Dell PowerVault Disk Backup and Discovery (DL, TL & ML Series) vs. HPE MSA

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Dell PowerVault Disk Backup and Discovery (DL, TL & ML Series)
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Dell's PowerVault series presents both disk based and tape backup solution. The PowerVault TL and Powervault LTO are tape drives, while the PowerVault DR, RD, and DL series are disk based.N/A
HPE MSA
Score 9.3 out of 10
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HPE MSA (modular smart array), formerly HP StorageWorks MSA, is a series of storage appliances, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a product line built for a modest budget, available as the HPE MSA 2052 hybrid flash array, the HPE MSA 2500 SAN storage appliance, and the MSA 1050 SAN storage.N/A
Pricing
Dell PowerVault Disk Backup and Discovery (DL, TL & ML Series)HPE MSA
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Free/Freemium Version
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Dell PowerVault Disk Backup and Discovery (DL, TL & ML Series)HPE MSA
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User Ratings
Dell PowerVault Disk Backup and Discovery (DL, TL & ML Series)HPE MSA
Likelihood to Recommend
7.4
(3 ratings)
9.0
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10.0
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User Testimonials
Dell PowerVault Disk Backup and Discovery (DL, TL & ML Series)HPE MSA
Likelihood to Recommend
Dell Technologies
For small to medium sided environments, it's great, or for low demand but being able to hit higher IOPS on demand. It's still entry-level compared to EqualLogic hardware but a great contender in the field.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The HPE MSA is best suited for basic SAN requirements. Having dual controllers provides redundancy and allows for firmware upgrades without incurring downtime to the environment. It provides enough IOPS for most workloads be it VMWare or servers requiring storage. For applications such as MS SQL or Exchange, other SAN solutions would be better. Plus the lack of storage snapshot capabilities is also a detriment to the product line. Lack of any reporting capability is also an issue especially when determining workload capabilities.
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Pros
Dell Technologies
  • Tape Solution
  • Small Business Solution
  • Good for direct attached storage purposes like video security.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository
  • Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive
  • All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.
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Cons
Dell Technologies
  • Maintenance is tough. Dell recommends bringing the unit down for any kind of maintenance of upgrades.
  • Internal IOPS monitoring could be greatly improved.
  • Arrays are locked down to Dell licensed disks.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Firmware upgrades. We have had major issues on two occasions, causing extended downtime. HP was quick to help and resolve, but I am not sure why our simple implementation caused an issue that should have been picked up by testing prior to release. Once was bad, twice painful. The end result is that we purchased a unit solely to test firmware upgrades on, not really great for us!
  • Support life span. Units go end of life support after around 4 years, a little too short for us.
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Likelihood to Renew
Dell Technologies
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It is a functioning Replication system for us and checks all the boxes that the auditors are looking for. Further, it is inexpensive and the storage we purchased was cheap. HP has a good reputation in the industry that plays into the decision also.
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Alternatives Considered
Dell Technologies
couple vendors but nothing to write home about....
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The dual controller configuration of the HPE MSA trumps the Synology DiskStation's single controller configuration. For that alone, I would select the HPE MSA. Without that setup, any controller issue or firmware upgrade is disruptive to the systems the SAN is providing storage to. Furthermore, HPE's support is better than what Synology currently provides. The lack of phone support on Synology's part slows down the troubleshooting of issues compared to HPE. Furthermore, HPE's engineers are able to do a remote session and can work on the problems directly compared to Synology's support.
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Return on Investment
Dell Technologies
  • If you need a lot of disks attached to a system, PowerVault is the way to go.
  • The cost of the unit is reasonable, and you can extend the life of the unit pretty far.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Increased up time. Better user experience.
  • Good value for money. ROI high.
  • Peace of mind. Just knowing that you rely on the solution to meet storage performance needs is great.
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