What is our primary use case?
Right now, Unity is a backup target.
The IT challenge we resolved with this solution was having a backup target. With Unity we've got DDVE, or Data Domain Virtual Edition loaded. It was an array that was not being used for anything in particular and we had a need for the data domain capacity, so we're using it as a backup target under DDVE.
How has it helped my organization?
The Unity platform is really easy to use. When it comes to provisioning and management, it has reduced complexity and improved productivity. The ease of the UI means it's not a very complicated system to manage.
What is most valuable?
For me, the most valuable feature is the ease of management. It's a fairly easy system to manage compared to PowerMax or VMAX.
In other use cases for which we used that particular Unity box, before it landed up being what it is now, the data service feature we used most was snapshots. Snapshots made it easy to roll back to a point in time.
What needs improvement?
We plan to buy Unity again in the next 12 months and we'll have to see what the next generation of Unity brings to us. But so far, there are no additional features needed.
There's always room for improvement with the UI. That can be a little cumbersome at times.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The scalability is also good.
How are customer service and technical support?
We haven't had to call technical support. It has been a pretty solid product.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was straightforward. It's an easy piece of equipment to manage.
What about the implementation team?
We are enterprise-level and buy directly from Dell EMC.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Our shortlist had IBM XIV Gen2. We landed on Unity because we had familiarity with the product. Unity has its roots in VNX and we had a number of VNX arrays.
What other advice do I have?
Unity is solid and there is not anything to be afraid of in purchasing it. I would recommend it.
Ours is not a very complicated use case and the performance has been adequate for what we've tasked it to do.
I give the Unity a ten out of ten for two reasons: