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2018-05-17T07:35:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Dell EqualLogic PS series?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell EqualLogic PS series.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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Sr. System Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2022-05-13T19:26:39Z
13 May 22

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
Real User
2022-01-05T07:15:03Z
05 January 22

The solution is out of date and the new version has a lot of advanced features.

HT
System technician at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-11-08T12:28:56Z
08 November 21

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.

Jigar Acharya - PeerSpot reviewer
VP - Engineering Operations at WPG Consulting
Reseller
Top 5
2021-09-03T15:38:44Z
03 September 21

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.

NJ
Ops Manager at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
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2021-03-07T21:41:45Z
07 March 21

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.

Abdullah Mahmood - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.
Real User
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2021-01-21T22:35:28Z
21 January 21

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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RP
Assistant Circuit Executive for Information Technology at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2020-10-04T06:40:15Z
04 October 20

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.

PS
Senior Network Engineer at Zebra Technologies Corporation
Vendor
2020-10-01T09:57:49Z
01 October 20

One problem with this solution is that synchronous replication requires lots of duplicated space. I wish Dell would address that issue. It really wastes a lot of space and it does so in a way that the amendment space required is inefficient. Once it is running it does not need as much space, but to start it up you need double the space on both your source and destination chassis. Another issue is that I can not mix RAID technologies. On one particular box, I can only set one RAID standard and not create multiple RAID sets. That is a limitation that I could do without. One feature that would have been nice on the EqualLogic box is the ability to recover on a file basis. It should not be limited to a volume scale. I do not know that it should be able to recover files being that it is a block-level device for storage. File-level is a completely different animal. But it would be nice to be able to have file recovery even if it is a block-level storage device.

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CTO/Executive Vice President at Planet Data Solutions
Real User
2018-11-11T15:02:00Z
11 November 18

* Performance and vision for the product were lacking. * DELL was taking on too many storage solutions, and it felt like the EqualLogic series was not aggressively supported.

it_user531267 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Operations Manager with 11-50 employees
Vendor
2018-05-17T07:35:00Z
17 May 18

Some of the new features include what they call auto-tiering, where data that needs to be on a faster storage, it would automatically detect that and move it to the faster storage or the most frequently accessed area. Data that doesn't move that much or is not accessed that often would go on a slower storage. It's more efficient, helps a company to maximize what they spend. This kind of storage costs a lot of money; they build that into the newer functionality and into newer SANs. If you are going to go with all-flash then it's very expensive but it has a lot of performance benefits and a lot of improvement in reliability. Some companies can afford leading edge. My company cannot afford leading edge, so we probably have to go one generation below.

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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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PS
Senior Network Engineer at Zebra Technologies Corporation
01 October 20
The price became a lot more attractive as the years went by. Initially it seemed like it was a high-priced solution, but as the years went by the price, performance, and just the cost of ownership went down a lot.
RP
Assistant Circuit Executive for Information Technology at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
04 October 20
We always do the original acquisition with five years of maintenance. That package includes all upgrades and whatnot. There are annual maintenance costs beyond the original licensing period. So beyond year five, if we do keep an array beyond that, it is about $5,000 per array. That would be probably about $15,000 annually for arrays that we plan to keep into year six and year seven.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
May 13, 2022
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about Dell EqualLogic PS series? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
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it_user531267 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Operations Manager with 11-50 employees
17 May 18
Its high availability. It has a lot of redundancy and good management software as well as good alerting.
PS
Senior Network Engineer at Zebra Technologies Corporation
01 October 20
It is extremely reliable.
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