Dell EMC Unity XT Review

It's easy to provision, and It's stable

What is our primary use case?

It's our primary storage. It is just for VMWare with a lot of Fail Over clusters.

For our mission critical applications, we run SQL, Oracle, Fail Over server clusters, VMWare, and databases. We use it for our primary VMWare environments, with a VPLEX, just for failover and performance. We use it for Windows Plus! because you need shared storage. In addition, we use it for healthcare systems.

We only use it for block storage. We don't use any other features. We have a VPLEX for applications.

How has it helped my organization?

Unity is supporting the organization, but it's not improving it. It's just hosting the applications.

What is most valuable?

Simplicity: It is ease to use. It performs. It's easy to provision, and It's stable.

What needs improvement?

I would like better monitoring capabilities: more historical data with more insight into the performance for the database. We now use a separate tool for it. Therefore, it would be nice if we could have that straight from the tool.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been a Dell EMC for a long time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. We are very happy with the Unity.

It does what it says it does. It performs, so you never have performance problems with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales, but then you have to buy additional stuff. So, if we need it, we can scale it. That is not the issue. However, we don't need it to scale further, because when I scaled it down, there are multiple platforms that we will move off the Unity to a hyper-converged or Isilon solution. Scalability isn't that important.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

It's quite straightforward. It's deciding some IP addresses and building a storage pool, then you're off.

What about the implementation team?

We always buy it with implementation services. However, we did the implementation ourselves.

What was our ROI?

With the large Unity that we bought, it has saved us about one and a half rack space. That's our return on investment on our flash array. We also need less Fibre Channel connectivity.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had VPLEX, and it's a good merge with Unity. So, we didn't look very much further.

We also looked at HPE and Hitachi. We went with Dell EMC since we are a Dell EMC house.

What other advice do I have?

It does what it needs to do that is the reason why we bought it.

We are not interested in the cloud option.

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