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The most valuable features are reliability and high availability.
It's an integrated box Mac solution, so it's a plug and play. The deployment and build is pre-made and ready to deploy. It makes it easy to apply.
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 most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools.
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.
In the next release, I would like to see a smaller footprint in the data center and have improvements to disk performance.
The user control could be more advanced. They should work to improve this in future releases.
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.
Having a native replication would be an improvement.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The paid support for Vblock is expensive.
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.
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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|VCE Vblock||VCE VxRail|
|Dell EMC||Dell EMC|
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.
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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