Compare Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. IBM Storwize

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is ranked 1st in NVMe with 29 reviews while IBM Storwize is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 9 reviews. Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is rated 8.8, while IBM Storwize is rated 8.4. 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 IBM Storwize writes "Virtualization significantly decreases the data migration time". Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is most compared with Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, NetApp NVMe AFF A800 and IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe, whereas IBM Storwize is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and NetApp FAS Series.
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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.The response time, compared to XtremIO, is far better.

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The setup is now easy.The ability to create LUNs and modify them are the most valuable features of this solution.The most valuable features are deduplication and compression.They have a virtualization feature and, even if you do not want to buy that feature, you can have it as a trial for two to three months. If you have another brand of storage from another company, you can use this tool to transfer all your data from the old system to the new Storwize system, which really shortens the migration time.High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware acceleration; Advanced copy services features are all in this product.The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.

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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.The initial setup was a little bit complicated.

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I would like them to add more cloud features.Enterprise data storage needs improvement. They should create a feature for data and file storage.The ease of installation should be improved. We had issues with the configuration model.I have looked at a few pages of a report I download and I saw a graph there regarding software-defined vendors. IBM is not in a good position on this graph. I know that they are working very hard on this, to make it much better and to get to a level where it's not only hardware but also software to provide a complete solution.GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services.Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly.

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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 pricing has been very competitive for the last few years. IBM got to the point where they changed the pricing model and we feel very comfortable with the pricing. It's very competitive. Over the last two years, IBM has been coming up with all kinds of interesting promos, especially for the SMB systems. That makes it very competitive price-wise and in terms of performance...IBM V7000 has a new license and price structure which provides intuitive licensing based on the functions customers wish to enable and use the most.

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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.

Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, the IBM Storwize family provides hybrid solutions with common functionality, management and flexibility. These products include built-in functions such as Real-time Compression and Easy Tier technology, which optimize flash and hard disk drives to deliver high performance and extraordinary levels of efficiency. Available in a wide range of storage systems, the Storwize family delivers sophisticated capabilities that are easy to deploy, and help control costs for growing businesses.
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Rackspace, Open Line IP-Only AB, Start Quimica, Informatica El Corte Ingles, Fujikura, Royal Carribean Cruises, Agence France-Presse, University of Pittsburgh, Pelephone
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Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company6%
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Government13%
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Software R&D Company23%
Financial Services Firm18%
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