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We performed a comparison between FlexPod and IBM VersaStack based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Converged Infrastructure solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed FlexPod vs. IBM VersaStack report (Updated: September 2022).
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  • "It's expensive, but when you pay for enterprise support and enterprise products, you have to pay the big bucks."
  • "In terms of the cost, the last bill I saw was about $3.5 million, from the latest contract. That might have been for a five-year contract."
  • "The pricing and licensing are quite expensive. However, compared to other solutions, it is okay."
  • "Licensing can be interesting with the new version because of the Intersight integration. I don't know what that looks like yet. I have seen some of the different licensing models, but with the new purchasing, all customers are going to have to buy some sort of Intersight licensing with the Blades or FlexPod. I am curious to see how that option shakes out. Previous to the UCS X-Series, the licensing was the same."
  • "Pricing is always tough. We need to get to a point where the customer's happy. Then, as partners, we are also happy."
  • "Overall, the solution works pretty well. The biggest complaint I have from customers is the cost."
  • "We definitely saw a lot of operational cost savings using FlexPod. As far as capital outlay goes, that was a little bit too much for us to swallow and we weren't able to recognize enough savings in that area to afford it."
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    Top Answer:It definitely streamlined operations. TCO-wise, it reduced cabling in the architecture. So, there has definitely been some savings. There have been a lot of reductions in the IT admin's time: reduced… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing can be interesting with the UCS refresh because of Intersight integration (IMM) and SaaS, connected virtual machine or private virtual machine. I have seen some of the different licensing… more »
    Top Answer:The traditional UCS Blades do not take much storage internally. You would be challenged to create an HCI (Hype converged Infrastructure) solution on FlexPod / UCS or any other solution that pools… more »
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    The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk.

    VersaStack is a converged infrastructure solution of network, compute and storage designed for quick deployment and rapid time to value. The solution includes Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure together with IBM software- defined storage solutions to deliver extraordinary levels of agility and efficiency. VersaStack is backed by Cisco Validated Designs and IBM Redbooks application guides for faster infrastructure delivery as well as workload/ application deployment.

    Designed for dynamic organizations that want to accelerate business growth while reducing costs, VersaStack incorporates IBM all-flash as well as hybrid storage technologies into the “single pane of glass” management environment provided by Cisco UCS Director. The solution offers quick deployment and execution of business applications—with the versatility to adapt as business priorities change. Providing an IT infrastructure that is easy, efficient and versatile, VersaStack helps accelerate data center infrastructure deployment and helps efficiently manage information and resources amid business change.

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    Sample Customers
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Newhall Hospital, Medicat, JJ Haines, Sigmax
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Converged Infrastructure
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about FlexPod, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others in Converged Infrastructure. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 12 reviews while IBM VersaStack is ranked 10th in Converged Infrastructure. FlexPod is rated 8.8, while IBM VersaStack is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of FlexPod writes "Integrates everything so you are using fewer tools". On the other hand, FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Dell VxBlock System, Dell PowerFlex, Dell PowerEdge VRTX and VxRail, whereas IBM VersaStack is most compared with Dell VxBlock System.

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