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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. Dell EMC Unity XT and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."

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"It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability.""The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.""The setup is straightforward.""They have a feature called Live Migrate; it's been very, very useful.""The solution is stable.""In terms of stability, it's good enough. It's okay.""The solution has a wide variety of valuable features. The data progression works well. We use the snapshot functionality quite a bit and really like it."

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"The feature that I have found most valuable is the unified storage. Also, its capabilities for block-access, file access, and the center box.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter.""Initial setup is a simple process.""Integration is easy with this product.""I have found Dell EMC Unity XT to be stable.""I have had no problem at all. I think this is one of the most important things. It is very good. Maintaining it and deploying updates require very low maintenance. We haven't had problems. We had to replace a couple of disks in all these years, but it was pretty straightforward.""The high availability of Dell EMC Unity XT has been the most important feature."

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Cons
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view.""Dell could improve the upgrading process.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""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.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there.""The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""The initial setup is somewhat complex and should be made simpler to do."

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"The interface and configuration could improve.""Currently, the protocol SNMP is not implemented. That's a problem, as we follow this protocol and I can't check the integrity of this equipment.""Issues with slow responses from the support team.""Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say the deduplication part, because for large deduplications, you need an extra appliance to do it in order to avoid having problems in performance. I think that could be improved, because everything should be included in the product, not with an appliance from the outside.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say its capacity and its connection."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"Pricing depends on varying life cycles.""The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive.""This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it.""Support typically depends on the array. It can range anywhere from $7,000 to a couple of hundred thousand dollars."

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"The price of Dell EMC Unity XT is higher compared to other solutions. The price should be less expensive.""Pricing for this product is manageable, though slightly higher than comparable products."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.
Top Answer: Pricing is market-related and is flexible for the solution. Pricing depends on varying life cycles.
Top Answer: Dell could improve the upgrading process. It was the lifecycle that made it very short. You'd upgrade the disk, and in… more »
Top Answer: Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management… more »
Top Answer: As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter.
Comparisons
Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
SC Series Storage, Compellent
EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

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.

Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.

Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Non Profit11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company17%
Manufacturing Company13%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise65%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. Dell EMC Unity XT and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,676 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while Dell EMC Unity XT is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 7.6, while Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "Automated architecture that proactively optimizes your database ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity XT writes "Price / Quality ratio is good and since OE 5.03 code the array family reached a rather good maturity level". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, Dell EMC XtremIO and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas Dell EMC Unity XT is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and HPE Primera. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. Dell EMC Unity XT report.

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