Dell PowerScale (Isilon) vs Veeam Backup & Replication comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Dell PowerScale (Isilon)
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
NAS (1st), File and Object Storage (3rd)
Veeam Backup & Replication
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Backup and Recovery (1st), Cloud Backup (1st), Disaster Recovery (DR) Software (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the NAS category, the mindshare of Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is 26.5%, up from 22.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Veeam Backup & Replication is 0.7%, down from 2.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Unique Categories:
File and Object Storage
Backup and Recovery
Cloud Backup

Featured Reviews

Yamandù Correa - PeerSpot reviewer
May 20, 2024
Helps reduce data silos, improves performance, and flexibility
Our customers have seen improvement in performance, space, and flexibility for growth and management of data protection through snapshots and other systems. The AI models are something we are looking forward to trying but are not there yet. The algorithms are specific to each company and their industry. One of the most important things is the data localization. Many scenarios require the project data traffic to be close to where it is generated and read. A lot of interaction is between users and systems. So data localization is one of the most important things in terms of using the data algorithm. We don't need to manage our PowerScale and run its storage from any location yet but it is something that is coming for sure because several customers have centralized data in main data centers. But in different locations across the globe. So this is going to be a topic. I think that through the different functionalities that the Dell platform can grant, it will be a great player. When it comes to the flexibility for supporting various data workloads while protecting them, the combination of PowerScale and PPDM and all the other components of the data protection solution right now is key. So the automatic integration between the products is one of the killer features of the solution itself. PowerScale helped us to reduce data silos. This has simplified the management of large data environments in terms of scalability and management instead of having a different solution for the right reports to see how the data evolves and how to better manage them. PowerScale can do that in combination with the other components of the ecosystem. In terms of risk reduction, We need to mention the data management and the recovery part, So of course, the integration with the data domain is key. The fact that we can rely on these functions, and the fact that we also manage different customers, and possess the recovery plans and tests that can prove the solution is working.
Fatai Akinwande - PeerSpot reviewer
May 18, 2023
Offers enhanced security through encryption and high stability
In terms of backup installation and business continuity, VM has been invaluable. There was a time when we had an issue with one of our systems, and Veeam became unavailable. This particular Azure machine is utilized in about six or seven countries. All I had to do was log into my Veeam account in that location, activate the Continuity and Recovery (CR) feature, and everyone could resume working. It involved changing the IP address or the capabilities of the application server since the assessment is based on the application server's availability in another location. The IP addresses would vary. So, I informed the application department to make the necessary modifications, and they immediately restarted the system for use.

Quotes from Members

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


"Since it can scale so easily, as long as I have money to buy more nodes, I can grow it as big as I need to. That is important in our business. As sequencing technologies continue to evolve, and as those technologies evolve, the amount of data generation never gets smaller. It just always seems to get bigger. This is one of the absolute key aspects: We can grow on demand without having to forklift stuff."
"The product's scalability feature is super easy to use."
"The guaranteed performance, combined with the scalability through its scale-out capability, makes it an excellent choice."
"The most valuable features of the solution are flexibility and ease of implementation."
"You plug in a new node and data starts migrating over to it, and IT spreads out the load. We've added multiple nodes to the system since deploying it. The process is pretty seamless, and we are able to do it with no downtime. It's a very easy process to do."
"It assists with eliminating storage silos because it provides SMB and NFS protocols. PowerScale has also helped free up our employee's time to focus on other business priorities."
"This is the best platform that we could have for storage utilization. It is affordable and scalable. At the end of the day, it's something that we find very easy to use."
"Dell has the AI to protect the EMA."
"The pricing of the solution is fair."
"The solution is easy to use and have good performance."
"Replication and restore object in Exchange boxes with possibility to select part of Microsoft directory."
"If you have a lot of central sites and remote sites, you can easily set up the replication and make it easier."
"Its portability and being able to back up between different platforms are the most valuable features."
"The most valuable features I have found to be Instant Recovery, quick restore and rollback, and asynchronous copy. It is a complete solution for our needs."
"The backup and replication features are most valuable."
"Enables us to restore the VM when the needs arises and for disaster recovery."


"The pricing could be reduced."
"If they integrated some functions, as they have on Data Domain with a cyber recovery vault, it would be ideal."
"The price always has room for improvement."
"Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is a little bit pricey, and its pricing could be improved."
"The solution can be integrated with an automation system. Dell uses another framework developed in-house. They can integrate it with machines."
"There aren't many templates still coming out for it. They need to provide templates so we can copy and paste what we've done in the past to future, new things."
"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."
"Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is a bit expensive compared to other products."
"I would like a solution for SAP systems to be included."
"We have had problems with some jobs. For example, when we have a VM with a large SQL Database, sometimes we cannot adjust the time for transaction logs to back up and overlap time."
"A backup and replication solution should be able to back up a system and do recovery very fast. Even though Veeam Backup & Replication is able to meet most of our needs, it would be better if they can make it faster for backup and restore."
"Add an archive option to support legal obligations."
"Device backup could be improved."
"We're using both Backup and Replication, Veeam Cloud Connect, and Veeam Office 365. What I am missing is a good graphical user interface between these three products."
"Recovery speed is slow. Full recovery on large machines (1TB+) takes too long"
"The pricing model could be improved. It can be made cheaper."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"We paid an additional fee to have Dell's ProDeploy Plus team implement it."
"Price was also a significant factor in our decision to go with PowerScale. The team at EMC, now Dell EMC, came through with a highly competitive offer that tipped the scales towards their solution. There was only one other solution around the same price point, but it could not match PowerScale on features. That other solution is no longer on the market."
"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."
"Our company finds the pricing high, but it decreases over time."
"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."
"Dell PowerScale (Isilon) is an expensive solution."
"The pricing for this solution is reasonable."
"The price of Veeam Backup & Replication is reasonable compared to IBM."
"A nice aspect of Veeam's pricing is that the cost benefit is good. It's very economical."
"We pay yearly licensing fees for Veeam in our data centers where we're using disaster recovery and replication between our many solutions, especially cloud solutions. From the beginning, we've done our licensing from a separate channel through our data center team in Seattle."
"Its software solution has a fee."
"The pricing depends on the number of clients. We pay 10,00 USD per year. On a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the pricing an eight out of ten."
"The price is quite fair."
"Veeam is quite expensive. There are no additional costs to the licensing fees. IBM Spectrum Protect is also expensive. They should improve its pricing. They raise the price every time there is an increase in the features of the product. They should think twice about that."
"There is a license required for this solution and the price is a bit expensive but it depends on the environment that you have on how much it will cost."
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Comparison Review

it_user159711 - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 9, 2014
VMware SRM vs. Veeam vs. Zerto
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Answers from the Community

Nov 19, 2021
Nov 19, 2021
Assuming you want to keep the data within the datacenter, there are a few options: For Small deployments (~20-100TB's), you could mount share(s) on any backup (media) server and backup the data up over the network using a file-system agent - Veeam could easily support this. For Medium deployments (~100TB - 1PB), you could use any backup system that supports NDMP. Not sure if Veeam supports NDMP...
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SimonClark - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 5, 2021
There are a number of alternative cloud solutions available e.g. Druva.  However, if the price is a key factor then you may benefit from by using an Managed Service Provider (MSP). MSP's white label large, credible & established platforms. They provide the same level of speed, uptime, resilience and security as a key brand name but can be as much as half the price. The management of the backup will be optionally yours or fully outsourced to the MSP.  Another benefit of the MSP model is that they will have other skills to complement your own internal resources potentially adding further layers of security and backend IT people to support your operation.
CvanderH - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 5, 2021
I have no experience with Dell EMC PowerScale though I do know that it is supported by Veeam.  A Veeam Scale Out Backup Repository can distribute the load across the PowerScale cluster via multiple Backup Repository Extents each defined to use a different cluster node DNS A record and path. When backups exceed the maximum file size limitation even with Veeam deduplication and compression, other considerations should be made.   Note:  Disable the write coalescer on the share directory and all sub-directories used by Veeam. PowerScale is a complex system and therefore I would advise you to contact Veeam experts on how to deploy Veeam in accordance with PowerScale. But a Scale Out Back Repository is an option, also XFS with reflink supports any Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon) configuration.  MSP's are fine too if you are comfortable with having data outside your datacenter.   dsmISI VEEAM (

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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)?
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.
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Also Known As

PowerScale, Dell EMC Isilon
Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Availability Suite



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,
Vodafone, American Standard Brands, Welch’s, University of Florida, Tata Global Beverages Limited, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, MacLean-Fogg Company
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