2018-05-16T08:31:00Z

What do you like most about FlexPod?


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Real User

The validated design is really important for us because it gives us a model on which to base our architecture and continued support for all firmware upgrades. It also provides consistency throughout the environment.

2019-11-18T10:14:00Z
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Top 5Real User

CVDs reduce risks for implementations. We always make sure that all installations are based on best practices.

2019-11-18T10:14:00Z
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Real User

With FlexPod, it is about the synergy of the server, the storage, and the whole management layer. Together, it is really about minimizing staff. You don't have to hire more people. You can work with the minimum level of resources and the availability is really good. We have had very little downtime.

2019-11-18T10:14:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2019-11-05T05:36:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We have significantly less latency now with our imagery.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Backup, restore, and ease of deployment are the most valuable features.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We initially started out with siloed clusters and now we've been able to cluster everything together so that we have multiple nodes in our clusters. We have multiples on different data in different data centers. We've able to do replication between data centers. That's been very beneficial for us as we look to derive a mature DR model.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Not a perfect ten because it could use better integration on the network side between UCS and the switching layerKnowing 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. The fact that LACP is not supported on UCS blades isn't so great. It would be nice if it was.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The most valuable features of this solution are the integration and ease of use.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The most valuable feature of the solution is the flexibility in configuration and the setup.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation point because it's a lot less staff to have to manage it.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Real User

For us as an IT department, it helped us a lot. Before we implemented FlexPod, we were using different solutions all based on a virtual infrastructure. On VMware, before implementing FlexPod, we had a lot of problems doing backups with disaster recovery. After integrating it, it enabled us to have shorter maintenance windows, instant backups, instant recovery, which also minimized the number of alerts that we get from the application team and from the employees who were working on the application that something is not working.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The most valuable feature for me is that you can swap out pieces when you have to lifecycle your equipment.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 5Consultant

The most valuable feature of this solution is the stability.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

It runs our VMs. Our SQL databases are all on VMs, so everything is virtualized.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The ease of expansion is the most valuable feature.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The solution’s unified support for the entire stack is critically important because we cannot afford downtime.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The most valuable features of this solution are efficiency and simplicity.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

NetApp is always coming up with features that I want before I know that I want them.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The best thing about this solution is the tight integration with VMware, Cisco, and NetApp from both a hardware and software perspective.

2019-11-05T05:28:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Things got a lot faster. We can pull and test in DEV systems much more rapidly and are clearing up a lot of DBA time. In the past, every time we tested it, we needed to be refreshed. In the past, it would take a day of our DBA's time, and now it's just point, click, and ten minutes later it's done.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Real User

I see the most value in the UCS portion. I love Cisco UCS.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Going from the old monolithic server and silo storage that they used to use is an improvement. With the FlexPod solution, just being able to manage and monitor the overall environment helps.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Our previous solution used to take 24 hours and now we're down to seven hours. It has really good performance.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The solution has decreased the unplanned downtime incidents in our organization by 25 to 30 percent.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The solution makes our staff more efficient, enabling them to spend time on tasks that drive our business forward. The environment is more homogeneous, so there are not as many technologies to study and learn. People can focus on improving their knowledge in existing technologies.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Availability is the most valuable part of this solution. We have not had any trouble since we installed it.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 20Real User

FlexPod's unified support for the entire stack is very important. Before, the customers would log a ticket by Cisco and a ticket by NetApp. It's better when vendors can parter and look for a solution together.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It simplifies infrastructure from edge to port to cloud. It proves that deployment is easy and straightforward. There isn't any need to do extra work.

2019-11-05T05:27:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The solution’s unified support for the entire stack provides one stop shopping.

2019-10-30T05:49:00Z
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Real User

This solution has helped to make more things consistent within our organization.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable features are the Fabric Interconnect Manager and the UCS Manager.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

FlexPod impacted us by making things easier to deploy. The solution is a private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environment. That's very important to us. We're doing a lot of hybrid cloud.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution can be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. FlexPod is very flexible and innovative. We can design it as we like.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

This solution has given us a great deal of on-site storage that we didn't have before.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is one call for support.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

The solution can be innovative when it comes to cloud computing storage and networking.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

The Validated Designs are very good because they act as a reference to see whether we have done things properly.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable feature is that it is all-in-one, and it is easy to get support on it.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

The product is easy to deploy and use.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

FlexPod has affected the workload of our network admin team awesomely. We have fewer employees. It's good.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Consultant

It reduces the time required to dynamically provide applications to our end users and developers.

2019-06-17T08:46:00Z
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Real User

FlexPod has improved our company as far as ease of management, stability, and redundancy.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Real User

All of our main applications run on this solution, and it has done a stellar job.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Real User

FlexPod is easy to setup, maintain and has great stability.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The agility is probably the most valuable feature for us. It's very easy to send out resources.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Real User

The ease of set up is probably the most valuable feature for us.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Real User

The solution has granular scalability.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

All-flash storage and low latency I/O enhance performance.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Real User

The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is the ease of actually setting it up and learning it.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It is definitely easier for us to maintain and do build-outs, so it takes a lot less time to set things up for the customer.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It's a kind of one-stop shop as far as support goes.

2019-06-17T08:45:00Z
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Top 10Real User

For FlexPod, it is always trustworthy. I had previously never seen flex machines from other brands or associated with other products. FlexPod is a large investment and they are good enough to support it.

2019-03-13T08:05:00Z
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Reseller

The data is available, compressed, and deduped.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

It scales easily. We went through an upgrade of adding additional chassis, and it wasn't a big deal.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

We have absolutely been able to save space.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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LeaderboardReal User

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.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Our time from customer interest to time of deployment has shrunk a lot.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

Our footprint is lower than it used to be.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Consultant

It is absolutely resilient. It has built-in redundancy and multipathing. If there is an issue with one part, it doesn't fail automatically.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

It can scale, compute, and storage independently by what we need.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

It is innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking, because there are a lot of the storage efficiencies which allow us to keep a smaller footprint.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

The initial setup is straightforward. It is all interface-based, so point and click.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

We found FlexPod to be innovative when it comes to compute, storage, and networking. We've taken advantage of their storage optimizations to obtain better use out of the space. We upgraded to All Flash FAS (AFF), which has provided a huge performance increase that we haven't barely scratched the surface of. We have plenty of overhead, so that's always nice when taking on tasks which might have otherwise taxed a smaller system.

2018-10-31T13:46:00Z
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Real User

The solution is innovative. It handles virtual networking. Also, it can upgrade blades and continue working seamlessly, which is excellent.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Top 20Reseller

FlexPod provides very small footprint. We can have it in our offices without bothering with extra cooling, as it is a small unit.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Our performance increase has been about 15 percent from what we previously used.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Real User

The solution is resilient, because it has good scalability, and other products in the market don't have this. It has scalable storage and service.

2018-10-28T07:37:00Z
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Real User

The Cisco Validated Designs are the most valuable feature along with the Industry-leading technology, put together; and the fact that it just works.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

It simplifies everything. It gives you a single place to go if you need support or if you need to expand.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

We save days of work when doing new service deployments. With LUN clones we have a template provisioned for the image of our hypervisor on our NetApps, and we can deploy a brand new hypervisor in under an hour. Everything is scripted. We just clone a template LUN and boot from SAN, so there are no single points of failure.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

I have found the platform to be resilient, mainly because all the hardware is fault-tolerant. It has built-in HA, so if one of the components goes down, you're covered by the platform itself.

2018-10-28T07:36:00Z
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Real User

Because we use it everywhere, it is standard to set up. Therefore, if you can manage the set up in one place, then you can manage the whole infrastructure.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It allowed us to scale out as our business grew without any issues.

2018-10-24T13:31:00Z
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Real User

One of the easiest solutions to implement, maintain, and scale.

2018-10-24T09:09:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The most valuable feature is 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.

2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
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Top 20Real User

ONTAP is the core of FlexPod, so its most valuable features are: FlexClone, Snapshot, and SnapCenter.

2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2018-10-23T08:13:00Z
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Consultant

The real benefit of this solution is that it is pre-architected with the ability to scale-up and scale-out.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Consultant

The documentation alone that NetApp provides can guide anybody through the setup process.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

DR has been tremendously easier.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Reseller

Our customers 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.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Reseller

The ability to converge a lot of different data and platforms into a single common platform, then scale horizontally and vertically.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

It is easy to deploy, works well, the reps are good, and the support is great.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Consultant

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.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

FlexPods allow 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.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

For our DR, we rely heavily on SnapMirror technologies to accomplish our disaster recovery in VMware SRM.

2018-07-12T06:17:00Z
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Real User

It took a server room where we had 280 servers and another with 180 and condensed them from 15 racks down to three racks. It's helping us in the data center with all our environmentals... In addition, we're getting the ability of VMware, which is virtualization, so now we have redundancy on all of our boxes, instead of them being physical.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

Gives us a single point of contact for support.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

The flexibility and data deduplication have been the biggest practical applications.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

For the management side of our UCS, it is a single pane of glass for multiple people, whether it is data center, sysadmin, or server deployment.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Consultant

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.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

It is extremely stable and well-supported because of the leadership and partnerships put in place.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

Provides 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.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

It makes us more lateral and faster to production.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

The product is robust, stable, and has flexibility.

2018-06-17T06:40:00Z
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Real User

It has simplified our support.

2018-06-13T07:28:00Z
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Consultant

Technical support has been good when we have contacted them in the past. They have been helpful.

2018-06-13T07:28:00Z
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Real User

We have had great support, and this is when we have called for any problems, which have been very minimal to start with.

2018-06-13T07:28:00Z
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Consultant

The virtual environment is a lot more efficient than physical boxes.

2018-06-13T07:28:00Z
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Real User

It has been a great product, primarily because of a lot of its deduplication features, and the out-of-the-box thinking on block level storage from NetApp.

2018-06-13T07:28:00Z
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Real User

It has had a big, positive impact, because now everything is centralized.

2018-06-13T07:28:00Z
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Real User

The advantage is being able to consolidate everything into a relatively small chassis.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

It has never fallen out from under us when we were trying to do a critical push.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

It is easy to add-on to the tool. If we need to add a new switch, a new server, or a new chassis for Blades, it is easy. It is not disruptive. You just do it.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Consultant

When our clients choose to call NetApp or Cisco directly, the cooperative support model means they can get passed back and forth between the two organizations freely. It works really well.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

It ships in a rack, so it is very easy to deploy.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

Performance-wise, it is actually doing quite well. The end users are very happy with it.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

It simplifies the management of our entire system.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

The vendor delivers a fully-configured prebuilt system with a certain baseline on it.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-06-12T07:39:00Z
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Real User

It provides us with a lot of agility, on-demand or through orchestrations. We deliver hundreds of servers.

2018-05-16T08:31:00Z
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