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2018-05-31T09:49:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering VxRail?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering VxRail, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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I would give this solution a 9 out of 10. VxRail isn't for a small company. If you need less than five servers, you could technically use it, but there are probably other solutions that are cheaper. A classic solution for a small customer is cheaper than other convergence solutions. In my mind, the hyper-convergence solution is a requirement only for a great company. If you are a small Italian company that isn't going to scale up for a few years, it's very difficult to afford the price, and you might have a problem with technical knowledge as well because your normal technicians won't be able to assist in other convergence solutions if you have an issue. In this case, we prefer traditional systems over VxRail to give the client the correct stability and simple management.

2021-11-02T18:35:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The only advice that I would give to those wanting to implement VxRail is to make sure that they look at what comes with the VxRail package. For example, Dell offers vRealize, which is not private cloud. They mistakenly will say that it is for private cloud but all vRealize offers are lifecycle management, the ability to do costing, and everything between public cloud and a private cloud. They will tell you that you have to buy VMware Tanzu in order to get the private cloud features. When they initially sell VxRail as hyper-converged infrastructure, they also sell it as your private cloud but there is no private cloud functionality. You have to build that on. I rate VxRail a ten out of ten.

2021-10-16T11:42:31Z
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Top 20Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would give VxRail a seven.

2021-09-23T23:43:20Z
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Top 20Real User

I always recommend VxRail because of their scalability and flexibility, but sometimes the cost creates a barrier with the client. All of our clients who have chosen VxRail are happy with it, it's just the cost that's an issue. I rate the solution nine out of 10.

2021-09-21T16:56:24Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We're customers and end-users. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've been happy with its capabilities. I would recommend the solution to other users and organizations.

2021-09-10T14:22:18Z
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Top 5Real User

The solution is deployed mostly on-cloud, although some of the bigger environments prefer do so on-premises. I would recommend this solution to others. I do not know the exact number of customers who are using the solution. I believe this number to be 15 or 20 in France, although there are more who use the SimpliVity solutions because of the lower price. I rate VxRail as an eight or nine out of ten.

2021-09-02T12:03:46Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I'm a customer and an end-user. I'd recommend this solution to others. It has a lot going for it in that the performance is good and it's reliable. They have great after-sales support and is generally easy to maintain. However, it is a very expensive option and a company needs to be prepared for the price tag. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten, however, if the pricing was a bit more reasonable, I would rate it higher. Overall, I'm very impressed with the product.

2021-07-24T15:04:49Z
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Top 20Real User

We support 200 users. VxRail performs well in the VDI environment. We feel it to be a good solution. I rate VxRail as a ten out of ten.

2021-06-19T08:25:29Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend this solution to others. This solution is for people who want to simplify the whole virtual data center. Initially, if you want to use virtual data center, you need to buy hardware and the license separately. After combining everything together, if anything happened to each product, you need to do a lot of troubleshooting and communicate with different parties . With this solution, it is quite straightforward. You can have a deployment team come and install it for you within a week if you provide the correct configuration. This will save you a lot of time. I rate VxRail an eight out of ten.

2021-05-22T15:17:50Z
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Top 20Real User

I rate this solution an eight out of 10.

2021-04-19T15:56:00Z
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Top 5Real User

One of the issues I come across when we implement the solution is our customer's technical team do not have the knowledge of VMware and the technical operational components. They need to be trained very well before they start using the solution. If you are wanting to improve your data centers this solution is one small box that can be used in a data center providing low power consumption and requiring minimal administration. You are almost able to combine all the business into one. I rate VxRail a ten out of ten.

2021-04-06T15:34:19Z
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Top 5Real User

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give VxRail a rating of nine. It's a good solution.

2021-03-03T05:39:21Z
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Top 5Real User

VxRail is the product of Dell, with both hardware and software combined together. It's a very good product. We bought this VxRail for our VMware-certified applications. Those applications only run on VMware-certified systems. That's why we procured VxRail. Otherwise, we have Hyper-V as well, Microsoft Hyper-V. Hyper-V is an American-based company, which always offers hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. On Edge we are using Hyper-V, It is also a software-defined box. We have our own private Cloud as well for converged infrastructure. We have the Lenovo Blade series and the external storage is connected to the chassis which we are using for our surrounding applications. This is our private Cloud. It is also on Microsoft Hyper-V. We aren't using the latest version of the solution. We are using the version before. Overall, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've been very happy with it.

2021-02-20T03:36:47Z
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Top 20Real User

If you're interested in using VxRail, use your judgment. There are multiple solutions and all of them are geared toward different use cases. Some people will prefer HyperFlex, others will prefer to go with Nutanix, VxRail, or, for god's sake, vSAN ReadyNodes. VxRail has some limitations. For me, it's limited from doing what it's supposed to do because it's provided by VxRail — it's automated and orchestrated by VxRail. For example, I cannot use VMware Update Manager. I have to use a bundle, which is produced by Dell, and usually, they are at least a month to a month and a half behind VMware. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give VxRail a rating of eight.

2021-02-20T01:23:04Z
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Real User

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine.

2021-02-19T13:34:45Z
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Top 20Reseller

I rate VxRail a seven out of ten.

2021-02-19T13:21:15Z
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Real User

My advice to other people looking to implement VxRail is that it is a very nice solution. It's an integrated solution so we don't have to jump into several providers because it is only one point of contact. We don't have to call VMware or another vendor. We only have one point of contact. On a scale of one to ten, I would give VxRail a nine.

2021-02-10T19:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We're a customer of Dell. We have knowledge about the VMware solution. With VxRail, we will be increasing our knowledge. Therefore, we're expecting to improve our internal solutions and the overall solutions for our internal consumers. While we haven't implemented it yet, we're expecting it will improve our environment a lot. We're excited to be working with it. Overall, from what I have seen so far, I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

2021-01-28T15:58:54Z
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Top 10Real User

I would definitely recommend VxRail. But again, it depends upon the use cases. If they have a big data center, then you have to look for some other version of VxRail, maybe VxBlock, but for normal sites, for a small manufacturing R&D site, or for remote sites, they may go with VxRail. On a scale of one to ten, I would give VxRail a nine out of 10.

2021-01-25T16:54:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I rate VxRail a seven out of ten.

2021-01-15T13:05:38Z
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Top 20Real User

Overall, this is a good product and I recommend it. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2021-01-14T22:04:36Z
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Top 20Real User

I would absolutely recommend VxRail. From my previous experience, and because I work with a wide range of technical engineers, compared to other products, this solution offers a solid hardware performance. Generally, we look for value combined with price. If you're able to find a better solution, it will also come at a higher cost. Considering the range of prices overall, Dell is the best — my first choice. You can go for a premium version, but there will be an additional cost. For example, you can go for NetApp, which is better hardware, but the price is higher. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give VxRail a rating of six.

2021-01-08T21:40:19Z
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Top 20Real User

In my previous deployment, there were a couple of things that I identified as needing improvement. I believe they were addressed on the new version of their software because, in the previous deployment, I wasn't using the latest version. Apparently, VMware came out with VCF 4.1, and Dell came out with a newer iteration. At this point, I'm hoping that the stuff is fixed. Once I start working with the newest version, I'll see what new features I would like to see in the next one. My advice for anybody looking into implementing VxRail is to read the documentation and do the virtual labs that they have. Repeat them over and over before deploy it on the actual system that they are going to deploy to avoid having to take everything down and redo it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-12-14T20:07:19Z
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Top 20Reseller

I would recommend VxRail, it works for most of the use cases. It is good to understand you can't have 100% of all the applications installed. It's never possible with a product like this. At the end of the day, it's a good solution. Whenever there is a need for IT infrastructure requirements, you can definitely consider VxRail. If there are very specific requirements or things that are very specific to traditional infrastructure, they can go with that, or for intensive cloud-native applications, they can go with cloud. VxRail comes in the middle. It can extend to use all the applications but do have a proper study to get the right solution for you. I rate VxRail an eight out of ten.

2020-12-11T13:26:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend this product, we have another site that we need to replace the data center and we will implement the same solution. I would rate VxRail nine out of ten.

2020-12-09T16:10:00Z
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Top 20Reseller

We're a reseller of the product. We work with different versions including CEs, PCEs, FCEs. What we use depends on the customer's needs. In most cases, we have sold VxRail to clients as it is cheaper than other options on the market and it's also a good way to consolidate support to one vendor. I'd advise that those considering the solution make sure they size everything appropriately. We've been quite pleased with the product. On a scale from one to ten, I'd give it a perfect ten.

2020-11-26T13:09:49Z
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Top 5MSP

I would recommend VxRail because is simple to use and administer. It just saves time in deploying the platform. Most of the teams are already able to use VMs and have experience with that. You just have to improve a little bit of storage knowledge. It is not very much different, and you don't have to learn a whole new platform. It is easy, and you should use it. I would rate VxRail a nine out of ten. It is a very good platform.

2020-11-25T06:27:45Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just customers. We don't have a professional relationship with the company. If an organization is considering implementing the solution, I would advise they get some help doing so, unless they have the correct staff in house that can handle it, or they are very concerned about getting outside help for some reason. The technician that helped us got right through it. I would have been hard-pressed to get the implementation done on my own. Overall, I would rate the solution eight out of ten. Aside from the one issue we had at the beginning with the update confusion, it's been very good.

2020-11-24T11:25:20Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just a customer. We're running an ESX 6.7. We're running the latest version of VxRail manager, but we're not running the latest version of ESX or V share. It can do for us. We want other people to find the bugs first. My advice to other companies is to learn and ask lots of questions. Make sure that you understand the solution at the outset. Make sure the networking team is solid. Any hyper-converged solution like VxRail should rely on the network more than a traditional environment. You need to make sure your networking team is involved from the beginning. I would rate the solution eight out of ten. VSN has come a long way, which is what the shell is based on for storage and the rest of the components are standard vSphere. You manage everything through the same vSphere interface. You're not using a different interface and it's fairly easy to maintain when you have problems. If you have problems, you will need to call tech support. They will have to walk you through it because it is a new thing for most people. That's why I recommend learning about the solution straight away.

2020-11-20T17:06:20Z
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Top 5Reseller

We're a reseller. We sell the solution to our clients. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. It might be the latest, which is the most likely. We launch the solution on-premises in order to launch a private cloud. Overall, I would rate the solution ten out of ten.

2020-11-17T18:28:27Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just a customer. We don't have a relationship with Dell. We just procured the latest version of the solution. When we decided on our requirements, we had multiple calls with Dell and the attorneys to ensure that we received what we needed. Apart from choosing various generations or various models on VxRail boxes, we also took to deep dive into the actual configuration on each processor to understand how much memory to use. It's easier if you have a technical professional on your side when you're dealing with Dell. I'm a technical person, so I could get into the weeds with them. If you are a company without the technical expertise, you're going to run into a bit of trouble as you won't necessarily understand the product or the technical aspects that are being discussed. I would advise organizations considering implementing the solution to choose your partner really carefully. Ask questions like how many engineers do they have and find out how transparent they are about how they handle the process. I'd look at at least two potential partners and compare their capability and expertise. Overall, I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

2020-11-07T15:50:23Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate VxRail a seven out of ten. If the performance was improved, it would get a higher rating.

2020-11-02T06:13:00Z
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Top 20Real User

VxRail is a good solution, but it all depends on your strategy. We could build our own VMware cluster by buying a separate product. Technically, I could purchase a server and then built my own solution, but with VxRail, everything comes in one box, including licensing, Dell EMC and VMware — It's nice and simple. Although, if an organization wants to buy a hypervisor layer on Microsoft, then that's another story. There are many solutions available for this, including Cisco, which uses Unity to provide a hypervisor layer. HyperGrid uses Windows 2016 on its host operating system. It all comes down to your strategy and roadmap. You need to select your hypervisor first. If you go with VMware, then VxRail is a great choice; however, if you're not using a VMware hypervisor, then there are many other options to choose from. On a scale from one to ten, I would give VxRail a rating of nine, simply because there is always room for improvement.

2020-08-23T08:17:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I would rate VxRail an eight out of ten. They should allow the deduplication compression over the hard drives and mixing of the hyper and the old flash clusters.

2020-08-20T07:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Given the overall product, I would rate this solution a nine out of 10.

2020-08-04T07:26:16Z
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Top 20Real User

I recommend VxRail as a solution especially for those using legacy services. We often recommend VxRail over other competitors. The only exception really is if the customer does not want Dell computing resources. For example, the client may have another vendor they tend to use. So if everything they have is HP they may like to have an HP solution. If they are using Cisco, they may want a Cisco solution. Those are the only times that we will not go with suggesting VXRail. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the VXRail solution as an eight-out-of-ten.

2020-08-02T08:16:49Z
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I'd recommend the solution. The big advantage of the VxRail is the one-click update. If you are using, let's say HP or Fujitsu, and use the standard VSAM cluster, then you have to update the virtual center, you have to update the host, you have to update the VSAM, you have to update drivers, etc. You also have to consider the HCL, whether the driver fits to that new VM version. For example, let's say from the customer side when they are working with the solution, there's no big difference whether the user is working with VxRail or the VSAM cluster. However, when you look at it from a maintenance and updating perspective, the VxRail really offers a superior system. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. The product is almost perfect. It really does fit the needs of our customers.

2020-07-22T08:17:31Z
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Top 20Real User

We're a partner with Dell VMware. VxRail is a part of Dell. I largely just sell and set up the solutions; I don't use the solution regularly myself. It's an amazing product overall. This solution definitely requires an organization to plan everything out correctly. You need to map out your networking, understand what your resource utilization is going to be, make sure you get the right amount of RAM and storage on the host, and then also understand the impact to your licensing costs for Microsoft. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. I would give it perfect marks if it wasn't so expensive.

2020-07-22T08:17:31Z
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We are a gold platinum partner for Dell EMC. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. I'd recommend the solution, however, it really depends on the company's requirements. If someone mentions having already used VxRail and not wanting to go with another hypervisor, the best recommendation from my side is to still go with VxRail. With VxRail, they have ample VMware so there's no issue with an upgrade or anything of that nature. However, on the other hand, if you're going with something like and Acropolis hypervisor, which is both free and a Nutanix solution, and if you are a new organization that doesn't want to invest much, then I would suggest going with something like Nutanix instead. This is due to the fact that the Acropolis hypervisor has all kinds of features. It's very important for any smaller firm if they don't want to invest too much on the hardware, to go with Nutanix as it could be more affordable as a free solution.

2020-07-08T09:01:02Z
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Top 20Real User

My advice to anyone looking to get VxRail is to really understand your use case because from our experience this solution doesn't fit certain use cases. So clearly defining your use case is very important when you're choosing VxRail. The product was good, but as I said, it's not really flexible with different use cases. That was a lesson we learned from buying VxRail. It's not meant for all use cases, it is only meant for specific ones, which is why we had to switch. It's difficult for it to adapt. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate VxRail a seven.

2020-06-15T07:34:00Z
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For anyone interested in deploying VxRail, I'd say the first step would be to make sure to engage the Dell solutions engineer to ensure that the solution is scoped correctly. Doing this off the bat will always help when you are looking at the right solution at the right time rather than having to plan for future growth up front. On a scale from one to ten, one being the worst and ten being the best, I'd rate this product a nine because of the simplicity of deploying it as well as the ease of management of VxRail being implemented. Customers can get many benefits with utilizing VxRail and all the innovations that are coming up. Specifically being able to move VxRail workloads into the various public cloud solutions. The simplest way to modernize and extend your VMware environment.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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Real User

We are happy with the product.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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Real User

We typically use G Series, but for a certain customer, we have the P Series to handle the application workload. The P Series has more performance which you may need for your application. All of the other clusters are G Series. I have some colleagues who also use this solution. This is a good product of the future. I would rate it a ten out of ten. I love it.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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On a scale from one to ten, with one being the worst and ten being the best I would give VxRail a solid nine. It's not something that has disappointed. Every time they have a release it's a new version and there are more features added. To make it a perfect ten they should improve the HTML client. There's an HTML client that works well in the web client since you don't have the desktop client. It works better than flash, and if they improve that, they might get a 10. Other than that, the product hardware is pretty good. I would tell someone considering this solution that it is a product to look over. You can test other solutions like Pure Storage and XtremIO. The fact that VxRail integrates with VMware gives it an edge. In my other office, I run VMware by itself and I use Unity which is another Dell product. We are thinking about turning our Unity and VMware into a VxRail, combining and saving space and storage. It's not the cheapest solution but sometimes cheaper is not always better. It's a solution that if you pay for it, you don't have to look at it again. I can't tell you the last time I got an alert.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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Real User

I don't think I would have picked a different product.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend the solution, as we have been very happy with it.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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Real User

The first thing they should do is look at their overall enterprise architecture. Don't immediately follow the advice and take the jump to move. What they want to do is look at the investments that they've already made, and look at what the future state is that they want to go to, not just for that one simple solution. They need to look at what's their entire enterprise architecture future state, then consider everything: skills, interoperatability, integration, and future scalability. Then, look at the solution that they want to go with because they want that flexibility. They should be able to not only move to the public cloud, but be able to move back to the private cloud, and understand what's the cost of their legacy. They should be looking at replace, refactor, and retire. How long is it going to take them to retire? You don't want to just rush into retiring your applications or replacing them if they're applications that are not coasting a lot to maintain, or you don't do a lot with them. Then, retiring those applications should be a thoughtful, longer process. It's okay to consolidate them and continue to run them on your VMware environment.

2019-05-08T23:31:00Z
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Real User

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

2018-08-07T08:19:00Z
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Real User

* Look at your pain points. * Look at where your business is and where it is going. * Look at the time currently invested by IT personnel to carry out mundane firmware and software upgrades. * Look at how you currently log support calls for different entities.

2018-06-11T10:35:00Z
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You should make use of all the products available within the solution.

2018-05-31T09:49:00Z
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