Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) Pricing and License Cost

Ryan Parker-Hill
System Team Leader at Deakin University
The solution is expensive; it is not the cheapest solution out there. If you look at it from a total cost of ownership perspective, then it is a very compelling solution. However, if you're looking at just dollar per terabyte and not looking at the big picture, then you could be distracted by the price. It is not an amazing price, but it's pretty good. It is also very good when you consider the total cost of ownership and ease of management. We added on a deduplication license. That is the only thing that we have added. That was a decision where it was cheaper for us to license the deduplication than it was to buy more storage, so we went with that approach. We just did an analysis and found this was the case. We haven't really hit a workload or situation that we have had any issues catering for. Certainly with the huge number of different node types now, we could position any sort of performance from very cheap, deep archive through to high performance, random workloads. I feel like we could respond very quickly to any business requirement that came up assuming they had budget. Even if we didn't have budget, largely with the way our clusters are configured, we typically mix in high and low performance. We won't buy top of the line, high performance, but we will buy basic H500 nodes, which are a large amount of self-spinning disks. That is what we standardize for our high performance tier. View full review »
Jace Gregg
Information Systems Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The pricing is expensive, but I think it's a fair value because it does manage itself. It definitely is much simpler than any of the other scale-out storage platforms that we've looked at in the past. It is a bit higher priced than some of the other systems. I do think it's worth the value, but it's definitely not cheap. View full review »
Keith Bradley
Director of IT at NatureFreshâ„¢ Farms
It's one of those situations where you have to find the right price for you. When we talked to the reseller, we were able to negotiate the right price for what we needed. View full review »
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Maurizio Davini
CTO at Universita' degli Studi di Pisa
The platform is not cheap. However, on the software side, you can choose what you want license. So, you can start your licensing with the features that you need, then after buying the platform add some other features. We went for the traditional NFS and CIFS platform. We have also licensed the HDFS platform because we want to do something with the HDFS. There are some new features, but we are not using all the features because you need licensing for all them. However, we are seeing that the platform is growing. At the end of the day, when we will need some more features, we will license some more of those features, knowing that they will have them. The F600 machine of PowerScale is much better than what we have. It has MDM drives and 100 GB connection with the same software. I know that you can license also some enterprise class features on the platform, but we are not using those features today. View full review »
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 11-50 employees
While the initial setup isn't too expensive, it can end up being expensive depending on how many machines you have or how big you are. View full review »
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