Compare Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is ranked 1st in NVMe with 29 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 9th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 11 reviews. Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is rated 8.8, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 9.0. 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 NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "A consistent platform that can take the same amount of data in less amounts of space from our previous solutions". Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is most compared with Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, NetApp NVMe AFF A800 and IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Pure Storage FlashArray.
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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 main advantage of this solution is performance.The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure.This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs.The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.The replication and mirroring features are very good.The NetApp EF-Series gave our organization easy access to our data bases.The benefits are better up-time, better response time.

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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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This solution does not have any compression or deduplication.There could be better integration with some of our Cisco products.NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.We need a center related to NetApp in Egypt so that we can deal with them directly.The pricing could be cheaper and it should have documentation in more languages, specifically, Russian.It was difficult to implement and lacks some additional features that would be useful, but as a solution fits a particular need for our organization.This solution has limited storage.It needs a better management tool.

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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 is comparable with other competitors and similar in mid-range solutions, and for high range solutions, it would depend on our requirements or needs.The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.he price point that we're getting is very competitive in the market. Since we are buying in such a large quantity, they gave us a huge discount.

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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.

The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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