Dell EqualLogic PS series Overview

Dell EqualLogic PS series is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Modular SAN tools. It is most often compared to HPE StorageWorks MSA: Dell EqualLogic PS series vs HPE StorageWorks MSA

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.

Dell EqualLogic PS series is also known as EqualLogic PS series.

Dell EqualLogic PS series Buyer's Guide

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Dell EqualLogic PS series Customers
FAW Foundry, AW Engineering, Unimat, eLongNet Information Technology, BDO Brasil, Odyssey Space Research
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ITCS user
CTO/Executive Vice President at Planet Data Solutions
Real User
Enterprise features for snapshot management and replication benefited us greatly, but performance and vision for the product were lacking

What is our primary use case?

* We ran a large data housing solution that contained billions of data files. * We also used the product for VM storage and file server storage.
IT Operations Manager with 11-50 employees
High-availability, a lot of redundancy, good management software but it's entry-level SAN

What is our primary use case?

We use it for virtual machines and data. It performed well but it's end-of-life now. We have to refresh everything. It's still working but it's end of support for the product.

Pros and Cons

  • "Its high availability. It has a lot of redundancy and good management software as well as good alerting."

    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 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…
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    IT Specialist at a government with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Gives us the flexibility to put in a new shelf whenever we need to expand

    What is our primary use case?

    It is shared storage for VMware.

    Pros and Cons

    • "We were attracted by the flexibility of being able to put in a new shelf whenever we needed to, to expand."

      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 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.
      coördinator ICT
      Real User
      It has contributed to the implementation of virtualization and all its benefits

      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?


      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?

      System manager
      Real User
      Among other things, ​block size, controllers, and failover mechanism for the controllers need improvement

      Pros and Cons

      • "If you have one datacenter fail, the VMs will start to run inside the other data center."
      • "6510 and 6610 have two iSCSI connections in each controller. Why do 6110xxx members have only one, and why do the same members have the possibility of having an active iSCSI interface in the passive controller? It could make a lot of noise with a failover."

      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! 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…
      ITCS user
      Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Top Reviewer
      Continues to be my gold standard for SMB storage

      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.
      Head of Business Operations with 51-200 employees
      Dell Equallogic PS Storage System: a true virtualized iSCSI Storage Platform

      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 downtime.
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