Dell EqualLogic PS series Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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IT Operations Manager with 11-50 employees
May 28 2018

What is most valuable?

High availability. It has a lot of redundancy and good management software as well as good alerting.

How has it helped my organization?

It did what it was supposed to do and it worked well.

What needs improvement?

Some of the new features include what they call auto-tiering, where data that needs to be on a faster storage, it would automatically detect that and move it to the faster storage or the most… more»

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

We have alerts. Then the lifecycle refresh time came up, end-of-life. Now, you can continue getting support from a third-party who would support for 10 years after the end-of-life. What triggered us… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The last five to seven years we went with Dell and they are a good vendor so we continued with them. The only difference is that EMC products have been acquired by Dell.
Real User
IT Specialist at a government with 51-200 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

When we bought it, we were attracted by the flexibility of being able to put in a new shelf whenever we needed to, to expand.

How has it helped my organization?

It was necessary to enable a lot of the advanced functions of VMware.

What needs improvement?

They may already have a product, but I would be interested in either hybrid-flash or possibly an all-flash option.

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

Licensing is pretty straightforward.

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

We used NetApp for a while, but we hated the interface. That is why we switched. When selecting a vendor, at this point I am looking for someone who can talk technical stuff with me, not just throw a… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
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Real User
coördinator ICT
Mar 04 2018

What do you think of Dell EqualLogic PS series?

How has it helped my organization?

It has contributed to the implementation of virtualization and all its benefits.

What is most valuable?

Reliability Ease of implementation Performance

What needs improvement?

Why is it not possible for both controllers to be simultaneously active (load balancing)? The searchable online documentation is missing.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

I can't say as we have had no significant issues.

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

No previous company. We migrated from a PS4110.

How was the initial setup?

Real User
System manager
Sep 17 2017

What is most valuable?

Synchronous replication. One group, one pool, one IP address, the member stands in two different datacenters with, for example, two hosts in DC1 and two hosts in DC2 in same ESX cluster. If you have… more»

How has it helped my organization?

EQL is pure block storage. EQL has not improved anything. It created a rigid change regime and bureaucracy after several firmware upgrade failures.

What needs improvement?

Block size, controllers, failover mechanism in general for the controllers. 6510 and 6610 have two iSCSI connections in each controller. Why do 6110xxx members have only one, and why do the same… more»

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

All features are out of the box. The license will be in the virtual, OS, or application layer.

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

Started with 14x 6110x to run OS and regular data and some SQL. Filled up the IO long before capacity. Split up the groups and reformatted some of the EQLs to RAID 10 to run only the OS. That worked… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Consultant
Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 23 2013

What is most valuable?

- Great performance for the price - Fantastic scalability via stackable scale-out units - Management interface is simple to use and understand - All tools and add-ons are included in the produce support, including future tooling releases - Support is always terrific - In seven+ years of using Equallogic, I have experienced ZERO unplanned outages on at least fifty arrays

What needs improvement?

- The price of any good iSCSI array is prohibitive for small businesses - Higher price than other competitors in the same space, but the product is superior

What other advice do I have?

I have been using Equallogic arrays for myself and my customers for over seven years now, and they continue to be my gold standard for SMB storage. In my years of using these arrays, I continue to be impressed with their products, performance, configurations, and support.
Vendor
Head of Business Operations with 51-200 employees
Oct 28 2012

What is most valuable?

a. A true virtualized storage system or enterprise storage system for capacity/data level virtualization. b. Performance increased with capacity if additional array included with existing deployment (Scale up architecture). c. Firmware compatibility across models and generations. Virtualization can be done with any generation and any feature model. d. All included application model. Need not to… more»

What needs improvement?

a. Only iSCSI interface. No choice for Fiber Channel connectivity. Have to select either 1G or 10G connecting iSCSI interfaces. b. Have to buy at pre-configured capacity models. Cannot buy 1 or 2 disks to increase existing capacity. c. Limitations to mix different types of disk (SSD, SATA, SAS) into same enclosure. d. Higher price at entry level systems compared to competition. For larger… more»

What other advice do I have?

a. Equallogic PS series arrays are the best suited storage platform for mid to high level enterprises. b. Cost of acquisition may seem to be higher but TCO is lower when compared for the high capacity deployments for virtualized environment. c. A very easy to use interfaces and easy to use wizard based configuration. d. PS Series comes with embedded 24x7 supports from Dell to ensure zero system… more»

What is Dell EqualLogic PS series?

EqualLogic PS Series arrays bring a new level of performance to service more of your most demanding applications and virtualization requirements, while delivering the simplicity of the EqualLogic management experience. Featuring six array configurations, including 2U/2.5" drive options with All Flash and Hybrid Arrays, it is ideal for companies and organizations with growing data and performance needs.
Also known as
EqualLogic PS series
Dell EqualLogic PS series customers
FAW Foundry, AW Engineering, Unimat, eLongNet Information Technology, BDO Brasil, Odyssey Space Research
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