3 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 31, 2016
We worked through various hurdles as we rolled out the new platform. Considerable effort from the vendor as well as in-house was involved in order to resolve. Organizations that look into this or many other hyper-converged products need to understand updates as well. When performing an update of one component in the stack you will need to update the entire stack in order to keep in a supported state - RCM upgrades are not quick and easy but we have developed methods to become more efficient.
If going the converged route negotiate for some bios/firmware updates to be provided by the vendor. It will save quite a bit of time as well as ensuring the updates are applied by technicians very familiar with the product.
Performance- VNX array.
Updates of the entire stack- RCM updates take a week to complete.
Marketing was superb- not enough tech conversions at the right level prior to purchase.
I'm not sure we would have gone the hyper-converged route. We added complexity and difficulty to many of our processes and did not necessarily reap the benefits listed in the marketing.
Cost, complexity, and ease of use combined.
Stepped up and helped us out when we have needed it.
Marketed as 48 hrs dock to prod. the learning curve is high and the process took longer time.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 11, 2016
Equipment delivered on time and on the budget as ordered.
Carefully consider vendor lock-in that occurs with VCE, especially when requiring at SSD and other Tier 0 SAN options.
integrated and very short time to value.
Vendor Lock-In and now long-term outlook for the solution with the Dell acquisition of EMC.
Better strategic collaboration around the value of the customer between the 3 Vendors in VCE.
Invest in the VMAX storage platform instead of VNX.
VCE has been proactive and responsive to the few challenges we have experienced.
Delivered on-time and on budget!
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 7, 2015
Some issues with flexibilty of VCE rules.
Be sure your oraginzation is prepared for new support model of all calls going to VCE.
Ease of use.
No so far.
Provided us the lessons that they had learned from other organizations.
Prepare oranization and teams better for new technology and processes.
Some early issues with support.