Compare FlexPod vs. Vblock

FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 140 reviews while Vblock is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 9 reviews. FlexPod is rated 8.6, while Vblock is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of FlexPod writes "The agility reduces the number of hours that it takes to construct a physical or virtual data center". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Vblock writes "The VCE VBlocks came along and it was the best combination of an all-in-one virtual data center in a box Converged SAN, Network, and Compute that used VMware to drive the whole package". FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail and Vblock, whereas Vblock is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix and VxBlock System. See our FlexPod vs. Vblock report.
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The ease of set up is probably the most valuable feature for us.All-flash storage and low latency I/O enhance performance.The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is one call for support.The solution can be innovative when it comes to cloud computing storage and networking.The most valuable feature of the solution is the automated firmware management.The solution can be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. FlexPod is very flexible and innovative. We can design it as we like.The Validated Designs are very good because they act as a reference to see whether we have done things properly.FlexPod impacted us by making things easier to deploy. The solution is a private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environment. That's very important to us. We're doing a lot of hybrid cloud.

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The component integration means I don't have to worry about technology mismatches.Finding a fully bundled, deployed, and configured solution with a short delivery time and unique support is really attractive.Some of the key features are the ease of operation and access, without constraining actions. The tool is available to actually move things around, do things quickly quickly.​We have seen measurable increases in our system performance. Those increases have been directly measurable in application performance and the delivery of critical business information to our users.​​The XtremIO All-Flash array delivers​ performance, reliability, and deduplication.​It has improved system performance, batch times for off-hours processing, and reliability with production applications.​The high redundancy of components has minimized frequent service degradation/failure.Access to VMs is now faster due to the centralized management console.

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We use technical support from time to time. Most of the time if we really need assistance we end up having to get above the tier one support. We're able to do a lot of the tier one troubleshooting on our own.The cost may be high compared to other solutions.It would be helpful to have more flexibility for adding other components.The FlexPod service and support could be improved.UCS Manager needs better integration to perform firmware updates.I would like to see more cloud-centric modules that are specific to applications and more software-based solutions. That's all that is missing.It would be very helpful if the upgrades for Cisco, VMware, and NetApp could be bundled together and performed at the same time.We haven't seen ROI yet.

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The integration with other vendors' products needs to be looked at. It's not as flexible as we would like it to be.While most public clouds are deployed on Linux, there is current no certified Vblock working on KVM hypervisors.I would like to see them improve their switching infrastructure and rely on Cisco configurations. They are a bit more complex and technical, but result in a slightly reduced cost in terms of switching on the network side of it.Tighter alignment could simplify and speed up the configuration and delivery process.​Improve the patching process and timeliness of updates/releases.It needs more customer/client involvement in back-end management.RCM upgrades were not scripted, and you needed to roll on your own. We were led to believe this would be otherwise.VCE tools, like Vision or AMP were not stand alone, and depended too much on other management consoles.

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It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency.We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month.The annual cost is approximately $100,000 USD.We pay approximately $1,400 USD in total for between five-thousand and ten-thousand ports.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.Cost is the primary factor behind why I would not give this product a perfect rating.The FlexPod licensing can adjust to your purse, i.e. there are different levels available for businesses of all sizes.Because the solution is now stable, we are saving about $100 million USD a year.

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I think the pricing is on the higher end of the spectrum. There could be some adjustments that could be made there. Regarding licensing, watch compatibility with external products that you run on Vblock. It has got to be properly architected, otherwise, you will run into licensing issues.It is not cheap.Vblock appears from the first while to be very expensive. There are more items you cannot see in the BOQ: customer service, support, delivery short time, and highly experienced VCE engineers.I would not say the pricing is not good value. It is still on the expensive side, near the top-end of cost compared to what's available now. Also, the licensing has to be improved. There has to be a clear definition of the licensing from the initial set-up so the customer knows what they are paying for, without being hit later on with extra licensing. The licensing definitions should be clearer and, perhaps, have one set of licenses rather than multiple licenses.Related to tech support: I believe it is too expensive.

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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

VCE Vblock Systems is an all-in-one virtualization platform that integrates the leading storage, network, and compute technologies from the likes of EMC, VMware and Cisco. VCE Vblock allows organizations to easily and securely deploy cloud computing and virtualization in their environments, supporting these multiple technologies and providing flexibility and agility for changing business needs.

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Sample Customers
University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group Xerox, ACS, and Columbia Sportswear.
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Manufacturing Company8%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider17%
Healthcare Company10%
Software R&D Company7%
Financial Services Firm21%
Aerospace/Defense Firm7%
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Software R&D Company20%
Financial Services Firm19%
Comms Service Provider17%
Construction Company13%
Company Size
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise69%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Large Enterprise48%
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise52%
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