Compare FlexPod vs. VxBlock System

FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 113 reviews while VxBlock System is ranked 5th in Converged Infrastructure with 1 review. FlexPod is rated 8.6, while VxBlock System is rated 9.0. 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 VxBlock System writes "A high-performance replacement for our legacy data center in a single cabinet". FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail and Nutanix, whereas VxBlock System is most compared with Vblock, Dell EMC Vscale Architecture and HPE ConvergedSystem.
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Pros
The solution’s unified support for the entire stack is critically important because we cannot afford downtime.We have significantly less latency now with our imagery.The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps in our organization are very important. It's basically become critical to our organization to have that system functioning a 100 percent of the time. If that system is not functional, then our doctors and nurses can't provide the care to the patients in an effective way. So, it's important that it is stable, works, and easy to understand.It runs our VMs. Our SQL databases are all on VMs, so everything is virtualized.The solution’s unified support for the entire stack provides one stop shopping.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.

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The most valuable feature of this solution is the speed.

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Cons
The majority of the time, if we need more storage, then we need to work with customizing the NetApp deployment. Right now, we just do a generic deployment, then wherever we have a need for storage, we have to move some application out of the next FlexPod deployment. One thing is to customize based on the requirements, but the requirements change so frequently, they are absolutely obsolete in six months.The solution has not reduced our data center costs.There is a history of issues with hardware availability. For example, we'll buy an array or a filer with a particular configuration and particular size of drive, sizing it appropriately. Then, as we grow, they're like, "Oh, you can always get more." Then when you go to get more, that model or type of disk is no longer available. It becomes this big process to try to figure out what we need to get, how it'll work, and how that'll integrate into the system. That could be simpler. They could do a bit more to guarantee the availability of parts. Obviously, not being the largest storage vendor, I know they can't sometimes control what the hardware vendors do. However, a bit more transparency and communication about this would be helpful.We dislike going online with the robot stuff. Many times, it has delayed our reaching out to a real support engineer.I would like more support for different platforms, possibly different database platforms. I don't know if it supports Oracle today, but that would be a big improvement.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.

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This solution does not support Hyper-V, and we would like the new version to be supported and certified to work with Hyper-V.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our licensing costs are about $50,000 per year.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.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.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.

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We purchased this solution with a ten-year manufacturer warranty, and we have a three-year warranty with our local partner.

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Overview

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

VxBlock and Vblock Systems simplify all aspects of IT and enable organizations to achieve better business outcomes faster. Seamlessly integrating enterprise-class compute, network, storage and virtualization technologies from industry leaders Cisco, Dell EMC, and VMware, VxBlock and Vblock Systems, powered by Intel Xeon processors, deliver the world's most advanced converged infrastructure: engineered, manufactured, managed, supported and sustained as one, allowing you to focus on your business.

The Dell EMC Converged Systems portfolio offer choice, flexibility, and reliability for accelerating IT transformation - VxBlock System offers additional levels of flexibility with a choice of network virtualization from VMware NSX or Cisco ACI.

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Sample Customers
University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance GroupAtos, Canadian Pacific, IDS, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Switch, Xerox
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider10%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Healthcare Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company19%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise68%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise51%
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