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VxRail Valuable Features

Alok Ranjan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

The feature that I have found most valuable with VxRail is its upgrade. Because if you talk about the normal ESX process you have to upgrade the firmware, the bios, and you have to manage the compatibility. You have to do a lot of things. But in the case of VxRail, it's a single upgrade, end to end. You simply upload the bundle, click next, it will do some pre-checks, if those pre-checks pass, it will update everything one by one. It will put one ESX in the maintenance and move other VM's to another mode. There is no downtime to the VM's.

It will upgrade end to end infra, including bios from there, your ESX host, everything. So this is a really good feature. Then in new mode feature, they only have to configure it from the network standpoint and it can listen on a second mode. If they see a new mode in the network, the cluster will automatically have that mode as a new member.

VxRail has helped us with the automation. So we are happy with that.

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Account Executive at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The VxRail is built on two specific platforms that have been in the industry for the last 15 to 20 years: the 1-U socket and the 2-U socket platforms from Dell. They're in their sixteenth generation of those platforms, I believe, so they're very stable. 

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Vasanth_Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Technology at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees

There's user integration with VMware so you don't have to load VMware on top of it and it works right out of the box. 

There's good integration between VMware as my hypervisor and the hardware and it is specifically to size. 

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. 

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May 2022
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Mina Magdy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Equinox International

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. This makes all files act as a single file with a large and huge resource, and, of course, with customized administration, configuration, and resources. It provides automatic failover for redundancy and data recovery.

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Chris Bujak - PeerSpot reviewer
VDI SysAdmin/Engineer at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees

I like the managed updates. They are really nice in VxRail. Everything comes packaged and the updates are much easier than with other solutions that I've had to work with. 

The fact that it's presenting you validated the design. Anything through the update manager will be guaranteed to work as VMware is integrated into the hardware side of it as well to validate that the patches that they're providing will work. There's less risk there. 

The storage, the hyper-converged storage, is a nice boon. We have a sort of isolated storage from our main sandbox so that we can put things on there if the sandbox is having problems or it's basically another fault domain. It's another place where things can be protected. 

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Data Center Team Lead at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

Most of the products of this type have features that are almost the same. We are using VxRail especially because we would like to have products that are compatible with VMware and Dell to support our prospective client base.  

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Savera-Menezes - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of IT Infrastructure at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees

Hyperscale is the most valuable feature I found on this solution. It's the ability to utilize the resources for the VMware cluster setup on which Citrix VDA runs.

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ManuelIglesias - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Open group

The integration with VMware is great. I like it so much because it is so much cleaner and the VMware modeling with the VxRail Manager is very nice. The solution is very good. It is easier. We haven't had any issues with it.

We have three nodes and we had an issue with one of the nodes once and the response time from their support was very nice. When they fixed the part that was bad in the cluster, it began functioning again very nicely and very quickly. It was a great solution. We didn't have any outage or crash due to this failure.

It has a tool called RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, and I liked it so much because it allows for business continuity, and I can replicate virtual machines from one appliance to another. Normally, there are all these rules that we have to have in VMware. We are just implementing this in the first one and the second one. I have the end unit of this distributed solution. It's going to be good but at the moment, we are just deploying it. We made some tests and RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines was very nice.

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Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware.

The solution allows automated updates to hosts os and hardware, and in some cases switch hardware patches as well.

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Information Technology Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

For me, the most valuable feature is in relation to the software updates. Updated software is very critical as I cannot risk making a mistake. To avoid this, VxRail provides me with pre-tested updates that can be implemented with little interruption. Since we are talking about banking, oil, and gas, there's no need for automating virtual machine creation.

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Dian Dabek - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Director, Infrastructure at Lowe's Companies, Inc.

The ease of deployment and management of the solution are the most valuable aspects of the product. It's important due to the fact that, with 1800 stores, we can't afford to have an extensive staff to manage it.

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Data Centre and HCI Solutions Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There are so many features, but if I have to choose, I would go for scale-out upgrades and performance.

Scale-out upgrades are very valuable. Typically, when customers engage in virtualization, they're committing themselves to run many virtual machines on a fewer number of hosts. They'll have five or six hosts, and they will run all their virtualization on vSphere. They could be having anywhere from 50 to 100 or even more virtual machines. Once all these go into production, getting downtime or getting planned maintenance windows is extremely difficult. It is something that typically businesses will frown upon. With VxRail, you can just go ahead and add a node without disrupting the existing environment, which works very well. That's why scale-out upgrades are a key feature.

Its performance is also valuable. It 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.

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Ghulam Mustafa - PeerSpot reviewer
BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The product is a very good software-defined solution.

The product has been simplified so that it's very easy to use.

VxRail is a good product and since Dell acquired VMware and went hyper-converged infrastructure, it's been great. It's a very robust solution.

The main thing is that vSAN software is built-in, inside the hypervisor. It's an excellent way of doing things and it's common sense. If we are talking about other hypervisors, such as, let's say, Cisco HyperFlex, HP SimpliVity, and Nutanix, the difference is where vSAN is built on the VMware. You don't need to create a VM for vSAN. It's built-in, in its hypervisor.

When VMware was acquired by Dell, the hardware and software were combined together, which has been very good.

The support has been excellent, especially if you compare it to IBM.

The solution is very good for smaller entities, such as small or medium-sized organizations.

You can scale the solution quite well.

From a security point of view, the solution is pretty good.

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Johan Malan - PeerSpot reviewer
System administrator at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees

I have found the vSAN is highly flexible. The documentation is good and the interface of the solution is responsive and fast. The interface has everything you need to manage the solution, such as the VxRail and VMware integration. You can manage the hardware from within the VMware plasma pan.

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IT Technical Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

The finger click upgrade is the solution's most valuable aspect.

The single point of contact for support is excellent.

Management and monitoring tools are great. The solution has a very nice user interface and an easy to navigate dashboard. Everything that a company needs can be found on VxRail. 

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Müfit Metin - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

One of the biggest VxRail features our customers require is hardware redundancy. Customers have good network products like Cisco for their local networks, so they were ready when they did the POC work. The other thing is application completion, VxRail's most effective feature.

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Station Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable aspect of VxRail is its management capability, especially during deployment. It has so many built-in features. 

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FreddyGonzalez - PeerSpot reviewer
Virtualization Engineer, SME at Dawson Federal

The most valuable features are ease of management and ease of applying updates. It provides centralized management.

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Paulo Henrique Cruz Da Silva - PeerSpot reviewer
Arquiteto de infraestrutura at Raizen

The solution is good in terms of being resilient with resources. For example, it can process memory well.

We are packaging it with an HCI solution from VMware which pairs well with VxRail. It improves the solution. 

The pricing is very, very good.

The overall performance is going to be elevated, giving the customers a better experience.

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Co Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

VxRail is easy to deploy and easy to scale up, but you have to buy a new server if you want to scale up—not just a classic solution like RAM, CPU, or more disk. The solution would be good for a great company that is dynamic and wants to go up very fast.

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Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The installation was really easy to perform. 

The most valuable aspect on VxRail is the one-click update where they are doing the updates all at once for the drivers, buyers, ID reg, and for the VMS. In one click it's running. It's great.

The performance is very good.

The update process is very convenient.

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Senior Cloud Consultant at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

VxRail alleviates the operational constraints within an organization. It really frees up resources as it requires little maintenance. If you're providing a platform that has consolidated compute, storage, and fabric, then it's basically a turnkey type of solution that organizations can use. It also has one patch, so you're not dealing with several different ecosystems, for example, one supplier for storage, one supplier for compute, and one supplier for networking. It's all bundled into one platform which reduces costs. That also makes it easier to maintain and manage as well.

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Network Admin at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

The updating of the features was one aspect of the solution that made us decide to use it. I have yet to actually do an update, however.

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Pre sales Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Management of the hardware and software in one console is the most valuable feature. It's also compatible with vSAN.

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Senior Manager Information System Administration at Agro Tech Foods Limited

We are not just purchased the server, we transformed our infrastructure into Powerful and Efficient, agile, flexible and scalable, polished and proven technology solution build with VMWare. New HCI - VxRail replaced with our existing 42U rack devices consists of BladeCenter, storage and other rack mountable servers into simple, more powerful 4 node VxRail device

which saves power and maintenance cost very drastically.

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CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution's most valuable aspect is a combination of a few things. It's fairly scalable, for example. It has a lot of performance-inspired management tools. They are very important to us to be able to manage and monitor the entire solution. VxRail has given us a lot of tools in a one-stop-shop environment.

The solution has been very stable so far.

The initial setup is very easy.

Technical support is great.

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Ahmed Gamil - PeerSpot reviewer
PreSales Manager at UC-Solutions

When it comes to valuable features there are two different areas. From the business perspective, it is a lot cheaper, simple to manage, and easy to store in a small data center. You will only need small preparations for all the credential from the data center. From a technical perspective, you are able to manage all your data centers from one portal.

Dell owns the EMC, EMC owns VMware, and there are many other interconnections throughout the industry which allows a fully integrated solution from a technical perspective. If you open a ticket related to hardware or software it is from the same portal.

Additionally, we do not have a lot of issues with the customers related to the workloads or any sort of business related to this solution, we do not have issues with compatibility.

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Slava Mislivets - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at CSL Behring

VxRail does not require fiber switches or external storage. It's easy to replace and manage. It's centralized management through VxRail Manager.

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Rodrigo Pavao - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Architect at Hardlink

The solution allows a user to plan how they will be able to organize their data over the course of many months.

It's very easy to upgrade.

Simplifying network configurations is very easy.

The policies are very good.

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Rajith Attupurath - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network & System Administrator at UOWD

VxRail's feature that we found most valuable is its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages. However, we switched out from VxRail because some of our use cases and workloads required a different solution.

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Linas Adamonis - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Cloud and Servers Technologies at JSC "Lithuanian railways"​

The best features of HCI are the reliability and no need to have additional storage models and storage administrators. All the things—such as virtualization models, storage models, and networking—are in one environment. So, a single hardware administrator can access and support everything. I like HCI because of being able to have all components of virtualization in one cluster and in one place. There is no SAN and storage. It brings simplicity to hardware maintenance.

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System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most important thing for our customers is the CapEx and OpEx. As a single point of
administration hyper-converged infrastructure, all the solution components, Servers,
vSAN (Storage), Virtualization, backup management, future expansion, and upgrades
can be managed very easily, and the solution is out-of-the-box. Dell EMC provides comminuted support for the upgrades and patch management for hardware, whether it
is related to firmware, operating system, hypervisor layer as well as the applications
also, VMware. It's a very good solution with multiple options with VxRail series like
based on customer requirements whether they're focused on compute, storage, scalability and high performance, etc. Whether a customer you are going to start your IT Infrastructure
footprint with a limited budget, you have freedom of choice and non-disruptive expansion
in the future, whether in the main data center or branches. Any idea coming in system admins mind to run this setup continuously and keep service 100% 24/7 is possible in this
product line. Hyper-converged appliances allow a datacenter in a box approach, with G, E P, Vand P series.

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ICT Business Solution Architect at Cloud Technology

The solution is cost-effective and easy to instal, it's just a plug and play. It also contains a ready VMware solution that I use to manage virtual machines. Finally, it is a hyper-converged infrastructure, so it's not a regular server.

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Enterprise Solutions Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

VxRail has high performance and has great efficiency. There is a single place for us to manage all of our virtual machines. The ability to right-size instead of overcommit VMs is a large benefit.

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Deputy Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It is easily scalable, easy to manage, and has rapid provisioning. 

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Sr Solution Architect - Enterprise Storage and Virtualization at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

Our clients value being able to upgrade with one click or a few clicks. 

The ability to manage everything from a single console is one of the key advantages that our clients see. They don't have to worry about how to manage the storage, how to manage the servers, and how to manage the virtualization layer. Everything comes in a single platform. As a result, IT teams are shrinking, and very often, the budgets are no longer for people. They're more for automation.

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Paulo Xavier - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Manager at LTA-RH Informatica

The software-defined storage and software-defined network are great. We can easily change to VMware on Amazon, or on Azure or on private Cloud running Vx. It's very flexible.

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Co-Founder and CEO at PT Eugenea Kreasi Utama

VxRail is a hyper-converged infrastructure that delivers a solution with full performance. It's scalable and easy to maintain. 

The replication capabilities have been great.

We find the solution easy to manage. 

The product is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

We have had zero problems so far with this product. It's quite reliable.

There is good support on offer. 

It's a very quick product.

Updating the product has been very easy. Often, they let us know that there is an update pending so we can expect it. 

The features are very powerful.

There are a lot of great features on offer. 

We've found the scalability to be very good.

The solution is stable. 

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SunilNarayanan - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr.EMC Storage Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees

The upgrading and virtualization of VxRail are easy to use. Compared to some of the other technology we use which requires a 32 GB memory minimum for one VM, VxRail does not require this additional memory. 

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Muhammad-Hassan - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Manager - Virtualization at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The environment is easy to manage.

The compute is good and we have not had any issues with the vSAN.

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Cyber Security Analyst at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

The data conversion capabilities are very good.

Deduplication is excellent.

The initial setup is simple.

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Thiago Souza - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Net Place

My customers use it for VDI. It has been very usable and very fast to use with VDI. On the VxRail side also, it has been very fast.

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Andreas Eberhard - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of IT at Wild & kupfer

What I like the most in terms of features is the fact that the VxRail update can be done in one week. It takes much less time to do a whole server upgrade and an infrastructure update as well.

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Enrique-Rodriguez - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Converged Infrastructure Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

What I find very valuable is VxRail's life cycle management. The life cycle management takes care of everything from firmware to the actual upgrading of the hypervisor and keeps everything up to level.

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Sales Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature for me in this latest release has been the ability to add a compute or storage node. In the previous release, if I wanted to add only the compute mode, I need to buy a full node, including both compute and storage. That is no longer the case. I can upgrade whatever I want one based on my demand.

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Global Virtualization & Cloud Engineer III at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

This solution is very scalable and you can add extra nodes to the cluster and bring it online without any interruption to production systems.

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MIS Manager at Misr Glass Manufacturing

It's very flexible. We can add more servers as much as we want. It also includes the VMware license, I find this good. We do not waste a lot of resources because you are able to use them efficiently, depending on the usage and the processing unit that is used in a node or not. 

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EUC Consultant

VxRail is a simple, efficient solution. It's easy to upgrade and scale the solution. If we increase our user base, we can easily scale it out. We have several thousand using it now. 

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Senior Engineer at ENPPI

We enjoy the ease of management since all of the resources are located on one box — one single point of support. 

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Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It has a valuable deduplication feature.

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Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like the simplicity of the orchestrating network, storage, and compute under one umbrella.

The footprint is very minimal too. For management operations, the VxRail appliance is easy to use.

I like that there is a dependency on the storage controller.

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CTO at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The fact that we can expand our nodes horizontally and the integration with VMware, which is what we use for all of our server virtualizations, has been most valuable.

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Tin Htut Soe - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager at Pun Hlaing Hospital

I have found that the professional deployment services from Dell EMC, monitoring Services likes Secure Remote services , and the many others services such as patch updates. Additionally, the deployment team has demonstrated the best practice approach for the appliances.

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General Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

This solution optimizes our clients' resources. Hyper-convergence infrastructure is a great way to optimize the matching resources, the CPUs, and the storage resources. This is the reason why our client uses this solution. Of course, you can trust it to go-to-market, too. You can efficiently and effectively deploy virtual machines and applications using VxRail.

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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's somewhat hard to speak about specific features, but I like VxRail's simplicity and ease of use. It's a decent solution for customers with a small footprint. If you're operating a big data center, it's not easy to position VxRail or HCI solutions, but when you have a small customer managing many different components, it's easier to work only with one solution.

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Ashraf Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consultant at global brands

The simplicity and manageability of VxRail are most valuable. We have a very good experience with this product. Its stability and scalability are also very good.

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Serhii Sheinych - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-sale specialist at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

A valuable feature of the solution is that it allows everything to be integrated into a single model, comprised of hardware and software. 

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Rony Chamoun - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader at BMB

It's a good product based on the features. You can upgrade the solution with only one click.

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Ingénieur Avant vente at CFAO Technologies

For me, VxRail's most valuable feature is its life-cycle management.

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Data Centre Systems Engineer at Dube TradePort

We have Dell enterprise licensing and use all the features. VxRail is a complete solution that includes performance, backups, and disaster recover.

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Infrastructure Specialist at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We use the solution to solve our performance problems in the environment. In spite of the great expense, I needed to deploy a good alternate solution for our VDI clients, as there was a need to address the slow pace of the VDI and other deployment issues. 

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Head of Professional Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I like VxRail because it's fully integrated. The other hyperconverged solutions are also well integrated. They are all highly similar to each other in that regard. But we prefer VxRail for its physical integrations or lifecycle management. It also has vCenter, which integrates the hardware lifecycle management. Everything can be done from vCenter, and that is a big advantage for us.

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Suraj Godar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sn. Eng Infrastructure Solution at UBG

The support is very good from the dataset. The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented, especially the application part, are good features.  

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MAM Support Engineer at a media company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution is easy to use. When turning on a server or a machine that is required for, deployment or quality assurance, the dynamic deployment of resources is good.

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Ahmet Gul - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

One beneficial feature is that the solution can handle complex environments. 

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Igor Zheltukhin - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Engineer at IBS Platformix

VxRail is a comfortable solution for VMware users. You have one pane of glass from vCenter. They have a convenient update, it's just one click like Nutanix.

VxRail comes with vSAN making it an easy solution. You don't need to think about the compatibility of components.

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Letarik Terefe - PeerSpot reviewer
Software System Team Leader at Ethiopian Roads Authority

The valuable features for us are the VDI, UCC, and HCI.

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Director of Information & Technology Services at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

VxRail has high performance and overall good features.

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Director at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees

This is a good solution if you want to deploy an ACI Environment but don't have all the necessary resources.

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User at Professsionales ‘‘em computer

We like the design and that it meets data storage needs.

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Technical Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The manageability for controlling the console is the most valuable feature. 

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Buyer's Guide
May 2022
Learn what your peers think about VxRail. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2022.
607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.