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Real User
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 22 2019

What is most valuable?

It's a great solution. We have 100% high availability and 100% business continuity. All our banking is All-Flash behind the Vplex. We've seen great enhancements from the performance point of view. There's good availability, stability, and continuity, but the performance actually has increased by 60 or 70%.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to be simplified. When you integrate your storage with other systems, could use a little bit of automation.

What other advice do I have?

We've used multiple versions of the solution. We started with a legacy version from the VMAX 40K and then we went to the VMAX All-Flash 450FX. Currently, we are planning also to use PowerMax 8000. We use the on-premises deployment model. We don't deal with any cloud models. I would rate the solution nine out of ten. I'm talking from the banking sector point of view. The banking sector is a more… more»
Infotecharch67
Real User
IT Architect at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 16 2019

What is most valuable?

What I like about this solution, is that it is really fast and it's really good in compression. So you can put a lot of data in line on it. I've used it for cases like VDI in a healthcare environment because we use multiple copies of it. It is very good and has very good performance. It can handle… more»

What needs improvement?

What needs to improve is that the end compression uses a lot of CPU, which makes it difficult or impossible to upgrade. I believe that it has improved in the upgraded versions, which we don't have yet. Also, the price and interface should be simplified too.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used another EMC program, but it was not flash only, so that's why we switched to this solution. It possible to buy an all-flash system and, based on the compression features, we changed to this unit.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to test it first to see the expected ratios. Do a check to see if they deliver what they promise. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. To make it a perfect ten, I would like to see better scalability.
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Seniorbuild67
Real User
Snr. Build Engineer at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable features are the inline data reduction and deduplication.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm able to deploy a scalable amount of virtual machines from images of hundreds of gigabytes per second.

What needs improvement?

It's not an improvement so much as a query. What I'm curious about is whether or not the feature has the ability to do inline data reduction between two physical storage solutions. If we have one storage solution in the UK and the other in… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It was the company's choice to switch to this solution. I don't remember what we had beforehand. I think that they made the switch because we knew we were going to have a large amount of data. The data reduction deduplication that this… more»

What other advice do I have?

The performance of some of the features of the solution is very powerful. XtremIO was powerful enough to allow us to disable features of other items. If I didn't have to think about the cost, I would rate the solution ten out of ten. This… more»
Real User
Manager, EMEA Datacenter and Database Operations at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 01 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC XtremIO Flash?

What is our primary use case?

The performance very good, and the use case is actually we decided to have all flash a couple years ago and Xtreme IO was one of the vendors that your EMC partner reccomended so there was no discussion of what kind of storage we would buy.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are: Complete performance Ease of use

What needs improvement?

The stability of the product needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am not too impressed with XtremeIO because we had a major failure.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very expensive to scale. You have to buy an additional system to extend from one disc, for instance.…
Mohammad Salman
Real User
Manager of Customer Services at Jordanian Universities Netwotk L.L.C.
Sep 27 2019

What needs improvement?

The most important thing for the system engineer is to check if there is latency in the IOPS for any run. You cannot measure the number of IOPS or whether or not it is overloaded. You cannot measure anything in EMC about this. Most solutions, especially HP, improved our fall-over performance, with our database and servers. Most servers are HP, but we use EMC now only for backup. One thing that… more»

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

The initial purchase price was good but when you need to upgrade, it's a different story.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, including the format, support, and technical performance, I would rate it as seven of ten.
HassanZaki
Real User
Data Center Manager at overit
Sep 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable feature is its high performance.

What needs improvement?

The deployment of the solution could be simplified. The solution should be integrated into the system by default and not separately.

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

The pricing is okay. It tends to offer some of the best pricing, but I still think it could be better.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. My advice to those who plan on implementing the solution is to make sure you are doing accurate sizing. Don't just size for your current use only. I would rate the solution nine out of ten.
Real User
IT Manager at a tech services company
Sep 24 2019

What do you think of Dell EMC XtremIO Flash?

What is our primary use case?

We are partners with this solution. In my company, we provide the cloud model. We offer service for public and private cloud and also on-premises.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are that it is fast and reliable. 

What needs improvement?

The management should be improved and the GUI interface could be better and easier. In the next release, they should improve the replication. There should be high availability. You can't do replication from one EMC to another, you would need to use another tool with the way it is now. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support depends on the contract and the partner that you are working with. There are some partners that don't have enough knowledge about support.

How

Regtechmgr67
Real User
Regional Technical Manager CST at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 22 2019

What do you think of Dell EMC XtremIO Flash?

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for virtualization. The deployment model used was on-premises.

What is most valuable?

I like the deduplication and auto-tiering features.

What needs improvement?

The product could be improved by reducing the pricing and having better organization in their technical support team.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable. I would give it five out of six, not 100% only 90%.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good but they are not well organized.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

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