VxRail Room for Improvement

Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
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 updates every minute and every time flash updates I can't open my web client. You should update and make sure the HTML client works. If it does then you have a product that gives you an excellent 9.5/10 from most vendors with no problem. Everybody complains that for 6.5 and 6.7 there's no desktop client for V7. Everyone misses the desktop client. I don't like the web client. If they can bring back the desktop client for the next release of the VxRail that would be great. View full review »
Director Of Information Technology at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
They could make something like an actual catalog where you could just put your weblogs and then you cold can get the recommended specs along with the utilities like which processor to get. That would be an economical way to figure out the specs of the solution in relation to your requirements. Right now, it's difficult for a non-technical person to participate in using the product. It could be made more consumer-friendly. It should give output or recommend orders and dissolve effects. They could be more clear in terms of which options to choose. For example, they could say, "We recommend, if you want high performance, to go with this pack." Or "if you want an economical option, try this". The solution could improve on some existing features, especially experience-based access or something like that. The product could benefit from more tightly integrated management. View full review »
Mina Magdy
Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Equinox International
If they can provide deduplication compression through the traditional hard drives, as Cisco does in the HyperFlex system, it will be very cost-effective, especially when it comes to archiving workload. VxRail doesn't allow the mixing of old flash clusters and hyper clusters. When I'm starting with an old flash cluster and it comes to archiving workload, I will also need to attend the new cluster. So, I either manage two different clusters, or I pay and upload my work with the archiving mobile hard drive, which is not cost-effective at all. The main key is to allow mixing between two types of clustering, like Nutanix, or allow deduplication of completion over the period of shared hard drive on SAV. It will be much better. View full review »
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Chris Bujak
VDI SysAdmin/Engineer at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
The requirements need improvement. Some of the managers of VMs are a little sensitive to where they need to be placed in the environment and what names they need to have. I would like a little more control over that so that it fits into our naming scheme and it fits our organizational structure within vSphere. That's cosmetic, however. It's not a functional problem. It's just slightly disorganized. We have to put exceptions into our rules in order to check our rules. View full review »
Data Center Team Lead at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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 complicated. It is completely the opposite when using generic HCI technology. The implementation is very simple and so is the operation. The only thing about the HCI solution is that troubleshooting is a little bit difficult because it is still a new technology. Other than this it is simpler than the traditional technology. HCI is nice and it makes sense. I think there is a need to improve the solution because it is difficult to troubleshoot. But compared to legacy solutions, you are troubleshooting one that is a little bit difficult instead of troubleshooting two different products that might each be a little easier. In the end, the difference as far as troubleshooting is not much but the advantages are still there on the HCI side and technology upgrade. The other thing I would like to see improved is not really a feature. It is about scalability. It would be good to increase the limit of the number of nodes within the clusters. View full review »
Jason Weber
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
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 scale would benefit the most from the automation but it often times becomes cost prohibitive. The solution needs a little more flexibility in the hardware that is supported by VxRAIL. Right now, they're very restrictive of the hardware supported. View full review »
Information Technology Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Currently, I don't see much room for improvement; however, there could be better documentation and they should allow everyone to access the simulator. If Dell could provide access to a simulator or a demo for regular users, it would make things much easier. In order to gain access, you need to be a golden partner — normal users can't do it. It would be more beneficial to everyone if they could access the simulator and run some trial and error experiments before operating the real product. Many other companies (like Cisco) allow all of their users to do this. You can simply download the materials from the internet, including the simulator. In regard to VxRail or Dell products in general, you cannot do this because it's very limited to specific partners — typical end users don't have access. It would be great if it was more available to all partners, not just their top-tier partners. There would be less resistance from potential customers because they wouldn't be afraid of daily operations, support, etc. View full review »
Managing Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 the best thing. It still has some maturity to grow. It needs to be more tightly integrated with its own family of products. It has shown that it is open with the other products within the market, through its stack, but it needs to have the proof in the market (with use-cases), and it has to have the scalability with the integration. View full review »
Unit Manager & Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
IT Technical Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 not take so much time in the case of a hard drive failure. It should not be deployed on one hypervisor. There should be multiple hypervisors supported like Hyper-V or KVM. View full review »
Virtualization Engineer, SME at Dawson Federal
In the version that I was working with, the integrations are in need of improvement. The technical support is in slight need of improvement. View full review »
Reinhard Weber
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
Network Admin at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
All updates are supposed to be done through VxRail, however, the vCenter actually showed that there was an update it needed. I've just started using the product. I didn't know what I was doing. I actually updated my vCenter and that actually threw the VxRail system offline. We had to spend some time trying to get that working again. If possible, they should make the process a bit more clear so we don't make mistakes like this in the future. There should maybe be some sort of pop-up that can direct you. View full review »
Solutions Architect
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 extra work. I'd like to see it put back into the UI. View full review »
Arquiteto de infraestrutura at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The licensing needs to be improved upon. For example, when we need to move your Oracle databases to VxRail solutions, we need to license the processor core and the solutions. This comes at a high cost to customers. There needs to be better integrations with other products. View full review »
Rajith Attupurath
Senior Network & System Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
I would say its support could be improved. One issue that we faced was that often a single file upgrade would cause an issue, whether it was an update for the hardware or for every component. They should have an option to only upgrade individual modules of the architecture. For example, there should be an option to upgrade only the individual VMware module and not rely on a single update file for everything. View full review »
Principal at Austin Tovey Ltd
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 roadmap. I have customers who want to do it and got the public cloud space. They want to be able to move workloads in and out of VxRail. View full review »
Deputy Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
In the future, they could provide faster performance. VxRail has many components integrated into one solution. Instead of integrating many components, having a single component with VMware as a solution; this could be useful. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at Unisys
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. View full review »
Paulo Xavier
Business Consultant and Implementation Manager at LTA-RH Informatica
The performance of data centers needs to be improved. They need to process more and deliver more in the space of the storage and offer better performance. The solution should offer more integration with other virtual software. VxRail runs just with VMware. View full review »
Adeel Akhtar
Team Lead IT Infrastructure & Datacenter at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
We would like to have on-premise technical support. A more containerized approach in regards to the interface would be better. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Its price needs to be improved. It is very expensive. NSX should be licensed together. It will make the network virtualization layer more usable. It would be better if they come together in a bundle, not separately. View full review »
Solutions Consulting Head at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The configuration process could be improved. We had several issues when we were trying to expand because the recommendation was to add nodes to it. But I think the project just needed a simple upgrade on the hard disk or the memory, and it took a while for us to configure that. View full review »
Deena Khattab
MIS Manager at MGM
I cannot think of anything right now, nothing in coming to my mind. View full review »
Eric Meiser
Senior Consultant at SoftEd Systems
I would like to see integration with vCenter if possible. View full review »
Lead Service Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
There are still some features which aren't built into Cisco, like virtualized networking, that use its applications. However, these can be purchased through another product as an additional licensing cost to us. View full review »
System Administrator at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like an easier migration. This way, if a node fails like it did, the data would have been migrated and I would not have had to get up at three in the morning. View full review »
Suraj Godar
Sn. Eng Infrastructure Solution at UBG
The pricing of the solution could be improved. We are reliant on the distributor. I'm a technical person but I know from speaking to customers that they feel it's a bit costly compared to the generic product.There are also some major components of the product not available for download. Even though we are partners, we don't get them. They provide backup features but it comes at an additional cost. It would be helpful if they would include something like the standard backup procedure, backup features like the application manager. View full review »
MAM Support Engineer at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
We would like to see integrating with Nutanix. Currently, we are working on integrating the two to see if there is any value in doing so. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The version upgrade process should be simplified. View full review »
Phil Weingart
Manager of Solutions Architecture at Trace3 Inc
Having a native replication would be an improvement. View full review »
Data Center Engineer at Beta Information Technology
* Networking to be included * A single upgrade button for all the environment including network resources. View full review »
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