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Dell SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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"It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""Its leading feature is the price-performance ratio, which is very good.""The setup is straightforward.""The solution is stable.""The flexibility of this solution has been valuable for our business.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability.""One time, we had a drive fail and we were notified before we even saw it on the device.""They have a feature called Live Migrate; it's been very, very useful."

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"IBM FlashSystem is a powerful effective storage solution. Additionally, it is user-friendly, anyone can use it.""The performance is very good and we use this product to enhance our core system.""The initial setup is straightforward and can be done in an hour and a half by one person.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""The maintenance service and support from IBM is very good.""The most valuable features in IBM FlashSystem are IOPS, performance, duplication, and compression.""The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable.""I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most."

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Cons
"The initial setup is somewhat complex and should be made simpler to do.""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.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency.""This solution could be improved if overall performance was improved and operated with a higher speed and supported a higher volume of RAM.""The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""The configuration could be easier in Dell EMC SC Series.""The price could be improved."

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"IBM should improve its data reduction development.""The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style.""The technical support in my region is satisfactory but it could improve. Support is very important for customers and downtime is very critical for us. We would like onsite or complete technical support which can help us to minimize our downtime or if problems occur.""It could be easier to implement.""The deduplication and compression ratio is not very good. It's not reaching a very high ratio.""The support could improve by allowing you to speak to someone when you call rather than them calling you back. However, once we do have contact with one of their technicians they are excellent.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""The data reduction pool feature sucks and is not recommended for use with heavy workloads."

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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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  • "The integration is already included in the license cost of IBM FlashSystem. The integration is very easy. You get the IBM storage core with all software, firmware, and upgrades. EMC provides the features in the box, but they are not free for customers. There is a licensing cost for features. We have yearly licensing, but IBM has also provided a new option where you pay as you go. They provide a big box, and I pay, for example, for 10 terabytes. If I exceed 10 terabytes, IBM will charge for the new storage after 10 terabytes. It is a good opportunity in the market for using the storage as a cloud and paying as you go."
  • "They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that."
  • "This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."
  • "Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year. Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions."
  • "Its price is very good."
  • "I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable."
  • "You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable."
  • "The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."
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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: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:The most valuable features of IBM FlashSystem are performance and security.
    Top Answer:The price of IBM FlashSystem is a little high because you pay a premium because the solution is from IBM. We had paid for the SLA prior to using the solution.
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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.

    IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.

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    Sample Customers
    TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
    Celero, Friedhelm Loh Group, Clarks, Mingkang Natregro Health Food Group, Sofia, Etisalat Fights Fraud, UF Health Shands Hospital, Generali, Elecon Engineering Company Limited, Ventiv , Technology, CPFL Energia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., SciQuest, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Paddy Power, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Interconnect Services, Severstal IP-Only AB, PVU Group GmbH
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    Healthcare Company20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Non Profit10%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Government10%
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    Computer Software Company27%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Dell SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem 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 IBM FlashSystem is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 33 reviews. Dell SC Series is rated 8.0, while IBM FlashSystem 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 IBM FlashSystem writes "Reliable and easy to configure with simple data migration capabilities ". Dell SC Series is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Dell Unity XT, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, Dell XtremIO and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell PowerStore, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell Unity XT and HPE 3PAR StoreServ. See our Dell SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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