Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Competitors and Alternatives 2019

Read reviews of Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe competitors and alternatives

Real User
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
May 31 2019

What do you think of Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe?

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is reliable at the end of the day.

How was the initial setup?

It is not complex for us because we have done so many of them. We have a lot of people with experience now.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered Pure Storage.

What other advice do I have?

It is a product that people take for granted.
Real User
Storage Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The compression and deduplication are the most valuable features because of the cost savings.

How has it helped my organization?

It simplifies things, as we are using higher availability systems. We have always had a 70:30 effective rule between vital critical applications and those systems which are not… more»

What needs improvement?

There are glitches in the system at this point in time. I don't get the information that we've traditionally gotten, things like the power report that used to be standard for all EMC… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Since 2016, we have been buying all-flash components and the price has been trending downwards. What we are seeing in the new products, since we went from the VMAX3 to Power Max, is… more»
Real User
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 31 2019

What do you think of Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe?

What is our primary use case?

Our mission-critical environment is on the PowerMax.

How has it helped my organization?

It does what it's supposed to.

What is most valuable?

The All-Flash array Performance Reliability

What needs improvement?

Our operations team would say that the GUI needs improvement. You taking an island-of-storage and just creating another.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is acceptable and what we expected.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been A plus.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We chose this solution because we wanted to go with the All-Flash array.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was…
John Lyons
Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The SRDF replication piece is probably the best feature. It's useful for maintaining recoverability in the event of a disaster.

How has it helped my organization?

As a partner, we don't have PowerMax in-house but for my customers the SRDF replication is an advantage. The ability to have a scalable, all-flash array is pretty impressive. That's… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more cache because we are limited to two terabytes of cache now. More cache would potentially help drive better improvements in performance. Also, when it comes to… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give PowerMax a nine out of ten, only because we had that single issue with the compression module failing. Otherwise, it did exactly what we wanted it to. It wasn't as fast… more»
Real User
Storage Architect at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The data services, especially SRDF, are its most valuable features. We are using Unisphere for monitoring. REST API is great for configuring the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have two sites and two data centers. So, we use SRDF to do transfers and fail overs.

What needs improvement?

Accessibility to new users needs improvement.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used mid-range solutions that just didn't scale. We used to have a whole bunch of arrays. Now, we have consolidated them onto… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at it. Don't be afraid of its complexity. It has great performance. Data is core to our business. Have an array with our data on it is very… more»
Dave Stromberg
Real User
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 28 2019

What is most valuable?

We can consistently replicate mainframe and open system and have a single recovery point.

How has it helped my organization?

A lot of our critical applications are mainframe and open system-based, and they spread between those two. So, we need a platform like PowerMax to… more»

What needs improvement?

I started using CloudIQ two days ago, and all it's been doing is filling up my phone with alerts that aren't worthwhile. There is something going… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We came off VMAX. Our performance requirements were to just match the VMAX levels. I find the array is doing that for host IO. Since we were… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's effective at doing what you need it to do. It's fairly high-powered, but the management interface has a long way to go to be made simple and… more»

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