Dell VMAX All Flash vs Dell XtremIO comparison


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Pure FlashArray X NVMe
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Dell VMAX All Flash
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Dell XtremIO
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Featured Reviews

May 21, 2021
Reasonably priced, scales well, and offers good stability
We primarily use the solution for cluster applications and databases. We use the solution on the DBA and those that use double machines Being able to have broken files on-site on the same appliance is quite useful. The newer version of NVME has a really noticeable difference in quality versus the…
Apr 30, 2024
Provides an ease of data migration and a valuable snapshot feature
Our primary use case for the solution is within our banking operations, where it supports critical IT operations and applications in our data center environment The flexibility and ease of migration offered by the product have significantly improved our organization's operational efficiency,…
Gouranga Maiti - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 4, 2023
Suitable for high IOPS and helps get backup in ten minutes
We use Dell XtremIO for high IOPS. We get backup within 10 minutes.  Initially, we faced numerous issues with our analytical systems. However, we saw performance improvement after the implementation of the solution.  I like the tool's snapshot backup and flash storage features.  Sometimes we…

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


"FlashArray has some fresh efficiency features. I've never seen a storage solution with a compression rating this high before. It's at least 4-to-1 on Oracle databases. It's the best flash storage for Oracle."
"The tool's valuable features are speed, security, data compression, and reliability. Its data compression feature is the best that we have ever seen. It helps us to save money and resources."
"It has good, reliable, fast storage."
"The system allows for seamless learning experiences, facilitating quick and easy cloning of environments within minutes."
"The latency is good."
"Pure FlashArray X NVMe will quickly overcome all the hurdles you face, including network and latency issues."
"It is very easy to install and configure. It has got excellent diagnostics. If you really need to see how the box is performing, the console gives you a lot of information. You can set thresholds as well as alerts based on the thresholds, which is a very powerful functionality. They are very proactive. They know how to monitor and manage the systems. They see a problem, and they are all over it before us. They see the problem before we see it, which is very good."
"It has benefited my organization because it has reduced time to insights."
"The ransomware protection feature is housed in a separate unit, specifically addressing the top twenty most critical threats."
"The product's initial setup phase was good."
"The snapshot feature has been precious for our testing processes, application development, and managing testing environments due to its efficiency and ease of use."
"The guaranteed sub-millisecond response time for a 4K block."
"The speed is extremely valuable."
"Snapshots are valuable because of their seamless nature, as well as the minimal space each snapshot takes."
"The solution's most valuable features are the inline data reduction and deduplication."
"The most valuable feature of Dell EMC XtremIO is the data protection (DP) group, it is one of the most advanced features in these types of arrays. The dedupe and compression that this array provides both do a superb job."
"The solution's most valuable feature is its high performance."
"Xtrem10's features are more simple to implement. The integration and interface are also good."
"The feature I like most about Dell Xtremio is its hardware quality compared to other vendors. It's clear they're continuously improving their research and development."


"Right now, the box itself is just strictly working as a backend storage system. It would be fantastic if we could access it directly like a NAS device through network access or SIS drives. I think they have an interface, but I am not sure how good it is. If we could address a box directly on the network without having to go through a server, it would be great. The replication schemas could be improved. We are not using replication on the storage level right now. We use a different type of replication. If their replication would be as good as the one that we have, I would probably run the replication schema because it might be faster, but I don't know that for a fact. So, I cannot say that they have good replication. All I can say is that they need to inform us better."
"Every time I think of something that needs to improve, they're one step ahead, which I love. The only area I wish to see improve, I believe is coming, is in the FlashBlade product. Blade implementation fell short on a few of the services."
"Efficiency improvements would always be welcome, but I'm not sure if they could get more efficient."
"I would like to see replication and DR features in the next release of this solution."
"The tool's portfolio is minimal. It is expensive."
"I want to see Pure Storage not only be for fast storage, but I want to see it be for the entire data center."
"The UI for this solution needs to be improved."
"It is on the expensive side."
"Improvements are needed in both partition recovery and scalability."
"The configuration part of the product is an area with certain shortcomings where improvements are required."
"We encountered some challenges during large data migrations that could be addressed for smoother transitions."
"They can improve the product by providing an HTML5-based interface instead of the Java GUI based application."
"I am not too impressed with XtremeIO because we had a major failure."
"The GUI could be modified more in terms of how the different components are linked to each other."
"Ease of use is key in the converged and hyper-converged world that requires administrators to have both hypervisor and storage skills."
"The solution needs to be simplified. When you integrate your storage with other systems, could use a little bit of automation."
"Right now, external appliances are needed to replicate XtremIO to XtremIO, or to another EMC system."
"XtremIO is coming to its end of life."
"Dell's technical support could be better."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"With Pure Storage, we would like to continue seeing price reductions with flash storage. I don't think we're any different than anybody else when we continue to look to the industry for price reductions of both NVMe and traditional SSD storage. We would like to see these prices continue to decline and erode, even displacing large spinning disks."
"We pay approximately $50,000 USD per year in licensing fees."
"The tool's pricing is cheap; I rate it a six to seven out of ten. Most of our sales are not subscription-based. We sell the hardware, and customers keep using it. They only renew the service part annually. The support can be a bit pricey, but the solution is more cost-effective than anything else out there."
"As far as the licensing costs, everything is included in the license."
"They can tout the functionality and cutting edge technology that they have, but that's where the price tag comes in. The cost is high, but I think as they grow their business and get more customers that it will probably go down a little bit."
"With VMware, we pay $300,000 annually."
"Given its price, Pure is not the first option."
"Pure FlashArray X NVMe’s pricing is cheaper than other products."
"It is not a cheap product."
"The price falls within the mid-range, neither inexpensive nor high-priced."
"Too high priced for the Brazil market."
"Pricing and licensing are in line with other products from other manufacturers. You get what you pay for."
"XtremIO is an all-flash array, which means it's a costly solution. When compared with general mid-range storage solutions, this is more expensive. As far as I know, there are no additional costs besides the license."
"Licensing is approximately $200,000 per year."
"XtremIO is pretty straightforward about pricing. However, you need to look at your data so you can estimate, with the advice of DEL EMC, what data reduction ratio you will reach. In our case, a 3:1 reduction ration gave us a positive case compared to other storage arrays."
"It is costly but worth it."
"Dell XtremIO's price is affordable and I would rate it a five out of ten."
"The initial purchase price was good but when you need to upgrade, it's a different story."
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Comparison Review

it_user182013 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 1, 2015
Measuring Up: EMC XtremIO and HP 3PAR
Leading up to EMC World 2015, IT Central Station asked how I would compare EMC XtremIO and HP 3PAR. Until recently, the flash storage conversation in my organization and many others has centered on XtremIO and Pure Storage, the leaders of the all-flash array (AFA) space. To that end, I've written a…

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Pure FlashArray X NVMe?
Pure FlashArray X NVMe helps to improve our processing speed. It is user-friendly and easy to use.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Pure FlashArray X NVMe?
The tool's pricing is cheap; I rate it a six to seven out of ten. Most of our sales are not subscription-based. We se...
What needs improvement with Pure FlashArray X NVMe?
One point I'd like to improve is that the tool should start selling small boxes again. It discontinued some products ...
What do you like most about Dell EMC VMax?
The product's initial setup phase was good.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC VMax?
It is not a cheap product. As the tool is expensive, I am looking at the market for some products with better prices ...
What needs improvement with Dell EMC VMax?
While I don't have any suggestions for improvement in the product, in the past, we encountered some challenges during...
What do you like most about Dell EMC XtremIO?
The feature I like most about Dell Xtremio is its hardware quality compared to other vendors. It's clear they're cont...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC XtremIO?
The license for XtremIO is in the box, so you don't have to buy anything.
What needs improvement with Dell EMC XtremIO?
Dell XtremIO needs to provide better performance to keep up with new products.

Also Known As

Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//X
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Dell EMC XtremIO Flash, Dell EMC XtremIO X2, XtremIO, XtremIO X2



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Fremont Bank, Judson ISD, The Nielsen Company
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Raiffeisen Bank Bulgaria, Wentworth-Douglas Hospital
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