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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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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
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.
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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»
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.
Chris-Stanley
Real User
IT Manager at Celtic Manor Resort
Nov 12 2018

What is most valuable?

ESRS: This gives us the confidence that when we are not monitoring our environment, then Dell Tech is, and can make us aware of any failures/pending issues before those… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are opening new properties. This product has given us clear visibility into what we need technology-wise to grow.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup between the different Dell departments is fragmented (ESRS Team, onsite deployment team, RecoverPoint team, etc.). The engineers who come to rack/stack… more»

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

Compare it to what you spent on your last solution. Look at other costs: Power, IT staff, time to manage the system, cost of expansion for the future versus current (all… more»

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

We switched from converged to HCI for the ease of management and business growth.

What other advice do I have?

* Look at your pain points. * Look at where your business is and where it is going. * Look at the time currently invested by IT personnel to carry out mundane firmware and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Nutanix, Nimble, Cisco... We went with Dell VxRail, as Dell were already a trusted partner, and it has great support and products.
Real User
Principal at Austin Tovey Ltd
Jun 04 2019

What is most valuable?

It is a pre-architected solution, so it's an off-the-shelf solution designed by Dell EMC engineers who work with VMware. It's a turnkey solution, which is good for customers, because they are buying… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For my customers who have it, it's reducing the complexity of IT management, single panes of glass, etc. It eliminates the three-tier architecture effectively where there is storage and storage… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like it to tier to the cloud effectively, making sure that cold data can be pushed out to some sort of Bitbucket. As far as I'm aware, it's not there yet. I have heard rumors it's on the… more»

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

The price point needs improvement, certainly for smaller SMBs. The cost of it is still quite painful. I think all vendors should do a product which is capped either by terabytes, IOPs, or VM… more»

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

It is a logical progression for customers who are on a three-tier architecture to go with VxRail. It reduces the cost of ownership, so you don't need that storage network layer anymore. You're not… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is only Dell EMC in my world. In hyper-converged, I do a lot of storage spaces as well, like Microsoft storage spaces. Obviously, customers who already bought into the VMware product line will… more»
Real User
Enterprise Architect at Unisys
Jun 04 2019

What is most valuable?

It is truly a hyper-converged infrastructure, so everything is there together. We normally go with either a two node or three node infrastructure, which is nice and small. Everything is there: The storage, the network, and it is all in one package, so it's easily deployable in a very quick fashion.

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the quicker deployment, we don't have to ask each team, what do you need? Then finding a VMware farm to put an instance of this on is much faster now. We know that we need this many and can easily just put it in one place and on one device. That's why it's a quicker deployment, because we… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like better integration with VCF from VMware, which is the Cloud Foundation tool set, so we can easily provision servers very quickly. Dell EMC could put in their own monitoring tool set for this environment, or if they wanted to, they could use it to expand into other environments.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nobody else was on our shortlist, because Dell EMC is our strategic partner. We were expecting them to bring us something that would work very quickly and easily, but also be at a reasonable price point, and they did.
Eric Meiser
Real User
Senior Consultant at SoftEd Systems
May 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the quick installation. I build the system for the customer and then it is quick and easy to manage. The price is a little bit on the higher side but the system and management are so quick and easy that it's worth it for the customer.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see integration with vCenter if possible.

What other advice do I have?

We typically use G Series, but for a certain customer, we have the P Series to handle the application workload. The P Series has more performance which you may need for your application. All of the other clusters are G Series. I have some colleagues who also use this solution. This is a good product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We use Dell EMC products and this solution was the best one for our customers and projects.
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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.

Also known as
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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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