FlexPod Valuable Features

Business938f
Business Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 vet out core networking, vet out stretch routing, vet out applications and then vet out the compute, the front end and the stores, then layer it. After all that deal with the application and quality assure it before we put into production. FlexPod cut out all that complexity and helped get us to the point where it in a data center, launch our application, build the application, test it, QA, and then put in production. So it does reduce the time with regards to how we dynamically provision and provide applications to our end users and developers. View full review »
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. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization is very important. It helps us to understand what we need to do and deliver, doing it at a supported level for our customers. View full review »
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. When integrating with VMware, I know all the parts that came with it and all the parts and when I need to update something in it, I can just get the complete package, do all the firmware stuff and the fabric interconnects. View full review »
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reviewer1223463
Senior IT Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
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 solution, we can take it down to a two terabyte SaaS solution if the site doesn't need that much storage. Because we're trying not to have storage just sitting there, doing nothing, it's very flexible for us. We do have sites that have over a 100 terabytes. So, it's been a very flexible solution for us. We do a little bit of Oracle at some of the sites, so the validated designs have been very good. We've had very good results. We have no complaints about latency or anything like that. Most of it is a lot of just file shares and stuff like that. But we do have Oracle and SQL at some sites. View full review »
Zbyszek Sitarek
IT Manager at Capgemini
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 applications. Wo do not have any validated designs as those are only done internally. View full review »
reviewer1223598
Cloud Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 NetApp has fully embraced the cloud and the SaaS backup is available. I always hear from my other cloud engineers that Microsoft backs it up, but I don't trust that. I want my snapshots. View full review »
reviewer1223496
Sr Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 this has scaled in terms of technology improvements over the years, but ultimately we're a small team that manages all the systems and we're split in a thousand different directions and so storage management's a very small part of my day or week. The reliability and the relative ease of use, are the real things that keep on bringing us back to NetApp. It's been the reliability and ease of management. In terms of the importance of FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps, we are a big consumer of SAP, so it's important that we have all products that fit into the SAP hardware compatibility list. It simplifies the infrastructure from edge to core. It's been an easy configuration for us. We have separate teams that manage all pieces of the infrastructure and I think that it helps the collaboration be a little bit easier. FlexPod's history of innovations has maybe helped us in the context that we've traditionally always been a spinning disc environment where that's the price point that we've typically been able to afford to spend our money. We're starting to deviate away from going with the SaaS layer and SATA layer to more of an SSD layer and SATA because of flash pools, which is a new technology that we were able to leverage on the SSD discs. That is working us into a position where there's less and less demand for us. The unified support for the entire staff is very important because we've been a NetApp partner at my current company for at least eight years and we have 95% virtualized on VMware and we transitioned away from multiple vendors to a Cisco UCS server stack almost exclusively. We're very dependent on those technologies to keep our business running. We run 911 services for multiple jurisdictions and these old services have to be available 24 hours a day. It has improved the performance of our application by around 50% because as the models matured in our data center and we went from a lot of local storage to centralized storage. We made a big investment in storage, so we're also putting a lot of confidence in the system to deliver the IO that we need and that's proven to be the case. View full review »
J. Kelly
Principal Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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 platforms. Having the configuration options to tailor it a certain way. This Is a windfall as well, having options for configuration: small, medium, large, etc. Because every customer is different, and there's no cookie cutter. It is very important that the solution validates the design for major enterprises. We rely on the validated design, specifically for the customer. When you look at the designs and what you have in mind, the prerequisites have already been done for you. So, it was easy to make the fit a little easier for each customer. Each customer being different. The solution simplifies infrastructure from edge to core to cloud. It definitely simplifies it and aids in going to that journey. Cloud is the last piece of that route and this gives a seamless way to do this. The solution’s unified support for the entire stack provides one stop shopping. Data centers are shrinking. These solutions are part of that. Being able to have these solutions which will shrink your footprint in the data center and allow for easy cloud interaction, migration, and deployment. View full review »
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. The validated design is nice if we have issues with anything. We can call the vendor, or if anyone says anything, we can say, "Well, we're already running by the certified design to the verify design. We're not doing anything out of the ordinary." It makes support a lot easier. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization is very important because of the whole troubleshooting problem, or if we run into any supportability problems. We say, "We've done what was asked of the company. It is all verified. We shouldn't have any funny things happening." As for management, if they come down and ask questions, we can say, "We're following best practices." View full review »
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. We have not had any major issues so far. View full review »
reviewer1223541
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We had everything that we needed to start it, stand it up, and get it working, then develop a proof of concept to see how it works. We could also scale it out to meet our business needs over time. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are very important. It's basically become critical to our organization to have that system functioning a 100 percent of the time. If that system is not functional, then our doctors and nurses can't provide the care to the patients in an effective way. So, it's important that it is stable, works, and easy to understand. View full review »
reviewer1223397
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
For me, the most valuable feature is probably just the orchestration and automation that can be done around the whole solution from top to bottom, from servers to storage, networking, and using UCS Director. With the FlexPod solution, you are able to quickly provision all your hosts and all the resources that you need for the environment. View full review »
JustinMoses
Director of Data Center Operations at Barry University
The most valuable features of this solution are efficiency and simplicity. You don't have to waste a lot of time managing things. View full review »
John Capobianco
Senior IT Planner Integrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Agility is probably the most valuable feature for us. It's very easy to send out resources. I would assess it as very easy to manage from edge to core cloud. It's a central point of management. We've automated the majority of it and service delivery is fine. I find FlexPod to be innovative in how automated it is and how it provides a unified ecosystem. I don't have to worry about compatibility or things not working well with each other. It all just works. That's the easiest thing. It's kind of a turnkey solution: we just start spinning up the resources as needed. View full review »
Michael-Jensen
Infrastructure Engineer at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation point because it's a lot less staff to have to manage it. View full review »
JacquelineLee
Senior Client Executive at Sirius
* Scalability. We knew that we needed to grow, but we allowed them to start with a footprint. Then, we were able to add shells and drives. With the way that ONTAP works, it was seamless migrations throughout. * Ease of use. They were familiar with NetApp and some standalone environments, which made it a lot easier for them. * It is cost-effective. View full review »
reviewer1223559
Solution Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature for me is that you can swap out pieces when you have to lifecycle your equipment. You never have to go through a big freeze, but instead, do small pieces at a time. It reduces the migration hassle. The tools bring the compute and storage together so that we can see it in a single pane of glass. View full review »
Ahmed Jehanzeb
Infrastructure Engineer at Suntrust Bank
The most valuable feature is that it's flexible and best of breed. We can add and subtract as we want. It takes care of all our needs. FlexPod is exactly what we're looking for. We don't have any plans for AI right now, but I'm sure when we do, it'll probably be more than helpful. We have found it to be resilient because of the flexibility and redundancy built into it. View full review »
HammadSikander
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The number one feature is easily support. It is all converged. If it something breaks, it is easy to fix. It is easy to upgrade. These are some of the key reasons why we deployed it. View full review »
Jose MarianoCampelo
Project Leader Infrastructures Architecture at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Availability is the most valuable part of this solution. It is not the only solution out there that we could use, but it is a very good solution. We have not had any trouble since we installed it. View full review »
Justin Wasden
Director of Datacenter with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of setup. When we're bringing out the new solution, it's easy to get everything in the rack. When we need to add to it, later on, it's easier to have all of that stuff there and add as we need it. It's easier to bolt-on, and the integration between the pieces is a lot easier on the setup side, too. The management is easy. Some of the stuff we have is an older generation that can’t do connectivity into the inner site. But, for everything that we can put in there, we can see all of the customers from that one pane of glass. It makes it simple. It enables us to run mission-critical workloads. We are running one hundred to one hundred and fifty SQL and high-demand database servers. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the validated designs because that is what I go by, whenever we’re building out systems for the customers. It seems like they stay pretty up to date on the newly released products. View full review »
NetworkE8816
Network Engineering Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of setup is probably the most valuable feature for us. When we're bringing out a new solution, it's easy to get everything in the rack. When we need to add into it, later on, it's easier to have all that stuff available and then just adding to the installation as we need to in order to build it out. It's easier to bolt on components that are already created than to make them from scratch or retrofit them or replace components. The integration between the pieces is a lot easier on the setup side, too. View full review »
reviewer1223619
Senior Systems Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration between NetApp and Cisco products. From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking. View full review »
PeteKujath
Senior Storage Engineer at U.S. Bancorp
The ease of expansion is the most valuable feature. The solution's validated designs for major enterprise apps are very important. View full review »
JasonDe Plessis
Platforms Engineer at Logicalis
I see the most value in the UCS portion. I love Cisco UCS. Its ability to scale seamlessly makes adding anything so much easier than having to run by separate new hardware from the get-go. The validated design in the architecture is an ongoing debate. You don't need to buy FlexPod itself. You can borrow FlexPod based on the reference architecture. I wouldn't say that the validated design plays such a big role because you can just reference the architecture and technically have FlexPod as well. At the moment, our customers don't use storage tiering to public cloud but there are plans for future use. View full review »
EricKutyla
Senior System Administrator at Bell Canada
The unified support is the most valuable feature. What I really enjoy about FlexPod is the support model. You have a single point of contact number for all troubleshooting issues and the vendor that you call takes ownership of the case. It goes with the NetApp validated designs, which are based on Cisco, which is really interesting. The features of FlexPod that have had an impact on us are the new additions that we have made with the all-flash arrays: added performance, and flexibility management. These are very nice features. View full review »
OliverSchnurer
Team Lead at Grenke Digital gmbh
Support of the firmware is the most valuable feature. The solutions' validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization is very important. It ensures our ERP system runs smoothly on those machines. We don't use the storage tiering to the public cloud. View full review »
Francis Shin
Solutions Architect at SHI International Corp.
Overall it is innovative when it comes to compute, storage and networking. There is a lot of flexibility and the hardware specs are based on what application or applications you're trying to run. There's flexibility in the sense that you're tailoring the stack toward whatever application you're trying to run. View full review »
Architec69f5
Architect at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is that it integrates with NetApp, as well as the Cisco B200 M4 and M5 Blades. It is a fully integrated system. The Validated Designs are very good because they act as a reference to see whether we have done things properly. View full review »
reviewer1223502
Sr Storage Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Knowing that everything works, having a single place to be able to find out compatibility and things like that are the biggest benefits of this solution. FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps are very important in our company. For example, running our SQL clusters, being able to have compatibility information, and validated design information, for everything from SQL versions, OS versions, switching, firmware versions, and UCS and models of whatever hardware we're using, having all of that pre-validated and available is nice. We do not use their storage into public cloud. We have found that it simplifies our infrastructure from edge to core. It's just nice to have that single source of pre-validated designs and reference architectures. The history of innovations has not affected our operations. We've been pretty stable. We haven't really done a whole lot as far as, being on the bleeding edge of anything. Unified support for the entire stack is pretty important. It's nice to have. It makes it a lot easier from our perspective, to be able to make or have a single point of contact, for issues that are kind of gray as far as where the problem lies. View full review »
SrPlatfo3333
Sr Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is that it works and is compatible with all of the existing platforms that we use. The validated designs are good in that they provide a kind of known quantity. I’m not sure that it’s overly innovative. It’s a little more traditional than the hyper converge-type option and things like that, but it works. View full review »
VitorDias
Sales Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The most valuable feature is the one support. Anytime that a customer buys a solution for a server, storage, or network, once they have trouble in their environment, everyone wants to find out who was wrong. With FlexPod, everyone is wrong and there is unified support. The best way to solve the problem is have it be everyone's problem, not just one person's problem. For FlexPod, you can call NetApp or Cisco, and I think it's the best way to solve the problem that the customer has. The best improvement is the validated designs. Everything has compliance. Sometimes when you have a trouble with a machine, or in your switch or storage, you can just call one place to solve the problem. The all-flash with the fabric interconnect, along with the connections between the solution, that is the most important aspect. View full review »
SeniorSy113c
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Redundancy and stability are the most valuable attributes for us. The validated designs are good to have. We do use them. I have found the solution to be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. It really gives me the ability to scale to the site's requirements and size. FlexPod also reduces the time required to deploy our application. View full review »
reviewer1223577
Principal Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are very important. We just followed them to make sure the CVD was compliant or matched to what they designed. The solution’s unified support for the entire stack is beneficial. It is all in one. View full review »
JamesThomas1
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. View full review »
Alex Tsui
Senior Solution Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
The best feature of FlexPod is the set scope array. It is produced by set options on the DHCP server using the Cisco UCS Manager with VMware. View full review »
AlexTsoi
Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
* The compact design * Cost savings The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are very important. We use all certified designs to be eligible for the enterprise support and to receive support promptly. That is why we extremely rely on the certified designs and best practices. View full review »
Adel Saeed
Sr Network Solution Engineer at InterVision Systems Technologies
The most valuable features are the Fabric Interconnect Manager and the UCS Manager. It connects the virtualization, the network, and the storage all in one cage. Our data center costs have been reduced by means of less power, cooling, and space. It is very helpful for our customers to have everything centralized. Most of our customers are moving to the cloud, and they need help to migrate their data. The majority of cases that I see are hybrid cloud and on-premise solutions. View full review »
MarioArlia
Senior Systems Engineer at First Ontario Credit Union
The most valuable features are the integration and ease of use. The integration is intuitive. This solution is easy to learn. There is nothing hidden, and it's all available for you. View full review »
reviewer1223490
IT Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Backup, restore, and ease of deployment are the most valuable features. View full review »
Darrell Monroe
Infrastructure Engineer at TechnipFMC
From a UCS side, it is very simple to go from an ESXi host that is on an M4 blade and switch it out to an M5 blade by changing the service profiles on the blades. It is very easy and quick. View full review »
reviewer1123194
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features of the solution are reliability, scalability, and support. Having the validated designs helps because it takes the guesswork out of piecing it together. It works well in private and hybrid environments. Multi-cloud, I have yet to see. The solution saves us engineering time, which translates to savings in money and it streamlines our IT admin. View full review »
reviewer1223379
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the reliability and tools such as SnapCenter and SnapManager. We use them a lot. They make life easier. On the surface, validated designs for enterprise apps are not that important but it's knowing that they work, and if they don't work, I can get support for them. We did have some pretty nasty bugs early on, around four years ago, but we haven't had problems. View full review »
reviewer926175
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
With FlexPod, Cisco UCS compute-wise accessing is much faster. FlexPod's validated designs for major enterprise apps are really important because we can go with our SAP HANA solution, our Hadoop solutions, our HP solutions, and our Media solutions. A vendor-specific solution is always preferred. In terms of unified support for the entire stack, UCS hardware-wise is much faster. The storage and NetApp are good. We use Cisco switches and the connectivity and other aspects have improved. View full review »
reviewer1223601
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The best thing about this solution is the tight integration with VMware, Cisco, and NetApp from both a hardware and software perspective. The integration of the products works seamlessly. If you have a mismatch in versions then FlexPod can help you with that, otherwise, you may have problems. View full review »
reviewer1223475
Pre-Sales Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
It's easier to sell to a customer because it is a validated design but sometimes the customer wants another feature and then it's a problem. You must build each block separately, that's a disadvantage sometimes. View full review »
SystemEn8432
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easy to set up, maintain and has great stability. View full review »
RafaelLage
CTO at ForceOne
FlexPod gets very strong performance and efficiency from NetApp storage as well as it is very simple to install and implement. We can be up and running in two or three day after we get the rack. CVDs reduce risks for implementations. We always make sure that all installations are based on best practices. FlexPod has so many versions and capabilities. So, we can simplify the data flowing between edge, port, and cloud. View full review »
Thomas Lynch
Network Engineer at DHS USCIS
The most valuable features of this solution are that it's flexible and it's fast. The validates designs have been generally quite good and it is innovative. It has streamlined our IT admin. View full review »
ITEnginecacc
IT Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the data services that are available. View full review »
NetworkA5035
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the scalability, the speed of deployment, and physical server management. View full review »
Steven Network Engineer
Network Engineer at Department of Homeland Security
The most valuable feature is the automation. FlexPod's ability to manage from edge to core to cloud for supporting modern data and compute requirements is very good. We have found the solution to be innovative when it comes to computing scores and networking because of the ease of deployment. It has increased staff productivity and has simplified our support experience. It streamlines our IT admin. View full review »
reviewer1223484
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reliability and convenience are its most valuable features. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are fairly important. Speed-wise, we are not having any latency issues. View full review »
NetworkE1ffa
Network Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is that it is all-in-one, and it is easy to get support on it. View full review »
Mohit Mittal
AGM at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The integration is something else. The core cloud is a good feature. If we had a login that extended from the private cloud to the public cloud that would be the best, but it's up there. The solution has granular scalability. View full review »
NetworkE560c
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is one call for support. It is good to have validated designs, so at least supposedly it will work. View full review »
Taylor Brown
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Payments Canada
The most valuable asset of the product is the use of all-flash storage, low latency I/O (quicker Input / Output). View full review »
Practice8f4d
Practice Lead at Bedroc
The best feature of the product is not exactly a feature. It is the ease of deployment and use. View full review »
NetworkEcbe4
Network Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of FlexPod are high availability and scalability. View full review »
RajeshSrinivasan
Director at HCL Technologies
The most valuable features of this solution are instant scalability and reliability. The solution has good granularity in terms of network visibility. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about FlexPod. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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