Dell EMC SC Series Competitors and Alternatives

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Senior Network Technical Developer and Support Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 22, 2019
Improved performance of backup and restore, with good data protection features

What is our primary use case?

NetApp AFF is used to store all of our data. We're a full Epic shop, and we 're running Epic on all of our AFFs. We also run Caché, Clarity Business Objects, and we love the SnapMirror technologies.

Pros and Cons

  • "We are using the AQoS operating system, which allows us to get a lot more out of our AFF systems."
  • "The quality of technical support has dwindled over time and needs to be improved."

What other advice do I have?

We are looking at implementing SnapCenter, which gives us one pane of glass to utilize snapshots in different ways, especially to protect our databases. I used to work on EMC, and particularly, the VNX product. They had storage tiering then, and when I came onboard to my new company, they ran 7-Mode and didn't have a lot of storage tiering. It was kind of interesting to see NetApp's transition to storage tiering, with cDOT, and I really liked that transition. So, my experience overall with NetApp has been great and the product is really great. I think some of the advertisements for some of the…
Sisir Ghosh
Deputy Manager at CESC Ventures
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 29, 2020
Great reliability, stability, scalability, and user interface

What is our primary use case?

We use it only for storage.

Pros and Cons

  • "Its stability is the most valuable. It has soft alerts. When an alert is raised, we get a call from HP saying that there is this type of alert, and they need to do a remote session to check things. Similarly, for firmware updates, they get in touch to say that a firmware upgrade is required on your storage. They schedule a time and take control remotely to upgrade the firmware. In all such cases, there is no downtime. Everything is done when a full-fledged operation is going on. Its user interface is also quite good. We are quite accustomed to this user interface. We can easily take a look at the current usage or the amount of storage. It is quite easily understandable, and I can present those things to my seniors or other people who are not that tech-savvy, and they can easily understand what we are trying to tell them. We can easily show them that we are using around 87% of the storage, so we need to plan for another tree and things like that."
  • "Its price is a bit high for adding another tree."

What other advice do I have?

3PAR is very much reliable. In these four years, I've not raised a single ticket with HPE regarding 3PAR. I would rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ a nine out of ten. It has good support, good UI, and good reliability.
Atul Sohla
Operations Manager at Nuvollo
Real User
Jul 25, 2019
Increases reliability, flexibility, availability and reduces administrative time

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use of this solution is to host business-critical applications in the cloud for customers.

Pros and Cons

  • "We get storage access without the need for more human monitoring of those resources."
  • "The large hardware components may be difficult to fit into some standard racks."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would say this product is a nine. I think it does what it promises and support is decent. The only drawback I find is the size of the components. They never told us that the hardware has a large form factor and we were barely able to squeeze it into our older racks. Storage is a critical piece of our business and, with a small team like the one that we have, Nimble ends up being a pretty good system that fits our need while lowering administrative needs. For anyone considering this solution seriously, I would suggest you do your research with other competitors out…
Delmar Tanner
Sr Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Sep 5, 2019
A space saving solution that offers increased speed and is easy to use

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for the vendor support. It's a banking software system. It's an IBM system and it requires some Pure Storage for the backend and SSDs for performance. The vendor supports Pure Storage.

Pros and Cons

  • "The speed is the most valuable feature, along with the ease of getting it connected. We were able to get it online in less than a day."
  • "It was a little costly. The price was ultimately higher than both of the other solutions that we evaluated. I'd say that's the only downside."

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. VMware was one of the primary drivers when choosing Pure. One of the banking vendors that we use as a primary banking system had limited vendors that they support for storage and Pure was one of them. It was also recommended by a different credit union, which is why we went with them. I would rate this solution eight or nine out of ten. I would definitely recommend them. They're recommended for a reason. They're not the cheapest, but the performance is, from what I read, the best, and it's easy to manage, so it's worth the extra cost.
Keith Miller
Senior Manager, Mainframe Technical Service at Ensono
MSP
Top 20
Aug 9, 2020
Great Global Copy and Global Mirror features with an easy initial setup

What is our primary use case?

We offer it as a Cloud solution to our shared clients and we share these devices between multiple clients. That's how we primarily use the solution. I use it for storing mainframe data. It's used throughout the mainframe applications and the flash copies for DR, as well as replication utilities, to move data from one facility to another. We use just about all the features on it.

Pros and Cons

  • "The Global Copy and Global Mirror features are the solution's most valuable aspects."
  • "The solution should embedded replication switches into the hardware instead of using them externally."

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I'm an outsourcing service provider and I've had a lot of experience using the solution. We have everything from DS8100 disc storage, all the way up to 8990s. I'd advise new users to read the implementation installation guide. Most of the questions are answered in there. People just tend to skim over it and don't get into the details. However, it's important in making everything run smoothly and understanding the solution. That's probably the best advice I've actually heard from anybody. At the end of the day, don't…
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