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"The Active IQ feature is a productive mechanism that automatically collects reports and users' statuses.""Data efficiency is the most valuable feature because of the dedupe and compression.""The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS.""We have SQL clusters across the United States. It has sped up our IOPS and made it a lot easier for users.""The most valuable features are the low latency and high-performance.""The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe.""The most valuable features are the IO performance that we get, the cluster part, and the increased workload and performance with the SSDs.""The most valuable feature, primarily, would be speed. That's why we got it. Storage is costly but it's very, very fast. Very efficient, very fast."

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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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"The NetApp EF-Series gave our organization easy access to our data bases.""The replication and mirroring features are very good.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.""This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs.""The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure.""The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.""The main advantage of this solution is performance.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas."

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"I would like to see more frequent updates at a faster pace.""There needs to be compatibility with upgraded applications. We don't want the system to be upgraded, but not have backwards compatible to existing applications.""I would like to see aggregate level encryption in the next release. This is critical.""I would like them to roll in global monitoring instead of having to buy another product for it.""The initial setup was a little complex, because we weren't very knowledgeable in the NetApp at the time. We were using a third-party, and they didn't have a lot of technical individuals, so it took a while to get it out.""We'd like to see improvement in the time to retrieve from the Cloud, whether it's on-prem to cloud and whether it's public or private cloud.""We don't have many issues related to the appliance itself. In terms of the OS, we do get some hiccups here and there.""The system is pretty stable but most of the ONTAP versions are not really stable. There have been multiple bugs in different ONTAP versions."

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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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"This solution has limited storage.""It was difficult to implement and lacks some additional features that would be useful, but as a solution fits a particular need for our organization.""The pricing could be cheaper and it should have documentation in more languages, specifically, Russian.""We need a center related to NetApp in Egypt so that we can deal with them directly.""NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.""There could be better integration with some of our Cisco products.""This solution does not have any compression or deduplication.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation."

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"Our total cost of ownership (TCO) has decreased by 40 percent.""I am able to store two times more data than what I'm purchasing, which affects the way funds are being utilized.""Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down.""From an application standpoint, we have seen a lot of return investment on the speeds and responsiveness of the actual storage.""The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit.""Our TCO decreased significantly because we were paying maintenance on nine different arrays throughout the country. We've condensed those down to three arrays, and our maintenance fees from the IBM product dropped by over a half million dollars a year, saving us $500,000 USD.""Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent.""Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%."

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

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"The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.""The pricing is comparable with other competitors and similar in mid-range solutions, and for high range solutions, it would depend on our requirements or needs.""Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product."

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NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FASSC Series Storage, CompellentNetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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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.

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.

The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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Sample Customers
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra GroupTGen, Frost Science, Gerrie ElectricRP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
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Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider15%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government5%
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Healthcare Company19%
Manufacturing Company19%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Non Profit13%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider16%
University6%
Government6%
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Healthcare Company30%
Media Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
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University22%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company15%
Retailer11%
Company Size
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise75%
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Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise42%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise53%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,194 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 11 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 8.0, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.0. 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 EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Doesn't require much maintenance as it's quite easy to use and very robust as a storage system". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Dell EMC Unity XT, Pure Storage FlashArray, SolidFire and HPE Primera. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.

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