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Dell EMC PowerFlex is the #10 ranked solution in our list of HCI Software. It is most often compared to VxRail: Dell EMC PowerFlex vs VxRail

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.

Dell EMC PowerFlex is also known as VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex.

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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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Ahmed Alaiady
CTO at Cloud Technology
Real User
Enables us to manage all of our solutions together on one management platform

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for cloud applications and cloud services.

Pros and Cons

  • "The setup was very straightforward."
  • "Needs some more monitoring tools."

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 bandwidth, the storage, everything is monitored, and controlled. You only need one staff member to monitor it in real-time. The traditional way, the servers were stored alone or next to each together. But currently, this solution is much easier. The modern way is very, very easy. I would advise that if you want a cost-effective hyper-converged solution, go…
Principal Data Centre Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Has reduced our downtime on the servers and there is no more resource congestion

Pros and Cons

  • "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. But currently I've not experienced any downtime on any of the servers, and there is no more resource congestion."
  • "We're also running Hyper-V virtual machines. But we recently discovered that migration of the Hyper-V virtual machines is a bit challenging. Maybe if Dell EMC can come out with a tool that will make it very easy for us to migrate the Microsoft Hyper-V machine, that may be an improvement."

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.
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Vice President - Head of Technology at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
A great centralized platform with excellent technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "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 before."
  • "Exporting data from the dashboard is not very user-friendly. It's just designed in a way that it's going to cover let's say 90%, 80%, of the end-users needs. If you need more sophisticated reporting it's not easy to have."

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 some software house because you need a very strong kind of computation system. In this case, HP Synergy will be the best total solution. However, if you're environment it doesn't need that high computation, it's either VxRail or Nutanix will be the best solution for anyone. It depends on your mission. It depends on the business nature itself. For normal…