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May 23 2019
What is most valuable?The most valuable features for us are: * True Active/Active Architecture = Painless and quick upgrades that require zero downtime. * All-Flash Design that provides sub-ms response times - Currently < 1ms average (3ms max) across all of our… more»
How has it helped my organization?The newer VMAX3 and PowerMax systems are super reliable, super fast, and are always on. We achieve sub-ms response times for Mission Critical (MC) systems with poorly written applications. This is a workhorse platform, which is also the… more»
What needs improvement?I'm looking for the day in which the VMAX platform can be considered 'web scale.' Web Scale to me means having a distributed cluster (scale out) architecture. It's true that you can scale out VMAX\PowerMax systems by adding Engines. I would… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Setup cost and licensing are pretty straightforward. A single license key enables all of our needed capabilities and functions. The local sales and engineering teams were easy to engage and knowledgeable.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We migrated off various older VMAX and HDS arrays. We switched due to the ease of use, reliability, no-impact upgrades, and performance
Apr 24 2019
How has it helped my organization?VMAX3 is our main system for storage. All our systems and all our virtualizations are connected to it. In terms of expanding it, we are replacing it with a new system, the PowerMax 2000 so our current VMAX3 platform will be decommissioned… more»
What needs improvement?Improvements for PowerMax might be tricky since what we already know that what we will receive is enough for us. All of our requirements are supported by the current version of PowerMax that we purchased. As far as improvements for VMAX3… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Setup costs include a three-year support contract for PowerMax. The contract comes with renewal of the hardware. We usually renew based on the duration of the contract with our outsourcing partner. Generally, when we make a purchase, we… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?I've been using VMAX3 for approximately five years now. I use it for all our virtualization needs across all our server environments. We found this tool to be quite valuable. Though soon we will be migrating or should I say upgrading to the… more»
What other advice do I have?The advice I would give to others looking to implement EMC VMAX is to look at it from the costing and support perspective. This is my advice since we don't have that many requirements aside from the tools, overall performance and the cost… more»
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Jun 27 2019
What is most valuable?EMC has made remarkable improvements in the overall management simplicity. Deploying, Expanding, and Modifying systems are easier than ever. Other valuable features include: * Easy and non-impacting Data-At-Rest Encryption. * Comprehensive compression that reduces data consumption utilization while… more»
How has it helped my organization?The VMAX3 is one of a few systems we have that's truly non-disruptive. Upgrades are coordinated, require zero application downtime, and can be completed in a very short window. Everything is truly active-active. Uptime and reliability are critical success factors within our organization.
What needs improvement?I'm always interested in ways we can scale out and avoid monolithic migrations from one array to another every four to five years. Yes, there are a ton of easy migration methods, but I'd like to see improvements where we can scale out an existing array and remove older controllers\drives\etc… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We migrated off of an older VMAX 20K, VNX 5700 & an older HDS array.
Mar 25 2018
What is most valuable?* Storage * Unisphere * RecoverPoint * Reporting * Creating LUNs * Reliability * Dependability * Resilience
How has it helped my organization?Since using the VMAX that we have had in our organization for many years, after moving from CX4 and prior to that EVA, we have been able to present storage from the VMAX to hosts without any problems. It works with our replication technology, which is not SRDF, which is native replication technology. We use RecoverPoint.
What needs improvement?* Ease of use * Reporting * Performance management * Performance * Dependability * Resilience replication * Power
Jan 09 2019
What do you think of EMC VMAX?
What is most valuable?I like the many new features, especially the all-flash solution.
What needs improvement?I would like this solution to integrate the solution that Dell EMC vPlex offers. In addition, I think they should have a better means to test the equipment.
For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?We have had no issues with the stability of this solution.
What was our ROI?There is ROI for this product. It is always something I look at when choosing a solution.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We looked at HP and Hitachi as other potential solutions. We have two Hitachi subsystems and one Dell EMC subsystem right now.
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What is EMC VMAX?Symmetrix VMAX accelerate your transformation to the software-defined data center with the world's most powerful, trusted, and smart family of storage products.
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