Dell EMC XtremIO Flash Review

Flash array with deduplication and compression. I would like to see improvements in the database workloads.


What is most valuable?

Flash array with deduplication and compression.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Helps VDI users for business growth
  • Provides good performance
  • Cost effective
  • For the VDI environment, deduplication is effective. The OS deployed will have the same data again.
  • Flash provides good performance

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements in the database workloads. During the testing of database workloads, we found it slow to process I/O requests. This may be due to the compression/deduplication feature available in the product which is still being taken care of by the same controllers.

The product designer should provide a recommendation for which type of workload deduplication/compression will be effective.

This is good to have for VDI, but not for high database workloads though its flash array.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for the past two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were some stability issues initially, but there aren’t many issues now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

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

We had multiple tier storage without deduplication/compression. We switched due to cost and performance.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is easy to implement and administer.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is good for VDI environments, but not recommended for database workloads.

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