Useful data protection group, effective compression, and stable
Pros and Cons
"The most valuable feature of Dell EMC XtremIO is the data protection (DP) group, it is one of the most advanced features in these types of arrays. The dedupe and compression that this array provides both do a superb job."
"In the next release, the solution could have better integration and if we can host assets on the cloud, such as NetApp has the NetApp volumes, which we can host on the cloud directly called NetApp CVO (cloud volume ONTAP). Dell EMC should come up with something purely on the cloud rather than manage services."
What is our primary use case?
We use Dell EMC XtremIO for block data and VDA profiles.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable feature of Dell EMC XtremIO is the data protection (DP) group, it is one of the most advanced features in these types of arrays. The dedupe and compression that this array provides both do a superb job.
What needs improvement?
The replication of Dell EMC XtremIO could improve. In the newer versions they have improved, however, the replication can be improved further where we can include concurrent or cascaded methodologies.
In the next release, the solution could have better integration and if we can host assets on the cloud, such as NetApp has the NetApp volumes, which we can host on the cloud directly called NetApp CVO (cloud volume ONTAP). Dell EMC should come up with something purely on the cloud rather than manage services.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using Dell EMC XtremIO for approximately seven years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The solution is stable and has good performance, it guarantees millions of files.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
Dell EMC XtremIO is scalable and it is easy to do. However, we cannot have more than four bricks.
We have approximately 10 people in the storage team who use the solution and 5,000 use the services in my organization.
The solution is used on a daily basis. The media profiles are launched for each user and it communicates to the Dell EMC XtremIO daily.
How are customer service and support?
We contact technical support whenever there's a hardware failure. If there is a software glitch, such as the one we had where the connectivity status used to flicker. It had to show eight parts, but it flickered and showed five, six, seven, and eight, all the parts. The flickering in the database, which resides within the XtremIO management server actively tweaked a bit and we had a support engineering case open for it with the Dell support. However, it didn't materialize, this is something that should be fixed in the next update.
Overall I would rate the support Dell EMC XtremIO a nine out of ten. We don't reach out to them. Nine only because the hardware could be more durable. All the SSD's could use a single-level cell rather than a multi-cell.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I previously used SolidFire and NetApp. There is a third solution I have used called Violin Memory which is not used much, but it's a very good contender.
The advantages of Dell EMC XtremIO are the market share Dell has and dependability.
All the other solutions are going more towards iSCSI connectivity while Dell is moving away from iSCSI and towards XtremIO's that offer both iSCSI and FC. There is not much development for iSCSI, this is a limiting factor.
How was the initial setup?
The installation was straightforward. If you have everything in place in the network, it would only take two days maximum.
What about the implementation team?
The implementation can be done by the customer, it is done by racking and stacking them.
The solution has a redundant component, there are only disc replacements or battery backups replacement required.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The price of the solution should be reduced. The price matches the price of a VMAX service but it does not have the capability of a VMAX service. However, the prices of Dell EMC XtremIO can be reduceable.
What other advice do I have?
I would recommend this solution to others, it will make their life easier.
I rate Dell EMC XtremIO an eight out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner