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"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""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.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."

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"One of the most valuable features is the capability to switch between all-flash to hybrid, which have have actually done for one of our arrays. We started with the hybrid, with the limited if I'm not mistaken, and then over a period of time, we swapped all the hybrids with the SSDs. This was one of the big features because it gave us the capability to not stick with just one kind of media. Secondly, since it has sorted clustering, we were able to bring in the newer boxes and have it all clustered together. These were the two main features that we really looked into, which benefited our use case from an expansion/growth perspective. Another valuable feature is the ease of management.""This solution is easy to use.""The product offers good performance and is quite powerful.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""The Dell support is helpful and the response is quick. The agents' knowledge is very good.""They have a feature called Live Migrate; it's been very, very useful.""The setup is straightforward.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability."

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"We have been working with the solution for around a year and so far it has shown itself to be stable.""Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use""Fewer features is not necessarily a negative as it leads to simpler operation and lower price.""ThinkSystem's storage performs well, and the price per gigabyte is good, especially on SSD solutions. It's also easy to use."

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Cons
"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.""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."

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"The initial setup is somewhat complex and should be made simpler to do.""It would be helpful if the solution offered higher performance, at least on the back end.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""Technical support should respond more quickly because the turnaround time is very high.""The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view.""In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code."

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"ThinkSystem could be better integrated with backup software like Commvault, Veritas, or Symantec.""The features are limited.""The solution could be more scalable, although it suits our present needs.""It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to other sites."

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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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  • "The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive."
  • "Support typically depends on the array. It can range anywhere from $7,000 to a couple of hundred thousand dollars."
  • "This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it."
  • "Pricing depends on varying life cycles."
  • "We have the basic license for the use of this solution and it is a permanent license. The overall cost could be less, it is expensive."
  • "The SC Series was priced fairly. I wouldn't call it either expensive or cheap because we had a very tight budget, so if they were able to fit in that type of budget, they met our expectations."
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  • "The pricing is fair and low compared to other products in this category."
  • "We have a five-year contract for providing support."
  • "All of the features are bundled together, and you can renew the bundle with all of the features included."
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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.
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    Pricing is market-related and is flexible for the solution. Pricing depends on varying life cycles.
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    Dell could improve the upgrading process. It was the lifecycle that made it very short. You'd upgrade the disk, and in… more »
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    Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use
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    Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is cost-effective. There is no license. All of the features are bundled together, and you… more »
    Top Answer: 
    While it is a reliable product, it could be improved. It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to… more »
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    Also Known As
    Pavilion HFA
    SC Series Storage, Compellent
    ThinkSystem DE Series
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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.

    The DE All-Flash Series delivers the performance of more than 2,000 15k rpm HDDs, yet requires only 2% of the rack space, power, and cooling. Because it consumes 98% less space and power, DE Series can significantly improve the overall efficiency of your IT operations while continuing to meet your performance requirements.

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    Sample Customers
    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
    TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Healthcare Company21%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
    Non Profit11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business72%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise26%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 10th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 13 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is ranked 20th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 8.0, while Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "The performance was staggering and more than what we paid for". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series writes "Mostly typical of production storage for virtual machines but with fewer features and a lower price". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Dell EMC Unity XT, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Dell EMC PowerStore. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series report.

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