Most Helpful Review
Gives us performance, ease of use; we can recompose 350 desktops in a fraction of the time it used to take
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.
Overall performance of the solution.
The scalability and being able to implement it quickly.
Individual settings you can put on each individual volume, if you want to do that.
We can add a node, we add compute, we add storage, and we've had really good luck with that.
If we get complaints about any kind of performance metric issues, whether it's storage related or something on the virtual side, we use it to pinpoint what the actual issue is.
SolidFire is one of the products that does have great APIs right out-of-the-box. It works great. The tools and the other stuff seem to work a little better right out-of-the-box than the ONTAP stuff does, C-Mode.
Being able to provide quality of service as promised.
Templates are already predefined for it. If you're coding it up, it will take two days. You can pick up a template right there from the API, and it just works for you. Implementation done in 10 minutes.
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.
It's a very good Windows-type solution. But we do a lot of legacy systems and the like. So it's getting that incorporated into it that would help us.
A little better segregation of the multi-tenancy. Right now, it's just VLAN-specific, that's all you can do.
We had some false positives, power supplies failing, and that's really been about it. We had a couple of glitches during some upgrade processes but nothing that was really concerning to us.
For example, the ease of use with the reporting. Right now it's not impossible, but you have to know Sequel. It's a little time consuming to get those customized reports in there.
They could do a file-based NAS: SolidFire NAS-based. It's probably not its niche, but that is our direction, not to use block, and it's block. Solid state block is what it is.
I would like to see integration with the cloud, number one. Being able to spin SolidFire in the cloud.
So feature-wise, I would say more reporting tools that could be merged into it.
We have a large fiber channel infrastructure, and that's one area that we haven't seen implemented in SolidFire, its more iSCSI.
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.
We would probably use SolidFire more, except we're getting more bang for our buck with our purchases of ONTAP right now, and the deal we made with NetApp, so it's more of just a cost decision
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|Also Known As||SC Series Storage|
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.
SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.
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