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Question: What are the major differences between VxRail and Dell EMC PowerFlex?
Answer: VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to invest in. Even if the user is working with a limited budget the platform offers freedom of choice and a number of different options. In contrast, Dell EMC PowerFlex does run on the more expensive side and cannot offer the same level of cost-effective solution. VxRail is able to provide both an ability to upgrade the system with an ever-growing library of resources as well as provide powerful processors.This is something that I greatly appreciate. Being able to simply add upgrades to the system without necessarily having to worry about the system being bogged down makes it invaluable. The ability that it provides to apply updates to the system with ease is something worthy of note. If you add this to the fact that VxRail runs on multiple cores at 2 gigahertz or higher then that means that in terms of ability, the VxRail is difficult to match. In terms of usability, it is hard to argue that VxRail delivers. It is pretty simple and easy to both set up and manage the VxRail system. Once the system is set up, all of the management tools are centrally located to assist in providing ease of use. The Dell EMC PowerFlex combines reliability and ease of management. Its connection to alternate storage locations makes it both reliable and an excellent choice. Management teams can use it with ease, because all of the tools are located in one location. Conclusion Both systems offer stable solutions, an ability to upgrade the system, and ease of use for management teams. In terms of cost VxRail is more cost effective and is also more intuitive to use than the Dell EMC PowerFlex.
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Pros
"The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability.""It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.""The most valuable feature is high availability."

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"The updating of the features was one aspect of the solution that made us decide to use it.""For me, the most valuable feature is in relation to the software updates.""VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor.""t's a very good solution with multiple options with VxRail series like based on customer requirements whether they're focused on compute, storage, scalability and high performance, etc. Whether a customer you are going to start your IT Infrastructure footprint with a limited budget, you have freedom of choice and non-disruptive expansion in the future, whether in the main data center or branches. Any idea coming in system admins mind to run this setup continuously and keep service 100% 24/7 is possible in this product line. Hyper-converged appliances allow a datacenter in a box approach, with G, E P, Vand P series.""VxRail has improved out organization because we are trying to be a little more proactive and elastic. We are trying to change our conventional approach to development.""The manageability for controlling the console is the most valuable feature.""The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented.""I have found that the admin deployment, monitoring off-premises, and the many services important features. Additionally, the solution has good integration."

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Cons
"Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."

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"I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.""The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.""The installation is complex."

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"Sometimes during the upgrade process of VxRail, we experience errors that have nothing to do with reality and I cannot troubleshoot them without calling Dell and bringing in an engineer to figure it out.""Pricing could be improved.""In the next release, maybe they could add in integration with the hyper-cloud so it will be easier to do the movement up and back to the cloud in order to scale in and scale out.""VxRail could be easier to set up. It's tricky to configure the network properly and match the requirements.""There is limited support for SAP HANA with this solution.""It would be nice if its installation can be simplified, but it is currently not too bad. They can provide deduplication and compression in hybrid configurations. To the best of my knowledge, these features are not there, and it would be nice if these are added. Some of its competitors already have these features, so it will help VxRail to have a better feature set and compete more effectively.""Integration could be improved.""When using hybrid nodes, such as VxRail, there should not be compression and deduplication, only in All-Flash nodes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment."

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"The pricing for this solution is good.""The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."

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"The licensing of vSAN and VMware for different editions of VxRail is not easy.""I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable.""It has a yearly subscription. It can be for one year, three years, or five years.""The solution is competitively priced but it is expensive. However, this is expected as we are a corporate enterprise and we need this environment.""The VMware licenses are included and we do not have to worry about the license, everything is integrated.""The licensing aspect is the most painful for some of our customers. Customers go for a VMware license that's standard and then they find they have to go with the enterprise solution and adjust the license. If you have a limited budget, that's difficult.""We made a one-time purchase of the solution and the price is expensive.""The solution is priced well for businesses."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
Top Answer:  It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.
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Top Answer: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… more »
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Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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Overview

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.

VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured,  pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory. 

VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance. 

VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box. 

If you know VMware, you know VxRail.

VxRail Features and Benefits

  • Seamlessly accelerate deployment to a hybrid cloud 
  • Fast data center modernization
  • Create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms
  • Powerful performance and reliability
  • Improve and simplify operational efficiency
  • Excellent integration 
  • Save time
  • Reduce costs

Reviews from Real Users

VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."

VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…

VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.” 

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Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
Construction Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
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Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise50%
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Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. VxRail and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 51 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp HCI, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. VxRail report.

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