EMC VNX [EOL] Alternatives and Competitors

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FelmonKahissay
System Administrator at Bell Canada
Real User
Nov 20, 2019
Offers dedupe, compression, compaction, and the flexibility to offload your cold data to StorageGRID

What is our primary use case?

Currently, we are leveraging AFF for our VMware environment solution. So, we use it as a storage for our customers and are leveraging it to provide a faster storage solution for VMware customers. We are using it for block level based only storage, as of today.

Pros and Cons

  • "AFF has opened our eyes in a different light of how storage value works. In the past, we looked at it more as just a container where we could just dump our customer dBms and let the customers use it in terms of efficiency. Today, to be able to replicate that data to a different location, use that data to recover your environment or be able to have the flexibility with the solution and data. These are things which piqued our interest. It's something that we're willing to provide as a solution to our customers."
  • "Customer service is one area of the product line where I would love to see improvement. I have had several vendor experiences with NetApp where I faced challenges in the initial call trying to navigate the requirements of the service level expectation. Their response could be better improved. However, the final result is great. It is just the initial support level where improvement would help to effectively solve problems."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the product as a 10 (out of 10), but the whole package including the support would be a nine (out of 10). Cold data tiering to cloud is something that we're looking at today. Right now, we're more focused on StorageGRID and being able to do everything on-prem. However, we are looking at Cloud Volumes to leverage for the immediate term use case and how we could leverage a quick turnaround to the market for our customers' needs.
Operatio6735
Operation Manager at a leisure / travel company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Sep 3, 2019
The ease of management has made it so easy that we don't have to have extra storage or systems people

What is our primary use case?

We use the FlashArray X20, M20, M10. We have regulations against cloud, so we're mostly on-Prem. However, we do use Office 365 for email and we have Azure for development on another team but I don't manage that team. Our primary use case of this solution is to house data stores on virtual machines.

Pros and Cons

  • "It helps us maintain uptime much better than other solutions we've used in the past, and the support is extremely quick and responsive."
  • "I would love for them to have a hyper-converged solution."

What other advice do I have?

They're the leader in the industry and everyone's chasing them. They're a cloud-native array that no one's ever done and their storage is excellent. Even if they weren't one of the fastest arrays in the entire industry, I would use them for their support model and ease of use. The advice I would give to someone considering this solution is to look past the sticker shock which is return on investment. I would look at data reduction. I would definitely buy into what people say about their support, which is excellent. I would say that your company, whether you realize it or not, is going to…
reviewer1473348
SAN Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
Jan 16, 2021
Robust and easy to use with a simple setup

What is our primary use case?

Generally, clients use the solution as primary storage or data storage for corporations. They also use it for data replication where they replicate to another site or even on the same site. They're typically replicating the data for a backup situation.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product stands on its own in heavy enterprise environments."
  • "HP has several integration elements that work with other vendor storage products. I'd like to see a greater expansion on that so that a customer can do a more seamless migration from other vendor products."

What other advice do I have?

I'm a consultant and an HPE partner and I have my hands on several different things in terms of products I use. Normally I work with all the versions as far as software versions. I've worked with all the different hardware, 3PAR versions as well, and I do a lot of installations. The big thing and with 3PAR and with any other storage - and this goes for any kind of storage as you're sizing - is to make sure that you are getting the right size environment for what you currently have and what you expect for future growth. Otherwise, you may run into performance issues. On a scale from one to ten…
Robert MacDougall
Storage Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 6, 2020
Stable, the software offerings are solid, and the active-active option works well

What is our primary use case?

This product was used to store all of our production block requirements. We are now migrating to an all-flash storage system.

Pros and Cons

  • "The active-active option seemed to be working well and overall, it was a solid product."
  • "It seemed like every time we turned around it was a statement of work and we'd have to pay for something that our previous vendors would not have billed us for."

What other advice do I have?

I can't say anything about the product itself that was in need of improvement. The areas where we had issues were more along the lines with support and HDS management. For anybody who is interested in this solution, I would say that from a product standpoint, it is fine. The only problem is the support. Anytime we needed support, it was delayed. I'm not sure of the reason for this, but it just seemed like it took a long time to get things resolved. At the time we did our RFP, HDS did not have an all-flash offering. They do now, but I haven't had the opportunity to look at their all-flash…
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