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Researched Dell EMC SC Series but chose NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS): Improved performance of backup and restore, with good data protection features
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. HPE 3PAR StoreServ and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"I think it is a very stable product."
"The Active IQ feature is a productive mechanism that automatically collects reports and users' statuses."
"Data efficiency is the most valuable feature because of the dedupe and compression."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS."
"We have SQL clusters across the United States. It has sped up our IOPS and made it a lot easier for users."
"The most valuable features are the low latency and high-performance."
"The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe."
"The most valuable features are the IO performance that we get, the cluster part, and the increased workload and performance with the SSDs."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to replicate. We are running a financial company and it needs to be available 24/7. We can't afford any downtime."
"The solution is stable; we've had no problems at all."
"Technical support is very good. I do use it from time to time and it's always excellent."
"It is just as stable as any other high-end solution."
"I think that Dell EMC is one of the best technical support services in Ukraine."
"The setup and installation is much simpler now, because Dell has standardized the configure process."
"The interface is easy to use which makes the product user-friendly."
"In terms of stability, it's good enough. It's okay."
"This solution has given us improved application uptime and performance."
"The solution has improved our throughput by helping us keep up with the demand and acquisitions that we have been going through."
"The solution’s deduplication functionality works great. We are getting about a 16:1 dedupe ratio on our VM workloads."
"It has allowed us to set up a fully functioning disaster recovery site with replication, which we have been able to configure between our 3PAR systems."
"If it runs, and you don't know about it, that is the best thing that you can have in IT infrastructure. This is what 3PAR does for us."
"The all-flash positions our organization for growth. If somebody comes to us who needs an application with performance, we have that already formulated."
"The remote copy group failover is very useful and has helped us."
"It allows us to cohost as needed. We are able to put more systems on one data storage system and it is still able to deliver the availability and speed that we need it to deliver."
"A while ago, they performed quite slowly."
"Implementation needs to be improved."
"I would like to see more frequent updates at a faster pace."
"There needs to be compatibility with upgraded applications. We don't want the system to be upgraded, but not have backwards compatible to existing applications."
"I would like to see aggregate level encryption in the next release. This is critical."
"I would like them to roll in global monitoring instead of having to buy another product for it."
"The initial setup was a little complex, because we weren't very knowledgeable in the NetApp at the time. We were using a third-party, and they didn't have a lot of technical individuals, so it took a while to get it out."
"We'd like to see improvement in the time to retrieve from the Cloud, whether it's on-prem to cloud and whether it's public or private cloud."
"The lower model, the 3000, should have duplication. It doesn't right now. It's only from 5000 that this is offered, but it depends on the performance. It could be they don't offer it on lower models because the duplication is too much of a burden to the performance."
"The cost of the solution could be better."
"I don't think the solution is very scalable."
"While the price is competitive, in the next release it would be better if they could reduce the fees."
"Compellent comes in the form of a component that's not true of a unified storage platform."
"The connection should be better integrated with the network to offer a better view of the system."
"It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there."
"The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view."
"We would like to see dedupe and compression allowed on all drive types."
"I would like to have more details on alerting. It is not real granular right now. What It gives you is sort of basic, and we can't do a lot of tweaking on our own. We would like to be able to tweak some of the alerts for our team."
"The onsite techs have caused outages."
"The GUI was a little hard to figure out how to use."
"I want artificial intelligence. I don't want anybody from my team to touch it anymore. I want the AI to do everything."
"I would like to have single click upgrades because the process is cumbersome right now."
"We've started to see an issue with the older models that we have. We've had issues where facilities would have unscheduled power outages or scheduled power outages and the 3PARs weren't able to come up successfully. We actually had an incident recently where it wiped data that we didn't anticipate would be wiped."
"Upgrades could be improved. We would like to see more upgrades."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Always consider whether you can afford the solution."
"Our total cost of ownership (TCO) has decreased by 40 percent."
"I am able to store two times more data than what I'm purchasing, which affects the way funds are being utilized."
"Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down."
"From an application standpoint, we have seen a lot of return investment on the speeds and responsiveness of the actual storage."
"The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit."
"Our TCO decreased significantly because we were paying maintenance on nine different arrays throughout the country. We've condensed those down to three arrays, and our maintenance fees from the IBM product dropped by over a half million dollars a year, saving us $500,000 USD."
"Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent."
"The pricing of this solution is competitive."
"The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."
"It makes for less administrative overhead."
"We have seen ROI. While the costs were quite high at the time of purchase for our environment, the ease of use and the fact that it hasn't failed all the time, working fine, that makes it worth buying."
"We went with 3PAR because we have HP-UX systems. Since we already knew HP-UX, they offered us a significantly cheaper solution than the one that we had for storage."
"We have seen ROI. We are able to see more patients now, bringing more money into the practice."
"For the entire six node cluster and the two 7200 units plus the Brocade Fibre switches, we financed it through HPE Financial. It was $850,000. We leased that and paid it off in October of 2018."
"I have to renew support in October for the existing solution. That will cost me roughly $50,000 this year, which in the grand scheme of things, $50,000 is not that much compared to paying $850,000. However, it will be the last year that I'll be able to get direct support from HPE. Therefore, product has to be replaced in 2020."
"Our licensing cost are $32,000 annually."
"I would like it to be cheaper."
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Also Known As
|NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS||SC Series Storage, Compellent||HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage|
|NetApp||Dell EMC||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud. Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.
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.
HP 3PAR all-flash storage accelerates business agility by boosting application performance with over 900,000 IOPS at less than 0.7 ms latency. And it does this while delivering all the enterprise-class, Tier-1 features and functionality you expect from the storage platform that powers three of the world’s four largest managed service providers.
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Financial Services Firm12%
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider15%
Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm21%
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm6%
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