Dell EMC SC Series Initial Setup

Don Woodward
Solutions Consultant at BlueAlly
I'm a certified SC Storage Engineer and when our company sells the SC Series, I will go out and install it. I've been doing it for a long time so I can do a lot of the stuff with my eyes closed now. It's not something that an end-user is going to pull out of the box and set up. You have to some knowledge of the SAS chaining, how it works with the Compellent, and how you load the software and how to set it up. It does have a pretty easy GUI on the setup. It's not command-line-based like some other stuff. The SAS chaining is the hardest part to understand. View full review »
SeniorSyf235
Senior Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
I engineered the solution, architected it with their support. We have also upgraded several times. View full review »
Micheal Laggis
Senior Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The 3000 Series are user-installable but, as a certified installer, I have found that customers, if they're not used to the interface, like to come in and have a tutorial to see the interface and how it's done. Anything in 5000 Series and above requires a certified installer. You want to make sure that you get your networking and zoning set up properly; and to get a walk-through on setting up the environment and for getting used to it. It does not have a steep learning curve. Especially in the SMB, the front-end is not hard. You set up the Storage Manager, it gives you the dashboard and tells you when you're over-provisioned, and shows performance and the like. View full review »
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Todd Grimes
IT Architect at Synoptek
The initial setup was very straightforward. View full review »
DataCent3afe
Data Center Supervisor with 501-1,000 employees
I worked with a VAR on the initial setup of the product. It was very straightforward, very easy to bring it online. View full review »
Infrastrb44c
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The only thing that made the setup difficult were the layers of project management. I know they're going through some changes as Dell and EMC merge, but they really need to take a strong look at how project managers are deployed and what their level of knowledge is. More often than not, I'm having to run those calls. View full review »
Infrastr69c7
Senior IT Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I wouldn't say the setup was straightforward. It was complex, but it was manageable at the same time. View full review »
Virtualiad5e
Virtualization Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The setup was straightforward. We used Dell EMC Professional Services, and they came in. A company like ours is pretty big, so we use the vendors to come in and install things because we don't want to mess them up. They gave us the development documents, etc., so we're really happy. View full review »
Darren Norfleet
Storage Team Leader at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
In terms of the initial setup, we did two. We did the software-only and we also did the hardware. Software-only was pretty straightforward. With hardware, the challenge we had was that we're pretty siloed in our environment so we had to get networking involved. It was the complexity of the network which was difficult, to make sure we had the performance in the environment. View full review »
SnSysAdd472
Sr. Systems Admin at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was very easy to do. Straightforward. View full review »
David Winegar
Network Admin at Jefferson County Washington
I was involved in the initial setup and it was straightforward. View full review »
VirtualT40e2
Virtualization Team Leader at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The setup was pretty good. We got the support people, Professional Services people, to come in and install it. It was fine. View full review »
David Hammink
System Administrator with 11-50 employees
The initial setup was pretty straightforward, though I was not involved. A co-worker did it. View full review »
John Mccallister
Automation at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. EMC VMAX and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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