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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
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NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS is a great platform to solve a large variety of different problems. It is ideal for large organizations that have a variety of different business scenarios and locations. This ability allows global support organizations to have standard tools and methods even in a variety of use cases and site sizes. On the flip side, this flexibility is also sometimes the weakness of the platform. In very specialized use cases/areas such as low latency with flash this can be a detriment. We still seem to use specialty arrays to solve these point requirements.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC SC Series
8.2
NetApp FAS series
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC SC Series
8.5
NetApp FAS series
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC SC Series
9.0
NetApp FAS series
Data Compression
Dell EMC SC Series
7.5
NetApp FAS series
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC SC Series
9.0
NetApp FAS series
Simplicity
Dell EMC SC Series
6.5
NetApp FAS series
Power Savings
Dell EMC SC Series
8.5
NetApp FAS series

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.
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NetApp FAS series

  • It was fairly easy to implement with guided assistance from NetApp.
  • We haven't had many drive failures.
  • The pricing was right.
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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.
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NetApp FAS series

  • The unit did go through a lot of hard drives early on. It took them a while to figure out it was a firmware issue. Once that was fixed, it got better.
  • Firmware should have a "live" update process.
  • The price point could be better.
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Usability

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
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NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It does have a really nice and easy to use web interface to do pretty much anything you need with it. It was very simple to configure our volumes and luns and connect them to our VMWare environment using the interface. It has options to rename, shrink, grow, and other things with our luns and volumes. It was nice and easy to read graphs to see where you stand on your storage usage at a glance.
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Support

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.
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NetApp FAS series

NetApp FAS series 2.0
Based on 1 answer
Among the worst support we've ever had. The reason I say this is we had one of our 2 controller boards die completely. They sent a technician out, which was obviously a 3rd-party contracted person, and he didn't know much about NetApp, but was able to swap the board out. He contacted support and handed the phone over to me, and the technician walked me through reassigning disks to the new controller, but he had me assigning the wrong disks, which caused our whole SAN to go down, and we lost connectivity to all our 220+ servers for many hours. It was a complete nightmare. Then this past October out of the blue we get an alert that the controllers have lost high availability. Basically, they aren't communicating with each other. Also, keep in mind these controllers aren't connected to each other via a cable, they are both contained in the same chassis, so it must be a bug. I've been working with support still since then, almost going on 1 year! They constantly miss our calls, ignore my emails/calls, etc. It's very frustrating to deal with.
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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
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NetApp FAS series

We once relied on EMC and and IBM for storage. Over the years we have transitioned to NetApp for all our storage needs. The main reason we have liked NetApp FAS is due to the many options and standardized management capabilities from one pane of glass. We don't have to buy 3-6 platform solutions to solve 3-5 different problem. We have been able to buy a single solution that is able to solve most if not all our problems. This is a significant operational advantage to our organization.
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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.
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NetApp FAS series

  • Positive impact for bridging information security gaps.
  • Overall business satisfaction improvements.
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Pricing Details

Dell EMC SC Series

General

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

NetApp FAS series

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
9.0
NetApp FAS series
7.0

Usability

Dell EMC SC Series
NetApp FAS series
8.0

Support

Dell EMC SC Series
5.0
NetApp FAS series
2.0

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