Compellent Review

Reliable and dynamic storage system but I would like to have a broader view of both the network and the system


What is our primary use case?

Dell Compellent storage just provides for our storage needs.

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us a reliable and dynamic storage system that we did not match before with our previous solution.

What is most valuable?

The feature I have found the most valuable is that the interface is easy to use which makes the product user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I think it would be nice if the connection were better integrated with the network so I could get a broader view of both the network and the system. This would be good in order for us to be able to troubleshoot anything that is going wrong.

The product has improved so much over the years that it is hard to think of something else that it really needs to be improved now in comparison to where it was. It is actually kind of good the way it is. Nothing is really annoying me right now. It is really just working and you hardly have to know it is there.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell Compellent for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is both stable and scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable product. We don't have any problem with that. Right now we have about 600 end-users on the system.

How are customer service and technical support?

I'm very satisfied with the company's technical support. It's very nice. We were using Dell's Copilot Support and it was really very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Five years ago we used to have some off-brand thing. It was not a very good solution. It was just a collection of hard drives. When we got to a point we realized it wasn't able to do the job we had to choose another solution. That was when we did a little research and switched to a virtual environment and went with Compellent.

How was the initial setup?

I think that overall the setup was pretty complex. It is not something you just set up in a heartbeat. You need to do some configuration so it takes a little bit longer than just push a button to install.

What other advice do I have?

I think that overall that the product is very good for us and what we need it to do. 

The advice I would give to other people considering Compellent depends on what they want to do and what they want to use it for. I'm going with a hybrid converged infrastructure now. If you looking for traditional storage then I would definitely recommend it.

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best. I would rate Compellent overall as a seven.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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