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The primary use case that we have is we like the support model of the FlexPod. We like it being converged with NetApp storage, Cisco, UCS, and VMware. We like having a single point of contact phone number for all support inquiries. These are some of the main selling features that we enjoy about FlexPod.
We have been using FlexPod for a virtualized environment, mainly for virtual machines running on VMware or Hyper-V with database solutions, application servers, and web servers. In general, it is for all data center infrastructure. It is our integrated system between NetApp and Cisco.
In our case, we were building out a brand new data center. They were rolling out Epic, which is a big healthcare application. So, we bought 200 UCS servers. This was five years ago when we first implemented this, and the FAS 8060 has been serving this customer very well. It has allowed them to start with what was 26 hospitals and grow up to 45 hospitals, all with the same set of infrastructure over the last five years.
Our primary use case for this solution is virtualization with Hyper-V. We are using Cisco UCS and NetApp together in our FlexPod solution. The validated designs for major enterprise applications are very important for our organization because we are part of the local government, and this solution is a critical platform for a broad array of applications and services that we provide to the public. The history of innovations, in particular, the inclusion of all-flash, has had a positive effect on our database performance.
The primary use case is storage for medical imagery.
Our primary use case is for virtualization, the VMs.
Our primary use case is for all of our data storage and so primarily VMware virtualization. We run over 95% of all of our computers running on VMware.
We use it for everything except for ERP. We use it for VMware, VDI, SQL, and a mix of Windows and Linux.
We're in a financial institute and we have two data centers. We use this solution for all of our applications. The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps are very useful for us from an engineering standpoint. In terms of simplifying our infrastructure, we do not use the cloud right now. FlexPod has saved our organization in terms of capital expenditures, although I cannot say by how much at this time.
We use on-prem for our unified network communications solution, which is basically a Call Center. We have a Cisco call center running Cisco software on FlexPod. That is our primary and only use case right now for it. We use HP as a computer hardware solution for the enterprise. We'll probably expand our use of FlexPod and we use it for everything else including the entire production environment. The components we are currently using are Cisco Blade Server Chassis. The blades are M4, Fabric Interconnect 6248, I believe. The very first version. They are very old. We'll probably be upgrading in a few years, or maybe next year. We have MDS switches, 9148 — they are pretty old too. We will have to upgrade them. And then we have NetApp FAS8040 disks.
We use this system for the performance, cost of ownership, agility, expandability of it, and the automation. I manage this solution, but I don't think of the FlexPod solution on a whole. I manage all of the individual components including Cisco UCS Manager, UCS Director, and UCS Central. I work with all of the storage devices including the flash arrays and the filers. I work with the switches via Flex channel or on the ethernet side. We use the solution's tiering to a public cloud for archival purposes. We have everything in-house for the most part, but there is some data that is not that critical but needs to be archived because of government regulations. We have to keep it for quite some time. With respect to the history of innovation, it has affected our ease of use, cost of ownership, we use less manpower to manage it, and we have better uptime. As far as disaster recovery, that's been a really big plus because we have the two fabrics.
We use this solution for backing up and storing banking and financial data. It is especially important for protecting data mirroring between multiple data centers using a hybrid cloud type approach. We have our own cases for what we use but we do like the input we get from the manufacturers and their suggestions on how we should deploy things.
We are using for the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for our hospital. We are using a primary and secondary data center model. We have two locations where one is the primary and the other is the DR.
We are using it internally for one of our departments to provide the platform in which our employees are working to support our customers.
We use FlexPod for all of our tier two and tier three storage, in all of our business units. The ability to scale on demand allows us to get the capacity for the customer in a much more efficient manner in a better timeframe.
We have a custom-built FlexPod with a Cisco 6332-16FI and an AH-700. It is being used as our primary network infrastructure. The solution’s validated designs are pretty important for major enterprise apps in our organization. We follow them to make sure that we're compliant.
It is our primary on-premise infrastructure.
Our primary use case for this solution is for custom applications.
Our primary use case is healthcare for billing applications. With FlexPod, we use it mostly on some databases and billing applications. We are also using it now for containers, mostly with VMware. We have the Cisco UCS M4 Blade Server, 6300 Series Fabric Interconnect, and NetApp AFF A800.
Everything with NetApp right now is our DR and restore strategy. We have all of our VMs installed in an on-premises FlexPod. We have another filter down in our DR site and everything is replicated using SnapProtect and SnapSuite. The validated designs for major enterprise applications are very important to our organization. We have to make sure that everything is fully supported, end to end, and that we're not going to have any problems. When people have trouble they resort to finger-pointing and complain about the network, servers, or storage. With the one validated design, we contact NetApp and get support for everything we need.
Our primary use case for this solution is virtualization. We run both VMware and Hyper-V. We currently have an AFF8040 that is running with Cisco UCS in our FlexPod solution. We have a four-node cluster, where we have the AFF but we also have a second cluster with spinning disks. It's nice to have them clustered because I can move my high-performance workloads over onto the SSD, easily. If we have things that we determine aren't taking advantage of the SSD, I can volume migrate it back to the spinning disk and not waste high-performance capacity on workloads that aren't utilizing the speed of the SSD. The solution's validated designed for major enterprise apps are very important to us because we would prefer not to open support calls, and with the validated configuration, it just works. We are not yet using this solution for tiering to a public cloud, but it is something that we're looking into.
Our solution includes 7K switches, an 8060 as our filer, and Cisco 1610 as our interconnect switches. We are not on the cloud yet, but we are currently exploring all of our options. We use our FlexPod for all of our work, including our company applications.
For both data centers, everything that we use IT-wise is run on both of them. We currently use versions 4.1 and 3.2.
We have multiple use cases for it. Most of it is just based on the fact of its reliability and its performance. We have customers in the insurance industry, financial industry, retail and they mostly use it for compute and storage.
Our primary use is mostly for footprint consolidation — reducing the number of cables and easing the management model compared to just working with monolithic servers. Having access to the UCSM (Unified Computing System Manager) and managing that way seems to be a lot easier.
We're using a FlexPod cluster with Cisco UCS and NetApp AFF. It's a four-node cluster. We use FlexPod for everything in our company. We're a financial company.
It's a tenant environment. We sell it off to customers who need an environment, depending on the scale of their company, where there might be a couple of servers or 100 to 200 servers. We are our own cloud provider. We use VMware vCloud Director because we provide that to our customers. For UCS, we are on version 6.2. For NetApp, we are on 9.5.
It is mostly for small remote sites. The WAN link isn't good enough for them to come to the enterprise site at this time. So, we do a lot of file shares, VMs, etc. It's to run the local business. Our FlexPods are NetApp FASs, Cisco UCS, and Cisco switches. That's our version of a FlexPod. We call them ROBOs (remote office/branch office). We have about a hundred throughout the world that we deploy in different regions. For us personally, I do the NetApp side of it. We're running NetApp version 9.5P6. That is the lowest version that we run in our ROBO environment. While the deployment model is on-prem, we are moving to a backup model in the cloud for them for DR. In the next month or two, we are going to start that.
Two hour production products are fully running in AWS. For the FlexPod, we just run everything on it. We bought all the parts separately. So, we are running a certified FlexPod design with the AFF A700, UCS chassis, and Cisco Nexus FIs. We are using both AWS and Azure.
We have a bank customer in Brazil who sells a lot of credit cards.
We have a VMware solution that we use with our servers and we also use it to see if it might be a solution for us as an exchange server.
Our customers use this solution. It's a validated design and there's one solution for compute and storage. The validated design is an advantage when you take all of the separate parts.
Our primary use case for this solution is for VDI.
Over the last year, we've implemented several solutions with FlexPod. We implemented whatever the latest version is. I know we just put one in that was the latest version in a New Jersey school. Our customers are using on-premise. It's all on premise, but we have implemented solutions that are more hybrid where they are deploying a model where they want their app dev groups to be able to deploy resources much easier to an on-premise infrastructure, as compared to an AWS subscription. Generally, it's a mix between Azure and AWS. That's what we're seeing from customers overall.
Our primary use case for this solution is VMware hosting. We use it primarily in the core data center, and that’s where it has worked best for us. Our applications for payroll, HR, and anything that is mission-critical runs on some form of Flex device. We run a lot of different workloads and a lot of different VMs on this platform.
We use this solution in our data center. We use a hybrid environment. It connects our on-premise system with the cloud.
Our primary use case for FlexPod is providing cloud services.
The primary use case for FlexPod is for our websites, intranet, internet, internet facing sites, compute storage, and processing power. We have a NetApp storage device, we have FlexPod, and we have flash storage which is part of the app. It's mostly for internal storage and compute needs.
We use FlexPod for our on-premise file solution. Its infrastructure enables us to run demanding or mission-critical workloads.
We use this solution in our data center. It runs all of our ESX environment with SQL and Exchange servers on it.
Our primary use case for FlexPod is Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). We sell multi-tenancy services to our customers.
We use the FlexPod solution for all of our VMware workloads.
We use this solution in our on-premise production environment. It does optimize operations. There is a huge improvement, between fifteen and twenty percent, in application performance.
Our primary use case for FlexPod is for better storage.
We use this solution for our servers. We are getting ready to move to the cloud.
Our primary use case is to integrate the compute, networking and storage in our data center.
Our primary use case for this solution is for educational content.
The purpose of FlexPod is for a converged infrastructure that provides compute or networking storage and helps launch applications more easily and dynamically.
We use this primarily for robosites, which means remote offices.
Our primary use case for this solution is infrastructure.
We use FlexPod primarily for automation and growing capacity.
We use this solution for our development workloads. The private hybrid multi-cloud environment works for us. We're using it as a private cloud.
We use FlexPod for customer data center solutions — as well as internal solutions in our data center — to host customer data.
We use it for my private cloud. We are providing a service.
Our primary use for this product is for virtual desktop infrastructure and for virtual server storage.
We use this solution for the VMware virtualization of all of our servers. We use the Cisco UCS for the blade servers.
We provide this solution to customers for their data centers, and we also use it internally, for our data center, to host customer data. This solution is right there in terms of leading-edge digital equipment.
This solution is used mostly for isolated pods for SAP, for instance, or for EPIC. Private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments are heavily in use by various customers. I would say that hybrid is probably the most common today. We have integrated with cloud services such as NetApp’s ONTAP, AWS, and Azure.
We sell FlexPod. We have different versions of the software people like. Because we are the main seller of the product, we have quite a few customers.
We use it for our customer's work that we do because we are an IT service provider. We do application development and testing. For this purpose, the data is with us and we work with FlexPod for their data.
We use it for generalized workloads in a hypervisor situation, either VMM or Hyper-V. It is used for any particular workloads that the government has for this purpose. It is sometimes used for dedicated hardware as well, so it provides the flexibility as we need it. We can also grow because we can easily expand it from its initial chassis.
One place to go for support.
We have a customer who is looking for a converged infrastructure to deploy multi-cloud solutions for on-premise solutions. Our customers use FlexPod today. Our impressions of it are great. It fits our customer's demands. We like the way that it integrates into their environments. Being that Netapp and Cisco have partnered together on it, along with VMware, and Microsoft, there is a good relationship with all of those companies working together.
We use it for its resilience and redundancy. Storage-wise, we use it for its deduplication. The primary use is to keep storage for 24-hours and have no issues.
Our FlexPod solution is designed to isolate a sensitive data environment. We're able to use the technology to silo it away from the rest of our hosting environment.
We use FlexPod for everything: Running our virtual stack, all our research data, etc.
It's pretty much our infrastructure.
We would probably use FlexPod in an Edge type of scenario for our COs to get closer to the customers, because our data center is already Cisco UCS with NetApp. This scenario with FlexPod would probably work well for our Edge deployments to get closer to customers. We are NetApp/Cisco customers. We do have a similar implementation to FlexPod. Our main use case for its use is the virtual data center
Our environment is completely virtualized. Therefore, we are using Cisco UCS and NetApp as back-end storage. We're using FlexPod on Managed Private Cloud only today, and it's good. It's doing its job and we are happy so far.
Our primary use case is for VMs in our virtual environment.
Our primary use case is a mixture of workloads. We have VMware, Citrix, Oracle and SAP, which are all running within the FlexPod stack.
We use FlexPod in our data centers. We serve all of our infrastructure off of it, which includes Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, and Citrix. It is all virtualized. We are also using the file share from FlexPod with Snapshotting and SnapMirroring for disaster recovery (DR) between data centers.
We have been using FlexPod for five years. We use it for our Epic environment.
We use it for running our VM environment. We have three different data centers that use FlexPod: two in North America and one in Europe. Our daily job is important. We use it FlexPod for Managed Private Cloud, which is fast, reliable, and trustworthy.
We have a FlexPod in our lab. I have implemented or deployed FlexPod for many customers. Most of the use case that I have seen is to either adjust on size or if the customer is modernizing their current infrastructure and does not want to go the traditional route, wanting to have some type of convergence. The customer is usually be more comfortable with a flexible solution because there's a lot of choice and scale. Depending on the customer needs, I've delivered extremely large and complex to very simple solutions. The most attractive thing for customers is how good the consolidation is. Sometimes, if they had a previous infrastructure of five or six racks, we can then bring them down to a rack or even half a rack. This is mind-blowing to them as their performance is increased tenfold and their infrastructure has shrunk. The power consumption shrinks and the management is simple.
We are using it to have production workloads running on it.
FlexPod is a single product that you can manage. It has very good scalability. We can scale our UCS Servers. We can carry 12 storage nodes in the FlexPod. The main benefit is its single, all in one solution from server switch to storage.
We use it more to deploy a supportive solution so that a customer can go to one business support number and then have FlexPod for the whole infrastructure.
It's used for managing our virtual workload exclusively. It manages our virtual servers and our internal business systems are run on it. We use FlexPod for Managed Private Cloud. It functions.
FlexPod can be used for all types of workloads. At my company we are using FlexPod for the SAP HANA product.
We use it for our entire virtualization stack, and one of the big driving factors for us was the support between Cisco and NetApp.
We use it mainly for consolidation in the data center.
We have everything on our FlexPod.
We use it for our internal cloud infrastructure.
It in our primary data centers and almost on all of our sites. Therefore, we use both FlexPod and FlexPod Express.
Our primary use case is virtualization. Most of our virtualized environment runs on FlexPod.
Our primary use case was for unified support, so our customers could ask us a question or receive support for any type of products. It could be for UCS, network, or storage. Our customers use it for virtual machines and with VMware with tool sites, e.g., VMware solutions for DR.
We use it to implement our core data center and server environment.
What we wanted to do with the FlexPod solution was get VMware, our NetApp, and Cisco solutions, all in one. Also, to be able to take all of our physical servers and move them into a virtual environment, which we were able to accomplish.
We primarily use it to provide compute resources for customers. It is basically a data center in a box, and it performs very well for us.
We primarily deploy FlexPod with customers that have defined business requirements. For customers that have used it in the past, we basically rinse and repeat because they do like the product and reuse it continually.
Our primary use case for NetApp has been as part of a Cisco UCS chassis. We have seven or eight different instances of it now, spread around the world. So far, it has been very reliable, other than a few hard drive failures here and there, but those are expected.
We are using it in two cases. * We are using it for a database solution, so we're moving all of our 12G database systems onto Oracle UCS with flash as the hot store. We are still using spinning disk as the cold store. Initial tests are going really well. We're actually moving our first big load on in a couple of weeks. * We are using Oracle VM Citrix-based hypervisor, full solution, with FlexPod as the repo on the back-end. All the guest nodes are running on UCS B200 M4s. We have A700, A300, and A200 on the back-end for various slavers and pulls, and they are all working great. We just put our first full workloads on it about a month ago. Since then, everyone has been saying after booting it, this was their fastest startup ever in that environment. Thus, it is working well so far.
We use it for virtualizing infrastructure and also for the virtual cloud system.
We are a NetApp partner. I, myself, am doing ACI and data center stuff. We have been active for a year and have several customers running on FlexPod SF functionality. We don't do native NetApp stuff, only FlexPod SF. We are mostly looking at healthcare, and we also in the banking world. We have one customer to whom we sold this as a storage product.
Our primary use for it is in the healthcare market. We have a lot of customers using it because they want to have some flexibility with storage and compute. That is the reason we are selling it in the healthcare market.
We have had two FlexPods for five years now. We're currently purchasing a third one. We have never had any problems with them in that time. We are using it for hosting COREmanager and Unity Connection. So far, so good. Its performance is great.
We use FlexPod to simplify support, to accelerate troubleshooting by using the FlexPod in integrating. Whether it's a VMware or a UCS Cisco problem, or a Nexus problem, it makes support a lot simpler.
The primary use case is for customers that want to replicate infrastructure over and over again and have a consistent architecture for their workloads. It's appropriate for larger enterprises that want the pod design in their data centers.
Our use case is for a life sciences cloud offering.
It is for video solutions. It saves us a lot of money in our environment. My job is to make sure that the government saves money. The use case for us is that many users are able to use this when they travel out of the country. With computers right now, all you need to do is log into the website to access the resources, then you can use them in your flexible solution.
We use it for our inner data center and with our UCS to handle all our server data, and it's doing pretty well.
Primary use case is for virtualization of our phone systems and our domain.
It is performing well. It is the data center of devices, e.g., when we are using the call locations in San Francisco and Sacramento.
Primary use case is for a telecommunications company. We have used it for housing virtual servers for an internal corporate network, as well as for a service provider network.
It is where we keep our production network: all our main controllers, accounting applications, and our file servers. They are running on FlexPod.
We have our primary and backup data centers as our primary storage, not only for Windows Servers on NFS, but also as part of our users' data stores.
We sell FlexPod and enable our customers to leverage it to run their data centers.
My primary use case for FlexPod is for usage at our remote and small branch offices.
Customers use it to consolidate their resources, rather than having a more extravagant and very high-cost center. FlexPod seems to be a simpler, more economical solution and, obviously, it is a lot easier to work on. Our clients will use it for anything from healthcare (a lot of surgical) to major consumer distribution, universities or higher learning institutions. Large customers, like Digital Realty, who do business with smaller companies, all try to get the same type of solution.
We have four different use cases that we bought it for: * Our production VM or infrastructure is on a FlexPod with a metro cluster. * We have a CCTV system, which is a FlexPod using E-Series as a back end. * We have another E-Series FlexPod for backup infrastructure, with our combo products. * We have a test end environment, which is a mini replica of our production, VMware assistance.
We use it for VMware. Most of what we do runs on it. Our business runs on it. Probably 60 percent of our environment runs on UCS and 100 percent on NetApp storage, with Cisco switching everywhere.
The primary use case that we have for most of our customers is where they're in a converged environment and they also have file system storage. It's primarily where they're looking for a solid NAS-based appliance that also runs business-critical workloads well, with a highly available architecture. The focus is data center workload as well as VDI workload. And once they've already got it, why not use it for file storage as well as other things to replace Windows file servers. It's easier to deal with a NetApp - which is typically more secure - than a Windows Server that you're going to have to patch constantly.
Our primary use case is company back-end servers and services. The performance is great. We deployed this for our server environment in our company. Therefore, all the typical systems you would see in a commercial company are what we are running it on. It was not built for a specific use case. It was built instead for using hard servers or network-attached storage. Just putting it all together makes it simple to use.
It is used as a data storage infrastructure. We also use it for ERP applications, a combination of SYSPRO and SAP. Performance-wise, it is actually doing quite well. The end users are very happy with it.
The vendor delivers a fully-configured prebuilt system with a certain baseline on it. We can ship it to five continents. They can roll them into place, plug in two power cords and six network cables, and we are off to the races. Remotely, we have installed 230 systems globally (no domestic) in the past 22 months.
We use it for some 90 servers and systems. It runs our primary student information system, we have our phone systems through it, our email. Everything is running on it, all critical functions, all critical servers.
The use case is that it is running with multiple applications with VMware, and this a two data-center model, Flexpod, along with NetApp storage. It's quite useful.