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Dell EMC PowerMax – Product Analysis

Last updated October 25th, 2018 for addition of Netapp a800 as competitor. 42-page deep dive into the Dell EMC PowerMax Product. Includes highlights, functionality, architecture and more.

The Dell EMC PowerMax system is an update to the VMAX All Flash with support for NVMe over Fabric connection and use of NVMe protocol devices in Device Array Enclosures connected with PCIe. NVMe flash SSDs and Storage Class Memory (SCM) Optane are the devices supported with SCM not currently available. PowerMax is a high-end enterprise storage system with the features and capabilities of the VMAX family. Recent generations of the evolution from Symmetrix to PowerMax are:

  • 2003 – DMX
  • 2009 – VMAX
  • 2014 – VMAX3
  • 2016 – VMAX All Flash
  • 2018 – PowerMax

PowerMax continues the evolution of the Virtual Matrix architecture with PowerMax OS as the embedded operating environment. As a high-end enterprise class storage array, the PowerMax (and VMAX All Flash) has extensive reliability and availability features that complement broad set of advanced software features. PowerMax supports IBM mainframe environments, open systems, and IBM System i. File access support is available using the implementation of a hypervisor as part of the embedded operating system and VNX Data Mover and Control Station software as Data Services executing in the hypervisor virtual machines and called eNAS.

PowerMax has two models that differ in hardware configurations including processor engines, DRAM cache memory, connectivity, and capacity: the 2000 and 8000 (with the 8000 also supporting mainframe attach). Competitors for the different PowerMax models include IBM’s DS8880 and FlashSystem V9000 systems, Hitachi’s VSP G1500 and F800 and Hewlett Packard’s 3PAR StoreServ 20000 storage systems.

Dell EMC PowerMax Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Model Comparison
  • Product Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Basic Features
  • Advanced Features
  • Reliability, Availability, Serviceability Features
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group Comments
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