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Real User
Sr. Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 09 2018

What is most valuable?

In addition to the price point, you factor in all the features, like replication, and that it works great. Like most newer SANs, the interface is very simplistic. I'm still used to the old-school SAN where you need a PhD to be able to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the benefits it brings is the value for its price. It has saved us a lot of money. It does the job. It just works. We just bought a bunch of new Unity's that allowed us to do a lot of consolidation. Those four Unity's replaced 13… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its biggest valuable feature is its price point for the amount of storage and performance you get. It's a sweet spot. It's cheaper than the other SANs out there, but performs well enough. It fits that nice, middle-ground portfolio. If your… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a lot of VNXs that we retired and we moved over to Unity. But that's just a natural progression of the product line. We also replaced a lot of old VMAXs with Unity. It might not be the sexiest box but its performance has grown… more»

What other advice do I have?

As for advice to someone who is interested in this type of solution, I would simply say, "Talk to so and so, because that's what they do, and have fun." We use it across the board. So if someone needs a Unity for their project and they want… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of use. Being able to configure it was easy, which I liked. It is easy to manage. Managing it, I get alerts if there are any type of issues. I had a hard drive go… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We currently have two Dell EMC Unities going. One of them at our primary on-premise DR site. They communicate with each other. If we ever have to failover, it is right… more»

What needs improvement?

It should be lighter. It takes up a ton of rack space. It would be nice to have a smaller footprint. It might be nice to have more integrated features instead of having… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Simplicity of ownership is a no-brainer: * Obtaining a warranty is easy. * The price is very reasonable. * As far as licensing goes, I love how VMware works with Dell EMC… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This is our first time that we moved into virtualization. We are largely an HPE shop.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure to shop around to make absolutely 100% certain that it is what you want. You will want to come back to this particular model. Most important criteria when… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at VxRail, IBM, and Nutanix. Dell EMC Unity work out financially. VxRail was nice, but a lot more expensive and robust. Price-wise, Dell EMC Unity was right… more»
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Real User
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
Oct 18 2018

What is most valuable?

It's all-flash. The solution is so easy to manage that I forget it is there. Their support is now a lot better, so that is good. They are very helpful when we called in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As far as benefits, it gives us fast access orders for everybody in accounting, and it's working. It is all-flash and is in extreme hyper-performance mode. When there have… more»

What needs improvement?

We have had issues with the capacity and some misunderstandings on how much compression that we should be able to see out-of-the-box. When we were originally sold the box… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We bought the box of all the licensing that we needed and not run into anything where we would need any additional licenses from Dell EMC Unity. VMware is a different… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, all our servers were running one instance of Windows, and running as a particular application. Email servers were on a server unto themselves. We had a mess… more»

What other advice do I have?

Spec it out with bigger drives than you think you will need, because when you do expand, you're going to wish you had done that. If you buy bigger drives than what you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at iXsystems. We just purchased one of their boxes for storage. I've known iXsystems for a number of years, and they gave us a great price on an absolutely… more»
Real User
SAN Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Being that we are heavily invested in VNX1s, the UI itself is fantastic, and the ease of administration is far better than Unisphere or Navisphere ever were. It's very easy to manage. * The fact that it has built-in APIs means our automation people can help us automate a lot of tasks, and that has… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've recently gone from a five-man team down to two, not because of the Unity solely, but we haven't necessarily had to replace everyone. We've been able to consolidate a lot of VNXs into just a couple of Unity's. We have less to manage and we need fewer people. As far as the simplicity goes… more»

What other advice do I have?

A piece of advice when it comes to research is to try to find another company that's using what you're considering. After you talk to the salespeople, after you get the dog and pony show, have them connect you with somebody who's using it, who they trust - maybe even someone you know or have some… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're a Dell EMC shop, we don't have any other storage vendors, so we don't really do a good job of looking into the storage vendors either. We have a good relationship with Dell EMC, we have a good sales guy and a good technical account manager. We trust them. When we told them that we had a lot of… more»
Real User
Director of Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
May 30 2019

What is most valuable?

It gives me flexibility with its ability to replicate to itself and the ability to use the Dell EMC Cloud as an option. That's always sitting there and waiting if we need it. I like the fact that it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We went from two boxes that were 8U down to a 2U box. It reduced the electricity we were using just by making that one change. On a performance level, with SQL querying, it would take 60 seconds. That… more»

What needs improvement?

What I'd like to see is a little more detail on the networking side. I can go into where it's showing me the replication, but when I go into the network it just gives me broad-based information. I… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We went from a spinning drive array because we needed something faster. We moved our analytic server over to it and the Unity was able to overcome the bottleneck that the previous storage had caused… more»

What other advice do I have?

Find out your needs before you look at your options. Everyone's going to tell you theirs is the best but you need to know what you need going in, and what kind of performance level you need. If… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at all-in-one, hyperconverged storage. We decided not to go that route simply because we've made such a huge investment on the networking side. If we had gone the hyperconverged route we… more»
Real User
Analytics and Sustainment Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
May 29 2019

What is most valuable?

* Affordability * Scalability * Simplicity of use

How has it helped my organization?

It keeps us up and running. That is the big thing.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

While it has a good price to start, they could always make it cheaper. We bought extended warranties out of the box because our customer has a bad habit of managing warranties. The service for the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We replaced our legacy storage, which was Oracle. We couldn't afford the maintenance agreement for it any longer. We saved millions of dollars by not going back with Oracle. This solution has meet our… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do the due diligence and look at the details: the specs of the product and scalability. There are multiple series of products in the Unity line, which are very simple to use. It's met all of our… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were on old Oracle storage and are still on some old Oracle storage. There are lots of options for storage solutions, but our technical and customer support team's experience with Dell EMC makes it… more»
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the interface. It is really usable, easy to manage. Looking at that ease of management, for LUN creation, I like the integration into… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows junior engineers to administer it a lot, so senior engineers, like myself, don't have to do hands-on stuff. It's less complex.

What needs improvement?

I would like better integration with RecoverPoint. My major issue with the solution, all around, has been RecoverPoint more than Unity. While I like the easy user… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As far as simplicity of ownership goes, I don't think there is anything aside from the maintenance licensing.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a VNX before and the one that we were using was starting to be phased out. We needed to keep on support and we need to stay with a solution, for our clients, that… more»

What other advice do I have?

Test it really well first, and get somebody who knows what they're doing to set it up. The VAR that we were referred to was terrible. That was the root of a lot of our… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were aiming more towards Dell EMC because that's what we had previously.
Marc Mooney
Real User
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 18 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use would really be the best feature. We were easily able to get the correct performance details from it. And the configuration was great, it was relatively easy as well; that was brilliant… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of service and deployment, it was done easily. It was a big SAN beforehand, so being flash, it was configured quickly. The footprint that it left in the data center was small, so it has… more»

What needs improvement?

It has ticked all the boxes for us so far. A fourth year of maintenance at a good price would be good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using something different. We were coming from the typical fiber background. We needed to get something new, so we looked at a few different options at the time. We went with Dell EMC Unity… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking at a flash-based system, one that you want to work and not to have to play around with it - to be sure it's working all the time - Unity is definitely a step in the right direction… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp was one that we had, they were in contention. We had an IBM solution that they were going to put in place. EqualLogic was also on the shortlist. But we thought Dell EMC Unity would be a good… more»
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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.

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