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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"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.""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."

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"The setup is straightforward.""Performance-wise it's high speed. It's also more stable and scalable.""This solution is easy to use.""Its leading feature is the price-performance ratio, which is very good.""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.""What is most valuable about the Dell EMC SC Series system was its reliability.""It had many features, like a snapshot, replication, on-the-file RAID levels, mix-and-match files, those kinds of things.""One time, we had a drive fail and we were notified before we even saw it on the device."

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"Pure Storage is extremely reliable — it's never failed.""The mobile app is very helpful.""It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use.""One of the features that my customers are really interested in is immutable snapshots. There are immutable snapshots to which your applications can be reverted back if you are hit by some kind of ransomware threat or malicious attack. That's kind of a key deal, and it is one of the selling points I use to point out to my customers the value and the features that Pure Storage brings to the table.""Technical support is good.""The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""I use all the features of this solution and I find them to be easy to use and functional, such as the compression and capacity to expand.""We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray."

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"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.""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."

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"The lack of reporting would be the main issue.""It would be helpful if the solution offered higher performance, at least on the back end.""There's always room for improvement in the operating code.""This product should be a lot more user-friendly.""It's not very efficient anymore. There are better products out there.""While the scalability is good, there are certain limitations.""In some customer cases, customers experienced more performance or latency.""Dell could improve the upgrading process."

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"A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad.""Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable.""On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial.""It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""I think replication is one area that still needs improvement. Earlier, Pure Storage FlashArray only had IP-based replication. There was no API-based replication, but they have enhanced the feature now. However, they need to work on API replication for C-type of arrays.""The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.""I like what they're doing, but some of my customers complain that they do not have all the bells and whistles and knobs to fine-tune workloads that some of the competitors have. In my opinion, that's good. All customers don't have dedicated storage gurus, and they can get themselves into trouble if they fine-tune too many of those high-performance knobs, but they do get knocked down. Pure Storage takes a hit in the minds and opinions of some of the customers because they cannot customize things as much as compared to a legacy storage provider's appliance such as NetApp, Dell EMC, or even HPE. I personally think 95% of my customers are better off letting the system fine-tune itself. That was something that you needed to do 12 or 15 years ago, but now with all-flash, the technology can handle what it needs to handle. Customers just end up shooting themselves in the foot if they are tweaking too many default settings.""FlashArray's capacity for forecasting should be improved because it needs to be a bit more current. I think it's bundled with the deduplication and other compression factors. We need more user interfaces for forecasting in this software and more interfaces need to be integrated with this array management tool."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing fees are very reasonable.""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."

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"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.""The pricing of Dell EMC Compellent is competitive.""Pricing depends on varying life cycles."

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"The pricing is reasonable.""The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more.""Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance.""Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once.""When we bought the unit, we bought per capacity. So, the licensing is per capacity, and the only thing that we have to buy every year or every three years is maintenance. Included in that maintenance is the upgrade of the controllers every three years at no cost to us.""We consume it as a service, and that's actually something we really like, or at least I really like from the technical perspective. That's because it means there is no hassle when we need to upgrade arrays to add capacity. We just interact directly with technical counterparts, and we say, "Hey, we're filling up," and they say, "All right, here's another data pack." They ship it in, and we install it. So, the as-a-service model has worked very well. Given the outstanding data reduction rates, it has improved our profitability because we're selling allocated volumes as part of the cloud service or recovering those costs from our tenants. It is very efficient, but that has offset the premium price. It started out that way, but over time, as we've added capacity, the price per gig has gone down a lot because we have a lot of it.""My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing."

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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: Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure… more »
Top Answer: The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.
Top Answer: The pricing is rather costly when compared to similar solutions. There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid… more »
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Pavilion HFA
SC Series Storage, Compellent
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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.

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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TGen, Frost Science, Gerrie Electric
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company22%
Manufacturing Company17%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
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Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government8%
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Manufacturing Company7%
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Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business15%
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Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC SC Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC SC Series is ranked 11th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 20 reviews. Dell EMC SC Series is rated 7.6, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC SC Series writes "Automated architecture that proactively optimizes your database ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". Dell EMC SC Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and IBM FlashSystem. See our Dell EMC SC Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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