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"Time machine" feature allows us to go back a few seconds or a few minutes, to before a ransomware attack
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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.
The valuable features of Unity include that it's flexible, has a friendly user-interface, and provides good performance.
The whole product is based on point-in-time restore capabilities built into their storage appliance, and no one else I know does that.
The unit has been running at 100% without an issue.
Any time I have needed anything, from a simple question to someone to be onsite, the customer service has been exceptional.
The Reduxio unit is superior in its ability to recover from any second.
It has a very intuitive interface, it integrates more smoothly with our steps. With a different product from a different manufacturer, there are a lot more steps required to set up a volume, to make it available in VMware and to utilize it there.
We like the way the Reduxio is designed, the way the managing/operating end is just so much easier; fewer steps, more intuitive steps. It has a number of features baked into it that, in other products, are additional licensed components, like compression and dedupe.
The biggest feature, and one of the reasons we use it with the file shares, is its continuous Snapshotting. We can go back to almost to any point in time, not only to last night at midnight or a week ago, but 10 minutes ago or three-hours-and-so-many-seconds, or whatever the case may be. We already had a brush with ransomware in the past, so it's good to know we can dial back to just before a mishap happens.
It's very intuitive, has a very modern interface. Instead of making the user set up a million parameters for things that the system knows better anyway, they put all the intelligence in the product and made the controls much easier.
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.
The initial setup is not so straightforward if you don't have experience with storage arrays.
The only critique that we have is it needs the ability to have local users added. You have to log in as one built-in admin account. You can't create your own.
It would be helpful to have the ability to recover virtual machines individually without having to restore the full LUN.
t would be helpful to have a mobile app to monitor the storage array remotely.
Needs to be made easier to use with slightly older versions of VMware.
The ability to look at data at a file level would be useful, as well as the ability recover at that level. Right now, you can only recover whole volumes.
The only thing that I'd like to see, at some point in time, is having the storage array being able to detect a ransomware attack. When you get hit by a ransomware it rewrites every block in your guest's virtual machine. So there should be a way for them to be able to detect that: "Hey, this is unusual, to see every block of this guest being rewritten all at one time," and then flag that as potential malware or ransomware.
Scalability is a little unusual. We came from the NetApp world where, if you needed more disk space, you just added more drives into the chassis, whereas with Reduxio, if you need more disk space, you have to buy a new chassis.
the only thing I would say negative about Reduxio is the cabling was a little bit confusing at first, but now that we understand it, it's easy. It was just so different from what we've seen before. That was the only hard part to get used to. The storage array is fully redundant, so there are some cross-connect cables that you have to run, from the A side to the B side, and the B side back to the A side, and we've just never seen anything like that before. But now that I understand the design, it makes complete sense. But initially it was confusing.
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.
The licensing is very simple with Reduxio. It is actually one of the attractions, unlike some of the other products. The other product we're using, in some of its incarnations, has extremely complex pricing, with every spindle having an associated license and fees. With Reduxio it's very simple. For the box - the hardware comes in essentially one configuration for the chassis, the unit (and you can buy multiple units and daisy-chain them) - there is no "a-la-carte," so many drives of this kind or that kind, etc. It has a basic hardware configuration. Then, through the software license, they allocate or assign you the right to use the full capacity, or half of it, or a quarter of it. Of course, if you're not using the full capacity but need to, it is a simple phone call to upgrade. It's as simple as it gets.
Set up costs are minimal. We were early adopters so we received really good pricing.
I think that you are able to buy a minimum capacity, then grow your capacity within the box as you expand your data needs.
ROI is how much (time, money, resources) you will save in case of a ransomware attack because you had this box.
I think the pricing is good value, because you're not just buying a storage array, you're buying a backup solution and a DR solution and a "time machine" solution, all bundled in one storage array. When we had NetApp storage we had to then go out and buy a copy of Veeam which is a backup solution. With the Reduxio, you still need to do backups but you don't need that software product.
You want the best, you've got to pay for the best, that's all. In terms of licensing, just work with your VAR. The features, overall, were just too good to pass up, even though it comes at a premium.
Only one device is sold. Negotiate the initial storage, but you can start small and move up with ease. Negotiate.
One of the key selling points of the Reduxio was that it really is fully licensed for the unit. There are no additional licenses needed for the product, which really helps scalability. There were no additional options to purchase, per se. They were already wrapped into the product.
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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’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.
Reduxio's HX550 flash hybrid storage arrays, based on Reduxio's TimeOS storage operating system allow you to recover application data to any second in the past, eliminates most of the complexity associated with managing storage, and provides exceptional performance and efficiency, far exceeding anything available today.
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