Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Pros and Cons

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Pros

Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
There is no management overhead involved in optimizing performance. It does it so well on its own. We don't have to manage much at all. It really is like a set it and forget it solution. My storage engineers love the system. It is a lot less work than our previous systems, which weren't bad by any means. There is not nearly as much management as before. So, we are saving dozens of hours per month for our storage team, and that is a real cost in our business.
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CM
Storage Team Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
The performance is very good. Our predominant workloads are all less than 5 milliseconds and it's most common to have a sub-1-millisecond response time for our applications. In terms of efficiency, we've turned on compression and we're able to get as high as two-to-one compression on our workloads, on average.
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FA
VP Global Markets, Global Head of Storage at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The solution's snapshot capabilities and replication are very good features. Snapshots are allowing us to quickly build analytical models directly from production data. This gives us amazing insights into market trends and allows us to build more effective trading algorithms. Replication offers us unparalleled levels of resilience.
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Infrastructure Lead at Umbra Ltd.
PowerMax NVMe has made it a lot easier to understand how much we are able to provision. It has made it a lot faster to provision new things. 90% of my time for provisioning has been reduced. Also, it has made it very easy to understand and see everything behind it versus the older heritage, where Dell EMC was very convoluted and hard to get working. Things that used to take an hour, probably now take five to 10 minutes.
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VF
Presales Engineer Information System and Security at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory.
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AW
Senior BDM at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Technical support has been excellent.
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Regional Alliance Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is efficient and very simple for our administrators to use.
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Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Cons

Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
Support of the product can be slow and an administrative challenge: planning, scheduling, and overseeing data center access for a Dell EMC rep. One improvement could be to enable a self-maintenance option. The requirements that we go through to get Dell EMC onsite to replace failed drives, power supplies, and other small redundant parts can be unnecessarily complex. If simplified, they could send us the parts, then we could replace them much faster, more easily, and truly within the SLA parameters.
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FA
VP Global Markets, Global Head of Storage at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It's a relatively new product, but for the next release I would like to see higher bandwidth on the front-end adapters. This would allow even greater scalability for critical workloads and consolidation for non-critical workloads. The hosts may not require that level of I/O performance today. However, it allows us to scale physical non-cloud environments without large investment.
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Infrastructure Lead at Umbra Ltd.
Firmware updates are a bit painful because you have to involve their support, as opposed to having the ability to do it yourself.
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VF
Presales Engineer Information System and Security at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The main feature that I personally want to see is the possibility to upgrade to the next generation without changing all the components and just change the engine, relying on the compatibility matrices between two different generations. Meaning that we could just keep the enclosure and upgrade the engine, integrating the enclosure to the existing pool, then adding automation tools for orchestration.
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AW
Senior BDM at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
If the solution had more power-saving capabilities, it would be quite nice.
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Regional Alliance Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would like NVMe to be end-to-end in the next release. Right now, it is not end-to-end.
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