Compare Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. Dell EMC XtremIO

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is ranked 1st in NVMe with 31 reviews while Dell EMC XtremIO is ranked 10th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 8 reviews. Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is rated 8.8, while Dell EMC XtremIO is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe writes "The compression and deduplication are the most valuable features because of the cost savings". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC XtremIO writes "A solution with good stability, excellent scalability and an ability to increase overall performance". Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is most compared with Pure FlashArray X NVMe, Dell EMC Unity XT and Dell EMC XtremIO, whereas Dell EMC XtremIO is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray and INFINIDAT InfiniBox.
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The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory.It is efficient and very simple for our administrators to use.For the migration process from the older VMAX arrays to PowerMax, we VMotioned everything. It was easy.The stability is great. It is five nines.It has reduced our footprint in different physical locations.The number one most valuable feature is reliability. I want to go home at the end of the day and come in the next day knowing it works, especially since we have storage offshore.We were able to move away from a middleware solution for high availability, going right to snapshots and data replication on arrays.We use ESRS for our call-home, and a lot of times, Dell EMC will respond to the issue before we even know it.

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We mostly use it for backup, because we cannot measure anything, and we are afraid to use it for surveillance systems. We were planning to use it for mostly for surveillance systems.The most valuable features are that it is fast and reliable.We've seen great enhancements from the performance point of view. There's good availability, stability, and continuity, but the performance actually has increased by 60 or 70%.I like the deduplication and auto-tiering features.The solution's most valuable feature is its high performance.The solution's most valuable features are the inline data reduction and deduplication.The program is very stable.The most valuable features are: complete performance and ease of use.

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The main feature that I personally want to see is the possibility to upgrade to the next generation without changing all the components and just change the engine, relying on the compatibility matrices between two different generations. Meaning that we could just keep the enclosure and upgrade the engine, integrating the enclosure to the existing pool, then adding automation tools for orchestration.I would like NVMe to be end-to-end in the next release. Right now, it is not end-to-end.The initial setup was complex, and we had experienced people working on it.The initial setup was complex, as it is a complex system and you have to learn a lot.Setting up PowerMax with VMAX is always complex.I would like to see the rack change. They have defaulted to the standard rack, so our fiber cables are crowded when we shut our back door.We have issues that we don't know about, which Dell EMC fixes.I would also like to see a real-time, graphical view of metrics. I don't know how far back in time we can look, but if we could see the performance from two months or three months back, and how it is performing now, that would be helpful.

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One thing that should be improved is the reporting and monitoring tools. It should use real time monitoring for storage, IOPS, latency, etc.The management should be improved and the GUI interface could be better and easier.The solution needs to be simplified. When you integrate your storage with other systems, could use a little bit of automation.The product could be improved by reducing the pricing and having better organization in their technical support team.The implementation isn't exactly complex, but the solution should have some enhancements in it to make the process more centralized.This solution is geared toward enterprise-level companies. Small and medium-sized businesses would find it extremely expensive.I would like to see more scalability.It is very expensive to scale. You have to buy an additional system to extend from one disc, for instance. It is scalable, but extremely expensive to do so.

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We hope that with the combination of both NVMe and SCM the next PowerMax will be much cheaper that the one which we acquired.The cost is expensive. While VMAX now has good pricing, PowerMax is a little expensive.From a general capital investment, it's one of the higher price points in the market. It depends on the size and software features that you would include in a system. So, the cost varies dramatically.The cost has room for improvement.It scales enormously, but it's expensive to do so.Our costs are on a yearly basis.Our costs for the product are three million.From reclaiming data center space which is so tightly constrained these days, it will pay for itself in a short amount of time, which is fantastic. Anything we can do to get more out of our current physical data center space helps us a ton, and PowerMax has helped enable that.

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The initial purchase price was good but when you need to upgrade, it's a different story.There are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.It is expensive if you need to increase scalability.

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Dell EMC PowerMax is the world’s fastest storage array. It delivers new levels of performance and efficiency with a future-proof architecture that features end-to-end non-volatile memory express (NVMe) and a built-in machine learning engine. PowerMax is built on the comprehensive functionality and proven resiliency of Dell EMC’s flagship storage platform. It is designed for six-nines of availability and offers data-at-rest encryption (D@RE), massive scalability, and best-in-class data protection with Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), the gold standard in remote replication.

Bring all-flash, scale-out storage to your enterprise applications with EMC XtremIO. Purpose-built for flash, XtremIO storage arrays are amazingly fast. Delivering high IOPS at less than 1 millisecond latency is just the start. EMC XtremIO helps you harness the power of flash storage by building in innovations like content-based data placement and dual-stage metadata.
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