Compare Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. HPE 3PAR Flash Storage

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is ranked 1st in NVMe with 29 reviews while HPE 3PAR Flash Storage which is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 109 reviews. Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is rated 8.8, while HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is rated 8.8. 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 HPE 3PAR Flash Storage writes "The flexibility and ability to adjust to business needs is where its robustness is". Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is most compared with Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, NetApp NVMe AFF A800 and IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe, whereas HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Nimble Storage and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS).
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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.The response time, compared to XtremIO, is far better.It is a true, stable product.

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Provides High-Availability, security, and high performanceThey provide very good support for our mission-critical processes.If you can handle the IOPS, throughput is a natural byproduct. Usually, IOPS is where you are capped. HPE has done a great job in making sure that our IOP-intensive EMRs stay up and running. We have really good performance on them.It runs. I don't have a problem with it. If it needs an update, I can do it in the middle of the day with nobody being the wiser. It is phenomenal in that respect. As a hospital, I get two hours every quarter to reboot things, so it is imperative that nothing goes down.It has improved our throughput, specifically around some of those nightly batch processes and being able to run them in a much shorter time frame. We had a particular business case where we had business users who were coming to work in the office at five in the morning because of a nightly batch process that would take so long to run. It would run throughout the evening, then around five in the morning it would finish. The business team would come in and run their calculations, manipulating the data in the ways that they needed to generate their reports, then fire off another process. This was all trying to meet an eight or nine in the morning meeting with executives. It was like that daily, "Here is our revenue forecast. This is all the product that we moved." The challenge was that we actually had to force business users to work alternate work schedules because of the technology, which is never a good thing. By changing that workload and moving it over to an all-flash array, we got it down from running several hours to sub-60 minutes, which was a massive performance improvement. The business team was able to consequently go to a normal work schedule and show up at the office at seven or seven-thirty in the morning instead of five, so they were real happy about that.It is easy to use and understand. It is also very stable.This solution has allowed for massive performance acceleration of all workloads and massively increased availability (with peer persistence/transparent failover feature).We have been able to back up our data more frequently now that we have everything on flash. It responds a lot faster, so the IOPs are a lot faster.

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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.The initial setup was a little bit complicated.The NVMe integration could be improved.

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I would like to see improvement in the product's scalability. As a partner, I had serious problems because of the competition from Dell EMC and Pure.We would also like to see improvements to the ease of administration of 3PAR.We do not use Memory-Driven Flash in the old 3PAR. Perhaps we will use it in the new 3PAR. That is part of the reason why we are upgrading.We don't use the solution’s deduplication functionality because of bad code. I have friends that have used 3PAR dedupe, and have heard horror stories. We took a very much wait and see approach and never enabled the functionality. We have no desire to do so.I would like the documentation easy to find. There is a lot of documentation, but sometimes it is hard to find. You have to do a lot of searching to find it.The Unified Multiprotocol Access to the storage array needs to be improved.if it were easier for us to manage the product ourselves without having to get HPE to connect, because it sometimes it does take a bit to get the scheduling worked out with the HPE support. If it were simpler, then it might be easier for us to handle it ourselves.Anything new can be complex. There were some things in the initial deployment that I was not happy about. One of my directives was, "However, it's configured, ensure that it can never be overprovisioned." That one key thing was overlooked. This is why I had to have a support call last year, because it actually became overprovisioned and I had to move some stuff around.

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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.The cost is expensive. While VMAX now has good pricing, PowerMax is a little expensive.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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I would like it to be cheaper.The only licensing costs are around 3PAR in the form the OS itself. You pay at time of purchase. It is capacity-based, and you have annual maintenance that you pay.Our licensing cost are $32,000 annually.For the entire six node cluster and the two 7200 units plus the Brocade Fibre switches, we financed it through HPE Financial. It was $850,000. We leased that and paid it off in October of 2018.I have to renew support in October for the existing solution. That will cost me roughly $50,000 this year, which in the grand scheme of things, $50,000 is not that much compared to paying $850,000. However, it will be the last year that I'll be able to get direct support from HPE. Therefore, product has to be replaced in 2020.We went with 3PAR because we have HP-UX systems. Since we already knew HP-UX, they offered us a significantly cheaper solution than the one that we had for storage.We have seen ROI. We are able to see more patients now, bringing more money into the practice.It makes for less administrative overhead.

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Robert MacDougall
Muhammad KhaledUser

The PowerMax NVMe is the high-end storage fromDellEMC it can provide up to 10M IOPS, however, if you need less, you can go with the new Unity XT which is going to have NVMe as well.

The new Unity XT is going to be ready for order in June 2019.

23 May 19
Brent JohnsonConsultant

I have used all, EMC, and HPE 3Par, VNX, Unity, etc. All are OK. But for long term Flash Storage, I would take a look at Hitachi F Series. Best reliability hands down and they provide non-disruptive migrations, no server downtime, no scheduling with users, etc. NDM makes Hitachi a no brainer.

22 May 19

Does PowerMax have storage virtualization for external storage as part of the package?

19 June 19
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Dell EMC PowerMax, PowerMaxInServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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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.

HP 3PAR all-flash storage accelerates business agility by boosting application performance with over 900,000 IOPS at less than 0.7 ms latency. And it does this while delivering all the enterprise-class, Tier-1 features and functionality you expect from the storage platform that powers three of the world’s four largest managed service providers.

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Healthcare Company23%
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Healthcare Company8%
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