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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 7.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC SC Series

Dell Compellent has a decent portfolio of products for varying sizes of business. Their licensing model is suited for those not wanting total a la carte fare, and administration is intuitive as compared to other storage arrays. This combined with Co-Pilot support gives Dell a good presence in a vast number of scenarios where networked storage is required over a DAS solution. It's only fallback is its own NAS solution, which itself may be better suited to smaller environments
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerVault

For small to medium sided environments, it's great, or for low demand but being able to hit higher IOPS on demand.It's still entry-level compared to EqualLogic hardware but a great contender in the field.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC SC Series
8.1
Dell PowerVault
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC SC Series
8.3
Dell PowerVault
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC SC Series
8.9
Dell PowerVault
Data Compression
Dell EMC SC Series
7.6
Dell PowerVault
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC SC Series
9.0
Dell PowerVault
Simplicity
Dell EMC SC Series
6.6
Dell PowerVault
Power Savings
Dell EMC SC Series
8.3
Dell PowerVault

Pros

Dell EMC SC Series

  • Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent) does work well most of the time, but when there are massive i/o issues such as snapshot consolidation, it seems to function poorly.
  • Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent) is an easy to use array. Simple to configure volumes, add servers, and adjust policies.
  • The updates seem to be easily resolvable, with very little to no issues coming from any problematic update paths.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerVault

  • Tape Solution
  • Small Business Solution
  • Good for direct attached storage purposes like video security.
Joe Wilker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC SC Series

  • Reliability. We had several times where VMFS luns would become corrupted and we'd have to move all VM's off to other storage
  • Performance. 1g iSCSI performance was abysmal (although the unit we used was an older device)
  • Management and Monitoring. Both management and monitoring are pretty primitive. We were never able to integrate monitoring into Nagios.
Jeff Stockamp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerVault

  • Maintenance is tough. Dell recommends bringing the unit down for any kind of maintenance of upgrades.
  • Internal IOPS monitoring could be greatly improved.
  • Arrays are locked down to Dell licensed disks.
Ezra Owen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Dell EMC SC Series

Dell EMC SC Series 5.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Dell PowerVault

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC SC Series

We initially used EqualLogic, however we found the Compellent to scale better, do more, and cost nearly the same. Their approach to storage technology was very innovative and seemed to be the most comprehensive. We needed a SAN that was enterprise class in technology, but at the price of something smaller
Justin Stumpf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Dell PowerVault

couple vendors but nothing to write home about....
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Dell PowerVault

  • If you need a lot of disks attached to a system, PowerVault is the way to go.
  • The cost of the unit is reasonable, and you can extend the life of the unit pretty far.
Joe Wilker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC SC Series

General

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

Dell PowerVault

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC SC Series
8.9
Dell PowerVault
7.4

Support Rating

Dell EMC SC Series
5.0
Dell PowerVault

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