Dell EMC Unity XT Review

I appreciate the performance with flash drives, SAS connections, and the fibre channel.

How has it helped my organization?

We saved money by moving off old storage and we gained extra capacity and speed.

What is most valuable?

  • I appreciate the great performance with flash drives, 12Gb SAS connections, and the 16Gb fibre channel.
  • I like the easy management with the new Unisphere management and the HTML5 interface.
  • All this comes with a smaller footprint, with the main unit taking 2U instead of 8U.

What needs improvement?

The storage processors have less port expansion than previous high-end VNX arrays. Data compression is only available in all-flash pools.

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?

Technical support was good. I can create a case online or have a chat with an EMC support engineer.

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

We used to deploy EMC VNX. But we needed more speed and capacity.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. Disk Array Enclosure (DAE) cabling is different than VNX. Otherwise, it is easy.

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

Licensing is easy since all the software is included.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Nimble, NetApp, and Compellent.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend that you purchase five years of maintenance up front. EMC tends to increase maintenance significantly in years four and five.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: EMC Partner
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