Dell EMC Unity Review

It is lightning fast, low on power and heat, and has a small footprint with great performance


What is our primary use case?

We use it for our converged infrastructure in our VxBlock.

We put all our applications on it since it is our back-end storage. We have just one storage area that we dump everything on and scrape for all of our mixed workload use.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a streamlined single giant storage area. It is all fast, so we can throw all of our mixed workloads at it. It just simplifies the deployment of things because we don't have to sit there and think about where we want to put stuff or what needs what.

What is most valuable?

Speed and flexibility are the most valuable features.

It has great mixed work load use, which is nice because we keep growing things for our VxBlock. 

It's great on power consumption, as there is no spinning disk. 

It's super-fast, and you can't go wrong with that. It's helped us across the board to standardize on something very simple.

We use all the data service features and click all the options.

What needs improvement?

As the solution continues to grow and gain more traction, things will come up that will just continue to deepen the integration between VMware, vCenter, and all those other components. Anything in the divisibility there and additional tools is always great.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is super stable. I haven't had any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great. We haven't hit any issues with scaling at this point.

How are customer service and technical support?

Thankfully, we haven't had to deal with technical support yet.

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

We were standing up a new data center, so it was easier to standardized on one storage subsystem. We had been using VNXe and XtremIO with a mix of other Dell EMC products. It was just nice for this mixed workload use to have a single solution in Unity.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was super straightforward. I pointed it where I wanted it to go, and they put it there.

What about the implementation team?

We used VCE for the deployment, and they were great.

What was our ROI?

It is a brand new data center, so we haven't quite seen the ROI yet. Just from an overall power and heating usage, it costs substantially less than some of our existing solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only had EMC on our shortlist.

What other advice do I have?

It is lightning fast, low on power and heat, and has a small footprint with great performance.

If you don't know your mixed use case, or what you're going to do with it, it's a nice mixed use storage subsystem. It easily integrates with great visibility. It is very easy to maintain and operate. It is just a nice platform, especially if you're setting yourself in a new direction and you don't quite know what you're doing.

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