Compare Dell XC Appliance [EOL] vs. VxRail

Dell XC Appliance [EOL] is ranked unranked in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 17 reviews. Dell XC Appliance [EOL] is rated 8.6, while VxRail is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell XC Appliance [EOL] writes "Turnkey solution with low management costs that is easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Dual power capabilities take up a quarter of the energy than we were using before which equals savings every month". Dell XC Appliance [EOL] is most compared with Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, Dell EMC PowerFlex, Nutanix and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas VxRail is most compared with Nutanix, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Dell EMC PowerFlex.
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When we compare it to normal hardware servers, I'd say it is quite easy to configure and deploy.The solution's hardware is great.The most valuable feature is that you can assign a volume to an off-shore workload on the fly.What I like the most is that it is easy to implement, easy deployment and that it's easy to manage.The most valuable feature is the low management overhead, and the lower skill set required to manage it.The solution's best feature is its simplicity. It's so simple to deploy it. You've got the VMware, and it's own appliance. It is really helpful. The system is online within half a day and saves so much time.The most valuable features are the deduplication and the compression features.

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The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware.The update process is very convenient.The stability is very good. We haven't had any issues at all. There aren't bugs or glitches. There aren't system crashes or anything of that nature.VxRail's feature that we found most valuable was its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages.The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools.I like the new releases that Dell EMC is doing with VMware. They are allowing for flexibility across the hybrid cloud. This allows organizations to use containers and to be able to move into the public cloud, but also not have lock-in. They can come back to the private cloud when they want to, so it's creating a lot of flexibility across the stack.It gives us tons of flexibility. We can create new machines, then destroy them if they don't work out. We test a lot of use cases that may or may not play out. We can build all types of scenarios into virtual machines that we may or may not use. If we don't use them, we just turn them off, no using up resources.The most valuable feature is its high performance.

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In the next release, I would like to see support for Docker and containers.The solution's storage size could be improved.Currently, there is no support for the servers that are not in the cluster.We are not always advised of new features or updates, so we must research to stay up to date.The cost of using the public cloud deployment is astronomical.There should be more provisioning capabilities within the solution.Dell needs to do a lot of work to simplify the maintenance and life-cycle upgrades for the product.

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The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model.The price should come down a little bit. It has become better than it was at the beginning. There was a really big price difference between a hyper-converged infrastructure and the classic servers and storage. The gap is lessening, however, it's still there.It should not be deployed on one hypervisor. There should be multiple hypervisors supported like Hyper-V or KVM.It's not really flexible with different use cases.Having a native replication would be an improvement.It still has some maturity to grow. It needs to be more tightly integrated with its own family of products. It has shown that it is open with the other products within the market, through its stack, but it needs to have the proof in the market (with use-cases), and it has to have the scalability with the integration.I would like them to include an easier solution to host its own DNS. When they changed to version 6.5, they took out the easy features of letting the rail be its own DNS. You can still trick the system and make the VxRail Manager another one of the rail-required VMs become the DNS, but it's a lot of extra work. I'd like to see it put back into the UI.There are still some features which aren't built into Cisco, like virtualized networking, that use its applications. However, these can be purchased through another product as an additional licensing cost to us.

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The pricing for Dell EMC solutions is quite expensive and not really made for small or medium-sized businesses.The pricing is good.The pricing is dependent on the technology and is in direct relation to the manufacturer and the components.We received a good price from Dell.The price point is very fair for a product in this category but can vary depending on the components selected within the family of products.

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A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door.The real ROI is the benefit of being able to do a true hybrid cloud, not having to move from CAPEX to OPEX in a pure break.There is an administrative cost savings. Instead of having seven to 15 separate boxes that someone has to administer on 15 different terminals, you can do the majority of it from one interface. Therefore, it saves on manpower costs.We were expecting Dell EMC to bring us something that would work very quickly and easily, but also be at a reasonable price point, and they did.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.The price is a little bit on the higher side but the system and management are so quick and easy that it's worth it for the customer.We most likely pay yearly for support. The cost was justified by now because it stays up and I don't have to constantly open tickets. I probably rebooted the system once or twice. We haven't replaced any discs in the storage, we haven't had to do any disc replacements, so it just runs. You pay a little more but you cut down on the maintenance.Compare it to what you spent on your last solution.

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XC Series hyper-converged appliances integrate Dell EMC 14th generation PowerEdge servers with Nutanix software to offer one of the industry’s most versatile and scalable hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) platforms. By supporting a choice of hypervisors, XC Series appliances can be deployed quickly for all virtualized workloads to reduce management complexity and total cost of ownership.

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

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Computer Software Company65%
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Financial Services Firm14%
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Comms Service Provider12%
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