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.
Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management of resources feature provides a more simple administration.
I found the flexibility, performance, and ease of use very helpful. We were looking for a solution that has good compression and we found it in PowerStore. Also, the load balancing is automated so you can cluster more appliances without worrying about the load balance.
It has a central interface, which makes it very user-friendly. The machine learning capabilities even give you recommendations to optimize administration, so for me, it is a winner.
That being said, there is a learning curve involved for setup, and the process is quite long. It would also be nice to have more enterprise features such as replication on other sites. For organizations using VMWare, it is difficult to integrate with PowerStore.
Dell EMC Unity XT is an All-Flash storage array solution that optimizes SSD performance. The goal of the solution is to streamline resource management from and to the cloud.
With this product, small businesses that cannot afford other enterprise flash storage offerings can have enterprise-level flash storage that is cost-effective. It makes it easy to manage storage and scale up by provisioning new workloads. I like it is easy to integrate with other products.
Still, Dell EMC Unity XT lacks some useful features like flexible raid volumes. It is also difficult to integrate it with enterprise backup solutions. We would like to use it, but the SNMP protocol is not supported. Tech support needs to improve their response time, too.
Overall, the Dell EMC PowerStore is a more complete solution if you are looking for automation and scalability. While the EMC Unity is easier to integrate, the PowerStore’s machine learning and central interface are better advantages.