Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
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.
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.
We were able to speed up our gaming software, which was a big plus.
It is truly a hyper-converged infrastructure, so everything is there together.
It's a turnkey solution, which is good for customers, because they are buying into stability.
The most valuable feature in the VxRail solution is the software that binds the management portal and its ease of use of managing the environment. The guys don't have to worry about getting multiple solutions specialist. You can have one person looking at and managing the whole environment.
I can roll out the system in thirty minutes and the customer can work with it.
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.
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.
I would like an easier migration. This way, if a node fails like it did, the data would have been migrated and I would not have had to get up at three in the morning.
I would like better integration with VCF from VMware, which is the Cloud Foundation tool set, so we can easily provision servers very quickly.
I would like it to tier to the cloud effectively, making sure that cold data can be pushed out to some sort of Bitbucket.
From a hardware and software perspective, there could be an improvement in the sales cycle, as there is a lot of hoops to go through to get pricing on a solution.
I would like to see integration with vCenter if possible.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
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.
Compare the VxRail product to Nutanix. Nutanix has more features, but its pricing is higher.
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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
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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