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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"In terms of stability, it's good enough. It's okay.""The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""Performance-wise it's high speed. It's also more stable and scalable.""Its leading feature is the price-performance ratio, which is very good.""The setup is straightforward.""The solution is stable.""One time, we had a drive fail and we were notified before we even saw it on the device."

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"The most valuable features are flexibility and performance.""The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in the solution. The management of the system has improved and we can control the monitoring system alerts and multiple FlashSystems with the Enterprise Cloud Edition, which is free. The migration of recently stored data to a new flash is much easier. You can move your data because you can utilize it externally.""The installation is nice and easy.""I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most.""IBM FlashSystem is a flexible solution with plenty of features.""It's very easy to manage.""No queuing and high ops, speed, and performance.""The most valuable features are deduplication and compression, which together, enable you to have more space."

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Cons
"I would like to see the management layer improved.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."

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"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.""It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""Dell could improve the upgrading process.""The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly."

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"The price is very costly.""The pricing could be improved, but I think it's getting better and better with each version. IBM needs to implement NAS storage again, as this is a big flaw. Dell EMC is very good at this and if you compared them based on NAS storage, Dell EMC would win right away. IBM's solution for NAS storage is very complicated. We don't have a storage box that provides file sharing from itself, we have to put software on it and go through a whole complicated process. It should be simplified.""Their technical support needs improvement in terms of reachability for the clients and response times. They should be more responsive and have more online platforms for support. They should make more technical information available online. There could be some kind of documentation community.""The security features can be improved such that the encryption does not affect performance in any way.""They can include Amazon file system S3 protocol in the upcoming releases. It is a cloud file system. IBM FlashSystem doesn't have this feature in the box for high-end or mid-range. We have got requests for this from customers because we need to use S3 for EDI application storage. At the beginning of every year, IBM releases firmware. When I find any bugs in the firmware during the year, I am unable to find any information from IBM regarding the bug. I need to open a ticket, and the IBM engineering team makes a patch only for me. This patch is not public. By creating a customized patch for a client, they don't really solve the issue for everyone. If multiple users have the same bug, IBM should upload the patch on the official website so that we can download it. IBM FlashSystem has a monitoring tool in the box, but it is not advanced. I need a more advanced tool for more advanced equations and monitoring. All top three storage vendors, that is, EMC, IBM, and Pure Storage, don't have a powerful monitoring tool. To monitor our box to show the statistics for I/Os and latency, I need to pay for extra software. The built-in monitoring storage is not mature enough to handle all requests and generate all reports that I need. They can include the functionality to stretch a cluster natively without using any additional boxes. In addition, there are some features that EMC has integrated with the box. These features are not available in IBM FlashSystem.""Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement.""The customer's expectations are what they get on the cloud, they're expecting even in the on-premises deployments, going forward.""IBM should improve its data reduction development."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"Pricing depends on varying life cycles.""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.""The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."

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"They've been much more aggressive in the last five, six years than they were before that.""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.""Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license.""You purchase it as a bundle and the price is comparable.""The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.""The pricing may be a bit higher than other brands. If you compare the IBM FlashSystems in midrange with Dell EMC in midrange, IBM costs a bit more, but I prefer IBM because it has more specs that I can benefit from.""This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
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… more »
Top Answer: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… more »
Top Answer: The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in… more »
Top Answer: The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution.
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Pavilion HFA
SC Series Storage, Compellent
IBM Storwize
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

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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Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
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
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Non Profit11%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Financial Services Firm33%
Government13%
Healthcare Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise61%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 7.6, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "Automated architecture that proactively optimizes your database ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC XtremIO, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem report.

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