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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reviewer1223427
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The guides that we use to install FlexPods are always up-to-date. This is really helpful, especially if there is a new product with NetApp moving so far forward and Cisco as well. For them to join together and update a centralized document for the install process, it is really good. It helps us understand if there are features from the first version that we installed while upgrading that we need to implement. Those are in the document. So, we find that document useful and helpful when moving forward.
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ChrisKnott
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
A valuable feature of the FlexPod solution is that it is all one architecture and I can call one number and get support for Cisco and NetApp without having to jump through open TAC (Technical Assistance Center) cases and do multiple things to get issues addressed.
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reviewer1223463
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
The solution has decreased the unplanned downtime incidents in our organization by 25 to 30 percent.
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Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
For us as an IT department, it helped us a lot. Before we implemented FlexPod, we were using different solutions all based on a virtual infrastructure. On VMware, before implementing FlexPod, we had a lot of problems doing backups with disaster recovery. After integrating it, it enabled us to have shorter maintenance windows, instant backups, instant recovery, which also minimized the number of alerts that we get from the application team and from the employees who were working on the application that something is not working.
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reviewer1223598
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
NetApp is always coming up with features that I want before I know that I want them.
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reviewer1223496
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We initially started out with siloed clusters and now we've been able to cluster everything together so that we have multiple nodes in our clusters. We have multiples on different data in different data centers. We've able to do replication between data centers. That's been very beneficial for us as we look to derive a mature DR model.
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J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution’s unified support for the entire stack provides one stop shopping.
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KyleKnox
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
The most valuable feature is the one call number for support and the fact that all the documentation comes with it. They have all of the preprepared plans for the deployment model and we can just choose which one we want for VMware, etc. The hardware is all listed. We buy that and away we go. It's called validated design.
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reviewer1223511
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of the solution is the flexibility in configuration and the setup.
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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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reviewer1223427
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It would be nice to have something like an automated, upgrade solution The tasks needed to upgrade the hardware within FlexPod are still quite behind compared to some of its other aspects. That's more on the Cisco side.
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ChrisKnott
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The upgrade process needs to be improved and it would be nice to manage everything from a single pane of glass.
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reviewer1223463
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
I had one problem at the site where I had an aggregate that would not shrink after I had deleted some stuff. It took a few tries to get the right guy on the call. We do have a NetApp SAM with our company, and it really took getting to him to get the solution fixed.
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Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
The upgrades should be improved. We would like to have the ability to do unified upgrades of the whole infrastructure from beginning to end.
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reviewer1223598
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The only support call that we have had in six years was related to an ONTAP upgrade, where one of the controllers didn't patch properly.
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reviewer1223496
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Something that we struggle with because we're a relatively small scale organization and the administrative effort is spread across so many different pieces of infrastructure, it would be nice to have a set of tools that enables us to get a little bit more information out of our system.
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J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I would like more support for different platforms, possibly different database platforms. I don't know if it supports Oracle today, but that would be a big improvement.
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KyleKnox
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
Mainly, the interface needs improvement. I'm not a big fan of UCS Manager, sometimes. I believe they released the new one, and it seems like in every version something changes and something else doesn't work. When they switched to HTML5, I believe we had issues in version 3.2. They fixed it in the next version. The amount of work to upgrade a system for change control is tedious to have issues every time. I would recommend more regression testing, then testing the different browsers in that.
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reviewer1223511
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Updates are not frequent enough.
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Learn what your peers think about FlexPod. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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