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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 and whatnot. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
reviewer1223397
Solutions Architect at a software R&D 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
EricKutyla
Senior System 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 »
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 of that all 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
JamesThomas1
Technical Consultant at Venn IT solutions
The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability. 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 »
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 »
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 »
StorageA5733
Storage Administrator at HDR
* Replication * Deduplication * Inline dedupe * Scalability * Compression, which saves us a lot of data. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
reviewer926175
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 »
Director7179
Director Of Engineering
* Easy management * High performance * A single point of support 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 »
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 »
SeniorSy9b41
Senior systems manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
* Reference design * Ease of use * Ease of support 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
SeniorNeb1d5
Senior Network Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Quick deployment. View full review »
Ali Tadir
Managing Partner at Nextgen
It simplifies the management of the entire system. 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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