Dell EMC SC Series Review

Excellent unified storage solution for the enterprise.


What is most valuable?

Live Volume, Chargeback, Sync Replication (Cascade/Mixed mode), Fast Track.

How has it helped my organization?

Additional features like Live Volume, Chargeback, Sync Replication (Cascade/Mixed mode) and Fast Track makes this storage unique. Moreover, you can integrate your existing infrastructure--no matter whether it's FC or FCoE or iSCSI--with this unified storage solution. This means you don't need to buy a new storage solution for future escalation.

What needs improvement?

Improvement is a continuous process for every technology. Similarly, Compellent is improving its software (Storage Center) and releases updated version often.

For how long have I used the solution?

One and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not yet. But matching color coding during zoning is sometimes a little bit annoying.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I don't have any complaints.

Technical Support:

Excellent. I think EMC support service is equivalent of Copilot service of Compellent. And their response time is really good.

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

Switched from EqualLogic because of Unified scale out architecture. You can use this storage file and block level both. Further, if you consider with others OEM like EMC for unified solution you have to consider VNX 5200/5300 above. Whereas there is no model dependency on Compllent.

How was the initial setup?

No issues. The installation and configuration is very simple.

What about the implementation team?

Yes. I did the implementation. There is no doubt about Dell's expertise level. They have really an efficient and expert group of people.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Technically I can say that day to day cost is at a considerable level. Previously I told you if you consider 5-8 years solution then it'll minimize your day to day cost. Because, later to scale up your capacity you just need to add DAE (Disk Array Enclosure). That's all. And DAE is cheaper than buying a new storage for scale up capacity.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

None.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely I would like to say to all others, if you want good unified storage solution with satisfactory level ROI just go with Compellent. It'll give you flexibility, good ROI and you can integrate your existing infrastructure without facing complexity, no matter what kind of infrastructure you have (FC, iSCSI or FCoE).

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user362394 (IT Specialist I at a aerospace/defense firm)
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Does it offer file level and block level deduplication?