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What is Dell EMC PowerStore?

PowerStore 1000T through 9000T models provide organizations with all the benefits of a unified storage platform for block, file and vVol data, while enabling flexible growth with the intelligent scale-up and scale-out capability of appliance clusters. In addition, automated management of resources across the cluster results in superior storage utilization and simplified administration. Designed for the modern data center, PowerStore’s data-centric design with NVMe and hardware-enabled Advanced Data Reduction and 4:1 DRR deliver critical performance and storage efficiency for both traditional and modern applications.

Dell EMC PowerStore is also known as PowerStore.

Dell EMC PowerStore Buyer's Guide

Download the Dell EMC PowerStore Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: September 2021

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Dell EMC PowerStore pricing:
  • "The price is not cheap, but it's worth it for the features you get from the storage. If you can afford it, you are probably buying the best solution that you can have for this virtual environment."
  • "There's still a cap on the upgrade path, where you can consume all the engines within the frame before you have to go to another frame... Normally, we exceed the IOPS on the frames before we can ever exhaust the storage, so anything they can do to help us avoid stranded storage capacity, capacity that we couldn't get to, would be beneficial."
  • "When we compared it with the other solutions, the pricing of PowerStore was equal. The pricing is good."

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Maurizio Davini
CTO at Universita' degli Studi di Pisa
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Gives us performance and flexibility, and has completely changed our scientific computation environment

What is our primary use case?

The use case for this solution is based on VMware and that is why we chose PowerStore X. During the first period of the pandemic, we decided to use our VMware infrastructure for HPC workloads. We were looking for high-performance storage that could be inserted inside our VMware environment in an easy way. PowerStore, which had just been announced, seemed like the right solution and so we decided to buy. We have this storage environment inside the virtual HPC. In our environment we are doing medical analysis related to genomic workloads. The data are acquired remotely from experiments and… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Gives us flexibility, performance, and ease of use. It also has some very good compression capabilities. We were looking for a solution that was easy to install in our VMware environment, that was flexible. PowerStore X is a type of a VMware cluster that you install inside your environment. If you have a VMware environment, like we have in production, it's easy to install and use."
  • "Where the system needs to improve is by adding more enterprise features like replication on other sites. We would also like it to be much more aligned with the VMware version. For example, today we have two different versions of VMware ESXi running to keep the PowerStore online. It would be better if the software cycling was faster."

What other advice do I have?

We weren't concerned that PowerStore is a relatively new platform. We were not inserting it in an enterprise environment. We were inserting it in a scientific computing environment, which is where we tend to install all the latest technologies. It was not a problem. If you have a production VMware environment, the platform is no longer new and is probably the most flexible performance storage system that you can buy today. We are not using the solution's load balancing at the moment but it's something that we are looking into. We use PowerStore's built-in VMware hypervisor to run VMs and…
BC
Chief Information Officer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
VMware integration was a big factor for us, and we have benefited from the advanced dedupe, compression, and replication

What is our primary use case?

We do a lot of cloning of databases for either troubleshooting or to stage and prepare implementation. We are a SaaS provider in the real estate industry and we're either using the PowerStore to help expedite things in our development environment, or we're using it to help troubleshoot any problems that we have. We have north of 13 petabytes of storage in our environment.

Pros and Cons

  • "The administration tools take advantage of machine learning and make recommendations to the admins, and that makes the administration easier."

    What other advice do I have?

    Clearly test out the workloads and don't necessarily be afraid because it's a new device. Work with Dell EMC to get a great contractual solution that will protect you with the new technology. This new technology does perform. It's a great performance machine. Although it's a relatively new platform, I was fairly confident in Dell EMC technology's support for the environment and in the performance that we had had with other machines. I felt there was very little risk in the migration to this solution, and we were really excited about the improved capabilities. In terms of PowerStore's built-in…
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    Duco Rob
    Founder and CEO at Desktoptowork
    Real User
    Top 20
    Machine learning and automation work well, and inline deduplication enables us to host more data

    What is our primary use case?

    We were in need of a new enterprise storage solution for our virtual machines. We use it for primary systems and processes, so for us it's very important.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The way you're able to manage all your PowerStores as one solution is very good for us. PowerStore enables you to federate or cluster multiple appliances with automated load balancing. In terms of management, it's helpful that we can do it from a single interface where we're able to manage multiple PowerStores. When you have multiple PowerStores it works intelligently by running the workloads based on the needs of the infrastructure."
    • "The setup process could be improved. We had some issues regarding configuration and the time it took to do things. It wasn't specifically the people we worked with, but more the process and how it's done. They can work on that."

    What other advice do I have?

    The solution enables you to add compute and capacity independently, although in our environment we cannot add compute. We are able to add storage and that works, although we have not done so because we have only been working with PowerStore for three months and haven't needed any extra capacity yet. Only three people work with PowerStore in our company, and they are all system administrators. I'm happy with the choice we made. I can recommend PowerStore because the technical architecture is based on NVMe. They have a good USP. There are other vendors who also have NVME-only systems, but I…