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Dell EqualLogic PS series Room for Improvement

RP
Assistant Circuit Executive for Information Technology at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

EqualLogic has room for improvement but it is not likely a lot will happen because Dell is phasing the product out for end-of-life.  

What could be improved is their replication efficiency. I forgot what the minimum block size was, but I think it was maybe 64K blocks for replication. To make the effort to get that down to something smaller — even to the bit level — will allow the replication to be more bandwidth-efficient. When it is more efficient it will not require as much time, and that is critical. Right now, the block size is generally larger than their competitors. Because of that, it takes more bandwidth to do SAN (Storage Area Network) replication than other solutions. That has been an ongoing issue.  

Of course, as data sets grow in size, your backup window — the off-production hours for the environment — stays fixed. You have to push whatever amount of data you need to have backed up to the remote DR (Disaster Recovery) site within that window. We have had some of the replication jobs on EqualLogic run into the daytime production hours and that has caused issues. That they need to concentrate on more efficient replication is a way to summarize that, I guess. It just has to get pushed faster.  

There is also no onboard, inline deduplication capability. That is probably the biggest issue. Inline deduplication is something you have to do that on the fly. The deduplication capability is key to this type of solution now.  

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Abdullah Mahmood - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.

The number one is probably the scalability potential of the product. If I need to increase the capacity, I cannot. That's the main problem for us. If I need to have more space or more capacity, I need to replace the product. It would be ideal if we could scale without replacing the box itself.

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NJ
Ops Manager at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees

We'd like the solution to have bigger sizing. We need more space and we can't get any. We'd love more memory storage space.

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Jigar Acharya - PeerSpot reviewer
VP - Engineering Operations at WPG Consulting

The performance isn't as good as, for example, Nimble.

The solution needs to have smart data disks and a smarter way to find those disks on certain drives. We are having some issues right now where some of the database operations are recovering and we find there are so many IOPS that EqualLogic fans cannot handle it. That's why we are moving towards a Nimble fan and Nimble is performing way better than EqualLogic.

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HT
System technician at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is at the end of support and no longer supported. We have to move our VMware to another storage platform, and we have decided to use Dell PowerStore. We like Dell's products, and it is a new platform with a lot of features.

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VK
Sr. System Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Dell EqualLogic PS series could improve the performance because in our hybrid configuration the read speed is faster than the write speed.

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RI
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is out of date and the new version has a lot of advanced features.

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Buyer's Guide
Dell EqualLogic PS series
October 2022
Learn what your peers think about Dell EqualLogic PS series. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2022.
635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.