Dell EMC SC Series Benefits

Don Woodward
Solutions Consultant at BlueAlly
One of the nice things about it is that there is no forklift upgrade required to upgrade the storage. That's why a lot of our customers like it. 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. That's another reason the customers like it. We've been able to maintain a lot of customers over the last six or seven years. We actually started selling the SC Series - it was called the Compellent - before Dell purchased them. We had picked it as a strategic storage for our company to sell. It has been good to us over the years. We continue to make a lot of sales. View full review »
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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. We got both a CapEx benefit and a benefit on the performance side. Everything is sub-5ms 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. From an organizational perspective, the benefits are really around the decrease in performance-related issues. From an application perspective, when you think about incident management, those people are now spending their time very differently, where we have the SC Series deployed. It really has allowed us to advance a CapEx conversation, where our business partners, our LOBs, are actually behind us because they're seeing the benefit, real-time, in operations: the request for business cases to refresh environment instead of trying to sweat the current assets; now they're seeing the value prop. So we have a lot of people coming to the table supporting the expense, supporting that CapEx, perhaps a year or two sooner than they normally would have, because they understand. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
The benefits are the reliability and the performance. That is what we look for and it works great for us. View full review »
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Micheal Laggis
Senior Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It's easy to expand. Back in the day, if you wanted to expand, you would have to buy a block of disk from somebody or a new shelf. Here, if you have open spots, you buy some more disk and you expand. View full review »
Bennie Blakney
Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
We like the integration, the nodes themselves, the way that everything is integrated together. It seems like it's less hardware to keep up with. Speed and performance seem to be good on the hardware side. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
With mixed workloads, we are seeing at least a 15 to 20 percent improvement. The protocols also make it easier than in days past. We just follow the process. Finally, instead of buying new storage, with the thin nodes in this solution we are leveraging almost a one-to-two ratio. View full review »
Todd Grimes
IT Architect at Synoptek
We see very low latency with very high IOPS for mixed workloads. Therefore, we are getting great performance. Our customers have been very satisfied because they use a wide range of applications. We use the data migration utilities a lot. 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. It allows us to focus on what we want to do. We want to work with our customers, helping them with their applications. We've had only a few times that we have to call into support for additional performance to make sure everything is working well. Each time, the support teams come back and show us areas that we need to strengthen on, and our customers have been very happy. View full review »
Data Center Supervisor with 501-1,000 employees
Overall, it has really helped us to virtualize a lot of workloads where server or application owners were very hesitant to move away from their physical boxes because they were used to having local disks and the performance that came with that. With the SC Series SAN, the performance that we've gotten out of the boxes alleviated anyone's concerns. We do not get complaints about the performance of our virtual infrastructure. Also, 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. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We no longer have an issue, especially in the support arena, of wasted hours: getting support, waiting for support to arrive onsite. It's been a huge time saver for us. View full review »
Senior IT Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has improved our organization because before, we had the storage in silos. This solution allowed us to consolidate into a single Compellent system. That helped us to maximize our management greatly. View full review »
Virtualization Manager at Accenture
It's good storage product for our C and D drives for the virtualization space. View full review »
Darren Norfleet
Storage Team Leader at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It's definitely scalable, definitely fits the majority of our use cases, in high-performance environments such as Oracle, SQL, and so forth. View full review »
Nick Goodman
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
When it comes to mid-range storage solutions, it's usually our preferred solution, from all-flash all the way up to hybrid solutions too. Over time, the technology and how it performs, and its tiering capability, have been successful for us. View full review »
Sr. Systems Administrator Manager at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's faster than our last storage system. It brings efficiencies with it. View full review »
David Winegar
Network Admin at Jefferson County Washington
It has definitely improved our speed, storage space, and recovery times. View full review »
Virtualization Team Leader at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
it allows us to grow service on demand. View full review »
David Hammink
System Administrator with 11-50 employees
We have a bit more storage, and it is faster. View full review »
John Mccallister
Automation at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It helps us streamline deployment of VMs. View full review »
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