I am the Assistant Vice President of Digital Sales at a small computer software company.
I am currently researching all-flash storage arrays.
Which solution do you prefer: Huawei OceanStor 5300 or Dell PowerStore 500T? What are the pros and cons of each solution? What are the differences and similarities between the two solutions?
Thank you for your help.
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.
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.
PowerStore is flexible, scalable, simple, and performant with market-leading economics for a wide range of legacy and next-gen apps. It is only Flash and can support many workloads from today's application. As an independent Presales Engineer, I think that today Unity XT can continue to feet at 95% to the workload of the customer and still have more years of life. The adoption of PowerStore will be very difficult in our region particularly but there is a good strategy from Dell Technologies concerning PowerStore that is very good.