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Greg Schulz
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 23 2017

What do you think of EMC VMAX?

PART I EMC has announced an upgrade, refresh or new version of their previously announced Virtual matrix (VMAX) 10,000 (10K), part of the VMAX family of enterprise class storage systems formerly known as DMX (Direct Matrix) and Symmetrix. I will get back to more coverage on the VMAX 10K and other EMC enhancements in a few moments in part two and three of this series. Have you heard the industry myth about the demise or outright death of traditional storage systems' This has been particularly the case for high-end enterprise class systems, which by the way which were first, declared dead back in the mid-1990s then at the hands of emerging mid-range storage systems. Enterprise class storage systems include EMC VMAX, Fujitsu Eternus DX8700, HDS, HP XP P9000 based on the HDS...
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The most significant feature of this product is the FAST and FAST VP. FAST VP allows the array to intelligently manage... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has enabled dynamic allocation of disk resources, and at the same time, improved the data access speed and... more»

What needs improvement?

Manageability is a bit of a challenge, as the user interface to access the array is not very user-friendly. Many... more»

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

This part is taken care by another team, so I can't comment on it.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yes. Previously, we had an EMC VNX solution. It was good, but was not suitable for large scale enterprise solutions,... more»

What other advice do I have?

Planning is very important, as this is a product with great capability. If not used effectively, most of it would be... more»
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Richard Kelly
‚ÄéChief Catalyst with 5,001-10,000 employees
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,... more»

What needs improvement?

* Ease of use * Reporting * Performance management * Performance * Dependability * Resilience replication * Power
Principal Infrastructure Architect
Feb 20 2018

What is most valuable?

Stability: Every environment struggles with something that can cause a disruption to application uptime. VMAX is a rock solid foundation to deploy applications which cannot incur a disruption of service.

How has it helped my organization?

We have stabilized many environments with VMAX. We have helped people consolidate numerous applications to provide better uptime and performance.

What needs improvement?

Better speed to release new features that have become industry standards. EMC created so many standards in the past. Now, it seems they are playing a me-too game and lagging behind in some areas, specifically data reduction.


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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.
Also known as
Symmetrix VMAX
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Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Kindred Healthcare, Cosentry, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, Shriners, BZWBK

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