Dell EMC PowerFlex Reviews

Dell EMC PowerFlex is the #11 ranked solution of our top Hyper-Converged (HCI) tools. It's rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to VxRail - Dell EMC PowerFlex vs VxRail

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VPtech67
Real User
Vice President - Head of Technology at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Jul 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the overall integration and just seeing the three different layers which make up the machine software. Altogether, it's something that I would say is much better than any other solution that I have experienced… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Recently we used it in a hybrid setup for infrastructure between the VMs and the physical. Managing such an environment is a little bit tricky. Now, we have now one solution for everything or for the different environments that we have with… more »

What needs improvement?

VxRail as a VM, as the extended version of VM, made the solution very powerful, unlike others like Nutanix or HP Synergy or SimpliVity. I can't see any problem other than one thing which is the vendor lock. It means if I want to extend my… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We just used pure VM. On HP, on the hardware itself, it was HP and virtualization. It was not a hybrid comparison. It was only a VM solution. We switched to hybrid just to take the features of all the clash kind of stuff that is more I… more »

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice, I would say that your success using VxRail would depend on the business itself. For example, if you're a high tech company, VxRail is not going to be a good solution for such a company. The same applies if you are at… more »
Ahmed Alaiady
Real User
CTO at Cloud Technology
Jul 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The features that I have found most valuable are the compatibility with VMware, and vCenter that can scale the VxRack. You have a fully hyper-converged solution, so you can easily manage all of your obligations and all of your solutions… more »

What needs improvement?

I recommend adding some more monitoring tools. There are no, such monitoring tools inside the rack or the hardware. I recommend adding some hardware. It needs some monitoring. It would be a benefit for the engineers actually. No need for… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I chose Dell because of the price. It's fair enough pricing for a first-time company to purchase it - especially VxRack. Otherwise, Nutanix and HP are expensive. More expensive than Dell VxRack. In general, the companies purchase the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For hyper-converged, we did not previously use a different solution. I used a normal server previously. Dell VxRack is the first solution that I've used as a hyper-convergence solution. Before I was using the HP server and another server… more »

What other advice do I have?

This product offers stability and easy management. It's easy to learn how to work with the containers, especially for the Cloud solution. We only need only two staff to run it, two engineers with one team leader. The memory, the CPU, the… more »
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KobusRas
Reseller
Infrastructure Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 27 2019

What is most valuable?

We're doing a lot of VMware for IT so this solution is really valuable from a VM point of view. We're trying to assist our customers mainly with management because that's what they want. The most important aspects are ease of management, as well as ease of configuration, allowing them to attach additional nodes and resources for the applications.

What needs improvement?

I think there might be some room for improvement when it comes to pricing because although I know how to convert customers, at the end of the day, it's quite expensive. Sometimes your feature architecture is still coming out much cheaper than hardware costs for your infrastructure. The guys normally say it's all about your management. If you do a feature architecture with VMware or Hypervisor with… more »

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you have all the required information and that you actually do a full assessment before you design or implement a solution. You need to make sure of this so you will get the best possible performance out of the solution. If you don't have the correct information, it's going to take you a bit longer than normal to make sure it's installed correctly and performs in the ultimate areas… more »
Ademola Adedoyin
Real User
Principal Data Centre Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 18 2019

What is most valuable?

All of the features are useful. We just started three months ago but we found that the issue we were having in our previous environment, which has high latency on the storage, we are not experiencing it anymore. The high ups on the storage… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has reduced downtime. Before on our previous solution, we used to have downtime on some of the servers because of the sort of convention. Currently, I've not experienced any downtime on any of the servers, and there is no more resource… more »

What needs improvement?

For now, we just started using it, so we've not really identified the area where we see anything lacking. Maybe after we use it for around six months we'll be able to know some areas. Moreover, we're still doing the migration. We've… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used to use Cisco before VxFlex. We switched because of the environment. We had high latency in the storage. Also, the underlying servers were obsolete. They were end-of-life.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend others use VxFlex. I would rate the solution eight out of 10. I would rate it a 10 if they provided better integration with the other applications and offered a migration tool to easily migrate from Hyper-V.
MoamenMorad
Real User
Hardware Team Leader at Giza Systems
Dec 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability. The security and the cybersecurity provided are very good.

What needs improvement?

The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem. The solution needs to adjust its pricing to make it more reasonable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're partners with the solution. It's a good product but the big issue is it must support different layers on hyper-visors because if a customer has something like Oracle databases that do not support VMware, there's an issue with the product. For a customer… more »
OlivierHupond
Real User
Activity Manager at SNEF
Nov 10 2019

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvements, I think it would help to have easier access to the cost of installing VxRack infrastructure. I think including instrumentation would be a helpful improvement. This solution is a black box solution, meaning that you don't really know how it works exactly on the inside. A feature that would include that would be helpful.

What other advice do I have?

VxRack and VxRail are more or less the same solutions. VxRack is a more powerful solution than VxRail. People need to think about which technology will work for them. My opinion is that HP Hyperconvergence is a technology that perfectly suits customers dealing with the combination of future storage needs and, at the same time, keeping up their computing power. If a customer has to juggle these two, the hyper-convergence solutions are okay. It's a good solution. If the need for computing power is more important, we suggest that they focus more on a Software-Defined Storage solution like VMware… more »
Real User
IT Analyst at a health, wellness and fitness company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is integration.

What needs improvement?

The virtual machine configuration for networking should be improved. There should be more functionality available for routing. I would like to see better integration with other services because it can be difficult to merge into the environment.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is good for small-end businesses, but for high-level business, you may have to evaluate other solutions. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated a solution by Cisco.
Mohamed Youssef
Consultant
Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer at Advanced Technology Company
Oct 01 2019

What needs improvement?

Something that needs to improve is that if you want to upgrade just one feature, you have to go to the highest model, which is the All-Flash Solution. 1- there are features like deduplicate and compersion, it's available only in the all-flash solution for Vxrack also auto-tiering and caching not available only in the all-flash scenario in VxRack flex 2- another way if you have the all-flash box from vxRack (SSD drive), cannot be mixed with normal HDD and the maintenance will be very expensive

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 to ten, I will rate this solution an eight.
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What is Dell EMC PowerFlex?

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

Also known as
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
Dell EMC PowerFlex customers

Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox

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