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Dell EMC PowerFlex is #10 ranked solution in HCI Software. IT Central Station users give Dell EMC PowerFlex an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell EMC PowerFlex is most commonly compared to VxRail:Dell EMC PowerFlex vs VxRail. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 37% of all views.
What is Dell EMC PowerFlex?

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.

Dell EMC PowerFlex is also known as VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex.

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Dell EMC PowerFlex Customers

Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox

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What users are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex pricing:
  • "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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MoamenMorad
Hardware Team Leader at Giza Systems
Real User
Top 5
Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."
  • "The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem."

What is our primary use case?

The solution is very simple, and not critical. We use it primarily for the Ministry of Electricity for implementing new smart meters in Egypt. It made it easier to handle the billing system.

What is most valuable?

The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability.

The security and the cybersecurity provided are very good.

What needs improvement?

The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.

The solution needs to adjust its pricing to make it more reasonable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is very good. We haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is excellent. We don't plan to increase usage right now.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is great. We haven't had any issues. The only problem, sometimes, is that you deal with vendors and not specialists. If you don't go with the highest level of support, if it's mission-critical, sometimes you can't get the spare part by the next business day because it's not in stock. It could take around one to two weeks to get the spare part. This has happened with Oracle and Cisco as well. I'm not sure if it would happen with HP, our main competitor.


How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We had our own team handle the implementation.

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

The solution is very expensive. 

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're partners with the solution.

It's a good product but the big issue is it must support different layers on hyper-visors because if a customer has something like Oracle databases that do not support VMware, there's an issue with the product. For a customer looking for VMware, VxRack is the best solution. If I need something better or different, Red Hat HyperV is an option, but there's no support. That's a big issue.

If I was just looking at it as a VMware solution, I'd give it ten out of ten, but without the hypervisor support, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Mohamed Zein
Datacenter Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Hardware integrates well, easy to upgrade, and responsive technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."
  • "The installation is complex."

What is most valuable?

The solution has the benefits of any hyper-converged infrastructure but also has good hardware integration. It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place. Upgrading is easy, you do not need to check all of the components in your infrastructure, when you upgrade the solution handles everything.

What needs improvement?

When checking some of the components in the RCM during upgrades, it can be difficult, you have to check and upgrade the software-defined storage because it will get out of scale with the virtualization with VMware. You always have to consider this during upgrades but the process should be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With this solution you can upgrade and scale up your environment very easy, it is used in enterprise organizations that have large environments.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have found the technical support very good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is complex.

What about the implementation team?

Dell came with engineers and integrators to do the deployment for us.

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

The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.

What other advice do I have?

For those who want to scale their environment, manage all the environment from a single point, and have to only deal with a single vendor this solution might be for you. If you need these requirements from a business perspective as operations management, the operational cost could be lower but I would advise speaking to professional deployment teams before you do anything.

I rate Dell EMC PowerFlexRev a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Enterprise Service Manager at Technology Associates Limited
Real User
Top 5
A high-availability solution with excellent technical support

What is our primary use case?

We use VxFlex for our banking applications.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is high availability.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using VxFlex for about a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

VxFlex is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The Dell EMC technical support is excellent.

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

The pricing for this solution is good.

What other advice do I have?

We are planning to upgrade this system in three years,…

What is our primary use case?

We use VxFlex for our banking applications.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is high availability.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using VxFlex for about a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

VxFlex is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The Dell EMC technical support is excellent.

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

The pricing for this solution is good.

What other advice do I have?

We are planning to upgrade this system in three years, but in the meantime, we are happy with VxFlex.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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