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Real User
IT Operations Manager at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Dedupe, compression and high I/O are the most valuable features. It is great for applications like Microsoft Exchange, ERP, SQL and VDI; basically saved the VDI buy-in from users, as now performance was seamless in comparison to a physical PC.

How has it helped my organization?

VDI is one of the top mission-critical things we offer our users. This storage runs our whole VDI environment and barely shows a blip on I/O. Previously, we had ran the VDI on non-flash storage and when Windows updates came out, we had to... more»

What needs improvement?

Get rid of the Java aspect of the GUI console. Basically, the GUI to administrator the array uses Java as its base to run on. Java at best is buggy and prone to loading issues, so moving away from this platform would be nice.
Real User
Sr Network Administrtor at a Consumer Goods with 10,001+ employees
May 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* Speed of operation: We had several SQL databases that pounded EMC CX4-480 and EMC VMAX 20K. * XtremeIO handles the flow well, running on the controller memory, rather than straight to the drives.

How has it helped my organization?

It has offloaded high IOPS processes and cleared the main arrays for bulk work.

What needs improvement?

Even with the fast SSD drives and processing on the controller, there was still a lag on the FC ports. The initial node came with only two FC ports per controller. It was used for multiple ports on the VMAX to spread traffic over several... more»
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Real User
Sr. Storage Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 30 2016

What is most valuable?

Data services: Deduplication and Compression. XtremIO performs both these data efficiencies in-line with no latency cost to the hosts. Also the APIs, using APIs you can provision an entire ESXi cluster using PowerShell and VC credentials... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have leveraged XtremIO to reduce data center foot print significantly saving my company tens of thousands annually in floor space, power, and cooling.

What needs improvement?

Volume limits of 8192 per XMS and stability. I have unfortunately had some bad experience with bugs and failed upgrades. It has improved with the new 4.0 code but it’s still not as good as typical EMC. XtremIO and Pure Storage have a volume... more»
Real User
Principal Storage Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 30 2016

What is most valuable?

Snapshots, deduplication, compression – We are using the XtremIO for multi-version databases, in this respect being able to snapshot a database consistency group to create DEV/UAT versions while utilizing deduplication/thin... more»

How has it helped my organization?

DEV/UAT refresh periods reduced from hours or longer to under five minutes.

What needs improvement?

Volume count. A hard limit of 8192 volumes per cluster. This becomes an issue with DR replication and RecoverPoint and trying to maintain the best RPO possible. There is a limit of 8192 volumes/LUNS that can be created. This includes all... more»
Real User
Technology Solutions Director, Converged Infrastructure at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 17 2017

What is most valuable?

XtremIO’s capability to run any workload without much in the way of design considerations makes this very easy to use and size. The configuration of the product is simple, as is creating and presenting volumes. The snapshot capabilities, that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The fact that we can put up to five times more data on the XtremIO X-Brick prevents us from having to buy large amounts of disks. This enclosure occupies six rack units of space, which means we aren’t paying a lot of money for rack space in... more»

What needs improvement?

If Dell/EMC were to add native replication to the XtremIO, that would be a great improvement. Right now, external appliances are needed to replicate XtremIO to XtremIO, or to another EMC system. Having built-in replication will cut the cost... more»
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Bring all-flash, scale-out storage to your enterprise applications with EMC XtremIO. Purpose-built for flash, XtremIO storage arrays are amazingly fast. Delivering high IOPS at less than 1 millisecond latency is just the start. EMC XtremIO helps you harness the power of flash storage by building in innovations like content-based data placement and dual-stage metadata.
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