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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 8.1 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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

When used as a backup target PowerProtect DD models offer incredible density and can efficiently replicate to another cloud-based or offsite unit. Most complaints about these have been addressed in software over the years and they are now a intuitive and easily managed backup system. You are not buying a Swiss army knife, you are getting a machine designed for a purpose, use it for that and you will not be disappointed. While they have the ability to serve as a CIFS server, they are not a filer and lack many of the features inherent to filers and are a poor substitute.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC SC Series
8.1
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC SC Series
8.4
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC SC Series
8.9
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
Data Compression
Dell EMC SC Series
7.5
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC SC Series
9.0
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
Simplicity
Dell EMC SC Series
6.5
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
Power Savings
Dell EMC SC Series
8.4
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

Data Center Backup

Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.7
Universal recovery
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.2
Live recovery
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
6.8
Recovery verification
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.2
Business application protection
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.0
Multiple backup destinations
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.9
Incremental backup identification
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.6
Backup to the cloud
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.4
Deduplication and file compression
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.8
Snapshots
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.8
Flexible deployment
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
7.6
Management dashboard
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.6
Platform support
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.3
Retention options
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.3
Encryption
Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
9.7

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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

  • It writes backups quickly. DDBoost add-on is very useful as well for improving backup speeds.
  • DD is very efficient in its use of capacity. It dedupes and compresses very well.
  • It spans to large capacity amounts.
Anonymous | 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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

  • It can be expensive to implement, especially when used in conjunction with other applications/hardware such as Avamar.
  • The TCO can be high, especially when it needs its storage expanded.
  • Recovery speeds can be slow (compared to other solutions) for when recovery is time sensitive.
Sam Majam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
DD has performed flawlessly for almost 10 years as our backup/recovery storage with offsite replication. Given its track record and great support from EMC, we're unlikely to look elsewhere any time soon.
Anonymous | 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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain) 5.6
Based on 2 answers
Customer support has had some ups and downs here. We've had several issues with EMC support before and during the acquisition by Dell, but in the last 18 months support has been top notch. Quick and knowledgeable help is but a chat away, or they will call you back so you don't have to wait on hold. The team supporting us is responsive and is quick to assist with any request or issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

We selected Data Domain due to its integration with our backup software. The Data Domain works well for what we need it to do.
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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

  • We were able to immediately discontinue our remote tape storage and TBU maintenance.
  • Reduced backup footprint in the data center.
  • It is costly to expand so buy it with a purpose.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC SC Series

General

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

PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)

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
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC SC Series
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
10.0

Support Rating

Dell EMC SC Series
5.0
PowerProtect DD (formerly Dell EMC Data Domain)
5.6

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