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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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"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.""One time, we had a drive fail and we were notified before we even saw it on the device.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""Performance-wise it's high speed. It's also more stable and scalable.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability.""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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"Technical support has been okay.""I like some basic features like Snapshot, FlexClone, and advanced features such as SnapMirror, and SnapVault. They also recently enhanced the market with Cloud Volumes ONTAP. I think that NetApp is a very good product.""Other manufacturers claim simplicity. In fact, frankly, they do have an advantage in that regard, however, they don't have the functionality. If you were to compare one of those products to NetApp, head to head from a feature perspective, NetApp would wind up in the top 10.""It has a good interface. Its configuration and flexibility are also good.""It impacts customer retention because of its overall ease. When you are running a business, where time is a factor, that is the biggest selling point. Things happen really rapidly, when they happen, and being able to say, "Yeah, we can get this up and running in a day, if you want," or even less time in some cases. Sometimes, that can be what makes or breaks our case.""Using System Manager for green management or command line interface, we have a single point for managing the cluster. It is much easier to manage. It is very seamless. The product is robust and solid.""We have had issues before on our infrastructure where 20 to 30 percent of the people would come to us pointing the finger at the storage technology or storage back-end. That is now virtually zero.""The cloning and snapshot features are the most valuable. With snapshot backup, we can clone a big database in minutes. We take a lot of snapshots for clients in different environments."

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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.""I would like to see the management layer improved.""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."

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"It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there.""Dell could improve the upgrading process.""The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency.""Technical support should respond more quickly because the turnaround time is very high.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""The interface could be improved. It should have an application point of view.""It would be helpful if the solution offered higher performance, at least on the back end."

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"Its integration could be improved.""The admin tools and the integration with other products and clouds can be improved. It should also be easier to identify and troubleshoot problems in this solution. It takes a long time, and it should be improved.""Their backup software could be improved.""I don't like the newest GUI. It needs more options. Some features have been removed. Oversight is not as good in the new GUI compared to the previous version. Though, it might be something that we just need to get used to.""When comparing with Pure for example, with Pure you have no maintenance anymore and with NetApp, you still need maintenance.""From my perspective, everything works well. They've already announced that they have some features in their next release that make the existing investment more usable, by adding software features to your existing legacy hardware investment.""During the initial setup, you need to know what you are doing.""We have been seeing some challenges around the application layer implementation. We are having some teething problems now with the cooperation between the application layer and backups to things, like SnapCenter. This may be a question of product maturity."

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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.""This product is too expensive compared to others, and I don't see any value in using it.""Pricing depends on varying life cycles.""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 NetApp is very expensive, but we don't know how much Pure is, so we can't compare.""It depends on how you look at things, but they are in a higher price range.""We benefited from implementing all-flash by reducing our data center footprint. We took it from 30 racks to just over five. This is one of the biggest savings for us.""The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of the customer. They are not just buying some tool that does only one thing, e.g., showing a LAN for a customer. The pricing is fair for what it is.""All features are included in the license, whereas with an EMC solution, you have to pay separately for extra terabytes."

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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: It impacts customer retention because of its overall ease. When you are running a business, where time is a factor, that… more »
Top Answer: The licensing and pricing are fine. As a reseller for the product, we need to make the differentiation in the minds of… more »
Top Answer: I don't like the newest GUI. It needs more options. Some features have been removed. Oversight is not as good in the new… more »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
SC Series Storage, Compellent
NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
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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.

NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud.  Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Non Profit11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Manufacturing Company10%
Government5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
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Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 9 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 7.6, while NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) 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 NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) writes "Provides us with quick options when restoring things for customers". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series and Huawei OceanStor, whereas NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT, Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC PowerStore. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) report.

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