Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell PowerEdge VRTX.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
I'd like it f we could use HEI and CI capabilities. I've had a chance to look at the entire Edge portfolio, and I find those lacking in this solution. I sometimes have trouble translating the solution. The licensing can be difficult to understand. I'd like to have the capabilities to change the main dashboard a bit. It should be more flexible.
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.
When we first started with this product, we had some difficulty with it.
There is a different product that we would like to explore from Dell. The project that we are currently working on requires us to replace all PowerEdge with VxRail. The depth of this solution is quite lengthy, and it's very deep. I understand that 1U is the smallest size, but the depth is quite lengthy. You can have a model that is still 1U and inside you will have a large motherboard for dual processors, and dual power supplies. It would be better to have a compact version of it for some customers that have a small office and don't require a proper data center with power or an industrial type HP.
We want to move from a stand-alone implementation of VM hosts and we want to migrate to hyper-converged infrastructure. We will still be using the same virtual machine that we have, but we will migrate it to hyper-converged to have a higher level of availability and resiliency. 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.
I think the networking parts of this solution could be improved. In a future release I'd like to be able to increase storage, that would make a big difference.
This solution is good but, with multiple Chassis, it would be a good thing to have one console for management and integration with utilization software. In the next release, I would like to see some auto-tiering features. There are other enterprise storage solutions that have them included.
Management of storage and networking is web-based, slow, and difficult. I would like a Windows application to manage this instead of using the web interface. My Dell account manager promised to help me with setting it up, but after buying it, he was nowhere to be seen. Didn’t call me back, didn’t take my e-mails. So you are pretty much on your own with setup. Luckily there a lot of people who have already done the same setup, so I was able to follow their guides.
What do you like most about Dell PowerEdge VRTX?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!