Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) Competitors and Alternatives

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Kanchana Herath
Real User
Manager Technical Sales at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Mar 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its ability to handle a high number of users while maintaining both stability and performance. For example, with more than 100,000 users, the performance is stable. With some other NAS products, as the number of… more »

What needs improvement?

We would like to have a more economical version of this solution that is suitable for use with a mid-range scale, such as one that can handle between 35,000 and 50,000 users. The manageability needs to be improved, as the interface for… more »

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

This solution is not suitable for SMB because the price is more expensive. Costs are based on the features and it is a considerable amount. It really depends on the needs of the client.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used solutions by Dell EMC and they are easier to use. EMC also has cloud-connectivity built-in.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to get support for the process. It's not a customer-implementable solution if you don't have a Hitachi-certified engineer. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Reseller
CTO / Co founder at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jul 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that I like most is the analytics part of the file system. It offers good insight into the process including what and where things are happening, including which users and what files are involved. They have implemented the most important features and they're steadily enhancing it. The… more »

What needs improvement?

There is plenty of room for improvement. In the future, I would like to see non-disruptive updates. Switching our or replacing nodes should be easier to do.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We work with a variety of different products and vendors for storage solutions. We're selling Dell EMC storage, Unity, Isilon, Qumulo, Pure Storage, and more recently, Cloudian. Compared to Isilon, they have only a subset of the features.

What other advice do I have?

The mastery of the market in this space comes down to scale and from my perspective, Qumulo and Isilon are the only two products in the market. My preference is Qumulo and I recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Real User
Principal Architect Infrastructure Solutions at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is SnapMirror.

What needs improvement?

If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product. Some of our customers complain about not liking the UI, whereas others say that they love it. Also, some say that the FAS is too slow and some… more »

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

The price depends on the size and features. I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD. It would be very difficult to give an average cost. In some cases, there are costs in addition to the standard licensing… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I regularly work with solutions from NetApp, Dell, and HPE.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of this product depends on the use cases and the environment. For places where we sell it, it fits well. In places where it doesn't fit well, we would typically go with another solution like NetApp All-Flash storage, or… more »
Real User
Digital Transformation Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 22 2020

What is most valuable?

This solution is convenient and easy for us to use. It ships with a Windows license included and because we have Active Directory in our domain, it makes it easy for us to operate. The reliability is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows me to better and more easily manage user data without impacting my primary storage.

What needs improvement?

We need some monitoring tools and it would be helpful if they were included. I would like to have the ability to monitor the system at any point in time.

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

This is an economical solution for the company and I am satisfied with the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

We have just started with HPE StoreEasy but I am looking forward to working with it. I am satisfied with the technical details and to me, it seems like one of the best solutions available. I would… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have compared the Dell EMC Isilon and I think that the HPE StoreEasy solution has some advantages over it.
Real User
Professional Services Team Lead at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Oct 06 2020

What do you think of Huawei OceanStor 9000?

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for CCTV data and video.

What is most valuable?

It has many options for scalability, and it is stable.

What needs improvement?

The call charges and the management cost should be more friendly. They can also include monitoring and management. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. There are no issues related to stability. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did not try to scale it, but the scalability is there. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used an EMC…
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