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Aaron Hibbard
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Featured Review

What is most valuable?

I work at a state agency. With FlexPod, I can contact to NetApp. I can contact our rep and I can get the building… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been using FlexPod for seven to eight years now. It has evolved a lot over time, primarily in ease of… more»

What needs improvement?

There are a few nuances. There is always something which bug you. It always seems like we run into the bugs. It is usually… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Make sure you understand the technology that you need, and anytime that you are buying any storage make sure you… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Environments that I worked with have always been hodgepodge. We are not huge right, but HBMSUs were even older than when… more»

What other advice do I have?

We purchased through CDW. They were knowledgeable about the solution. They won the bid. It was very simple with us. We… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features in a data center, or parts of it, are footprint and power consumption. The flash side is the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For the management side of our UCS, it is a single pane of glass for multiple people, whether it is data center, sysadmin… more»

What needs improvement?

We have had a bit of struggle on the support side. I am not looking into the next iterations of it yet, because we are… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Make sure that you engage as much with whom you are buying from as a partnership, not just as a purchase.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously worked with physical servers. We had a lot of HPE c7000 class. We started with RLX, which was pre-HPE. HPE… more»

What other advice do I have?

The hardware has been rock solid so far. It has gone up easy. It runs well. We have not had issues with it. Pay attention… more»
Darin Zook
Consultant
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
Jun 17 2018

What is most valuable?

For me, it really goes back to the protocols; the fact that it can run the entire stack in terms of protocols. The integration for most of our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For most of our customer base, the benefit is the cooperative support model. While we tend to offer ourselves to our clients as a first call for… more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of a future release, I don't know that there is anything that I would specifically ask for. I'm happy with it and I like to see how they… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of maintaining the same level of guidance, had we been working with one vendor as opposed to two vendors at the same time, they both have… more»
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Matt Banks
Real User
Senior Engineer at Energysolutions
Oct 15 2017

What is most valuable?

This sounds dumb, but it just works. I don't want to have to deal with support, and I don't need to because, again, it has just worked.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows me to focus on other things. Backing up databases. More efficient. Everybody's short staffed. We're short staffed and so it's allowed me… more»

What needs improvement?

Upgrades are always scary because you just don't know. Nobody has six or seven different systems sitting around that you can test on before you go… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I was hired to migrate a datacenter from an infrastructure that sucked to a new location on a better infrastructure, and so I put out the RFP for… more»

What other advice do I have?

The way the model is now, where, at least with NetApp, effectively you have a partner actually doing the implementation, not an actual NetApp… more»
Phillip Hice
Consultant
Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

From the integration standpoint, it is a lot easier to integrate than a lot of people initially felt. Being able to leverage either block or file… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped my organization in terms of ease of deployment. The approach of utilizing NFS and some of the key features that have been put in for… more»

What needs improvement?

I usually give everything a nine, because there's potentially something better out there that I haven't come across yet. Nine says there isn't… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We’ve worked with IBM, HPE, and Pure Storage. The only storage vendor that isn't an actual partner with Key Information is EMC. I've been doing… more»

What other advice do I have?

Selecting this solution really depends on the architects. The first thing I ask is why they think they need to upgrade and what it is that is… more»
Casey Riffel
Real User
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the CVDs, and the support behind it from both companies.

How has it helped my organization?

We don't have to worry about support or the resiliency of the solution. Our previous converged platform was Dell EMC. There were single points of… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take your time. It's no small undertaking to implement a converged platform or to shift to a different one. Typically, when you make the decision… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 20 2018

What is most valuable?

In regards to DR and backup: * Performance * Stability * Capability.

How has it helped my organization?

We haven't experienced any data loss while on NetApp. The stability of it has probably been the biggest benefit. Because of FlexPod's performance… more»

What needs improvement?

Validate designs are hard. They don't validate all of the available options. We don't generally end up in a validated configuration. We did on our… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have saved time with Snapshots, SnapMirrors, and backup and DR capabilities versus other platforms that we have looked at in the past. However… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Systems Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable features include it being scalable. We got the product and we have a small environment, but it was able to be scalable to when we started to grow. So I think that was one of the bigger features. Also, that everything is… more»

What needs improvement?

That's pretty tricky, because for what we have and for what we use it for, it's actually pretty perfect, to be quite honest. Even when we brought the finished product to our customer, there were really no complaints. They were happy with just… more»

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when looking at vendors, to me, is honesty about a product. We talked to NetApp folks and they were really good as far as getting us all the information. It wasn't just that I said I need a solution and they gave me a… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 19 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It created lower total cost of ownership. Previously, we had disparate storage and servers, and there were bits of kits everywhere. Now, we have… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Trial it. See if you can get a demo to a trial system, then put some big workloads through it and see what performance you get. I like the validate… more»
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What is FlexPod?

The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk

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University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group

Highlights
The solution was simple to deploy.
It provides ease of automation.
From the integration standpoint, it is a lot easier to integrate than a lot of people initially felt. Being able to leverage either block or file capabilities of the storage is something that has been beneficial.
This sounds dumb, but it just works. I don't want to have to deal with support, and I don't need to because, again, it has just worked.
The ease at which it scales and its redundancy factors. It's extremely redundant and easy-to-scale.
Software flexibility. Everything is fully configurable. The reliability results from the design. Elements are well projected (disks, blade, network, etc.). No single point of failure is identifiable.
SolidFire all-flash block storage system in an existing FlexPod data center environment. This improves the agility and performance, including the additional load of cabling.
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