Dell EMC SC Series vs. NetApp All Flash FAS

Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 14th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 21 reviews vs NetApp All Flash FAS which is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 111 reviews. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "No-forklift upgrade means I can change out controllers, add shelves, storage, or SSD drives, while it's up and running". The top reviewer of NetApp All Flash FAS writes "Integrates seamlessly with what we're used to for FAS while getting the raw performance of flash". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and NetApp All Flash FAS. NetApp All Flash FAS is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Dell EMC Unity. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. NetApp All Flash FAS report.
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It has good dedupe and compression. Also, the built-in data migration capabilities are pretty good, as is the federation. When we started migrating the workloads from different storage platforms, like NetApp and XtremeIO, it helped us in moving to that direction.With auto-tiering, it's easier to understand than most arrays, knowing that all of your writes go to the tier that you specify, with easy-to-create storage profiles.A valuable feature is the performance of the auto-tiering. It will move hot data up to your fastest Tier 1 or move your slow data down. Data progression is what it's called. With the auto-tiering you can have multiple tiers, you can have your Tier 1 be either spinning or flash, all the way down to 7.2K. It will change the RAID on the fly so your writes come in at RAID 10. After they sit for a while, they get converted to RAID 5, then they'll cool off and move down the tiers. Your performance is kept going, while the cold data is moved to your slow, non-performance tiers.With federation, you can have multiple systems across sites. You can treat them as one, and with a live migration, volumes don't go down. You can move them from site to site, doing maintenance, and keep your environment up.It's very scalable, especially with federation. If you outgrow the number of spindles that a unit can support, depending on the model, you can go into federation.The most valuable feature is the no-forklift upgrade. While the thing is running, I can change out the controllers one at a time and keep the customer up and running. I can add shelves and storage and SSD drives or spinning drives to the system, while it's running. I can bring all that in and rebalance the load across the new disks or, if we take disks away, rebalance the load across what's remaining, and it just works.There's some new stuff coming with 7.3, which just got released, where they're spreading the sparing across the whole array, rather than having a dedicated spare disk, and have it sit there and do nothing until one of them dies, and then it kicks in - and having to rebuild all of that. Now, they'll do the sparing across all the disks and they say that is going to add not only space but performance to the array, with 7.3.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.

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We found AFF systems very competitive in terms of performance, storage efficiency, feature richness, and scalability.If the AutoSupport is well configured, then you need not to do a monitoring. You will get call and mail when any issue is completed.Setup was simple and easy.The business copy solution has become faster using SnapMirror.MetroCluster provides business continuity and is a critical part of our contingency setup.The speed is important; no more problems caused by high latency.High availabilitySpeed. it's very performance designed. It's designed to have a lot of high speed.

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Cons
Licensing, especially on the storage line, could use some simplification. It's not terrible, but, for example, with the Isilon series, they've gone to completely a la carte. A la carte is very difficult to traverse, as to what you need. It would be more beneficial, at least from my point of view as a customer, if they did it more like car companies do, where there are package linesOne option I would like to see is, when you're up on the view-screen, to be able to incorporate getting to what HPE call the iLO, the Integrated Lights-Out. To be able to get that instead of having to go back and trying to find IP addresses and re-institute those would be good. It would be good to be able to that put on the initial splash screen.I would like to see higher compression, dedupe, faster I/O, and bigger drives.I would like to see an integrated key manager in the controllers. Currently, it's an external product. It would be nice to have the option of having a built-in key for self-encrypting drive features.We can definitely see a need for it being a multi-controller system for customers who want to scale beyond the current capability. That's always a downside. A lot of the new systems are scaling vertically, they scale out, and the Compellent, of course, is controllers with shelves under it, so you don't scale out with it, unless you add another one. But if you do, they don't talk to each other, like some of the other solutions that we sell.An issue we had was that the controller went down during an upgrade because of their upgrading the code. One side of the switch was down.In terms of additional features, I would like to see some kind of I/O meter, to indicate what we are using in terms of performance. I would like to see automation with that, where it would give me the trends. I want to know those things easily, to help me know where issues are going to occur.I would like to have 100% functionality through the web app.

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There are no pNFS with VMware VVOLs.There is no direct storage attachment available. Most configurations require additional switches for data access.There are no RDMA capabilities in CIFS (SMB) and NFS protocols.The graphical interface is still heavy and slow. Needs more improvement in this area.I have experienced slow responses several times, if the ticket has only been opened in portal.I would like it to be an IP as our network is mainly IP-based.FC and ATTO bridges are still needed for cross datacenter replication.Stability could be improved.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
We have found it to be affordable. Comparing the cost with other hardware, it seems to be right in line with the compute and the storage that we get with it.The scalability seems a bit more expensive than even buying a brand new one so far. That has been kind of a drawback.We were able to afford two tiers of flash storage at a price where the competition was giving us one tier or just a handful of discs.The maintenance is usually pretty good. It's not like some of the others where they increase it in the fourth, fifth, or sixth years.It's absolutely affordable. Again, not having to do a forklift upgrade like some of the others have had to do in the past, it's very affordable for our customers and they continue to buy.Compared to other solutions out there, it's affordable.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.

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I understand the cost is less than many other storages of same/similar performance benchmark.If you go for Replication, Vault, and NAS, please ensure that the license has been ordered at the very beginning. However, licenses can been added or modified without rebooting the system at any time.ATTO bridges add to the total cost of the system.NetApp is getting too expensive.It is pretty expensive compared to other solutions. I would give it a seven or eight out of 10 in price (where 10 is expensive) compared to similar solutions.The entry point for potential customers, who are looking at coming onboard for flash systems, it may be a bit expensive. It would be good if the price comes down.Other vendors may come in at a cheaper price point, but you will pay in the end with management costs and downtime.Obviously depending on the price point, NetApp is obviously a little more expensive than your generic Dell SAN solution or whatever.

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Overview
Overview

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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Healthcare Company
23%
Manufacturing Company
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Non Profit
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Non Tech Company
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Healthcare Company
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Retailer
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Financial Services Firm
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Energy/Utilities Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Healthcare Company
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Energy/Utilities Company
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Midsize Enterprise
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