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Dell PowerEdge VRTX is #1 ranked solution in top Converged Infrastructure tools. IT Central Station users give Dell PowerEdge VRTX an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell PowerEdge VRTX is most commonly compared to HPE ConvergedSystem:Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs HPE ConvergedSystem. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
What is Dell PowerEdge VRTX?

PowerEdge VRTX modular infrastructure platform integrates servers, storage, networking and management together in a single compact chassis.

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What users are saying about Dell PowerEdge VRTX pricing:
  • "Fully configured, it costs about $50,000 or $55,000. I did purchase a used one or refurbished one. I have been very happy with it so far. Even if it is an older unit, it doesn't look like its age, and I would say it has been a great choice so far for me. Obviously, I would have thought twice if I had to pay for a brand new one because it is still an older technology with the risk of being discontinued. I talked to Dell, and they're still selling it, but they're not promoting it. They're promoting another line of products right now for hyper-converged, which are much more expensive."
  • "We bought a license for seven years."
  • "We are renewing the support and we are purchasing the license for the software."
  • "The solution price of Dell PowerEdge VRTX could be reduced. However, when comparing the price of Dell PowerEdge VRTX to other solutions, such as HP and Lenovo, it was the best price for what they offer."

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Ioan Donea
Founder and Senior Consultant at Infrascope Technologies
Real User
Top 10
It provides an integrated way of managing the whole thing and has the best computing power at the least cost

Pros and Cons

  • "From a hardware perspective, it's interesting. The selling point of VRTX is that everything is built-in. For a small company that doesn't have a server room or the capabilities of hosting several servers, VRTX has four blades. The equivalent in regular server models would be four servers, which is a minimum of 4U, but it could easily be 8U, and then it would have storage. The storage is included inside the enclosure, and it would require a storage unit. It would also require connectivity, which would be ethernet or another protocol switch. From a software perspective, it's a little bit more integrated. You have an integrated way of managing the whole thing, including storage and networking. It has an internal network that can also be useful. I know for a fact that Dell is almost fazing out the product, and it is not that available anymore because it will just cannibalize their sales. They want to sell the more expensive stuff."
  • "VRTX is a bit simplified to the extent that it is a mainstream type of solution for small businesses. If a company needs a more complex solution or something that is a time saver or has more power or scalability, it is probably not the best solution. However, when a company grows and its needs grow, this type of environment can be definitely migrated towards a lab environment or pre-prod testing, not necessarily production. It can still have a second life for the other types of use."

What is most valuable?

From a hardware perspective, it's interesting. The selling point of VRTX is that everything is built-in. For a small company that doesn't have a server room or the capabilities of hosting several servers, VRTX has four blades. The equivalent in regular server models would be four servers, which is a minimum of 4U, but it could easily be 8U, and then it would have storage. The storage is included inside the enclosure, and it would require a storage unit. It would also require connectivity, which would be ethernet or another protocol switch. 

From a software perspective, it's a little bit more integrated. You have an integrated way of managing the whole thing, including storage and networking. It has an internal network that can also be useful. I know for a fact that Dell is almost fazing out the product, and it is not that available anymore because it will just cannibalize their sales. They want to sell the more expensive stuff.

What needs improvement?

VRTX is a bit simplified to the extent that it is a mainstream type of solution for small businesses. If a company needs a more complex solution or something that is a time saver or has more power or scalability, it is probably not the best solution. However, when a company grows and its needs grow, this type of environment can be definitely migrated towards a lab environment or pre-prod testing, not necessarily production. It can still have a second life for the other types of use.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, so good. It has been pretty stable. It is a Dell solution, and Dell is solid. It hits a good sweet spot between reliability and price. Obviously, there are more expensive solutions out there, but this is a nice solution for a cost-conscious company.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

If a company needs more scalability, it is probably not the best solution.

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

Fully configured, it costs about $50,000 or $55,000. I did purchase a used one or refurbished one. I have been very happy with it so far. Even if it is an older unit, it doesn't look like its age, and I would say it has been a great choice so far for me. Obviously, I would have thought twice if I had to pay for a brand new one because it is still an older technology with the risk of being discontinued. I talked to Dell, and they're still selling it, but they're not promoting it. They're promoting another line of products right now for hyper-converged, which are much more expensive.

What other advice do I have?

VRTX is pretty much an enclosure with power, storage, and other central features. The blades evolve over time because this is a model that was available almost for the last ten years. Initially, the blades were older processors, and they have evolved but not a lot. Just the components have been updated as time passed on. It is a very good solution for a small business because it is cost-effective. It is small, and it can be configured as a tower, so you don't even need a rack, although it's not the best way to use it. It is a 4U unit, so it's not that big, and it can pack a pretty good punch for that size.

For customers who want to have the best computing power available for the least cost, I would recommend it, even today. I would recommend obviously dealing as much as possible with Dell. You can also look at the secondary market, refurbished or used market, but obviously, some companies will never go there just because it is not their policy to do it. They don't want to accept the risk. It is a good, proven solution from what I've read. I'm happy with it. It is way less expensive than other alternatives out there, but it has to be the right fit for the company. The company has to make sure that they're going to be happy with it.

This was a bit of a special project for me. It was for a company that's very cost-conscious. It is a startup. Obviously, this year has been a crazy year for everybody, so they didn't want to be too courageous. It was an opportunity to buy a unit at a very good price. The risk was minimal, and we were quite surprised at the quality and what we could do with it, given the price. It was a very interesting purchase.

I would rate Dell PowerEdge VRTX a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easier to manage the warranty than with different vendors

Pros and Cons

  • "We started off with a base because we started our infrastructure with Dell and we always propose or prefer Dell which is easier to manage the warranty than with different vendors."
  • "The problem is with our configuration. We know we can use PowerEdge for hyper-convergence if we have PowerEdge and configure vSAN. We will be able to achieve what VxRail is being able to provide, but we need to migrate it to a new infrastructure instead of changing our existing. It will be much more difficult for us."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for virtualization but on the current configuration that we have, we don't have the ability of failing over virtual machines from one host to another. They are all isolated independent, they are not configured in a cluster.

What needs improvement?

We want to move from a stand-alone implementation of VM hosts and we want to migrate to hyper-converged infrastructure. We will still be using the same virtual machine that we have, but we will migrate it to hyper-converged to have a higher level of availability and resiliency.

The problem is with our configuration. We know we can use PowerEdge for hyper-convergence if we have PowerEdge and configure vSAN. We will be able to achieve what VxRail is being able to provide, but we need to migrate it to a new infrastructure instead of changing our existing. It will be much more difficult for us.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Because our server is stand-alone, we are limited with the capacity of the compute memory processed in our storage that we have on the server.

For example, if we have one server that is eight GB of memory and HR would like to expand this. We cannot expand it because the cluster in the server is already utilized and because it's not clustered we already reached the limit of the maximum capacity. The problem is with our configuration, not with the capability of the server that we provided.

We have several PowerEdge R440 which are configured as stand-alone VMHost (not in cluster) due to this we have fix configuration on our Storage.

We can expand on Memory as long as there are available slots, but not for storage as all the bays are consumed.

The problem is on our configuration, not designed for high availability and future scalability. therefore, we are looking into migrating our infrastructure to VXRail.

How are customer service and technical support?

On a previous server that we procured we bundled the protocol. But for all the servers that we have, we have only on-site support access remote diagnostic. So this access remote diagnostic means that the end-user as a customer will be doing the diagnosis based on the procedure that was provided by Dell.

But for us and customers who are not Dell experts, it's a headache to implement the procedures that Dell provided.

We just had an issue with one memory and we wanted Dell to come and replace a memory module. But they said, "No, you need to update the firmware first." We updated the firmware first and then we still had the issue. They then asked us to send the longs and then they provided another firmware for another component until eventually all diagnosis procedures were completed, and the issue is still there. Only then did Dell come and provide the memory. The amount of time we spent on performing the diagnosis for critical services is not acceptable, but that was a mistake from our side.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. 

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

We started off with a base because we started our infrastructure with Dell and we always propose or prefer Dell which is easier to manage the warranty than with different vendors.

Some other companies like IBM and HP have come to introduce their system but because we already have a lot of Dell devices we just renew with Dell. I'm not sure if the prices are lower or higher but I think it's okay.

What other advice do I have?

We are evaluating VxRail and we read some comments on the internet that the VxRail service will have only one rate controller. However, you have four nodes inside. So we expect that if any one of the four nodes fails the rest of the cluster will survive. So there's no point in asking the protocol failure on those nodes. And if that rate controller fails, then it is a single point of failure. Dell admitted that, yes, it is the single point of failure. So if that rate controller could be increased because then I think that would be a better design for the device.

I would recommend this solution and I would also recommend having a protocol because you cannot expect all engineers to have enough knowledge on how to do diagnostics. You should also bundle training for Dell so that the end-user will have the needed level of knowledge to continue using the device properly.

I would rate it a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Richard Artes
Senior Network Admin at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Space saving and simplifies management, but the web-based interface is slow and difficult

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the combined management in one box."
  • "Management of storage and networking is web-based, slow, and difficult."

What is our primary use case?

This is an all-in-one device for a branch office. It includes servers, storage, and networking all in one box so it saves rack space. You don’t need to buy all of the components separately, so you don’t need to spec network cards, storage, or server devices.

We used it to take over a Dell cluster of servers and a Dell EMC SAN solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution has lowered costs by including SAN storage, networking, and servers all in one chassis. We used to have half a rack taken with clustered servers, storage devices, and network switches. All that is now consolidated into five U high with four Blade servers and 6 TB of SAN storage in one box.

Management is by web interface which means one place for all configuration.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the combined management in one box. It is space-saving, and in fact, you can have four Blade servers in one box, all sharing the same storage and network card.

A 10 GB network card is a must.

The Pro Support is very good and helped me with one of the servers when a network card stopped working. Re-installing the server fixed this problem.

What needs improvement?

Management of storage and networking is web-based, slow, and difficult. I would like a Windows application to manage this instead of using the web interface.

My Dell account manager promised to help me with setting it up, but after buying it, he was nowhere to be seen. Didn’t call me back, didn’t take my e-mails. So you are pretty much on your own with setup. Luckily there a lot of people who have already done the same setup, so I was able to follow their guides.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years. No problems except 1 disk died a few years ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very stable. Never had a problem with stability.

The reliability is good. In five years I think only one disk has failed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We started with two servers but you could also move to four.

Storage is pretty much full, so expanding the storage is not possible.

How are customer service and technical support?

Dell Pro Support is great, you always get through to someone who knows what they are talking about. They are helpful and they stay with your problem until it is resolved.

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

Previously had separate servers, storage, and networking all from different vendors, which took up a lot of rack space and three different ways of managing. We wanted something that took less space, was easier to manage, and from a single vendor. Dell had that.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a very steep learning curve. Dell did lend us a device for a week to test out before we bought it, but then almost accused us of stealing it after we returned it! Turned out, it had gone back to a different address than they expected.

It took me about a week of reading Dell articles and other peoples' experiences before I had finished the setup. Not easy.

What about the implementation team?

I did everything myself. Dell offered help when we bought it, but that help never materialized. Our account manager was always too busy to return my calls or respond to my e-mails.

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

Pricing is cheaper than buying three separate devices and then managing them separately. We bought a license for seven years.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to ask Dell consulting to set it up for you. It took me about a week to get everything working as expected.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to setup, reliable, and the virtualization is good

Pros and Cons

  • "We were satisfied after we upgraded to a professional next-day on-site support."
  • "It would be better to have a compact version of this solution for customers that have a small office and don't require a proper data center with power or an industrial type HP."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for virtualization.

What needs improvement?

There is a different product that we would like to explore from Dell. The project that we are currently working on requires us to replace all PowerEdge with VxRail.

The depth of this solution is quite lengthy, and it's very deep. 

I understand that 1U is the smallest size, but the depth is quite lengthy. You can have a model that is still 1U and inside you will have a large motherboard for dual processors, and dual power supplies. 

It would be better to have a compact version of it for some customers that have a small office and don't require a proper data center with power or an industrial type HP.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell PowerEdge VRTX for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Dell PowerEdge VRTX is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are not scaling it. They are not clustered, they are mostly independent.

We have 60 employees in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

For us, technical support is excellent.

Support is thorough and the next business day they are on site.

Previously, they had onsite support after remote diagnostics. It was quite difficult for us because we had to do all of the diagnostics before a Dell engineer would go onsite.

The remote diagnosis can take days or weeks, but for professional support with the next business day on-site, the next business day we receive an engineer for an evaluation. If it's critical they will attend.

We were satisfied after we upgraded to a professional next-day on-site support.

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

Previously, we were working with HPE, and an IBM server. 

We chose to go with Dell because the price is more competitive. Also, support in all regions is costly. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

The installation is easy, but it can take 30 minutes to deploy, depending on the configuration, and whether you are using it for bare-metal or for virtualization.

We are a team of three system admins to maintain and deploy this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We did not use an integrator or reseller. I complete the implementation by myself.

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

We are renewing the support and we are purchasing the license for the software.

What other advice do I have?

We are currently evaluating Dell VxRail. In order to improve the utilization of the server, then we need to move on to VxRail.

I would recommend this product to anyone who is interested in using it.

I would rate Dell PowerEdge VRTX a nine out of then.

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.
RP
System Administrator at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Knowledgeable support, large memory size capability, and scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "Dell PowerEdge VRTX supports a lot of memory which has allowed us to keep our system size smaller."
  • "Dell PowerEdge VRTX can improve by providing support for M2 drives."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Dell PowerEdge VRTX to run client-server applications. It has replaced all of the servers that we had, and everything is now virtualized.

How has it helped my organization?

The use of Dell PowerEdge VRTX has kept our system size small saving space.

What is most valuable?

Dell PowerEdge VRTX supports a lot of memory which has allowed us to keep our system size smaller.

What needs improvement?

Dell PowerEdge VRTX can improve by providing support for M2 drives. 

By using the M2 drives it would allow the possibility of having more drives because right now the system is using SSD drives which take up considerably a lot more room. You are only allowed 24, but with the same amount of space, you could probably put 96 or 128 M2 drives. Whether that is possible, or not, I do not know, but from a space point of view, that would be something that I would consider a step forward.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell PowerEdge VRTX for approximately six months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Dell PowerEdge VRTX is scalable. I have room for four blades in our system and I am only using two, it allows for growth expansion if needed in the future.

We have approximately 45 people using the solution in my organization.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is very good. They answered any question I had and gave me information if I needed it. I was pleased with their overall support.

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

I switched from my previous solution because I wanted to virtualize, and Dell PowerEdge VRTX allowed me to do that quite easily. It provided me with very fast access to the system because we used to use standalone servers, and now because it is virtualized everything is very quick.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was fairly straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

I used the support from Dell to do the implementation.

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

The solution price of Dell PowerEdge VRTX could be reduced. However, when comparing the price of Dell PowerEdge VRTX to other solutions, such as HP and Lenovo, it was the best price for what they offer.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated solutions from HP and Lenovo.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Dell PowerEdge VRTX a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Deepak-Shinde
Project manager at Mustafa Sultan Office Technology Co. LLC
Real User
Top 10
Combine servers and networking into one chassis that is stable and easy to use

Pros and Cons

  • "It is simple to use and it's user-friendly."
  • "The scalability is limited with one chassis and the amount of storage it will give you, but it is mainly used for small offices."

What is our primary use case?

VRTX is put into place where there are branch offices or where there is a NetIO-intensive workload in small offices with servers, racks, and processors in place to optimize their size and performance.

How has it helped my organization?

It helped to reduce cost of ownership in my remote branch office and help better manageability

What is most valuable?

This is all-inclusive with shared storage and the servers housed in one chassis, including the networking. It's a data center in one small box, which is a good value for the customers who are small in size and cannot afford a large investment.

It is simple to use and it's user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

This solution is good but, with multiple Chassis, it would be a good thing to have one console for management and integration with utilization software.

In the next release, I would like to see some auto-tiering features. There are other enterprise storage solutions that have them included.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for the last three or four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is limited with one chassis and the amount of storage it will give you, but it is mainly used for small offices.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward and took a maximum of one-hour to deploy.

What other advice do I have?

I have learned that it is better to keep it simple and to have good management.

I think this solution is one of the best in the Dell portfolio.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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
ThibaudLENIK
Solutions Architect at Bechtle
Real User
Top 10
Perfectly simple and efficient for small to mid-size companies

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for the branch office of our company which doesn't need a lot of IT. It's a good solution when you don't need so much IT. We have about 100 users. 

What is most valuable?

The fact that you have computer storage in a very small factor is valuable.

What needs improvement?

I think the networking parts of this solution could be improved. In a future release I'd like to be able to increase storage, that would make a big difference. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for five years and have just implemented the recently released latest version. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is fine. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for the branch office of our company which doesn't need a lot of IT. It's a good solution when you don't need so much IT. We have about 100 users. 

What is most valuable?

The fact that you have computer storage in a very small factor is valuable.

What needs improvement?

I think the networking parts of this solution could be improved.

In a future release I'd like to be able to increase storage, that would make a big difference. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for five years and have just implemented the recently released latest version. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is fine. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability could be improved. I don't need to scale the product any further but I think there would be other companies that would want to do this and will realise that it's not so scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had contact with technical support for a long time. In the past they were fine. 

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

I'm not sure that there is any competition in this specific solution. I haven't used any other products for this purpose.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup took less than a day and I did it myself. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product a nine 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
Jean Lukas Lloyd
Support Director at Redcomputo Ltda
Real User
Top 10
Good security an HCI with helpful technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The security is very good on the solution."
  • "The licensing can be difficult to understand."

What is our primary use case?

The solution is largely used for security purposes.

What is most valuable?

The security is very good on the solution. We feel very secure. The protection on offer is quite good.

The product offers very good services overall.

The HCI is very useful for us. 

Technical support is very good. We find them to be helpful.

What needs improvement?

I'd like it f we could use HEI and CI capabilities. I've had a chance to look at the entire Edge portfolio, and I find those lacking in this solution.

I sometimes have trouble translating the solution.

The licensing can be difficult to understand.

I'd like to have the capabilities to change the main dashboard a bit. It should be more flexible.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've found that technical support is a bit slow to respond. 

However they ask a lot of questions, and they try to work through the issues. We tell them what is wrong and then they work to solve the problems so they don't exist anymore. It's very good.

What other advice do I have?

We are an implementor. We're a solutions provider and we partner with Dell. I personally work for sales.

We handle various deployments, including on-premises, as well as private and hybrid clouds.

Overall, we're quite happy with the solution. I would rate it at a ten out of ten overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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