Dell PowerScale (Isilon) vs Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Dell PowerScale (Isilon)
Ranking in NAS
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
File and Object Storage (3rd)
Hitachi Virtual Storage Pla...
Ranking in NAS
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) (4th), Frame-Based Disk Arrays (1st), All-Flash Storage (10th), NVMe All-Flash Storage Arrays (4th)

Market share comparison

As of June 2024, in the NAS category, the market share of Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is 24.5% and it increased by 15.1% compared to the previous year. The market share of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform is 6.1% and it decreased by 16.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Unique Categories:
File and Object Storage
Modular SAN (Storage Area Network)
Frame-Based Disk Arrays

Featured Reviews

May 21, 2024
Helps reduce costs, protect data, and scale seamlessly
Dell PowerScale has helped reduce our costs. Most state agencies were using old equipment that cost a lot of money. With Dell PowerScale they can migrate their data and pay per gig pennies on the dollar compared to their old systems. Dell PowerScale has saved the state money. PowerScale allows us to get granular with users' access and protection of their data. I have not gone through all the features but everything is protected as far as the permission we give through the PowerScale app that enhances the internal audit features that we need for compliance with the state. PowerScale has helped reduce our overall risk. I review the audit reports annually and since we have been using PowerScale, the reports come back almost clean because PowerScale passes all the vulnerability and security tests.
Joshua Kurian - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 19, 2024
Leverages a 3DC architecture with VSP for disaster recovery, offering a 100% data availability guarantee
VSP systems run on our core OS as our storage recovery solutions, including SVOS (Storage Virtual Operating System). We primarily use it for data stability and various hospital operations, including RMAs, patient responses, faxes, emails, and scheduling tasks. We use primarily mid-range storage…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"There are also the policies that you set up on replication and purging files, and policies for something called WORM. That's a "write once, read many," where you can't overwrite certain files or certain data. It puts them in a "protected mode" where it becomes very difficult for someone to accidentally delete. We use that for certain files or certain directories, because we're dealing with video and some video has to be protected for chain-of-custody purposes. The WORM feature works great."
"The product's scalability feature is super easy to use."
"Dell PowerScale includes a wealth of features that are important from a security and recovery perspective."
"The solution provides massive performance, scalability, efficiency, and ease of management."
"The solution's scalability is very good."
"The guaranteed performance, combined with the scalability through its scale-out capability, makes it an excellent choice."
"The tool comes with cheap disks and works fast for video content."
"PowerScale has made it extremely easy to scale file data across our organization. We have two implementations of Isilon. One is a replica of the other. When scaling, we add nodes to each location and expand the cluster. The process is straightforward."
"The active-active option seemed to be working well and overall, it was a solid product."
"One of the features, for us, that is important is the monitoring platform integrated into the solution. It has all the elements that we need to see, at all times, to be sure the platform is working right."
"This is one of the most stable, high-end solutions in this area."
"It's a state of the art solution in storage systems. High-availability and performance are the strongest aspects of these machines."
"This is a good product with high capabilities and high reliability."
"The solution provides excellent scalability."
"The most valuable feature is that you can use it with all deployment models."
"The service provided by Hitachi is good, and I get the IT support I need from the vendors."


"Some improvements to the NFS support would be of interest to us."
"It is a bit higher priced than some of the other systems."
"Data storage performance needs to be improved."
"We used to have a chat feature available on the support site. It's not available to us anymore."
"The pricing could be reduced."
"Isilon has limitations on the number of files that can be generated."
"That said, for the other security features, it would be helpful if Tenable - and I know it's outside the scope of this question itself - had Isilon-specific plugins."
"We lost our technical sales reps about two years ago. We haven't gotten one assigned to us and we'd love to have one."
"I would like to see an audit account set up such that the user can log in, see the configuration, and see the logs, but they cannot make any changes."
"The solution is priced higher than its competitors."
"The interface should be simplified and made easier to use."
"I would like the fan noise to be automatically adjusted based on the drive's current workload."
"In the next version I would like to see more intelligence."
"They should look at the cost because there are other vendors who offer the same cost with more features."
"The embedded management for installation feature has neither simplified nor complicated the management process, therefore, there is room for improvement."
"The complex setup, ease of use, and snapshot operations of this product need to be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The price of the solution can fluctuate. The price can be competitive or other times not. The price of the solution could be better."
"It is an expensive solution."
"I always want things to be less expensive. However, I would say the pricing is fair. Their costs are in alignment with their competitors. It is a good value for the money."
"The solution is expensive; it is not the cheapest solution out there. If you look at it from a total cost of ownership perspective, then it is a very compelling solution. However, if you're looking at just dollar per terabyte and not looking at the big picture, then you could be distracted by the price. It is not an amazing price, but it's pretty good. It is also very good when you consider the total cost of ownership and ease of management."
"The price of the solution is high."
"The pricing for this solution is reasonable."
"The platform is not cheap. However, on the software side, you can choose what you want license. So, you can start your licensing with the features that you need, then after buying the platform add some other features."
"The price of Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is reasonable."
"A drawback of Hitachi storage systems is that they are expensive. The upfront cost is very high compared to others. But when you compare the IOPS at the same price, Hitachi gives you better business value..."
"It is cheap. It is not very expensive. If you decide to expand the system, the cost is pretty low as compared to other vendors, such as Dell."
"When you are looking for high-end solutions such as this, price is less important than stability and availability."
"The pricing we get is very competitive when compared to other vendors. Hitachi is working on their licensing model and it is improving but can be irksome when many different items are not bundled or enterprise size."
"We pay for a support contract agreement."
"Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series tools are highly specialized, such as management and performance tools and the overall solution is expensive. If customers want to have a lot of data in their hands, they need to purchase several solutions."
"The licensing cost of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, whether it would be high or more affordable, would depend on location. For example, here in Brazil, Hitachi charges in dollars and this means my company still needs to convert that into local currency. Sometimes, my company also needs to discuss the pricing with the Hitachi sales team and request for a discount. At the moment, pricing for Hitachi is high, but my team can have some global funding or global accounts that would help reach the price my company is aiming for."
"The price is good enough considering the performance, and we are satisfied."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon)?
The solution provides massive performance, scalability, efficiency, and ease of management.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon)?
The solution's licensing cost varies based on capacity and performance requirements.
What needs improvement with Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon)?
Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is a little bit pricey, and its pricing could be improved.
What do you like most about Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series?
The deduplication is useful for us because we don't have that much money for our lab infrastructure. Deduplication means we have more storage available. And the IOPS are really fast.
What needs improvement with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series?
One problem is that there are too many management tools for the F Series and for all the other Hitachi storage systems. There are four or five such solutions. Maybe these could be combined in the f...
What is your primary use case for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series?
We're only using the F Series in our lab for hosting lab infrastructure for all our colleagues. We needed fast storage.

Also Known As

PowerScale, Dell EMC Isilon
Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 Series, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E Series, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform N Series, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series



Sample Customers

OMRF, University of Utah, Translational Genetics Research Institute, Arcis, Geofizyka Torumn, Cyprus E&P Corporation, Colburn School, Columbia Sportswear, Harvard Medical School, University of Michigan, National Library of France,
Turkcell, Owens Corning, Region Nord, Net Credit Financial Group (NFC Group), Russian Railways
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