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Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. Dell VxBlock System
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. Dell VxBlock System and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"We now find that the solution is quite stable.""It is pretty easy to install.""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.""The security is very good on the solution.""It is simple to use and it's user-friendly.""The solution is stable.""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.""Dell PowerEdge VRTX supports a lot of memory which has allowed us to keep our system size smaller."

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"Its performance is very good.""Good flexibility and speed.""Integration with VMware and VMotion definitely brings a lot of value.""VxBlock has good performance, so that is an advantage.""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.""It's a highly optimized piece of equipment that doesn't give us any problems.""Virtual machines for the infrastructure.""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."

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Cons
"Management of storage and networking is web-based, slow, and difficult.""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.""When we first started with this product, we had some difficulty with it.""The scalability is limited with one chassis and the amount of storage it will give you, but it is mainly used for small offices.""Dell PowerEdge VRTX can improve by providing support for M2 drives.""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.""The scalability could be better.""We've had general issues related to the solution being difficult."

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"The only thing that I can say is when you procure the VxBlock, obviously you have to complete detailed questionnaires about your architecture including the configuration, et cetera. If you make a mistake on the implementation, then you need to rebuild the entire VxBlock. That is just a point of consideration rather than a flaw. You need to be absolutely sure and validate the upfront configuration information that you provide because your VxBlock comes delivered and built, according to that exact information.""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.""Scalability is an area that needs to be improved.""Lacks flexibility with third-party applications.""It's a good product but the price could be lowered. It's expensive.""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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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are renewing the support and we are purchasing the license for the software."
  • "This product is more reasonably-priced than similar solutions by HPE."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "We bought a license for seven years."
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  • "Its price is high. That's why people are now moving to hyper-converge."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    We now find that the solution is quite stable.
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    I don't have information about the licensing. I don't handle that aspect of the product.
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    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… more »
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    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… more »
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    The cost of the license varies based on the kind of software and the components you are using. It's a subscription mainly for the software that runs on the VxBlock hardware. If the software says that… more »
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    I want to get more information from the vendors. 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 will still be… more »
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    Also Known As
    VxBlock, VCE VxBlock System, Dell EMC VxBlock, VxBlock 1000
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    Overview

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

    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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    Sample Customers
    University of Dundee, GE Healthcare Japan
    Atos, Canadian Pacific, IDS, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Switch, Xerox
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company33%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Educational Organization11%
    Wholesaler/Distributor11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Government22%
    Energy/Utilities Company22%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    University8%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise18%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. Dell VxBlock System
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. Dell VxBlock System and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerEdge VRTX is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 10 reviews while Dell VxBlock System is ranked 3rd in Converged Infrastructure with 8 reviews. Dell PowerEdge VRTX is rated 8.6, while Dell VxBlock System is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell PowerEdge VRTX writes "It provides an integrated way of managing the whole thing and has the best computing power at the least cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell VxBlock System writes "Highly optimized equipment that increases efficiencies and is very stable". Dell PowerEdge VRTX is most compared with HPE ConvergedSystem, FlexPod, Pivot3, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Huawei FusionStorage, whereas Dell VxBlock System is most compared with Dell Vscale Architecture, HPE ConvergedSystem, IBM VersaStack, FlexPod and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. See our Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. Dell VxBlock System report.

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