Dell EMC Unity XT Review

It is a workhorse and will run even demanding workloads

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is to replace stream I/O and other VNX traditional spinning disks with a less expensive all flash. However, it should have the same five nines availability.

How has it helped my organization?

It's easier to carve out months and present them to hosts as opposed to some of the older Dell EMC solutions.

The majority of our vSphere environment is running on Dell EMC Unity. Exchange is also running on it. Most of our environment is split-up. Only really mission critical applications are on stream I/O. Unity has ended up being our main storage platform.

What is most valuable?

It is all cost-based. It's as good as a VMAX All Flash with stream I/O. In terms of our use case, we're not thinking of deduplication. However, looking at it based on cost per gigabyte, it's certainly very effective.

What needs improvement?

Dell EMC Unity is not sexy. It doesn't have all the flash and pizzazz of some of the other storage vendors.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues with it. 

The performance is great. We have four or five different Unity arrays, and they have all run flawlessly.

How is customer service and technical support?

I haven't used technical support.

What about the implementation team?

Dell EMC did the entirety of the setup.

What was our ROI?

We have seen tremendous ROI.

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

Because of the attractive price, we were able to get rid of more expensive arrays, standardize, and get rid of a lot of spinning disks. We also got rid of more expensive flash that we weren't properly utilizing.

What other advice do I have?

I've had so many nightmares with so many other arrays, but I have no complaints with Dell EMC Unity at this time.

It is a workhorse and will run even demanding workloads.

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