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 »
Aaron Hibbard
Senior Systems Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
I work at a state agency. With FlexPod, I can contact to NetApp. I can contact our rep and I can get the building materials from him which includes all of my switching, servers, and storage in one place. It saves me a lot of time when I have to go out and send out a bid, especially the bids for larger dollar amounts and longer terms. The more efficiently I can get those bids out and processed, the better it is, and the faster I can deliver solutions to our customers (our users). View full review »
DataCente1bb
Data Center Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features in a data center, or parts of it, are footprint and power consumption. The flash side is the first time that Moore's Law breaks. It gets smaller, and also takes less power. View full review »
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Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
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 customers is VMware; the full-stack integration. They're into the VMware environment. Also, the ability to do rapid cloning, the whole nine yards. I don't know that there's anything I wouldn't pitch it for in most data center workloads. View full review »
Casey Riffel
Lead of the Server and Storage Team at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features are the CVDs, and the support behind it from both companies. View full review »
ManagerO2057
Manager of Network Services at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
In regards to DR and backup: * Performance * Stability * Capability. View full review »
Capacity532c
Capacity Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 seamlessly across from one blade to the next. There is also combined support. View full review »
Mark Reboli
Network/Telecom/IT Security Manager at a university with 201-500 employees
I really like the architecture and I like the fact that on the storage side I can swap it out. Right now I'm on NetApp, I might go to Pure Storage. I have the flexibility. But as far as the equipment itself, the way it's all bundled together, from the UCS perspective, its rock solid. I run all the critical applications for the university on my FlexPod solution. It needs to be up 24/7, 365. I don't need "five nines," I need "eight nines" - and it stays up. View full review »
Jason Batt
Senior Data Storage Administrator at Denver Health
* The design has already been validated. * The support element, the lack of finger-pointing, where all of the different vendors are working together collaboratively, sharing data, opening tickets with one another. * We already use UCS and it goes well with the vendors that we have picked. 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 »
Kent Christiansen
Practice Director at Datalink
FlexPod is an architecture that a lot of our major customers are running with their most mission critical stuff. The big value proposition is it has been well thought out and well put together. So, it is getting them to get their applications to market more quickly, and it has taken the risk out of their business, because there is less for them to try to figure out. View full review »
Brian Foulks
System Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
The most valuable feature of FlexPod is all the vendors' synyergy together. I just have to log in and start working with it. Everything is there, and with the failover I don't even have to worry about the systems too much. In addition, I live by the Validated Designs. I do exactly what those designs say and I haven't had a problem as a result. For example, they used to do the FCoE. They figured out there was a problem and they went over to the NFS. I moved over and I agreed with them. It worked better. View full review »
Aaron Kimball
Solutions Architect at GDT - General Datatech
* Its flexibility * The continuous innovation * All the thought that goes into the product. * The backing teams who are behind it. It's all converged into one consolidated platform, which works well together. The validate designs are great. They are a reference point that you can provide to the customer base to convey what the designs look like as a whole. You can go in, reference how components work together as a whole, what firmware versions you need to run, and what those configurations need to look like. They are helpful in time to deliver to customers. View full review »
Obi Vellore
Senior Project Consultant at DynTek
It's just a single pane of glass. Everybody loves that from the first time they see it. Our customers see the value of multi-cloud environments and the unlimited amount of growth that they provide. From the customer standpoint, FlexPod is easier to buy, provision, and have it deployed. It is innovative in the sense of how all the different pieces are brought together, then it feels like it's a single fabric. It is actual fabric, which is innovative too. View full review »
Steve Utter
Senior Cloud Systems Engineer at Alarm.Com
The ease at which it scales and its redundancy factors. It's extremely redundant and easy-to-scale. The software integration, the APIs, are really good. Because everything is going to such a hybrid world, it's better to push things through software than it is to do it manually. The more that they're making the commands the same in your cloud solution versus your private solution is great. It's making our lives a lot easier. View full review »
Craig Mcdonnell
Director of Integration Services at Charter Communications, Inc.
FlexPod means I will have reliability, flexibility, and scalability. The three main variables that I rely upon to deliver whatever I need to my clients. 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 »
Will Bashlor
Manager of IT Services at a comms service provider
Support was the main feature for us. Having everything in one as far as combining NetApp and Cisco devices, yet also having one place where we could call and actually get support from very knowledgeable people. 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 »
Conrad Madewell
TSE at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I like the combination of the brands that they decided to include, in terms of its compatibility, e.g., they integrated UCS into this solution. That is the real advantage: its partnerships. View full review »
Julie Gutierrez
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Orchestrating and automating deployment of servers and storage are its most valuable features. We use it for automating the profile for specific VMs. The orchestration is innovative. What I like about FlexPod, there is a lot of knowledge based on it and a lot of field experience now. There are design templates that we can deploy, and follow best practices leveraging other peoples' experience and expertise. This way, we can always follow best practices when deploying it. 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 »
Isaac Ojeda
Subject Matter Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The ability to have the configurations for it: The blades, the service profiles, and making a standard for it. This makes it easy for the other members on our team when setting things up, because there is already a template for them to use. I like that everything is integrated, and we can change the port to whatever we need, e.g., Fibre Channel. It is very nice to work with, as it gives the ability to have more choices: Do we want to have more Fibre Channels, iSCSI, or some type of MetroClusters? We can do all this with if we have bandwidth. View full review »
it_user527184
Solution Architect at Thin Technologies
* It's a validated architecture, so it's fairly simple to implement. * The support is unified, so troubleshooting becomes less complicated. * It's very easy to expand the solution for performance and capacity growth. View full review »
Executivc4c1
Executive Director Of IT at a university
One of the most valuable things is the support. The reason for the FlexPod was that we didn't want solutions where everybody was pointing the finger at each other, blaming each other. With this solution, NetApp really takes control and really wraps its support around the whole solution. It gives us the ability to call one place and to get support and get the product up and running, smoothly. View full review »
Darin Zook
Service Delivery Architect at Premiercomm
It is the overall collaboration between NetApp and Cisco to come up with a product that is best in class and best in breed. You are bringing together the best things about UCS and NetApp, as well as you are tying it together with the Nexus fabric. It makes a complete, holistic solution which is easily scalable. It can scale up to the largest size that you could possibly need, as well as scale down to smaller sizes for small business customers. View full review »
John Barrow
Chief Technologist at Datalink, a division of Insight
We had a lot of disparate technologies which were spread around to different sites. It was the ability to converge a lot of different data and platforms into a single common platform that we could then scale horizontally and vertically. View full review »
Tariq Ejaz
Systems Manager at Marcum Technology
Ease of deployment. Once I deploy the chassis and I have the back-end storage, configuring more UCS servers is very quick. I can deploy a new UCS server within minutes. View full review »
Sreenivas H
IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The biggest challenge that FlexPod helped me with: Now, I am not replying everyone at all my remote locations. I have approximately 38 small offices. Previously, I provided a lot of physical service, and replied to people. How I fixed the issue: I configure a FlexPod. I will ship it. I will install it. Then, everything I can, I will manage from my main office. Thus, I reply to fewer people at all my locations. View full review »
Ilias Mintidis
IT Engineer at CenturyLink, Inc.
FlexPod comes as an engineered solution. We can use it for smaller, medium, or large solutions and we can scale it as we need. That's the reason that it's very useful. View full review »
SrStorEng65465
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable is the one support. I have a 1-800 number. I call one number rather than figuring out whether it's a network, compute, or storage issue. It is beautiful and works out nicely. View full review »
Steve Breaz
It Specialist at US EPA
Flexibility and speed. I like that we can do anything we want to with the networking part of it, without having to add cables and cards, and we can add extra networks, extra VLANs, and extend the environment without having to buy new stuff. We oftentimes will get a new product, a new server solution that requires a separate network, or even a proof of concept, sometimes development servers that need separated networks. We can spin those up without having to do new cables, new network ports. Any cost or any change requests, we can just do them on the fly. We like it because everything is 10 Gig all the way through, from the storage to the switches to everything else, which is more than we need, and that's great. It seems very cost effective once it's in place, and it's easy to expand and easy to add capacity without a lot of extra money. View full review »
SeniorSteee7
Senior Storage Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It comes as a package. Since we are dependent on our virtualized environment, and FlexPod provides a small to mid-class environment, FlexPod is the better solution than going with a different product for each individual infrastructure stack. The solution is innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. Each environment has knowledge of another in a FlexPod environment. This would be difficult to operate separately. We are at the level where we want it to be on serving our applications, our storage, and whatever traffic we want. View full review »
Gage Parker
Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It can scale, compute, and storage independently by what we need. As opposed to in the hyper-converged realm, you are sort of locked into a linear growth pattern. View full review »
Dan Scullen
Senior Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
* Being able to have completely compatible hardware top to bottom and storage compute networking. This way, we're not spending time researching what works with what. * The single call to support for any issue. We like to use the phrase, "One throat to choke." View full review »
Alok Tripathi
It Managed Services Provider at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
First of all, it's a converter. It's not dependent on, it's not coming with specific storage. I can leverage its multiple storage abilities. We have various kinds of storage in our environment, like IBM or NetApp. We can mix those types of storage with the FlexPod environment. View full review »
Eric Kutyla
Senior Systems Administrator at Bell Canada
The scale out allows us, in a small form factor, to scale out and get more compute and storage, as needed. This would be appreciated in our business. It is innovative because it's bare metal and you can customize it easily. This brings a lot of benefits to the solution. View full review »
Alan-Crouch
Senior IT Manager at Vocera
* Dynamic elasticity * Scalability * Reliability * Uptime 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 »
Troy Brick Margelofsky
Solutions Architect Team Lead at CDW
The most valuable thing for me as a partner, as well as our customers, is the shorter time to market. In addition, the most important pieces are: * The partnership between NetApp and Cisco. * The engineering effort and time. * The resources that they put into writing the CBDs. * Doing all the lab validations. * Having this product supported as a converged infrastructure. 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 »
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 »
Infrastr4edd
Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
* We call it one-man management; I do not have a whole team. * It runs very well lights out. Set it and forget it. View full review »
SystemsEd439
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There are three different areas of specialization, so if somebody who's not familiar with all the technologies isn't there, they can still handle a support issue. 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 »
Rodrigo Moncao
Storage Engineer Manager at Servix informatics
ONTAP is the core of FlexPod, so its most valuable features are: FlexClone, Snapshot, and SnapCenter. FlexPod is innovative when it comes to its product's validate design and functionalities. Plus, you have NetApp and Cisco, the best brands together in one product. View full review »
DevinChappell
Solution Architect at Charter telecom
FlexPod allows us to go through and roll out compute, having a converged infrastructure with the same level of simplicity that you would expect of a hyper-converged. View full review »
David_Harrison
Snr Technical Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology
The combination of compute and storage networking is pretty complicated to accomplish. The real benefit of this solution is that it is pre-architected with the ability to scale-up and scale-out. You can buy this solution, and it is going to work, because it is a proven solution. View full review »
ManagerO6505
Manager Of Network Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
Everyone's willingness to work together to solve problems. We have had a few minor issues where we have been able to get Cisco, NetApp, and VMware all on the phone to solve a problem together. No one points fingers and everyone understands each others' products. View full review »
SeniorIn5f65
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Deduplication * Compression Validate designs are a good. They work in the background to combine all the infrastructure and storage. They create automation which can create volumes and attach VMs directly to massive CIFS. This is now easily done. View full review »
Joseph Pontillo
Information Systems Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Unified support. Being able to get a vendor from one company or another company on the line without having to go back through the call queue. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
It is easy to set up and maintain. It has not had any problems. We like support from Cisco and NetApp, though not so much from VMware. There is support for configurations and ways to do things. We just follow them. Knock on wood, we do not have any issues with it. View full review »
Devin Chappell
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
It scales well. It allows us to have very flexible architecture but to have the same level of simplicity that we'd normally expect in hyper-converged environments. View full review »
Drew Breece
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
The assurance and the peace of mind that we get from knowing if we had an issue with either the NetApp equipment, Cisco equipment, or our VMware enviroment, we can call one number for support, then everyone works together and nobody is pointing fingers all over the place. 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 »
it_user527259
Director Of IT Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of use * Safety * Total cost of ownership * Return on investment * Cutting your sysadmin's time in half * The single pane of glass: Where you can configure your compute and manage your storage, all from a single pane of glass, and it makes it easier on management. Also, the 1-800 number to call for support across the multiple parts of the FlexPod. So, FlexPod is basically a joint venture between Cisco, VMware and NetApp. You call the 1-800 number and you get supported throughout the stacks. View full review »
Mark Caukill
Senior Lecturer at Nelson Marlborough Institute Of Technology
* It's actually pretty easy to put together. * It's very easy to keep up and maintain. * Allows for quick use. I use power show on the system to actually get the infrastructure up and running. * It runs solid, with no problems. View full review »
SystemsA52a9
Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is innovative. It handles virtual networking. Also, it can upgrade blades and continue working seamlessly, which is excellent. The option to allow me a different storage connection. 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 »
Mike Ryan
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of the solution is the automated firmware management. This solution allows me to scale out easily. It is innovative, although maybe not compare to hyper-converged. It did allow me to decouple the storage from the computer, so I can scale up the computer independently of scaling up my storage. View full review »
StorageA5733
Storage Administrator at HDR
* Replication * Deduplication * Inline dedupe * Scalability * Compression, which saves us a lot of data. View full review »
DavidAdams
Storage Engineer at a financial services firm
The automatic revisioning via the ability to provision through a single interface and touch all the components along with it. That really helps us to spin up things like test apps, DevOps, and all that stuff in one interface. View full review »
Enterpriaa97
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
* The Cisco Validated Designs * Industry-leading technology, put together * It just works Also, it's very versatile. We haven't run into any issues with it where we couldn't do something because of it. We have been very happy with it. View full review »
Taran Nasseth
Data Center Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup was fairly simple. It was one of the first ones that I had done. I picked it up quickly. Overall, it was an easy deployment. View full review »
Sihle Letlaka
Enterprise Architecture at a Consumer Goods
* TS Series storage functionality * Scalability * Flexibility * Rich 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 »
AssocVpacfd
Associate VP at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The data is available, compressed, and deduped. Also, when the customer wants, the data can be segregated. The validate designs do not fail. They give good performance, which provide us with business benefits. Also, before it fails, it has predictive failure features. View full review »
ClientEx81d1
Client Executive at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* The reference architecture. * Being able to scale easily. * Being able to deliver the performance that the business requires. FlexPod is innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking. It's using the best technologies in the industry today and deploys them into the reference architecture. View full review »
Colin Fritzke
Network Engineer at Long view systems
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 »
Bryon Fowler
Principal Analyst at Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos
* Ease of use * Easy expandability * They're quick to respond. We haven't had a single problem with it yet. View full review »
Evan Wheatley
Solution Architect at Charter
The most valuable features are that the solution is vetted and validated and it's supported end-to-end. View full review »
Jegan Chinnu
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
If there are any failures, or anything needs to be addressed, we can make one call to support for assistance. No matter how busy the data is, we can put the data in the right place at the right time. View full review »
David-Smith
Group Leader at a consultancy
It is versatile, and the profiles and things that you can create with it are good to work with and make it easy to replace the hardware. View full review »
Kevin Henderson
Information Security Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
The flexibility and data deduplication have been the biggest practical applications. View full review »
SystemsEeff6
Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Ease of use: Get it set up and it just works. View full review »
Alex Pop
Network Systems Specialist at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For me, the most valuable feature is the stability. It's one less worry. View full review »
Operatio235c
Operations Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
* Scalability * Flexibility * Overall time saved. * The compatibility of all the products together. The validate designs and the overall versatility allows us to do what we need to do, so it's definitely a very flexible solution. If we have an issue, we can get all three vendors on the phone at the same time because of the collaboration between all three parties. 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 »
Christian Jansen
Technical Operations Manager at Dyncorp
The value in FlexPod is that we have to deploy a virtual suite to 280 locations around the world. FlexPod gives us the opportunity to deploy a product which is fully built and racked with minimal touch installation when it arrives onsite, so we can do all the configuration remotely. View full review »
Spencer Carson
System Analyst at ONEOK, Inc.
The consolidation of our data center. It helps us migrate. It makes DR easier for us. Our Cisco solution interoperates with it very easily. It makes visibility into those different environments easy for the virtualization guys, the Window admins, and telecom as a whole. Holistically, it is a lot better. View full review »
Virtuali7246
Virtualization Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Simplicity and integration with NetApp are its most valuable features. View full review »
Robert Ashworth
Director of Infrastructure Operations at ONEOK, Inc.
When it started out, we did not purchase it as a FlexPod. It sort of organically grew into a FlexPod: UCS, VMware, and Cisco for the network. The storage is reliable in its performance. View full review »
StorageA8d03
Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
My favorite part is the storage side, allocating the storage, it's very easy. The WWNs, you got the virtual WWNs. It's a little different from physical servers. I like that it's pretty easy to provision storage. View full review »
Consulta729c
Consultant at a tech services company
You've got flexibility within it. It's all profile driven. And the personalities of the blades within the solution. One could fail, you just pop a new one in and you have SAN booter, you have SD cards that you can just pop right in and it's back up and running. I like the redundancy that you get with that. View full review »
Sun Hyung Choi
Storage Consultant at Long View Systems
It's a validated infrastructure, meaning that they're pre-validated. Cisco and NetApp have come together to essentially pre-validate against certain use cases. So a lot of the legwork and design have been eliminated. 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 »
SrSysEng0e3f
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It is the integration between the Cisco, VMware, and NetApp as a combined internal solution. The data access rate is much faster than if we were doing it by ourselves. It has boosted performance. 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 »
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 »
Director7179
Director Of Engineering
* Easy management * High performance * A single point of support View full review »
Evan Wheatley
Solution Architect at Charter
The consistent delivery that we receive from the products. We deliver it to different customers, and we know it will be a consistent end-to-end solution as well. So, this helps us from a delivery side of things. View full review »
NetworkE95fd
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 »
SeniorSy9b41
Senior systems manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
* Reference design * Ease of use * Ease of support View full review »
it_user298266
Team Leader – Storage & Security at CoreLogic RP Data
The validated design is a huge bit. It means that it's supportable by both NetApp and Cisco, and that means that we're doing it the industry best-practice way. 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 »
NetworkE9bca
Network Engineer III at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Ease of use * Flexibility * Scalability * Stability The ease in the event that there is hardware failure and having it be stateless. We can swap components out without incurring any significant downtime. View full review »
ChrisBarnes
Lead Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Flexibility * Programmability * 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 »
Technica3f50
Technical Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to integrate different products into one validated design. That allows customers to understand and get the value out of the hardware, as it was designed. View full review »
ITInfras45bf
It Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
It's an all-in-one validated design. We don't have to worry about making sure that thing A supports thing B. It's all top-down, integrated, and validated, which means for us, it's going to just 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 »
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 »
Ola Solaru
Enterprise Solution Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The flexibility: I used to do the video blog solutions. It is very easy, because with NetApp, a lot of people use NetApp. There is more flexibility to configure with Cisco laser switches. View full review »
Steven Bellamy
Manager Infrastructure Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The integration between Cisco and NetApp was quite key for us, and the VMware as well. The whole FlexPod stack is pretty key to that. View full review »
Technica2c2d
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is a simple turnkey solution. When we purchased it, we had to configure everything. However, everything was already there. We just cabled it up and started to build the virtual machines (VMs). 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 »
SeniorSyc704
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Krishna Ramanath
Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Its existing space * Its design View full review »
Ed Osterholt
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The flexibility of using it for compute as well as the flexibility of the storage itself. View full review »
Christian Jansen
Technical Operations Manager at Dyncorp
* Integrated support: It is all under one support contract. * The convergence is excellent. * It is number one in reliability. View full review »
Jan Willem Varossieau
Consultant Technical at Vosko
It's a new architecture, really scalable and programmable. When you look at SDN propositions it fits very well in a next-gen data center. View full review »
Bdm690c
Bdm at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* The simplicity * It's really scalable * The integration with Cisco and NetApp is perfect 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 »
SeniorStce12
Senior Storage Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is a very well-thought-out solution with great virtualization. A good option we have is mapping a storage LUN onto an ESX cluster. That way, in case a particular ESX is down, it can migrate (using vMotion) to another host in the cluster, resulting in high-availability. The ability to create vDisks on NFS exports is an added advantage. This is very helpful when we reach RDM limit. 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 »
it_user319338
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
* Centralized administration with Cisco UCS Director allows you to perform all administrative functions from a single interface, as well as automate tasks. * UCS Profiles enable recovering a physical server in less than 15 minutes. * FlexClone allows you to create copies of volumes in seconds, and without occupying physical space. View full review »
SystemsA3715
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
* The ease of use * The ease of administration * It is easy to manage. View full review »
ServerArca33
Server Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
* The central point of management * The centralized management of the storage and the compute View full review »
it_user252573
Information Technology Architect and Business Consultant
* 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. View full review »
it_user318444
Advisory Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Fully-supported end-to-end architecture using the compatibility matrices around it. View full review »
SeniorNeb1d5
Senior Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Quick deployment. View full review »
Principafb5b
Principal Storage Engineer at Digital River
* Ease of configuration * Ease of training for whoever is going to be using it View full review »
Nashon Kondiwa
PMO Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The fact that all the components were integrated, and its simplicity to deploy. The deployment took less than a week since there was no networking and/or storage integration. View full review »
Ali Tadir
Managing Partner at Nextgen
It simplifies the management of the entire system. View full review »
Infrastrc9a6
Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm
The simplicity of having an all-in-one solution. View full review »
Abhishek Sarthi
Associate at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
SolidFire all-flash block storage in an existing FlexPod data center environment. This improves the agility and performance, including the additional load of cabling. View full review »
Aron Campbell
Private Cloud Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Converged infrastructure * Engineered Reference Architecture * Continued evolution of the architecture * Manpower savings * Ease of automation View full review »
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