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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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