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Ravindran Seeni
Real User
Head of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 12 2018

How has it helped my organization?

With VxRail, there is a single vendor with the hardware, software, and maintenance. Thus, there is a single vendor with whom we can contact. With other products of HPE, you have to procure different vendors and pay the hardware to HPE, the… more »

What needs improvement?

* They should add automation and activation going forward. * VxRail is missing some of the features that Nutanix has in its product. * Next release, we would like to see online applications.

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

Compare the VxRail product to Nutanix. Nutanix has more features, but its pricing is higher.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Stability * Scalability * Technical background of the company * Price.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went with Dell VxRail because we have a good relationship with Dell EMC. The second reason was the price. We procured a very limited edition of VxRail. We are currently looking at buying a full featured edition of a hyper-converged… more »
Real User
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
Jun 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Its ease of administration is extremely valuable. It allows me to make better use of my time for other tasks instead of maintaining systems through multiple administration… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It makes for easier deployments through automation and improved accessibility.

What needs improvement?

It needs faster deployment of security patches. Dell EMC is already improving its patching method, but faster security patch rollout would alleviate risks associated from… more »

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

Be mindful of your storage needs now and for the future.

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

We previously used traditional storage and compute. We switched because we needed a single pane of glass for administration.

What other advice do I have?

You should make use of all the products available within the solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VxRail vs HPE SimpliVity, as well as Flex, and others.
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Real User
Infrastructure Senior Specialist at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Nov 14 2017

What is most valuable?

vSAN: It is the most valuable Software Defined Storage ever to manage all storage workloads, and also offers high availability.

How has it helped my organization?

With SSD cache managed by vSAN technology, all servers have a much faster experience.

What needs improvement?

It still has compatibility issues with the latest version of VMware vSphere 6.5. In fact, we spend around six months waiting for a confirmation and firmware upgrade to… more »

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

Most of hyper-converged solutions require additional licenses for the virtualization layer (like VMware). Nutanix, for example, offers their solution (Acropolis) for free… more »

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

I used to use traditional infrastructure (blade servers and SAN storage). I switched for scalability and for the fast-growing data center that I have.

What other advice do I have?

It is good choice if you are looking for flexibility and scalability for the future.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nutanix, Cisco HyperFlex, and HPE Hyper Converged.
Rodney Barnhardt
Real User
Server\Storage Administrator at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Being able to perform upgrades and check the system through the VxRail Manager has been very helpful. It allows files to be uploaded, performs a pre-check against the system, then upgrades the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

At a remote location where physical servers were deployed in order to address latency or process delays, one of these appliances is now installed and a low cost virtual environment is in place. This… more »

What needs improvement?

My main issue so far is that the installation created a default datacenter name of "Marvin" and it cannot be changed. This can be a problem with multiple device\location deployments where all of the… more »

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

At the time, VMware licensing was purchased separately. I have heard that now it is offered as part of the appliance. There is a permanent vSAN license included since it is required, but vCenter\ESXi… more »

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

No, we did not have any previous HCI installations.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at some other solutions, but at the time we were only capable of 1G networking and this device was the only one available at that speed. However, it has performed great and has been easy… more »

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
VCE VxRail
VxRail customers

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

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