Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

Score 9.2 out of 10
Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)

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What is Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)?

Since it's acquisition in 2011 Compellent became a Dell product line of storage solutions (e.g. Dell Compellent Storage Center). Compellent products became part of the Dell EMC SC Series of enterprise flash and SAN storage devices and are now EOL.
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What is Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued)?

Since it's acquisition in 2011 Compellent became a Dell product line of storage solutions (e.g. Dell Compellent Storage Center). Compellent products became part of the Dell EMC SC Series of enterprise flash and SAN storage devices and are now EOL and replaced by the PowerStore array.

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Since it's acquisition in 2011 Compellent became a Dell product line of storage solutions (e.g. Dell Compellent Storage Center). Compellent products became part of the Dell EMC SC Series of enterprise flash and SAN storage devices and are now EOL.

Reviewers rate Simplicity and Power Savings highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of Dell SC Series / Compellent (discontinued) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We primarily use Dell ENC SC Series (Compellent) for our mixed media usage for virtual servers and physical servers, as well. This is being used across the organization, and it primarily addresses issues applications that need flash storage as a backend storage supply. It addresses the needs for fast, responsive servers that need to be able to boot quickly and has high I/O responsiveness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
This type of array works excellent in small environments that don't have high I/O usage servers. Once the servers start to become more and more high intensity I/O, you can begin to tell that this array cannot handle the spikes. This mainly can cause issues when doing snapshot-based backups, and the I/O is high when the consolidation occurs. We have seen this happen a good amount with the SC9000 but not the Vmax array.
Enterprise Flash Array Storage (6)
76.66666666666667%
7.7
Flash Array Performance
70%
7.0
Flash Array Integration
80%
8.0
Data Compression
80%
8.0
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
90%
9.0
Simplicity
70%
7.0
Power Savings
70%
7.0
  • This storage array is a middle-range array that brings speed with peace of mind due to the stability.
  • The uptime has helped us with making sure the hosts and servers that connect to this array have as much uptime as possible.
  • The negative still has to be that these arrays can't seem to handle quick/high I/O usage.
I have to say that the Pure Storage FlashArray is way simpler to configure, monitor, and update. There are various features that the Pure Storage FlashArray offers, such as viewing your virtual infrastructure to see if the issues lie with your storage or VM's that Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent) does not have. The update path is even more straightforward with Pure Storage FlashArray as well and is entirely handled by their support team. I would recommend the Pure Storage FlashArray over the Dell ENC SC Series (Compellent) array.
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.
Brooks Weisblat | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use our flash based SC9000 in our main datacenter to serve all of the museum's data storage needs.
  • The speed of the all flash based SC9000 allows us to host all of our servers on one central storage array.
  • Reliability of the SC9000 has been key with 100% uptime over the 2 years we have been using it.
  • The SC9000 has been very easy to maintain and support.
  • Expensive to support after the initial warranty expires.
The SC9000 is able to store off the mMuseum's server data while being fully redundant and supported 24x7 by Dell.
Enterprise Flash Array Storage (6)
86.66666666666666%
8.7
Flash Array Performance
100%
10.0
Flash Array Integration
100%
10.0
Data Compression
70%
7.0
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
90%
9.0
Simplicity
60%
6.0
Power Savings
100%
10.0
  • The SC9000 has been able to serve our current and futures needs well enough to not need to upgrade anytime soon.
Jeff Stockamp | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We used Compellent for vmware storage for clusters used by our development group. It was used by 100+ developers.
  • Very competitively priced
  • No need to manage individual RAID groups
  • Honestly I can only come up with 2 good things.
  • 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.
Most appropriate where cost is primary driver. Least appropriate when performance and reliability are critical.
  • Because cost was minimal it was able to achieve ROI.
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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