What's the difference between DELL EMC Powerstore and Powermax NVMe?

Which is better?

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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.

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Dear Colleague,  I am the CEO of a small tech services company. I need a comparison between Unity 400 and PowerStore 1200. Which solution do you prefer and why?Thanks
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The Unity 400 is a rather old, a much less powerfull solution and at its best holds ssd flashdrives if at all. Currently you have the Unity 8xx model, which has more CPU punch and therefore maxes out less fast on CPU utilisation. What this means is that you can add more shelves and disks and workloads to it before you hit the roof.   The powerstore 1200 is an nvme storage, is 60% more powerfull (compared to FC/SCSI-SSD on Unity) in our case, and has higher datareduction rates. If the unity reaches out to a datareduction rate of 1.5 or 2, the Powerstore T1200 is capable of 3 to 3.5 datareduction, probably due to half its blocksize. The price of the device is pretty much dependant on the price of its media, and therefore the Powerstore T1200 is the absolute winner. . Another aspect is that the Powerstore can be used to build a cluster of arrays compared to the sync/asynch replication only feature of the Unity series, rendering the mirrored volumes unuseable unless one fails over to it, like in a disaster recovery scenario. . The Powerstore also allows true A/A volumes on both sides . What this means is that one can build stretched vSphere clusters and the loss of your array in one site will still allow writing to the alternate protected disk, transparently ! You can have site local writes to your volumes and remain in sync without a need to cross site write. . There is not much of a reason to settle for the Unity anymore, though some still prefer the Unity for NAS compared to Powerstore, but honestly speaking I won't recommend to use any of both for that purpose unless for limitted useage. Unity allocates RAM ressources dynamically when used for FC/SCSI AND NAS , whereas the Powerstore is initialized in a kind of split off of RAM ressources between NAS/FC SCSI at installation time. The ressource allocation is fixed and can't be altered lateron.  Thats a hard call. So I'd favour the Unity only if you use it for low/moderate NAS needs in combination with FC/SCSI or block data and you don't have the budget nor the size to use a NAS optimised array on top.
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Enterprise post-sales manager. at Smart technologies (BD) Ltd
Sep 20, 2023
Hello Yasin,  The best solution depends upon your host environment. In general, PowerStore is more powerful than Unity but Unity is also a very good Storage solution.
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Hi community,  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.
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Huawei OceanStor 5300 and Dell PowerStore 500T are great All-Flash Storage arrays. Here are some of their pros and cons, including their differences and similarities that may help you decide on which solution to choose: Huawei OceanStor 5300 Pros: Can deliver up to 1.5 million IOPS and 300 GB/s throughput Can be scaled up to 100 nodes Supports synchronous replication and disaster recovery Cons: Expensive Not as easy to manage as some other All-Flash Storage arrays Dell PowerStore 500T Pros: Affordable Easy to manage Can provide up to 1 million IOPS and 250 GB/s throughput Can be scaled up to 20 nodes Cons: Not as scalable as the Huawei OceanStor 5300 Not as high-performance as some other All-Flash Storage arrays The main similarities between the two arrays are that they are both All-Flash Storage arrays that perform well and are scalable. However, they also have some key differences. Some say the Huawei OceanStor 5300 is more scalable, offers higher performance, and can manage demanding workloads. On the other hand, the Dell PowerStore 500T is reported as easier to manage, more affordable, and also works for various workloads.
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