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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 critical, important, and discretionary. The Symmetrix's line… 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 components across the board. Now, you can't get them. You… 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 the price point still drops on the overall cost of the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Right now, we're doing a PoC with HPE 3PAR storage. We currently have almost 100 percent Dell EMC storage technologies in play. We are looking at it as other vendors to see if they have comparable products, what we can use, and if there are… more»
Paul Croteau
Real User
Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace Hosting
May 27 2019

What is most valuable?

PowerMax specifically is giving us incredible improvements in performance. Significantly decreased the latency, which is different than IOPS. I've been told by the team, "Don't focus on IOPS anymore, it's the latency. Not how fast is the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are a lot of ways that PowerMax is helping our organization function. From a storage admin standpoint, there is no longer a need to rely on the command line interface (CLI) to get data which is needed for performance monitoring and… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

As a major service provider, who has been working with Dell EMC for well over a decade, hosting mission-critical applications for important brands and businesses, along with some health institutions, where access to data is literally a life… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at Dell EMC storage solutions. They have been around for a long time and are time-tested. The R&D department is constantly improving its offerings with better features, better performance, great return on investment for your purchases… more»
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Reseller
Solution Architect at a tech services company
May 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its global cache, which allows for uncompromised performance. It offers a high level of availability, so pretty much near zero downtime. It is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have customers who are using this for large Oracle and SQL applications and European SAP types of infrastructures. They are integrating PowerMax with ProtectPoint for… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see continued visibility and analytics in the platform.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

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

We looked at this system because we analyzed applications and workloads, then understood our customer's business requirements. It is understanding that there is a need for… more»

What other advice do I have?

Engage a reseller to analyze the workloads and do the data-driven architecture behind it. Use the data to drive the solution and make sure it meets your requirements… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Alternatives in the Dell EMC portfolio are primarily XtremIO and Unity. However, PowerMax is the only product which can meet the uptime and latency requirements.
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 be able to recover in a DR scenario.

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 on there that the array is flagging things as… 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 already on VMAX, our decision was related to a data center… 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 easy to use. If you have mainframe, you have few… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When it's mainframe there are only three: IBM, Hitachi, and Dell EMC. The arrays at this level are all fairly competitive. IBM doesn't support VMware the way that we needed it to. Hitachi and EMC were… more»
Saleh Al Harthy
Real User
Head of IT at National Bank Of Oman
May 29 2019

What is most valuable?

* Availability * Reliability We are also 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.

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of mission-critical applications, we are running our switch, which is the most critical application that we have in our organization, on the storage box. It is because it is reliable and, in terms of performance, we do not have any… more»

What needs improvement?

We are facing challenges with the SRDF replication which we got with the latest, new box. Overall, it has been working for us so well for the past few years. We hope that whatever bugs there are right now in the PowerMax are going to be… more»

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

We were using the same solution. We just upgraded it. The solution’s architecture influenced our buying decision with the new features it has, and the smoothness of the migration was also important. The last time we upgraded there was… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have already recommended this product to two institutions who called. Our view of the product is positive. Our experience has been positive. As head of IT, my worry was about the migration. We believe in the technology, but how could we… more»
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 important for our customers. In terms of helping to… 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 Oracle and database workloads, data reduction could be a… 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 as the XtremIO, but we didn't think it was going to be as… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were initially doing a PoC and comparing PowerMax against other arrays: NetApp, XtremIO X2, and Pure. We were doing a performance benchmark and it came in second compared to XtremIO X2, so it did a good job.
Steve Lotthammer
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 26 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We definitely have situations where we have multiple siloed storage arrays, especially like higher-end VMXs or mid-range storage. So, we have four or five arrays that we can go and take those and put… more»

What needs improvement?

I am looking for ease in usability going forward. PowerMax is super powerful, but because it's been around for so long, there is some complexity in configuration and getting the right SLAs set up that… more»

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

We haven't done very many migrations from VMAX3-AFA to PowerMax, just because they're close enough in numbers and performance. However, we are seeing a lot of movement from earlier generation VMAX to… more»

What other advice do I have?

We do a lot of managed services. Where we get a lot of use from the data is we gather a ton of statistical data about our customers: How they're growing and using their own data. Therefore, we have a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are very few other products on the market which I've run into that can give performance at this level of availability.
Real User
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 28 2019

What is most valuable?

We're using a combination of Unisphere and CloudIQ. 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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the valuable features is that less work needs to be done on the arrays now, compared with what used to be. I used to spend most of my day managing the array. Now I'm more managing the interconnections and the flows of data, and not… more»

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

We had been using the VMAX line prior, and this was just a case of capacity and performance growth. We refreshed our environment to get the most performance we can out of our applications. The architecture - using the NVMe on the back end… more»

What other advice do I have?

This should be on your shortlist. You should really take look at PowerMax. They're reliable. They do everything you could possibly want and much more. They have a lot of features that other arrays just don't. We'd rate it as a ten. It has… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

PowerMax was the shortlist.
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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.

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