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

Dell EMC Unity is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 123 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 10 reviews. Dell EMC Unity is rated 8.4, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 9.4. 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 NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "A consistent platform that can take the same amount of data in less amounts of space from our previous solutions". 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 Dell EMC Unity, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Dell EMC Unity vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.
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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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This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs.The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.The replication and mirroring features are very good.The NetApp EF-Series gave our organization easy access to our data bases.The benefits are better up-time, better response time.It provides multi-protocol, which is what gives the edge when it comes to big lineage PC workloads.I would have to say performance at this point, because the application it is based on is so diverse.The management of it is very simple. that is the most valuable feature.

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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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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.It was difficult to implement and lacks some additional features that would be useful, but as a solution fits a particular need for our organization.This solution has limited storage.It needs a better management tool.They could improve overall scalability through performance. Denser capacity, which is doable, it is what the competition is doing.Better support technicians for CAPP.The management interface, while very reliable, it seems a little old now and could maybe use a little modernization.

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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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The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.he price point that we're getting is very competitive in the market. Since we are buying in such a large quantity, they gave us a huge discount.The price point for EF is considerably lower than the alternatives.

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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 Company17%
Financial Services Firm10%
Manufacturing Company9%
Insurance Company8%
Healthcare Company28%
Media Company22%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Company Size
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise50%
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise45%
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
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