Compare IBM VersaStack vs. Vblock

IBM VersaStack is ranked 10th in Converged Infrastructure with 2 reviews while Vblock is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 9 reviews. IBM VersaStack is rated 8.0, while Vblock is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM VersaStack writes "Replication and DR implementation became faster". 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". IBM VersaStack is most compared with Vblock, FlexPod and Dell PowerEdge VRTX, whereas Vblock is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix and VxBlock System. See our IBM VersaStack vs. Vblock report.
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Pros
Replication and DR implementation became faster.The combination of Cisco's architecture and IBM's flash technology. Cisco provides FI technology which provides one simple architecture. IBM's flash technology is fast.

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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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Cons
Raw data mapping for storage should be a given option.

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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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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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10th
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903
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635
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
142
Avg. Rating
8.0
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8,147
Comparisons
6,261
Reviews
9
Average Words per Review
379
Avg. Rating
8.0
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Overview

VersaStack is a converged infrastructure solution of network, compute and storage designed for quick deployment and rapid time to value. The solution includes Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure together with IBM software- defined storage solutions to deliver extraordinary levels of agility and efficiency. VersaStack is backed by Cisco Validated Designs and IBM Redbooks application guides for faster infrastructure delivery as well as workload/ application deployment.

Designed for dynamic organizations that want to accelerate business growth while reducing costs, VersaStack incorporates IBM all-flash as well as hybrid storage technologies into the “single pane of glass” management environment provided by Cisco UCS Director. The solution offers quick deployment and execution of business applications—with the versatility to adapt as business priorities change. Providing an IT infrastructure that is easy, efficient and versatile, VersaStack helps accelerate data center infrastructure deployment and helps efficiently manage information and resources amid business change.

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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Newhall Hospital, Medicat, JJ Haines, Sigmax Xerox, ACS, and Columbia Sportswear.
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Financial Services Firm21%
Engineering Company7%
Pharma/Biotech Company7%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Software R&D Company39%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Construction Company7%
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