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ITOperatd6bc
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,... more»

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... 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... more»

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

It is costly but worth it. If the network or infrastructure you have is always a sticking point to users or management,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used deployed EMC VNX storage (and still use it for our lower performance applications) and before that,... more»

What other advice do I have??

I wish we bought double the capacity but we only had so much to spend, as I would put every application/server on this... more»
SrNetworee37
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... more»

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... more»

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

Even before Dell bought it, EMC pricing was steep.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Over my thirty years in the IT field, I have tried many solutions. I worked with: * NetApp * EMC SANs * Direct attached... more»

What other advice do I have??

Our company didn’t send anyone to operations training until we had the unit for two years. I would advise you to send... more»
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SrStorag3c22
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

Volume limits of 8192 per XMS and stability. I have unfortunately had some bad experience with bugs and failed... more»

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

If you plan on replicating XIO to XIO you will have to buy RecoverPoint, XIO to XIO only needs SE RecoverPoint lic but... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Mostly all VMAX, we switched for the consolidation of datacenter space.

What other advice do I have??

Consider your migration methods to this array and know your data. For instance, if you are running Windows 2012 you may... more»
Principafd32
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... 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... more»

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

Not much to a basic XIO installation, everything is licensed initially. There is no built in replication or other... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Yes, we had a previous all flash array vendor, however we encountered many issues with support, scalability and a... more»

What other advice do I have??

Understand your workloads and use-cases. This is not a perfect solution for all flash workloads. If you cannot take... more»
Technoloe5af
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

If Dell/EMC were to add native replication to the XtremIO, that would be a great improvement. Right now, external... more»

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

This is the best flash array on the market for high-end workloads, so expect to pay for that. But the support... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were using VNX. The compression and deduplication numbers, as well as the level of effort needed to build RAID... more»

What other advice do I have??

If you have the workloads that require the performance that XtremIO provides, without having to consider what workloads... more»
JohnBowling
Real User
IT Manager - Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Speed and reliability: This system hosts several mission-critical, latency-sensitive workloads and XtremIO has... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Several processes that used to take several hours to complete are now taking minutes to complete. There are advanced... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like hardware capacity additions to be a little more flexible. The upgrade path for the existing XTremIO units... more»

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

At first glance, this solution is pretty expensive. However, when you factor in inline deduplication, inline... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were using several other technologies prior to introducing XtremIO. We switched because PoC testing proved the... more»

What other advice do I have??

Download and utilize a free deduplication\compression tool to identify effective rates to determine effective capacity... more»
Darrell Breeden
Real User
Senior Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Deduplication * High I/O capacity * Thin storage allocation * Snapshot cost and speed

How has it helped my organization?

* The increase in available I/O dramatically changed the responsiveness of our Windows environment. * SQL server... more»

What needs improvement?

* Management: At the time, there was no snapshot scheduler, so I had to write XSnapCourier to address it. The sad thing... more»

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

Don’t buy this array. You’re paying for loads of magic beans, since it’s mediocre at best for a platform in a rapidly... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used a large NetApp array, but the issue was storage density. We were at the point where we couldn’t add... more»

What other advice do I have??

Don’t consider it. Look at a platform that has actual support. EMC is a big name, but their support model is terrible... more»
Christian Thys
Real User
System Engineer IAAS at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The data reduction (deduplication and compression) is the most valuable feature in our business case. We calculated a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it together with VPLEX, which virtualizes the storage array with all its benefits. This virtualization layer... more»

What needs improvement?

It has no storage replication. The replication is done through the VPLEX. In some cases where we don’t need the... more»

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

XtremIO is pretty straightforward about pricing. However, you need to look at your data so you can estimate, with the... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We used HPE and EMC storage arrays, but the main reason we switched was the positive business case. We have a lot more... more»

What other advice do I have??

The XtremIO by itself without a virtualization layer has some drawbacks, like storage replication. I really would... 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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