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Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is #20 ranked solution in HCI Software. IT Central Station users give Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most commonly compared to VMware vSAN:Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs VMware vSAN. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 29% of all views.
What is Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes?

Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
, and can help
you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.

Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes was previously known as vSAN Ready Nodes.

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What users are saying about Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes pricing:
  • "There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."

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Zaid Qishta
Pre-sales Consultant Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 5
A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated

Pros and Cons

  • "No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."
  • "Upgrades are carried out manually."

What is our primary use case?

The current customer for this solution is a service provider currently using private cloud and hoping to become a public cloud provider later on. vSAN starts its customers with private cloud to give them a taste of the technology. Later on they move to implementing public cloud. I'm a pre-sales consultant and we're a partner of Dell. 

What is most valuable?

ReadyNodes is a valuable feature. I'm happy with the fact that you don't have to worry about the footprint in the data center. It takes a very small footprint when compared to other traditional solutions, like the other storage server network solutions. I like the configuration and support, you get one vendor who supports everything; for the software and the hardware, which is excellent because you don't have to worry about multi-vendors where everyone blames the other if something goes wrong. 

What needs improvement?

I think the upgrades could be improved. If you compare it to other HCI solutions, like VxRail, the upgrade process is fully automated whereas on vSAM ReadyNodes it's a bit complicated and we have to do it manually. Finding some way to automate this process to make it a smarter, more perfect solution would be an improvement, it would make the solution more flexible, easier to administer, and would make my life easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability requires adding additional nodes but it's not a problem. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is pretty good. 

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

We previously used the old traditional type of file storage and we switched because there was almost no difference in cost but we got a product with much better features. With this product you get consolidated sales and distribution, so you don't have to worry about multi-vendors. You can open one ticket and you'll get your issue resolved. It's not vendor specific.

Everybody's moving towards this. Everybody is dumping the old infrastructure uploads and moving towards renewal solutions, because it's the basic structure for cloud in the future, for anyone planning to become a cloud provider or build a private cloud.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not particularly straightforward but it wasn't too complex either. It was definitely more complex than other HCI appliances like VxRail. I've implemented both and VxRail is simpler for implementation. It took about a week for the solution to become operational. It depends, of course, on the cluster size. I have two sites with nine nodes per site. Implementation took a week at each site. Most of the maintenance is from the vendor's side. It's only very rarely that I have to interfere directly. We have five administrators working with the solution.

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

There are two costs that you have to consider before you can compare and you'll find that the HCI is cheaper overall. In a five-year duration, it is cheaper. But when you compare license to license, it is much more expensive but when you think of it, you need to think of the total cost of ownership and your ROI. 

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that if you don't have the hands-on experience to administer a solution like vSAN ReadyNode then you should consider other options. For example, VxRail is a bit more expensive, but if you don't have the basic knowledge required for vSan then VxRail is an internet solution that provides a much easier interface to manage and to administer.

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
BobWhitcombe
Technical Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 5
Moving to integrate with a hybrid cloud, but they need a better price structure

Pros and Cons

  • "They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth."
  • "Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."

What is our primary use case?

I am a data center solutions architect that specifies the solution and then implements it for our customers.

90% of the time, it is deployed on their local data center and their objective is to go to the cloud. This is what they will do once their applications are brought up to speed.

What needs improvement?

They have to be more compatible.

When you are looking at Nutanix versus vSan with VMware, the operating system licenses are often difficult for those people in the mid-tier organizations that do not have access to ELAs.

They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth. 

Also, the scalability could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage.

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

There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure.

The issue comes down to affordability relative to alternatives and how they integrate with Azure, AWS, Google, as an example.

What other advice do I have?

One of the interesting things that are coming to the floor is augmented reality, but I haven't seen any related discussions. It's obvious that they are waiting for devices.

Most people don't seem to understand that in order for augmented reality to become a viable entity for specific verticals, such as healthcare, manufacturing, or retail, you have to have a common database for all operational requirements. Then, you have to create extensions.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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MM
Chief General Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Excellent support, with a good set of management and administration tools

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
  • "Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."

How has it helped my organization?

Using this product has reduced our management and administration requirements.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available.

The support that I get from them is good.

Integration is good, and we haven't had any issues.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup is slightly complex and could be improved.

Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved. I want to be able to mix and match the hardware nodes if I am elsewhere and continue using hyper-converged.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes for the past three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In our case, it scaled according to our requirements.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support from Dell is excellent.

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

We also deal with similar solutions from Cisco, HPE, and Lenovo.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is slightly complex. I think that it took us a couple of days when we installed the first instance.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product I recommend. My advice to anybody who is considering it is just to go and get it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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