Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Pros and Cons

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Pros

StorageEb283
Storage Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The compression and deduplication are the most valuable features because of the cost savings.
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Paul Croteau
Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace Hosting
My storage engineers are very happy with PowerMax. They are very pleased with the performance, decreased latency, and dependability. From the team, the RESTful API makes management so much easier for them versus the command line interface.
A huge benefit of the PowerMax has been the decreasing of our physical footprint. We recently did a consolidation where we went from 58 tiles down to 5. If we had used just the PowerMax, we could have gone from 58 tiles down to 2 tiles, which is huge space savings. If you have 56 newly available floor tiles on a raised floor data center, which you previously had to cool and provide power to, then now, not only are my costs going down, I now have more revenue opportunities because I have more space to put new customers.
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Solutioncc77
Solution Architect at a tech services company
It offers a high level of availability, so pretty much near zero downtime.
The most valuable feature is its global cache, which allows for uncompromised performance.
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Dave Stromberg
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
We can consistently replicate mainframe and open system and have a single recovery point.
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Saleh Al Harthy
Head of IT at National Bank Of Oman
We are happy with the monitoring that Dell EMC is doing for us. They have helped us to identify many issues during the routine checks, issues which we were not aware of.
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John Lyons
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The SRDF replication piece is probably the best feature. It's useful for maintaining recoverability in the event of a disaster.
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Steve Lotthammer
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Uptime by far is the most important thing, and also the replication ability (SRDF). Most of the customers who need this type of availability also want the protection of multiple data centers, and it is able to easily switchover workloads to their other data centers.
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StorageAdc47
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
CloudIQ has become an optimal tool for us to get the full picture of all the different arrays, from mid-tier all the way up. It gives us that single view and the ability to launch the Unisphere. That is really is powerful in being able to manage the array.
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Managerbe82
Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Architec23dd
Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It is very stable. We expect superior performance and reliability from this particular storage system.
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Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Cons

StorageEb283
Storage Engineer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Since the merging of EMC and Dell into Dell Technologies, there has been a hurdle that they've had to overcome, and they're not over it yet. It takes two to three times longer for things to get fixed than it did when they were separate companies. That is something that has to be fixed.
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Paul Croteau
Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace Hosting
I would like them to continue improving the management tools and continue moving towards a RESTful API versus CLI.
They should work with the storage engineers to better tweak the management tools to give them improved visibility into their data.
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Solutioncc77
Solution Architect at a tech services company
I would like to see continued visibility and analytics in the platform.
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Dave Stromberg
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Remove the need for physical or hardwired virtual servers to run consistency groups, instead make the expensive array controllers handle that.
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Saleh Al Harthy
Head of IT at National Bank Of Oman
We had challenges again with the initial setup. I don't know if there was a gap during the requirement-collection phase, but the box was partially delivered to us with missing parts and it delayed the implementation by about 60 days. It was not as smooth as I would have hoped.
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John Lyons
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
When it comes to Oracle and database workloads, data reduction could be a little bit better. Some of the competition, like Pure, have post-processes which do additional deduplication and compression on the backside; everything is in-line and then they do a secondary process. It would be a good option if you could start getting 5:1 or 6:1 data reduction on database workloads.
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Steve Lotthammer
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I hear from people on my team that they would like improved reporting. While there are some decent tools for doing reporting, they would like to see a lot more built-in functionality. This way when they are logged into the interface everyday doing basic management tasks, they could also see some statistics on what is their storage pool usage and will be their projected usage with their current data growth. They want to be able to see more detailed stats on how they are using the system and have forecasting.
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Managerbe82
Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We have issues that we don't know about, which Dell EMC fixes.
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Architec23dd
Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
I would like it to support NVMe over Fabrics, because that is the next item for consideration on the NVMe roadmap. PowerMax supports NVMe on the back-end, but when it starts supporting NVMe over Fibre Channel, suddenly various hosts can directly communicate with PowerMax, and with NVMe-oF, as well. Suddenly, Gen 6 and Gen 7 switchers will be able to help facilitate that particular communication channel.
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Tom Dennis
IT Applications Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are definitely some improvements that can be made to the CloudIQ.
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