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Pure Storage FlashArray

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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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashArray

When you need speed, it's FAST, especially for MS SQL databases. If you are having bottlenecks, you can spend your time finding it in the code because it's not Pure Storage. Love the data reduction and duplication. We can store so much more on this unit than the base physical size. Love the data snapshots. When you need to complete copy your entire environment for testing etc. Nothing is easier, a few clicks and you are done. Extremely helpful for testing and training.
Todd Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC SC Series
8.1
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC SC Series
8.4
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.4
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC SC Series
8.9
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.2
Data Compression
Dell EMC SC Series
7.5
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC SC Series
9.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.5
Simplicity
Dell EMC SC Series
6.5
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.4
Power Savings
Dell EMC SC Series
8.4
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.0

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

Pure Storage FlashArray

  • The Pure Array does data reduction particularly well. We've seen a 7x reduction on some of our volumes.
  • It is easy to get used to the system after coming from other storage arrays.
  • It has some welcome additions such as a smartphone app that makes it easier to view your cases, etc.
Muhammad Mulla | 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

Pure Storage FlashArray

  • Reporting is too general. Being a tech nerd, I want to be able to see the nitty-gritty details. I also need to be able to define canned sets of reports for problem application systems.
  • Pricing is a bit higher then some of their direct competitors .
  • Seriously, I have nothing else.
Don Howard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.9
Based on 22 answers
Up time, stability, ease of use, flexibility, and the support team. Pure continues to earn my business with all of these positives. These traits are reinforced with every interaction that occurs with the Pure team, whether it is sales or support. Pure continues to do what is can to make everyone successful
Wes Dunaway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.0
Based on 14 answers
Pure's are very easy to use and provide some of the best performance available
Max Tevs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
Based on 3 answers
5 years in production, with 0 outages.
Will Fife | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
Based on 3 answers
We get better than local SSD performance across many hosts at the same time. The only thing we have found is faster, and only by a little is local NVMe
Will Fife | 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

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.7
Based on 98 answers
Working with Pure's support team is 180 degrees different than working with any other storage vendor we've ever dealt with. Their technology and their product design makes their job a lot easier, because of its straightforwardness and reliability. Their centralized phone-home/management/analytics support platform also means that they will always know everything about your array that they need to, in real time. You don't need to run tests or gather data or run some kind of utility that you then send the results of to the support team. They already know. This allows them, sometimes, to even be proactive, making you aware of some emerging issue, and then fixing it, before you would otherwise have even started to notice it.
James Kelly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.7
Based on 6 answers
The Pure side of the implementation went well, it was cleaning up bad decision made earlier that were the problems.
Trey Pautsch | 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

Pure Storage FlashArray

We baked off Pure Storage FlashArray against NetApp and Nimble and Pure blew both of those products out of the water. Pure's all-flash approach guaranteed that none of our critical data would ever be on spinning disk - so that was a very important topic for use. Pure was also one of the first storage vendors to provide encryption across the whole array as well, and that was a big selling point for us.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Dell EMC SC Series

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
Based on 3 answers
All the features are there and we didn't have to purchase an extra license for anything. All pretty straight forward to confugure.
Trey Pautsch | 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

Pure Storage FlashArray

  • Out business projects have accelerated like never before. We have great confidence that the storage system is modular (thereby not making us spend huge amounts of money for each expansion) and that our investment is protected well in the long run due to the very long support life of the products while keeping the maintenance cost filed/flat.
  • Our virtualization environment is now running so much smoother and we reduced almost 20% of compute capacity/resource utilization right after we moved datastores to Pure FlashArray.
  • We moved from 2 hybrid storage systems of half a rack each to 3U with half capacity filled, reduced latency 10-15 times (depending on which application and which storage system the application moved from), reduced purchase costs and maintenance costs by at least 25% compared to alternatives evaluated.
  • As a negative impact, the IT infrastructure team is now dealing with more business projects and is much busier delivering those projects instead of troubleshooting performance issues or attending constant meetings explaining why we can't take on a project or calculating how much investment is needed for infrastructure for a new project.
Krishna Prasad Reddy Kunkala | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC SC Series

General

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

Pure Storage FlashArray

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
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.9

Usability

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Performance

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Support Rating

Dell EMC SC Series
5.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.7

In-Person Training

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Online Training

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Implementation Rating

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.7

Scalability

Dell EMC SC Series
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

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