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Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series Competitors and Alternatives

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RP
Arquiteto de infraestrutura at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Easy to upgrade, good policies, and has a straightforward setup

Pros and Cons

  • "It's very easy to upgrade."
  • "The licensing needs to be improved upon."

What is our primary use case?

Normally customers are looking to move to data centers that are modern. We have a request for upgrades from old storage and media to something new. We consolidate old solutions and simplify the way the client manages their data center. 

How has it helped my organization?

We have a customer, for example, that has a factory. Before they used the VxRail solution, tasks would take hours. With VxRail, a comport starts working in 30 minutes. It saves so much time. It's a competitive gain for the organization.

What is most valuable?

The solution allows a user to plan how they will be able to organize their data over the course of many months.

It's very easy to upgrade.

Simplifying network configurations is very easy.

The policies are very good.

What needs improvement?

The licensing needs to be improved upon.

For example, when we need to move your Oracle databases to VxRail solutions, we need to license the processor core and the solutions. This comes at a high cost to customers.

There needs to be better integrations with other products.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with a variety of Dell products for a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. We don't have any issues with reliability. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's not buggy and we don't have to deal with glitches. We're happy with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with scalability so far. It should be pretty easy for a company to expand it out if they need to. We haven't received any feedback to make us assume otherwise. You can scale up on many things, including processors, discs, and nodes.

We don't sell to many large companies. typically we deal with small and medium-sized organizations.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support on offer is better than other products on the market.

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

As resellers, we don't just deal with Dell. We also resell products from HP, Nutanix, and Lenovo, for example.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not too complex. It's pretty straightforward, in fact. 

In terms of deployment, it typically takes less than a week, in some cases. Of course, it depends of the customers, however, in many cases it takes about a week.

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

The solution is pretty reasonably priced. It's not too expensive, and often less than the competition.

What other advice do I have?

We're a reseller of the product.

We work with different versions including CEs, PCEs, FCEs.  What we use depends on the customer's needs. In most cases, we have sold VxRail to clients as it is cheaper than other options on the market and it's also a good way to consolidate support to one vendor.

I'd advise that those considering the solution make sure they size everything appropriately. 

We've been quite pleased with the product. On a scale from one to ten, I'd give it a perfect ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
SpShawn
Sysadmin at Sun Peaks Resort
User
Top 20
Cost-effective, easy to use, and quick to deploy

Pros and Cons

  • "The sales process is easy."
  • "Most meetings are done via Zoom, and I'm sure you could switch to a text based conversation if needed as they seem like a very accommodating team. It's not something I would worry about if you are a potential client."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to provide a safe and secure home for VMs. We are currently only using the computer power, but I like the ability to add GPUs to the device if it is ever needed. We run a bunch of SQL, web services, and remote app servers. The hardware has always been solid, and the 24-hour monitoring is a great safety net. VMs being able to live migrate near-instantly has made updating the hypervisors much easier. The hardware comes from known vendors, so replacement parts are plentiful if ever needed.

How has it helped my organization?

We upgraded from older servers, and the Starwind HCA is much faster and more reliable. All of the old VMs can do the same job they always did but with less waiting. With 24-hour monitoring, we can worry less about hardware and software failures. Every time the system has detected an issue Starwind has emailed us before anything went sideways. Migrating VMs is much easier now that the Starwind team has configured the HCA boxes. All this has been done without the need for a separate storage device.

What is most valuable?

The ease of use is great.

The solution is comprised of high-end hardware components.

The 24-hour monitoring is great.

The sales process is easy.

It is extremely reliable, has very very few issues, and has next to no downtime.

The deployment was very fast, and VMs were migrated without any downtime.

SSD Storage is very fast, and everything I want to do is very very speedy.

It is very configurable, with lots of different options.

What needs improvement?

I can't think of anything that is missing. Everything has been top-notch from start to finish. Every interaction we have had has been 100% positive. If you are hard of hearing some of their team has strong accents, but I have never had an issue understanding them, nor has any of my team that had a bad interaction with them. 

Most meetings are done via Zoom, and I'm sure you could switch to a text based conversation if needed as they seem like a very accommodating team. It's not something I would worry about if you are a potential client.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about a year.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support exceeds expectations every time we work together. I have always been able to work with the same engineer, and he knows our network.

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

We used a SAN with storage spaces. We switched due to buying new hardware and Starwind offering a one-stop-shop.

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

The solution is cost-effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we looked at HPE and Lenovo.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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MM
Chief General Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Excellent support, with a good set of management and administration tools

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
  • "Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."

How has it helped my organization?

Using this product has reduced our management and administration requirements.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available.

The support that I get from them is good.

Integration is good, and we haven't had any issues.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup is slightly complex and could be improved.

Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved. I want to be able to mix and match the hardware nodes if I am elsewhere and continue using hyper-converged.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes for the past three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In our case, it scaled according to our requirements.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support from Dell is excellent.

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

We also deal with similar solutions from Cisco, HPE, and Lenovo.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is slightly complex. I think that it took us a couple of days when we installed the first instance.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product I recommend. My advice to anybody who is considering it is just to go and get it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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