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What is Vblock [EOL]?

VCE Vblock Systems is an all-in-one virtualization platform that integrates the leading storage, network, and compute technologies from the likes of EMC, VMware and Cisco. VCE Vblock allows organizations to easily and securely deploy cloud computing and virtualization in their environments, supporting these multiple technologies and providing flexibility and agility for changing business needs.

Vblock [EOL] is also known as VCE Vblock.

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Vblock [EOL] Customers

Xerox, ACS, and Columbia Sportswear.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Vblock [EOL] pricing:
  • "Vblock is priced at a premium because people don't want the headache of managing and deploying different products."
  • "The paid support for Vblock is expensive."

Vblock [EOL] Reviews

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Tahir Shahid
Chief Consultant and Architect at Tahir Professional Services
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Centrally-managed and stable, but the initial setup could be made simpler and technical support can be improved

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that it is centrally managed, as it is quite easy for our customers to manage everything, end-to-end."
  • "With respect to the technical support, there is room for improvement."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and we specialize in data center-centric, high-end enterprise-level infrastructures. We deal with a variety of things including hyper-converged infrastructure, and Vblock is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is centrally managed, as it is quite easy for our customers to manage everything, end-to-end.

What needs improvement?

There is a different platform and there are different interfaces for different parts of the product. Although there are some centralized components, you still manage each component using its own set of tools. There is definitely room for improvement in this regard.

I would like to have a catalogue like menu where you simply define your end computing needs and the rest would be taken care of internally.

The initial setup could be unified to make it simpler.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Vblock for between five and six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product, which is the primary reason that a customer purchases it. It is guaranteed that it is going to work as it should.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Vblock can be scaled, although it is better to know how big it will need to scale ahead of time. It can become complex very quickly and the whole model is rigid. So, you generally chose which model works best in the environment and you have to stick with it.

How are customer service and technical support?

With respect to the technical support, there is room for improvement. Because of the model that they are adopting, you are dealing with different departments in the backend. The initial impression you get is that you're dealing with a single group because you're getting one product. However, in the background, you are dealing with different teams who may not necessarily be communicating with each other.

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

I have experience with several similar solutions by IBM and Dell EMC. VxBlock is the higher-end version of Vblock.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is taken care of by DELL EMC, but you're dealing with different teams because of the nature of the product as opposed to a hyper-converged offering. 

What about the implementation team?

DELL EMC teams are very well trained and offer very high level of expertise and support. 

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

Vblock is priced at a premium because people don't want the headache of managing and deploying different products. When people buy Vblock, they buy it for a specific reason.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product but having a more seamless, unified product management, deployment, and support would definitely help.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Fred Armantrout
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A reliable and highly-available solution with good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are reliability and high availability."
  • "In the next release, I would like to see a smaller footprint in the data center and have improvements to disk performance."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is as a virtualization host for everything and anything we can run on it.

How has it helped my organization?

Centralized virtual hosting platform in a cohesive system with a bundled verified combination of known hardware, firmware, virtualization

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are reliability and high availability.

What needs improvement?

It's difficult to think of anything that needs to be improved because it's a good stable system, but paid support is expensive so the cost of operation could be lowered.

In the next release, I would like to see a smaller footprint in the data center and have improvements to disk performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VBlock's for over ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a highly stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable if needed to be expanded. 

We've never expanded beyond our initial purchase.

All company employees can be using it, so that would be well over seven thousand. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good. Tt's only a single phone call for any problem.

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

Previously, we used standalone VMware on separate hosts.

We switched for the consolidation of equipment into a single system that included storage, host, and compute. All of that improved reliability.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward and it took less than a week.

What about the implementation team?

The seller included installation and the initial configuration.

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

The paid support for Vblock is expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other options, but at the time it was the best solution that fit at that time. Ten years ago there were not that many choices, besides building your own.

What other advice do I have?

It is probably due for a replacement because of its age. Usage-wise, we are trying to move things to a cloud installation in place of the on-premises, so it's probably going to be phased out in some form, eventually.

Work with your local representatives from Dell EMC to see if it fits your needs. They have multiple options and versions.

It's been very reliable, the support is very good, and it fit our needs very well, but our needs are constantly changing.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Rajsudheer-Dangeti
Sr Private Cloud Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Leaderboard
A simple pre-built solution with an easy initial setup and good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "It's an integrated box Mac solution, so it's a plug and play. The deployment and build is pre-made and ready to deploy. It makes it easy to apply."
  • "The user control could be more advanced. They should work to improve this in future releases."

What is most valuable?

It's an integrated box Mac solution, so it's a plug and play. The deployment and build is pre-made and ready to deploy. It makes it easy to apply. 

What needs improvement?

The user control could be more advanced. They should work to improve this in future releases.

I'd like a hypervisor to be added to the solution.

Upgrading should be easier. It should just be a click of a button to upload, enter calls or enter systems.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for six or seven years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is limited. Storage, for example, has a limit. Right now, we have 4-5,000 people using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is critical for us. Once you contact support, there may be a follow-on of vendors that will pitch in and help. We can reach out for any technical issue and find assistance.

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

We did use a different solution, but it was at the end of its life cycle and policy, which is why we switched.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It's already applied, so it's very easy to connect the system. The time it takes to deploy depends on the model used. On average, deployment at the factory will take slightly less than five days. It will take another three to four days to do configurations and qualifications and everything but just to set it up it's probably only a couple of hours.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model.

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. There are, however, many new solutions coming to the market that have much more advanced features.

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