FlexPod Primary Use Case

Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The purpose of FlexPod is for a converged infrastructure that provides compute or networking storage and helps launch applications more easily and dynamically. View full review »
reviewer1223427
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It's a tenant environment. We sell it off to customers who need an environment, depending on the scale of their company, where there might be a couple of servers or 100 to 200 servers. We are our own cloud provider. We use VMware vCloud Director because we provide that to our customers. For UCS, we are on version 6.2. For NetApp, we are on 9.5. View full review »
ChrisKnott
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
We use this solution for backing up and storing banking and financial data. It is especially important for protecting data mirroring between multiple data centers using a hybrid cloud type approach. We have our own cases for what we use but we do like the input we get from the manufacturers and their suggestions on how we should deploy things. View full review »
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reviewer1223463
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
It is mostly for small remote sites. The WAN link isn't good enough for them to come to the enterprise site at this time. So, we do a lot of file shares, VMs, etc. It's to run the local business. Our FlexPods are NetApp FASs, Cisco UCS, and Cisco switches. That's our version of a FlexPod. We call them ROBOs (remote office/branch office). We have about a hundred throughout the world that we deploy in different regions. For us personally, I do the NetApp side of it. We're running NetApp version 9.5P6. That is the lowest version that we run in our ROBO environment. While the deployment model is on-prem, we are moving to a backup model in the cloud for them for DR. In the next month or two, we are going to start that. View full review »
Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
We are using it internally for one of our departments to provide the platform in which our employees are working to support our customers. View full review »
reviewer1223598
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Our primary use case for this solution is virtualization. We run both VMware and Hyper-V. We currently have an AFF8040 that is running with Cisco UCS in our FlexPod solution. We have a four-node cluster, where we have the AFF but we also have a second cluster with spinning disks. It's nice to have them clustered because I can move my high-performance workloads over onto the SSD, easily. If we have things that we determine aren't taking advantage of the SSD, I can volume migrate it back to the spinning disk and not waste high-performance capacity on workloads that aren't utilizing the speed of the SSD. The solution's validated designed for major enterprise apps are very important to us because we would prefer not to open support calls, and with the validated configuration, it just works. We are not yet using this solution for tiering to a public cloud, but it is something that we're looking into. View full review »
reviewer1223496
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case is for all of our data storage and so primarily VMware virtualization. We run over 95% of all of our computers running on VMware. View full review »
J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Over the last year, we've implemented several solutions with FlexPod. We implemented whatever the latest version is. I know we just put one in that was the latest version in a New Jersey school. Our customers are using on-premise. It's all on premise, but we have implemented solutions that are more hybrid where they are deploying a model where they want their app dev groups to be able to deploy resources much easier to an on-premise infrastructure, as compared to an AWS subscription. Generally, it's a mix between Azure and AWS. That's what we're seeing from customers overall. View full review »
KyleKnox
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
For both data centers, everything that we use IT-wise is run on both of them. We currently use versions 4.1 and 3.2. View full review »
reviewer1223511
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use on-prem for our unified network communications solution, which is basically a Call Center. We have a Cisco call center running Cisco software on FlexPod. That is our primary and only use case right now for it. We use HP as a computer hardware solution for the enterprise. We'll probably expand our use of FlexPod and we use it for everything else including the entire production environment. The components we are currently using are Cisco Blade Server Chassis. The blades are M4, Fabric Interconnect 6248, I believe. The very first version. They are very old. We'll probably be upgrading in a few years, or maybe next year. We have MDS switches, 9148 — they are pretty old too. We will have to upgrade them. And then we have NetApp FAS8040 disks. View full review »
reviewer1223541
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are using for the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for our hospital. We are using a primary and secondary data center model. We have two locations where one is the primary and the other is the DR. View full review »
reviewer1223397
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Our primary use is mostly for footprint consolidation — reducing the number of cables and easing the management model compared to just working with monolithic servers. Having access to the UCSM (Unified Computing System Manager) and managing that way seems to be a lot easier. View full review »
JustinMoses
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
Everything with NetApp right now is our DR and restore strategy. We have all of our VMs installed in an on-premises FlexPod. We have another filter down in our DR site and everything is replicated using SnapProtect and SnapSuite. The validated designs for major enterprise applications are very important to our organization. We have to make sure that everything is fully supported, end to end, and that we're not going to have any problems. When people have trouble they resort to finger-pointing and complain about the network, servers, or storage. With the one validated design, we contact NetApp and get support for everything we need. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use this solution for our development workloads. The private hybrid multi-cloud environment works for us. We're using it as a private cloud. View full review »
Michael-Jensen
Infrastructure Engineer at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
We use this system for the performance, cost of ownership, agility, expandability of it, and the automation. I manage this solution, but I don't think of the FlexPod solution on a whole. I manage all of the individual components including Cisco UCS Manager, UCS Director, and UCS Central. I work with all of the storage devices including the flash arrays and the filers. I work with the switches via Flex channel or on the ethernet side. We use the solution's tiering to a public cloud for archival purposes. We have everything in-house for the most part, but there is some data that is not that critical but needs to be archived because of government regulations. We have to keep it for quite some time. With respect to the history of innovation, it has affected our ease of use, cost of ownership, we use less manpower to manage it, and we have better uptime. As far as disaster recovery, that's been a really big plus because we have the two fabrics. View full review »
JacquelineLee
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
In our case, we were building out a brand new data center. They were rolling out Epic, which is a big healthcare application. So, we bought 200 UCS servers. This was five years ago when we first implemented this, and the FAS 8060 has been serving this customer very well. It has allowed them to start with what was 26 hospitals and grow up to 45 hospitals, all with the same set of infrastructure over the last five years. View full review »
reviewer1223559
Solution Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We use FlexPod for all of our tier two and tier three storage, in all of our business units. The ability to scale on demand allows us to get the capacity for the customer in a much more efficient manner in a better timeframe. View full review »
Ahmed Jehanzeb
Infrastructure Engineer at Suntrust Bank
The primary use case for FlexPod is for our websites, intranet, internet, internet facing sites, compute storage, and processing power. We have a NetApp storage device, we have FlexPod, and we have flash storage which is part of the app. It's mostly for internal storage and compute needs. View full review »
HammadSikander
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case is healthcare for billing applications. With FlexPod, we use it mostly on some databases and billing applications. We are also using it now for containers, mostly with VMware. We have the Cisco UCS M4 Blade Server, 6300 Series Fabric Interconnect, and NetApp AFF A800. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
We have a VMware solution that we use with our servers and we also use it to see if it might be a solution for us as an exchange server. View full review »
Justin Wasden
Director of Datacenter with 51-200 employees
We provide this solution to customers for their data centers, and we also use it internally, for our data center, to host customer data. This solution is right there in terms of leading-edge digital equipment. View full review »
NetworkE8816
Network Engineering Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use FlexPod for customer data center solutions — as well as internal solutions in our data center — to host customer data. View full review »
reviewer1223619
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
Our primary use case for this solution is virtualization with Hyper-V. We are using Cisco UCS and NetApp together in our FlexPod solution. The validated designs for major enterprise applications are very important for our organization because we are part of the local government, and this solution is a critical platform for a broad array of applications and services that we provide to the public. The history of innovations, in particular, the inclusion of all-flash, has had a positive effect on our database performance. View full review »
PeteKujath
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
Our primary use case for this solution is for custom applications. View full review »
JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
We have multiple use cases for it. Most of it is just based on the fact of its reliability and its performance. We have customers in the insurance industry, financial industry, retail and they mostly use it for compute and storage. View full review »
EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The primary use case that we have is we like the support model of the FlexPod. We like it being converged with NetApp storage, Cisco, UCS, and VMware. We like having a single point of contact phone number for all support inquiries. These are some of the main selling features that we enjoy about FlexPod. View full review »
OliverSchnurer
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
We're using a FlexPod cluster with Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF. It's a four-node cluster. We use FlexPod for everything in our company. We're a financial company. View full review »
Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
This solution is used mostly for isolated pods for SAP, for instance, or for EPIC. Private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments are heavily in use by various customers. I would say that hybrid is probably the most common today. We have integrated with cloud services such as NetApp’s ONTAP, AWS, and Azure. View full review »
Architec69f5
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We use the FlexPod solution for all of our VMware workloads. View full review »
reviewer1223502
Sr Storage Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
We use it for everything except for ERP. We use it for VMware, VDI, SQL, and a mix of Windows and Linux. View full review »
SrPlatfo3333
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case for this solution is VMware hosting. We use it primarily in the core data center, and that’s where it has worked best for us. Our applications for payroll, HR, and anything that is mission-critical runs on some form of Flex device. We run a lot of different workloads and a lot of different VMs on this platform. View full review »
VitorDias
Sales Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We have a bank customer in Brazil who sells a lot of credit cards. View full review »
SeniorSy113c
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use this primarily for robosites, which means remote offices. View full review »
reviewer1223577
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
It is our primary on-premise infrastructure. View full review »
JamesThomas1
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
We have a custom-built FlexPod with a Cisco 6332-16FI and an AH-700. It is being used as our primary network infrastructure. The solution’s validated designs are pretty important for major enterprise apps in our organization. We follow them to make sure that we're compliant. View full review »
Alex Tsui
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
We sell FlexPod. We have different versions of the software people like. Because we are the main seller of the product, we have quite a few customers. View full review »
AlexTsoi
Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Two hour production products are fully running in AWS. For the FlexPod, we just run everything on it. We bought all the parts separately. So, we are running a certified FlexPod design with the AFF A700, UCS chassis, and Cisco Nexus FIs. We are using both AWS and Azure. View full review »
Adel Saeed
Sr Network Solution Engineer at InterVision Systems Technologies
We use this solution in our data center. We use a hybrid environment. It connects our on-premise system with the cloud. View full review »
reviewer1223490
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Our primary use case is for virtualization, the VMs. View full review »
MarioArlia
Senior Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
We're in a financial institute and we have two data centers. We use this solution for all of our applications. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps are very useful for us from an engineering standpoint. In terms of simplifying our infrastructure, we do not use the cloud right now. FlexPod has saved our organization in terms of capital expenditures, although I cannot say by how much at this time. View full review »
Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
We use this solution for the VMware virtualization of all of our servers. We use the Cisco UCS for the blade servers. View full review »
reviewer1123194
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case for FlexPod is Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). We sell multi-tenancy services to our customers. View full review »
reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case for this solution is for VDI. View full review »
reviewer1223601
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Our solution includes 7K switches, an 8060 as our filer, and Cisco 1610 as our interconnect switches. We are not on the cloud yet, but we are currently exploring all of our options. We use our FlexPod for all of our work, including our company applications. View full review »
reviewer1223475
Pre-Sales Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Our customers use this solution. It's a validated design and there's one solution for compute and storage. The validated design is an advantage when you take all of the separate parts. View full review »
SystemEn8432
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use FlexPod primarily for automation and growing capacity. View full review »
RafaelLage
CTO at ForceOne
We have been using FlexPod for a virtualized environment, mainly for virtual machines running on VMware or Hyper-V with database solutions, application servers, and web servers. In general, it is for all data center infrastructure. It is our integrated system between NetApp and Cisco. View full review »
Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
We use FlexPod for our on-premise file solution. Its infrastructure enables us to run demanding or mission-critical workloads. View full review »
ITEnginecacc
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case for this solution is infrastructure. View full review »
NetworkA5035
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We use this solution in our on-premise production environment. It does optimize operations. There is a huge improvement, between fifteen and twenty percent, in application performance. View full review »
Steven Network Engineer
Network Engineer at Department of Homeland Security
Our primary use case for FlexPod is providing cloud services. View full review »
reviewer1223484
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case is storage for medical imagery. View full review »
NetworkE1ffa
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use this solution for our servers. We are getting ready to move to the cloud. View full review »
NetworkE560c
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We use this solution in our data center. It runs all of our ESX environment with SQL and Exchange servers on it. View full review »
Mohit Mittal
AGM at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We use it for my private cloud. We are providing a service. View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
Our primary use for this product is for virtual desktop infrastructure and for virtual server storage. View full review »
Practice8f4d
Practice Lead at Bedroc
Our primary use case is to integrate the compute, networking and storage in our data center. View full review »
NetworkEcbe4
Network Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case for FlexPod is for better storage. View full review »
RajeshSrinivasan
Director at HCL Technologies
Our primary use case for this solution is for educational content. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about FlexPod. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
456,249 professionals have used our research since 2012.