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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"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.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""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.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability.""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.""The solution is stable.""The solution has a wide variety of valuable features. The data progression works well. We use the snapshot functionality quite a bit and really like it.""The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.""Its leading feature is the price-performance ratio, which is very good."

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"The most valuable feature is the speed.""It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features.""The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes."

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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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"It would be helpful if the solution offered higher performance, at least on the back end.""Technical support should respond more quickly because the turnaround time is very high.""The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""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.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view.""Dell could improve the upgrading process."

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"Other vendors have included a block and file system. IBM doesn't include a file system. And yet, it's very necessary for all organizations' networks to have file systems. We have other systems for the file system, however, ideally, we would like to have one system with these features.""The pricing should be more competitive.""I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this.""IBM's support is not good. I experienced a big problem where I opened the console IBM Storage and would see that something was broken. I called the call centers, and I said, "I have a problem. My drive is not working." They want me to give them the serial number, I gave it to them and they told me "I cannot find your product. Your product is not here.""

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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.""This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it.""Support typically depends on the array. It can range anywhere from $7,000 to a couple of hundred thousand dollars.""The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."

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"There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements.""The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable."

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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 »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
SC Series Storage, Compellent
IBM FlashSystem 9100, FlashSystem 9100
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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 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) end-to-end with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize - all in a powerful 2U enterprise-class storage system. Providing intensive data driven multicloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage allowing you to easily add in the multicloud solutions that best support your business.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Non Profit11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company6%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is ranked 24th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 7.6, while IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is rated 8.4. 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 9100 NVMe writes "Good performance, easy to manage, and remains stable even during maintenance". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is most compared with Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, HPE Primera, Dell EMC PowerStore, Pure Storage FlashArray and NetApp NVMe AFF A800. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe report.

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