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"The stability is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.""It is 100% stable. It is also scalable.""What I like best about this product is that it is a complete solution, both hardware, and software, by the same vendor.""This product is very competitive.""It's definitely good for unstructured data. In earlier days, we had Centera, so for the DR it's really good. It has load balancing facility, and we're using it with the Kemp Load Balancer.""I like that the solution is easy to scale and that's its stable."

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"It's very easy-to-use.""The onboarding and integrated monitoring tools are pretty good.""The main feature I have found to be product replication.""The initial setup is pretty quick.""The most valuable features are the Metro clustering, and disaster recovery.""It performs well and it is also very fast.""It uses the same platform for connectivity so integration is seamless."

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"The solution could be more cost-effective and secure.""Technical support needs to be improved.""Its security can be improved.""The solution needs to provide better integration between this solution and all other kinds of systems.""In Taiwan, they don't have professional technical support.""The disaster recovery could be improved because there should be something in-built within the ECS. Search and recovery should be in-built. Right now, we have to use some external tools for performing the recovery itself. For example, we're using Atempo or deploying Golden Superna, so it has dependency on the external third party vendors.""You should be able to calculate so that when it's full it's 100% full, not just 90%."

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"I would like to see the licensing fees improved as well as the price per terabytes.""There could be improvements in public cloud integration.""It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology.""The feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services.""Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes.""The solution is expensive.""It's on the expensive side, as expected for a niche product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are not paying for the license at this stage.""The solution could be cheaper.""It's a lease-based model, so it's capacity-based. We already negotiated the price a lot, but we're still doing that with Dell because somehow the product was not installed successfully, so there was a lot of struggle in the distributor territory between Dell and the environment itself. I would give the solution a 6 out of 10 for the pricing. There's a little room for improvement.""Dell EMC ECS is too expensive."

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"The price is a little high.""Licensing fees are paid yearly.""In my opinion, we have paid the right price for the product. I don't think that it is too much or too little.""The price of this solution could be made more affordable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I like that the solution is easy to scale and that's its stable.
Top Answer: The solution could be more cost-effective and secure.
Top Answer: The main feature I have found to be product replication.
Top Answer: The price of this solution could be made more affordable.
Top Answer: There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
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Also Known As
EMC ECS, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage
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Dell EMC Elactic Cloud Storage (ECS) provides a complete software-defined object storage platform designed for today's cloud-scale storage requirements. ECS provides the simplicity and low cost benefits of the public cloud without the risk, compliance, and data sovereignty concerns. ECS benefits include:

  • Cloud-scale Economics: 60% TCO savings versus public cloud services.
  • Simplicity & Scale: Single global namespace, unlimited apps, users and files.
  • Universal Accessibility: Support for object, file, and HDFS all on a single platform.
  • Faster App Development: API accessible storage and strong consistency accelerates cloud apps & analytics.
  • Turnkey Cloud: Multi-tenancy, self-service access and metering capabilities.

FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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Sample Customers
ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
Top Industries
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company9%
Financial Services Firm21%
Pharma/Biotech Company7%
Marketing Services Firm7%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company9%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise30%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC ECS vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC ECS is ranked 6th in File and Object Storage with 7 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 5th in File and Object Storage with 7 reviews. Dell EMC ECS is rated 8.4, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC ECS writes "Has load balancing facility, and good for unstructured data and DR". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "Stable with good technical support and easy to manage". Dell EMC ECS is most compared with Amazon AWS, Red Hat Ceph Storage, NetApp StorageGRID, MinIO and Oracle Cloud Platform, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, HPE Primera, Red Hat Ceph Storage, MinIO and Scality RING8. See our Dell EMC ECS vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade report.

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