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SrSysSpecialist534
Real User
Senior System Specialist at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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The original pair of VBlock’s were purchased to replace a hodgepodge of small VM clusters of 3 to 4 VM hosts and an outdated SAN, in addition to moving from an old data… more»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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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»
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.
Real User
IT Infrastructure-Storage & System Admininstration at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 02 2018

What do you think of Vblock?

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for virtualized Linux databases and an application server using Oracle 11g/12c. The primary reason for Vblock is for the performance and deduplication that we are getting across our production, test, dev, and training environments.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved system performance, batch times for off-hours processing, and reliability with production applications.

What is most valuable?

The XtremIO All-Flash array delivers performance, reliability, and deduplication.

What needs improvement?

The patching process Timeliness of updates/releases Compatibility with current ESX versions

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What other advice do I have?

I would have given it a…
Hector Ivan Gil Curry
User
Director, Security Incident Management with 11-50 employees
Jan 17 2018

What do you think of Vblock?

What is our primary use case?

Enterprise private cloud for federal government in a high availability service with primary and secondary datacenters.

How has it helped my organization?

I collaborated in a Vblock growth sizing and analysis. The scalability of the solution is interesting.

What is most valuable?

Capability for scale and growth within a single rack brings strong possibilities for capacity planning.

What needs improvement?

OEM services requires too much planning and low availability of certified engineers.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

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

Related to tech support: I believe it is too expensive.
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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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Xerox, ACS, and Columbia Sportswear.

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