Dell EMC XtremIO Review

Compression, deduplication, and snapshots are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization has seen our customers' performance increase substantially for their database and VDI applications using this product.

What is most valuable?

Compression and deduplication are valuable because they help reduce the storage footprint required for our customer’s environments.

Snapshots are valuable because of their seamless nature, as well as the minimal space each snapshot takes.

What needs improvement?

The GUI is still Java based, and this needs to be fixed. It needs a way to determine the deduplication of each LUN and what the impact would be if we were to move data from one LUN to another.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been some stability issues with the code that have been corrected in later versions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We understand the way the platform can scale, so we scale within the parameters.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 7/10.

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

Our customers switched from the older generation of VNX to XtremIO. It was ten times faster and deduplication/compression allowed for a much smaller footprint in the data center.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup can be complex if there is an issue during the setup. Otherwise, this is not too bad to install.

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

Pricing and licensing are in line with other products from other manufacturers. You get what you pay for.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time, we did not evaluate other alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

The flash market is saturated with vendors and their products. This product is an all-around solid player. However, make sure that deduplication is a major factor before purchasing. If snapshot and snapshot consolidation is key, then this is the product for you.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a partner with Dell/EMC.
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