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"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"Gives us flexibility, performance, and ease of use. It also has some very good compression capabilities. We were looking for a solution that was easy to install in our VMware environment, that was flexible. PowerStore X is a type of a VMware cluster that you install inside your environment. If you have a VMware environment, like we have in production, it's easy to install and use.""The administration tools take advantage of machine learning and make recommendations to the admins, and that makes the administration easier.""The way you're able to manage all your PowerStores as one solution is very good for us. PowerStore enables you to federate or cluster multiple appliances with automated load balancing. In terms of management, it's helpful that we can do it from a single interface where we're able to manage multiple PowerStores. When you have multiple PowerStores it works intelligently by running the workloads based on the needs of the infrastructure."

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"The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure.""The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.""The main advantage of this solution is performance.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas.""The management software is very good.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access.""Some of the valuable features include MetroCluster switchover, in terms of disaster recovery, it is easy to use, and flexible."

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"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"Where the system needs to improve is by adding more enterprise features like replication on other sites. We would also like it to be much more aligned with the VMware version. For example, today we have two different versions of VMware ESXi running to keep the PowerStore online. It would be better if the software cycling was faster.""The setup process could be improved. We had some issues regarding configuration and the time it took to do things. It wasn't specifically the people we worked with, but more the process and how it's done. They can work on that."

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"NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.""There could be better integration with some of our Cisco products.""This solution does not have any compression or deduplication.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation.""The price of the All Flash solution is very high.""I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems.""Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.""There could be an improvement when it comes to SLA support, it could be faster."

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"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"The price is not cheap, but it's worth it for the features you get from the storage. If you can afford it, you are probably buying the best solution that you can have for this virtual environment.""There's still a cap on the upgrade path, where you can consume all the engines within the frame before you have to go to another frame... Normally, we exceed the IOPS on the frames before we can ever exhaust the storage, so anything they can do to help us avoid stranded storage capacity, capacity that we couldn't get to, would be beneficial.""When we compared it with the other solutions, the pricing of PowerStore was equal. The pricing is good."

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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.""Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product.""Most of my customers pay for the license on a yearly basis. It can be expensive depending on the capacity number.""They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: PowerStore is flexible, scalable, simple, and performant with market-leading economics for a wide range of legacy and… more »
Top Answer: Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management… more »
Top Answer: The way you're able to manage all your PowerStores as one solution is very good for us. PowerStore enables you to… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: In terms of the cost, I do not handle the price or the payments at all. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or… more »
Top Answer: The solution should really build out a more hyper-converged product. In Indonesia, there are many competitors for… more »
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Pavilion HFA
PowerStore
NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

PowerStore 1000T through 9000T models provide organizations with all the benefits of a unified storage platform for block, file and vVol data, while enabling flexible growth with the intelligent scale-up and scale-out capability of appliance clusters. In addition, automated management of resources across the cluster results in superior storage utilization and simplified administration. Designed for the modern data center, PowerStore’s data-centric design with NVMe and hardware-enabled Advanced Data Reduction and 4:1 DRR deliver critical performance and storage efficiency for both traditional and modern applications.

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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Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
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RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Healthcare Company27%
Media Company18%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company13%
University6%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business78%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise19%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise52%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerStore vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Dell EMC PowerStore is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 3 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 14th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 10 reviews. Dell EMC PowerStore is rated 9.6, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerStore writes "Gives us performance and flexibility, and has completely changed our scientific computation environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Easy to set up and performs well, but Technical support is poor for software-related issues". Dell EMC PowerStore is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Primera and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Dell EMC PowerStore vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.

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