Dell EMC SC Series Valuable Features

Don Woodward
Solutions Consultant at BlueAlly
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 can add shelves and storage and SSD drives or spinning drives to the system, while it's running. I can bring all that in and rebalance the load across the new disks or, if we take disks away, rebalance the load across what's remaining, and it just works. Also, in terms of auto-tieriing, Compellent writes all of its writes into Tier 1, unless of course you do something silly and pin a whole bunch of LUNS, which means you're telling your VM, your data stores, that they have to live in that top-tier storage. As long as you follow the best practices recommendations and let it do its own auto-tiering then it works very well. In most cases the customers with all-flash, most of their active data lives in flash. So, they're really using all of those IOPS and performance in that tier, and the other tier or tiers are just being used for cold data storage. It works very well, as long as customers follow the best practices there. View full review »
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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 say is that it is a lot less intensive from a performance-troubleshooting perspective. The management software is a lot cleaner. We typically don't have performance issues anymore so our operations team gets to spend their time in different ways. We're getting to spend a lot more time thinking about how to deploy more efficiently and how to be creative about I/O profiles and tiering, in ways that we didn't get to do before, because we were troubleshooting performance issues, issues that we don't have now because of all-flash. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
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 all. The way they do is really great. Very easy, straightforward. There is a pre-check and then, when they finish it, they do a post-check. It's great the way they do the upgrade, no downtime at all. View full review »
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Micheal Laggis
Senior Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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. It will move hot data up to your fastest Tier 1 or move your slow data down. Data progression is what it's called. With the auto-tiering you can have multiple tiers, you can have your Tier 1 be either spinning or flash, all the way down to 7.2K. It will change the RAID on the fly so your writes come in at RAID 10. After they sit for a while, they get converted to RAID 5, then they'll cool off and move down the tiers. Your performance is kept going, while the cold data is moved to your slow, non-performance tiers. With federation, you can have multiple systems across sites. You can treat them as one, and with a live migration, volumes don't go down. You can move them from site to site, doing maintenance, and keep your environment up. They already integrate with Dell Storage Manager, so you can manage multiple, you can set up replication, you've got monitoring, vSphere, Hyper-V. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Todd Grimes
IT Architect at Synoptek
Most valuable features have been the system customization with it, the performance you receive, and their CoPilot Support (or Dell EMC Storage Support). The auto-tiering feature is one of the key reasons that we do use the SC Series platform. It was cost effective and allowed us to have high-end 15K discs, then auto-tier those down to 7K discs, which gave us the best value for our money. View full review »
Data Center Supervisor with 501-1,000 employees
* 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 solution. That was key for the product. We make use of VMware's VMotion features quite a bit. You don't even know that the SAN is there. It just moves the workload. It does it quickly. We've been happy. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the customer support. Everyone has a product that goes wrong. It's how well they handle it when it does, and Dell EMC has been tremendous at that. In terms of managing the solution, they've gone from "not bad to manage" to "downright easy." We have integrated the system with Exchange and vSphere, among others. View full review »
Senior IT Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to replicate. We are running a financial company and it needs to be available 24/7. We can't afford any downtime. The response time is also great. View full review »
Virtualization Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It has good dedupe and compression. Also, the built-in data migration capabilities are pretty good, as is the federation. When we started migrating the workloads from different storage platforms, like NetApp and XtremeIO, it helped us in moving in that direction. View full review »
IT Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
It is easy to use, expand the hard drives, add storage, and set up replication. View full review »
Nick Goodman
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Ease of use * Scalability * Performance * Value for price View full review »
Sr. Systems Administrator Manager at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Easy to configure * Reliable View full review »
David Winegar
Network Admin at Jefferson County Washington
The most valuable feature is the speed for the end-user. View full review »
Virtualization Team Leader at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Usually, we have pretty low latency. Our storage is less than 10ms, which is pretty good. No dramas there. That's pretty good performance. View full review »
David Hammink
System Administrator at Reuter GmbH
* Ease of use * Reliability * It is fast and performs well. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* Replication * Uptime * I/O View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 1-10 employees
Compared to some of the hardware that we support, from an infrastructure operator standpoint, I never had any problems with the system. View full review »
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