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We performed a comparison between Dell SC Series and HPE Nimble Storage based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two All-Flash Storage Arrays solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Dell SC Series vs. HPE Nimble Storage report (Updated: August 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"One time, we had a drive fail and we were notified before we even saw it on the device.""The flexibility of this solution has been valuable for our business.""The setup is straightforward.""The user interface is good, I would rate it a nine out of ten.""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 solution is stable.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""I've found the stability to be very good."

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"The most useful features are high availability and the storage snapshot backup functionality.""This product is very easy to set up.""Updates are very easy to do when the customer is connected to the internet.""The most valuable features are the duplication and compression traffic. We have second storage that we can use for the synchronization of data between the data centers.""They have really thought through their solution. They've covered everything.""It's very stable and fast, and I am very happy with the deduplication. It saves a lot of space, which is great.""HPE Nimble Storage uses the InfoSight platform and it is useful because we can identify the faults and can analyze the performance. It has many other features. This feature is the best that I have observed from HPE Nimble Storage.""The replay and IOPS work well."

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Cons
"In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""The price could be improved.""From a performance point of view, it's getting a bit old.""The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""The configuration could be easier in Dell EMC SC Series.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code."

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"I would like to have more administrative rights, for example, root-level administrative rights to the underlying OS of the storage array. We want more access to the kind of underlying infrastructure of the storage array rather than relying on support. However, most companies are looking to have more managed solutions which is the opposite direction of what I want.""HPE does not have suffficient storage.""I think the scalability of HPE Nimble Storage could be improved.""The dashboard can be improved.""In the future, I would like to see a lower-end model that has Peer Persistence functionality.""We have had some stability issues with one array which has happened twice during subsequent software updates but is due to a bad Postgres database.""The HPE Nimble Storage could have better integration with monitoring and machine learning system information solutions.""Pure Storages have some option, which allows us the ability to directly download that host inventory and volume report. We can receive everything directly generated from the storage itself. We do not need to use some other web browser or something. If HPE Nimble Storage could do the same it would be a benefit."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Nimble Storage is too expensive for our enterprise customers."
  • "I would classify it as an expensive product."
  • "HPE Nimble Storage didn't require a license at the time."
  • "The price is negotiable and when we first received the quote it was expensive, but after dealing with them and receiving a discount, the price is reasonable."
  • "The solution is a little pricey compared to others on the market."
  • "I think HPE Nimble Storage is less expensive than Primera and is the best solution for Venezuela."
  • "We pay a one-time fee for terabyte licenses, and the support is paid yearly."
  • "There is a one-time price for hardware, and with the software support, everything is included, such as software upgrades. The licensing of the solution is included in the cost of the hardware and the support is an extra cost. We have purchased support on an annual basis, but you can purchase support up front for up to seven years. We usually buy five years and near the time of the expiry, we sometimes extend it."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.
    Top Answer:Pricing is market-related and is flexible for the solution. Pricing depends on varying life cycles.
    Top Answer:Dell could improve the upgrading process. It was the lifecycle that made it very short. You'd upgrade the disk, and in eight, nine months, it would be obsolete. They cancelled an enhancement that… more »
    Top Answer:HPE Nimble Storage dHCI Vs. VxRail One of the best things about the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is the three, two, one, zero rule. That means I need three copies of my data on two different types of… more »
    Top Answer:HPE Nimble is a versatile synced WAN San solution. It is easy to use and doesn’t require much training for admins. The solution offers SSD-based cache devices and all SSD devices so you can have… more »
    Top Answer:They have really thought through their solution. They've covered everything.
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    485
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    8.0
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    Average Words per Review
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    Also Known As
    SC Series Storage, Compellent
    Nimble Storage
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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.

    Our Predictive Flash platform closes the app-data gap, giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with flash storage, we radically simplify operations. 
    Once you’ve experienced our simplicity, you’ll never go back to traditional infrastructure again. Over 9,000 customers rely on Nimble to power their businesses, both on-premise and in the cloud.

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    Sample Customers
    TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
    Ace Relocation, Atkins Nutritionals, Berkeley Research Group, Canadian International School, City of Hot Springs, Clackamas County, Corona-Norco Unified School District, Ideal Integrations, Linear Technology, P&O Maritime, Retail Apparel Group (RAG), Virtual Radiologic
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Non Profit10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell SC Series vs. HPE Nimble Storage
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell SC Series vs. HPE Nimble Storage and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 30 reviews. Dell SC Series is rated 8.0, while HPE Nimble Storage is rated 8.6. 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 HPE Nimble Storage writes "Proactive end-to-end management". Dell SC Series is most compared with Dell PowerStore, IBM FlashSystem, Dell Unity XT, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series and VAST Data, whereas HPE Nimble Storage is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell PowerStore, Dell Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray and IBM FlashSystem. See our Dell SC Series vs. HPE Nimble Storage report.

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