FlexPod Pros and Cons

FlexPod Pros

Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It reduces the time required to dynamically provide applications to our end users and developers.
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Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
It has never fallen out from under us when we were trying to do a critical push.
Our downtime has significantly been reduced.
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DataCente1bb
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
For the management side of our UCS, it is a single pane of glass for multiple people, whether it is data center, sysadmin, or server deployment.
The hardware has been rock solid so far. It has gone up easy. It runs well. We have not had issues with it.
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Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
When our clients choose to call NetApp or Cisco directly, the cooperative support model means they can get passed back and forth between the two organizations freely. It works really well.
The fact that it can run the entire stack in terms of protocols. The integration for most of our customers is VMware; the full-stack integration. Also, the ability to do rapid cloning.
I have never seen a more resilient HA product out there then NetApp's solution. If I want to know that I'm putting my workload on a solution, from a storage perspective, that is going to be up 100% of the time, I'm going to choose NetApp.
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Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We save days of work when doing new service deployments. With LUN clones we have a template provisioned for the image of our hypervisor on our NetApps, and we can deploy a brand new hypervisor in under an hour. Everything is scripted. We just clone a template LUN and boot from SAN, so there are no single points of failure.
The most valuable features are the CVDs and the support behind it from both companies.
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ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We found FlexPod to be innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking. We've taken advantage of their storage optimizations to obtain better use out of the space. We upgraded to All Flash FAS (AFF), which has provided a huge performance increase that we haven't barely scratched the surface of. We have plenty of overhead, so that's always nice when taking on tasks which might have otherwise taxed a smaller system.
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Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's a common platform, which provides for ease of use between all of the blade servers. It uses all the same tech, moving service profiles seamlessly across from one blade to the next. There is also combined support.
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Mark Reboli
Network/Telecom/IT Security Manager at a university with 201-500 employees
I really like the architecture and I like the fact that on the storage side I can swap it out. Right now I'm on NetApp, I might go to Pure Storage. I have the flexibility. But as far as the equipment itself, the way it's all bundled together, from the UCS perspective, its rock solid.
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John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The agility is probably the most valuable feature for us. It's very easy to send out resources.
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Kent Christiansen
Practice Director at Datalink
Our customers get their applications to market more quickly, and it has taken the risk out of their business, because there is less for them to try to figure out.
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FlexPod Cons

Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It takes a very sophisticated group of people to run and maintain NetApp and Cisco products.
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Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
The FAS in it, with all its flexibility and scalability, it is much more complex and could be simplified.
It would be great to see some form of interoperability between the FAS units and the E-Series, specifically for replication, even if it is just one more replication from a FAS to an E-Series. That would be amazing.
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DataCente1bb
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have had a bit of struggle on the support side. From a customer perspective, it has been up to us to make sure that we get both NetApp and Cisco involved when we have had an issue.
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Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
As the industry as a whole is moving more toward the simplification of IT, that is something where both Cisco and NetApp could look to improve further. Just simplifying the day to day management, the day to day issues that arise, and building more intuitiveness into the interfaces would help.
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Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
One of the things that I've wanted would be availability of a health status, similar to Active IQ from my converged platform, on an app. I have dashboards so I can see the health of the system when I'm in the office, but when I'm not in the office I can't.
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ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We would like them to improve the validate designs. It is hard to stay in a supported config with the software and firmware versions of the platform. It's always a concern to ensure things not only work well, but they work at all. If we run into incompatibility inside of the NetApp, Cisco, or VMware versions, it can cause real issues.
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Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are too many management products: System Insight Manager, Oakum, etc. There are a lot of them and you have to know which one to use at which time. Whereas, with competitors, they have a single pane of glass view which has everything in it.
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Mark Reboli
Network/Telecom/IT Security Manager at a university with 201-500 employees
I'd like to see a little more on the provisioning and the replication piece... Also, I don't want to say analytics are lacking but I'd like to see more analytics.
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John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'd like to see some more Ansible integration for automation purposes. We automate everything else with Ansible, so it would be great if we could automate our FlexPod with Ansible as well.
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Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
I would like them to integrate the NVIDIA GRID into the system, so we could easily deploy certain solutions with the FlexPod.
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