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"Vscale's scalability is super good. Vscale's scalability, manageability, and performance are all three areas that I emphasize when I sell Vscale Architectures to the customer."

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"It's a highly optimized piece of equipment that doesn't give us any problems.""Integration with VMware and VMotion definitely brings a lot of value.""VxBlock has good performance, so that is an advantage.""Its performance is very good.""Good default features.""It's at least 99 percent problem-free because it's factory-built. So from an informational point of view, everyone trusts that VxBlock has been tested well at the factory and has been configured to their requirements.""Good flexibility and speed.""Virtual machines for the infrastructure."

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"In terms of what could be improved, I particularly think the scope of automation is very much limited. So they should introduce some more STK's and API's for automation first thing."

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"The consistency of disc quality could be improved.""Scalability is an area that needs to be improved.""We are finding it a bit challenging in terms of the management of a specific VxBlock component. Currently, we have different units as a part of the block storage. We have one for Cisco equipment and one for Dell. When we have an issue in the infrastructure, Dell EMC VxBlock System should automatically detect it and send a notification to VC support, but, unfortunately, it is doing that only for one unit. It is not working for Cisco components. We have informed them about this area of improvement, and they are working on this. The way different parts are integrated should be improved. We should have one console to log in to see all the infrastructure in terms of each machine and hardware.""It is a good product, but for us, it is like a black box. We are not really sure about its internal components, and how to do the terminal upgrade, and how to make sure about the security of the device. We understand how it works, but in order to do the upgrades, we have to get help from the company. We cannot do it ourselves. In another model that we had, the internal team could do the upgrade but not in this one. There is no clear process for a new upgrade or update. They should provide a software intelligence tool that has a dashboard where you can see the current firmware, the latest firmware, and the documentation and the process for the upgrade. For VxBlock, we have different management consoles. There is no single management console that you can use to manage all components inside VxBlock. Their scale up and scale out process is also not clear. Their support is also a little bit slow in responding to the cases.""It's a good product but the price could be lowered. It's expensive.""Lacks flexibility with third-party applications.""The hardware lifecycle is not documented very well. For example, now you can buy a piece of equipment, but you don't know if the hardware is going to be a team production next month or next year.""Does not support different kinds of mixed applications."

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    Also Known As
    VCE Vscale Architecture, Vscale Architecture
    VxBlock, VCE VxBlock System, Dell EMC VxBlock, VxBlock 1000
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    Overview

    Dell EMC Vscale Architecture is a modular, pre-engineered architecture for modern, scalable, and flexible data centers to meet evolving workload demands and support digital transformation of businesses.

    It combines the market-leading Dell EMC portfolio of converged infrastructure systems with pools of compute, storage, and data protection resources; a common network fabric; a common layer of management software; and a path for further data center transformation through integration with existing legacy IT investments.

    VxBlock and Vblock Systems simplify all aspects of IT and enable organizations to achieve better business outcomes faster. Seamlessly integrating enterprise-class compute, network, storage and virtualization technologies from industry leaders Cisco, Dell EMC, and VMware, VxBlock and Vblock Systems, powered by Intel Xeon processors, deliver the world's most advanced converged infrastructure: engineered, manufactured, managed, supported and sustained as one, allowing you to focus on your business.

    The Dell EMC Converged Systems portfolio offers choice, flexibility, and reliability for accelerating IT transformation - VxBlock System offers additional levels of flexibility with a choice of network virtualization from VMware NSX or Cisco ACI.

    Dell EMC VxBlock System Will Help You:

    • Protect and consolidate your high-value workloads
    • Deliver cloud operations faster
    • Simplify life cycle management
    • Simplify operations 
    • Modernize IT
    • Protect critical business data

    With Dell EMC VxBlock System You Can:

    • Automate key processes
    • Move to a VMware-based private or hybrid cloud model
    • Gain ongoing validation for technologies across the stack
    • Mix and match SAN/LAN switches, different storage arrays, blade and rack servers, and more
    • Reduce patching and upgrade efforts using a turnkey system 

    Dell EMC VxBlock System Features:

    • Native data protection: Dell EMC’s data protection suite includes backup and recovery, centralized management, and replication.
    • Cisco C-Series servers: Dell EMC VxBlock System is now integrated with Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers, including the C220 and C240 in the M4 and M5 server lines. 
    • Server scalability boost: You can increase server scalability by approximately 56%. 
    • Storage mix: Dell EMC’s VxBlock System gives you the ability to mix four different types of storage arrays (Unity, VMAX, XtremIO, Isilon). It also includes multiple all-flash storage options (Unity 350F, 350F, 550F, 650F), and more.
    • Data center efficiency: The solution simplifies lifecycle assurance - which reduces time spent managing upgrades - and it can also reduce rack space and lower power costs.
    • Simpler RCM compliance: You will have simpler RCM compliance and your upgrades will feature an RCM dashboard showing the release level status of all components; You will also have access to RCM compliance score, RCM summary and detail reports, and RCM pre-positioning.
    • Deep CI context KPI metrics This feature includes capacity reporting and performance analytics with historical perspective.
    • Advanced, real-time CI-level alerting Dell EMC VxBlock System’s alerting feature includes operational state alerts, performance alerts, call home alerts, custom alerts and alert forwarding.

    Dell EMC VxBlock System Benefits:

    • Manage more efficiently 
    • Reduce operational risk 
    • Simplify upgrades and assure compliance
    • Focus more on added-value projects
    • Be more agile 
    • Reduce OPEX
    • Proactively manage workload health
    • Improve capacity planning 
    • Resolve incidents and problems faster

    Reviews from Real Users:

    “It's a highly optimized piece of equipment that doesn't give us any problems." - Architect at a manufacturing company 

    "It's at least 99 percent problem-free because it's factory-built. So from an informational point of view, everyone trusts that VxBlock has been tested well at the factory and has been configured to their requirements.” - General Manager, Enterprise Technical Solution at a tech services company

    "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.” - Data center Manager at a financial services firm

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    Atos, Canadian Pacific, IDS, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Switch, Xerox
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    Large Enterprise64%
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    Dell EMC Vscale Architecture is ranked 6th in Converged Infrastructure with 1 review while Dell EMC VxBlock System is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 9 reviews. Dell EMC Vscale Architecture is rated 8.0, while Dell EMC VxBlock System is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Vscale Architecture writes "Intuitive, robust, manageable, and agile ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC VxBlock System writes "Highly optimized equipment that increases efficiencies and is very stable". Dell EMC Vscale Architecture is most compared with FlexPod, IBM VersaStack and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC Series, whereas Dell EMC VxBlock System is most compared with HPE ConvergedSystem, Dell PowerEdge VRTX, FlexPod, IBM VersaStack and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

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