VxRail Review

It reduces latency, because it's bringing the storage closer to the chip


What is our primary use case?

It is for small-to-medium businesses, who are looking to simplify IT effectively, reduce costs, and make it easier to maintain their whole lifecycle process.

How has it helped my organization?

For my customers who have it, it's reducing the complexity of IT management, single panes of glass, etc. It eliminates the three-tier architecture effectively where there is storage and storage network, then compute.

What is most valuable?

It is a pre-architected solution, so it's an off-the-shelf solution designed by Dell EMC engineers who work with VMware. 

It's a turnkey solution, which is good for customers, because they are buying into stability.

What needs improvement?

I would like it to tier to the cloud effectively, making sure that cold data can be pushed out to some sort of Bitbucket. As far as I'm aware, it's not there yet. I have heard rumors it's on the roadmap. I have customers who want to do it and got the public cloud space. They want to be able to move workloads in and out of VxRail.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, the stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I'm not at the stage yet where I need to expand with my customers, but it is easy to add on to.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used the technical support.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It is a logical progression for customers who are on a three-tier architecture to go with VxRail. It reduces the cost of ownership, so you don't need that storage network layer anymore. You're not buying a dedicated piece of hardware for the storage. It reduces latency, because it's bringing the storage closer to the chip, which is always going to be a good thing. Customers like lower latency and higher IOPS.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. Fill out the spreadsheet and generate the JSON file, then pump it in. 

Customers like it. It's simple to deploy. 

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

The price point needs improvement, certainly for smaller SMBs. The cost of it is still quite painful. I think all vendors should do a product which is capped either by terabytes, IOPs, or VM instances. It should be an SMB solution that's going to make hyper-converged solutions easier for SMBs to get hold of. It's fine for those big guys that have billions of dollars of budget, but not for customers who have barely a 100,000 dollars or pounds in budget.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is only Dell EMC in my world. In hyper-converged, I do a lot of storage spaces as well, like Microsoft storage spaces. Obviously, customers who already bought into the VMware product line will want to stay down the hypervisor route, and customers who are already Microsoft customers will want to stay down the Hyper-V route.

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