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We performed a comparison between Dell ECS and MinIO based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two File and Object Storage solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The scalability is good.""What I like best about Dell ECS is its stability. I also like that you can use it for large-scale data purposes. The solution works fine for me, and I haven't encountered any issues with it.""I like that the solution is easy to scale and that's its stable.""The most valuable feature for me is off-site storage.""I have been satisfied with the stability.""Competitive object storage platform that's stable and scalable.""It's definitely good for unstructured data. In earlier days, we had Centera, so for the DR it's really good. It has load balancing facility, and we're using it with the Kemp Load Balancer.""The performance is good."

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"Saves a lot of time in generating and managing documents.""The initial setup was straightforward as MinIO provided good support documentation and took a couple of days to complete.""The solution has good compatibility with different kinds of storage.""The features that I have found most valuable with MinIO is its coding bit rot protection and how it distributes the workload over all the servers.""The stability of MinIO is good.""MinIO can work with attributes and folders, and it has the ability to use a stream approach for files. I have moments that should work exclusively. It also has some management features you can use, like exclusive locks that you can perform on one record or a collection.""Nice web interface, easy to use, with a low memory footprint.""The most valuable features are that MinIO is open, it works on-premise, and is compatible with the Amazon industry which is great for finding compatible libraries in many languages which is very good for developers."

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"The major weakness in the solution is that there is no cloud version for Dell ECS.""The disaster recovery could be improved because there should be something in-built within the ECS. Search and recovery should be in-built. Right now, we have to use some external tools for performing the recovery itself. For example, we're using Atempo or deploying Golden Superna, so it has dependency on the external third party vendors.""It is a good solution, except for the cost.""Dell EMC ECS could improve by having Relational Database Services(RDS) to review progress. Additionally, if the training was provided it would be a benefit, it would be good for our engineers.""There is room for improvement in the DPI reports, as they could be made more user-friendly.""They do not have complete documentation, which is very weak and could be improved.""Dell EMC ECS should support segregation of duty, particularly for role-based access controls. Having a single pane of glass for smarter observation and better control mechanism would also make this solution better.""The troubleshooting feature of this solution needs to be improved, to allow organizations to fix issues without having to contact the support team."

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"With problems, visibility is hard because everything is in containers. Difficult to get to the logs in order to figure out what the problem was.""Its reverse proxy features could be better.""The developer support could be better.""Lacks documentation for non-Kubernetes users.""The scalability is one of the limitations we have found. We are looking for another solution but they must provide the same characteristics, such as an affordable price and continuity.""The product's security is open by default, without any SSL.""The only downside I see is that you do not have a complete picture of an object.""The documentation of the solution should improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solution could be cheaper."
  • "It's a lease-based model, so it's capacity-based. We already negotiated the price a lot, but we're still doing that with Dell because somehow the product was not installed successfully, so there was a lot of struggle in the distributor territory between Dell and the environment itself. I would give the solution a 6 out of 10 for the pricing. There's a little room for improvement."
  • "We initially purchased all of the licenses at the same time."
  • "The price of Dell ECS should be reduced."
  • "The price of Dell ECS should be reduced."
  • "The charges for this solution are made in blocks of models, which are purchased depending on what features an organization requires."
  • "If I remember correctly, Dell ECS is an appliance, so if you buy Dell ECS, you also have to buy the hardware, while IBM is standalone software, so you can buy IBM as software only without needing to buy the hardware. On a scale of one to five, I'm rating the pricing for Dell ECS a four."
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  • "This solution is open source so it is free."
  • "MinIO is a free open-source solution."
  • "We use the solution's open-source version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature for me is off-site storage.
    Top Answer:If I remember correctly, Dell ECS is an appliance, so if you buy Dell ECS, you also have to buy the hardware, while IBM is standalone software, so you can buy IBM as software only without needing to… more »
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement in the DPI reports, as they could be made more user-friendly. Currently, I have to create my own reports to get the type of information I need. The reporting aspect of… more »
    Top Answer:Red Hat Ceph does well in simplifying storage integration by replacing the need for numerous storage solutions. This solution allows for multiple copies of replicated and coded pools to be kept, easy… more »
    Top Answer:It performs efficiently compared to other solutions.
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    Also Known As
    EMC ECS, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage
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    Enterprise-ready. Future-proof. Data-first.

    Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) is a file and object storage solution from Dell EMC. ECS has been created to support both traditional and next-generation ecosystems equally. ECS boasts unrivaled economics, manageability, resilience, and scalability to satisfy the demands of today's next-gen, robust business enterprise ecosystems. ECS can easily be deployed in a software-defined model or as a turn-key appliance. ECS is software-defined and multi-layered for unlimited scalability. Every layer is abstracted and scalable with no single point of failure.

    • Data service layer: Provides S3 access along with access to SWIFT, CAZ, NFS, HDFS.
    • Storage service layer: Stores, retrieves and protects data.
    • Fabric layer: Provides clustering, configuration management, health monitoring.

    Everything is done within the software, which is containerized, using docker.

    ECS is currently deployed using basic commodity hardware, which can easily be federated across as many as eight different locations and managed as a single resource. Additionally, ECS can also protect data at the site level, locally, disk, node, and rack levels. The federation enables a single global namespace with everywhere access to content. Applications can quickly rewrite in an active/active or everywhere active manner.

    ECS is also able to be used as secondary storage or archival storage. This will free up valuable primary storage of data that is stale, redundant, or used infrequently, and the data will remain easily accessible. ECS uses policy-based tiering such as Data Domain, Cloud tiering, Isilon using cloud polls, and Geodrive, which give Windows systems direct access to ECS. Windows users can still use server message block (SMB) while leveraging the more expansive ECS storage.

    ECS is enterprise-grade and offers valuable features such as retention, multi-tenancy, metering, monitoring, quotas, and more. ECS builds in robust security from the ground up and encrypts data. ECS is compliant with STIG guidelines and adheres to SEC rule 17A-4F.

    ECS is an enterprise-ready solution that allows organizations to easily simplify object storage management and visualize information in intuitive new ways, and empowers your business to do even more with data. With ECS, enterprise organizations can deliver cloud-scale economics in-house that will lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and scale, creating greater levels of productivity and profitability.

    Reviews from Real Users

    One user, who is a deputy director at a tech service company, says ECS offers “good performance, reliability, and technical support”.

    Dell EMC ECS is “a stable solution which is easy to scale, install and manage”, relates another user, who is a senior buyer at a tech service company.

    "What I like best about this product is that it is a complete solution, both hardware, and software, by the same vendor," summarizes a system engineer at a tech services company. 

    MinIO is an open-source object storage system. It is designed to efficiently store and retrieve unstructured data, such as photos, videos, and backups. MinIO can be used as a standalone object storage server or as part of a larger system, such as a data lake or a private cloud, and can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment, making it a flexible storage solution for a variety of use cases.

    MinIO’s features include erasure coding, bitrot protection, and checksum validation, which help ensure data integrity and reliability. The solution’s multi-tenancy support makes it ideal for multi-user environments. MinIO’s edge computing tools enable data storage and processing closer to users' locations, reducing latency and improving performance. MinIO can easily scale to accommodate storage and power demands, making it ideal for use in large-scale, data-intensive environments.

    MinIO Benefits and Features:

    MinIO offers several key benefits and features for organizations looking for a scalable and high-performing object storage solution:

    • Scalability: Horizontally scale to increase storage space and processing power as your needs grow.
    • High performance: MinIO’s edge computing and low latency provide fast data access.
    • Seamless integrations: MinIO is compatible with the Amazon S3 API, which enables integration with third-party systems and tools.
    • Data integrity: Security features, such as erasure coding, bitrot protection, and checksum validation, ensure data integrity and reliability.
    • Reduced costs: MinIO is an open-source solution, making it a cost-effective option for organizations looking for a scalable object storage solution.
    • Support: MinIO’s large open-source community of developers and users provides a wide range of resources and an active support network
    • Multi-tenancy: Multi-tenancy support makes MinIO suitable for use in multi-user environments.
    • Easy deployment: MinIO is easy to deploy and can run on a variety of platforms, including on-premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment.
    • Access control: Role-based access control, enabling you to control access to data based on users permissions.
    • Event notifications: Automate workflows based on changes to objects in your storage.
    • Cross-region replication: Duplicate data between different regions for disaster recovery and data backup.
    • Intuitive interface: MinIO’s user-friendly dashboard can be accessed via any browser and can be used to perform multiple object operations including object creation and management.

    Reviews from Real Users

    MinIO stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its flexibility, integration options, and performance.

    Süleyman Fazıl Y., a senior software engineer at a tech services company, writes, “The most valuable features are that MinIO is open, it works on-premise, and is compatible with the Amazon industry which is great for finding compatible libraries in many languages which is very good for developers.”

    Rebecca S., CTO at NIASE, says, “MinIO is much improved over the prior solution, updates are simple to apply, and we anticipate that future capacity requirements will be easier to meet. Our customers are using this solution to retrieve tens of thousands of objects (documents and files) per hour, and MinIO seems to be able to keep up with it.”

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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Mining And Metals Company13%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Educational Organization10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Dell ECS vs. MinIO
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell ECS vs. MinIO and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Dell ECS is ranked 5th in File and Object Storage with 13 reviews while MinIO is ranked 1st in File and Object Storage with 16 reviews. Dell ECS is rated 8.0, while MinIO is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell ECS writes "Has load balancing facility, and good for unstructured data and DR". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MinIO writes "The user and command line interface are helpful ". Dell ECS is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), Amazon AWS, NetApp StorageGRID, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Hitachi Content Platform, whereas MinIO is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Pure Storage FlashBlade, NetApp StorageGRID, Cloudian HyperStore and SwiftStack. See our Dell ECS vs. MinIO report.

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