Based on our requirements, we bought this product for doing online data migrations without data disruption, but we realized that there is a limit to backend storage that can be encapsulate to it. Hence, we ended up spending more money of buying additional VPLEXs to support more backend storage, which in turn came out as an expensive solution for us.
Improvements to My Organization:
We don't see any improvement in the organizational functions.
Room for Improvement:
If it can support more backend storage per VPLEX.
Use of Solution:
I have used EMC VPLEX for three years.
We have had stability issues. It adds another layer of connectivity and hence another layer of single point of failure.
We never went into a situation of upgrading/scaling out the engines on the VPLEX.
Our main motive was to perform data migrations across the data centers from one environment to another and that is why we bought this product. But we ended up doing database and host-based data migrations due to the complexity of the product, which adds another layer of connectivity. For a new application setup, it worked like a charm.
It was straightforward to deploy the VPLEX, but the trick was the encapsulation of existing live applications to the VPLEX. It would required downtime.
Cost and Licensing Advice:
It’s a bit of an expensive solution if you have multiple storage arrays that need to be encapsulated.
Other Solutions Considered:
We were recommended by EMC to use this product for our dynamic environment where we do a lot of data migrations in and out.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.