Dell EMC Unity Room for Improvement

IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
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 everything as a separate module, like the networking. The networking is attached separately in the back. It would be nice if that was more integrated with less ports. View full review »
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
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, it was before the merger. The salesman promised us at least a 50 percent compression on the box, so we ordered it with 2TBs of storage. That was a mistake, because now we are locked into smaller drivess. When it comes down to it, we are running out of space. We realized that were barley getting a 12 percent compression offset, not the 50 percent, and this came about the time of the merger. All of this was happening and a lot of people in the company did not return emails at the time. I guess it's because they were no longer with the company or they knew they wouldn't be, that's just speculation. However, it took us several months and almost ruined the our reputation during that time period. They did make right on it and sent us several drives to double the storage on our devises for free, so they made it right towards the end, but it took a while. The iSCSI and the VMware integation using vSphere could be less confusing. View full review »
Director of Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
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 don't know which replication job is actually feeding it. I have to go in and rely on other apps. But I'm thinking, "It's on there. It should be able to tell me this is the one that's eating up the bandwidth." View full review »
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Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 interface, I would like some more advanced features for troubleshooting built into the product, so that we can do more in-depth problem-solving. The issue we're having right now is that we can't really see much in the interface. Support can see more, but we can't see what's going on, so we have to rely on support to send us things. I would like something that a power user, an advanced user, a subject matter expert, could actually look at and say, "Okay, this is what's going on here," to make troubleshooting easier, instead of just the happy, bubbly alerts. View full review »
Marc Mooney
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It has ticked all the boxes for us so far. A fourth year of maintenance at a good price would be good. View full review »
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
It does what we bought it for. I don't know that there's anything else that it needs to do that we're not leveraging from it already. From a product perspective, I don't see any room for improvement. From a service perspective, they can do nothing but go uphill. View full review »
Madsen Wikholm
IT Manager
Maybe deduplication would be something that would be better to have. Also, it's a fairly new management interface, so work is still being done on that. But compared to other vendors and previous EMC storage, the Unity is really good. At the moment actually, it does everything it needs to do; I don't have any improvement requests. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm
There are plenty of areas for improvement. They can improve on the speed. They can improve on the dedupe features, because right now, if you're using certain functionalities, certain criteria, it doesn't dedupe. It's very limited in one sense, while other vendors dedupe on primary, on critical tier-1 data. You get support, but sometimes you have to sit there and try to fight through tier-1 just to get to tier-2, to get the correct support, to get particular items corrected. Sometimes it's a battle just to fight through support to get the right people. Most of the time, their first-level support is not very technical, so they tend to give you a page number out of their administration guide, which they call their instruction booklet, and they have you read it. I already have the admin guide. I don't need to read it. I need someone to help me because my system is down. I have a production environment that's very critical. View full review »
Ben Liebowitz
Server and Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Unity only does compression. It would be nice if there was a deduplication feature as well. At my previous job, we used XtremIO and that had deduplication and not compression, and I think we got more out of it because the more OSs you have that are the same, the fewer copies it needs to keep of all that data. So, the deduplication would be a nice feature to have. View full review »
Helpdesk Supervisor at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Support and licensing are big things, in the end, that needs improvement. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at BBH Solutions
We had a couple issues, but they were very minor, related to storage Snapshots and our backup product, which is Veeam. That turned out to be a Veeam issue. My only complaint would be some of the CLI Help files could be a little more detailed, but that's very minor complaint. We were trying to run some commands just to see how the storage snaps were interacting with the storage array, and it was a little difficult to look up exactly what commands should be run. The Help files detailing what exactly the commands did wasn't as detailed as we would have wanted them to be. They were very limited in scope. They could have been more detailed. More integration with VMware would always be helpful, plugins that go directly into the vSphere management. A single pane of glass is always beneficial. View full review »
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
For the upgrade from the old system to the new system, if there was a better way to integrate them so I could easily move the data without working all those nights and weekends, that would be nice. Also, Dell EMC's competitor has a clustering technology. In the next release, it would be nice if they could build that into the product. View full review »
Dave Homp
Manager of Storage and Backup at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The biggest one for us, and the reason we don't use it more, is that we can't throttle the replication speed. If it's on, it's on. So we have to be a little more WAN-sensitive, in some applications, which means we can't put it everywhere. That's the biggest issue for us, by far. View full review »
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It could always use native replication. Then I could get rid of RecoverPoint. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are features still to come, like compression and deduplication on hybrid platforms, VDM improvements to be developed for NAS environments, and also improvements in the “self-migration” tools to push or pool information (to assist the migrations to and mostly from third-party arrays). It has evolved from what it was one year and a half ago, but there are more features incoming with the scheduled “UnityOS” updates (planned on roadmap) that will provide the product with new features only available in VNX2, but most important, all newly added features will have no additional cost for the customers, because the platform is fully-licensed from the base configuration. View full review »
Jeff St John
Design Architect at Alexander Open Systems
They added the dynamic pools, that was the biggest improvement. They have incorporated replication, RecoverPoint for BCDR, they have a good disaster recovery, they have a good replication strategy. I think they've got their spots covered. View full review »
Owen Jackson
Senior IT Systems Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
On the data domains - for the Unity product, but specifically for data domains - I would like a much easier interface for managing, for actually going in and having one place where I could get all of the different parts of the overall unit. And I would also like to be able to identify individual disks a lot more easily. View full review »
Eric Umstead
Director of Technical Services at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
There really aren't many weak spots, not many places to improve it. View full review »
Alejandro Diaz
Systems Engineer at Zenware
I believe this product lacks some things that are extremely valuable for customers, especially VNX customers. The NAS capabilities of Unity - I have to say there are a lot of things I miss. For example, deduplication for hybrid. I have tons of customers with VNX and dedupe. These customers achieve around 50% dedupe efficiency and they mostly use them for archive. If you're talking about 50TB of NAS, which is stored in a 25TB repository, which is very economical, and you can not provide that in a Unity hybrid box, you have problems. That has caused us a lot of problems. The other problem I have with the NAS capabilities in Unity is the WORM feature. We were working with a government company that has a public bid and they were buying storage for 13 remote sites. All of them required WORM. Since this is a government customer they took two years or so to establish the project. And they required the WORM feature to securely store records, and they had to be unmodified records. They bought that the idea and they implemented a NAS solution that was going to be consulted by an Oracle Database. They had to buy VMX because Unity didn't have WORM. That would be the most important thing. It's very problematic. Migrating from VNX to Unity was not so straightforward in the beginning. You could not migrate NAS servers from CIFs. They began with NFS. they recently added CIF support. So, lots of problems there. View full review »
Infrastructure Manager
The uses of tools to communicate with EMC directly. With EMC, I am not able to connect and resolve issues without assistance, so they can't do unattended maintenance on devices, which would be a massive benefit if they could. They need a resource available to like grant them access or privileges onto the devices, so it can delay upgrades and fixes being put in places because we might not have a resource available who can assist them at that time. If they could manage it remotely as they were, completely remotely without off-switching it, that would be a massive asset. View full review »
Petteri Olkinuora
System Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
In a Fiber Channel world, things aren't really evolving, they're pretty stable. The VVols will be something that we'll look into later on. Now, we use very traditional LUNs that are attached to VMware as data storage, so we're not yet using VASA or VVol stuff. But maybe that will be something that, in the near future, when we update VMware to the next operating system version, we'll look into. There is an ESRS problem that we're facing where, for some reason, the other Unity has not been able to register to EMC. The support information is not upgrading and nobody can tell me what is wrong with it. It's a minor issue, the ESRS is still working, but it is something that is very confusing and nobody seems to know what to do about it. View full review »
Lew Nix
Information Technology Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
If there's anything Dell EMC could do to get the same performance for a cheaper price, that would be great. View full review »
Senior IT Business Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've got an ongoing issue with a Unity in which some power supply fans spin up. We've had a whole bunch of hardware changed as a result but I still have an open SR, which has been a struggle. It doesn't seem to affect performance but it's something that we're hoping the engineers can resolve. We have also had some issues with an upgrade where we can't manage a device, after the upgrade. So we had to have a ticket in for that. View full review »
Senior IT Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We integrated it with vSphere but that integration was "iffy". It was okay but we had a few challenges with it. View full review »
Anthony Dominguez
Infrastructure Team Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The only thing that could improve it would be a price reduction. View full review »
David Cruz
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We're probably going to be looking into vSAN just to minimize the footprint. We've already minimized the footprint going from VNX to the Unity, but as we're virtualizing more and more, once we're completely virtualized, we'd probably be looking into vSAN through either VxRail or VxRack, and go that way. The smaller the footprint at the data center, the less cost there is. View full review »
Jason Bigler
Product Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see better compression, better dedupe. It's not nearly as good as what is built into the XtremIO. I understand why that is the case, but if they can take some of that technology and leverage that a little bit better in the Unity array, that would be great. That would be the first improvement. View full review »
Jimmy Bortzfield
Virtualization engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
I don't know where the hybrid cloud might be going or what connectivity there is between what was recently released as far as AWS and being able to manage both of them. Maybe there is an on-prem and an AWS instance in the same window, like a single pane, but I would like to see something along those lines, where there wouldn't be two locations to manage storage. View full review »
Gopal Venkatraman
Senior Infrastructure Architect at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If I can connect to my Unity through my iPad or my cellphone to check everything is okay and view the information via a dashboard. I would like to have secure mobile connectivity going forward. This would help me be more proactive. View full review »
Michael Silvestri
Assistant Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
In the dashboard there could be notification of duplicate files and the like, so we don't have to rely on Windows to do that. They have all the files in the Dell EMC so that would help us out. View full review »
Rob Koper
Senior Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
* One-to-many replication. * Data deduplication. * Asynchronous Fibre Channel replication. It is asynchronous on iSCSI and I would like to have that on the Fibre Channel. * Unisphere-wise, I have to log in to each Unity as a unique environment. In VNX, I logged in to the domain and I was logged in to every VNX. So that's missing. * I miss storage groups. Now, if I have to add a LUN to a cluster, multiple host, I have to know which host is in that cluster. I have to write it down and that makes it hard. In VNX and earlier, I could simply put a LUN on a storage group and every host in the group had the LUN. This lack bothers me a lot because it takes a lot of time and mistakes are made. Sometimes, a Hyper-V host gets a VMware LUN and vice-versa. Not good. View full review »
Mike McCurdy
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The dedupe and compression ratios on the Unity are not quite where we want them. We are getting better data efficiencies on the VNX than we are on the new Unity. We found this a bit interesting. We would like to see improvement there. We noticed in the last release of code that there were some inefficiencies around getting our data efficiency up in terms of dedupe and compression. View full review »
Lead Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
There were a couple features that came out a little later than we originally believed, but they did come pretty much on time and met our schedule. View full review »
Network Administrator at a construction company with 201-500 employees
There could always be improvements to the UI. For what we've been using it for it's been great, but there are always little tweaks that could happen there. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It still has the same implementation headaches of the VNX that came before it. It's still the same Unisphere, it's all the same tools from the VNX, nothing has really changed, from my perspective. It's still all the same stuff we're used to seeing. The management of it just isn't very strong, whereas a lot of the tasks I do day-to-day on some of the newer competitors, like Pure and Kaminario - we're talking three to five seconds to get something done rather than 15-20 minutes. It's a big time saver on the other systems. With the Unity, once it's installed, raw performance works fine. In future releases, I would like to see automatic upgrades from one to the next, when this system is coming out and the next one is coming in; more akin to what Pure Storage is doing. That would be really helpful. View full review »
Daniel Calleja
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
* The virtual appliance is limited to 4TB in storage. This should be unlimited for paying customers. * The front panel is too fiddly to take off and on. * The support model would be better within Australia. Support has been great, but onshore support would be minorly beneficial. * Troubleshooting LUN replication can be difficult. * When making changes to replicated LUNs (Async in our case), perhaps some measures to prevent us making mistakes. (One of our engineers modified the block storage size and it did not follow the proper procedure, and this broke the replication awkwardly. This was the subject of our most recent support ticket.) View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
There are a lot of things that can be done with it. It's got Cloud IQ, but I think it's not as mature as it could be, they could make it more effective. They could make it more comparable to some of the other products out there that have cloud analytics. The amount of insight that the Unity product is able to give, at this point, is okay, but not class-leading. Some of the other data-reduction technologies, like deduplication, are not to the level of other competitors and what their products provide. I'm nitpicking here and there. Overall, it's a solid product. View full review »
Senior Director at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
As the solution continues to grow and gain more traction, things will come up that will just continue to deepen the integration between VMware, vCenter, and all those other components. Anything in the divisibility there and additional tools is always great. View full review »
David Silberhorn
Senior Systems Engineer at Midland States Bank
The Active Directory integration isn't very good, it is kind of limiting. It's okay. When you get into more advanced storage administration, it's really hard to find that stuff, but those situations are few and far between, so it's not that relevant. Also, I called about an issue where I couldn't get VVOLs registered. It turns out it is a bug in the code and that there is no information about when it will be fixed. It's just not going to work. I was a little miffed about that, especially getting more into VVOLs with Pure Storage, but it is what it is. I would like to see better support for VVOLs and a less hokey AD-integrated login. Those are probably the two things that bug me the most. View full review »
Svetoslav Nanchev
IT Infrastructure and DWH/BI Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
I have three suggestions: Improve the administrative user interface so it is easier to work with. Currently, a simple task, such as removing a host from 100 LUNS, takes a lot of time. If they could improve LUN to host model to be more like the EMC VPLEX, for example, it would be great. Additionally we had one incident with a memory leak that led to controller reboot. Although it had no impact, when such things happens the storage should be more aware of it, send alerts, and propose corrective actions. Last (and I understand that it has a low chance of being implemented) the copy services currently are redirect on write. It would be great if the administrator could choose between redirect on write and copy on write, when configuring copy job. View full review »
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
The features they have added have been great, they've greatly simplified it. Bigger, faster. They're always leap-frogging, so the next generation, I'm sure, will have newer processors in it. They have improved leaps and bounds on the interface and ease of use, and I would like to see them keep doing that. They should have more wizards for customers so they can do more of the self-service types of functions, in terms of upgrades and patching, although it's pretty easy right now. Also, I would like to see more migration tools. When we're putting the Unity in, I would like to see more capability to migrate from third-party storage platforms, competitive platforms. Migrating from their own platforms is pretty straightforward. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
We haven't gotten that deep into it yet to suggest improvements, but based on what we've been seeing here at the Dell EMC World 2018 conference, we'll be looking to make sure CloudIQ is set up for it. View full review »
Dave Flewitt
Infrastructure Engineer at CGSH
There are some features in VNX that I wish were in the Unity. Storage Groups for isolating LANs and hosts. That is a big issue. We've also encountered an issue when it comes to migrating to compressed LANs on the Unity, and during the Storage vMotion. It appears that the compression algorithm is overwhelmed, and when it becomes overwhelmed it just stops compressing and writes the raw data to the destination. We later copied internally another Storage vMotion to another compressed LAN and achieved much higher compressions on that internal copy. It would be really nice if there was a way to automatically throttle, as a part of a Storage vMotion, to say, "I want to gain the maximum benefits from the compression algorithm, so throttle back the Storage vMotion to implement 100 percent compression." My colleague has done most of the migration work, but he's also encountered a few other issues in terms of the integration with vCenter. It's a box that has a lot of promise, and it was a very shiny new "sports car" when we got it. It has a few dents and scratches in it. That "new car pride," we don't go out and wash it every weekend now. Some of that reality has kicked in. I still have expectations, it's an all-flash array, while our VNX, obviously, is not. So we do anticipate, once we've completed the migration and get more experienced with it and maybe with some code upgrades, improvements to some of the attributes, that it will do a good job for us. View full review »
Juan Rebelo
Pre Sales Manager at Datastar
VNX used to have some features that Unity still doesn't have. From that perspective, the progress is not that advanced, at least compared to what customers might expect. View full review »
Director, Solution Architecture at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Inline dedup compression security is coming up as an issue, encryption is key for our customers. If we could have more ways to do software-based encryption, those are the features customers are asking us for, as well as replication. View full review »
Stijn Mahieu
IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is something that comes to mind. We've deployed these systems in a virtualized environment. We are running VMware, and with the VNXe it was possible to restore. We're using Veeam for VMware backups and with the predecessor, it was possible to mount a backup or restore a backup from a storage snapshot. With the Unity 300, this is not possible. View full review »
Rolf Colmer
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
I would like better monitoring capabilities: more historical data with more insight into the performance for the database. We now use a separate tool for it. Therefore, it would be nice if we could have that straight from the tool. View full review »
Systems Admin at Farm Bureau Health Plans
I haven't found anything that has jumped out at me that they need to improve on. I have been very impressed with how it has gone out, because we use RecoverPoint in our environment and we're 99 percent VMware. Things just seem to show up, with very minimal setup on our side to get it to work. View full review »
Mahdi Bahmani
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
This product needs to have better integration with enterprise backup solutions and archiving devices. Also, it would be improved with better flexibility for replicating with third-party SAN storage products. There are some SAN solutions that help customers to manage their data centers easier than the past. View full review »
Sir Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The code revisions. I think that they could do a better job of testing on the back-end, for the code revisions. I've heard of some issues down the line where people have upgraded to the latest code and there were bugs in it, and they had to release a subsequent code fix. More testing on the Dell EMC side, for when they release those code revisions, would be a good idea. View full review »
Mohammed Mahrous
Storage Support Manager at Alinma Bank
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. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
There is nothing needed at this time. View full review »
Jason Dong
Solution architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see a more seamless virtual box integration with the physical box which can replicate, because the setup of the replication is very difficult right now. We tried it multiple times, and while the physical box is easy, when we mixed it with a virtual edition and it seemed very complex. We been trying this for several months, even with the cabling included. We are still working on it. View full review »
Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We plan to buy Unity again in the next 12 months and we'll have to see what the next generation of Unity brings to us. But so far, there are no additional features needed. There's always room for improvement with the UI. That can be a little cumbersome at times. View full review »
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I would like the UI to look better. View full review »
Director of IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
One of the issues we've had is that controllers have crashed several times. Just today I received a message that a dump file was detected. We've had a lot of problems with the storage processor, SPBs. We've actually had them crash. Luckily, nothing went down. View full review »
VP IT at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It needs deduplication. We'd like to have the dedupe capabilities in the Unity. View full review »
Clayton Daffron
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I'd like to see more of the NVMe back-end for the flash. And the big deal with the PowerMax is that they've used all U2 drives so that they can avoid having to take it down. I see using M.2 and modular sections as being a real nice alternative that could be implemented in Unity at a fairly low cost. View full review »
Mark Glasson
Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer and Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Inline deduplication would be nice. * Better management of the hosts in Unisphere. View full review »
Storage Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Dell EMC Unity's competitor, NetApp, has a similar product. However, it has a clustering technology where you can group multiple systems together, then you can move data from one system to another seamlessly. I would like the Unity to do that. It would be nice to have been able to easily move off our old VNX system to this system. The process is very manual. View full review »
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have just been to one of the briefing sessions, here at the Dell EMC World 2018 conference, and they released a very cool feature, Snapshot replication, which is very interesting. I'm excited about that. View full review »
Ferdinand Zilcher
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
In the next release, I would like to see stable performance on AIX. AIX are mostly mission-critical systems, so the support has to be there. View full review »
Senior Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We went to the PowerMax because of the needs that we have for the business. We're doing true enterprise-level storage. So we went from Unity to PowerMax to give us that tier that we were looking for. View full review »
Data Protection Architect at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
The one thing that we would look at would be if they were to expand the file level features, just to give us a balance or a tier between it and Isilon options out there, for unstructured data. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Among the biggest features that I wanted was deduplication, looking at the zeros coming in, in-line, and those will be available in version 4.3. There is nothing else I can think of at the moment. View full review »
Thirukumaran Ganesan
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I'm looking for more automation, not only for VVOLs, but for NFS and RDM disk. View full review »
Managing Partner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
All the features that the client has, the client has really enjoyed them. One thing they could do is lower the price point. There are other storage products that are available from Dell, the SE series for example. The client is comparing the Unity and the SE3000 for example, the SE is cheaper. View full review »
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We'd like to see a cheaper version of an all-flash array in that footprint. View full review »
Phillip Weingart
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I would love to see more compatibility between the different platforms within Dell EMC's portfolio. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We would like to see the synchronous replication process included in the next release. Not having this downgraded our performance by 65 percent. This really needs to be improved. View full review »
Storage Admin at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
I'm not sure if it has a single pane of glass management console. That would be something we would like to see. Managing as many platforms as we do, as many physical devices as we have, anything that can provide a single pane of glass would be a huge benefit. View full review »
Daniel Stotz
Storage And Virtualization Architect at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see them add Storage Groups, like we have had in Clariions and VNXs. Storage Groups would be a great addition. View full review »
Technical Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The reporting, I'm comparing the VNX with Unity. The VNX reporting is much more granular. The information that we need in terms of the IOPS, for example, and things like what my compression value is, that kind of information is pretty straightforward and you can just go to the dashboard and look for the information. View full review »
Flavio Araujo
LUN mask. The Host LUN ID is sequential by access in the hosts. When one LUN needs access by many hosts (for cluster purposes), in some cases the Host LUN ID remains different on each host. Storage groups or global IDs for LUNs could be a good solution for this. View full review »
Jonathan Pierce
Senior systems program at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Dell EMC Unity is not sexy. It doesn't have all the flash and pizzazz of some of the other storage vendors. View full review »
Business Development at SG Solutions Ltd
There aren't any improvements that come to mind, none that are obvious. After what I've seen today, here at the Dell EMC World 2018 conference, they pretty much have the next couple of years covered. For example, the current buzzword is the Cloud Tiering Appliance which allows you to tier data from your on-premise to the cloud or on-premise cloud. View full review »
Senior Manager IT at a financial services firm
I think there are a couple of things on the file side that we're lacking from the VNX world. It would be nice if we got some of those back. I think there are limitations on how many file systems you can back up at a time. Whereas you can do, I believe, eight continuous per data mover on the file side on the VNX, you can only do something like two or four on Unity. If they could step up to that, that would be good. View full review »
Head Of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't think at this stage we have a specific concern. They have answered most of our concerns in terms of scalability and being future-proof. View full review »
Rick Laughinghouse
Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I can't think of any improvements, other than bringing down the price point. That would help. View full review »
Guy Shepperd
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It needs more functionality and the ability to move across more landscapes. View full review »
Albie Bokingkito Jr.
Storage and System Engineer with 10,001+ employees
* Storage groups are no longer available in Unity so you will have some challenges if you managed quite a huge environment in provisioning perspective. * Domain management is also gone in Unity. This is not an issue if you are managing less than two of this, but in our case, we have a number of this array around the globe. * All models are limited up to two I/O modules per SP giving you fewer front-end ports compare to higher VNX models. * Unisphere Central is not so useful as we expect. This will provide a centralized management of our arrays, but it ends up giving you only some numbers and figures for you to report to your management. View full review »
Gokhan Agra
Infrastructure Management Expert at Turkcell
The monitoring part could be better. With EMC storage systems - or Unity and VPLEX, because I'm using them, for the moment - the monitoring part is very difficult. They should improve this to have a better reporting system. View full review »
Steven Aldenkamp
Systems Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I can't really think of any improvements for the next release. The ease of installation, sometimes, for the customers, is not that positive because the customers think they can do it themselves. Sometimes that is a bit of an issue. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Recently, they released products, sometimes without proper testing, it seems. I guess the way the market is going, the way technology is going, they are saying, "Hey, let's get it out there." View full review »
Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see better automation of upgrades, more seemless upgrades. View full review »
Enterprise IT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I haven't seen the roadmap for this solution. View full review »
Sandy Aldjah
Implementation Engineer at Telindus
The features are nice, but you can't use every feature, because it costs in performance. Therefore, you have to choose which features to use to achieve a better environment. That is why customers do not use every feature in Unity. View full review »
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
At the moment, we are pretty satisfied with it. Perhaps the user interface could be better. View full review »
IT Manager - Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We would like to see the concept of Storage Groups brought back to this product line. Manually assigning new LUNs & removing LUNs at sites with a few ESX hosts in a cluster is fairly easy and straightforward, but when you have large clusters with twenty to thirty hosts, this becomes a burden. Because of this, we have limited the use of Unity systems in our larger data centers. View full review »
Sanjy Kumar
IT Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We would like an AI feature that would protect the backup and minimize the consumed space so that we can maintain the quality of the backup. This would help us minimize our IT cost in terms of backup procedures. In addition, we would like to see the solution integrate easier with any cloud provider. There is a rising demand for moving to the hybrid cloud environment and Dell EMC needs to integrate to these needs. View full review »
Joe Klein
Sr Storage Architect at a tech services company
* Improve the interface and provide more management capability. * Remove the configuration limits. * Start over. View full review »
Allen Riviera
Data Center Architect at Iron Bow Technologies
I don't see a lot of room for improvement. Perhaps if they added more 10GB ports to the back of the system, so you have more IOPS out of the box itself to the network, that would help. But other than that it's a great platform. View full review »
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The payment account area. View full review »
Arend Pronk
Senior Systems Engineer at a sports company
I’d say better VMware integration. Currently, EMC relies on an additional VM (virtual machine) for integration with vCenter, whereas Nimble interfaces directly without the need of an additional virtual machine. Both products are fully HTML5 compliant, which makes me very happy. We have been able to fully eliminate Adobe Flash thanks to this. Firmware Upgrades in EMC Unity require you to manually download OS and Drive firmware, this should be integrated (Nimble does this). When you order an EMC Unity, you have to specify the block size. This is weird for me and even weirder that you cannot change this afterwards, you should be able to specify per LUN/datastore (Nimble does this as well). View full review »
Administrador Almacenamiento-Respaldos at Exito
The application's administration needs improvement and become better. It previously was better. View full review »
Jacob Christensen
Tech consultant at KMD
* The user interface could use improvement. * They could move away from flash and make it an HTML5 file. * They should update to the cloud. View full review »
Engineer of IT Operations at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't think we are really pushing our Unity, which we have discussed with Dell EMC. I would like them to continue to build on the solution and expand on the functionality, like replication. View full review »
IT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
* I would like to see more integration with other products. * The interface can be a little challenging for someone new. View full review »
Adonis Estévez
IT Techinal Engineer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Compression and block deduplication on non-all-flash solutions. I know it should not be easy to reach flash-like compression on mechanical disks, but it would bring this array to the top of the charts. And, of course, the block deduplication in mechanical pools. As I said above, everybody likes the "more space for less money" formula. View full review »
Frankie Youngblood
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
I would like the device to have the ability to pull down its own firmware. That would be a great thing. View full review »
Juan Montoya
Platform Administrator
The reports could possibly export all the data at once. View full review »
IT Supervisor
The only improvement would be a lower cost per unit/disks, however on the whole we are very pleased with this product. View full review »
James Wang
IT Supervisor
For the integration of the VPLEX function for Cross IDC structure, they should integrate the function into the SP controller. View full review »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It is missing some features, like deduplication. View full review »
Abilio Tsunoushi
Head of IT, South & Central America at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
The price has room for improvement. View full review »
New Technologies Director at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like to see more compression and deduplication added to the solution. Today, our compression is about 2:1 and other solutions give us about 4:1 or 5:1. View full review »
Dimitar Demirev Dimitrov
Head of IT Infrastructure
Thick provisioning of LUNs. Firmware management form EMC. Strange way to populate firmware based on spread ratio among the customers of EMC Unity. View full review »
Ryan Marquette
IT Manager
GUI updates. I had several hours helping support troubleshoot the difference in what the system was doing compared to what the GUI said. View full review »
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