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Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

It's perfect for a large environment with a small IT Staff. It is a great solution that is already built into the VNX product and provides the best way, in my opinion, to quickly create a network file share environment. I hesitate to say that many negative things about it but it can be difficult to back up. In an all virtual environment with virtual backup software, it is near impossible to back up without a separate solution. We are a Veeam customer and cannot use Veeam to backup the NAS files in a fast reliable way so we rely on a separate backup software just to back up the NAS files.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

The hardware itself is great, apart from few issues I had with it recognising disks from the officially supported lists. Another disadvantage is that you cannot really mix and match disks, at least in my experience. The support can be a bit nicer, however, once you get to an escalation point, things start getting better and my issue was resolved quickly. Performance is stellar, ease of use is great - very intuitive. All in all - very good product, marginally let down by not great support at the first line.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

  • The downtime has been zero since implementing the solution 6 years ago.
  • It provides a safe effective way to provide network storage for all users with an easy interface to provide user rights.
  • The read/write speeds are much faster than Windows.
  • It does not rely on a separate server for performance. This is due to the fact that it is not subject to Windows updates or memory/processor constraints of a Windows based OS.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

  • Data processing and IO. The Storwize devices are very resilient in how they process data and do not have a drop in IO when errors occur (common errors such as disk failures and lost paths).
  • Storage efficiency management. We are able to use multiple efficiency techniques such as thin provisioning and data reduction to reduce our budget footprint.
  • Easy to use interfaces. Creating a volume and mapping to a host has proven to be a very easy process and makes onboarding less stressful for our team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

  • Reporting is not very easy to figure out.
  • It requires some training of admins to figure out the best way to manage the shares, quotas, and permissions.
  • It's difficult to migrate to/from when implementing. Short of using copy based tools and scripting there is no other way to move on old file server to the NAS or to move files out of the NAS onto a Windows based server share.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

  • As a business partner looking to provide services to keep the uptime of the Storwize, I would like to have the capability to pull reports from IBM Storage Insights to assist my clients in managing their system through it's lifecycle.
  • More knowledge out there for partners to best integrate IBM Storwize with IBM Power i. This seems to be lacking in communication from IBM.
Bill Raines | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

They both provide the same functionality and, while Windows files systems in a Virtual setting are much easier to backup, Celerra is much more reliable. The Celerra servers do not require frequent rebooting, patching, or planned downtime like a Windows file system. In the event a patch or update is required for the Celerra there are typically multiple server points to provide a second pathway and prevent downtime. The boot times for a large Windows file share server is much longer than that of the EMC solution as well. There are many tools for a Windows based server, both by Microsoft and third party software vendors, and very few tools that provide the same functions for the Celerra. There are still plenty of tools available that can run on a Windows machine to run against the Celerra though. The Celerra will require more than basic file server skills and little to no Windows file server skill sets will apply to the administration of the Celerra, outside of the typical sharing and permissions.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

IBM Storwize is a part of a family that is complemented by the products listed. In many negotiations, involving storage is our workhorse to ensure several businesses thanks to its balanced cost and all the benefits that we offer.
fredy garcia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

  • NO WINDOWS UPDATES! This has been a huge positive impact for our environment.
  • The administration is very simple, once you have properly learned how to use it.
  • The backups and user file auditing have made things difficult. The fact that we still use it with these two difficulties speaks to how much we still prefer it to a Windows based file system.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

  • I would like to highlight the most positive aspect I have seen in the products of the IBM Storwize family, and it is the ROI that we can choose when we offer real-time compression with the IBM V7000 family. In truth, this feature is excellent, and we have seen how customers save storage resources, rack space, power and management.
fredy garcia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Celerra (Discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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