FlexPod Reviews

FlexPod is the #1 ranked solution of our top Converged Infrastructure tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series - FlexPod vs Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series

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Consultant
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

Certification from both manufacturers states that this is a tried and true converged product. That's what we are most happy about. One of the biggest things that my engineers have the pains with is to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

At the end of the day, AI is not AI without the application that we write into it. With collaboration between Microsoft — utilizing it to build in a manner that is compatible to the FlexPod… more »

What needs improvement?

If we look at data center solutions, any of those solutions are only as good as the people that put it together. If there's a way for us to take a hyperconverged technology or converged technology —… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We hated taking racks down or putting them up just to deploy a simple solution. If we need an application and had to put another rack up, it means using a lot of resources. Instead, we could launch a… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would probably give this solution a seven-and-a-half or an eight out of ten. It isn't higher because I know that if I were to look at a very dynamic data-center solution, there are organizations who… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered VMware, Citrix, going full cloud, sharing with a cloud, handing it off to a managed service provider, building it ourselves, rack and stack — pretty much everything was on the table… more »
Real User
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 14 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Our private cloud sector of our company has grown exponentially thanks to the ease of deployment of the FlexPod architecture. We are also able to deploy a console to customers who want on-prem… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used NetApp from the start. Before my time, I'm not too sure what they were using. I think before it was just storage on servers, like integrated in. As long as I've been here, I've been using… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely support integrating FlexPod within a company, depending on their requirements. Even if it wasn't a a full, flexible deployment, just having a smaller deployment of the UCS Mini with… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

From a flexible deployment and scalability point of view, we got NetApp. From enterprise and beyond, they are doing above and beyond anything that anyone else is doing at the moment. Cisco are the… more »
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ChrisKnott
Real User
Data Center Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Nov 21 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Before we had FlexPod, we had just stacks and stacks of servers. You know, every time you wanted to build a server you had to go buy a whole pizza box (case for computers or network switches), put it… more »

What needs improvement?

The real improvement I could see on the FlexPod side is it falls on the NetApp components. The upgrades that they had to go through from 7-Mode to CDOT (Clustered Data OnTap) did not make for a good… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before we started using FlexPod we just had a regular old hodgepodge of different IT systems. A couple of Dell servers, a couple of HPs, a couple of IBM blades, and that kind of network doesn't really… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have found that the solution simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud — although we have not really implemented the cloud yet. The solution has made our staff more efficient and enables… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist included a Dell EMC.
Real User
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 17 2019

What is most valuable?

We've gotten it down to a science to install. So, it's been very easy to install. It has been very flexible for us because some sites don't need as much storage as other sites. Instead of going for a regular four terabyte, 12-drive… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's done really good things. A lot of it for us is being able to have that storage with the whole solution onsite at a small site, which may not have the WAN capabilities to use the corporate servers for their applications. So, that does… more »

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

Everything is purchased, so we do not do any leasing with this product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

They were trying to replace all the older hardware with new hardware, getting some new sites as well. At some of the sites, they used the IBM Blade Servers, which were having high failure rates. That was a big wreck. We were going to a UCS… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the solution a solid nine (out of 10). The solution has been good for us. Nothing is perfect. That is why I wouldn't give it a ten. However, everything that we have done with it has been spot on. We've had very little problems… more »
Zbyszek Sitarek
Real User
IT Manager at Capgemini
Nov 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The validation designs, which we are using, are mostly for the deployment of FlexPods, Cisco, VMware, and NetApp. We do not use any validated designs for the application because most of the applications that are hosting our in house-build… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

In the next release, it would be really good to have some kind of unified update manager or something, which would allow us to update the whole infrastructure from beginning to end. All together like VMware, NetApp to go with Cisco, so that… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before, we were using a service with VMware, but there were various vendors. We had storage that was delivered by a different company. Your compute by a different company, networking by a different company. We had a big footprint in our… more »

What other advice do I have?

We did the research. We went through different vendors when choosing a FlexPod solution. For us at that time, and today, it is the best solution on the market when it comes to converged infrastructure. It has a really easy implementation… more »
Real User
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 15 2019

What is most valuable?

With the Cisco UCS, having the profiles and being able to swap hardware in and out is super valuable. This solution is easy to set up and maintain. I like the fact that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our organization in that we have reduced administration time and reduced troubleshooting time. We know that the performance is there when we… more »

What needs improvement?

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.

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

The total cost of ownership with this solution is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using IBM SAN and HP servers before this solution, and our uptime has increased from about ninety-five percent uptime to five-nines or six-nines. Our IBM SVC SAN… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are a very lean organization, so this solution has not necessarily made our staff more efficient. If we were not already that way then we wouldn't get anything done. My… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing this option, we looked at a smaller IBM solution, as well as solutions from EMC. The big winning factor for NetApp was cost. At the same time, since… more »
Real User
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 19 2019

What is most valuable?

We've always appreciated the value of the NetApp because it's been incredibly reliable. It's at a decent price point. We are a local government entity and so we have funding issues that probably some commercial entities don't have, but we've been able to buy cost-effective solutions. We feel that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

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. Right now… more »

What other advice do I have?

We've been highly supportive of FlexPod and we continue to be highly supportive. We've had a lot of go-arounds with the peers and other state and local government organizations and we've had some people abandon what they've done and go the same route that we've gone. We feel that's a bit of a… more »
J. Kelly
Real User
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features is its ability to be able to have multiple options. It can be fully on-premise, it can be hosted, or it can be the hybrid model. For customers, this is the biggest windfall. Having the combined Cisco/NetApp… more »

How has it helped my organization?

For a large food distributor using FlexPod, we were able to move them away from traditional server storage, networking, etc. This allowed them to have the ability in both data centers to have hybridity where the FlexPod infrastructure was… more »

What needs improvement?

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. As the product matures, being able to support the things that customers… more »

What other advice do I have?

The product improves over time, it's definitely helped in all-flash CI, private and hybrid cloud deployment, secure-multi-tenancy, end-to-end NVMW, and cloud storage tiering. We are talking to customers about the solution’s storage tiering… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm only delving into this solution over the last six weeks or so. I don't have the same level of expertise with FlexPod as I do with other solutions. I'm getting there slowly; trial by fire. I came from a much larger integrated reseller. I… 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

FlexPod customers

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

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