it_user692445 - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems engineer lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Provides less overhead and simplifies administration.

What is most valuable?

Valuable features include scalability, flexibility, speed, and security.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us in terms of less overhead and less downtime. It simplifies the administration.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps a unified management for all of the elements within the infrastructure, like a console. I would like to see something that is open-source that can be used to manage or compute networking storage in a single panel.

I'm sure that something like that exists right now, so that would be a plus. Something that consolidated the deployment of firmware or software, in other words, more of an orchestration tool and that would take care of it all.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been consistently stable.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

When looking for a solution, I look for brand recognition. In this case, Cisco and NetApp both have very good reputations. We look for value, total cost of ownership, and return on investment.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial setup. It was very easy to deploy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We’ve worked with Wedlock and third-party integrations.

What other advice do I have?

Give it a try and work with your partner or reseller to see if there is a demo available to try out the product. A lot of partners have that capability. Let people log in and try it. You should try out a solution before you buy.

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it_user750831 - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm
Vendor
We like the simplicity of an all-in-one solution

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of having an all-in-one solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Simplicity.

What needs improvement?

Make it cheaper.

For how long have I used the solution?

About six to eight months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very good as well.

How is customer service and technical support?

We haven't used it.

How was the initial setup?

I wasn't involved in it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went out to tender.

What other advice do I have?

We're in finance. I don't know if this solution is uniquely valuable in our industry but it works for us. It's not perfect but it does what we expected. We haven't had any problems at all.

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it_user750531 - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Operator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
Ensures a single upgrade path, although a simpler product with fewer features would help

What is most valuable?

Honestly, it's making sure that you only have one upgrade path when various patches are released.

How has it helped my organization?

There's only one throat to choke when something goes wrong.

What needs improvement?

I'm currently drowning in features. So maybe a simplification would be better. Fewer features.

For how long have I used the solution?

Several months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

At the moment, I have had very few problems with the FlexPod system. However, the alerting is so much chattier than what I had previously, that I spent several months thinking that the world was ending. And it turns out, it was just a bug.

How is customer service and technical support?

Frontline support was atrocious, but once you bludgeon them properly, you get through to somebody who knows what they're doing, and it's very quick, easy, and clean.

How was the initial setup?

It was overly complicated, but that was our own doing. It's not necessarily the fault of the product.

What other advice do I have?

Again, only had it several months, so I'm rating it a seven because I'm pessimistic. But that way, it also has room to grow.

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it_user330924 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
It provides us with unified support and a reference architecture, although I find it difficult to go through documentation in the service catalogue.

Valuable Features

  • Certified architecture
  • Unified support

Improvements to My Organization

  • Unified support
  • Reference architecture

Room for Improvement

The service catalogue and gallery. I find it difficult to go through documentation, and I would like to see user cases we can refer to. Would like to follow a specific work flow.

Stability Issues

There's been no issues, and it's been great.

Scalability Issues

With cDOT, it's very easy to scale out, and that's the reason we went with it in the first place.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It's been great, and any issues have been taken care of right away.

Initial Setup

It's complex because we didn’t buy FlexPod out-of-box, we put it together ourselves and went through lots of changes in our environment, so it's complex because of our own doing.

Other Advice

Pick your partner wisely, as they have a lot in your success. Go with someone with a history in FlexPod.

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it_user319338 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Consultant
FlexClone allows you to create copies of volumes quickly, without using physical space
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "Perhaps the automation interface could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

In our facilities we use FlexPod to host business applications: bpm'online (our tool for the help desk), SugarCRM, Microsoft Exchange Server, Cisco CallManager, some applications related to telephony and collaboration, and for demonstrations of our solution.

How has it helped my organization?

On some occasions, when we have needed virtual machines to install new applications, the administrator has provided them in a matter of minutes. Similarly, we have created virtual desktops for environments of 50-100 users in minutes. Finally, the integration with VMware NSX has allowed us to recover from a failure of the main site in a matter of minutes.

What is most valuable?

  • 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.

What needs improvement?

At the moment I do not find any functionality that could improve, other than perhaps the automation interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What other advice do I have?

I consider this solution a 10 out of 10. It is a very complete solution and easy to administer.

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it_user750768 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Storage Engineer at Digital River
Real User
Easy to configure, quick to deploy, and easy to train new users

What is most valuable?

  • Ease of configuration 
  • Ease of training for whoever is going to be using it

How has it helped my organization?

Deployment time is probably one of the biggest ones. You can get it set up and start using it in a quick manner.

What needs improvement?

I think it could be a little bit more flexible and if they found a way to implement more of a supported cloud solution to it, I think that could help a lot. 

Then there's things like AltaVault which, if there was a way to have that as a shipped feature with it, could be useful as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

Six or seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Solid. Very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Pretty good. I think there is some room for improvement. It depends on how big of a company you're at, but we outgrew some of the solutions that we had installed and then we ended up having to custom-build a different solution.

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PMO Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
The solution was simple to deploy, but we faced challenges with replication between the primary and secondary site
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution was simple to deploy."
  • "Compatibility issues with replication. The Oracle table formats were not working and storage replications did not work as well, until we had to introduce other components to make it work."

What is our primary use case?

I used the solution as disaster recovery (DR) for backing up the IBM Power series infrastructure. The primary site is running our core application, which is based on Java and Oracle databases installed on a SUSE Linux environment.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution was simple to deploy, but we faced challenges with replication between the primary site and secondary site.

What is most valuable?

The fact that all the components were integrated, and its simplicity to deploy. The deployment took less than a week since there was no networking and/or storage integration.

What needs improvement?

Compatibility issues with replication. The Oracle table formats were not working and storage replications did not work as well, until we had to introduce other components to make it work. This is a good solution, but only if its on both the DR and DC for replication compatibility.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.
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it_user803508 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user803508Worldwide Competitive Sales Enablement & Education at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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Hi! I don't see the IBM VersaStack product.

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