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Dell EMC VPLEX is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Storage Management tools. It is most often compared to IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Dell EMC VPLEX vs IBM Spectrum Virtualize

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.
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Kindred Healthcare, Regis Aged Care, WeBank SpA, Panduit, Munson Healthcare
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it_user797607
CEO with 11-50 employees
User
Corporate storage for databases and file servers supporting a multi-vendor structure

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.
it_user607431
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
RecoverPoint allows us to replicate non-EMC vendor storage arrays.

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. …
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it_user607419
Systems Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Clustering allows us to replicate our data transparently.

What other advice do I have?

It’s a great product; very reliable. Just get trained and understand all the concepts around EMC VPLEX.
it_user607407
IT Infrastructure analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
We can move disks online without disruption to the environment. The production environment needs improvement.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate the native features and a possibility of a good integration with the RecoverPoint.
it_user607395
Lead Technical Architect, Global Services, Systems Integration, North America at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Volume replication can be done in almost real time.

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…
it_user605046
Senior Infrastructure Architect - Storage at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Cross datacenter automated failover means we don't have unpredictable manual failovers.

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 right from the beginning. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, you may have to change how you setup your VMware environment to accommodate the VPLEX implementation.
it_user605055
Lead Engineer - Enterprise Infrastructure Services (Core Engineering) at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
We do data migrations without disruption. It could support more backend storage per unit.
ITCS user
Senior Systems Engineer - Storage Resource Management at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consultant
We can move LUNs non-disruptively​ between arrays.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure this is what you need.
it_user600753
Technical Team Lead at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
I like that Metro permits synchronous mirroring of data between two distant data centers, facilitating greater protection of data.

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. VPLEX would not be your best solution, only if you want to implement tiering between arrays. If you use VPLEX the storage tiering will be handled on back end arrays. Other use cases can be implemented with VPLEX, individually or with other EMC DELL products. Also if you plan to use RecoverPoint Replication features on non EMC arrays, then you have to encapsulate those arrays under VPLEX. So if you have a plan to deploy a…
ITCS user
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
I welcome the software only version of the brilliant VPLEX hardware but I find its use may be somewhat limited currently.
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…
ITCS user
Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
Vendor
NetApp MetroCluster vs. 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…
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