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Fred Armantrout
Real User
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell
Jul 19 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has rock-solid reliability. When a problem does occur, you can call the service number or support site to initiate a service request. We are approaching 3… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The original pair of VBlock’s were purchased to replace a hodgepodge of small VM clusters of 3 to 4 VM hosts and an outdated SAN, in addition to moving from an old data… more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, there is some uncertainty about the future of the product line with regards to Dell's takeover of EMC. Because VBlock is so closely wrapped around the Cisco… more»

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

Get your best deal and press for everything. We already had our VMware licensing, but we had to upgrade to Enterprise Plus to implement the full features of the VBlock and… more»

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

Our original VMware environment was a hodgepodge of rack mounted servers, a FC SAN which used an older EMC SAN, and inexperienced admins piecing it all together. Once this… more»

What other advice do I have?

Size it right. Get the connectivity to your core switches established and have good admins, ones who know the storage side and who know the compute and network side.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Solut11991
Real User
Solutions Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of operation. * Access, without constraining actions. The tool is available to actually move things around, do things quickly quickly. * The speed. * The support… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have different departments, each with their own IT section. Everybody was making their own IT investments, and every department had their own little bits of… more»

What needs improvement?

As the technology changes and comes down in price as well, we're looking at VDI, having a virtual desktop infrastructure, so instead of using client, using a virtual… more»

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

I would not say the pricing is not good value. It is still on the expensive side, near the top-end of cost compared to what's available now. The licensing has to be… more»

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

We use to use HPE but the monitoring side of it and the different tools you needed to buy, invest in... This system is much better, including the storage, which is much… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that you should look at the licensing in more detail, as well as compare the cost, because the technology has changed quickly. When you're investing, you need… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at IBM and HPE.
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Real User
Senior IT Architect - Enterprise at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The integration between components, so that we don't have to worry about technology mismatches. Not having to worry about the firmware integrations with the software infrastructure components has been… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's a little bit easier to maintain and easier when an upgrade needs to take place, since the vendor is handling the integration aspects usually for a fee.

What needs improvement?

The integration with other vendors' products needs to be looked at. It's not as flexible as we would like it to be.

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

I think the pricing is on the higher end of the spectrum. There could be some adjustments that could be made there. Regarding licensing, watch compatibility with external products that you run on… more»

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

We switched because we thought it was going to be less troublesome, in the end, for us.

What other advice do I have?

If your environment is a very stable environment, this solution is a great fit. If your environment isn't a very stable environment, I would make sure that you install it in such a way that it allows… more»
Fred Armantrout
Real User
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell
Nov 30 2019

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… more»

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

The paid support for Vblock is expensive.

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.

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… more»

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.
Abdullah El Deeb
Consultant
Technical Consultant/Instructor at SIGMA IT
Jun 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Dealing with multiple vendors can be tricky in multi-vendor setup. Having one vendor to deal with from a support perspective is a huge potential benefit when it comes to reliability and avoiding wasting time and money. * Finding a fully bundled, deployed, and configured solution with a short delivery time and unique support is really attractive. * As far as customer satisfaction, it will meet… more»

What needs improvement?

* The infrastructure is converged, but the teams, not so much. It is so complex that the converged infrastructure needs converged management. * While most public clouds are deployed on Linux, there is current no certified Vblock working on KVM hypervisors.

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

It is not cheap. However, if you have a storage/network/virtualization experts on your team who can combine a similar storage/compute/network to match performance to Vblock then you will find that you will be saving money. Calculate your total ROI and cost of ownership to determine if it is the right fit for you. Vblock appears from the first while to be very expensive. There are more items you… more»
Rajsudheer-Dangeti
Real User
Sr Private Cloud Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 26 2019

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.

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.

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.
User
Cloud Engineer with 201-500 employees
Mar 24 2018

What is most valuable?

UCS Manager worked well for net/blade management and has allowed fairly easy use of dedicated bare-metal blades. VNX Unified performed as expected.

How has it helped my organization?

Troublesome relationships with VCE at the beginning of our use came undone quickly after we went live, making installs/adds/changes less than cohesive.

What needs improvement?

VCE tools, like Vision or AMP were not stand alone, and depended too much on other management consoles. RCM upgrades were not scripted, and you needed to roll on your own. We were led to believe this would be otherwise.
Real User
Manager, Supply Chain Application Development at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 02 2018

What is most valuable?

A unified platform of support, which expands easily and frees the staff to focus on our business and less on the complexities of a mixed hardware/software environment.

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen measurable increases in our system performance. Those increases have been directly measurable in application performance and the delivery of critical business information to our users.

What needs improvement?

Due to the complexity of the complete solution, there are many groups involved in delivering the complete solution. Tighter alignment could simplify and speed up the configuration and delivery process.

What other advice do I have?

We are very satisfied with the solution and the benefits that we have received from it. We have been using it in production for over a year.
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What is Vblock?

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.

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