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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. HPE Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory.""Technical support has been excellent.""The solution's snapshot capabilities and replication are very good features. Snapshots are allowing us to quickly build analytical models directly from production data. This gives us amazing insights into market trends and allows us to build more effective trading algorithms. Replication offers us unparalleled levels of resilience.""The performance is very good. Our predominant workloads are all less than 5 milliseconds and it's most common to have a sub-1-millisecond response time for our applications. In terms of efficiency, we've turned on compression and we're able to get as high as two-to-one compression on our workloads, on average.""PowerMax NVMe has made it a lot easier to understand how much we are able to provision. It has made it a lot faster to provision new things. 90% of my time for provisioning has been reduced. Also, it has made it very easy to understand and see everything behind it versus the older heritage, where Dell EMC was very convoluted and hard to get working. Things that used to take an hour, probably now take five to 10 minutes.""There is no management overhead involved in optimizing performance. It does it so well on its own. We don't have to manage much at all. It really is like a set it and forget it solution. My storage engineers love the system. It is a lot less work than our previous systems, which weren't bad by any means. There is not nearly as much management as before. So, we are saving dozens of hours per month for our storage team, and that is a real cost in our business."

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"The most valuable feature is data mirroring.""The solution runs pretty fast.""InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed""The performance and the processor are good.""In the 20 days that we have been using this solution, it has been stable.""The replay and IOPS work well.""This product is very easy to set up.""Some of the beneficial features I have found are the Block-level backups, the interface is easy to use, backups work well and the portal is functional."

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Cons
"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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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.""If the solution had more power-saving capabilities, it would be quite nice.""It's a relatively new product, but for the next release I would like to see higher bandwidth on the front-end adapters. This would allow even greater scalability for critical workloads and consolidation for non-critical workloads. The hosts may not require that level of I/O performance today. However, it allows us to scale physical non-cloud environments without large investment.""Firmware updates are a bit painful because you have to involve their support, as opposed to having the ability to do it yourself.""Support of the product can be slow and an administrative challenge: planning, scheduling, and overseeing data center access for a Dell EMC rep. One improvement could be to enable a self-maintenance option. The requirements that we go through to get Dell EMC onsite to replace failed drives, power supplies, and other small redundant parts can be unnecessarily complex. If simplified, they could send us the parts, then we could replace them much faster, more easily, and truly within the SLA parameters."

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"Scalability, in terms of being able to scale out, is not easy and should be improved.""The solution requires a higher availability.""We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database.""I would like to see an added feature to auto-fix, or a dynamic alerting system on storage.""The most difficult part about Nimble was the fact that it didn't have a standard length.""The dashboard can be improved.""The quality of technical support depends on which member of the support team you speak with.""We want to start storing data in the cloud really soon and we are looking at options."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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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.""Negotiate hard and consider the commercial advantages/benefits to Dell EMC for onboarding your product.""One area for improvement, one that everybody always comes to, is price... it's still quite expensive to purchase these big arrays... For us, the pricing doesn't make Dell EMC uncompetitive.""In terms of price-performance, it beat out other competitors when we were taking a look and comparing it to the market. That was one of the biggest driving points for us.""The labor savings and support have been significant. If we're talking 100 hours of labor every three months, that is 100 hours of a database engineer costs. There are performance latency numbers as well as costs associated with recovering data that gets lost, and this system doesn't lose data. You can look at numbers that go around the cost of downtime, if data is not available. This system doesn't go down. Everyone's ROI is going to be unique, but the dependability and performance of the system combined with its ease of operation will definitely save businesses of all sizes money."

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"The pricing is better than some of the competitors, such as Dell EMC.""Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers.""I would classify it as an expensive product.""HPE Nimble Storage didn't require a license at the time.""The price is negotiable and when we first received the quote it was expensive, but after dealing with them and receiving a discount, the price is reasonable.""The solution is a little pricey compared to others on the market.""I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela.""We pay a one-time fee for terabyte licenses, and the support is paid yearly."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: There is no management overhead involved in optimizing performance. It does it so well on its own. We don't have to… more »
Top Answer: In terms of price-performance, it beat out other competitors when we were taking a look and comparing it to the market… more »
Top Answer: The improvements made to the product line over the generations has made PowerMax a gem. Nothing being perfect, the… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble Storage dHCI Vs. VxRail One of the best things about the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is the three, two, one,… more »
Top Answer: Even if one control fails, it automatically turns on the other controller and everything moves from one to the second… more »
Top Answer: The price of the solution is a little high, although the performance is very good.
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Pavilion HFA
Dell EMC PowerMax, PowerMax
Nimble Storage
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

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.

Our Predictive Flash platform closes the app-data gap, giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with flash storage, we radically simplify operations. 
Once you’ve experienced our simplicity, you’ll never go back to traditional infrastructure again. Over 9,000 customers rely on Nimble to power their businesses, both on-premise and in the cloud.

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Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Rackspace, Open Line
Ace Relocation, Atkins Nutritionals, Berkeley Research Group, Canadian International School, City of Hot Springs, Clackamas County, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Ideal Integrations, Linear Technology, P&O Maritime, Retail Apparel Group (RAG), Virtual Radiologic
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Healthcare Company21%
Financial Services Firm21%
Retailer14%
Manufacturing Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider8%
Healthcare Company8%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business73%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise65%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. HPE Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
540,694 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 17 reviews. Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is rated 9.2, while HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe writes "CloudIQ ensures that all our arrays are properly communicating so we can see performance and storage capacities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage writes "When we had issues due to a bad Postgres database, Nimble was very helpful and even replaced the array with a brand new one for our troubles". Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series, whereas HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS). See our Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. HPE Nimble Storage report.

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