2019-05-08T23:27:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe?


If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Real User

From what I've heard people seem to think that the cost of the array is prohibitive. And I would tell them to look at the ROI and do their cost analysis on it because from what I've found, cost per gigabyte is much lower than what it was for previous arrays as well as the overall cost of ownership in the reduction of the footprint in the data center is enormous. On a scale from one to ten, one being the worst and ten being the best, I would rate the product an eight or nine. So far it's been great.

2019-05-09T00:25:00Z
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Real User

We have already recommended this product to two institutions who called. Our view of the product is positive. Our experience has been positive. As head of IT, my worry was about the migration. We believe in the technology, but how could we achieve a smooth migration? What I have seen was amazing beyond expectation. Things have been so positive, overall. The migration process from older VMAX arrays to PowerMax is very good. The data dependency is tremendous and the results we got from the migration were amazing. They were beyond our anticipation. Things went smoothly, mostly, with the SRDF technology, and the critical systems were not taken down, so we had 24-hour continuous operation. We have attended a couple of technical sessions which talked about how to do some analysis on the box, from the box, using the Dell EMC tools. We are exploring those tools to see how we can take advantage of them and improve productivity. We have faith in the solution and would rate it an eight out of ten. The rating will depend on fixing the issues we are facing.

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Real User

Ensure whomever you work with knows the solution and you get feedback from other customers. It has good performance and speed, but it is still lacking in training and knowledge. We are only using Unisphere of the performance management and monitoring tools, as we are not that familiar with the other ones available.

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Real User

It's effective at doing what you need it to do. It's fairly high-powered, but the management interface has a long way to go to be made simple and easy to use. If you have mainframe, you have few choices, and this is a good choice. If you don't have mainframe, there are a lot of products on the market which are much easier to use. It depends on your requirements. SRDF/A is quite good, but even other cheaper arrays have synchronous and asynchronous replication. I don't know that I would look at a product line for this unless your needs are either enormous that you need a box this big or mainframe centric. The Unisphere has gotten a lot better. It is fairly easy to dig into and find things. It has been a long time coming, but it's there.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

My advice is to buy this array. We use CloudIQ and we use Unisphere, but for day-to-day management, we prefer to automate all tasks with REST API. For now, I would rate this product at nine out of ten. We have tested it and it seems to be resilient and as fast as we need. But we have to do more tests, such as on the replication. That's important for us.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Top 20LeaderboardReal User

We do a lot of managed services. Where we get a lot of use from the data is we gather a ton of statistical data about our customers: How they're growing and using their own data. Therefore, we have a lot of metadata about our own customers that we have to sort through. From a consolidation standpoint, it's nice to have all of that in one place. It comes back to performance. We have to be able to pull from a lot of different customers, and do it simultaneously. I find that PowerMax is improving performance for workloads, like VMware, SAP, Oracle, and SQL Databases.

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Real User

Look at Dell EMC storage solutions. They have been around for a long time and are time-tested. The R&D department is constantly improving its offerings with better features, better performance, great return on investment for your purchases, and amazing support. Dell EMC bends over backwards to help its partners and customers get what they need out of this stuff. It's time-tested and trusted. PowerMax gives our storage engineers everything they need to do their jobs successfully.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

This should be on your shortlist. You should really take look at PowerMax. They're reliable. They do everything you could possibly want and much more. They have a lot of features that other arrays just don't. We'd rate it as a ten. It has done everything that we've asked it to do and much more.

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Top 20Real User

Our SLAs are extremely tight, and we've had zero issues. I would highly advise going with the PowerMax.

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Real User

Look at it. Don't be afraid of its complexity. It has great performance. Data is core to our business. Have an array with our data on it is very important to the business.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend this product. For us, this is the best product.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Top 20LeaderboardReal User

I would give PowerMax a nine out of ten, only because we had that single issue with the compression module failing. Otherwise, it did exactly what we wanted it to. It wasn't as fast as the XtremIO, but we didn't think it was going to be as fast as that in the first place. The XtremIO was somewhat oversized. So from a performance standpoint, we were very happy with it.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Reseller

Engage a reseller to analyze the workloads and do the data-driven architecture behind it. Use the data to drive the solution and make sure it meets your requirements. There is so much innovation in it. They have been very relevant in terms of the Tier 0 workforce. It really differentiates itself in the market. It meets the needs of what we're trying to do from a file level perspective for performance and capacity. If you live and breathe by your data, there are a lot of features in PowerMax which allow you to protect yourself from ransomware and other types of relevant threats today. It is not just about a platform for running mission-critical apps. It's also protecting mission-critical apps through features that prevent ransomware infection. If you get infected, it allows for recovery of that data without having to pay the ransom fee or other alternatives.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We did not go with this solution for the consolidation because in the banking environment we have to isolate the various applications. It's a requirement of the business. I would rate PowerMax at nine out of ten. I have used many different storage systems, all the major VM technologies, but I find that with Dell EMC there are no issues.

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Real User

It is a product that people take for granted.

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Real User

The product is good. Test it yourself. Assess it against other solutions, and you'll be impressed. Data plays a role in digital transformation, automation, and database decision-making. I am looking into CloudIQ. We're not at the NVMe architecture mode yet.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We are happy with what we have.

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Top 20Real User

The new version of the Unisphere Solution Enabler is really good. It is a very straightforward workhorse of our block storage portfolio. It is one of the best block storage arrays out there. It is a very solid machine that has been around.

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Real User

I would definitely give it a shot. It is so easy. Dell EMC has been so good with us in terms of evaluating the product and seeing it run side-by-side against other products and vendors. So, it has been great. We were pretty satisfied with what we got.

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Real User

I would recommend this product to other customers. It is a very good solution for a remote office, a test environment, and maybe, production. It is not that big. We have a lot of other Dell EMC solutions: Unity, Isilon, and VxRail.

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Real User

Use PowerMax.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

It's a very strong platform for compression, deduplication, and performance, which makes it tough to compete with. We use PowerMax as a dedicated Tier 0 for our product.

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Real User

Study the integration very carefully, as far as how you're going to integrate it into your environment, such as how you're going to use ESRS and the other solutions which Dell EMC offers. As far as provisioning, storage, and use of the array, it's been very simple to use. For the PowerMax 8000, a million IOs is our minimum requirement. We have yet to be able to test that, but that is our minimum base requirement for a PowerMax 8000.

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Real User

It is a really good product. We never max out on the performance.

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Real User

There is nothing that is not there.

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Real User

Talk to other people who have the people. It has been a great experience for most of my customers. It's pretty much where it needs to be. For the most part, it is solid.

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Real User

PowerMax has been great for us. We are doing SRDF/A.

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