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"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."

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"There are many reports accessing the applications. We receive them very quickly. We used to wait a long time for them. Now, you just need to wait a moment.""If you need a replacement part, they will provide it.""My favorite part is all-flash solid drives. All of my applications are running on an all-flash array. Before, we used to get too many severity tickets on performance, but as soon as we migrated everything to an all-flash array, our critical applications are at top performance.""NetApp AFF is based on Unix, which makes it secure.""The file-based protocol supports NFS and CIFS.""When we move to all-flash, our response times were reduced to microseconds.""It has improved performance for our enterprise applications, data analytics, and VMs. These improvements are a result of all-flash, throughput, reliability, compression, etc.""This solution makes everything a lot faster. The time to move data around, boot and migrate VMs is much faster."

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"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."

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"We would like to have more behavioral reporting.""To be more competitive in the industry, they can develop deduplication, compression, and smarter features in the same array instead of all-flash.""There are some bugs with the solution which need to be fixed.""One of the features that I am looking for, which is already in the works, is to be able to take my code and automatically move it to the cloud.""I need faster Fibre Channel over Ethernet. They top out at 10GBs today and I would like that to go to 40 or 100.""I come tech support with difficulty because I installed NetApp for many years I know what to expect when I call. When I don't get their support tech that I'm expecting and I'm trying to get to the right one, it can get very frustrating for me personally, trying to all-flash push my way into the right person. NetApp has the right people, it's just a matter of getting to them.""I would like to see the ability to include more applications from applications to managed storage. If we can have more applications or more interface in more applications, that would be great.""As for AFF itself, I don't have any suggestions of what I would be excited about seeing. I think that adding the support for the rest of APIs to AFF would be super handy. I think it's something that we've been waiting for for a while which would be fantastic."

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"The pricing of this solution is competitive.""The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."

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"Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent.""Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%.""With other options, you need to buy a couple of different products to achieve the same outcome.""The pricing is good.""It consolidates a lot of our storage into one or two chassis, which makes money savings in our data center.""We have used the solution’s thin provisioning to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning on all of our flash arrays at this point. It gives us the choice to be able to overprovision and take advantage of compression, compaction, and thin provisioning all at the same time. We can get more out of the purchases that we make.""I would like it to be a lot less expensive, but it's been a very good solution for us.""The price of the upgrading of the solution is high. I could buy a whole unit of All Flash FAS 300 with a shelf for around $285,000. Yet if I want to add one additional shelf, it'll cost me $275,000. So they want you to upgrade by replacing it. It's cheaper to buy a whole new unit than to just scale out. The upside is they last. AFF lasts us three or four years. So that's a good investment."

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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.

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.

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Sample Customers
TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie ElectricAcibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company24%
Manufacturing Company18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Non Profit12%
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Computer Software Company40%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government5%
Retailer5%
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider19%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government5%
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Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise42%
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Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
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Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 13 reviews while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 51 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 8.0, while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "A straightforward setup with good performance and excellent redundancy in place". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Good price to performance ratio, no latency, and simple to use". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem, HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Dell EMC PowerStore, whereas NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble Storage. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) report.

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