Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Overview

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is the #1 ranked solution in our list of best NVMe All-Flash Arrays. It is most often compared to Dell EMC PowerStore: Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs Dell EMC PowerStore

What is Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe?

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.

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is also known as Dell EMC PowerMax, PowerMax.

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Buyer's Guide

Download the Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: June 2021

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Customers

Rackspace, Open Line

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe pricing:
  • "The labor savings and support have been significant. If we're talking 100 hours of labor every three months, that is 100 hours of a database engineer costs. There are performance latency numbers as well as costs associated with recovering data that gets lost, and this system doesn't lose data. You can look at numbers that go around the cost of downtime, if data is not available. This system doesn't go down. Everyone's ROI is going to be unique, but the dependability and performance of the system combined with its ease of operation will definitely save businesses of all sizes money."
  • "One area for improvement, one that everybody always comes to, is price... it's still quite expensive to purchase these big arrays... For us, the pricing doesn't make Dell EMC uncompetitive."
  • "Negotiate hard and consider the commercial advantages/benefits to Dell EMC for onboarding your product."
  • "In terms of price-performance, it beat out other competitors when we were taking a look and comparing it to the market. That was one of the biggest driving points for us."
  • "We hope that with the combination of both NVMe and SCM the next PowerMax will be much cheaper that the one which we acquired."
  • "The cost is expensive. While VMAX now has good pricing, PowerMax is a little expensive."

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Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
Real User
CloudIQ ensures that all our arrays are properly communicating so we can see performance and storage capacities

What is our primary use case?

We are a very large customer of Dell EMC. We have several different deployments or installations. The biggest use case is probably a multi-tenant or shared environment where we provide many petabytes of storage for multiple customers who utilize that same infrastructure. We are a managed services provider in the cloud sector so we have to deliver high performance storage for thousands of customers who have to be up all the time. There are a lot of different use cases, in general: Having large quantities of storage available that is always available, because of this uptime is important as is… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

The solution keeps getting better. When you go with trusted vendors and time tested technology, things are going to go well for you. I would rate this solution as 10 out of 10.
CM
Storage Team Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Allows us to do backups while users access data, without impact on performance

What is our primary use case?

We are the centralized IT department for a state government and we service every agency in the state. That includes anything from the state police down to DNR, parks, unemployment, and DHHS. There is a wide variety of use cases, but the big hitters on it are Oracle and SQL databases. It's on-prem. It's in two different data centers that are 60 miles apart and we're doing a synchronous replication between the data centers.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."

    What other advice do I have?

    The biggest lesson I've learned using PowerMax is to trust it. For example, with the QoS, don't try and overthink this. It's engineered to take on diverse and disparate workloads. Put it in, watch it for a little bit, and if you don't absolutely need to turn on all the QoS, don't. Let it do its thing. Don't be shocked by the price per GB. Look at your cost of transactions or IOPS. The days of looking at storage as so much per GB are over. It's how much workload you can pass through that storage device. Overall, PowerMax is ideal for storage for enterprise-level, mission-critical IT workloads…
    Learn what your peers think about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
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    VP Global Markets, Global Head of Storage at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Highly resilient with excellent performance and deduplication plus compression capabilities

    What is our primary use case?

    We are primarily using the solution to drive components of an e-trading (electronic trading) platform.

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "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."

    What other advice do I have?

    We are customers of Dell EMC. We are using the PowerMax 2000. My advice to other organizations considering the solution is to fully understand your use case, and test it. Make sure your functional and non-functional requirements are complete, understood, and documented with input and agreement from your internal stakeholders Definitely support your teams with education and training, even internal workshops. This will help make any transitioning smooth - a great tech solution can evaporate very quickly if your teams are not onboard and up to speed on day one. You need to have a good people…
    Infrastructure Lead at Umbra Ltd.
    Real User
    With the SCM memory, it has been set it and forget it

    What is our primary use case?

    We currently use PowerMax NVMe for our file server and all our VMs. It is a SAN, so all of our storage or data sits on it. It is just a great storage appliance.

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "Firmware updates are a bit painful because you have to involve their support, as opposed to having the ability to do it yourself."

    What other advice do I have?

    PowerMax NVMe is very energy intensive, in terms of electricity. You need to spec that out properly. Just because it can fit in the rack doesn't mean it will work by sitting in the rack. You will probably need additional power, specifically just for PowerMax NVMe. It isn't important at this very specific moment that the solution provides NVMe scale out capabilities. However, it will be once we decide to add more drives into this and expand our storage. I would rate this solution as a nine (out of 10). There are definitely areas of improvement, but everything comes down to time and cost.
    VF
    Presales Engineer Information System and Security at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Improved transparency at the end user level and performance on the I/O side

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case is data storage consolidation for mission-critical applications, like billing, the charging system, mobile payment, and intelligent network. Virtualization and cloud infrastructure are where the customer is using many solutions for virtualization, like Hyper-V, Oracle Virtual Machine, OpenStack, VMware, Solaris, Linux, Kubernetes, and Docker. Disaster recovery was also the main focus of the customer to guarantee RPO and RTO. The last use case was a NAS solution through the eNAS provided by PowerMax. The previous eNAS hosted by VMAX 10K has its limits in term of size limit… more »

    Pros and Cons

    • "The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory."
    • "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."
    AW
    Senior BDM at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Excellent technical support with a straightforward setup and great compression capabilities

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution for putting together solutions for our customers.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Technical support has been excellent."
    • "If the solution had more power-saving capabilities, it would be quite nice."

    What other advice do I have?

    We're resellers. We actually use the PowerStore 3000 and 1000 products. I would definitely recommend this solution to other organizations. We've been very happy with it. I would advise people to make sure that you introduce the features and benefits of NVMe and the power and speed and articulate that well to management or the customer. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. It's not perfect. It's evolving. However, it's almost perfect.
    Regional Alliance Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
    MSP
    Top 20
    It is efficient and very simple for our administrators to use

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for tying in high-end analytics services. PowerMax has some tiers which a make difference between the use of the data for our customers. All Dell technologies Solutions have tiers with faster hard disks. This one has special tiers to grant another level of data. That's why we use PowerMax and NVMe technology. It is best for block storage.

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is efficient and very simple for our administrators to use."
    • "I would like NVMe to be end-to-end in the next release. Right now, it is not end-to-end."