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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. SolidFire and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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Pros
"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up.""This product is perfect for small, and mid-range customers who need to pay less, but still, get enterprise-level capabilities.""Integration is easy with this product.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is its scalability.""If you buy the solution for its specific purpose it will work well.""The most valuable feature is the performance, as well as how you manage performance on the system.""The dashboard is such that you don't need to be a storage expert to administer it.""The system efficiency is excellent overall.""I would say in terms of architecture and in terms of functionality, the product is quite good.""SolidFire provides seamless performance across your storage system when you need to scale up. Other storage systems do not do that."

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Cons
"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved."

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"This solution would be improved with the addition of flexible raid volumes.""This product needs to have better integration with enterprise backup solutions and archiving devices.""Currently, the protocol SNMP is not implemented. That's a problem, as we follow this protocol and I can't check the integrity of this equipment.""Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved."

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"This solution would be improved if it were made to be more compatible with other products.""They could make the mNode more user-friendly. Now you need to configure and add nodes by CLI and it’s not really easy to manage. If they created a web interface to do the management of the mNode, that would be great!.""The technical support is really bad and has to be improved.""The inclusion of more protocols and interfaces would make it easier to integrate with other products.""The user interface needs to be improved. Much of the client feedback involves comments such as "Oh, it's hard to navigate through."""You don't have business continuity with SolidFire. I think it could be a nice feature to have in the future.""SolidFire should start from two nodes instead of the four nodes. That's the only thing. In a lot of solutions, we have to use four nodes, that's the better thing. But as a starting point, two is better. That's why their starting point is expensive."

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"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"The price of this solution is more expensive than others."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: I saw that you have doubts about what you chose. I have a lot of experience with the constructor, honestly I can… more »
Top Answer: They’re both great solutions and I’ve used both. EMC is being VERY aggressive on pricing which may be the undoing of… more »
Top Answer: First of all the decision should be taken looking at similar products in terms of capacity and performance. I will show… more »
Top Answer: I would say in terms of architecture and in terms of functionality, the product is quite good.
Top Answer: Within HCI, the whole solution is considered to be quite extensive. As just a storage solution, however, SolidFire is at… more »
Top Answer: The only thing I would see as a drawback of SolidFire, is that it's a storage that we can address only with the iSCSI… more »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
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Overview

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.

Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.

SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
California Public Utilities Commission, RFA, 1&1, Ultimate Software , Endicia, ezVerify, MercadoLibre, Sungard Availability Services, ServInt, Elastx, Hosted Network, Colt, Crucial, iWeb, Datapipe, Databarracks
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider20%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company17%
Manufacturing Company13%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Retailer30%
Pharma/Biotech Company10%
Transportation Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Manufacturing Company19%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business83%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise15%
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise60%
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise61%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. SolidFire and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
523,230 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC Unity XT is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews while SolidFire is ranked 20th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews. Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.8, while SolidFire is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity XT writes "Price / Quality ratio is good and since OE 5.03 code the array family reached a rather good maturity level". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolidFire writes "Simple to deploy and has good stability ". Dell EMC Unity XT is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and IBM FlashSystem, whereas SolidFire is most compared with VMware vSAN, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Pure Storage FlashArray, NetApp NVMe AFF A800 and HPE Nimble Storage. See our Dell EMC Unity XT vs. SolidFire report.

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