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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

The Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe is suited to very high performance workloads, often it would be used for a single workload where performance is key and 100% of the data is hot. It is not so well suited to mixed workloads such as virtualization, although it would perform brilliantly well it would be overkill and there are better solutions such as Powerstore for this purpose.
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

Solidfire is a good, multi-purpose array for iSCSI environments. Grid architecture allows incremental, linear expansion of the array both in capacity and performance. The all-flash is a very high performance, low latency platform for a lot of applications. The way the company has architected the platform allows for continual upgrades and removes the lift-and-load replacements if you stay with Solidfire in the future. The Solidfire fiber channel implementation is workable, but largely there is a checkbox. I cannot imagine any fiber channel shop is going to look at a Solidfire seriously, unless they are looking to move towards Ethernet based transport. Write intensive workloads struggle on the array. The double-helix data protection combined with the architecture can make writes more latent than expected - well into the teens and 20's of ms within the array.
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
7.8
NetApp SolidFire
8.0
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
9.0
NetApp SolidFire
9.9
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
8.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.1
Data Compression
Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
8.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.7
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
7.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.9
Simplicity
Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
7.0
NetApp SolidFire
6.2
Power Savings
Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
8.0
NetApp SolidFire
6.2

Pros

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

  • Performance
  • Availability
  • Support
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • Speed is incredible.
  • Ongoing maintenance is great.
  • Price point was quite good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

  • High purchase cost
  • Difficult to upgrade
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • API documentation could use some help
  • GUI can be slow
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

No score
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NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire 8.7
Based on 3 answers
When we have had problems, the response on the Solidfire side has been strong, but not perfect. As they scale and integrate into NetApp, support from regions outside of the USA are having a more difficult time diagnosing and addressing issues for complex problems. The Boulder, CO, and Raleigh, NC, support teams are both extremely strong and provide top-notch support. ActiveIQ is a great support tool both for NetApp/Solidfire and for the customer. The proactive support tickets opened have been helpful. The node-based support has been excellent - meaning when we had a DIMM fail, they sent a replacement node - no time consuming troubleshooting of internal components to fix the issue. Upgrades are handled by SF technicians, so it feels white-glove
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

The NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Array is a similar solution designed for maximum performance, however the Ell EMC PowerMax NVMe has been show to perform better in tests. I also like to use Dell hardware in a VMware environment because of the integration and ease of support you get between Dell and VMware as they are essentially the same company.
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

SolidFire was chosen over these other service providers because of relationships we have with the company, with our reps, and with the local Denver presence. We also are a partner, and we felt that the solution stacked up technologically very well against the competition and was more cost effective.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

  • High performance enables business to respond to demand
  • High cost does make the ROI more challenging
Tom Shepherd | TrustRadius Reviewer

NetApp SolidFire

  • The ROI was quick - under 1 year
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe

General

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

NetApp SolidFire

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
8.0
NetApp SolidFire
8.4

Support Rating

Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe
NetApp SolidFire
8.7

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