this. Also, because our phone systems, we were also using reference design. View full review »
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
In terms of performance, our old architecture was far behind and couldn't keep up. That was our tipping point when deciding to move to a new solution. View full review »
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod was recommended by our architect and vendor, WWT. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our old solution was horrible and slow. We were using Dell EMC. We switched due to perceived latency. View full review »
Steven Network Engineer
Network Engineer at Department of Homeland Security
We came in and the solution had already been installed. View full review »
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We began to look for a new solution when the stuff we had was at end-of-life. View full review »
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We had to upgrade because our previous equipment was hitting the end of its lifespan. We went to an integrated solution. View full review »
Ola Solaru
Enterprise Solution Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
At my previous job, I used to use Vblock, Dell 7000 series (from Dell EMC, Cisco, and BMC). View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
We did an upgrade during my time but that was just moving to a newer version of the same product. View full review »
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution was already implemented when I arrived at the company. View full review »
Practice Lead at Bedroc
The product was adopted as a solution before I came to the company. View full review »
Network Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
We knew that we needed to invest by talking with consultants. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We were previously using Dell EMC and HPE servers. I prefer NetApp over Dell EMC. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using a different solution between Hitachi and other NetApp solutions. We switched to FlexPod for its flexibility and quicker deployment. Also, we use other NetApp products. View full review »
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