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Dell EMC PowerVault is #1 ranked solution in top Enterprise SAN tools and top Fibre Channel tools. IT Central Station users give Dell EMC PowerVault an average rating of 8 out of 10. Dell EMC PowerVault is most commonly compared to HPE StoreOnce:Dell EMC PowerVault vs HPE StoreOnce. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Dell EMC PowerVault?
PowerVault MD3 storage arrays help you cost-effectively address the challenges of data growth with versatile solutions that are optimized for smaller-scale storage consolidation, flexible virtualization projects and high business continuity.

Dell EMC PowerVault was previously known as PowerVault.

Dell EMC PowerVault Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about Dell EMC PowerVault pricing:
  • "It is important to remember that the retail price may seem high, but the final price is usually different."
  • "The price is reasonable and we are satisfied with it."

Dell PowerVault Software Reviews

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Radu Zgarcea
General Manager at Move IT Smart
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good performance, stable, and well-priced

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are stability and response time."
  • "I would like to see improvements made to the user interface."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Dell EMC PowerVault is one of the products that we implement for our customers. The primary use is high available solutions, such as Hyper-V clusters or VMware clusters.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are stability and response time. Every time I need to use this product, I get a timely response.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements made to the user interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Dell EMC PowerVault for approximately ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I like Dell as a brand because the products are stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't usually have the need to contact technical support. I do remember one incident between six and eight years ago where they and Symantec together provided support for a problem. It was a Dell PowerVault TL2000 and Backup Exec from Symantec (now known as Veritas Backup Exec).

When it comes to supporting our customers, they contact us. I like this because the customers are close to me and we can work on the problem ourselves.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We provide this to our customers as a complete solution. We implement the product and then we support them after the implementation is complete.

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

I think that it's the right price for this type of equipment. It is important to remember that the retail price may seem high, but the final price is usually different.

What other advice do I have?

We are not using the most current version, so I am not fully aware of what the current features are. As such, at the moment, I cannot recommend it one way or another to people. That said, in my experience with the version that I am using, I definitely recommend it.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Emir Erkara
IT Coordinator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use and manage, good support, and reasonably-priced

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is easy to manage and easy to use."
  • "In the next release, I would like the deduplication and compression included, as well as the flash technology. It doesn't currently use it."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for local software, which we use for the production of local ERPs that we use on-premises.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is easy to manage and easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Deduplication and compression is an area that needs development. This is currently not on the device.

In the next release, I would like the deduplication and compression included, as well as the flash technology. It doesn't currently use it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution since February 2014. It's been more than six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any issues, but I cannot say that it is very secure. We do not use any security protocols, but we have not had any issues with security.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is not flexible.

We have approximately 150 users, who are using this solution in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are satisfied with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy and straightforward. 

It's made by the technicians, which made it easy.

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

The price is reasonable and we are satisfied with it.

What other advice do I have?

I could not recommend this solution to others, because the technology is old. There are other Dell models that I would recommend, but not this one.

I would rate Dell EMC PowerVault an eight out of ten.

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.
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Samr Momani
IT Director at Essra hospital
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
A good storage option that's stable and reliable

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is reliable and stable."
  • "We need higher performance and more reliable storage."

What is our primary use case?

We are a hospital in Jordan, I'm the IT director and we are end users of this solution. 

What is most valuable?

We have this solution running almost all the time and it's very reliable and stable.

What needs improvement?

I'll need to replace Dell soon because it's almost obsolete and considered old technology. If I continued using it, I'd need to increase its capacity. We need higher performance and more reliable storage. It's considered an expensive solution in Jordan, it would be better if the price could be reduced. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for nearly eight years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and scalable but it's fallen behind our needs.  

How are customer service and technical support?

We had some performance issues after our initial setup and they managed to resolve all the problems. I haven't needed to contact support since then. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not that straightforward. It involves SAN switches and some setup procedure that are a little complex.

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

Licensing fees are expensive - whether that's specifically in Jordan, I'm not sure.

What other advice do I have?

If this solution is within your means as a storage option then I would recommend it.

I rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

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.
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