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Dell SC Series vs. Dell Unity XT
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell SC Series vs. Dell Unity XT and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""The solution is stable.""One time, we had a drive fail and we were notified before we even saw it on the device.""The user interface is good, I would rate it a nine out of ten.""They have a feature called Live Migrate; it's been very, very useful.""The setup is straightforward.""The Dell support is helpful and the response is quick. The agents' knowledge is very good.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability."

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"On the Data Domain side, the most attractive feature is the compression ratio, which none of the other products in the market are currently able to provide. On the Unity side, what customers mostly like is the availability guarantee.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter.""I have had no problem at all. I think this is one of the most important things. It is very good. Maintaining it and deploying updates require very low maintenance. We haven't had problems. We had to replace a couple of disks in all these years, but it was pretty straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the dynamic cache of this product. It is very important. We have the physical cache and we can boost this cache using disks. All the products are mainly flash now and this is one of the main characteristics which our customers like.""Using this solution has meant that I do not need to look for different partners to provide me with solutions like a backup service. Dell provides end to end solutions.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the unified storage. Also, its capabilities for block-access, file access, and the center box.""The most valuable features include snapshots, Thin Clones, and deduplication and compression.""We are happy with the way we have Dell EMC Unity XT configured."

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Cons
"This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""The initial setup is somewhat complex and should be made simpler to do.""The configuration could be easier in Dell EMC SC Series.""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.""Dell could improve the upgrading process.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""This solution could be improved if overall performance was improved and operated with a higher speed and supported a higher volume of RAM.""From a performance point of view, it's getting a bit old."

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"It could go faster. Make it bigger, better, and faster at a lower price, and I am there.""Issues with slow responses from the support team.""The reporting should be better. In other systems, you can create many different kinds of reports but this is not the case with Dell.""I have a problem because between the Unity XT and the PowerMax, sometimes we need another product between these two products. There could be better integrated and the capacity of the size could be larger.""I think Dell EMC should be more careful in appointing partners, and they need to have better control over their partners. And if their partner has some problems with them, we should not suffer.""Dell EMC Unity XT should present a path or a roadmap on how they could put their products on the cloud. This would have some value for their current customers.""They can certainly improve in terms of monitoring.""Currently, the protocol SNMP is not implemented. That's a problem, as we follow this protocol and I can't check the integrity of this equipment."

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  • "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."
  • "This solution could be better priced in comparison with other vendors."
  • "The pricing is reasonable, but it is expensive."
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  • "The price of Dell EMC Unity XT is higher compared to other solutions. The price should be less expensive."
  • "Pricing for this product is manageable, though slightly higher than comparable products."
  • "The solution is very expensive."
  • "The solution is very expensive."
  • "This solution is a good price for what you get."
  • "Here is our major complaint with pricing. Dell EMC comes to us and gives us a price. We are like, "Well, this doesn't even compare to what we got on the last project." We say, "No, you should bring it down to this level." Then, they come back again and we are sort of in the middle again. I am like, You already sold us other stuff at a better price. We are not going to just say, 'Yes,' because we are out of time.""
  • "I liked the price point when we purchased it."
  • "We looked at HPE Nimble but the price of the Unity XT was very good compared to the competition."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I've found the stability to be very good.
    Top Answer:The solution is coming to the end of life. They don't really sell them as new products.
    Top Answer:The model of the device is quite old. They need to update it a bit. From a performance point of view, it's getting a bit old. Although I know that the storage that we are using is a bit old as well… more »
    Top Answer:Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management of resources feature provides a more simple administration. I found the… more »
    Top Answer:As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets Dell EMC Unity will generally have a better price at parity performance over… more »
    Top Answer:Using this solution has meant that I do not need to look for different partners to provide me with solutions like a backup service. Dell provides end to end solutions.
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    Also Known As
    SC Series Storage, Compellent
    EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
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    Overview

    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.

    Dell EMC Unity XT is one of the best all-flash storage arrays on the market today. Dell EMC Unity XT arrays are designed for performance, optimized for efficiency, and built for a multi-cloud world. In addition, they support digital transformation, enabling businesses to reach the full potential of their data capital quickly and easily. Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms provide the performance, efficiency, enterprise-class software, and virtualization integrations required for running a wide range of virtualized applications.

    Dell EMC Unity XT Features

    Dell EMC Unity XT has many valuable key features, including:

    • Unified storage flexibility: With Dell EMC Unity XT you can consolidate separate storage platforms into a single Unity XT unified storage system via a simple and intuitive (HTML5) management GUI that also connects you to CloudIQ.

    • All-inclusive data protection: Dell EMC Unity XT offers a reliable way to protect application data with all-inclusive data protection services, including snapshots, data-at-rest drive encryption, replication, thin clones, and dynamic pools.

    • Software-defined solutions: Dell EMC Unity XT provides software-defined storage and HA for on-prem and in the cloud solutions.

    • Multi-cloud alignment: With Dell EMC Unity XT you have the ability to build and manage an effective data-first multi-cloud strategy. It allows you to consolidate public and private cloud resources that align with your business goals.

    • Metro node: This feature enables automated business continuity with zero RPO and RTO. It also provides greater flexibility through multi-platform support and replication to any array and has zero performance impact on the storage array.

    • Scalable file system: Dell EMC Unity XT is built with a robust 256TBu file system. The UFS64 file system includes up to 256 independent VMDK clones, 16 thin clones, space efficient snapshots with a simple space reclaim and low IO impact, file system shrink that can reclaim free blocks, simplified Quotas for User, and much more.

    • DevOps integrations: Dell EMC Unity XT supports the Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin to run Kubernetes workloads.

    Dell EMC Unity XT Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Dell EMC Unity XT include:

    • High-speed data access
    • Low latency
    • Dual-active controller architecture
    • Multi-cloud
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Cost efficient
    • Solid performance

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Dell EMC Unity XT users.

    A Systems Engineering Manager at a manufacturing company says, "It is definitely one of the most robust, solid, well-performing products that I have dealt with. It is set it and forget it, which is pretty amazing." He also mentions, “We can do both block and file storage on one unit without purchasing a separate device.”

    Peter S., Senior Technical Specialist at a healthcare company, states, “The most valuable feature is reliability. At the end of the day, it just runs. This solution is easy to work with and easy to maintain.”

    PeerSpot user Melvin T., Senior Systems Engineer at Prosperity Bank, explains that the solution is “easy to use and we can add LUNs or space without interruption to end-users. We're able to access it from just about anywhere, as long as we have access to a browser. That feature is really neat because sometimes we will go to a different data center or a different site, and if we need to access it to see a LUN or to see any type of storage, we can do that. That's one of the big takeaways with Unity."

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    Sample Customers
    TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
    Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Non Profit10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell SC Series vs. Dell Unity XT
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell SC Series vs. Dell Unity XT and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 13 reviews while Dell Unity XT is ranked 3rd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 29 reviews. Dell SC Series is rated 8.0, while Dell Unity XT is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell SC Series writes "The performance was staggering and more than what we paid for". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell Unity XT writes "We can do both block and file storage on one unit without purchasing a separate device". Dell SC Series is most compared with Dell PowerStore, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, Dell XtremIO and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas Dell Unity XT is most compared with Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and Huawei OceanStor. See our Dell SC Series vs. Dell Unity XT report.

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