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MouradBelkhodja
Real User
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

Much room for improvement exists. For example: * Storage tiering cannot be handled by VPLEX, as it is performed by back... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

SVC was used locally. VPLEX Metro has unique capabilities so we switched to VPLEX Metro as we had to implement a two... more»

What other advice do I have??

VPLEX offers a large compatibility matrix and valuable features. The technical support is also appreciated for this... more»
ChrisPalagano
Real User
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... more»

What needs improvement?

The licensing model for enterprise storage (EMC VMAX) and integrating the solution into the actual storage frames... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»
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Harsh Chauhan
Real User
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... 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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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.... more»
Philippe Tagoum
Consultant
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... more»

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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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.
Cobus Smit
Real User
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... more»

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... more»

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 other solutions did I evaluate??

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.
Harris Gomes
Real User
IT Infrastructure analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 15 2017

What do you think of EMC VPLEX ?

Valuable Features: The ability to move disks online without disruption to the environment. Ability to create geographically distributed clusters. • Improvements to My Organization: Possibility to replicate volumes with storage devices from multiple vendors. • Room for Improvement: The production environment needs improvement. • Use of Solution: I have used VPLEX for five years. • Stability Issues: We experienced increases in latency in accesses to disks and some bugs on engines. • Scalability Issues: I did not have problem with scalability. • Customer Service and Technical Support: There were delays in solving problems. • Previous Solutions: I have two solutions: HPE 3PAR and VPLEX. • Initial Setup: It is very laborious to allocate volumes on...
Siva Ulisetti
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 26 2017

What do you think of EMC VPLEX ?

Valuable Features: 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 • Improvements to My Organization: We have see performance improvement in our databases. We can use older arrays for archiving. • Use of Solution: I have used VPLEX for over five years. • Stability Issues: We have not had any stability issues. • Scalability Issues: 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. • Customer Service and Technical Support: Technical support is exceptional. •...
Adrian Pascalau
Real User
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 EMC VPLEX ?

Valuable Features: Volume replication in almost real time, across metro distances. • Improvements to My Organization: With the help of EMC VPLEX, we improved the architecture of the geographic redundant infrastructure our application required. • Room for Improvement: Cost. This is really expensive. • Use of Solution: I’ve used VPLEX for six months, during the architecture and implementation phase of the project. • Customer Service and Technical Support: I was in contact with presales support only, which did a great job. • Previous Solutions: 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 time. • Initial Setup: The setup is pretty complex,...
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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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