Dell EMC VxBlock System Review

Virtual machines for the infrastructure are great; hardware could be improved


What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for VMware virtualization. We are customers of Dell and I'm a senior system and storage administrator.

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature for me is the virtual machines for the infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see hardware improvement and the ability to support different kinds of mixed applications - a mixed workload support. The technical support could also be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for a year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. We haven't had any problems and we're happy with the product. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is mainly in the IT environment and is scalable. We have somewhere between 400-500 users in the organization. 

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

We previously used the HP system. We weren't using hyper-converged in HP, we moved onto that when we started with Dell. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward and deployment took us about a month. We used a system integrator for implementation. We have five people in the system team managing the solution. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is an HCI license on top of the VMware license. There are no costs on top of that. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The rating for this Dell product is better than for other HCI products available on the market. We've compared it with HP SimpliVity, and Nutanix and we found the Dell rating highest.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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