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Dell EqualLogic Competitor Comparison

Like EqualLogic competitors Pure Storage, Nimble Storage and Tegile, Dell EqualLogic suffers from its reliance on logical unit numbers (LUNs) while Tintri is lightyears ahead by using virtual machines (VMs) as the unit of management. Installers will first note the difference in speed from box to production: Tintri takes around 30 minutes while Dell EqualLogic requires between three and five days to be ready for use.



Workload isolation (auto-QoS) Per-VM Per-LUN
Quality of service min / max Per-VM Per-LUN


Data services like snapshots, clones, replication at a VM Level
Single-pane of glass, policy based management
Enhanced storage vMotion / live migration offload


Per Workload Headroom Visualization
Real-time analytics across storage, network and compute
Predictive analytics to forecast storage and compute requirements


Expand all-flash capacity one drive at a time
Automated rebalancing of VM placement to optimize use of resources


Space savings (deduplication)
Multi-hypervisor support on a single system
Ability to backup to public cloud for long term retention
Address non-virtualized workloads

Bottom Line

For enterprise-level users, Tintri offers snapshots, clones and replication at the VM-level—Dell EqualLogic doesn’t offer any comparable data services. Tintri brings its users policy-based management from a single pane of glass while EqualLogic offers only legacy block and file system protocols, managed via logical unit numbers (LUNs).

A Dell EqualLogic comparison to Tintri reveals there’s plenty of other places where an upgrade in automation and application-level management are desirable. For those in search of a truly modern data center, Tintri is the better match, as it brings users enhanced vMotion storage, live migration offloading and performance headroom visualization. Tintri users enjoy the use of real-time analytics of any individual VM across their storage, compute and network, and predictive analytics for projecting future needs up to 18 months out.

Tintri also allows you to expand your all-flash capacity one drive at a time without performance penalties and allows you to automate the rebalancing of VM placement for optimized use of internal and external resources. Dell EqualLogic doesn’t offer these services in any of its PS, PowerVault MD, FS or EMC SC Series iterations. While both Tintri and Dell EqualLogic offer deduplication and multi-hypervisor support, only Tintri is truly designed to support virtualized workloads.



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