NetApp HCI vs. VxRail

NetApp HCI is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews vs VxRail which is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Storage persistence allows us to consolidate workloads across older arrays into one unit that works with Azure". The top reviewer of VxRail writes "It allows files to be uploaded, performs a pre-check against the system, then upgrades the appliance from the hardware up through the VMware environment. ". NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix, VMware vSAN and VxRail. VxRail is most compared with Nutanix, VxRack System and VMware vSAN. See our NetApp HCI vs. VxRail report.
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The most valuable feature is the convergence.It has automated a lot of workloads. It has automated us from ticketing a large number to a very small number.HCI has helped with storage persistence across private and hybrid clouds for the last year. It's faster and more reliable with minimal downtime, as it doesn't require any maintenance.The solution integrates well with all the other applications that we use on our environment.We're trying to move to a much more API-driven management of all of our products, and NetApp's product is, from all the SDS providers we have seen, the most fully-baked API out there.In terms of helping us with storage persistence across private and hybrid clouds, we do store data internally and in Azure. It has allowed us to consolidate a number of workloads, across our old NetApp and a number of our older storage arrays, into a single unit and have that unit also working with Azure.Scalability was another thing I was looking at. The solution, by its very nature, is designed to be expandable and flexible, so you don't have to buy performance you don't need today, but you're also not stuck with something you can't expand.

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There is no in-depth config involved nor third-party needed, saving us time and money.This product has given us clear visibility into what we need technology-wise to grow.RecoverPoint give us peace of mind knowing any corruption or server issue can be rectified very quickly, making sure the business impact is minimal.There is a single vendor with the hardware, software, and maintenance. Thus, there is a single vendor with whom we can contact.It is scalable. When you are buying it, you have to buy a minimum of three nodes. After that, if you want to add more nodes, you can buy can buy them. You can also add-on additional compute and storage.The technical support is very helpful and answers questions whenever we have issues with the product.Its ease of administration is extremely valuable. It allows me to make better use of my time for other tasks instead of maintaining systems through multiple administration consoles.It makes for easier deployments through automation and improved accessibility.

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To improve the product, they should make it more flexible.There are some legacy applications which still cannot be migrated. That is why we have to keep two environments: legacy and the new one. We would like to see more compatibility to move stuff.It is difficult to get acclimated to all the new features quickly. The onboard process could be improved to bring clients up to speed faster.I'm not a fan of how they don't log you out properly from some of their web tools for management.I'd like to see some additional graphics capabilities because I'd like to look at some virtual desktop integration for CAD software.

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The initial setup between the different Dell departments is fragmented. The engineers who come to rack/stack and do the initial config should be trained on all the areas and work with the different Dell departments whilst they are onsite to give a smoother install and better experience for customer.At present, VxRail is a hyperconverged state of the art product being installed in a legacy way. We need hyperconverged install teams. They should add automation and activation going forward.Next release, we would like to see online applications.It needs faster deployment of security patches.We spend around six months waiting for a confirmation and firmware upgrade to confirm this step.My main issue so far is that the installation created a default datacenter name of "Marvin" and it cannot be changed.

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There are the overall infrastructure costs. Even though the initial costing was higher, we calculated for year-to-year for five years. That brought us into a position where we decided, we have to go for HCI rather than having distributor systems.This solution saved our organization time (35 percent) and money. We have a hefty group of developers, and if you multiply that by 30 to 35 percent, that is quite a bit of money.Where we lost nearly 75 percent of our infrastructure due to a malicious attack and were able to recover two and a half hours into it due to the integration, it saved us and all of our customers. Because we were able to recover so fast from the attack, the solution paid for itself right there. 

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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.Be mindful of your storage needs now and for the future.Most of hyper-converged solutions require additional licenses for the virtualization layer (like VMware).There is a permanent vSAN license included since it is required, but vCenter\ESXi host licensing should be validated in the purchase process.

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NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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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