Compare Dell EMC Unity vs. IntelliFlash

Dell EMC Unity is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 124 reviews while IntelliFlash which is ranked 13th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 1 review. Dell EMC Unity is rated 8.4, while IntelliFlash is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity writes "Hits a sweet spot for us between price point and the amount of storage and performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IntelliFlash writes "Improved throughput throughout our organization, and very robust". Dell EMC Unity is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Nimble Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas IntelliFlash is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Nimble Storage and Dell EMC Unity.
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Pros
The All-Flash models are pretty fast for the vast majority of our remote workloads.We use replication for disaster recovery (DR), making our DR process much easier.It has reduced complexity.We have resolved IT challenges with this solution. It sped up our environment. We went from spinning disk to all-flash, which reduced our footprint.It has good performance.We can get almost real-time response times.The most valuable thing for our use case is the flexibility to have multiple-protocol support.It is pretty stable. I like the stability, because everything works like it should. We made it all redundant. So, we don't have anything to worry about.

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It's very fast. We were seeing read latencies of less than one millisecond. It is robust.

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Cons
We would like to see the concept of Storage Groups brought back to this product line.I haven't seen the roadmap for this solution.It is missing some features, like deduplication.Because we can do synchronous replication between the two sites, this made the setup challenging for this piece. They did not know how to set this up initially. We ended up having to do bidirectional synchronous replication.I would like them to continue to build on the solution and expand on the functionality, like replication.We'd like to see a cheaper version of an all-flash array in that footprint.I would like to have secure mobile connectivity going forward. This would help me be more proactive.If you compare it with VMAX, where we communicate with the box through Solutions Enabler and there are a lot of commands and a lot of flexibility, the command line for Unity needs to enhanced.

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It's somewhat scalable, but maybe not so much as some of the competition.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our CAPEX was close to $42,000 and operating costs are below $1000.Our costs are roughly $200,000 a year.The solution is extremely functional for the price that we pay for it. It is worth the investment.We purchased a five-year warranty.Compression is making a difference towards the amount of hardware that we need to purchase.The return on the investment was simply speeding up our entire vSphere stack, which allowed our developers and engineers to get their workloads done faster and simpler. We were experiencing VM snapshot times of 45 minutes to two or three hours, and it shrunk it down to under five minutes.It scales, but then you have to buy additional stuff.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.

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2nd
Views
47,321
Comparisons
28,157
Reviews
120
Average Words per Review
485
Avg. Rating
8.4
13th
Views
8,185
Comparisons
2,280
Reviews
1
Average Words per Review
454
Avg. Rating
10.0
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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‚Äôs 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 Company16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Pharma/Biotech Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company13%
Healthcare Company10%
Marketing Services Firm8%
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Manufacturing Company28%
Healthcare Company16%
Legal Firm12%
Comms Service Provider8%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise47%
REVIEWERS
Small Business75%
Midsize Enterprise25%
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