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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. SolidFire and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."

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"The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.""The solution is stable.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""One of the most valuable features is the capability to switch between all-flash to hybrid, which have have actually done for one of our arrays. We started with the hybrid, with the limited if I'm not mistaken, and then over a period of time, we swapped all the hybrids with the SSDs. This was one of the big features because it gave us the capability to not stick with just one kind of media. Secondly, since it has sorted clustering, we were able to bring in the newer boxes and have it all clustered together. These were the two main features that we really looked into, which benefited our use case from an expansion/growth perspective. Another valuable feature is the ease of management.""The Dell support is helpful and the response is quick. The agents' knowledge is very good.""Performance-wise it's high speed. It's also more stable and scalable.""This solution is easy to use.""The setup is straightforward."

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"The most valuable feature is the performance, as well as how you manage performance on the system.""SolidFire provides seamless performance across your storage system when you need to scale up. Other storage systems do not do that.""I would say in terms of architecture and in terms of functionality, the product is quite good.""The system efficiency is excellent overall.""The dashboard is such that you don't need to be a storage expert to administer it.""It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady."

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Cons
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."

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"Technical support should respond more quickly because the turnaround time is very high.""In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency.""The initial setup is somewhat complex and should be made simpler to do.""The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""While there's always room for improvement in everything, I can't really think of a specific feature of the solution that requires immediate attention.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly."

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"The inclusion of more protocols and interfaces would make it easier to integrate with other products.""The upgrade process could be better.""SolidFire should start from two nodes instead of the four nodes. That's the only thing. In a lot of solutions, we have to use four nodes, that's the better thing. But as a starting point, two is better. That's why their starting point is expensive.""The technical support is really bad and has to be improved.""You don't have business continuity with SolidFire. I think it could be a nice feature to have in the future.""The user interface needs to be improved. Much of the client feedback involves comments such as "Oh, it's hard to navigate through.""

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
  • "The licensing fees are very reasonable."
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  • "The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."
  • "Support typically depends on the array. It can range anywhere from $7,000 to a couple of hundred thousand dollars."
  • "This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it."
  • "Pricing depends on varying life cycles."
  • "We have the basic license for the use of this solution and it is a permanent license. The overall cost could be less, it is expensive."
  • "The SC Series was priced fairly. I wouldn't call it either expensive or cheap because we had a very tight budget, so if they were able to fit in that type of budget, they met our expectations."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
    Top Answer: 
    This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
    Top Answer: 
    It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.
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    Pricing is market-related and is flexible for the solution. Pricing depends on varying life cycles.
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    Dell could improve the upgrading process. It was the lifecycle that made it very short. You'd upgrade the disk, and in… more »
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    It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.
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    While I don't know specifics about the licensing costs or procedures, my understanding it's comparable to other… more »
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    We have had some issues with it scaling as high as the marketing says it can. We've got some very large clusters of up… more »
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    Pavilion HFA
    SC Series Storage, Compellent
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    Overview

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

    What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

    Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

    Dell EMC SC Series arrays provide a unified platform for the ultimate in performance, adaptability and machine-driven efficiency. SC Series software delivers modern features that help you meet aggressive workload demands using the fewest drives necessary. With an open, future-ready design, SC Series storage integrates seamlessly with applications and infrastructure, enabling you to scale on a single platform and add capabilities without forklift upgrades.

    SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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    Sample Customers
    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
    TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
    California Public Utilities Commission, RFA, 1&1, Ultimate Software , Endicia, ezVerify, MercadoLibre, Sungard Availability Services, ServInt, Elastx, Hosted Network, Colt, Crucial, iWeb, Datapipe, Databarracks
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Healthcare Company21%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
    Non Profit11%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Retailer27%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Legal Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business72%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. SolidFire and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,599 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 10th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 13 reviews while SolidFire is ranked 19th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 8.0, while SolidFire is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "The performance was staggering and more than what we paid for". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolidFire writes "Simple to deploy and has good stability ". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series and Dell EMC XtremIO, whereas SolidFire is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), VMware vSAN, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT and HPE 3PAR StoreServ. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. SolidFire report.

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