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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""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."

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"The solution is stable.""The setup is straightforward.""This solution is easy to use.""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.""They have a feature called Live Migrate; it's been very, very useful.""The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""In terms of stability, it's good enough. It's okay."

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"The main feature I have found to be product replication.""It uses the same platform for connectivity so integration is seamless.""It performs well and it is also very fast.""The onboarding and integrated monitoring tools are pretty good.""The initial setup is pretty quick.""The most valuable features are the Metro clustering, and disaster recovery.""It's very easy-to-use."

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Cons
"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.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"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.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""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.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""Dell could improve the upgrading process.""In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency."

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"I would like to see the licensing fees improved as well as the price per terabytes.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""The solution is expensive.""There could be improvements in public cloud integration.""It's on the expensive side, as expected for a niche product.""Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes.""The feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing fees are very reasonable.""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."

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"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.""Pricing depends on varying life cycles.""This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it."

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"In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little.""The price of this solution could be made more affordable.""The price is a little high.""Licensing fees are paid yearly."

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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 »
Top Answer: The main feature I have found to be product replication.
Top Answer: The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
Top Answer: There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an… more »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
SC Series Storage, Compellent
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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.

FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Non Profit11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Financial Services Firm21%
University14%
Marketing Services Firm7%
Wellness & Fitness Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government7%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
REVIEWERS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,027 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 7.6, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "Automated architecture that proactively optimizes your database ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "Stable with good technical support and easy to manage". 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 Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Primera, Red Hat Ceph Storage, MinIO and Qumulo. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade report.

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