FlexPod Primary Use Case
Most of my customers have separate server, network and storage teams. Therefore, bringing UCS together with NetApp storage, which makes a FlexPod, speaks to my customers' use cases. We are able to carve it up for almost everything, whether it is for HyperVisor's such as VMware ESXi or bare-metal Linux / Windows servers. My customers love the option to carve it up as they like and use their existing storage investments treating the marriage of compute and storage as a "FlexPod", more a platform. Again, it covers off almost every use case my customers have.
The deployment really depends on what the customer is trying to achieve, in-house IT skillsets, budget and other variables will need to be considered. I have customers who are proponents of everything SaaS with a bit of cloud and customers with SaaS, Cloud and on-premises taking a balanced approach to realize an Hybrid "Multi-Cloud" environment. Others that are pairing SaaS with on-premises, and some, only SaaS with remote workers. I also have customers that remain all on-preemies because of the nature of their data. So, my stance is hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure in the end but I look at all the solutions out there, bring the right pieces together trying to achieve, with my customers a hybrid environment. Lots of stuff in-between and many pause at various places on this journey, whether it is to pivot to new technology previously unavailable, re-assess and or build budget for their "the next steps". Hybrid is where to land, where I think all companies are going to land. There will be many variations like a 70/30 or 80/20 split. We just don't know. It all depends on the customer, use case and workloads!View full review »
We started to move from rack-mounted servers and we needed to make a virtualized environment. One of the requirements for virtualizing all our bare metal infrastructure was to move to a solution with components such as VMware and central storage. We started to look for the environments and were seeking out which was the best version with the possible solution that was in the market and we found NetApp FlexPod, one of the most flexible and easy to use, ready-to-market solutions. We chose NetApp FlexPod due to its flexibility and ease.View full review »
We have high-IO SQL workloads. We have over 200 SQL Servers for our flagship platform so we definitely need compute, storage, network, all of that in one, that's going to perform under pressure.
We're using AFF A700s, which at the time we got them, were the latest and greatest of all-flash storage. The Cisco UCS portion that we're using are M5s and M4s. They were top of the line when they were released, as well.
We're looking for low-latency and high-compute, and that's what FlexPod gives us.
Site Reliability Engineer 2 at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I have been working with FlexPod for a while now. I recently shifted my job and have been working with a solution included in FlexPod. Most customer use cases that I have seen are either using it as a database management system or for a VDI solution.
There are a lot of points for configuration.
We are using a private cloud with Azure, but the newer versions integrate with Cisco Intersight.View full review »
Senior Infrastructure Analyst at a legal firm with 201-500 employees
We have FlexPod Mini for the primary data center.View full review »
Engagement Architect at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
We're using it for general purpose virtualization or converged, as well as in specific cases like electronic medical records. That is the big one.View full review »
We use it for different use cases. We have projects that are specialized for the healthcare sector. This is because of the certifications that NetApp has in this sector, both for VDI and standard VMware.
Most of our customers and projects are about hybrid cloud integration. So, having something still on-premises that integrates with hyperscalers is why we are often using NetApp, who has a versatile data platform.View full review »
Network Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We were trying to come up with a unified vendor for a hyper-converged solution. Our deployment model was SASE.View full review »
Sysadmin at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
In general, we use it for our storage and computing work loads.
We had challenges finding the right partner regarding performance, flexibility, and support from the vendor. FlexPod is an all-inclusive solution, so we found the right one.
We have about 1,000 end users and 2,500 endpoints.View full review »
We've deployed a couple of projects for universities. They have been using FlexPod for a VDI solution as well as their file systems and servers. We usually use cheaper firewalls to secure the solution. We mostly use Cisco, which is higher power as well.View full review »