Dell EMC PowerVault Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Consultant
Senior Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 11 2014

What is most valuable?

Extending volume sizes.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows on demand without disruption to growing the size of a volume which then in turn allows a system to see more disk capacity previously this required downtime and… more »

What needs improvement?

Better monitoring / event logs and firmware upgrade process.

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

Setup cost was £30k hard to determine day to day costs.

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

EMC AX3, due to high hardware and maintenance costs Dell was selected.

What other advice do I have?

Understand that this is a entry level storage array and has limited scalability perhaps below 100 server environments.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell EqualLogic was reviewed but deemed too expensive for the use case.
Vendor
Founder / Lead Network Consultant with 51-200 employees
Oct 29 2014

What is most valuable?

Expandability is the most important feature for us.

How has it helped my organization?

The MD3260 has given us the ability to have longer term storage for our customers and a reasonable price.

What needs improvement?

The MD3220i needs to allow for larger drive sizes.

What other advice do I have?

The PowerVault 3220i is a good unit, but my biggest concern with it is that the unit will only support up to 1TB sized hard drives. This makes the cost of unit higher when using it as added storage. The MD3260 is a great unit, inexpensive… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Since we are Dell partners, we simply chose Dell as the vendor. The ease of working with them is what is most important and their technical support has been first class.
Vendor
Sr System Engineer at a outsourcing company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 18 2013

What is most valuable?

A highly reliable RAID system with durable high speed hard disk drives. The OS can be flashed on to a SD card thereby giving you more space for storage. I've found that the enterprise support from Dell Customer Care is excellent.

What needs improvement?

No LCD panel for viewing status on-board.

What other advice do I have?

My Company has huge data requirements for which I bought this Dell Powervault NX 3200 with 10 TB storage. It was selected due to very impressive IOPS performance and has proven itself. In my company there are more than 100 users connecting to this server simultaneously and still the I/O operations are very smooth. Dell-IDRAC provides a nice way to manage and monitor its performance.

What is Dell EMC PowerVault?

PowerVault MD3 storage arrays help you cost-effectively address the challenges of data growth with versatile solutions that are optimized for smaller-scale storage consolidation, flexible virtualization projects and high business continuity.
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PowerVault
Dell EMC PowerVault customers
Dayco, FAW Foundry, University of Cambridge, Finder, Stadtwerke Pforzheim GmbH & Co.