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Real User
Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the fact that the storage is integrated with the VxRail so I don't have to go in between systems when I have to monitor my storage. The second… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One way VxRail has improved my organization is in the way that I am now able to replicate the virtual because I'm using vSAN. I use the code point for VMware. I'm able to… more»

What needs improvement?

If they can improve the HTML client that would be great because the HTML client is a lot more responsive. It's a lot smoother than the flash that it comes with and flash… more»

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

We pay yearly for support. The cost was justified by now because it stays up and I don't have to constantly open tickets. I probably rebooted the system once or twice. We… more»

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

Before VxRail we used the VNX system, which is old technology with a lot more discs. We were looking to consolidate space. We're off-site, so we have a couple of racks and… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, with one being the worst and ten being the best I would give VxRail a solid nine. It's not something that has disappointed. Every time they… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated XtremIO which is also a Dell EMC product. We chose this because of the integration with VxRail. It integrates the vSAN and VMware and that was the big selling… more»
Real User
Data Center Team Lead at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Aug 06 2020

What is most valuable?

Most of the products of this type have features that are almost the same. We are using VxRail especially because we would like to have products that are compatible with VMware and Dell to support our prospective client base.

What needs improvement?

The configuration of HCI (Hyper-Convergence Infrastructure) solutions is very easy compared to the legacy solutions. Legacy systems run the computer and the storage separately and use switches to get the connectivity. That is much more… more»

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

My advice about cost and setup is that it is just as cheap to have the HCI solution as to stay with legacy solutions. If you convert the value of HCI versus the traditional, legacy solution you gain more than you spend. It comes out to an… more»

What other advice do I have?

I recommend VxRail as a solution especially for those using legacy services. We often recommend VxRail over other competitors. The only exception really is if the customer does not want Dell computing resources. For example, the client may… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared to other HCI products, VxRail has advantages in stability and support from the vendors. If you bought Cisco, for example, you have to open an account with Cisco for the hardware and open an account with VMware for the software… more»
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Jason Weber
Real User
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Jul 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware. The solution allows automated updates to hosts os and hardware, and in some cases switch hardware patches… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I consult multiple organizations across many industries. VxRAIL is a platform I lead with. It reduces IT admin time and complexity around managing a hyper-converged… more»

What needs improvement?

The licensing costs are too expensive for smaller deployments. They should work on their pricing model at the low end. many of the customer's at the smaller end of the… more»

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

Users do find that licensing is quite pricey. The costs vary from customer to customer. A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $50,000… more»

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

I have been selling virtualization platforms for around 10 years. Hyper Converged Infrastructure is perfect for general data center work loads and for VDI.

What other advice do I have?

We're a partner with Dell VMware. VxRail is a part of Dell. I largely just sell and set up the solutions; I don't use the solution regularly myself. It's an amazing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have trained and worked with all of the major HCI options out there. VSAN (VxRail is built on top of this) Nutanix ( a very solid alternative) Simplivity ( not to the… more»
Real User
Managing Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 05 2019

What is most valuable?

Looking at the modernization and flexibility with VCM and VCF into the cloud.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm one of the architects for hybrid cloud. I like the new releases that Dell EMC is doing with VMware. They are allowing for flexibility across the hybrid cloud. This allows organizations to use containers and to be able to move into the… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see tighter integration with Pivotal, because we're looking for end-to-end transformation and tight integration. So, we would like to see the Dell EMC family have stronger integration with their products, as this would be… more»

What other advice do I have?

The first thing they should do is look at their overall enterprise architecture. Don't immediately follow the advice and take the jump to move. What they want to do is look at the investments that they've already made, and look at what the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell has a really strong set of solutions, probably the best in the market.
Reseller
Unit Manager & Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature in the VxRail solution is the software that binds the management portal and its ease of use of managing the environment. The guys don't have to worry about getting a multiple solutions specialist. You can have one… more»

What needs improvement?

From a hardware and software perspective, there could be an improvement in the sales cycle, as there are a lot of hoops to go through to get pricing on a solution.

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

Most of the licensing cost is built into the solution since it's an appliance. You don't have to worry about additional licensing or support add-ons.

What other advice do I have?

For anyone interested in deploying VxRail, I'd say the first step would be to make sure to engage the Dell solutions engineer to ensure that the solution is scoped correctly. Doing this off the bat will always help when you are looking at… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

With VxRail, the vendor choice is always Dell. The main reason being is because of the comprehensive hardware and software support as well as the deployment features. When proposing a solution, we need to look at the full package available… more»
Consultant
IT Technical Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The finger click upgrade is the solution's most valuable aspect. The single point of contact for support is excellent. Management and monitoring tools are great. The solution has a very nice user interface and an easy to navigate dashboard… more»

What needs improvement?

The downside of the solution is this: if one drive load is down, it will take some time to sequence the data. There is a need to improve on this a little bit. This inclusion of data just takes too much time. It should be improved. It should… more»

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

The pricing is pretty typical. There is no difference in competitors for the most part. I cannot say VxRail is cheaper than Nutanix. There really is no significant difference to discuss.

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

I have worked a lot on VxRail. I have also worked on Nutanix, however, not as much as I've worked on VxRail. Nutanix performance is pretty good and they have something called a CVM, or controller VM. VxRail, however, is based on hardware… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are a gold platinum partner for Dell EMC. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. I'd recommend the solution, however, it really depends on the company's requirements. If someone mentions having already used VxRail and not wanting to go… more»
Reinhard Weber
Real User
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jul 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The installation was really easy to perform. The most valuable aspect on VxRail is the one-click update where they are doing the updates all at once for the drivers, buyers, ID reg, and for the VMS. In one click it's running. It's great. The performance is very good. The update process is very convenient.

What needs improvement?

The price should come down a little bit. It has become better than it was at the beginning. There was a really big price difference between a hyper-converged infrastructure and the classic servers and storage. The gap is lessening, however, it's still there.

What other advice do I have?

I'd recommend the solution. The big advantage of the VxRail is the one-click update. If you are using, let's say HP or Fujitsu, and use the standard VSAM cluster, then you have to update the virtual center, you have to update the host, you have to update the VSAM, you have to update drivers, etc. You also have to consider the HCL, whether the driver fits to that new VM version. For example, let's… more»
DanRogers
Real User
Solutions Architect
Jun 05 2019

What is most valuable?

It gives us tons of flexibility. We can create new machines, then destroy them if they don't work out. We test a lot of use cases that may or may not play out. We can build all types of scenarios into virtual machines that we may or may not use. If we don't use them, we just turn them off, no using… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The flexibility has improved our organization. If we went the traditional method, we would have to carry a lot more equipment. VxRail allows us to take all the systems that we would use in a full rack in a quarter rack.

What needs improvement?

I would like them to include an easier solution to host its own DNS. When they changed to version 6.5, they took out the easy features of letting the rail be its own DNS. You can still trick the system and make the VxRail Manager another one of the rail-required VMs become the DNS, but it's a lot of… more»

What other advice do I have?

I don't think I would have picked a different product.
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What is VxRail?

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

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World Wide Technology Inc, Renault Sport Formula One Team, 8x8 Inc, Brownes, Canadian Pacific, Canopy, Denton, EDF, Unilin, Xerox

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