Compare Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. Nimble Storage

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is ranked 1st in NVMe with 29 reviews while Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 34 reviews. Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is rated 8.8, while Nimble Storage is rated 9.2. 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 Nimble Storage writes "A reliable product that has been 100 percent up". Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is most compared with Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, NetApp NVMe AFF A800 and IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe, whereas Nimble Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage 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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We get storage access without the need for more human monitoring of those resources.Not only is it high performing, but it is also more compact and fits better in our storage arrays than equipment from other storage providers.This solution has given us reliability that is evident by the fact that it has been running for five years with virtually no hiccups.I really like the form factor, which is nice and compact and small.The solution's uptime is fantastic. It's 100 percent. In addition, Nimble's storage capacity efficiency is very effective.The all-flash positions our organization for growth. It is much easier to use, and we do not have to worry about the I/O profile of the workloads that we putting on the array.InfoSight has helped us resolved an issue where the snapshots were growing too big.InfoSight has identified controller failures or performance issues.

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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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The large hardware components may be difficult to fit into some standard racks.I would like to see more advanced analytics in the next release of this solution.An area that needs improvement is extending the life of the device after five years.I would like to see greater integration with Microsoft's Hyper-V platform.The way the market is going, supporting NVMe storage would be useful as a step up.I don't think it is officially released yet, but the main reason that we chose Nimble is because of the sync rep feature. So, I would like to see that further evolve. This feature will be essential for our setups.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 more integrations.

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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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We paid about $80,000 for our permanent site licence.There are no licensing costs for this solution.We buy the arrays outright, so we don't pay anything on an ongoing monthly basis for licensing.Our hybrid solution could do with some more competitive pricing and more scaled-down deployments. Already, the smallest one is too much for us. We would flourish by having a smaller unit.If you don't go cheap, it is eventually worth it. However, the initial investment is high.It is a CAPEX investment. Over the anticipated lifespan, I would say the pricing is $10,000 a month.The price has room for improvement.Performance per dollar, when we looked at it, was the highest that we could get for what we needed.

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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.

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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