Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Review

Because of the compression ratio, we are able to put more on less hardware


What is our primary use case?

We are using it for VMware, virtual infrastructures, and our physical host. All of our virtual infrastructure is pretty much mission-critical, and we have all of our virtual infrastructure migrating into the PowerMax family.

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the compression ratio, we are able to put more on less hardware.

The PowerMax software and CloudIQ let us get an inside view of our compression and compaction, as well as our usage of the storage.

What is most valuable?

  • Compression
  • Compaction
  • A lot of storage in a small box.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The PowerMax software has some room for improvement. We have run into a couple bugs with it so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales well. We currently buy ours fully maxed out, so we don't really worry a whole lot about the scaling from a new infrastructure standpoint.

How are customer service and technical support?

So far, technical support has been really good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are migrating from HPE 3PAR, and it's been a very easy transition.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex. ESRS is a very complex solution to put into our environment, because it requires external access to the Internet. That's a very tough thing for us to do, because we are a PCI and PII company. We store a lot of data for people which is personal. Therefore, going out to the Internet is not our preferred path.

What about the implementation team?

We used Dell EMC directly for the deployment. The experience has been good, so far.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We generally do a PoC. In this case, we went directly to the PowerMax because we felt it was a good solution. Our upper management chose it.

What other advice do I have?

Study the integration very carefully, as far as how you're going to integrate it into your environment, such as how you're going to use ESRS and the other solutions which Dell EMC offers.

As far as provisioning, storage, and use of the array, it's been very simple to use.

For the PowerMax 8000, a million IOs is our minimum requirement. We have yet to be able to test that, but that is our minimum base requirement for a PowerMax 8000.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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