Dell PowerVault vs NetApp AltaVault comparison

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"The most valuable feature of Dell PowerVault is its ability to provide small to medium-range storage. It doesn't have any specific standout features, but it's great for applications, such as surveillance where a large number of videos need to be recorded and performance isn't a priority.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is easy to manage and easy to use.""The initial setup was easy and simple.""PowerVault comes with free software that performs functions like data deduplication and replication, which is cost-effective and delivers added value to the product.""Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""The most valuable feature of Dell PowerVault is its performance.""The most valuable features are that it's easy to set up PowerVault. I also like the provisioning of storage.""I find this solution to be cost-effective in providing data storage for clients."

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"The flexibility. Being able to virtualize it, port it wherever I like, test my backups, test my DR capabilities whenever I like without impacting anybody.""The solution is very easy to use and it offers great support.""The most valuable feature is the portability of large archived data. You're able to put things on large on-prem, low-cost storage and then augment that with even lower cost storage in the cloud.""It's pretty simple. Once you set it, it goes; and then the idea of being able to get it to the cloud very quickly. It's kind of a set-it-forget-it.""The most valuable features of the solution stem from the fact that it is easy to use and integrate with whichever operating systems you use, providing you with a complete view, especially when you plan to migrate to some other operating system.""It's so easy to work with.""The solution can be used for all Office 365 applications.""Most importantly is having that island into that datacenter, and being able to address things in the same console. Thus, it is irrelevant where it's stored."

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"I would like Dell to improve on the configuration of the disk groups. Only one group is expandable. Once you configure the other disk group types, you cannot expand them. It limits scalability. If you want maybe to grow a disk group, you lose information, and then you need to build it up again, which is not a good use case for customers.""In most instances, clients are using Dell PowerVault with tape drives, but we want to transition them away from tape drives due to the risk of data loss.""I would like to see improvements made to the user interface.""The tool needs to improve its UI.""We need higher performance and more reliable storage.""There have been situations when our customers requested professional support and the price of that feature is quite high.""The product could support an NVMe hard disk.""In the next release, I would like the deduplication and compression included, as well as the flash technology. It doesn't currently use it."

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"More capacity with the basic model of the AltaVault would probably help out.""NetApp's own competing products complicate things.""It would be nice if the solution was more complete. Many customers are looking for a single solution or silo that they can manage everything from. It would be nice, instead of having different products, if everything a client needed was in one solution.""I really want to partner it with the SnapCenter. We haven't implemented that yet. We're upgrading all of our stuff to the ONTAP 9, which you had to have.""More than a 500 volume limit. At the moment, it only supports up to 500 volumes for SnapMirror and that's a problem. We've got 750, so a larger limit for volume replicas for SnapMirror.""It's a good product, but it's becoming outdated and moving to their other primary architecture.""I would like to see more web support.""There are some bits it could do better. With tighter integration maybe with Veeam, or something like that, it'd be really good."

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  • "The price is reasonable and we are satisfied with it."
  • "It is important to remember that the retail price may seem high, but the final price is usually different."
  • "I rate the price of Dell PowerVault a nine out of ten."
  • "The price of Dell PowerVault could be reduced. It is more expensive than some IBM solutions."
  • "I rate Dell PowerVault a six or seven out of ten for pricing."
  • "The solution is more cost-effective than the competitors. It’s an affordable option for small businesses."
  • "The cost, compared to other solutions, is on the higher end."
  • "Dell PowerVault's price is the tool's main attraction."
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  • "It's quite cost-effective."
  • "The pricing is not too bad, but could be a little better."
  • "It is a rather expensive program."
  • "You could compare it to a Dell EMC or ECS, and I think it's probably a little less costly than that. Within the marketplace, it's a medium cost."
  • "In one use case, and we have several, to run for a particular customer, the price is about $375,000 a year."
  • "There is a need to make yearly payments towards the licensing costs attached to the solution, which comes to around 3,000 USD."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Dell PowerVault offers valuable full flash storage.
    Top Answer:I rate the solution's pricing a seven to eight out of ten.
    Top Answer:The product is generally stable, but there have been instances, to my knowledge, where we faced issues in the controller during software upgrades. The availability is not at the desired level during… more »
    Top Answer:Hello. Yes, it is compatible with AWS but the great thing about it is that it's actually working with so many cloud providers, it may be just for everyone. Besides the Amazon cloud services, NetApp… more »
    Top Answer: Hello, you can definitely use NetApp AltaVault for reducing your data and giving yourself some more storage. This product offers you deduplication and compression, helping you achieve that. I'm sure… more »
    Top Answer: My organization is very happy with the security that NetApp AltaVault gives us for our data on the cloud. First, it gives us the option for data recovery, which is very good, especially if someone… more »
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    PowerVault MD3 storage arrays help you cost-effectively address the challenges of data growth with versatile solutions that are optimized for smaller-scale storage consolidation, flexible virtualization projects and high business continuity.

    NetApp AltaVault is a cloud-integrated storage solution created to increase recovery capabilities and lower cost and risks. It is better than traditional backup and recovery solutions because they are considerably slower, more expensive, risky, and can be too complex for the comprehension of many users. NetApp AltaVault solves issues related to backup, archival, and restoration. Compared to on-premises solutions, this software claims to be up to 90% less expensive while solving multiple issues related to data storage in the cloud. AltaVault presents three solutions to its customers: backup and recovery, cold storage and archives, and disaster recovery.

    1. NetApp’s backup and recovery solution works with Kerne-Based Virtual Machine, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware vSphere, creating a solution for mid-sized businesses as well as for bigger companies that want to protect their offices in different locations. The usable local cache capacities of this solution range from 32TB to 383TB, providing clients with enough storage for their important data while giving them the option to retrieve it if something goes amiss.

      2. NetApp AltaVault can be configured in cold storage mode and used for data that is not often used. The solution is scalable, thus allowing minimal costs for operating with cold data and allowing fast access to it at the same time.

        3. AltaVault offers disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Your data will be secured on the cloud, providing you with a secure backup if the need for disaster recovery arises.

          NetApp AltaVault Features

          NetApp AltaVault’s many valued features include:

          • Data reduction: NetApp AltaVault applies deduplication and compression, reducing data up to a 30:1 ratio.

          • Network and cloud optimization: AltaVault can increase data transfer speed by up to 4 times due to its built-in WAN optimization.

          • Data restoration: Because data is restored from the local cache, recoverability is up to 32 times faster than other methods.

          • Deployment and scale: Users can choose their preferred method - virtual, physical, or cloud-based in Azure or AWS. Since NetApp AltaVault starts at 2TB and can scale up to 57PB, it is one of the most scalable products in its category.

          • Compatible with existing backup software: NetApp AltaVault is compatible with NetApp SnapMirror, EMC, IBM, Commvault, Veritas, and Veeam, meaning it offers a vast array of options for its users when it comes to backup software.

          • Cloud choice and agility: AltaVault supports NetApp StorageGRID, Azure, Google, IBM, and AWS. This provides users with the assurance that their data is safely stored, even if their cloud provider experiences technical issues.

          NetApp AltaVault Benefits

          The benefits of using NetApp AltaVault include:

          • Efficient solution for data reduction
          • Compatible with leading public and private cloud storage providers
          • Provides data encryption

          Reviews from Real Users

          A Pre-sales Manager at a computer software company says NetApp AltaVault has fair pricing with a good GUI and a straightforward setup.

          Sample Customers
          Dayco, FAW Foundry, University of Cambridge, Finder, Stadtwerke Pforzheim GmbH & Co.
          Blach Construction, NASA, Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes, Seminole County Public Schools and Spot Trading
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          Manufacturing Company14%
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          Construction Company7%
          Comms Service Provider7%
          Computer Software Company16%
          Financial Services Firm8%
          Manufacturing Company6%
          Media Company25%
          Energy/Utilities Company17%
          Healthcare Company17%
          Computer Software Company17%
          Financial Services Firm12%
          Manufacturing Company10%
          Real Estate/Law Firm10%
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          Small Business46%
          Midsize Enterprise25%
          Large Enterprise29%
          Small Business32%
          Midsize Enterprise13%
          Large Enterprise54%
          Small Business36%
          Midsize Enterprise7%
          Large Enterprise57%
          Small Business23%
          Midsize Enterprise12%
          Large Enterprise65%

          Dell PowerVault is ranked 2nd in Enterprise SAN with 23 reviews while NetApp AltaVault is ranked 38th in Cloud Backup with 17 reviews. Dell PowerVault is rated 8.4, while NetApp AltaVault is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell PowerVault writes "Easy to use with good integrations and reasonable pricing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp AltaVault writes "Though the solution's configuration phase can be difficult, the tool offers stability and scalability". Dell PowerVault is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Huawei OceanStor SNS, Lenovo Storage V Series and ExaGrid EX, whereas NetApp AltaVault is most compared with Commvault Cloud, Veritas NetBackup, Veeam Backup & Replication, AWS Storage Gateway and Rubrik.

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