Dell EMC Unity Review

We use it as block storage. We are hosting a video on demand service.

What is most valuable?

I really like the true unified storage box.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it as block storage. We are hosting Video on Demand Service and it is doing pretty well. Previously, VNX required separate hardware to support file based storage which is not required anymore.

What needs improvement?

To the best of my knowledge, migration from VNX to Unity without VPLEX/RecoverPoint is not available right now. If Dell/EMC will do this, then I would give them a rating of 10/10.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used it for seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I did not encounter any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I did not encounter any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 10/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to deploy VNX5200. We moved to a new box due to technology improvements.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. We present our all storage to EMC VPLEX and then VPLEX presents the storage to hosts.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is relatively good compared to other vendors with the same specifications.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have compared HPE 3PAR, Huawei OceanStor, and Lenovo Storage.

What other advice do I have?

For greater efficiency, use SSD, SAS, and NL-SAS with FAST.

Use at least 10-20% SSD of whole storage, 20-30% of SAS, and the rest with NL-SAS. This will give you good performance as well as provide you with a cost-effective solution.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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