All-Flash Storage Arrays Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Infrastr9a1a says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Infrastructure Manager
* Expandability for capacity management is pretty important. * It has compression, which allows you to store more data than you would normally under the arrays. * The ease of use in central management by Unisphere Central. * Cost-effectiveness, when compared to other products. View full review »
Chris Childerhose says in a Nimble Storage review
Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
The most valuable features are - 1. Ease of setup 2. Ease of Management with Web UI 3. InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed Infosight has been very valuable with determining upgrade requirements, bottlenecks, etc. The latest update to the site now allows Per-VM monitoring within the Virtual Infrastructure now too. View full review »
Flavio Araujo says in a Dell EMC Unity review
User
Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware. View full review »
Mark Glasson says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer and Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* FAST Cache: The ability for hot blocks to almost instantaneously be served from Flash. * FAST VP: Enables us to better utilise the Flash resources that we have. * ESRS/CloudIQ: Having the array communicating back to Dell EMC enables me to get faster responses to issues which may arise, like a failed disk. View full review »
Juan Montoya says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Platform Administrator
* Auto-tiering * FAST Cache Automatically, the cool data downgrades to slower disks and no human needs to intervene. The FAST Cache helps to have a large quantity of data in memory and speed up the presentation of new storage. View full review »
ITServerfb94 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Storage * Easy to manage and configure. * I can easily setup and configure the LUN and host without support. View full review »
Daniel Calleja says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
* The performance * Ease of use View full review »
Abilio Tsunoushi says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Head of IT, South & Central America at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
* Small device * Using few U's on rack * Small consumption of energy * Fast access on data View full review »
ITManage593a says in a Dell EMC Unity review
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
The ease of use. Being able to configure it was easy, which I liked. It is easy to manage. Managing it, I get alerts if there are any type of issues. I had a hard drive go bad, which had never caused any issues. Dell EMC contacted me, and said, "We are a shipping a new one out." My response was, "Why?" He told me that hard drive was bad. So, I went and looked, and it was. This was almost immediate. I never even knew anything had happened. As frequently as updates come in, it has far more updates than anything else, Dell does it for you, which makes it simple to do them. I just sit back and watch them do it, so it's nice. It keeps us up-to-date and secure. View full review »
Larry Lawler says in a Reduxio review
CTO at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
We were also pleased to learn that Reduxio also has, beside dedup and compression that actually works, the "time machine" built in, which allows you to go back a few seconds or a few minutes before a ransomware attack gets you. For us, in the software business - I can see where some companies, their main concern is how many IOs per second it can do - but for us, it's recovering from ransomware. That's our number one characteristic that we look for. Then, the second one would be IOs per second. Everybody else does Snapshots, and that's just not workable, because if you're doing a Snapshot every minute and a half you run out of storage so fast, and you need four times the storage capacity to be able to take those Snapshots to recover from ransomware. The most important feature to me is being able to recover from ransomware. Because of the "time machine" that's built into the product, you can go back to five seconds before the ransomware hits your company's data, and prevent the ransomware from ever happening, and in today's business climate where there are so many ransomware attacks going on, that's me the most important thing. And one other feature that I think is unique to Reduxio that you should probably know about is, most storage arrays when you buy them, they call it a "forklift upgrade," where a forklift comes in there and pulls out the old storage, and brings in a new storage. But with Reduxio, it can use all your old storage arrays, whether they're NetApp, or IBM, or EMC, or HPE, as targets for doing backups. In our situation, once we had all of our guests off of NetApp, we then used the NetApp storage array as our backup target. We would write backup copies of the guests to NetApp and also to the cloud. So we'd have a local copy for recovery purposes, and a cloud copy for disaster recovery if the whole datacenter disappeared. Reduxio does that for you. It can write a backup copy to any storage array and, at the same time, write another copy to just about any cloud provider. View full review »
Steve M says in a Reduxio review
IT Manager at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Backdating: This is Reduxio’s local every second backup technology. It is always-on and monitored 24/7, so it frees up a lot of time that I used to spend babysitting traditional backups. Value: For less money than my previous solution, I receive way more performance and backup features that far surpass anything on the market. Simplicity: The other options I looked at required a lot of upfront choices that could paint me into a corner, particularly the hyper-converged choices. I love that I have never had to open the Reduxio manual. All of the RAID, SSD tiering, QoS, local backup, and remote backup features do not require tons of knobs or complex management. The system just works, so I can focus on more important parts of my business while knowing that in the event of a deletion, corruption, or ransomware, I am never going to lose more than one second of changes. View full review »
Richard Onanian says in a Reduxio review
Network Administrator at a university with 51-200 employees
Of course, the big feature, backdating of datastores right down to the second without any need for proactively taking snapshots, is incredibly valuable - and it works as advertised. If there is an emergency or just if you're experimenting, it only takes a scant few quick clicks to roll a datastore back to a specific time of your choosing, either branching that moment off into a new deduplicated datastore or just rolling the existing datastore back. I would have to say, though, that the most valuable feature of this system is the company that sells it. Every time I have learned about the latest and greatest storage system, then bought it, no matter how hard I tried to make sure that the features were delivered, I always ended up with a small subset of the promised features. Sometimes, they turn out to be a prohibitively expensive add-on license, sometimes they end up not working as promised, or sometimes they end up incompatible with our systems despite having verified compatibility beforehand. Reduxio delivers a self-contained system with all of the features rolled in and functional! It just plain works: * Deduplication * Backdating * Automated tiering of data for hybrid flash/spinning storage * System monitoring All of it is in the one price that we paid. All of it was delivered. All of it works. Not only does Reduxio deliver on their feature promises, but they also provided far more help with initial installation/configuration/optimization than I ever expected. I can't remember if I have ever been so impressed with a product or with a company. View full review »
Alex Lovett says in a HPE 3PAR Flash Storage review
IT Operations Manager
* The Remote Copy Group is amazing for the replication stuff. * We also use dynamic optimization to go between tiers. * The reporting, as well. We can quickly see performance per CPG and per LUN. You can drill right down to see actual performance to the virtual volumes themselves. That's really good. View full review »
SeniorSyd8e9 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* The ease of management and “user-friendly” management environment (GUI). * Simplicity for deploying and controlling storage elements. * Ability to redefine storage policies and improve performance (adding dynamic cache and “Auto-tiering”). * Hardware simplification (e.g., not requiring NAS dedicated hardware). * The true “Unification” (to have a fully-flexible solution combining multiple technologies and protocols in 2U of rack space). View full review »
Andrea Spaziani says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Chief Information, Facility, Purchasing and Services Manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.
The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression. We liked the non-disruptive downgrade from FA-420 (POC) to FA-405 in production and the non-disruptive upgrade from FA-405 to M20. View full review »
NetAdmin95898 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
It's all-flash. The solution is so easy to manage that I forget it is there. Their support is now a lot better, so that is good. They are very helpful when we called in and say, "This is the project that we want to do. Which box should we go about buying? They will send us the information and go through it with us." View full review »
Dave Homp says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Manager of Storage and Backup at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The replication is big for us. We use file services on Unity and it has a really nice file services interface. It's also easy to manage. It's really easy in terms of provisioning, replication. There are no real tricks to it. It's just easy. View full review »
SystemsE3b3e says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the interface. It is really usable, easy to manage. Looking at that ease of management, for LUN creation, I like the integration into VirtualCenter. I used to have to add LUNs manually, then scan them in and format them. It does that all for you, all in one, immediate deployment of LUNs. Also, for replication, we use RecoverPoint. It's a little clunky but, overall, the Unity part of that product works in a very simplistic manner. It's easy to manage. View full review »
StorageA7579 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to provision storage from the CLI, versus having to go in and use the GUI every time. I can just script it out and it will create what I need. That makes it super-easy to manage. Also, for us, it's a set-and-forget. Since we provisioned it out, we haven't had to mess with it. View full review »
SanAdmin9f5c says in a Dell EMC Unity review
SAN Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
* Being that we are heavily invested in VNX1s, the UI itself is fantastic, and the ease of administration is far better than Unisphere or Navisphere ever were. It's very easy to manage. * The fact that it has built-in APIs means our automation people can help us automate a lot of tasks, and that has been helpful. * And, of course, it's really fast. Obviously, that doesn't hurt anything at all. View full review »
StorageA452f says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The product is pretty easy to use. The GUI is nice, really easy to use, and the performance is good. View full review »
Ben Liebowitz says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Server and Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's easy to manage. We access it and manage it through Unisphere and have had no issues. We're able to provision storage, create consistency groups, create RDMs for our virtual machines. Creating it through Unisphere, it automatically adds the data store on the VMware side and rescans the LUNs. We just have to add and configure the storage in one place and it takes care of everything, which is very handy. View full review »
SrEngine0613 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Sr. Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
In addition to the price point, you factor in all the features, like replication, and that it works great. Like most newer SANs, the interface is very simplistic. I'm still used to the old-school SAN where you need a PhD to be able to configure it. I'll pick on NetApp as an example. To work on a NetApp, needing a certification isn't a recommendation, it's a requirement. You don't want someone who hasn't had all the required training working on NetApp. On a Unity, you can throw it in a remote office and tell whoever is there, "Hey, go click on these buttons." And you really don't have to worry about them clicking on the wrong thing. Or if I even need them to rack and install the Unity, it's a handful of cables here and there, where it's called out and easy to follow. There is just no complexity to it. A lot of SANs are easy to use these days. Unity was - if I recall correctly, especially on the VNX line, before they changed the name to Unity - one of the first to really lead in having that simplistic interface; the "why make this hard?" mindset. View full review »
Marc Mooney says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Ease of use would really be the best feature. We were easily able to get the correct performance details from it. And the configuration was great, it was relatively easy as well; that was brilliant. In terms of managing it, the performance metrics that it gives, generic stuff, it does everything that we need it to do. We didn't have to create any custom reporting. It all went well. View full review »
Jimmy Bortzfield says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Virtualization engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The quick integration with VMware. The ability to stand up a data store in one place, where you don't have to go and rescan for the data store through the vCenter Client, as well as SMB shares. This ended up being a big selling point for us. View full review »

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