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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerEdge VRTX and FlexPod XCS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Converged Infrastructure solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod XCS Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"While I cannot say Dell is better than HP or IBM, Dell has a strong presence here in Qatar. We can recommend Dell because of that strategic factor.""The most valuable feature is the combined management in one box.""The system is very intuitive.""In my view, the only aspect that could be enhanced in the Dell PowerEdge VRTX solution is the pricing. Apart from that, the overall performance and features of the solution are flawless.""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.""The security is very good on the solution.""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.""It's a good solution when you don't need a lot of IT."

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"We like it because everything is 10 Gig all the way through, from the storage to the switches to everything else, which is more than we need, and that's great.""The virtual environment is a lot more efficient than physical boxes.""Provides unified support: Being able to get a vendor from one company or another company on the line without having to go back through the call queue.""The data is available, compressed, and deduped.""The system is designed for easy scaling. Because we define everything clearly. So when we plug the system in, we apply the profile, and it scales easily.""From the Cisco side, the most valuable features of this solution are the data center density, the deployment, and the management of the servers and the networking.""It has simplified our support.""Going from the old monolithic server and silo storage that they used to use is an improvement. With the FlexPod solution, just being able to manage and monitor the overall environment helps."

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"When we first started with this product, we had some difficulty with it.""The nodes should be synced with the server so that the solution can be used from the cloud when any or all nodes are down.""The storage can be improved.""The problem is with our configuration. We know we can use PowerEdge for hyper-convergence if we have PowerEdge and configure vSAN. We will be able to achieve what VxRail is being able to provide, but we need to migrate it to a new infrastructure instead of changing our existing. It will be much more difficult for us.""The support must be improved.""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.""We've had general issues related to the solution being difficult."

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"​Newer platform reference architectures take a long time to harden and be publicly available.​""As we do much of the Tier-I support ourselves, and thus don't normally need it, there is time wasted in moving up to the next level.""Updates are not frequent enough.""Maybe in the future, they could include the HCI solution into the mix.""The integration between both companies, Cisco and NetApp, is very good but it still needs to be enhanced in terms of visibility and observability.""We want always more speed, capacity, fluidity, and growth that we can easily integrate.""The graphical interface could be made easier to use and more intuitive.""They could improve their technical support team. They need to have a specific phone number for you to call in for the FlexPod solution. Some of the partner support knows if it is for FlexPod, they will get you to the right department."

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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."
  • "The solution is less expensive than competitors."
  • "On the scale of pricing, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, I would rate it as a three. I am familiar with the overall cost, which involves licenses from Dell and VMware, among others, making it a combination of various license types."
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  • "Pricing and licensing is very affordable from a FlexPod perspective."
  • "It seems very cost effective once it's in place, and it's easy to expand and easy to add capacity without a lot of extra money."
  • "If your company really needs to be up 100% of the time, and you need to do a private data center, I don't know if I could realistically actually recommend another blueprint."
  • "Anytime that you are buying any storage make sure you understand storage. Do not just buy storage based on what somebody sells you in terms of IO or throughput."
  • "Buy storage based on the solutions you need, the technologies you need, and what will make your life a lot easier down the road."
  • "As a whole, it is inexpensive, and it uses the least amount of parts."
  • "Storage is very expensive. To buy MIC cards and additional storage either on-prem or in the cloud, the IT department does not have money for it, so you need a more niche product or a more flexible way to store your data. That is the benefit that you get from this product."
  • "We purchased the solution through CDW. They are a partner and knowledgeable."
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    Originally posted at I hate the fact that I am bursting the big bubble brewing about Hyper Convergence (HC). I urge all to look past the hot air and hype frenzy that are going on, because in the end, the HC platforms have to be aligned and congruent to the organization’s data architecture and business plans. The announcement of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant on Integrated Systems (read hyper convergence) has put Nutanix as the leader of the pack as of August 2015. Clearly, many of us get caught up because it is the “greatest feeling in the world”. However, this faux feeling is not reality because there are many factors that made the pack leaders in the Magic Quadrant (MQ). First of all, the MQ is about market perception. There is no doubt that the pack leaders in the Leaders Quadrant have earned their right to be there. Each company’s revenue, market share, gross margin, company’s profitability have helped put each as leaders in the pack. However, it is also measured by branding, marketing, market perception and acceptance and other intangible factors. Secondly, VMware EVO: Rail has split the market when EMC has 3 HC solutions in VCE, ScaleIO and EVO: Rail. Cisco wanted to do their own HC piece in Whiptail (between the 2014 MQ and 2015 MQ reports), and closed down Whiptail when their new CEO came on board. NetApp chose EVO: Rail and also has the ever popular FlexPod. That is why you see that in… Read more →
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    Top Answer:On the scale of pricing, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, I would rate it as a three. I am familiar with the overall cost, which involves licenses from Dell and VMware, among others, making it… more »
    Top Answer:The system is designed for easy scaling. Because we define everything clearly. So when we plug the system in, we apply the profile, and it scales easily.
    Top Answer:The pricing is not cheaper, but stability is more important for us now. We focus on business gains, not static numbers. Following XCS rules ensures a stable environment, which is crucial. For me… more »
    Top Answer:FlexPod should focus more on automation. Integrating an automation tool with FlexPod would enable customers to leverage automation capabilities. More automation would be helpful. Currently, we… more »
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    PowerEdge VRTX modular infrastructure platform integrates servers, storage, networking and management together in a single compact chassis.

    FlexPod XCS is the secure platform your applications need from edge to cloud. Easily manage your suite of cloud-native, edge, and enterprise apps. Integrate advanced cloud services without compromising performance, security, reliability, or scale.

    Sample Customers
    University of Dundee, GE Healthcare Japan
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Manufacturing Company31%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Educational Organization7%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise17%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod XCS
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod XCS and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
    771,740 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerEdge VRTX is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 16 reviews while FlexPod XCS is ranked 2nd in Converged Infrastructure with 295 reviews. Dell PowerEdge VRTX is rated 8.4, while FlexPod XCS is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell PowerEdge VRTX writes "A very good online UI and fit for lower budgets but nodes don't sync with the server". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FlexPod XCS writes "Integrates everything so you are using fewer tools". Dell PowerEdge VRTX is most compared with HPE ConvergedSystem, Dell VxBlock System, IBM PureSystems and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, whereas FlexPod XCS is most compared with Dell PowerFlex, VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), Oracle Exadata and VMware vSAN. See our Dell PowerEdge VRTX vs. FlexPod XCS report.

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