FlexPod ROI

Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
People go to the cloud today and think that it's going to save them money. Actually, if you're going to go to the cloud, you're going to spend more money. The difference between going to a cloud infrastructure and having your own private cloud like say FlexPod, the cost structure is the same. You're going to need humans to continue to manage, maintain and run it. You're going to continue to do a refresh on it because technology will get old. Cisco and NetApp will never sit on their laurels. They won't just create FlexPod and have only one model. Over time, switches, routers, storage, interfaces and things like that will change. That's why I think it's important that we don't focus too much on ROI. ROI is not the amount of money you spend on FlexPod or cloud that equates to revenue. ROI is whether you have a good product that allows your company to leverage technology. FlexPod enhances the way you go to market. That is an ROI. If a CFO wants to do a 10-year map to see how long is it going to make up the investment, you don't need to buy FlexPod. You need to talk to how you to go to the market efficiently. You needed to ask yourself whether your company will be viable and competitive to stay in the market landscape with respect to what you sell. You have to understand why you're spending that money. If not then this investment will not make sense. View full review »
reviewer1223427
Cloud Service Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I haven't seen ROI. From an application point of view, customers have seen an improvement in response times for mainly database-based applications, and the need to have a lot of reads and writes for all-flash storage. The upgrades with the hosts from UCS to the new blades with PASA processes and more memory have also improved. View full review »
Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
It is a little more difficult in government because we do not track that much on the soft dollar side. They look at it more as a capital investment. However, I can tell you from when I started there, when I started with the organization and we put our first FlexPod in our downtime has significantly been reduced. From that prospective, if we look at our return on investment, we had have more productivity uptime. Our end users are obviously happier and IT is not constantly getting a black mark from the business because tech has not been worked. View full review »
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reviewer1223463
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
We have seen ROI. The solution has decreased the unplanned downtime incidents in our organization by 25 to 30 percent. View full review »
reviewer1223496
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We feel the ROI is good. It's really helped us get rid of a few hundred physical servers that were unreliable and had inconsistent performance. Now we have a platform that is consistent and has a lot of native high availability capabilities built into it. Snapshots, RDP, just simple things like that that offer us an immense benefit. View full review »
J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It's sort of the one throat to choke philosophy. The customers in particular don't have to call here. If it's easy to get support, it isolates the problem on whatever stack you're running on. So, FlexPod supports multiple stacks. It doesn't just support one hypervisor or site. The solution has saved our customers' organization in terms of CapEx. E.g., with the cloud availability, it's turned into sort of a hybrid CapEx/OpEx model. View full review »
Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I don't have any data about ROI, but I know we were able to collapse some of our compute workload for virtualization and reduce our licensing count for SQL Server. That saves a lot of money every year, just with denser blades that were available in the UCS platform. View full review »
ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We have seen an improvement in application performance. We are pushing a lot more I/O and flexibility. We came from systems which did not have thin provisioning. Therefore, we are more flexible in being able to give out space or have I/O, especially with the AFF being all-flash. View full review »
KyleKnox
Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
We went from two racks down to one at one location. We stayed the same at another location. Power-wise, we never really paid attention to it. With cooling, there is less hardware. The solution has saved our company time. View full review »
reviewer1223511
Senior Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our return on investment is that the solution has made us more efficient. It is a ready-to-go solution. It's like you can start using it almost within a week of the delivery. View full review »
reviewer1223541
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The main return on investment would be that instead of having to refresh all of our desktop hardware we have been able to go reimage existing machines and use those as thin clients, then also purchase new thin clients rather than buying actual hardware. It also reduces the overhead of having our technicians deploy those systems and maintain them. If there are cost savings, they are are minimal, whether it's CAPEX or OPE. They balance out, as the vendors get paid one way or another. View full review »
Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Batch jobs which used to take two or three hours in the evening are now running in ten to fifteen minutes. This is a significant improvement. View full review »
JustinMoses
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
I would say that we have seen ROI, although I do not have numbers to support it. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've seen return on investment for sure. The solution saves us money overall. View full review »
Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
I haven't had to put in a request for new rack space. Our footprint is down to two racks that run our entire core. We run multimillion-dollar exercises through it. But it's hard to quantify ROI because we had nothing previously. We weren't keeping track. And then we went to this system. I just know that in the last four years, other than buying some minor upgrades, we haven't spent any money. View full review »
Kent Christiansen
Practice Director at Datalink
There are a lot of different ways to measure it, but the ROI is compared to the old way. The old way was quite frankly trying to figure out plumbing: * What do I do with networking? * What do I do with storage? * What do I do with compute? * How do I make it work together? * How do I test it? There are a lot of papers on ROI (8:1, 10:1, and so on). It is pretty easy to understand that I am not doing all this busy work, plumbing, etc. It is coming to me pretty much as an integrated system, and I am delivering an application. There are a lot of different ways to measure it, from business outcomes to what it costs me to do it. View full review »
Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
It has saved us hundreds of man-hours by using this converged infrastructure. From our customer's perspective, they're not spending much time on troubleshooting, resolutions, etc. They have a solid platform which allows them to run applications, workloads, and have their business running at a top level. View full review »
Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
I have saved time on new service deployments. I've done deployments in under a week, and if it's a cloud-based deployment, it's even faster. View full review »
JacquelineLee
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
We were able to optimize utilization. We had NetApp over two data centers and in the secondary data center we noticed that the utilization of storage was not optimal. So, we broke up the clusters, which was really easy to do. We were able to repurpose a lot of the drive sets that were in the secondary data center and move them to the production data center. That was a huge cost avoidance at the two and a half year mark which saved the company money and still met the production requirements without having to buy anyone else's storage. View full review »
reviewer1223559
Solution Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
ROI is difficult to figure out but I can say that we have had two to three million dollars in OE savings by deploying this and getting rid of older equipment. View full review »
Craig Mcdonnell
Director of Integration Services at Charter Communications, Inc.
I have seen what I would consider ROI by my clients' value stream. When we first started out, we were using a lot of disparate systems. We went ahead and departmentalized on this particular product, which enabled us to start to see value in our clients, who said, "I am operational now. I am running. I have the system up with little downtime." We had our system running for 18 months, and we had other systems which were crashing on a regular basis. We started having customers transfer from those systems to ours. So, at first, the customers were running their own systems, then they jumped on ours. We manage more than 20 large clients. Those may include groups of several hundred people for each one of those clients. So, it is 20 clients, but our development group is around 300 people, our voice group is over 100 people, etc. View full review »
HammadSikander
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We don't have a TCO model right now. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Over time, FlexPod saved our company money because the old storage and network solutions were more expensive to maintain, so we save on that front. I don't have exact numbers, but I am sure of the savings. View full review »
Conrad Madewell
TSE at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I have not paid attention to ROI. As far as the real value, it is a simplistic consolidation where I can actually talk to somebody on the phone, and say, "You should not have to leave the room or go to another floor. This should be laid out like this." It is very convenient, and that is a good value right there. View full review »
Isaac Ojeda
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have seen our data center rack space collapse about 90 percent. We have a data center which only has two racks now out of the 20 that were there previously. We have also reduced our manpower with the solution. View full review »
EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
FlexPod has saved data center costs, due to the fact that we reduced our footprint for storage in a big way. We went from three complete racks down to a 2U storage array for more than 300 terabytes of storage. We immediately saw a return on investment due to the fact that replacing our legacy storage arrays with the new AFFs reduced the footprint and maintenance costs. Overall, we saw an almost immediate ROI. View full review »
JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
Initially, it might cost an arm and a leg but the return on investment is going to be worth it. It's going to be worth in the long run. So taking money upfront now to make make money over the long run just seems to make sense. View full review »
PeteKujath
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
We have not seen ROI yet. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
I'm not the one who would capture ROI figures, but I'm sure we have seen ROI. View full review »
John Barrow
Chief Technologist at Datalink, a division of Insight
We are in the process of finalizing our ROI. We looked at VxRail, FlexPod, and going to different managed service providers, including going to AWS directly. The FlexPod gave us a quicker time to get up and running. The actual cost and negotiation was on par, if not better, than the other things that we were looking at. The labor to operate it is about 30 percent less than we anticipated. View full review »
SrStorEng65465
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our first couple of years, our ROI was good. It helped us to lower the cost on the management of setup operations. It also helped to maintain the minimal outage window, when there is an outage that happens. We have saved 50 percent on new service deployments and a 20 percent improvement in application performance. View full review »
Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Coming from a rack and stack server model to FlexPod, it has saved us a lot of time (approximately hundreds to thousands of hours). View full review »
Dan Scullen
Senior Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
The investment has been great. We put our money into it and it has given us something that we have been able to rely on for years. We have been able to save time on new service deployments. When it was originally setup, it probably saved us several hours. View full review »
EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
At the moment, we used it to expand, so we're actually spending money to get it. We see the most ROI on ease of deployment and time spent. Since the addition of nodes, it is all automated now. What would normally take us around three to five hours in the past, has come down to 15 minutes to half an hour, creating a significant gain in time. View full review »
Alan-Crouch
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
We have seen ROI. We saved a few weeks of time for new service deployments. View full review »
Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
Theoretically, we have seen ROI, but I don't know what the number is. View full review »
Architec69f5
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
I can say that we are getting a good return on investment at this point. We have saved approximately twenty to thirty percent by using this solution. View full review »
SrPlatfo3333
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don’t know that it has reduced costs, but it hasn’t incurred any higher costs. It’s probably reduced costs in the fact that as things improve they get smaller. View full review »
VitorDias
Sales Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Before this solution, the customer had around 15 people managing the environment. After purchasing the solution, they had just one. Their OPEX was better after this solution, and the ROI was very fast. ROI happens in about two years. I think it has reduced data center cost but we don't have this feedback from the customer. View full review »
Infrastr4edd
Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
I have seen value from FlexPod. The connectivity is simple. There is less to break. There is less tinkering or lost time that you do not really notice. Also, we run our capital for three to five years, so we size it for that type of environment. View full review »
SystemsEd439
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have absolutely been able to save space. I am comparing it to my previous experience because we did not have a FlexPod solution so we had everything working piecemeal. That's very hard to manage and, if anything would go wrong, I'd always feel like it's me to blame. Here, I feel like I have an insurance policy. View full review »
SeniorSy113c
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Overall, the solution saves us money. We have seen an ROI, although I don't know the exact amount. View full review »
David_Harrison
Snr Technical Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology
Large and small companies do not have time to design the compute, the amount of storage, and how it works together. They are buying pre-proven, pretested solutions with reference architectures already in place. So, a lot of FlexPods you can buy with reference architectures and how to install them on top of it solutions. View full review »
Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
We have save time because the implementation is easier and money because we have minimized support issues. View full review »
SeniorIn5f65
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have saved money using FlexPod. We have saved time and money for new service deployments. View full review »
reviewer1223577
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
It hasn't decreased our data center cost by much. It just one rack replaced by another. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
No downtime, which is a good thing. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
As far as ease of management, we do not have to hire more people to administer it or cross-train someone who is not necessarily an expert in one thing or another. If they do not know it and the primary person is out, then we can just call, someone will answer and help us out. ROI is not a question or concern. View full review »
Alex Tsui
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
For FlexPod, it is always trustworthy. I had previously never seen flex machines from other brands or associated with other products. FlexPod is a large investment and they are good enough to support it. That is where we fully recognize long-term gains in ROI. View full review »
AlexTsoi
Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The application performance improved by 50 to 70 percent. View full review »
SystemsA52a9
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have seen ROI. We have saved time, money, space, and power consumption on new service deployments. We have a data center in Toronto which had ten racks on one of the new servers. This was all reduced to two racks with six chassis, which is amazing. While initially the application performance was slower, we now have seen 100 percent improvement in application performance after all the required connectors were added. View full review »
StorageA5733
Storage Administrator at HDR
We have saved time and money for new service deployments. Without FlexPod, it probably takes about ten hours. With FlexPod, within two hours, we are up and running. So, we have seen about an 80 percent time decrease. View full review »
Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have seen an ROI in terms of streamlining operations. It has allowed me to save money on people. View full review »
Sihle Letlaka
Enterprise Architecture at a Consumer Goods
Storage is very expensive. To buy MIC cards and additional storage either on-prem or in the cloud, the IT department does not have money for it, so you need a more niche product or a more flexible way to store your data. That is the benefit that you get from this product. View full review »
reviewer1223490
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We have seen ROI. It actually initially increased our CapEx. View full review »
AssocVpacfd
Associate VP at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We have seen ROI and saved time and money for new service deployments. View full review »
reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We haven't seen ROI yet. View full review »
Jegan Chinnu
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It saves a lot of time because it is a single product. We also save time with the installation. View full review »
Operatio235c
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We can just swap in new equipment or hardware as we need, which has probably saved us several weeks. View full review »
Christian Jansen
Technical Operations Manager at Dyncorp
We have absolutely seen ROI. We have saved between two to four million dollars on travel alone over the past 24 months. We have deployed this to 75 percent of the sites where we will be deploying it. We have a little over 200 units installed. The travel savings alone has been huge for the organization. View full review »
Virtuali7246
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We have seen ROI. View full review »
Spencer Carson
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
We are pushing big towards the ACI infrastructure within our data center. Rack space is another, then integrate the storage solutions into that. As a company, we have seen return on investment. Therefore, I think the product is going to work out. View full review »
Robert Ashworth
Director of Infrastructure Operations at ONEOK, Inc.
None that we have measured. We do not measure any of our equipment or our data center, as far as ROI. View full review »
RafaelLage
CTO at ForceOne
FlexPod can decrease data cost costs because it is an integrated solution. View full review »
reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We have seen a five to ten percent savings on new service deployments. View full review »
ITEnginecacc
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We have seen a return on investment. View full review »
NetworkA5035
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The solution has not reduced our data center costs. From the finance perspective, it doesn't save us money. But performance-wise, we benefit. View full review »
reviewer1223484
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution has improved application performance in our organization by 30 percent. View full review »
Steven Network Engineer
Network Engineer at Department of Homeland Security
We haven't seen ROI yet. View full review »
Mohit Mittal
AGM at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
FlexPod saves us money. There is definitely a return on our investment. View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
Return on investment is not always tangible. The workload for individuals is faster and our employees are happier for being able to accomplish their responsibilities in less time. View full review »
Practice8f4d
Practice Lead at Bedroc
The reduction in data center costs is the obvious return on investment. View full review »
SystemsA3715
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We have seen ROI. View full review »
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