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Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) Competitors and Alternatives

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Storemgr67
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Good compression and deduplication features, good price, and stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable."
  • "They can improve its initial configuration. The initial configuration is currently very difficult. There are multiple choices or alternative ways to configure based on the use case and what you are targeting out of the device, that is, more capacity or more performance. These multiple alternatives cause a lot of confusion. They should increase the processing part of the nodes. Currently, you can cluster up to eight nodes. From my experience and the workload that I am facing in my environment currently, I would like to see either a bigger or stronger node or a larger number of nodes that can be clustered together. We formally communicated to them that we need to see either this or that, and they are working on something."

What is our primary use case?

It is block storage. We basically use it for the storage units.

What is most valuable?

The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable. 

What needs improvement?

They can improve its initial configuration. The initial configuration is currently very difficult. There are multiple choices or alternative ways to configure based on the use case and what you are targeting out of the device, that is, more capacity or more performance. These multiple alternatives cause a lot of confusion.

They should increase the processing part of the nodes. Currently, you can cluster up to eight nodes. From my experience and the workload that I am facing in my environment currently, I would like to see either a bigger or stronger node or a larger number of nodes that can be clustered together. We formally communicated to them that we need to see either this or that, and they are working on something.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for 14 to 15 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If you set it up correctly, it is very stable. After we configured it correctly, we didn't have any issues. I didn't have any issues after the first week of the configuration.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't scaled it yet, but based on the documentation and specification, it is actually scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in touch with IBM support, and I did it a lot. Normally, they respond within an acceptable time with a sufficiently detailed answer. Around 90% of the time, you will get the answer straight back. In some rare cases, you need to ask them more. You send them a mail asking to clarify something or get more details about how to do a specific task, but normally, they provide a satisfactory answer.

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

We are a very large bank, and we have a lot of storage devices from multiple vendors. We have devices from Dell EMC, NetApp, and Pure Storage. Every product has its advantages and disadvantages. 

If you are targeting functionality, we get the most functionality from IBM FlashSystem, and then from Pure Storage, and then from Dell EMC boxes. If you are targeting performance, then Dell EMC will come first, then IBM FlashSystem, and then Pure Storage. If you are targeting compression deduplication that will generate more capacity, then Pure Storage will come at number one, IBM FlashSystem will come at number two, and Dell EMC will come at number three.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial configuration is difficult. We went through the books and manuals, but we didn't do it correctly. Therefore, we had to start again from scratch. It took two or three attempts to do it correctly. 

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it on our own. My team is managing all of the storage devices that we have, and there are six of us. IBM is responsible for its maintenance.

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

Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year.

Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to get somebody to do it for you. Don't do it yourself, or read the book carefully. Our implementation was complicated, so we ended up doing it multiple times. Other colleagues I know in other institutes have much smaller systems than the one we bought. They implemented it in four hours. So, for complex and big implementations, either get an expert to do it for you or read the documentation multiple times before you start, which we didn't.

I would rate IBM FlashSystem an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
KH
Manager Technical Sales at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good performance and reliability, but the management interface needs to be improved

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is its ability to handle a high number of users while maintaining both stability and performance."
  • "I would like to see the inclusion of support for cloud-connectivity to providers like AWS."

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integrator and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers. It is a mass storage system.

An example of one use case that has been deployed is a CIFS solution in a home directory environment. We have also implemented it as part of a media server solution.

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 users increases, the performance decreases.

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 doing so is not that great.

I would like to see the inclusion of support for cloud-connectivity to providers like AWS.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Hitachi NAS for about ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Hitachi NAS is for enterprise-level organizations but the standard varies across the world. It is easy to scale but in Sri Lanka, you will have 10,000 or 20,000 users, maximum.

How are customer service and technical support?

Hitachi's technical support is good.

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.

How was the initial setup?

I would say that the initial setup is of medium complexity. It is not as easy as these "on the fly" solutions but it is not that much harder, either.

The length of time required for deployment depends on the customer, their requirements, and their environment. It may take a couple of days to complete.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house team that does the implementation and deployment for our customers.

Maintenance is not done by us or the customer, but rather the partner. It involves installing updates and things like that.

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.

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
BB
CTO / Co founder at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Easy to set up, good technical support, and it provides valuable usage analytics

Pros and Cons

  • "The feature that I like most is the analytics part of the file system."
  • "In the future, I would like to see non-disruptive updates."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Qumulo is one of the storage products that we implement for our customers. Our customers have many use cases including storing office data, audio-video, graphics, and more. Our customer base is primarily in the media and entertainment business

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 update schedule and roadmap are such that every two weeks, there are new features being released.

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with Qumulo for about two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our customers for this product are small to mid-sized companies.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in touch with technical support and I think that they're very good. They are very responsive and very knowledgeable.

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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy. The setup of the cluster itself, without the hardware installation, can be done within an hour. As long as somebody has the proper networking skills then it will be easy for them to set it up.

What about the implementation team?

We have our own team of five people who handle the maintenance for our customers.

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
DC
Principal Architect Infrastructure Solutions at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Straightforward to set up and it scales well

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is SnapMirror."
  • "If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and NetApp FAS is one of the infrastructure-related products that we implement for our clients. Our customers' use cases vary, where some of them use it as a backup target and others use it for the general workload. The primary use case is probably for general workload.

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 say that it performs fine. It's all relative and depends on the customer as well as the use case.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with the FAS series for about 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The FAS series is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product scales really well.

How are customer service and technical support?

The group that supports FAS supports all of the various NetApp products. I have found their support is responsive and thorough.

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

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

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

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 fees.

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 something from another vendor.

My advice for anybody who is implementing the NetApp FAS series is to make sure that it's the proper fit. Perform a detailed sizing analysis prior to making the purchase.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Digital Transformation Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to use, good reliability, and it includes a Windows license that makes it easier for Active Directory integration

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution allows me to better and more easily manage user data without impacting my primary storage."
  • "We need some monitoring tools and it would be helpful if they were included."

What is our primary use case?

We had some trouble with equipment in our NAS solution and we are evaluating HPE StoreEasy as a replacement. We have a capacity problem for our file servers because our user data is growing so much. Our goal is to keep the user data separate from the server data.

How has it helped my organization?

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

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 good.

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been testing HPE StoreEasy for the past 15 days.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a reliable solution.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment took about one week.

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.

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.

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 rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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