2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What do you like most about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe?

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What do you like most about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe?

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MH
IT Manager at Regional Health Services
Real User
2022-10-11T12:29:55Z
Oct 11, 2022

The uptime is the most valuable feature.

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HA
Enterprise Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2022-05-05T01:33:25Z
May 5, 2022

This platform is reliable in supporting our data availability. We now have a higher performing platform and have been able to consolidate our workloads into one single platform.

Nikolay Muravev - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead System Administrator at Central Hospital of Civil Aviation
Real User
Top 10
2021-12-28T15:10:00Z
Dec 28, 2021

We removed the need to observe whether we ran into issues with the performance of disks or number of IOPS. Previously, our Oracle Database would throw us performance errors. Now, with PowerMax, everything runs smoothly.

Haseeb Sheikh - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Private Cloud Solutions at ufone
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-15T15:33:00Z
Dec 15, 2021

The SRDF site-to-site replication for the volumes is the most important feature for us. That enables us to do site recovery and replication for our VMware infrastructure.

Vince Vitro - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-08T01:52:00Z
Dec 8, 2021

They're basically tanks. You could take a baseball bat to the thing, and it's still going to keep running and doing what it's supposed to do. We've had a couple of part failures, and you can pretty much replace any part on that thing at any time during the day in the middle of production without worrying about anything happening.

Oluwatosin Obatoyinbo - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-03T19:31:00Z
Nov 3, 2021

We find the service level option to provision storage very valuable. The ability to define different service levels for storage groups helps us in prioritizing our workload at the infrastructure level.

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MG
Solution Administrator at Telcel
Real User
2021-10-28T03:20:00Z
Oct 28, 2021

The performance is very good on our servers. It's superior. And the QoS capabilities for providing work congestion protection are also important because about 99 percent of our servers are production servers.

Pisey NAP - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Administrator at PRASAC Microfinance Institution Limited
Real User
Top 20
2021-10-25T16:18:00Z
Oct 25, 2021

We like the compression, dedupe, and I/O on the PowerMax. They are better than on the XtremIO.

SP
Solution Architect at Sybyl
Real User
2021-10-25T13:31:00Z
Oct 25, 2021

You can use PowerMax for all workloads and consolidation. We have used it to scale thousands of VMs.

Paul Croteau - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
Real User
Top 20
2021-05-24T17:09:00Z
May 24, 2021

There is no management overhead involved in optimizing performance. It does it so well on its own. We don't have to manage much at all. It really is like a set it and forget it solution. My storage engineers love the system. It is a lot less work than our previous systems, which weren't bad by any means. There is not nearly as much management as before. So, we are saving dozens of hours per month for our storage team, and that is a real cost in our business.

Jeff Dao - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Lead at Umbra Ltd.
Real User
Top 10
2021-05-19T14:12:00Z
May 19, 2021

PowerMax NVMe has made it a lot easier to understand how much we are able to provision. It has made it a lot faster to provision new things. 90% of my time for provisioning has been reduced. Also, it has made it very easy to understand and see everything behind it versus the older heritage, where Dell EMC was very convoluted and hard to get working. Things that used to take an hour, probably now take five to 10 minutes.

CM
Storage Team Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-04-27T00:29:00Z
Apr 27, 2021

The performance is very good. Our predominant workloads are all less than 5 milliseconds and it's most common to have a sub-1-millisecond response time for our applications. In terms of efficiency, we've turned on compression and we're able to get as high as two-to-one compression on our workloads, on average.

FA
VP Global Markets, Global Head of Storage at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-03-31T13:04:00Z
Mar 31, 2021

The solution's snapshot capabilities and replication are very good features. Snapshots are allowing us to quickly build analytical models directly from production data. This gives us amazing insights into market trends and allows us to build more effective trading algorithms. Replication offers us unparalleled levels of resilience.

AW
Senior BDM at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-03-15T08:00:31Z
Mar 15, 2021

Technical support has been excellent.

ValereFEUGWANG - PeerSpot reviewer
Information System Consultant at CFAO Technologies
Real User
Top 10
2020-04-24T16:42:00Z
Apr 24, 2020

The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory.

Jean Gabriel Dick - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-09T00:25:00Z
May 9, 2019

We're consolidating two to three arrays down to one which means that our data center footprint has decreased by like 90%. So we're saving 90% of our space, and it also is much better on power and everything else in our data center. And on top of that, the performance is much, much better than our older arrays.

MV
Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The stability is amazing. Zero downtime reported over the last years.

TP
Senior Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

We are able to provide storage at the right service levels without overmanaging it.

DS
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

We can consistently replicate mainframe and open system and have a single recovery point.

JC
Storage Administrator at Capgemini
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It's faster and more resilient.

Steve Lotthammer - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

Uptime by far is the most important thing, and also the replication ability (SRDF). Most of the customers who need this type of availability also want the protection of multiple data centers, and it is able to easily switchover workloads to their other data centers.

Paul Croteau - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
Real User
Top 20
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

My storage engineers are very happy with PowerMax. They are very pleased with the performance, decreased latency, and dependability. From the team, the RESTful API makes management so much easier for them versus the command line interface.

SG
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

CloudIQ has become an optimal tool for us to get the full picture of all the different arrays, from mid-tier all the way up. It gives us that single view and the ability to launch the Unisphere. That is really is powerful in being able to manage the array.

JH
Director of Information Technology at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

Enterprise Cloud Storage is the most valuable feature, along with the data services which come with it, plus the deduplication and compression.

TT
Storage Architect at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The stability is great. It is five nines.

AJ
Senior Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The response time, compared to XtremIO, is far better.

John Lyons - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The SRDF replication piece is probably the best feature. It's useful for maintaining recoverability in the event of a disaster.

PV
Solution Architect at a tech services company
Reseller
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It offers a high level of availability, so pretty much near zero downtime.

SW
Storage Admin at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

PowerMax, with version 9.02, which we installed recently, has some very good features, such as CloudIQ.

SA
Head of IT at National Bank Of Oman
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

We are happy with the monitoring that Dell EMC is doing for us. They have helped us to identify many issues during the routine checks, issues which we were not aware of.

VV
Senior Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

Key features include performance, replication time, and dedup and compression.

MT
IT Infrastructure Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It was easy for teams to pick up the technology with very limited exposure and training, then implement and support it.

Tom Dennis - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Applications Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The smaller footprint of the device has been really nice. We have gone from eight bays to one bay. Having one floor tile in our data center has been pretty awesome. A lot less power and HVAC cooling is being consumed.

JK
Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

We were able to move away from a middleware solution for high availability, going right to snapshots and data replication on arrays.

LW
Manager of Storage Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It is easy to manage and upgrade.

PA
Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It is very stable. We expect superior performance and reliability from this particular storage system.

Darrel Schueneman - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Cloud Operations at Nuplex Resins
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It has dramatically cut down the footprint in our data center and reduced the amount of raw disk capacity that we needed to purchase.

JB
Senior Storage Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The PowerMax software and CloudIQ let us get an inside view of our compression and compaction, as well as our usage of the storage.

AT
System Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It has reduced our footprint in different physical locations.

Elias Riveros Malky - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Alliance Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
MSP
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It is efficient and very simple for our administrators to use.

DT
Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

For the migration process from the older VMAX arrays to PowerMax, we VMotioned everything. It was easy.

HH
Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Storage Service Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The compression and deduplication are the most valuable features because of the cost savings.

JK
Member of Technical Staff at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It significantly simplifies storage.

RL
Director of Enterprise Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

It is a true, stable product.

RR
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
May 8, 2019

The number one most valuable feature is reliability. I want to go home at the end of the day and come in the next day knowing it works, especially since we have storage offshore.

Related Questions
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 9, 2021
Which is better?
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Nov 9, 2021
Dell PowerStore is an all-solid-state midrange storage system. It has many internal elements taken from other Dell offerings and integrated into the PowerStoreOS. The installation and setup have a learning curve and the configuration can be complex. PowerStore gives flexibility and ease of use. The compression capabilities are also great. One of the advantages of PowerStore is that it can be installed in a VMware environment. The administration is also easy. You can manage all your PowerStores as a single solution, cluster, or federate multiple appliances. It is also scalable. The system needs to improve by adding more enterprise features such as replication to other sites, though. Dell Powermax is a better solution. It is an end-to-end NVME with storage-class memory (SCM) for persistent storage and real-time machine learning. You can have up to 350GB per second for critical workloads. Powermax provides a very high-performance workload. It is also a great storage solution for virtualized workloads. Migration is relatively simple, as is deployment. The ease of use and management makes PowerMax a great alternative. Compared to other SAN alternatives, it is also much faster. While the best feature, in our opinion, is easy management and administration, it also makes provisioning a breeze. PowerMax’s snapshot and replication capabilities are very good. It also provides operational resilience with features like cache optimization and persistent memory. There are downsides to PowerMax, though. It is difficult to upgrade. Finally, the high price ticket is another downside. The power-saving capabilities are not the best either. We tried the support but it is very slow and cumbersome, without the option of self-maintenance. Conclusions: While PowerStore is very popular, we found PowerMax to be a more powerful solution. It is faster and offers better performance, with strong virtualization, replication, and resilience.
RM
Storage Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 5, 2020
We are looking at various vendors including HPE and Dell, looking at both the Unity and the PowerMax options. What can you share with me about PowerMax and how it compares with Unity and/or HPE? I am a Storage Architect at a global financial services company with tens of thousands of employees worldwide. Thank you, Robert
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BJ
Engineer / Architect at CenturyLink
May 22, 2019
I have used all, EMC, and HPE 3Par, VNX, Unity, etc. All are OK. But for long term Flash Storage, I would take a look at Hitachi F Series. Best reliability hands down and they provide non-disruptive migrations, no server downtime, no scheduling with users, etc. NDM makes Hitachi a no brainer.
MK
Senior Presales Engineer with 11-50 employees
May 23, 2019
The PowerMax NVMe is the high-end storage fromDellEMC it can provide up to 10M IOPS, however, if you need less, you can go with the new Unity XT which is going to have NVMe as well. The new Unity XT is going to be ready for order in June 2019.
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