Anonymous UserSenior Systems Engineer at a government
Deepak-ShindeProject manager at Mustafa Sultan Office Technology Co. LLC
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"FlexPod has improved our company as far as ease of management, stability, and redundancy."
"All of our main applications run on this solution, and it has done a stellar job."
"FlexPod is easy to setup, maintain and has great stability."
"The agility is probably the most valuable feature for us. It's very easy to send out resources."
"The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is the ease of actually setting it up and learning it."
"It is definitely easier for us to maintain and do build-outs, so it takes a lot less time to set things up for the customer."
"It's a kind of one-stop shop as far as support goes."
"This solution has helped to make more things consistent within our organization."
"It's a good solution when you don't need a lot of IT."
"We started off with a base because we started our infrastructure with Dell and we always propose or prefer Dell which is easier to manage the warranty than with different vendors."
"It is simple to use and it's user-friendly."
"The most valuable feature is the combined management in one box."
"We were satisfied after we upgraded to a professional next-day on-site support."
"It is pretty easy to install."
"From a hardware perspective, it's interesting. The selling point of VRTX is that everything is built-in. For a small company that doesn't have a server room or the capabilities of hosting several servers, VRTX has four blades. The equivalent in regular server models would be four servers, which is a minimum of 4U, but it could easily be 8U, and then it would have storage. The storage is included inside the enclosure, and it would require a storage unit. It would also require connectivity, which would be ethernet or another protocol switch. From a software perspective, it's a little bit more integrated. You have an integrated way of managing the whole thing, including storage and networking. It has an internal network that can also be useful. I know for a fact that Dell is almost fazing out the product, and it is not that available anymore because it will just cannibalize their sales. They want to sell the more expensive stuff."
"The security is very good on the solution."
"The most valuable feature is the customization. With the customization you can really give the customers what they want."
"The initial learning curve is pretty steep."
"This solution is very hard to maintain and keep up."
"One touch upgrades would be nice."
"I'd like to see some more Ansible integration for automation purposes. We automate everything else with Ansible, so it would be great if we could automate our FlexPod with Ansible as well."
"The procedure for contacting technical support could be simplified."
"As we do much of the Tier-I support ourselves, and thus don't normally need it, there is time wasted in moving up to the next level."
"The biggest thing that I would like to see is more cost-effective FlexPod solutions."
"On the NetApp side, there are definitely things to improve in terms of software updates."
"I'd like to be able to increase capacity."
"The problem is with our configuration. We know we can use PowerEdge for hyper-convergence if we have PowerEdge and configure vSAN. We will be able to achieve what VxRail is being able to provide, but we need to migrate it to a new infrastructure instead of changing our existing. It will be much more difficult for us."
"The scalability is limited with one chassis and the amount of storage it will give you, but it is mainly used for small offices."
"Management of storage and networking is web-based, slow, and difficult."
"It would be better to have a compact version of this solution for customers that have a small office and don't require a proper data center with power or an industrial type HP."
"When we first started with this product, we had some difficulty with it."
"VRTX is a bit simplified to the extent that it is a mainstream type of solution for small businesses. If a company needs a more complex solution or something that is a time saver or has more power or scalability, it is probably not the best solution. However, when a company grows and its needs grow, this type of environment can be definitely migrated towards a lab environment or pre-prod testing, not necessarily production. It can still have a second life for the other types of use."
"The licensing can be difficult to understand."
"The line migration is a problem."
"Cost is the primary factor behind why I would not give this product a perfect rating."
"It is not going to save you money, but that is not the point. The opportunity to stay competitive in the marketplace is not a cost."
"We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month."
"We pay approximately $1,400 USD in total for between five-thousand and ten-thousand ports."
"It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency."
"The solution has saved our customers' organization in terms of CapEx. E.g., with the cloud availability, it's turned into sort of a hybrid CapEx/OpEx model."
"The main return on investment would be that instead of having to refresh all of our desktop hardware we have been able to go reimage existing machines and use those as thin clients, then also purchase new thin clients rather than buying actual hardware. It also reduces the overhead of having our technicians deploy those systems and maintain them."
"Our licensing costs are about $50,000 per year."
"We bought a license for seven years."
"We are renewing the support and we are purchasing the license for the software."
"This product is more reasonably-priced than similar solutions by HPE."
"Fully configured, it costs about $50,000 or $55,000. I did purchase a used one or refurbished one. I have been very happy with it so far. Even if it is an older unit, it doesn't look like its age, and I would say it has been a great choice so far for me. Obviously, I would have thought twice if I had to pay for a brand new one because it is still an older technology with the risk of being discontinued. I talked to Dell, and they're still selling it, but they're not promoting it. They're promoting another line of products right now for hyper-converged, which are much more expensive."
The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk
PowerEdge VRTX modular infrastructure platform integrates servers, storage, networking and management together in a single compact chassis.
Dell PowerEdge VRTX is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 8 reviews while Rackspace OpenStack is ranked 5th in Converged Infrastructure with 1 review. Dell PowerEdge VRTX is rated 8.8, while Rackspace OpenStack is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell PowerEdge VRTX writes "It provides an integrated way of managing the whole thing and has the best computing power at the least cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Rackspace OpenStack writes "Highly customizable private cloud solution". Dell PowerEdge VRTX is most compared with HPE ConvergedSystem, Dell EMC VxBlock System, Pivot3 and Huawei FusionStorage, whereas Rackspace OpenStack is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity.
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