Dell EMC SC Series Reviews

Dell EMC SC Series is the #1 ranked solution of our top Frame-Based Disk Arrays tools. It's rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Dell EMC Unity XT - Dell EMC SC Series vs Dell EMC Unity XT

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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 a time and keep the customer up and running. I… 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 our customers like it. The maintenance is usually… 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 capability. That's always a downside. A lot of the… 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 past, it's very affordable for our customers and they… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We still sell some EqualLogic. I had worked with that before. I had also worked with the EMC Series for many years, back to 2000. I still do both EqualLogic and SC Series.

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 depends on how much space you need. Some… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at different solutions over the years. We represent quite a few: EqualLogic, the SC Series, NetApp, and, now that HPE has Nimble, we sell Nimble. About the… more »
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, during an upgrade process, there is no downtime at… 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 should give you more IOPS. They've figured out how… 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 site. Their pricing goes by the number of physical… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using Compellent. At the time we went with Compellent we looking for a solution which was affordable for us. We are a non-profit organization and it… 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 use and the cost associated with that. There a lot… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at HPE, and we had looked at a product called OSNEXUS. They operate in the same town as us so we thought we could get support from them. We looked at five… more »
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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, you can have a combination. Another valuable feature is the performance of the auto-tiering… 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 have open spots, you buy some more disk and you expand.

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 GUI, user-friendly area to manage, provision volumes, etc.

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 you name it.

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 your total storage need? You need to plan out those different tiers because that's where it… 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 on the hardware side.

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 instead of having to go back and trying to find IP addresses and re-institute those would be good. It would be good to… 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 compared to other options because there's not a lot of difference between them. You just have to figure out what would… 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 we're currently using are Cisco and Dell. They're the main two that we're bouncing back and forth with. At times the SC… more »
Ben Jardine
Real User
Managing Director at Consult BenJ Ltd
Jul 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable feature is its performance redundancy. The solution works quite well for that. The redundancy is important to us for snapshot and recovery purposes. The product offers good performance and is quite powerful. The implementation is straightforward.

What needs improvement?

While there's always room for improvement in everything, I can't really think of a specific feature of the solution that requires immediate attention.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a contractor and a Dell partner; I help implement the solution for clients, however, I'm not a reseller. I help fix and update the solution and occasionally maintain the product for clients. In my experience, the solution is usually deployed either on-premise within the office or the head… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't really have experience across different vendors.
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 the process. Finally, instead of buying new storage… 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 of additional features, I would like to see some… 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 definitely, obviously, wants the cost to be lower. And now… 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, in such a scenario we are looking at their competitors… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We don't want Dell EMC to be a monopoly, as our only product. So we do have a competition, which helps with price negotiation. We have NetApp products as well, that's the main competitor… more »
Stephane
Real User
Consulant at a computer software company
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

Compellent is a very easy-to-use solution because after the first installation you have no more parameters to fix. You can add discs easily and all discs are in one group or folder. It is also very easy to expand. The solution is very complete as you can use it as solo for primary storage for production, and you want to implement a cluster with two storage systems, all you need is include it in… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We work on different solutions. The most important point for me is how is implemented disc virtualization. In this solution, disc management is really very simple and disc utilisation is efficient. all disc are add in a group and raid is oragnized on 2Mo stripe. The stripe are organizer in 2 raid automatically : by default, 20% in raid 10 to write blocs with very effective performane and 80% raid5… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to get the demo to test the solution out. On a scale of one to ten, my rating is a ten. Simplicity and stability are very important for me, and this solution is very simple to use, it's very efficient and a customer won't make many mistakes when using it. In the future, I would like to see better monitoring so that we can give to the customer an indication of their… more »
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 utilize those solid state discs by having a three-tier… 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 physical boxes because they were used to having local… 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 having a built-in key for self-encrypting drive features.

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 a bit because they'll be able to help you properly… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at several vendors. I work in public education so we have to consider alternate sources for every major purchase. Dell EMC gave us the most bang for the buck and we are comfortable working… more »
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What is Dell EMC SC Series?

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.

Also known as
SC Series Storage, Compellent
Dell EMC SC Series customers

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