EMC-XTREMIO - 40U CABINET
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EMC-XTREMIO - 40U CABINET
EMC-XTREMIO - 40U CABINET is rated out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ramandeep Jagde from Very easy to use in terms of administrative tasks on the GUI Valuable Features:It has very good performance for an application which needs lower latency and a better response, for example, in microseconds. It's very easy to use in terms of administrative tasks on the GUI.Improvements to My Organization:We used the product for our internal customers (Banking). The performance really improved for the end users with reduced costs.Room for Improvement:At times, it's difficult to track down allocated resources as compared to other solutions, like VMAX and VNX, because it's completely software-based.The GUI could be modified more in terms of how the different components are linked to each other.Use of Solution:10 months.Stability Issues:Yes, we had issues with data corruption on one of the X-Bricks. The issue propagated to other X-Bricks as well.Scalability Issues:No, in terms of scalability, we didn't encounter issues. It was very easy to add X-Bricks to the system.Technical Support:Technical support was great in terms of first response and further troubleshooting assistance.Previous Solutions:Yes, we were using a VMAX solution before. This product was incorporated in order to get better performance at a reduced cost for our internal customers.Initial Setup:I was not involved with the initial setup phase. My role was more focused towards administrative and implementation tasks after the product was installed.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Again, both the pricing and licensing were handled by another group. So, I can't comment on it.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, there were multiple options evaluated and also incorporated for some percentage of the workload, like NetApp C-mode array. Specifically, XtremIO was considered for Xtreme Performance as advertised by vendors at a lower cost as compared to existing storage arrays, like VMAX and VNX.Other Advice:It's very good in terms of performance and the ease of use of its GUI. However, we had issues at the data corruption level, which resulted in multiple X-Brick failures. It's a big question for the stability and availability when we have enterprise level customers on such an Xtreme Performance array.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by StorageE2349 from A couple of the valuable features are linear performance and deduplication. Valuable Features:* Speed* Linear performance* Administration simplicity* Excellent deduplicationImprovements to My Organization:It provides reliable and predictable performance with very little administration required beyond the initial setup.Room for Improvement:Native data replication: To replicate data between XtremIO devices, you need to use EMC’s RecoverPoint appliances to move the data. More and more arrays are providing the ability to replicate the data natively without the need for a secondary device to do it for them.The EMC VNX platform is the same way. It only requires native replication via RecoverPoint. EMC’s flagship VMAX and their new Unity platform replicate natively. Even EMC's Isilon does data replication natively.XtremeIO needs to catch up. That’s about the only Achilles heel of the product.Use of Solution:I have used XtremIO for 18 months.Stability Issues:We have not had any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We have not had any issues with scalability.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Previous Solutions:We did not have a previous solution.Initial Setup:The setup was straightforward. Follow the installation guide and it’s a slam dunk.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated HPE 3PAR, Pure Storage, and EMC VNX all-flash arrays.Other Advice:We had an established EMC footprint in our data center and a good relationship. Exploring their AFA made sense. To keep things honest, we evaluated other products and conducted a PoC with other vendors.The XtremeIO product wasn’t always the fastest, but it was absolutely linear in performance and we encountered no issues. The PoC kept pricing honest as well.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by SystemsE5b74 from Some of the valuable features are inline deduplication and the snapshot capability. The physical architecture could use some higher levels of redundancy. Valuable Features:The speed is extremely valuable. It is blazing fast. The inline deduplication is amazing and the snapshot capability is very useful.Improvements to My Organization:This product was the best fit for our 5000+ active VDI environment. It also works well with database use cases.Room for Improvement:* The physical architecture could use some higher levels of redundancy.* The past upgrades were highly impactful to active workloads.* Previous levels were also susceptible to security vulnerability scanning.Use of Solution:I have used this product for three years.Stability Issues:There were stability issues with upgrades and general protection against data center power outages.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any scalability issues.Technical Support:I never had any issues with support on the storage array.Previous Solutions:We never ran VDI on any other storage platform, although we did have any other options available: NetApp, 7-Mode/cDOT, VMAX.Initial Setup:The racking and initial setup was performed by EMC services. This is the normal case for this product. The first two setups were not installed properly. However, the other five installations were perfect.Cost and Licensing Advice:I was not active in this portion of the product deployment.Other Solutions Considered:I never saw any active workloads on other products.Other Advice:I would make sure you do not put all your eggs in one basket on this hardware.I would make sure updates have an extended down window and are prepared for the array to not service I/O during these updates as a worst case scenario.It deduplicates well, but I would not run a database and the log files on the same array, to be safe.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by Technoloe5af from It can run workloads with little design consideration. Valuable Features:The XtremIO’s capability to run any workload without much in the way of design considerations makes this very easy to use and size. The configuration of the product is simple, as is creating and presenting volumes.The snapshot capabilities, that hardly consume any disk space, are also impressive.Improvements to My Organization:The fact that we can put up to five times more data on the XtremIO X-Brick prevents us from having to buy large amounts of disks.This enclosure occupies six rack units of space, which means we aren’t paying a lot of money for rack space in our co-location facility.Room for Improvement:If Dell/EMC were to add native replication to the XtremIO, that would be a great improvement.Right now, external appliances are needed to replicate XtremIO to XtremIO, or to another EMC system.Having built-in replication will cut the cost of data recovery solutions by removing the expensive appliances and the software required to make the data flow between the two sites.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution since December, 2013.Stability Issues:We have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have consumed ~756GB of disk on a 2-brick cluster and have much more than the physical capacity of the system provisioned. There have been no problems with scalability at all.Technical Support:I would give technical support the highest rating. Dell/EMC appears to have employed the team that developed XtremIO. Deep product questions or operational questions make it to them.Previous Solutions:We were using VNX. The compression and deduplication numbers, as well as the level of effort needed to build RAID groups on this storage processor array to support workloads, caused us to consider XtremIO.Initial Setup:The initial setup was totally as expected.Cost and Licensing Advice:This is the best flash array on the market for high-end workloads, so expect to pay for that. But the support subscription cost is fixed for seven years, which made it easier for us to plan on the maintenance costs.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:If you have the workloads that require the performance that XtremIO provides, without having to consider what workloads you are throwing at this array, then this solution is for you.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a Titanium Partner with Dell | EMC.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by SystemsA057b from The most valuable features are low latency, high I/O, and large bandwidth. When you lose one of the scale-out nodes, your hosts will see a large drop in I/O. Valuable Features:* Low latency* High I/O* Large bandwidth* Helps my SAN perform at a high rateImprovements to My Organization:It has improved the end-user experience:* More fluid VDI* Faster SQL searches* Quicker data migrationsRoom for Improvement:Replication: XtremIO has noneController failover: When you lose one of the scale-out nodes on XtremIO, your hosts will see a large drop in I/O while it occurs and EMC is unaware of how their controllers work. As it is shown in their demos, the work load after a failure is spread across each node. But if you look at the “ACTUAL” process, the work is loaded on each node until that node gets to 100%. Then, the work goes to the next node and repeats. So, in the event of a failure, you will have several nodes at 100% and others at 25% load.Data recovery: In the event of a dual power supply failure, the array has to be recovered from a backup.Use of Solution:I have used EMC for two years.Stability Issues:We did have stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not had any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is average. EMC has no telemetry.Previous Solutions:We switched for performance and cost.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:There are better solutions available.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated Pure Storage, Nimble Storage, NetApp, IBM, and Cisco.Other Advice:Don’t use this product. There are better solutions out there.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by SeniorSye3d5 from The most valuable features are IOPS performance, thin provisioning, and deduplication savings. Valuable Features:* Very good IOPS performance* Thin-provisioning and deduplication savings* Natively thin-provisionedImprovements to My Organization:We gain, on the average, 6:1 deduplication with compression. This ratio represents a substantial amount of space savings. Our SLA has improved to 99.9%.Room for Improvement:They can improve the product by providing an HTML5-based interface instead of the Java GUI based application.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for 18 months.Stability Issues:We have not had stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not had scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is very good and always available.Previous Solutions:We used DAS Solutions. We were not getting the required IOPS and SAN stability, and that was a concern.Initial Setup:The installation was done by a third-party.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated NetApp.Other Advice:Make sure you understand the basic fundamentals of SAN, IOPS, and data deduplication.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by reviewer173349 from The deduplication and snapshot copies are valuable. Valuable Features:* Dedupe, because we achieve 3.5X space savings with XtremIO* Snapshot copies* Ease of use* Improvement in storage efficiency without compromising on performanceImprovements to My Organization:We have just used the product in a proof of concept test and we are yet to move it into production.Room for Improvement:Integration with other EMC SAN storage array ecosystems like VMAX3, Unity, etc., especially for consistency group protection: This will help to consistently recover applications which are spread across multiple product lines like VMAX3 and XtremIO for various reasons.Use of Solution:I have been using the product for one year.Stability Issues:We have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:The technical support is good.Previous Solutions:We did not use any other solution beforehand.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward with a very simple-to-use interface.Cost and Licensing Advice:All the software-inclusive licensing simplifies the cost model.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:Mileages vary, so please test the dedupe rate and performance metrics you are achieving for your workload, before implementing in production.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a strategic business partner.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ram907 from Flash array with deduplication and compression. I would like to see improvements in the database workloads. Valuable Features:Flash array with deduplication and compression.Improvements to My Organization:* Helps VDI users for business growth* Provides good performance* Cost effective* For the VDI environment, deduplication is effective. The OS deployed will have the same data again.* Flash provides good performanceRoom for Improvement:I would like to see improvements in the database workloads. During the testing of database workloads, we found it slow to process I/O requests. This may be due to the compression/deduplication feature available in the product which is still being taken care of by the same controllers.The product designer should provide a recommendation for which type of workload deduplication/compression will be effective.This is good to have for VDI, but not for high database workloads though its flash array.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for the past two years.Stability Issues:There were some stability issues initially, but there aren’t many issues now.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any issues with scalability.Technical Support:Technical support is good.Previous Solutions:We had multiple tier storage without deduplication/compression. We switched due to cost and performance.Initial Setup:The solution is easy to implement and administer.Other Advice:This solution is good for VDI environments, but not recommended for database workloads.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are partners.
Date published: 2017-03-05