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VxRail Pros and Cons

VxRail Pros

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.
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Director Of Information Technology at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
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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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.
VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor.
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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.
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HE
Data Center Team Lead at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware.
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MI
Solutions Architect at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
The stability is very nice. We haven't had any issues with the cluster. The cluster is very stable. No problems with slowness. Everything has been stable. It was well-architectured.
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JW
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware.
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IA
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.
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MK
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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BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The support has been excellent, especially if you compare it to IBM.
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VxRail Cons

Technical Lead at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
If we could have some out of the box ideas in integration, I think that would be a great feature.
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Director Of Information Technology at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
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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Senior Infrastructure Solutions Specialist at Equinox International
If they can provide deduplication compression through the traditional hard drives, as Cisco does in the HyperFlex system, it will be very cost-effective, especially when it comes to archiving workload. VxRail doesn't allow the mixing of old flash clusters and hyper clusters. When I'm starting with an old flash cluster and it comes to archiving workload, I will also need to attend the new cluster. So, I either manage two different clusters, or I pay and upload my work with the archiving mobile hard drive, which is not cost-effective at all. The main key is to allow mixing between two types of clustering, like Nutanix, or allow deduplication of completion over the period of shared hard drive on SAV. It will be much better.
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VDI SysAdmin/Engineer at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
The requirements need improvement. Some of the managers of VMs are a little sensitive to where they need to be placed in the environment and what names they need to have. I would like a little more control over that so that it fits into our naming scheme and it fits our organizational structure within vSphere.
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HE
Data Center Team Lead at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
There is a limitation on the number of nodes.
Troubleshooting can be a little more difficult than legacy systems.
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MI
Solutions Architect at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
It would be an improvement if VxRail could be integrated with some other hypervisors and not just with VMware.
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JW
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model.
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IA
Information Technology Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
There could be better documentation and they should allow everyone to access the simulator.
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MK
Data Centre and HCI Solutions Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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.
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BT Area Champion/Trainer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The licensing is a bit too costly.
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Learn what your peers think about VxRail. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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