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Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod
May 2022
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"Dell PowerEdge VRTX supports a lot of memory which has allowed us to keep our system size smaller.""The security is very good on the solution.""It is pretty easy to install.""We now find that the solution is quite stable.""The solution is stable.""We were satisfied after we upgraded to a professional next-day on-site support.""The most valuable feature is the combined management in one box.""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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"It reduced the total cost of ownership.""The feature I have found most valuable is data protection.""Integration is most valuable. This is a reference architecture. So, we don't have to design something from scratch and figure out how it is going to work.""FlexPod is the primary solution we recommend for clients with high-availability server requirements. Our clients find FlexPod's management helpful. You can manage everything via plugins.""The solution's granular scalability and broad application support helps us to meet the needs of diverse workloads.""We’ve seen an improvement in application performance.""The solution’s validated designs for major enterprise apps are also extremely important in our organization. We don't always have time to research products and solutions ourselves. By going with a validated design, we're assured that it's the latest and greatest. It's supported by the three major vendors that we deal with.""If the network or site is down, you just need to go to a single vendor. You don't have to open up multiple cases with each vendor to get things done. That is one of the financial benefits of this solution."

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"When we first started with this product, we had some difficulty with it.""Management of storage and networking is web-based, slow, and difficult.""Dell PowerEdge VRTX can improve by providing support for M2 drives.""We've had general issues related to the solution being 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.""The scalability could be better.""The licensing can be difficult to understand.""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."

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"I'd like them to bring back the GUI for NetApp ONTAP. They changed the interface in version 9.8, and it's not great. In 9.9 they've tried to bring it back a little bit, but it's still not great.""We would like one-click upgrades.""Areas for improvement would be the support for the engineering team, who seem to have no clue when you open a case, the communication with and recognition of resellers, and the documentation, with could be more detailed.""As the technology grows, we're looking to upgrade our storage systems to something faster, and we're hoping to improve our servers with next-generation technology. So we want to enhance our server infrastructure and explore server virtualization with VMware. That's the improvement that our clients are demanding.""They need to improve the user interface to make it easier to work in this environment. The older version is poor.""They just announced that they are going to move it along with Intersight from Cisco. That can be a private or public cloud, which is one of the areas where it can grow more and has a lot of potential.""Since 2018 or 2019, maybe due to COVID and the chipsets, my DIMMs are dying left and right."

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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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  • "It's expensive, but when you pay for enterprise support and enterprise products, you have to pay the big bucks."
  • "In terms of the cost, the last bill I saw was about $3.5 million, from the latest contract. That might have been for a five-year contract."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution is affordable. I'd rate it a four out of five. It's very reasonably priced. We pay a yearly licensing fee.
    Top Answer:I would like to use the solution in the future, however, this product has reached end-of-life. The scalability could be better. I would like to see more speed, however, the power of computing is… more »
    Top Answer:The solution's granular scalability and broad application support helps us to meet the needs of diverse workloads.
    Top Answer:In terms of the cost, the last bill I saw was about $3.5 million from the latest contract. That might have been for a five-year contract. That was with the licensing for the ports for the FIs, along… more »
    Top Answer:I have seventy-six B200 servers. If a server goes down, I have a lot of problems. I’ve also been having random DIMM errors. Their DIMMs have been terrible recently. This is a new product that I got… more »
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    Overview

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

    The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk.

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    Sample Customers
    University of Dundee, GE Healthcare Japan
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company33%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Educational Organization11%
    Wholesaler/Distributor11%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise18%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerEdge VRTX is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 8 reviews while FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 7 reviews. Dell PowerEdge VRTX is rated 8.4, while FlexPod is rated 8.8. 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 FlexPod writes "The flexibility, operational efficiency, and scalability of the solution are good". Dell PowerEdge VRTX is most compared with HPE ConvergedSystem, Dell VxBlock System, Pivot3, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Rackspace OpenStack, whereas FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, Dell PowerFlex and HPE ConvergedSystem. See our Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod report.

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