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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.
The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.
Using this solution has made our backups more reliable.
The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on.
The initial setup is pretty easy and simple.
We have integrated it with VMware. The integration process is pretty good. Especially with VMware, it helps with the capacity of it.
We can capacity plan at a greater level than we used to.
It has absolutely simplified our storage because the dashboards on the consoles show a clear understanding of where you are, and it is also very easy to provision. This been a big help for our teams.
The ease of deployment and management has helped us simplify our storage. We also do not have to worry about capacity management as much. A lot of these things are native to Pure Storage.
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.
I would like to see more VM-Aware features in the next release of this solution.
I would like to see more monitoring capability included in the next release of this solution.
In terms of scalability, it doesn't expand out quite as robustly as some of the others, but it covers 90% of the market in what it does.
The speed could be improved.
I have not seen ROI.
The technical support needs to improve. When we open a case, it is auto assigned to a support tech person. Nine out of ten times, we get an email right back saying that person is off until tomorrow. I cannot handle that. They just did this over the weekend to us, too. I had to call our rep and have them do something about it.
On our dedupe during our initial buy, we were expecting a number a little higher like 4x. However, we are getting about 3.6. While it is close enough, it doesn't quite hit the numbers. So, this has been a challenge.
They need better integration with public clouds along with a better hybrid solution.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
Support is a separate line item. Support is a different cost, but whatever your support is now, that's what you're going to pay forever. If your support's $100 today, six years from now it's $100. It doesn't fluctuate unless you upgrade it, or change it, etc.
Our licensing is renewed annually.
I have seen ROI. It has allowed me to increase the density of my VMs without having to purchase anything additional.
We used a reseller for the purchase.
Our customers have seen a reduction in TCO.
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Also Known As
|Dell EMC PowerMax, PowerMax|
|Dell EMC||Pure Storage|
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.
FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.
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