Dell EMC Unity XT Review

Remote locations on a converged platform avoids the need for multiple storage systems

What is our primary use case?

We use it for both file and block in a converged system, supporting a VMware environment and virtualization. VMware is the primary use case.

How has it helped my organization?

We have deployed it at remote locations; in a converged platform it really helps. We don't have to have two different storage system which helps to minimize the footprint.

It is a platform that we have standardized on for remote sites which enables us to have engineers and admins who are trained on and knowledgeable about the platform across the board. That enables them to support those sites, which is super-beneficial for us because we can do more with less.

The ability to mix and match SSDs with flash, and spinning disk in there as well, really allows us to meet our performance requirements.

What is most valuable?

Overall, the most valuable thing for our use case is the flexibility to have multiple-protocol support.

What needs improvement?

We'd like to see a cheaper version of an all-flash array in that footprint.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable. We haven't had any major issues with downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales very well. It's built into the model line which allows you to scale as necessary. You can choose the model you need to scale with your needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

Dell EMC's tech support is awesome. We've used both onsite help and remote phone support and I have nothing but great things to say about them.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was really straightforward. We have a long history of using the Dell EMC product line so we are very familiar with the platforms and how they work. This was just the next evolution.

What other advice do I have?

I give the solution an eight out of ten because it meets our use case very well. But it's an eight because nothing is perfect. There is always room for improvement, whether that be in the UI or something else.

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