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JohnBowling
Real User
IT Manager - Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We migrated off various older VMAX and HDS arrays. We switched due to the ease of use, reliability, no-impact upgrades, and performance
Romulo Luis
Consultant
Consultant at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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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Consultant
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 the access to the data, wherein the data that… 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 application performance by a large extent.

What needs improvement?

Manageability is a bit of a challenge, as the user interface to access the array is not very user-friendly. Many important service consoles, such as the SymmWin is hidden… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes. Previously, we had an EMC VNX solution. It was good, but was not suitable for large scale enterprise solutions, hence the switch took place. Also, it was a unified… 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 wasted, which would affect the ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, HPE and IBM storage solutions were considered, but VMAX seemed to meet most of our requirements.
JohnBowling
Real User
IT Manager - Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We migrated off of an older VMAX 20K, VNX 5700 & an older HDS array.
Richard Kelly
User
‎Chief 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, 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
Reseller
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.
Real User
Head of Microinformatics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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