Dell EMC Unity vs. IntelliFlash

As of February 2019, Dell EMC Unity is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 114 reviews vs IntelliFlash which is ranked 15th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 5 reviews. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity writes "Hits a sweet spot for us between price point and the amount of storage and performance". The top reviewer of IntelliFlash writes "It provides a combination of protocols without losing deduplication and compression". Dell EMC Unity is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray. IntelliFlash is most compared with Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and Dell EMC Unity. See our Dell EMC Unity vs. IntelliFlash report.
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Pros
We like the way it integrates with our environment. These features help us use multiple soft applications. The new features of going off the grid and replicating really help us. They give us an advantage versus traditional storage resources.It is easy to scale, maintain, and manage.They have a Unity REST API that I use to automate some of the storage stuff. I'm just getting started with it, but it seems pretty easy to use.It has saved us time when provisioning new storage, so we're trying to automate that process.Compared to our old platform, everything is more tightly integrated. I don't have to go to different sections to do something. A lot of it is wizard-driven, so it's an easy to use system.Integration; We use the product with VMware, and also use it with Syft for home directory and departmental shares.Purchasing; We worked with a sales rep to purchase our Unity.They've integrated NAS and SAN pretty well. It made replication very simple. Because one of our systems has a lot of LANs, for it to replicate we have Consistency Groups in there. That's something that is really helpful, making sure that everything is working not just for replication but for backups as well.

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It's very fast. We were seeing read latencies of less than one millisecond. It is robust.EasyTier/hotcaching: Valuable because it allows greater performance than standard SAS disksIt provides a combination of all the protocols that you need, without losing deduplication and compression.Data Compression: Up to 80% space reduction in the databaseHigh performance and ease-of-management are the most valuable features.

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We would like an AI feature that would protect the backup and minimize the consumed space so we can maintain the quality of the backup. This would help us minimize our IT cost in terms of the backup procedures.The support portal needs fixing. Accessing a service request on the support portal seems to be a bit difficult, as opposed to just calling the 800 number.Dell EMC Unity's competitor, NetApp, has a similar product. However, it has a clustering technology where you can group multiple systems together, then you can move data from one system to another seamlessly. I would like the Unity to do that.It would be nice to have been able to easily move off our old VNX system to this system. The process is very manual.The iSCSI and the VMware integation using vSphere could be less confusing.It needs deduplication. We'd like to have the dedupe capabilities in the Unity.There are a lot of things that can be done with it. It's got Cloud IQ, but I think it's not as mature as it could be, they could make it more effective. They could make it more comparable to some of the other products out there that have cloud analytics. The amount of insight that the Unity product is able to give, at this point, is okay, but not class-leading. Some of the other data-reduction technologies, like deduplication, are not to the level of other competitors and what their products provide.I don't know where the hybrid cloud might be going or what connectivity there is between what was recently released as far as AWS and being able to manage both of them. Maybe there is an on-prem and an AWS instance in the same window, like a single pane, but I would like to see something along those lines, where there wouldn't be two locations to manage storage.

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It's somewhat scalable, but maybe not so much as some of the competition.We had just one small stability problem with power flapping and it did not start up again automatically. We had to access service ports and manually restart the storage processors.In the proxy section you can’t choose a user account and password, so it is not allowed at the moment to go out, if customer has such constellation.It only keeps one hour of real-time data without the ability to do deep analysis of each element.Snapshots are not as easy to access as on a NetApp device.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Go with the virtual appliance versus the hardware.Licensing is fine. We worked with a sales rep to purchase our Unity.The pricing is reasonable. We're using the Flex on Demand pricing. It's really good for us when we pay for what we use. It made it easy to get it inside since it's an OpEx and instead of CapEx expense.Currently, we buy directly from Dell EMC. We've tried going through resellers before, but we've found that if we go directly through Dell EMC, we get a good a price from being with the government.The pricing is competitive. We miss some of the feature functionality that we had with the XtremeIOs but it's certainly suitable for the purpose.In the SQL Server instances in our data warehouse, we immediately saw a great return on investment.Licensing is a little bit confusing. Going through everything with them, there are a lot of line items to go over. Every single thing is broken down into a line item, and it starts to get really confusing in terms of what we're actually purchasing when it comes to the product.The ROI is right where we need it to be. It's a reasonably priced array.

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I recommend the full bundle software in order to have all the functionality. It is more expensive to purchase it one by one.

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2nd
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37,995
Comparisons
25,108
Reviews
111
Followers
1,096
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8.4
15th
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7,355
Comparisons
2,409
Reviews
5
Followers
207
Avg. Rating
8.8
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Also Known As
EMC UnityTegile, IntelliFlash N-Series, IntelliFlash T-Series, IntelliFlash HD-Series
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Overview

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.

Western Digital through its IntelliFlash arrays delivers high-performance storage with a complete range of features and connectivity options, including inline compression and deduplication, application and VM consistent snapshots, replication, RAID, data encryption, VMware vCenter integration, and multi-protocol support for SAN (FC, iSCSI) and NAS (NFS, SMBv3). IntelliFlash arrays deliver high availability through dualredundant and hot-swappable components, active/active or active/passive controllers, non-disruptive software upgrades, eMLC flash, and proactive cloud-based monitoring, analytics, and intelligence. A RESTful API provides scripted or programmatic control.

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Bank of Stockton, Barnsley College, Boyes Turner, Brigham Young University
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company13%
Pharma/Biotech Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Insurance Company14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government10%
Healthcare Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Healthcare Company24%
Manufacturing Company20%
Mining And Metals Company11%
Legal Firm11%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise52%
REVIEWERS
Small Business75%
Midsize Enterprise25%
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