Dell EMC Unity Scalability

SrEngine0613
Sr. Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It scales decently to 100,000 IOPS, maybe 150,000. But as long as your IOPS requirements are below that, it does a great job. With the nature of the architecture, there's a limitation to its total, possible throughput. So if you need IOPS above that 150,000 mark, your Unity engineer will say something like, "Oh, we just need to cluster it and do that." That's a very old-school approach. If you need more IOPS than what Unity SAN can provide, clustering is not a great option. The better option is to go with a SAN with better IOPS. Unity is good at what Unity does, so don't try to make it do what it doesn't do. It's great for bulk storage, up to a certain performance level. If you use it for that, it works great. On a per-SAN basis we could have 3,000 to 6,000 VMs connecting to it. View full review »
ITManage593a
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
As far as hardware goes, we haven't had to scale up at all. We're staying pretty steady. As far as users go, I have about 1000 users on it right now, and it's not even at 50%. It's amazing as far as utilization goes. View full review »
NetAdmin95898
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
You only have so many days in the storage. When you buy storage, buy more than you think you'll need, because it will come back and bite you. Because now, if we expand anymore, we will have to buy a box to piggyback on this storage. Hindsight is 20/20, but all-flash is expensive. View full review »
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SanAdmin9f5c
SAN Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We just recently started using the Dynamic Pools, so while it's scalable, we actually find it valuable that we can just pop in one or two drives when we need to, instead of having to add a whole RAID set. That has actually been very handy for us. A lot of the time, as a government organization, we don't always get all the money we ask for. Sometimes, the money that gets slated to us gets pulled out, last-minute, so we're trying to buy drives and hoard them. We always put drives in last-minute, and that's been extremely helpful. I know that's not exactly the question in terms of scalability, but that has been more helpful to us than being able to add a zillion disks at a time. Being able to add onesies, twosies to a pool is really helpful. View full review »
Director22e5
Director of Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We haven't had to scale it out. We're going to scale it out next year. View full review »
Analytic10f7
Analytics and Sustainment Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
We are very fond of the scalability. We are using the Unity 300, which has a limitation. However, if we needed more, we could go to the Unity 400, 500 or 600. We could go down the series until we get the one that meets the size that we need. It has very impressive scalability. We're not cloud ready yet, but we like the option for the expandability. View full review »
SystemsE3b3e
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is great. If we need to expand, it's very easy to expand. View full review »
Marc Mooney
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We probably overcompensated with the numbers that we put into it in the beginning, so we've not had to upscale anything yet. We're still using it two-and-a-half years later, which is proof that it works. View full review »
SeniorMa0a06
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
I can't really comment on scalability. We bought the frame fully loaded. I don't know whether it scales or not. I suppose if I bought a unit that had half the capacity, it would scale to the max capacity. That wasn't my need. View full review »
Madsen Wikholm
IT Manager
For our needs, it's more than capable. We run about 100 virtual servers on it. We have about 100 users accessing the file shares from there, and I've seen no problem with that. We have about a 10GB backbone. Whatever we throw at it, it hasn't shown any sign of weakness or anything. It's been really good. View full review »
Infrastr9b29
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm
It is limited to a certain amount of terabytes. We haven't reached that threshold yet. View full review »
Ben Liebowitz
Server and Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've added more and more on to it, and had no issues with it. When we started there, they had just deployed Unity. It was used in a few places, but not all that much. We've been migrating more and more over to it to get off of and retire the VNX, and we've had no issues. The compression has been working well. View full review »
SenSysEn2d3b
Senior Systems Engineer at BBH Solutions
It's been very good at scaling when we've needed it to. It's been a good solution so far. View full review »
StorageA452f
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We have a Unity 500, which scales to 500 drives, and we're about half full. But it's like their previous systems where you can add a couple of drives or a couple of shelves. There are no issues on that end. View full review »
Dave Homp
Manager of Storage and Backup at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is also really easy. There are lots of options. View full review »
StorageA7579
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scaling is easy. If we need more, we just buy another shelf. It's probably not as easy as the Isilon, but it scales well. View full review »
SeniorSyd8e9
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
None. Data-in-Place Conversions are available, for “scaling-up”. This feature may be driven online, in the next “UnityOS” release (4.2 SP1). View full review »
Jeff St John
Design Architect at Alexander Open Systems
It is scalable, but you have to know your customer, and what the environment is. Perhaps you're going in there with a Unity 350 and then, at some point, do a data-in-place upgrade to a 450 or a 550. You have to get a good base understanding of what to initially go with for customers, so they're not coming back to you six months later saying "Hey, this thing is full." View full review »
Owen Jackson
Senior IT Systems Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability has been pretty easy too, as opposed to some other vendors that we've had in the past. View full review »
Eric Umstead
Director of Technical Services at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Moving away from the traditional EMC Clariion integration with the VNX, and some challenging upgrades through that process - specifically on the file side - the Unity, especially the all-block Unity platforms that we have been selling most of, are very simple, seamless, non-disruptive upgrades. Most customers are extremely happy with that. On the file side, the Unity is much easier to upgrade than it was traditionally with the VNX, so, once again, a big improvement over previous solutions. View full review »
Alejandro Diaz
Systems Engineer at Zenware
Peru is a very different market from the U.S. or Europe. A company that is mid-range in the U.S., for instance, could be using an enterprise solution in Peru. For Latin America in general, it is a perfect product for mid-range and for some enterprise-grade, big, transactional businesses. View full review »
Infrastr9a1a
Infrastructure Manager
The scalability is exceeding expectations. View full review »
Petteri Olkinuora
System Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is really good now that they have the Dynamic Pools. We don't always have the money to buy complete write sets when we have to expand the storage, so now with the Dynamic Pools we can add disks on the go. It's an easier process to order them and to get more storage when we need. View full review »
Lew Nix
Information Technology Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
I'm using 25% of the available space for that drive. I can scale it as far as money could spend, as far as I can tell. View full review »
SteveBauer
Senior IT Business Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of scalability, the size is fine for the environment we have. We're usually at about half the capacity, so we have quite a bit more we can expand with. It's good. View full review »
SeniorIT4792
Senior IT Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scaling is easy. Just add drives, extend the space. It's super simple. View full review »
Anthony Dominguez
Infrastructure Team Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not had to scale it yet but, from what I have read and understand, scalability will be very easy. Adding extra bricks or nodes to it is going to be easy. View full review »
David Cruz
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We've only had it for a short time so we haven't had to scale up. We got it scaled to our needs with a little bit of growth put on there. View full review »
DeputyCI6143
Deputy CIO at a insurance company with 1-10 employees
We are a small bank. It is very scalable whenever we want to expand the disk storage. View full review »
Jason Bigler
Product Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is phenomenal. View full review »
Jimmy Bortzfield
Virtualization engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
We have added one additional shelf to one of the two Unities. As far as I can tell, it went really well. It was not something I was involved with, but we may have had Dell EMC assist us with that. View full review »
Gopal Venkatraman
Senior Infrastructure Architect at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have 30 to 40 Unities out there in the field. We don't even scratch the full capabilities of the Unity. We are at about 20 to 30 percent utilization. It is just provisioned so well that we are sitting at 90 percent performance level. We have it well-provisioned so we don't need to worry about performance for the next five years. It is quite scalable. If you want to add on, you can add on easily. We have a 25-slot enclosure and are probably at 15 right now. If we purchase a big company, need to scale up, we can easily scale up. View full review »
Michael Silvestri
Assistant Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dell EMC is one of the best in terms of scalability. They can just add another component to it. It's so modular so it's super easy. The scalability is very nice. View full review »
Rob Koper
Senior Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The scalability is less than with VNX. In the VNX, I could replicate out to more than one storage system. On Unity, it's one on one. If I could migrate one to many, that would be helpful, but that is missing now. View full review »
LeadManab259
Lead Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We know that we can add another whole tray or two of disks if we need to. We started with a high-density to begin with, but we knew we had significant space to expand when we needed it. It has exceeded our performance expectations. We were expecting an improvement, but we were expecting to eventually in the short term come close to hitting capacity on it, and we haven't. Performance-wise, it's held up very well. View full review »
NetworkAf069
Network Administrator at a construction company with 201-500 employees
We haven't had to do any expansion on it yet, but I've heard that it's very easy and that, if we ever need it, it shouldn't be a problem. View full review »
it_user513312
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I don't know that I can really address the issue of scalability with the units we have. We have mostly a test box, a small one. We haven't had to add disk shelves or do any scaling of the system. View full review »
Daniel Calleja
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
No issues. It has been a year, and at the moment, I am having a schedule of work put together to increase the capacity. It will be a very easy job. A matter of adding extra disks to existing slots. Very easy to do. So, a very scalable product. View full review »
Solutionb443
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
If you build it out correctly and it's intended for the workloads that you anticipate, then it's absolutely scalable. If you start to do more with it, and it wasn't built for that particular use case, then it's not as scalable. At the same, with Unity now, you've got the ability to do data-in-place upgrades. From that aspect, it can be relatively more scalable. View full review »
SeniorDi1276
Senior Director at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is great. We haven't hit any issues with scaling at this point. View full review »
David Silberhorn
Senior Systems Engineer at Midland States Bank
The scalability is fine. There's not much for me to really say about scalability. Adding disk is really the scalability factor, for right now. We only have two shelves of storage disks so I don't have any concerns about or needs for scalability. View full review »
Svetoslav Nanchev
IT Infrastructure and DWH/BI Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
No issues with scalability. View full review »
CloudEnga630
Cloud Engineer/System Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
We haven't increased in size much. Given the user rate we're at now, we think it will probably scale pretty easily without having any issues. View full review »
it_user286668
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
There have been no scalability issues with our customer base. Our customers are maybe, at most, a few hundred terabytes, so scalability is not an issue. View full review »
SystemsE34ef
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
We really enjoy the scalability, absolutely. We're running one box right now, but the fact that we can add additional compartments as needed is extremely useful, and we will probably go that way in the future. View full review »
Dave Flewitt
Infrastructure Engineer at CGSH
It had better scale, it costs a lot of money. I definitely think it will. Also, my hope, being that it is solid-state, is that the ongoing maintenance costs will be reduced, on the off chance that our firm might not want to replace it after five years. View full review »
Juan Rebelo
Pre Sales Manager at Datastar
For our market, in Argentina, Unity is, most of the time, a good product, a big product. It is unlikely our customers would be short of on the number of drives or IOPS with the Unity. We don't have huge enterprises compared to the American market, for example. Unity is enough for our market's scalability. With the biggest products in the Unity line, we cover pretty much every customer and, if not, we start talking about VNX; but only for a couple of the biggest companies in Argentina. We are a small market. View full review »
it_user73656
Director, Solution Architecture at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
It is scalable. Customers are going more into distributed architecture, so the Unity definitely has a scalable architecture built into that. Scale-out architecture, scale-up architecture. View full review »
Stijn Mahieu
IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
So far we have no issues. But we are currently doing disaster recovery tests so we've deployed the Unity 300 with an expansion in our disaster recovery sites. Now we're going to do some serious tests, so we'll be able to tell you that in a few weeks, whether or not it holds its own. View full review »
Rolf Colmer
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It scales, but then you have to buy additional stuff. So, if we need it, we can scale it. That is not the issue. However, we don't need it to scale further, because when I scaled it down, there are multiple platforms that we will move off the Unity to a hyper-converged or Isilon solution. Scalability isn't that important. View full review »
JamesSexton
Systems Admin at Farm Bureau Health Plans
I think it will meet our needs going forward. I don't think we would ever max out the Unity that we bought, based on our business model. View full review »
Mohammed Mahrous
Storage Support Manager at Alinma Bank
The scalability is okay, it's fine. It's not powerful though. We have another product that is more scalable than Unity. It needs to be able to scale out, like the Isilon system and other systems. View full review »
StorageE7758
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Again, it's a branch office, small, so there's no need to scale it, we haven't crossed that path yet. This is our first implementation of Unity within our environment, we are primarily a VMAX shop, so our venture into the mid-range arrays was something that was brought on because we needed better performance within our regional offices. View full review »
Jason Dong
Solution architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is scalable. We can always add additional tools if we need to expand it. View full review »
SeniorSy58bb
Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is also good. View full review »
Sys32189Eng3
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The growth is difficult to forecast, but it's easy for the unit to grow when needed. It is very scalable. View full review »
NetworkSb382
Network Storage Admin at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is great. We haven't scaled up very much, but it's definitely easy to do. View full review »
Directorf5e6
Director of IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We purchased big enough that we haven't had to worry about scalability yet. View full review »
VpIT6a0f
VP IT at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's been acceptable in terms of scalability as well. We've found that it's easy to expand and not too expensive. View full review »
Clayton Daffron
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It's not really scalable. Up to mid-range requirements, it's just fine. But scalability takes you to the enterprise-class, and that's more high-end VNX or low-end Symmetrix. View full review »
Mark Glasson
Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer and Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
No, the Unity 400 hybrid is highly scalable. It adds extra storage or connectivity can be done while it is online. View full review »
StorageS9b07
Storage Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We haven't really upgraded yet, but I know we can scale to about 500 drives with the system that we have. We are about halfway full. The scalability seems fine. View full review »
ITMgr3971
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability for the 650F is good, but I was expecting a little bit more than that. View full review »
Ferdinand Zilcher
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Scalability is not good. We have a Unity 300, now we have to do a data-in-place conversion for the next upgrade because only 150 slots are supported, not drives, only slots. So my job next week is to do an in-place upgrade from 300 to 400. View full review »
Architec79dd
Data Protection Architect at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
It will scale as much as we want or need. Scalability is not a concern. View full review »
Infrastr336e
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Scalability is great, anywhere from upgrading the SPs to adding disks. View full review »
Thirukumaran Ganesan
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Scaling is easy. If there is future growth I am able to call Dell EMC to provide additional capacity. View full review »
Managingb654
Managing Partner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I'm sure scalability will be fine. It will be great. But the client has not reached the point of needing to increase the capacity, or other features, yet. View full review »
Engineer754c
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It scales very well. It's built into the model line which allows you to scale as necessary. You can choose the model you need to scale with your needs. View full review »
Phillip Weingart
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Now that they can do the controller upgrades, it's really helped them out a lot, and it'll help to be able to scale more. They're not just trapped into one model and, instead of having to do a lift and shift of all the data, they can now do head upgrades. View full review »
NetworkE5be0
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It is very scalable. View full review »
Daniel Stotz
Storage And Virtualization Architect at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not had to add capacity to them. I would imagine it's going to scale well, we just haven't had to add capacity. View full review »
Technicaede6
Technical Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
I know there are new, scalable versions of Unity that are out there. We recently have been getting more because our data is increasing. Recently we got the latest Unity model, and we are planning to convert most of our VNX data over to the Unity at some point. View full review »
Flavio Araujo
User
No scalability issues. View full review »
Stephan Koenen
Manager Storage And Back Up at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If those SP utilization things, noted above, get to be an issue, I think scalability might be an issue too. But we need to confirm that. I don't know yet. View full review »
PaulMercieca
Business Development at SG Solutions Ltd
Scalability is good. View full review »
SeniorMa3a94
Senior Manager IT at a financial services firm
Scalability is good, although we only have a 400F. I think we missed out on getting the 450, but it seems to be fairly scalable. View full review »
HeadOfITa385
Head Of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I believe it is scalable. View full review »
GroupTec348d
Group Technology Ops Executive at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It will certainly help us scale bigger. If I look at the footprint, the VNX's was multi-rack. Now, all of a sudden, we're only at a portion of a rack. And, obviously, if we can scale within the same rack - we can certainly see that by the number of hard drives we've had to put in - we can scale a lot more easily. View full review »
Rick Laughinghouse
Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
At this point, we're at the high end. I don't know that we have a lot of room to scale up, but I think it's going to meet our needs for a while. View full review »
Guy Shepperd
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We haven't found a scale that we can't go to yet. View full review »
Marcelo Acha
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Most of our customers are medium-sized businesses. My market, my targets, they don't need high-scale performance. But I know the scalability is very good and you can scale very easily. View full review »
Gokhan Agra
Infrastructure Management Expert at Turkcell
For us, it's scalable. View full review »
SystemsA06db
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is good. We use some Dell EMC blade servers, so it's easy to add another blade server without a lot of cabling or setup. View full review »
Steven Aldenkamp
Systems Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Scalability for us is not yet much of an issue because most of our customers are running on rather small systems. View full review »
Infrastr348f
Infrastructure Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It will definitely meet our needs going forward. With all-flash it should be able to scale. You probably just need one 4U device and you have terabytes of space. View full review »
SystemsA2504
Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's fairly scalable. We went through a scale-up and it performed as expected. View full review »
Eia646c
Enterprise IT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We haven't tried scaling yet. View full review »
Sandy Aldjah
Implementation Engineer at Telindus
Scalability is good. View full review »
Infrastr802c
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
For our use cases, I believe it will meet our needs moving forward. View full review »
Sanjy Kumar
IT Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It can easily scale up to meet our requirements. View full review »
Luca Ricciuti
Data Center Pre Sales at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The market I'm working, in Switzerland, is quite small. The Unity, in terms of scalability, covers 90% of our use cases. View full review »
Allen Riviera
Data Center Architect at Iron Bow Technologies
No issues with scalability. It is very good. View full review »
DataCent4153
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
There are no issues with the scalability. View full review »
Arend Pronk
Senior Systems Engineer at a sports company
ITServerfb94
IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Johann Montero
Director at ESPH
It is scalable. For example, at this moment I have a large customer, a government ministry in Costa Rica. We have two Unity's with services for transactions on different scales. It has grown over the course of six months. View full review »
Jacob Christensen
Tech consultant at KMD
It is very scalable. View full review »
Engineere566
Engineer of IT Operations at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our hypervisor cluster has 13 nodes. We have some file level and front-end services. We leverage the iSCSI and Fibre Channel functionalities for scalability. View full review »
IT1c5b
IT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
You can just add nodes and shelves to it. View full review »
Adonis Estévez
IT Techinal Engineer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
SystemsEbdd4
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability definitely meets our businesses requirements. It is highly scalable. View full review »
Frankie Youngblood
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
We have had no issues of scalability with the product. The product has been upgraded with additional drives and enclosures multiple times without incident. View full review »
Juan Montoya
Platform Administrator
SeanO'connor
IT Supervisor
None whatsoever. We expanded both our EMC Unity disks by 10TB without any disruption or issues. Simply added the disks, then created further data stores. View full review »
James Wang
IT Supervisor
No, there have not been issues with the scalability. View full review »
Solution672f
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Abilio Tsunoushi
Head of IT, South & Central America at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
I will need to see in the future. I do not have time for scalability for the time being to determine whether it can scale out. View full review »
Dimitar Demirev Dimitrov
Head of IT Infrastructure
Ryan Marquette
IT Manager
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