"The feature I have found most valuable is data protection."
"FlexPod has reduced our overall TCO and simplified our operations."
"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."
"We’ve seen an improvement in application performance."
"It reduced the total cost of ownership."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"VxRail can be used for application modernization."
"It's a good product based on the features. You can upgrade the solution with only one click."
"VxRail has improved out organization because we are trying to be a little more proactive and elastic. We are trying to change our conventional approach to development."
"VxRail can manage the whole cluster at the same time, so it's easy to expand. VxRail has more features vSAN ReadyNodes that make it easier to implement from scratch."
"Initial setup is straightforward, as everything is pre-installed."
"The initial setup was very easy."
"The manageability for controlling the console is the most valuable feature."
"Cost-effective and easy to install."
"I would like to see increased performance."
"They need to improve the user interface to make it easier to work in this environment. The older version is poor."
"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."
"We would like one-click upgrades."
"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."
"Since 2018 or 2019, maybe due to COVID and the chipsets, my DIMMs are dying left and right."
"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."
"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."
"The upgrade packages require a lot of bandwidth. This could be reduced for an improved experience."
"Lacks integration of licenses so that it's an expensive solution."
"One area of the product that could be improved is the support."
"The update for the graphics integration and the media drivers isn't included in the VxRail update."
"The licensing needs to be improved upon."
"If we could have some out of the box ideas in integration, I think that would be a great feature."
"if we're looking at costs, Nutanix will win because it allows flexibility in the type of hardware you can use."
"Right now, it's difficult for a non-technical person to participate in using the product. It could be made more consumer-friendly."
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.
VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.
VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured, pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory.
VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance.
VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box.
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Reviews from Real Users
VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."
VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…”
VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.”
FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 8 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in HCI with 84 reviews. FlexPod is rated 8.8, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of FlexPod writes "The flexibility, operational efficiency, and scalability of the solution are good". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Dell PowerFlex and HPE ConvergedSystem, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Dell PowerFlex and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.
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