Most Helpful Review
"Time machine" feature allows us to go back a few seconds or a few minutes, to before a ransomware attack
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We are a 100% satisfied with the stability of the solution.
Stability-wise, this solution is fine.
The feature I find most valuable, is the deduplication, because the nature of the data that we are using in our current environment, has a lot of replicated data.
The performance of the All-Flash System is very good. There is more enhanced performance and data production in the solution, which I appreciate.
The initial setup was really straightforward. It was not complex. Deployment took one month, due to the data migration duration.
The FS900 uses custom built flash modules offering with better latency, and is also denser packed then most modular all-flash arrays using commodity SSDs.
An easy interface to set up, good build quality, and easily accessible parts for hot swapping combined with sub 500 us latency under heavy load.
The initial customer technical support was efficient and effective.
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 whole product is based on point-in-time restore capabilities built into their storage appliance, and no one else I know does that.
The unit has been running at 100% without an issue.
Any time I have needed anything, from a simple question to someone to be onsite, the customer service has been exceptional.
The Reduxio unit is superior in its ability to recover from any second.
It has a very intuitive interface, it integrates more smoothly with our steps. With a different product from a different manufacturer, there are a lot more steps required to set up a volume, to make it available in VMware and to utilize it there.
We like the way the Reduxio is designed, the way the managing/operating end is just so much easier; fewer steps, more intuitive steps. It has a number of features baked into it that, in other products, are additional licensed components, like compression and dedupe.
The biggest feature, and one of the reasons we use it with the file shares, is its continuous Snapshotting. We can go back to almost to any point in time, not only to last night at midnight or a week ago, but 10 minutes ago or three-hours-and-so-many-seconds, or whatever the case may be. We already had a brush with ransomware in the past, so it's good to know we can dial back to just before a mishap happens.
It's very intuitive, has a very modern interface. Instead of making the user set up a million parameters for things that the system knows better anyway, they put all the intelligence in the product and made the controls much easier.
I think the only thing the developers can look at, is that it is limited to 25 gigabytes currently. In the next release they might want to increase that.
This solution needs a management console where we are alerted to issues and can report them, or escalate them through email or another method.
I would like to see an improvement in the handling of large amounts of rights.
The solution is not easy to implement. It takes a lot of time to study the product and it's a little complicated in general.
The solution is not able to replicate data in one-to-many scenario.
When we performed some HW fault tests under heavy load, we found that some of the parts (fan units and PSUs) should only be removed from the airflow for a short time (less than a minute) when replacing.
Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR.
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.
The only critique that we have is it needs the ability to have local users added. You have to log in as one built-in admin account. You can't create your own.
It would be helpful to have the ability to recover virtual machines individually without having to restore the full LUN.
t would be helpful to have a mobile app to monitor the storage array remotely.
Needs to be made easier to use with slightly older versions of VMware.
The ability to look at data at a file level would be useful, as well as the ability recover at that level. Right now, you can only recover whole volumes.
The only thing that I'd like to see, at some point in time, is having the storage array being able to detect a ransomware attack. When you get hit by a ransomware it rewrites every block in your guest's virtual machine. So there should be a way for them to be able to detect that: "Hey, this is unusual, to see every block of this guest being rewritten all at one time," and then flag that as potential malware or ransomware.
Scalability is a little unusual. We came from the NetApp world where, if you needed more disk space, you just added more drives into the chassis, whereas with Reduxio, if you need more disk space, you have to buy a new chassis.
the only thing I would say negative about Reduxio is the cabling was a little bit confusing at first, but now that we understand it, it's easy. It was just so different from what we've seen before. That was the only hard part to get used to. The storage array is fully redundant, so there are some cross-connect cables that you have to run, from the A side to the B side, and the B side back to the A side, and we've just never seen anything like that before. But now that I understand the design, it makes complete sense. But initially it was confusing.
Pricing and Cost Advice
For a yearly license, it is about $100,000. There are no additional costs. The entire system is included.
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.
The licensing is very simple with Reduxio. It is actually one of the attractions, unlike some of the other products. The other product we're using, in some of its incarnations, has extremely complex pricing, with every spindle having an associated license and fees. With Reduxio it's very simple. For the box - the hardware comes in essentially one configuration for the chassis, the unit (and you can buy multiple units and daisy-chain them) - there is no "a-la-carte," so many drives of this kind or that kind, etc. It has a basic hardware configuration. Then, through the software license, they allocate or assign you the right to use the full capacity, or half of it, or a quarter of it. Of course, if you're not using the full capacity but need to, it is a simple phone call to upgrade. It's as simple as it gets.
Set up costs are minimal. We were early adopters so we received really good pricing.
I think that you are able to buy a minimum capacity, then grow your capacity within the box as you expand your data needs.
ROI is how much (time, money, resources) you will save in case of a ransomware attack because you had this box.
I think the pricing is good value, because you're not just buying a storage array, you're buying a backup solution and a DR solution and a "time machine" solution, all bundled in one storage array. When we had NetApp storage we had to then go out and buy a copy of Veeam which is a backup solution. With the Reduxio, you still need to do backups but you don't need that software product.
You want the best, you've got to pay for the best, that's all. In terms of licensing, just work with your VAR. The features, overall, were just too good to pass up, even though it comes at a premium.
Only one device is sold. Negotiate the initial storage, but you can start small and move up with ease. Negotiate.
One of the key selling points of the Reduxio was that it really is fully licensed for the unit. There are no additional licenses needed for the product, which really helps scalability. There were no additional options to purchase, per se. They were already wrapped into the product.
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|IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.|
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.
Reduxio's HX550 flash hybrid storage arrays, based on Reduxio's TimeOS storage operating system allow you to recover application data to any second in the past, eliminates most of the complexity associated with managing storage, and provides exceptional performance and efficiency, far exceeding anything available today.
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