Dell EMC XtremIO Review

The most valuable features are deduplication and data optimization.

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to shrink our storage footprint in the datacenter and it increased our performance.

What is most valuable?

Performance and deduplication. This is a very robust block storage option that offers both performance and data optimization.

It is great when a product can deliver high-end performance capabilities while offering a very competitive price point.

What needs improvement?

  • The new UI could be simplified and the implementation should be simplified.
  • The UI is easier to use than other EMC offerings, but still takes a pure storage admin to manage and maintain.
  • Ease of use is key in the converged and hyper-converged world that requires administrators to have both hypervisor and storage skills.
  • Arrays should be “set it and forget it”, including the replication features, which should not require separate products.
  • Implementation and expansion require EMC or a partner to implement. However, to be a true scale-out solution, it should be something that customers can do themselves.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There is a limit to scalability, but we have not reached it yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is excellent.

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

We did have a previous solution. This allowed us to move to a smaller footprint with better performance.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very complex. Have the manufacturer or a partner install it.

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

The pricing is simple but requires other products for robust data recovery and replication.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you understand the shutdown and redundancy for this product. Test these features to protect the storage controller’s journaling.

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