Dell EMC Unity Review

It sped up our environment and reduced our footprint


What is our primary use case?

This was for our SAN storage. Pretty much everything runs on this: databases, servers, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

We have resolved IT challenges with this solution. It sped up our environment. We went from spinning disk to all-flash, which reduced our footprint.

The software is very easy to use.

What is most valuable?

  • Space
  • Ease of use
  • Snapshots
  • Replication between sites
  • It is very seamless.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see the synchronous replication process included in the next release. Not having this downgraded our performance by 65 percent. This really needs to be improved.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is really good. I can open up a chat support session with them, then they can either resolve it or turn it into a ticket.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously had the VNX5700, which was seven years old. It was at end-of-life, and we had maxed out its capacity.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward for the most part. Because we can do synchronous replication between the two sites, this made the setup challenging for this piece. They did not know how to set this up initially. We ended up having to do bidirectional synchronous replication. 

What about the implementation team?

We used Data Blue (previously LPS), as our integrator, to do the installation for our deployment. They worked with our onsite Dell EMC representatives.

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

Our costs are roughly $200,000 a year.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We narrowed it down to Hitachi and Dell EMC. We put it out to bid and Dell EMC won.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, it is good product.

If you are doing asynchronous replication, this is a great solution. If you are looking for a synchronous replication solution, I would recommend PowerMax.

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