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Dell EMC PowerPath is #3 ranked solution in top Storage Software tools. IT Central Station users give Dell EMC PowerPath an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell EMC PowerPath is most commonly compared to Pure Storage FlashArray:Dell EMC PowerPath vs Pure Storage FlashArray. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 39% of all views.
What is Dell EMC PowerPath?

EMC PowerPath: Host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

AUTOMATE FAILOVER/RECOVERY

PowerPath automates data path failover and recovery to ensure applications are always available and remain operational.

OPTIMIZE LOAD BALANCING

Adjust I/O paths constantly to leverage all available data paths and to monitor and rebalance the dynamic environment for the best application performance.

STANDARDIZE PATH MANAGEMENT

Simplify and standardize data path management across heterogeneous physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments.

Dell EMC PowerPath was previously known as PowerPath.

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SL
Manager, Storage and Virtualization Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Powerful and mature but still has bugs to work out

Pros and Cons

  • "It provides a high availability and will increase the performance of any server or operating system."
  • "Although PowerPath is very mature and has been on the market for more than 15 years there are still a lot of bugs that have been profiled with PowerPath, specifically, during any OS upgrade."

What is our primary use case?

Dell EMC PowerPath is a multipathing software which connects to the back-end storage. It provides a high availability and will increase the performance of any server or operating system.

What is most valuable?

They are two different multipathing softwares which come with hypervisors or operating systems, which are native multipathing software. Apart from that, we have EMC PowerPath, which comes with Dell EMC storages, EMC, VMAX, Aternity or VNX. There are different varieties of storage in the market for Dell products. This multipathing software has certain features which we normally don't have on native multipathing software, especially in terms of load balancing and the way it captures the IO metrics and boosts the performance of different operating systems. This is something very specific to it and it has the flexibility apart from this multipathing capability. 

PowerPath also acts as a PowerPath migration software. For example, if I want to migrate any OS that's currently running on a different EMC product, PowerPath has the capability to act as a centralized software to migrate the operating system from one storage to the another EMC storage, but remain in the EMC portfolio. EMC has different portfolios, like the VMAX, VNX, and Unity. So with this one single software I will be able to migrate data from one storage to another storage.

What needs improvement?

Although PowerPath is very mature and has been on the market for more than 15 years there are still a lot of bugs that have been profiled with PowerPath, specifically during any OS upgrade. In certain cases PowerPath doesn't have the capability to do an automatic scanning of discs. Also PowerPath is very specific to EMC portfolios and very few other products on the market. It is not wide open for the other vendors in the market. And EMC has competitors like HP, Hitachi, IBM, and Pure Storage. There are a lot of other competitors for EMC storages, but PowerPath doesn't have the capability to support a wide variety of storages in the market, it only works with specific products. I felt that being in the market for more than 15 years it should the capability and have matured enough to support the various products in the market. This is what I feel needs improvement.

Specifically, they have to open their compatibility with other products in the market. That is what I would see improved first.

Additionally, let's say a customer is moving towards a private cloud. How is PowerPath going to play a role? They need to educate the customers with what the product can do.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell EMC PowerPath for more than 10 years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From the stability point of view, yes it is stable, but not a 100%. I would rank the stability three out of five because it still needs certain improvements going forward.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I don't know how I can put the scalability in perspective because it depends on the license. It's based on the host-based license. For example, if you bought licensing for a hundred hosts, one single license is unlimited so you can place it on any number of operating systems. It's not license specific so it is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is pretty good with EMC.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

PowerPath doesn't play as a major role as in earlier times. Now, with a lot of competitors in the market PowerPath doesn't play a key role on costing because it comes along with the storages that customers buy. So it doesn't involve a huge amount of cost when the customer buys the software.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Dell EMC PowerPath a seven out of 10.

I would definitely recommend EMC PowerPath, there's no doubt. But what I would suggest is if you're going with EMC hardware, then definitely go with EMC PowerPath. If not, then I would definitely suggest to go with the native.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RJ
Availability Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Really easy to set up with great functionality and flexibility

Pros and Cons

  • "We have found the solution to be quite flexible and very scalable."
  • "While I utilize it for data migration, I would love to do that data migration in a GUI from an ease of use perspective."

What is our primary use case?

We are implementing the solution for our customers.

We primarily use it for multiple operating systems. It has been implemented for AIX. It was implemented for Linux and Windows. Basically, we've used it with all of them.

What is most valuable?

Normally, clients are without a license. We install it in order to utilize it instead of the native multipathing. The solution offers load balancing, which is great.

The overall functionality has been really good.

The setup is really easy.

We have found the solution to be quite flexible and very scalable.

We haven't had any stability issues.

What needs improvement?

While I utilize it for data migration, I would love to do that data migration in a GUI from an ease of use perspective. I would love to have this feature in the future. I would love to work in host-based migration instead of the native operating system tools.

If there is an operating system that is discontinued, PowerPath will now also stop the support for that operating system; for example, in the case of Solaris. I would prefer them to keep supporting that system, however, at the same time, I can understand why they have discontinued services.

For how long have I used the solution?

We started dealing with the product in 2006.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, we are providing support to our clients, and I don't recall having that much feedback in terms of issues related to PowerPath.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. The flexibility is there.

How are customer service and support?

We provide support and there really haven't been too many issues. 

We were working with EMC before the joint venture between Dell and EMC. The performance of EMC was better than the performance of the support with Dell after the JV.

Recently, from what I saw in the support team, for the first level of the support, they do not seem to be very experienced like the people who were working in the support at the time of EMC. The quality has gone down.

The said, once you get past the first level, the level of support is good.

How was the initial setup?

I wasn't directly involved in the implementation process. It's my understanding that the initial setup is very easy and quite straightforward. It's not overly difficult. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I have no idea about the pricing of the solution, especially in relation to other solutions. I cannot compare it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I haven't compared it with other products.

What other advice do I have?

We have a partnership with Dell EMC. We have a Titanium partnership with Dell EMC and a Gold partnership with VMware.

I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten overall. I have no experience with any other third-party multipathing software to compare it to, however, my experience with this product has been very good.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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VM
Vice President - Digital Technology at MSPL Limited
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Good interface, scalable, but lacking technical support availability

What is most valuable?

The user interface is good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good but they are not available all the time.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is fair.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Dell EMC PowerPath a seven out of ten.

What is most valuable?

The user interface is good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good but they are not available all the time.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is fair.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Dell EMC PowerPath a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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