Compare Dell EMC Unity vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays

Dell EMC Unity is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 103 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 14th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 10 reviews. Dell EMC Unity is rated 8.4, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 7.8. 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 NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Doesn't require much maintenance as it's quite easy to use and very robust as a storage system". Dell EMC Unity is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Nimble Storage and HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Dell EMC Unity vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.
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This product is perfect for small, and mid-range customers who need to pay less, but still, get enterprise-level capabilities.This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up.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.

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The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.The management software is very good.Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas.The main advantage of this solution is performance.The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure.This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs.The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.

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This product needs to have better integration with enterprise backup solutions and archiving devices.This solution would be improved with the addition of flexible raid volumes.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.

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I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems.The price of the All Flash solution is very high.Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation.This solution does not have any compression or deduplication.There could be better integration with some of our Cisco products.NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.We need a center related to NetApp in Egypt so that we can deal with them directly.The pricing could be cheaper and it should have documentation in more languages, specifically, Russian.

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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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This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.Adding more capacity will increase the cost.The pricing is comparable with other competitors and similar in mid-range solutions, and for high range solutions, it would depend on our requirements or needs.The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.

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EMC UnityNetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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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.

The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Pharma/Biotech Company5%
Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company7%
Healthcare Company28%
Media Company22%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Company Size
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise49%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise42%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise54%
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