Dell PowerScale (Isilon) vs Nutanix Unified Storage comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Dell PowerScale (Isilon)
Ranking in File and Object Storage
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
NAS (1st)
Nutanix Unified Storage
Ranking in File and Object Storage
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Storage (SDS) (5th), Public Cloud Storage Services (6th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the File and Object Storage category, the mindshare of Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is 7.1%, down from 7.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Nutanix Unified Storage is 3.7%, up from 1.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
File and Object Storage
Unique Categories:
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
Public Cloud Storage Services

Featured Reviews

May 20, 2024
Supports managed servers and gives a lot of operational flexibility
We use the solution internally to support our own managed servers and run our own support center. From a business point of view, I like the way the solution cooperates. Dell PowerScale works well to help our organization manage and run its storage from any location. We used to have systems at different locations, which required a lot of coordination. We made it work, but with the current solution, one guy can do the work that earlier required two or three full-time equivalents. Dell PowerScale has helped us to reduce or eliminate data silos. I rate the solution's flexibility a six out of seven for supporting various data workloads while keeping them protected. It did not really limit risk. It gives a lot of operational flexibility in a way that reduces risk because then the solution is better up to date every time you use it and is consistent across the different data sources. That's good and adds value, but we were already doing that in the old situation. Dell PowerScale just made it easier. When envisioning the future of our containerized solutions in terms of cloud integration, we will adopt a hybrid strategy. Some of our customers are not able to move to the cloud, where we have to support them. We're following what the customer can do. In many cases, their initial transition into the cloud was not as successful as they thought. In the Dutch market, people are now a little more business-minded while looking into the cloud. That's why I believe that hybrid will be the way forward. As an integrator, the needs of our customers drive our decision-making process when it comes to selecting a cloud, on-premises, or hybrid environment for containerized applications.
Jan 23, 2024
Offers a higher level of granularity and more control over the security features than competing products
Unified Storage's centralized management features enable us to accomplish whatever we want in terms of operations and migrations. It's easy to manage the environment. Scalability is also a valuable feature. Unified Storage is highly flexible and stable. Scaling up the environment is simple, and we can scale based on our workload, which can be unpredictable. Nutanix's SaaS-based data security solution is great. It protects us against ransomware and global data threats. Everything is protected. It also provides cloud-hosted analytics. The Data Lens monitoring services are working well for us. We can view all the analytics from within the centralized management platform, which is convenient for users. The security features are all there. We feel comfortable knowing that we get a high level of detail at the security level. Data Lens' rating is centralized and everything is easy to use.

Quotes from Members

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


"The solution is extremely easy to manage. This is its most valuable feature."
"The most valuable features of the solution are flexibility and ease of implementation."
"The tool's most valuable features are high density and scalability."
"The tool's most valuable features are scalability and stability."
"It's easy to manage. The web UI is very intuitive, and there's CLI also that you can use to manage it."
"The most valuable feature we started using, beyond the initial scope for the solution, is the multi-protocol system that allows you to access the same set of files using different network protocols like NFS or SMB. PowerScale’s Unified Permission Model ensures that data security and access permissions are honoured regardless of whether the client is a Windows desktop or a Linux server"
"Our users are able to easily roll back snapshots without going through IT."
"Dell PowerScale overall is easy to use."
"For somebody like me who grew up building what others call three-tier and I call traditional architecture, the valuable thing is that you can now buy it. You can have new deployments and infrastructure up and running with very little infrastructure behind it."
"We can utilize mixed storage block-sized objects and combine various databases within a unified interface."
"The solution is very easy to manage."
"The product is good, easy to upgrade, easy to use, and user-friendly."
"What I found most valuable in Nutanix Files Storage is its high availability and ability to scale out with many VMs."
"The management interface is great and you have handy access to several details about your file shares."
"The scalability, ease of use, and technical support are the most valuable features of Nutanix Unified Storage."
"The life cycle managers of the PCMs are very impressive, and I like them. They make our lives easy when managing patches and security updates when they come in. A life cycle manager helps to consolidate different vendors."


"The tool's support team and the way the cases are handled by the product's technical support team are both areas of concern where improvements are required."
"The cost of Dell PowerScale is currently high and there is room for improvement."
"We had some issues with level 1 support. We had to fight with them on repeated issues. There is room for improvement in level 1 support."
"The price of the solution could be reduced."
"I would like to see increased reporting and statistics functionalities."
"I'd like to see more Iceland products in the cloud so that we can port our data into different environments if needed. I would also like to see a virtual appliance or software-defined Iceland product."
"The biggest weakness is small file handling. Small file compression options are not enabled out of the box. It would be good to have this enabled by default."
"The solution's rate structure or rate redundancy needs to be improved."
"We have issues with software updates occasionally."
"With all of the Nutanix equipment, the licensing is expensive. We operate in the enterprise space, but we're a midsized company. At times, the price tag is a little bit shocking for a company with only 35 employees."
"The implementation is a little bit complex and should be made easier."
"The solution should include more protocols to access data."
"One thing I'd appreciate is having a desktop application similar to what VMware offered."
"We have some problems with Nutanix Unified Storage's support because they asked us to change our hardware."
"There are some processes, like if I like to change the data storage to another place, I have to use CLI, and I don't like it since I believe that it could have been simpler in GUI."
"The solution is very expensive."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"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 pricing is expensive, but I think it's a fair value because it does manage itself. It definitely is much simpler than any of the other scale-out storage platforms that we've looked at in the past."
"We paid an additional fee to have Dell's ProDeploy Plus team implement it."
"Pricing for this solution is reasonable."
"The solution's licensing cost varies based on capacity and performance requirements."
"The only drawback for us is that it's a large upfront investment. This was a huge decision for a startup company to make. It took a bit for us to get over the line on it, but we have not regretted it."
"Dell PowerScale is expensive on the start-up side but we can recoup those costs quickly by not having to reapply the savings to other equipment."
"It is a really expensive solution."
"In my opinion, the product is fairly priced."
"If we compare the cost of Nutanix Objects Storage to other solutions such as VMware licenses, our current choice is Nutanix Objects Storage. This solution is more cost-effective. However, adding VMware to Nutanix would not be a cost-efficient decision, which is why we do not use it anymore."
"Compared to other solutions, NUS is cost-effective and efficient. It also has good performance."
"The product is neither cheap nor expensive, making it a solution offering a price range that is in the middle."
"Nutanix Unified Storage is competitively priced. There aren't any competitors that can do much better for the same price."
"The product is pricey."
"Nutanix Unified Storage was cheaper than other solutions we evaluated."
"The solution's pricing is better compared to other products."
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Top Industries

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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 Nutanix Unified Storage?
Nutanix has excellent product documentation available on their portals, written in simple, easy-to-understand language.
What needs improvement with Nutanix Unified Storage?
From a management side, the one thing I would prefer is if it were a bit less expensive for smaller enterprises. It's a bit costly. If they provided flexible modules where you could pick and choose...

Also Known As

PowerScale, Dell EMC Isilon
Nutanix Files Storage, Nutanix Volumes Block Storage, Nutanix Objects Storage



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,
JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, Volkswagen SAIC, Brighton and Hove City Council, Foresters Financial, Janus International Group, Cloud Comrade, Serco
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