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User
CEO with 11-50 employees
Jan 18 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC VPLEX ?

What is our primary use case?

Corporate storage for VMware, databases, and file servers supporting a multi-vendor structure with several storage models.

How has it helped my organization?

Hot storage maintenance Vendor agnostic environment High availability Data recovery (DR)

What is most valuable?

Storage virtualization and geographic resilience for Metro Sans, plus a great performance improvement.

What needs improvement?

VPLEX hardware migration to spare equipment in case of major disruption. Today, it needs a huge effort that is not acceptable during disaster recovery.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.
Consultant
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 26 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC VPLEX ?

What is most valuable?

For non-disruptive migrations For replicating non-EMC vendor storage arrays using RecoverPoint High availability using VPLEX Metro Used as additional read cache for storage arrays

How has it helped my organization?

We have see performance improvement in our databases. We can use older arrays for archiving.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used VPLEX for over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

While scaling VPLEX from 2-engine to 4-engine, you need to be careful with the design connecting to VMAX. In our environment, we encountered an imbalance on VPLEX BE ports. But, we resolved that issue with the help of EMC. …
Vendor
Systems Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 15 2017

What is most valuable?

Clustering (Metro or Geo). It helps organizations to instantly replicate their data to the backup site, while making this totally transparent to the end users.

How has it helped my organization?

It enables our customers to instantly distribute their block data across two different sites.

What needs improvement?

Maybe setup a one-to-many cluster, instead of just a 1-to-1. If EMC could come up with a way to establish a cluster from one VPLEX to many VPLEX(s), that would allow organizations to be able to have… more »

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

We did not have any previous solutions.

What other advice do I have?

It’s a great product; very reliable. Just get trained and understand all the concepts around EMC VPLEX.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated EMC RecoverPoint.
Vendor
IT Infrastructure analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to move disks online without disruption to the environment. Ability to create geographically distributed clusters.

How has it helped my organization?

Possibility to replicate volumes with storage devices from multiple vendors.

What needs improvement?

The production environment needs improvement.

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

The VPLEX, along with the RecoverPoint price, can raise the price a lot.

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

I have two solutions: HPE 3PAR and VPLEX.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate the native features and a possibility of a good integration with the RecoverPoint.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Due to the large number of models and different brands it is a very good solution to virtualize volumes.
Vendor
Lead Technical Architect, Global Services, Systems Integration, North America at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Feb 15 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC VPLEX ?

What is most valuable?

Volume replication in almost real time, across metro distances.

How has it helped my organization?

With the help of EMC VPLEX, we improved the architecture of the geographic redundant infrastructure our application required.

What needs improvement?

Cost. This is really expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I’ve used VPLEX for six months, during the architecture and implementation phase of the project.

How are customer service and technical support?

I was in contact with presales support only, which did a great job.

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

We did use a previous solution, but it had a totally different architecture. With the help of EMC VPLEX we simplified the architecture and improved the response…
Vendor
Senior Infrastructure Architect - Storage at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Cross datacenter automated failover.

How has it helped my organization?

My organization uses two data centers. In the past, we would have to manually failover between those data centers. This timing would be unpredictable since it required… more »

What needs improvement?

The licensing model for enterprise storage (EMC VMAX) and integrating the solution into the actual storage frames instead of a separate product. I do believe Dell EMC is… more »

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

Our current licensing model is mid-tier arrays (EMC VNX) that are licensed based on frame, which lends itself to putting all servers attached to that frame under VPLEX… more »

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

We didn’t have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

We used it to primarily provide automated failover to our VMware virtualized environment. I would highly recommend any organization get their virtualization team involved… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any alternatives.
Vendor
Lead Engineer - Enterprise Infrastructure Services (Core Engineering) at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Based on our requirements, we bought this product for doing online data migrations without data disruption, but we realized that there is a limit to backend storage that can be encapsulate to it… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We don't see any improvement in the organizational functions.

What needs improvement?

If it can support more backend storage per VPLEX.

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

It’s a bit of an expensive solution if you have multiple storage arrays that need to be encapsulated.

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

Our main motive was to perform data migrations across the data centers from one environment to another and that is why we bought this product. But we ended up doing database and host-based data… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were recommended by EMC to use this product for our dynamic environment where we do a lot of data migrations in and out.
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer - Storage Resource Management at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

To move LUNs non-disruptively between arrays and there is a mirrored LUN between data centers, that is to read/write on both sides which are very helpful features.

How has it helped my organization?

The business continuity is sorted, as the data is in two data centers, i.e., readable and writable. If one side goes done, there is no downtime and the other side continues non-disruptively.

What needs improvement?

It needs to improve the thin reclaim on certain arrays.

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

There are two license types, i.e., Metro and Local.

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

Initially, I was using IBM SVC. It was a bit different and it was not a true active-active solution.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure this is what you need.
Consultant
Technical Team Lead at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The review concerns EMC VPLEX product, which can be purchased/used in two different ways : 1) VPLEX Local 2) VPLEX Metro. VPLEX Local is used to virtualize the storage… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I’ll give four examples: * VPLEX Local configuration: We did experience a serious issue where a storage array needed to be rebooted on a production environment… more »

What needs improvement?

Much room for improvement exists. For example: * Storage tiering cannot be handled by VPLEX, as it is performed by back end arrays. It would be great if we can configure… more »

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

Regarding licensing, VPLEX uses capacity licensing. I think before purchasing the VPLEX you must study your data growth over the next five years and from the beginning… more »

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

SVC was used locally. VPLEX Metro has unique capabilities so we switched to VPLEX Metro as we had to implement a two active data center architecture.

What other advice do I have?

VPLEX offers a large compatibility matrix and valuable features. The technical support is also appreciated for this product so I would encourage others to purchase it… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We determined that no other products offered VPLEX Metro capabilities in 2012. The only possibility to implement Metro features without VPLEX is to use Symantec Volume… more »
Consultant
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 21 2015

What do you think of Dell EMC VPLEX ?

It seems so long ago now when I reviewed EMC World 2014. One of the things I wanted to learn more about while I was there was VPLEX/VE. So far, everything I have found out makes me wonder, “Which type of customer it is designed to fit?”. To explain what I am talking about here you need to know the architecture. VPLEX/VE Architectural Features Uses vApps and runs on ESXi. Requires 4 vDirectors per site and each is statically bound to an ESXi Host. Has a virtual management server per site that can reside on any of the ESXi hosts. Has optional cluster witness feature and for ideal circumstances this needs a third site. VPLEX/VE will only operate between 2 sites synchronously (VPLEX Metro). 2x WAN links are preferred with latency up to 10ms roundtrip between replicated sites and up…
Vendor
Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
Feb 26 2015

What do you think of Dell EMC VPLEX ?

MetroCluster was the last major feature of 7-Mode to be ported over to Clustered Data ONTAP (it is included in the recently announced 8.3 version). Metro cluster solutions enable zero RPO and near zero RTO and they are typically a requirement for building a VMware Stretched Cluster (to enable vMotion, HA, DRS and FT over distance). Let’s take a look at how MetroCluster compares with EMC’s flagship continuous availability solution – VPLEX Metro: MetroCluster is standard feature of ONTAP, rather than a separate product, and requires A 2-node cluster at each of the two sites – all nodes in a MetroCluster need to be identical (FAS2500 series not supported) 2 x FC switches per site and 4 x FC ports per controller – dedicated to MetroCluster (for FlexArray the same switches are used…

What is Dell EMC VPLEX ?

Wth EMC VPLEX you can deploy next-generation virtualization architecture to enable simultaneous information access within, between, and across data centers, move applications, virtual machines, and data in and between data centers without impacting users and deliver application and data availability within the data center and over distance with full infrastructure utilization and zero downtime.
Dell EMC VPLEX customers
Kindred Healthcare, Regis Aged Care, WeBank SpA, Panduit, Munson Healthcare