5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 1, 2016
Initially when we purchased our VNX5300, we were primarily a Windows Hyper-V environment. The VNX is very cumbersome to use in this environment. A client has to be installed on the Windows servers, and there is a lot of manual work that has to be done on the VNX in order to present storage to the servers. Thankfully, we were also moving over to VMware for our virtual machines. The VNX works wonderfully in a VMware environment. Once ESXi is installed on the servers, the VNX automatically picks them up and provisioning storage to them is completed within a few minutes.
Utilize flash drives correctly.
It's ease of setup and use.
You really have to make sure that you have redundant paths to all of your servers, otherwise maintenance is a pain. Without redundant paths, installing updates and patches to the VNX can create a headache, as you have to represent hosts to the VNX.
It would be nice to have more fibre ports on the SP controllers.
I think we would already be on in a VMware environment instead of waiting to move to it. In terms of the VNX itself, we would have set up flash storage better. We have it, but aren't utilizing it correctly.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 29, 2016
Our overall experience after purchasing 10+ VBLOCKs is good. Although the concept of integrating storage, networking and compute into one "system" is nice, it does pose challenges when it comes to operations and support especially in large organizations with their own storage, networking, OS, VMWare, etc. Ops teams. This is especially true when it is time to upgrade the VBLOCK to new RCM. Coordinating the effort between different teams, different change controls processes, and different internal approved firmwares becomes a challenging task for a PM. I think a VBLOCK is more suited for small or medium organizations that do not develop their own standards for OS, firmware, technologies, etc. We also had issues with the capacity limitations of a VBLOCK, i.e. 16 enclosures per domain, that we had to work around.
Do your research properly and understand the support model of the VBLOCK and how that will integrate with your organization's processes
With VBLOCK you get "best practices" straight from the box in addition to a competent team of professionals to support you.
VBLOCK is not very flexbile when it comes to accomodating changes that goes against the RCM, i.e. using a different firmware.
Add more flexbility when it comes accomodating customer-specific changes to the VBLOCK,
UCS is excellent hardware. We would still use VBLOCKs but we would also have more À la carte solutions based on VBLOCK technologies. Basically, our own "block".
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 24, 2016
We discovered the overall solution was simply a marketing and support conglomeration of multiple products across several vendor, however the products are well integrated directly. While the purchasing process was smooth in that we could order fewer SKUs and purchase the entire solution from one vendor/VAR, the implementation process took about 2x more than promised. This was due to several revisions to the configuration matrix between the sales and implementation process.
select your VAR very carefully.
too much technical complexity, integration between products was weak
Spend more time in configuration analysis and validation
choose a different VAR, perform more technical due diligence up front
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 20, 2016
Mature product set and account team. Completely integrated for ease of deployment
Know current environment VERY well before embarking upon the journey to a new datacenter and infrastructure platforms
hardware/software integration. manage entire technology stack as a single entity
didn't nag so much. constantly trying to sell more products than we needed. presumably to put their kid thru college at our expense. it boils down to integrity ... or lack thereof
taken a larger step to new technologies
Support is excellent. Pre-tested and integrated RCM upgrade packs reduce complexity, reduce risk and improve efficiency.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 17, 2016
Very good experience with EMC. Executed the solution well and it was a great experience.
spend the time working with the system engineers to ensure that you are specifiying a solution that meets your environment sizing correctly.
ease of the installation process. We were very pleased with the implementation team and the migration to the new platform.
There was no major dislikes.
there is nothing that they did that i would want done differently
nothing here to note.
they are quick to respond to our issues.
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.