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Score 9.5 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Enterprise Flash Array Storage

    8.3

    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

    83%

    HPE MSA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued) ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Flash Array Performance

    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Flash Array Integration

    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Compression

    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Non-Intrusive Upgrades

    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Simplicity

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Power Savings

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued) and HPE MSA are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

    90%
    6 Ratings
    9.0

    HPE MSA

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    HPE MSA

    100%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    5.0

    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

    50%
    2 Ratings

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Dell Technologies

    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.
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    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    The HPE MSA is best suited for basic SAN requirements. Having dual controllers provides redundancy and allows for firmware upgrades without incurring downtime to the environment. It provides enough IOPS for most workloads be it VMWare or servers requiring storage. For applications such as MS SQL or Exchange, other SAN solutions would be better. Plus the lack of storage snapshot capabilities is also a detriment to the product line. Lack of any reporting capability is also an issue especially when determining workload capabilities.
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    Pros

    Dell Technologies

    • 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.
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    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    • Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository
    • Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive
    • All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.
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    Cons

    Dell Technologies

    • 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.
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    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    • Firmware upgrades. We have had major issues on two occasions, causing extended downtime. HP was quick to help and resolve, but I am not sure why our simple implementation caused an issue that should have been picked up by testing prior to release. Once was bad, twice painful. The end result is that we purchased a unit solely to test firmware upgrades on, not really great for us!
    • Support life span. Units go end of life support after around 4 years, a little too short for us.
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    Pricing Details

    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      HPE MSA

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      HPE MSA editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Dell Technologies

        No answers on this topic

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        It is a functioning Replication system for us and checks all the boxes that the auditors are looking for. Further, it is inexpensive and the storage we purchased was cheap. HP has a good reputation in the industry that plays into the decision also.
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        Support Rating

        Dell Technologies

        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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        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Alternatives Considered

        Dell Technologies

        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.
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        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        The dual controller configuration of the HPE MSA trumps the Synology DiskStation's single controller configuration. For that alone, I would select the HPE MSA. Without that setup, any controller issue or firmware upgrade is disruptive to the systems the SAN is providing storage to. Furthermore, HPE's support is better than what Synology currently provides. The lack of phone support on Synology's part slows down the troubleshooting of issues compared to HPE. Furthermore, HPE's engineers are able to do a remote session and can work on the problems directly compared to Synology's support.
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        Return on Investment

        Dell Technologies

        • 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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        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        • Increased up time. Better user experience.
        • Good value for money. ROI high.
        • Peace of mind. Just knowing that you rely on the solution to meet storage performance needs is great.
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