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Converged Infrastructure OS Reviews

Showing reviews of the top ranking products in Converged Infrastructure, containing the term OS
Vblock [EOL]: OS
Senior System Specialist at Burns & McDonnell

The primary use case of this solution is as a virtualization host for everything and anything we can run on it.

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Chief Consultant and Architect at Tahir Professional Services

The most valuable feature is that it is centrally managed, as it is quite easy for our customers to manage everything, end-to-end.

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Oracle Exalogic [EOL]: OS
AGM at Tech Valley Networks Limited

The performance is the solution's most valuable aspect.

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Rackspace OpenStack: OS
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is the customization. With the customization you can really give the customers what they want.

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FlexPod: OS
Service Delivery Director at VORTEX TI

The feature I have found most valuable is data protection.

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Systems Engineer at Symbol Technologies PLC

We've deployed a couple of projects for universities. They have been using FlexPod for a VDI solution as well as their file systems and servers. We usually use cheaper firewalls to secure the solution. We mostly use Cisco, which is higher power as well. 

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HPE ConvergedSystem: OS
AS
Technical Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

We primarily use the solution as a container-as-a-service. We use it to host containers. It effectively supports a cloud-based container system.

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IT Infrastructure Manager at Yıldız Holding

We primarily use the solution for recovery and backup purposes.

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Director at ISA

I recommend this solution, I think it's easier to implement Converged than other solutions. The solution doesn't require many people to manage or maintain, or involvement with the infrastructure. That's why I would recommend it. It's easy and that's one of the advantages the customer has when they buy a Converge System, it's easier than an iOS infrastructure.

I would rate this solution a 10 out of 10. 

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NP
System Administrator at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We find the deduplication and compression features to be most valuable, as well as that of the backup solution inside.

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Dell EMC VxBlock System: OS
SK
Associate General Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features of the solution would be its good default features and the compressions. Those are the features we use regularly.  

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CR
Technical Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

It's a good product but the price could be lowered. It's expensive. The total cost of ownership is a very important figure against quality and performance and pricing. It should be the total package and that is the reason why I think this is a very good product.

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SK
Application Operations Services Leader at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the flash.

Integration with VMware and VMotion definitely brings a lot of value.

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Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

There is an HCI license on top of the VMware license. There are no costs on top of that. 

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CC
Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution simplified our operations, and made us more efficient. We consolidated from 17 cabinets with IT equipment in the data center. We were able to consolidate down to six cabinets and made a smaller infrastructure footprint, which obviously saves costs and makes the operations more simple and optimized. We also had a non-virtualized environment. What we did is we converted all of our applications to run onto virtualized infrastructure. It's basically helped us in that journey to become more agile.

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GM
Data center Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The monitoring and management parts are the most valuable. Monitoring is specifically valuable because you have one console to monitor everything. This console is called Vision.

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MS
Senior System Administrator at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
JM
Data Warehouse Manager at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
AA
General Manager -Enterprise Technical Solution at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We use VxBlock mainly for the OLTP workload, so all online transaction processing and most of the daily transactional application servers system. So VxBlock can take care of all our call databases each year and covers most of the customers we have using that system. We also went ahead and connected the other systems like HPU on Twitch.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: OS
Oracle Technical Architect at UKCloud Ltd

The PCA is built on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager. Ok, then you have OEM Cloud Control (unfortunately) on top. OVMM uses a clustered MySQL database, which contents are encrypted (probably to keep DBAs away, and force you to use the CLI). OEM Cloud Control uses an Oracle Database, not encrypted, that you can't touch!

As it is now (Feb 2020) the PCA has no automation, there is one Ansible module to start/stop VMs.. that's all the automation. You need to build tools on your own, in 2020, you think of AWS and laugh at the PCA..The Cloud Control interface is slow and crippled, there is no Identity and Access Management, i mean a proper solution. It is a pretty closed system.

The overall engineered system is years behind other vendors, i'm thinking of VMware, OpenStack, Azure Stack. The only selling point is the savings on Oracle licensing. The platform can only be improved.

In my opinion, and i might be horribly wrong here, i would rebuild the system from scratch. There is a great Infiniband infrastructure (SDN), wonderful, keep it. Oracle is moving away from Oracle VM Server to land on KVM, great. 

Why can't you have one single database, maybe even based on Oracle Database 18c (or later). Not encrypted, with a license that allows sysadmins to use it to store data useful to the platform. An engine to manage the hypervisors, one engine to manage assets (system provisioning, customers and users), one engine to provide services to customers. Yes, i'm talking of getting rid of OEM! Technically it can be done, but Oracle won't let you. It's easier to have one million Java developers building plugins for what has now become a monster: OEM.

I think that Oracle is not really investing in the PCA because they are far behind the competition, and they can only compete by providing Hard Partitioning. Yeeah.. sorry, not enough to have my million pounds.

This kind of engineered system, in my vision, should have: System provisioning, Identity Management integrated. An Automation engine that taps into the main (a single database) repository to carry out tasks on the platform. Those actions that are scheduled in the internal Job Scheduler (which uses, again, the single database). Messaging between node is done using a message broker, no not AQ, a better one like RabbitMQ (and it's open source). They need a central location to collect logs, and run analytics on them (again, open source solutions here availables). More storage options, the ZFSSA works great for block storage and file (NFS). But you need to have access to object storage, where is it? You could use Apache Cassandra to do that.. (look at Cloudian). Monitoring: do we really have to say that OEM is not exactly the best way to do it? Even Nagios works better for monitoring. I would use collectd (open source) and RabbitMQ to transport metrics. Have Redis on one of the nodes used for management, and have an all in-memory repository, for realtime notifications/alerting (with a monitoring engine here).

When you have the basics, for those workloads that use Oracle Databases, you can introduce a CI tool (i have already built one). Like a version control system for Oracle Databases. That could be used to have automated deployments against the rdbms. Building CI pipelines at that point would be the next logical move. Don't forget that this kind of systems (because it's Oracle) should host an internal DBaaS infrastructure.

Again, i could be wrong on the subject. This is the platform that shines in my dreams. I'm trying to build it, but being alone makes the project long to complete. All i know is that it can be done, and it could be a wonderful platform for virtual machines, and databases, to graze in. 

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Dell PowerEdge VRTX: OS
Senior Network Admin at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

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.

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Project manager at Mustafa Sultan Office Technology Co. LLC

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

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Solutions Architect at Bechtle

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

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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

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.

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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

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

We have 60 employees in our organization.

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Head Of Information Technology at Jekson Vision Pvt Ltd

This product is more reasonably-priced than similar solutions by HPE.

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Founder and Senior Consultant at Infrascope Technologies

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.

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Support Director at Redcomputo Ltda

The solution is largely used for security purposes.

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RP
System Administrator at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees

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.

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OD
System & Infrastructure Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There's a learning curve. I'm learning some things every day about the clouds and infrastructure specifically in my company, and in the other company's webinars.

Sometimes we have issues with storage. We end up googling answers.

We've had general issues related to the solution being difficult. They are small issues, like connection problems or cable issues mostly.

They could improve integration between other storage solutions.

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Oracle SuperCluster: OS
FM
Systems Administrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees

Our primary use case is for E-Business Suite applications, the applications for the government, and most of the applications that use an HCM.

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SN
Service Support Specialist at PRASA

We pay an annual licensing fee but that's not my department. 

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AF
IT Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The two features that I find to be the most valuable are high availability and high performance.

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Dell EMC Vscale Architecture: OS
Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

My customers procure the HCI boxes from Dell. They deploy it in their data center and then we plan the solution and design or configure the network-based upon how many PLR's and how much storage we need for the Vscale setup. Then we create all the storage-related configuration software policies for networking. We usually use NSX and then we have a different setup. If we are using ACI Cisco it's also a different setup. So we configure it based on company to company. Some of the cases we have configured are portals. In some cases, we use API to provide detailed automated deployment. We have other tools that we use to automate end to end deployment.

The use cases of HCI or even Vscale Architecture are predominantly the areas where the customer has an edge data center or an extended data center where they don't want to set up end to end distributors or fabric costs or to set up network fabric using LTL server switching. We configure the aggregation layer before we sell, plug the plugin distributed cables, manage the networking independently, start it independently, and compute it independently. We use it in the use case when the customer wants an agile type of environment where they can plug and play and get it with a box and a small data center from edge locations. It is for customers who are leveraging IoT of IG setup who have edge data centers and want to be agile and less prone to human errors.

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IBM PurePower System: OS
AS
Head of IT Infrastructure Division at ADM

I would like to see an improvement in the management of the solution. The management is really difficult when it comes to systems with traditional services. It is much faster if we manage everything in our infrastructure. So, today we are looking for a smart solution with AI, for example, to get the maximum automation. That is why we choose the converged system or a hyper-converged system. And, of course, we are willing to try some software-defined networks for the data center, App Dynamics, for monitoring application. 

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