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Pros
"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.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""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.""This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."

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"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."

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"It's very easy to upgrade.""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.""VxRail's technical support is very good.""It helps our servers and it is very efficient.""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.""Management of the hardware and software in one console is the most valuable feature. It's also compatible with vSAN.""Cost-effective and easy to install.""The initial setup was very easy."

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Cons
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient."

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

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"The cost is quite high. It's a very expensive solution to run.""Deployment was not initially straightforward for us. We had an incompatibility issue that was very difficult for Dell Professional Service to solve.""All updates are supposed to be done through VxRail, however, the vCenter actually showed that there was an update it needed. I've just started using the product. I didn't know what I was doing. I actually updated my vCenter and that actually threw the VxRail system offline. We had to spend some time trying to get that working again. If possible, they should make the process a bit more clear so we don't make mistakes like this in the future. There should maybe be some sort of pop-up that can direct you.""I would love to see license migration from one host to another.""A disadvantage is that the initial first deployment can be complicated.""The solution is okay to scale vertically but a bit difficult to expend horizontally. For example, increasing RAM.""It would be nice if its installation can be simplified, but it is currently not too bad. They can provide deduplication and compression in hybrid configurations. To the best of my knowledge, these features are not there, and it would be nice if these are added. Some of its competitors already have these features, so it will help VxRail to have a better feature set and compete more effectively.""The licensing is a bit too costly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."

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"It's a mandatory cost with everything included""The VMware licenses are included and we do not have to worry about the license, everything is integrated.""Price is a bit of a challenge, particularly if you want extra features or higher performance.""I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment.""VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either.""The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap.""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.""There is a license required for this solution."

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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: Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes can support what we call a heterogeneous environment. So you can have VMware workloads… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI Vs. VxRail One of the best things about the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is the three, two, one,… more »
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 vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
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VxFlex Ready Nodes
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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 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.

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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World Wide Technology Inc, Renault Sport Formula One Team, 8x8 Inc, Brownes, Canadian Pacific, Canopy, Denton, EDF, Unilin, Xerox
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise64%
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Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 51 reviews. Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is rated 10.0, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes writes "Single platform for a mix of virtualized and physical workloads". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, VMware vSAN and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Dell EMC PowerFlex and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.

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