Dell EqualLogic PS series Other Advice

it_user531267
IT Operations Manager with 11-50 employees
It's now end-of-life, end of support, so we're shopping around for a replacement. With all this technology, they only have a lifespan of three to five years and then new features and new functionality come along. New speed. The new ones perform at much faster speed, so you have to change everything often. I'd give the EqualLogic solution a seven out of 10. It is an entry-level SAN for the enterprise. We're a small business. The price point was good for us and it's scalable; we could buy as many modules as we need, as we grow. They work together. The management of it is good but it can't go higher than a seven because, like I say, it's entry-level. It doesn't have all the functionality and features of some of the more expensive ones. But again, based on the budgets we have to work with, it was the best we could afford. View full review »
reviewer736926
System manager
Do not go for EQL. It will be out of production in a few years. Dell EMC Unity is a much better option for price, performance, and safety. If you don't have alternatives, management should be fired! But seriously, you need to have very good control of your workload and IOPS. Which data cause random reads, sequential reads, random writes, sequential writes, etc. And you need to build your environment. The workload needs to be separated in VMs on different disks which touch different data stores and SAN environments. Our relationship with Dell EMC is very good. Dell has always been a good hardware vendor and are really good at it. They are also good in local storage in, for example, their MD series. Really good! They could not make the SAN part in EQL and Compellent. Maybe that was the reason Dell bought EMC. We are also using Dell F10 which provides quite good performance. Hardware is the same as Cisco, but there are some downs with their software. F10 doesn't have any control over some packages, such as pause frames. The switch will try to send those packages to all ports. So if you have activate flow control, you need to turn off RX or TX or the switch will flood all the ports with "unknown" packages. In the end. We will replace all EQLs with Dell EMC Unity. We have not upgraded EQL after 7.1.8, which is quite stable, because firmware upgrades cause us alot of trouble. View full review »
reviewer840291
IT Specialist at a government with 51-200 employees
I would give this solution an eight out of 10. It's pretty straightforward most of the time, and tech support is there when it's not straightforward. I'm giving them a knock for having had that string of hardware problems. The biggest hangup for us was knowing how much disk translates into how much actual space you have, when you're done doing the setup. View full review »
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Cordinat6a12
coördinator ICT
Be sure the product is suitable, the warranty is guaranteed, and technically, use a disk (RAID) calculator for sizing. View full review »
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