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Dell EMC PowerFlex is #10 ranked solution in HCI Software. PeerSpot users give Dell EMC PowerFlex an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell EMC PowerFlex is most commonly compared to VxRail: Dell EMC PowerFlex vs VxRail. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 36% of all views.
What is Dell EMC PowerFlex?

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

Dell EMC PowerFlex was previously known as VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex.

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Dell EMC PowerFlex Customers

Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox

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What users are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex pricing:
"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."

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General Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale
Pros and Cons
  • "We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
  • "We've had some issues around the licensing."

What is most valuable?

We haven't yet faced any challenge per se. It's pretty much just like handling a riskier controlled environment anyway, which we had experience with already. There's nothing special about it in terms of handling. That's why it's okay as a solution.

The stability has been good.

We've had no issues with scaling the solution. 

Technical support seems to be decent.

What needs improvement?

We've had some issues around the licensing. There were some issues in terms of using the VMware license. The VMware license was locked along with the box. Therefore, even if you want, you can't use it for some other purpose. That was the only challenge for us.

The initial setup was not simple or straightforward.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for a little more than a year now. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be stable. The performance is good. There are no bugs or glitches. it doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the product is pretty good. If you need to expand it, you can do so.

How are customer service and support?

We have been dealing with them for some time and we are happy with the product. There's no issue from that perspective.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not easy. The supplier or the seller that we had gone through helped us in setting things up. After setting up through them, however. the Day-2 operations were not so complicated.

What about the implementation team?

We used a vendor to assist in the initial setup.

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

They need to offer some flexibility in terms of the licensing of the VMware component along with the solution.

What other advice do I have?

We are just an end-user and a customer. We don't have a business relationship with Dell. 

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Datacenter Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Hardware integrates well, easy to upgrade, and responsive technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."
  • "The installation is complex."

What is most valuable?

The solution has the benefits of any hyper-converged infrastructure but also has good hardware integration. It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place. Upgrading is easy, you do not need to check all of the components in your infrastructure, when you upgrade the solution handles everything.

What needs improvement?

When checking some of the components in the RCM during upgrades, it can be difficult, you have to check and upgrade the software-defined storage because it will get out of scale with the virtualization with VMware. You always have to consider this during upgrades but the process should be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With this solution you can upgrade and scale up your environment very easy, it is used in enterprise organizations that have large environments.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have found the technical support very good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is complex.

What about the implementation team?

Dell came with engineers and integrators to do the deployment for us.

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

The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.

What other advice do I have?

For those who want to scale their environment, manage all the environment from a single point, and have to only deal with a single vendor this solution might be for you. If you need these requirements from a business perspective as operations management, the operational cost could be lower but I would advise speaking to professional deployment teams before you do anything.

I rate Dell EMC PowerFlexRev a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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