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Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is #16 ranked solution in HCI Software. PeerSpot users give Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes an average rating of 10 out of 10. Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is most commonly compared to VxRail: Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes vs VxRail. Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 60% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 37% of all views.
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What is Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes?

VxRack FLEX and VxFlex Ready Nodes, also known as the Flex family, create a server-based SAN by combining virtualization software, known as VxFlex OS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers to deliver flexibility, scalability, and capacity on demand. Local storage resources are combined to create a virtual pool of block storage with varying performance tiers. The platform enables you to start small (with as little as four nodes) and scale incrementally. The Flex family provides enterprise-grade data protection, multi-tenant capabilities, and add-on enterprise features such as QoS, thin provisioning, and snapshots. VxFlex OS is the key enabler and provides an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency and flexibility to address enterprise data center needs. The unique features of VxFlex OS make it an excellent complement to Kubernetes for stateful applications, such as databases, continuous integration, logging and monitoring platforms.

Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes was previously known as VxFlex Ready Nodes.

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"Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is a cheaper solution than Nutanix and HyperFlex."

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Technical Account Manager at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Single platform for a mix of virtualized and physical workloads
Pros and Cons
  • "Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes can support what we call a heterogeneous environment. So you can have VMware workloads, Hyper-V workloads, bare metal Red Hat workloads, Kubernetes workloads all on the same cluster. You're not pigeonholed into either all bare metal or all virtualized. So it supports basically any platform."
  • "From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its price."

What is our primary use case?

The ideal use case is going to be for an organization that has a mix of virtualized and physical workloads and wants a single platform to manage those on. I'll add that Dell rebranded this solution, so it's now called the PowerFlex. I know it was VxFlex for a while, but now they're calling it PowerFlex. I just wanted to add that.

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found most valuable is its Lifecycle Management of networking computer storage. Additionally, it already has the capability to directly connect to VMware cloud on AWS. It is definitely cloud ready. Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes can support what we call a heterogeneous environment. So you can have VMware workloads, Hyper-V workloads, bare metal Red Hat workloads, Kubernetes workloads all on the same cluster. You're not pigeonholed into either all bare metal or all virtualized. So it supports basically any platform.

What needs improvement?

From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its price.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes for five years.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, it is best in class.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, you can scale up to 1000's of nodes. It only takes two people to run it depending on how complex their applications are, but their hardware itself only takes one or two people.

How are customer service and support?

I've heard the technical support is pretty good. They have a dedicated team. It's not like a general support pool. So if you've got Powerflex, there's a dedicated Powerflex support team. I've heard good things about that.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is fairly straightforward. The whole solution can actually be delivered on site pretty racked and pre-configured.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of price, it's one architecture. You can go anywhere from four nodes all the way up to 250 nodes, but it's all Powerflex, there is not a Powerflex optimum or a Powerflex balance. There are not differentiated models like that. For the basic four nodes, the least the price is going to be is around 800,000. But it depends on the support. If you get three years of support, it's probably 600,00 and five years of support, closer to 800,000.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is ideal for commercial to enterprise customers looking for a single platform to manage all their different applications. On a scale of one to ten, I would probably give it a 10, just because of its reliability, ease of management, and flexibility with so many different application platforms.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Executive Business Development Manager, Cloud and Managed Services at ConvergeOne
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
Ease of acquisition, simple deployment, and priced well
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features of Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes are the ease of acquisition."
  • "Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is a little less sophisticated than some of the other solutions out there. A full-blown cloud foundation has a lot more to it."

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes are the ease of acquisition.

What needs improvement?

Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is a little less sophisticated than some of the other solutions out there. A full-blown cloud foundation has a lot more to it.

Software updates, patching, and remediation were painful in the beginning, but it has improved but still could be worked on.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes within 12 months.

How are customer service and support?

The support from Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is okay. It could be better, they have to work on their approach.

The approach they have I call "pass the baton". Every manufacturer does this, such as Cisco, Dell, and Microsoft. You call in, receive a call handler, and give them your problem. The first person you talk to can never fix your problem. They just collect information. There's probably a 5 percent chance that they could fix your problem. Then they pass it off to the next person, there is a lot of passing. That's why I call it "pass the baton". 

The company I work for the maintenance services is at 98 percent, we receive over 50,000 incidents a month, for those customers who have support through Dell, Cisco, or someone else, 98 percent of our incidents or ticket requests get resolved by your first point of contact. We try to take out that frustration. Knowing that it's possible to fix that model.  I don't think it saves them much money, because they're tying up too many resources where if they could route those incidents to the person that could fix them the first time, it would just save a lot of frustration on the customer's behalf. It would make everything a lot more efficient, and a better overall customer support image. It is a bad model that many vendors use.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment of Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is easy. 

Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is based on Vmware. It makes things easy. It's already purpose-built, and you only need to plug it in, click a couple of buttons, and it builds out your environment, and you're ready to start deploying workloads to it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes is a cheaper solution than Nutanix and HyperFlex.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to understand what you're trying to accomplish with your workloads. Before you pick any solution, understand what you intend to do. If you're going to buy Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes, it is good if you need something that's easy to deploy, and you're not going to be extending it into the public cloud, it's a great entry-level solution.

I rate Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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