Vblock Other Solutions Considered

Fred Armantrout
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell
When we came to the point of looking at upgrading our original VBlock to the new generation we have now, we did look at other options. But due to our experience with the VBlock and how well it fit our needs, we decided to replace the older version with the new version. We considered hyper-converged solutions and building block solutions, but none were as good a fit as the VBlock-- or possibly a FlexPod, which is a VBlock with a different Storage Solution. But no single source for support and ongoing maintenance upgrade tested the way VCE did. The FlexPod solution is a general idea with building block solutions. But once it is assembled, you are on your own to maintain the upgrades. If something does not conform, you would have to be on Cisco to work out why your VMware does not like the drivers, etc. The building block solutions like Nutanix and SimpliVity, the EVO solutions, and even other solutions using the VCE offerings like the VXRail and VXRack systems did not fit our large data / disk capacity needs. These solutions may work for smaller sites and offices, but not for our centralized way of running VMs. Currently we are approaching our 3 year renewal and are challenged with continuing support via VCE / EMC or go 3rd party support for hardware but not have any upgrade / VCE matrix validation updates. View full review »
Solut11991
Solutions Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We looked at IBM and HPE. View full review »
Fred Armantrout
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell
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. View full review »
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