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Question: What are the major differences between VxRail and Dell EMC PowerFlex?
Answer: VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to invest in. Even if the user is working with a limited budget the platform offers freedom of choice and a number of different options. In contrast, Dell EMC PowerFlex does run on the more expensive side and cannot offer the same level of cost-effective solution. VxRail is able to provide both an ability to upgrade the system with an ever-growing library of resources as well as provide powerful processors.This is something that I greatly appreciate. Being able to simply add upgrades to the system without necessarily having to worry about the system being bogged down makes it invaluable. The ability that it provides to apply updates to the system with ease is something worthy of note. If you add this to the fact that VxRail runs on multiple cores at 2 gigahertz or higher then that means that in terms of ability, the VxRail is difficult to match. In terms of usability, it is hard to argue that VxRail delivers. It is pretty simple and easy to both set up and manage the VxRail system. Once the system is set up, all of the management tools are centrally located to assist in providing ease of use. The Dell EMC PowerFlex combines reliability and ease of management. Its connection to alternate storage locations makes it both reliable and an excellent choice. Management teams can use it with ease, because all of the tools are located in one location. Conclusion Both systems offer stable solutions, an ability to upgrade the system, and ease of use for management teams. In terms of cost VxRail is more cost effective and is also more intuitive to use than the Dell EMC PowerFlex.
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Pros
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair."

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"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.""We've had no issues with scaling the solution.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."

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"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.""This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware.""The update process is very convenient.""A valuable feature of the solution is that it allows everything to be integrated into a single model, comprised of hardware and software.""The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware.""VxRail's feature that we found most valuable was its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages.""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.""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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Cons
"This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."

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"The installation is complex.""I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.""We've had some issues around the licensing.""The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem."

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"The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model.""There could be better documentation and they should allow everyone to access the simulator.""We would like to see integrating with Nutanix. Currently, we are working on integrating the two to see if there is any value in doing so.""We do not use the storage part of VxRail, we use Pure Storage to map out the VxRail because the disk performance from Pure Storage was far better than the performance of the disk on the inside of VxRail.""Pricing could be improved.""Deployment was not initially straightforward for us. We had an incompatibility issue that was very difficult for Dell Professional Service to solve.""Integration could be improved.""Right now, it's difficult for a non-technical person to participate in using the product. It could be made more consumer-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."

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"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.""The pricing for this solution is good."

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"The price could be lower.""The licensing of vSAN and VMware for different editions of VxRail is not easy.""It is just as cheap to move over to an HCI solution as it is to maintain a legacy system.""A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door.""I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable.""VxRail is quite expensive and could be cheaper. I would say that the main difference between VxRail and the competition is cost. There may be some differences in features, but I would say that it's mainly the costs.""The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap.""We made a one-time purchase of the solution and the price is expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
Top Answer:  It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.
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Top Answer: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… more »
Top Answer: VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to… more »
Comparisons
Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
VCE VxRail
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Overview

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

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. 

If you know VMware, you know VxRail.

VxRail Features and Benefits

  • Seamlessly accelerate deployment to a hybrid cloud 
  • Fast data center modernization
  • Create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms
  • Powerful performance and reliability
  • Improve and simplify operational efficiency
  • Excellent integration 
  • Save time
  • Reduce costs

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.” 

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Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
World Wide Technology Inc, Renault Sport Formula One Team, 8x8 Inc, Brownes, Canadian Pacific, Canopy, Denton, EDF, Unilin, Xerox
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
Construction Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. VxRail and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 54 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp HCI, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. VxRail report.

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