Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Review

It Has Zero Downtime. The Stability Is Amazing.


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for Tier 0 applications.

How has it helped my organization?

We have no performance related issues due to hardware.

This solution has helped to consolidate islands-of-storage in our data center due to a reduced footprint. This is because of single pane of glass management.

Applications require zero downtime. The high availability and the configuration of the current Symmetrix provide all of that.

We get amazing IOPS and workload with VMware, SAP, and Oracle.

What is most valuable?

The stability is the most valuable feature.

It has a simple GUI, but still has a CLI-like interface for managing and monitoring.

I find Unisphere and REST API valuable.

What needs improvement?

We would like easier DR setup. We require DR operations, and we wish it was a lot easier to do that configuration.

It could use additional features and easier integration.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is amazing. Zero downtime reported over the last years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I would like the scalability to improve, as it requires additional footprints.

How are customer service and technical support?

It's been always stable, so we haven't really required much support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had an opportunity to transform our environment. From experience with previous hardware, we selected this solution.

Our performance requirements were high IOPS, as well as stability. It is meeting those requirements and exceeding our previous infrastructure.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex. The initial implementation team was not familiar with the Symmetrix architecture.

This was all new implementations for us.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller for the deployment, who we are no longer working with.

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

Our costs are on a yearly basis.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

IBM was the competitor. Ultimately, it came down to price.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good. Test it yourself. Assess it against other solutions, and you'll be impressed.

Data plays a role in digital transformation, automation, and database decision-making.

I am looking into CloudIQ.

We're not at the NVMe architecture mode yet.

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