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Don Woodward
Reseller
Solutions Consultant at BlueAlly
Sep 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the no-forklift upgrade. While the thing is running, I can change out the controllers one at… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

We can definitely see a need for it being a multi-controller system for customers who want to scale beyond the current… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's absolutely affordable. Again, not having to do a forklift upgrade, like some of the others have had to do in the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We still sell some EqualLogic. I had worked with that before. I had also worked with the EMC Series for many years, back… more»

What other advice do I have?

The SC Series is not the thing for your mom and pop shop. It is an enterprise-grade, mid-tier business type solution. It… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Sep 09 2018

What is most valuable?

Being a managing director I don't get "under the cover" as much as I used to, but what I can tell you from what my teams… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The performance benefits weren't surprising, we expected that. What we didn't expect were the densification benefits that… more»

What needs improvement?

Overall, I'd like to see more synergy between Dell EMC's higher-tier platforms and their mid-tier platforms. What I have… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The partnership that we have with Dell EMC is great, so we always get to a solution that is affordable. We are A Dell EMC… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We always invest. We're on a five-year depreciation cycle. At year-five, we do an evaluation of whether or not, from a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework. Get in the lab. Figure out what it does and doesn't do. Figure out what's different. Understand your I/O… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 30 2018

What is most valuable?

It's secure and fast. There's no downtime and the HA works great. Everything is easy and their support is great. Mostly… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are the reliability and the performance. That is what we look for and it works great for us.

What needs improvement?

Something that has been needed should be coming out with the 6.7 version of vSphere: You don't need a hot spare, so that… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

So far, the solution has been affordable for us. We have a 48-drive solution and that works great for our headquarters… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using Compellent. At the time we went with Compellent we looking for a solution which was affordable… more»

What other advice do I have?

It depends on your budget. What are the criteria you're looking for? And it depends on how much storage you're going to… more»
Micheal Laggis
Real User
Senior Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 30 2018

What is most valuable?

What I really like, from the model line starting with the 3000 all the way up, is the flexibility. You can have spinning disk, you can have flash… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

Going into the unit itself, to manage, takes a little more intuition. But when you integrate it into the Dell Storage Manager it gives a much more… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's very affordable. Anything from an SMB on up to the large enterprise - from a 3000 Series all the way up to a 9000 Series - with federation and… more»

What other advice do I have?

You should definitely have a partner come in. If you're going to do a multi-tier environment, look at your IOPS: What are your hot IOPS, what's… more»
Bennie Blakney
Real User
Systems Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 30 2018

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

One option I would like to see is, when you're up on the view-screen, to be able to incorporate getting to what HPE calls the iLO, the Integrated Lights-Out. To be able to get that… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have found it to be affordable. Comparing the cost with other hardware, it seems to be right in line with the compute and the storage that we get with it. The cost is a saw-off… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would consider Dell EMC to be one of the top options, by all means. I've liked HPE, but it seems that they are integrating with that, as far as VMware is concerned. The two that… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the back-end dedupe, and the thin nodes. For a 20TB or 60TB, we're using almost a one-to-two ratio.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The issue we had was that the controller went down during an upgrade because of their upgrading the code. One side of the switch was down. In terms… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is affordable, but we are a large customer with Dell EMC and we have corporate level discounts. Having said that, everybody… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of criteria when selecting a vendor, if there is an outage and we do not get proper support from their technical team when we call them… more»
Todd Grimes
Real User
IT Architect at Synoptek
Sep 12 2018

What is most valuable?

Most valuable features have been the system customization with it, the performance you receive, and their CoPilot Support (or Dell EMC Storage… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We see very low latency with very high IOPS for mixed workloads. Therefore, we are getting great performance. Our customers have been very… more»

What needs improvement?

We had times that we needed a file service solution. We've used FluidFS, but it's a solution that is being transitioned out.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have reviewed many platforms over the years. It is probably the best solution for its value.

What other advice do I have?

Look at the Compellent solution. It probably offers the most features: * Ease of use with their system. * Being able to configure it. * Connecting… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Data Center Supervisor with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* Reliable * Good performance * Economical We also utilize replication. And the data progression feature gives us the ability to economically… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see an integrated key manager in the controllers. Currently, it's an external product. It would be nice to have the option of… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We were able to afford two tiers of flash storage at a price where the competition was giving us one tier or just a handful of discs.

What other advice do I have?

You have to do your preparation and research but that's no different than buying any SAN. Get to know your local Dell EMC pre-sales engineer quite… more»
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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.

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