Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes Overview

Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is the #14 ranked solution in our list of HCI Software. It is most often compared to VMware vSAN: Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes vs VMware vSAN

What is Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes?

VxRack FLEX and VxFlex Ready Nodes, also known as the Flex family, create a server-based SAN by combining virtualization software, known as VxFlex OS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers to deliver flexibility, scalability, and capacity on demand. Local storage resources are combined to create a virtual pool of block storage with varying performance tiers. The platform enables you to start small (with as little as four nodes) and scale incrementally. The Flex family provides enterprise-grade data protection, multi-tenant capabilities, and add-on enterprise features such as QoS, thin provisioning, and snapshots. VxFlex OS is the key enabler and provides an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency and flexibility to address enterprise data center needs. The unique features of VxFlex OS make it an excellent complement to Kubernetes for stateful applications, such as databases, continuous integration, logging and monitoring platforms.

Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is also known as VxFlex Ready Nodes.

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Technical Account Manager at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
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Feb 4, 2021
Single platform for a mix of virtualized and physical workloads

What is our primary use case?

The ideal use case is going to be for an organization that has a mix of virtualized and physical workloads and wants a single platform to manage those on. I'll add that Dell rebranded this solution, so it's now called the PowerFlex. I know it was VxFlex for a while, but now they're calling it PowerFlex. I just wanted to add that.

Pros and Cons

  • "Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes can support what we call a heterogeneous environment. So you can have VMware workloads, Hyper-V workloads, bare metal Red Hat workloads, Kubernetes workloads all on the same cluster. You're not pigeonholed into either all bare metal or all virtualized. So it supports basically any platform."
  • "From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its price."

What other advice do I have?

This solution is ideal for commercial to enterprise customers looking for a single platform to manage all their different applications. On a scale of one to ten, I would probably give it a 10, just because of its reliability, ease of management, and flexibility with so many different application platforms.