Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Review

It has one submillisecond latency all the time


What is our primary use case?

We use it for virtualization and consolidation of our data lakes.

We are using PowerMax for SAP and Exchange to run the company. 

How has it helped my organization?

We have two sites and two data centers. So, we use SRDF to do transfers and fail overs.

What is most valuable?

The data services, especially SRDF, are its most valuable features.

We are using Unisphere for monitoring. REST API is great for configuring the storage system.

What needs improvement?

Accessibility to new users needs improvement.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great. It is five nines.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales far beyond what we need, so I am good with that.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is great. It is a high-end system, so the support should be high-end as well.

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

We previously used mid-range solutions that just didn't scale.

We used to have a whole bunch of arrays. Now, we have consolidated them onto PowerMax. 

We were looking at All-Flash Arrays that have one submillisecond latency all the time. That is what PowerMax delivers.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex, as it is a complex system and you have to learn a lot.

What about the implementation team?

We worked directly with Dell EMC for the deployment.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC and Pure Storage.

What other advice do I have?

Look at it. Don't be afraid of its complexity. It has great performance.

Data is core to our business. Have an array with our data on it is very important to the business.

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