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Feature Set Ratings

    Enterprise Flash Array Storage

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Dell EMC SC Series

    83%
    Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent) ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Flash Array Performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Flash Array Integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Data Compression

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Non-Intrusive Upgrades

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Simplicity

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    3 Ratings

    Power Savings

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    3 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco HyperFlex is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.8

    Cisco HyperFlex

    88%
    17 Ratings
    9.0

    Dell EMC SC Series

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    100%
    1 Rating

    Dell EMC SC Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    90%
    1 Rating

    Dell EMC SC Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.7

    Cisco HyperFlex

    87%
    19 Ratings
    5.0

    Dell EMC SC Series

    50%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Cisco HyperFlex

    100%
    1 Rating

    Dell EMC SC Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Hyperflex is best for customers who already have Cisco UCS because of its integration with UCS fabric interconnects. You can add UCS blades to your Hyperflex cluster to increase compute capacity without increasing storage--which is great depending on your needs--but it's still limited to UCS. Installations without fabric interconnects have been limited in scope and most importantly expandability. I like that it doesn't require data locality. While I've used Nutanix extensively and SimpliVity to a less extent, I'm not as sold on their use of it. On the one hand your reads are faster if they're all from the node currently running a VM, but it also means your data has to move around if you vmotion your VMs. I do feel that Cisco has been playing catchup for a few years now with Nutanix, but Hyperflex has become a decent product that I would recommend to my customers where it's a good fit. However, I recommend being careful to make sure that it has all the features you need.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    All in all this series great in addressing issues applications that need flash storage as a backend storage supply. It addresses the need for fast, responsive servers that need to boot quickly. It is easy to use and for the most part there are few issues and none that can't be addressed/fixed quickly.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco HyperFlex

    • UCS manager in HX is truly helping us in doing one touch firmware upgrades. Scaling of HX cluster (in few minutes) is too seamlessly due to service profiles.
    • HX does not hold you back by creating a single data store unlike other HCI products. With HX, you can create multiple data stores and allocate those to desired services. This help logically separate the install base on HX and removes confusion for the admins too.
    • We run high IOPs workload on HX, and we never felt latency issues due to the Cisco backbone (as you get FI as a TOR switch and options to choose 10G or 40G speeds).
    • With HX you truly enjoy a single window support from Cisco including for the top of the rack switch (FI in HX case). In other HCI infra, you certainly have to bank on to network switch vendor for support and bring HCI and switch vendor at one pane for troubleshooting latency related issues.
    • While we increased our footprint on HX, we didn't added additional administrators to support the landscape. This was possible because of the simplicity in managing HX clusters.
    • With HX we had setup stretched cluster between two near site data centres. This is a unique proposition in HX (we have 2 nodes in each data centre) and data centre failover works absolutely seamless.
    Suresh Patare | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    • Dell Compellent support (Co-Pilot) and the add-on service (Optimize) are critical services that Dell Compellent does very well. Alerts from the array are sent to Co-Pilot where tickets are automatically generated and customers are notified of events. Of greater importance at times is the proactive support Co-Pilot and Optimize provide by contacting us of inefficiencies in the array and consulting on resolutions.
    • Enterprise Manager (Dell's "single pane of glass" management framework) is a useful tool for configuration/evaluation of the array and other Compellent products.
    • Ease of management. From firmware upgrades to managing server volumes the process is much simpler than with other arrays.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco HyperFlex

    • replication - as we need to use the same amount to storage to backup
    • Cisco should come up with a strong hypervisor equal to vmware ESXi
    • should come up with the repository of OS images and download automatically when a new OS version is released
    • hybrid connectivity - missing
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    • The GUI could be a little more updated with a lot more information regarding usage.
    • There could be some assistance with high I/O times where snapshots go to consolidate. There seems to be issues when that attempts to occur, and there will times where the virtual machine stuns due to the I/O intensity.
    • Modification of multiple volumes or the creation of multiple volumes is a pain in the DSM management console.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco HyperFlex

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Dell EMC SC Series

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We are doing it in the current moment. The platform expansion will be twofold.
    Alexandr Chsherbov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Everything is fine if you work as a user of the system. Difficulties in fine tuning the system.
    Alexandr Chsherbov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 8.7
    Based on 19 answers
    Nowadays being agile and efficient is most really important. Hyperflex has the ability to be agile and efficient. Cisco HyperFlex functions based on UCS technology, it includes built-in networking and integrated management with pre-configured software. Cisco HyperFlex has everything in one place as a data center, so there is no need to focus on extra things.
    Nishanth Anbalagan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    Dell EMC SC Series 5.0
    Based on 2 answers
    This is not solely based on the support engineers themselves but more so that the logging and gotcha's that their array has. There have been multiple times where logs are pulled, but the folder is not large enough, and it crashes the array. Other times there are certain aspects that support either does not know of or isn't knowledgable about how to look at particular issues that could be causing problems.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco HyperFlex

    Cisco HyperFlex 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Fast, powerful, flexible.
    Alexandr Chsherbov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco HyperFlex

    HyperFlex is built on top of Cisco UCS infrastructure, which allows us to manage other non-HX servers attached to the same UCS environment. This allows us to tie everything together via Intersight and see all of the servers in our data centers. Other platforms don't really have a comparable offering.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    We selected Compellent solely based on price. Honestly I would rate it only slightly better than a QNAP we used (which was even cheaper). If performance and reliability are factors in your decision (and they should be) I would recommend looking at something like a VNXe.
    Jeff Stockamp | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cisco HyperFlex

    • The simplified management makes it easier to operate and prevents mistakes.
    • Guided installation using the installer VM means you don't have to configure every component by hand. Improves deployment speed and lowers the risk of configuration issues.
    • Performance increase of 40-90% compared to our previous compute/storage cluster.
    Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Dell EMC SC Series

    • The SC9000 has been able to serve our current and futures needs well enough to not need to upgrade anytime soon.
    Brooks Weisblat | TrustRadius Reviewer

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