Most Helpful Review
It is easy to use, expand the hard drives, add storage, and set up replication.
We replicate between SAN to SAN for a lot of features and supportability. It also helps us when we want to upgrade to a newer SC Series or move the data from one data center to another.
Most valuable features have been the system customization with it, the performance you receive, and their CoPilot Support (or Dell EMC Storage Support).
Connecting it up, you can run it within a few hours.
We see very low latency with very high IOPS for mixed workloads.
It has been one of the most stable products in our data center.
The performance benefits weren't surprising, we expected that. What we didn't expect were the densification benefits that we got out of going all-flash. We're able to put more applications on the arrays because of how all-flash performs. The way some of the application profiles have responded to all-flash has been really pleasing.
Everything is sub-5 MS for us. What I've found is that, with all-flash, when an app from my business is slow, I pretty much know it's them and not me. It leads to a performance conversation that has really hit an interesting threshold point where we are better than what they need. So now we get to have that "refactoring your application" conversation a lot quicker because now the performance on the infrastructure side isn't in question anymore.
Scale out is a differentiator for them, especially in the enterprise market. It's key for a lot of customers.
The increased performance is many times above our previous array performance in all metrics. Integration with vSphere features is also a definite plus.
The speed and, for us in particular in what we're doing, the data de-duplication.
Built-in snapshot support gives us SAN-side functionality most other platforms would have had us license separately.
Data reduction and snapshot abilities: Smaller footprint in the datacenter (lower cost for power, cooling, etc.).
It provides a full feature set without separate licensing (deduplication, compression, snapshot, asynchronous replication, stable performance, etc.).
I would like to have 100% functionality through the web app.
We had times that we needed a file service solution. We've used FluidFS, but it's a solution that is being transitioned out.
We have seen some degraded throughput with mixed workloads. We have been working with Dell EMC to correct some of these latency issues.
Overall, I'd like to see more synergy between Dell EMC's higher-tier platforms and their mid-tier platforms. What I have said, constantly, to my partners at Dell EMC is that the clear articulation of the path is really important to us. In that vein, what I'd also like to see is, with the migration strategy that's built into this product, a lot more attention paid to Dell's - in particular - legacy platforms and how we get from some of our legacy EMC platforms onto this platform with a straight-through migration and scaling strategy, not host-based migrations and not piecemeal... Dell EMC would do well to focus more on my ability to skip a generation, rather than having me take individual hops because I can't greenfield my way into a software-defined data center fast enough. This journey of multiple hops is not helpful.
The ease of use could be improved. It took me a while to learn it.
The administration and support (on the way that they delivered) was a little bit slow.
Improved scale and budget planning with flexibility of the solution for budget needs and efficiency for growth with the great optimization ratio due to the nature of our use.
I would love to see capacity on its DRAM. I know it's not cost effective for them to do it, but I think that it could be a big differentiator and was a big differentiator from the beginning.
The interface look and feel could be improved.
The front panel of the drive shelf doesn't always seat firmly.
A single pane of glass to monitor/manage multiple arrays would be helpful.
I would like them to improve the look of the product’s external casing and shelves.
The management graphical interface needs more improvement.
Some of the nice to haves for us, in terms of today, would be VVols but again, it’s not a critical feature.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It has a good price point and offers some value-added enterprise features.
We have reviewed many platforms over the years. It is probably the best solution for its value.
It is one of the most cost effective systems for us. We have been able to run it longer than most, getting the most benefit and money out of it.
We have found the solution to be affordable.
It's a very affordable solution.
The Kaminario setup is simple and there are no hidden licensing fees so this area is a relief.
The licensing is all-inclusive.
The "extra" costs associated with features and options that are available off the shelf with Kaminario, make their value proposition extremely competitive.
Licensing is very straightforward. The cost was considerably lower than other products we looked at.
I would like them to come down in price. It is as expensive as EMC, Hitachi, and other major vendors.
All features are provided in the licensing. The cost of Kaminario was less than the cost of a hybrid array.
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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.
Kaminario K2 is the world’s only storage solution that delivers the predictability needed to handle the highly unpredictable world of modern businesses. This highly flexible all flash storage platform allows customers to cost-effectively scale capacity and performance to support their ever-changing business –seamlessly, on-demand and with no disruptions.
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