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Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Pros and Cons

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Pros

Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
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.
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CM
Storage Team Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
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.
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FA
VP Global Markets, Global Head of Storage at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Infrastructure Lead at Umbra Ltd.
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.
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SP
Solution Architect at Sybyl
You can use PowerMax for all workloads and consolidation. We have used it to scale thousands of VMs.
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VK
Product Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Based on our experience with VMAX, there isn't any hardware failure or something like that in PowerMax. Performance-wise also, everything is fine. We haven't faced any performance issues or any hardware failure. Its performance is great as compared to VMAX. Its I/O per second rate is higher than the old model.
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VF
Presales Engineer Information System and Security at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The optimization of the cache memory of each engine and the use of persistent memory.
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AW
Senior BDM at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Technical support has been excellent.
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MG
Solution Administrator at Telcel
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.
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Senior System Administrator at PRASAC Microfinance Institution Limited
We like the compression, dedupe, and I/O on the PowerMax. They are better than on the XtremIO.
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Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe Cons

Senior Solution Architect at Rackspace
Support of the product can be slow and an administrative challenge: planning, scheduling, and overseeing data center access for a Dell EMC rep. One improvement could be to enable a self-maintenance option. The requirements that we go through to get Dell EMC onsite to replace failed drives, power supplies, and other small redundant parts can be unnecessarily complex. If simplified, they could send us the parts, then we could replace them much faster, more easily, and truly within the SLA parameters.
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FA
VP Global Markets, Global Head of Storage at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It's a relatively new product, but for the next release I would like to see higher bandwidth on the front-end adapters. This would allow even greater scalability for critical workloads and consolidation for non-critical workloads. The hosts may not require that level of I/O performance today. However, it allows us to scale physical non-cloud environments without large investment.
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Infrastructure Lead at Umbra Ltd.
Firmware updates are a bit painful because you have to involve their support, as opposed to having the ability to do it yourself.
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SP
Solution Architect at Sybyl
We brought up this question to the implementation engineer. We were comparing use cases where a customer is using RecoverPoint, then goes to PowerMax. In our previous setup with XtremIO, we were using RecpverPoint and keeping snapshots for 30 days, every few seconds. With PowerMax, I requested this for every 15 minutes, keeping it for a week. The engineer's answer was, "There will be too many snapshots. It might slow down the system." This is specifically for the use cases where there is RecoverPoint. While PowerMax works with RecoverPoint, and you can use it, there should be some way where you can have even more snapshots and not to worry about performance and system cache.
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VK
Product Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see more development in the cloud environment. It would be good if it comes in the cloud kind of setup.
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VF
Presales Engineer Information System and Security at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The main feature that I personally want to see is the possibility to upgrade to the next generation without changing all the components and just change the engine, relying on the compatibility matrices between two different generations. Meaning that we could just keep the enclosure and upgrade the engine, integrating the enclosure to the existing pool, then adding automation tools for orchestration.
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AW
Senior BDM at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
If the solution had more power-saving capabilities, it would be quite nice.
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MG
Solution Administrator at Telcel
We have had some trouble with the VMAX-to-PowerMax migration, but the VMAX box will be powered down after the migration. The PowerMax boxes are working fine and we don't have any issues with them.
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Senior System Administrator at PRASAC Microfinance Institution Limited
We would like more documentation, a guide to the features of the PowerMax.
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Learn what your peers think about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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