Dell EMC Unity Valuable Features

SrEngine0613
Sr. Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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 configure it. I'll pick on NetApp as an example. To work on a NetApp, needing a certification isn't a recommendation, it's a requirement. You don't want someone who hasn't had all the required training working on NetApp. On a Unity, you can throw it in a remote office and tell whoever is there, "Hey, go click on these buttons." And you really don't have to worry about them clicking on the wrong thing. Or if I even need them to rack and install the Unity, it's a handful of cables here and there, where it's called out and easy to follow. There is just no complexity to it. A lot of SANs are easy to use these days. Unity was - if I recall correctly, especially on the VNX line, before they changed the name to Unity - one of the first to really lead in having that simplistic interface; the "why make this hard?" mindset. View full review »
ITManage593a
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
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 bad, which had never caused any issues. Dell EMC contacted me, and said, "We are a shipping a new one out." My response was, "Why?" He told me that hard drive was bad. So, I went and looked, and it was. This was almost immediate. I never even knew anything had happened. As frequently as updates come in, it has far more updates than anything else, Dell does it for you, which makes it simple to do them. I just sit back and watch them do it, so it's nice. It keeps us up-to-date and secure. View full review »
NetAdmin95898
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
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 and say, "This is the project that we want to do. Which box should we go about buying? They will send us the information and go through it with us." View full review »
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SanAdmin9f5c
SAN Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
* 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 been helpful. * And, of course, it's really fast. Obviously, that doesn't hurt anything at all. View full review »
Director22e5
Director of Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
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 comes with a cloud option out-of-the-box. Just purchasing it gave us an unlimited amount of storage. It allows us to dip our toes in without a major commitment. With AWS or Azure, you're locked in and you're using up the contract and you're always worried that you'll spend a lot more. The use case for us would be disaster recovery or cold storage. We use our VMware Site Recovery Manager and we use the device to replicate all of those hot VMs over to our DR site. We've actually tested it and it takes 19 seconds for us to get a virtual machine up and running, in the event of a disaster, because of the replication between the two systems. View full review »
Analytic10f7
Analytics and Sustainment Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
* Affordability * Scalability * Simplicity of use View full review »
SystemsE3b3e
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 VirtualCenter. I used to have to add LUNs manually, then scan them in and format them. It does that all for you, all in one, immediate deployment of LUNs. Also, for replication, we use RecoverPoint. It's a little clunky but, overall, the Unity part of that product works in a very simplistic manner. It's easy to manage. View full review »
Marc Mooney
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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. In terms of managing it, the performance metrics that it gives, generic stuff, it does everything that we need it to do. We didn't have to create any custom reporting. It all went well. View full review »
SeniorMa0a06
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
One of the most valuable features is its cost. It was inexpensive compared to other arrays that we were looking at. It's also easy to manage. I have 20 years of managing EMC storage and it has been the same from day one, pretty much. We have also integrated it with vSphere and SQL. There were no costs involved outside of our normal workload licensing, no costs that were specific to the Unity platform. View full review »
Madsen Wikholm
IT Manager
Ease of use is probably number one, compared to the previous storage that we've had. Easy scalability, easy set up. Compared to everything else, the Unity is, well, you could call it child's play. As long as you know what you're doing storage-wise, Unity is really easy to use. View full review »
Infrastr9b29
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm
I didn't choose this solution. My boss picked the solution. I actually suggested something else from a different vendor. Personally, my opinion of it is there aren't a lot of great features with it. View full review »
Ben Liebowitz
Server and Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's easy to manage. We access it and manage it through Unisphere and have had no issues. We're able to provision storage, create consistency groups, create RDMs for our virtual machines. Creating it through Unisphere, it automatically adds the data store on the VMware side and rescans the LUNs. We just have to add and configure the storage in one place and it takes care of everything, which is very handy. View full review »
Helpdesk5793
Helpdesk Supervisor at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Being all-flash makes everything super-fast. It's also great to manage. That's the easiest part. We also have another SAN, from Pure, and the Unity is easier to manage than the Pure. View full review »
SenSysEn2d3b
Senior Systems Engineer at BBH Solutions
Storage Snapshots have been really nice. They allow us to do backups without impacting our production workload that much. The scalability, the ability to add disks dynamically and adjust our workload as needed, has also been really helpful. That definitely makes my job easier. The interface for managing Unity is very easy. The integrations between VMware Hypervisor and Dell EMC are top-notch, so it's been really easy to use and manage. We already had solutions in place, so it was more just a matter of buying the hardware and migrating workloads over to it. There was no cost other than the purchase of the hardware and software licenses. View full review »
StorageA452f
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The product is pretty easy to use. The GUI is nice, really easy to use, and the performance is good. View full review »
Dave Homp
Manager of Storage and Backup at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The replication is big for us. We use file services on Unity and it has a really nice file services interface. It's also easy to manage. It's really easy in terms of provisioning, replication. There are no real tricks to it. It's just easy. View full review »
StorageA7579
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to provision storage from the CLI, versus having to go in and use the GUI every time. I can just script it out and it will create what I need. That makes it super-easy to manage. Also, for us, it's a set-and-forget. Since we provisioned it out, we haven't had to mess with it. View full review »
Jeff St John
Design Architect at Alexander Open Systems
First, it's the "Unity," it's the name itself. It's unified, it does block and file, so that is pretty important to my customers who might have file servers around their environment. I can roll them all up into a single array, as well as provide block storage for them on one array. It's the simplicity part of it. It's the ease of management, it's the call home, the CloudIQ functionality. It's all built in. I think Dell EMC has put a lot of thought into it. That's what I push out to my customers, to bring that message to them. View full review »
Owen Jackson
Senior IT Systems Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ease of integrating it into our current environment. It works within our enterprise management application. The NAS is also extremely easy to set up. View full review »
Eric Umstead
Director of Technical Services at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The benefits are the simplicity, flexibility and the ease of integration between the Unity platform and VMware, for example, and Microsoft platforms; the integration tools and the simplicity of management. There have been big shifts, of course, in technology moving away from kind of the traditional three-tier architecture, so the Unity has gotten to the point where it's, once again, simple and optimized. Dell EMC has done a really good job of putting together a platform, one that is well supported. View full review »
Alejandro Diaz
Systems Engineer at Zenware
I like the idea that it can compress and dedupe inline. That is quite a stunning feature for mid-range customers. That is something that is much better than the expectation that we have with VNX, which does that post-processing, and is not recommended for databases. So it's a big step for Unity. When we position Unity, that is one of the first things we say, that it is prepared to work things inline with dedupe and compress. View full review »
Infrastr9a1a
Infrastructure Manager
* Expandability for capacity management is pretty important. * It has compression, which allows you to store more data than you would normally under the arrays. * The ease of use in central management by Unisphere Central. * Cost-effectiveness, when compared to other products. View full review »
Petteri Olkinuora
System Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's very simple to use. I really love the new Unisphere. View full review »
Lew Nix
Information Technology Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
* Speed * Reliability * Support It is easy to manage overall. It is all web-based. It has a an easy, nice dashboard. I receive emails if there are issues. When there are any updates, I receive emails. I can either do them on my own, but normally I schedule them with Dell EMC and they remote in, then it's done. View full review »
SteveBauer
Senior IT Business Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our hope is that they stay up, online, and that we will be able to update them while the data stores are operational. That is why we picked them. Once it is set up, it is definitely easy to manage. View full review »
SeniorIT4792
Senior IT Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like the ease of configuration, the quick setup, and the fact that it seems to be hardened. We haven't had any issues with them. In terms of simplicity of ownership, once they're running you don't have to touch them. They're also simple to manage. We came from the VNXe 3200s so it's very similar. View full review »
Anthony Dominguez
Infrastructure Team Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of setup and management have been the best features. View full review »
David Cruz
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
They've integrated NAS and SAN pretty well. It made replication very simple. Because one of our systems has a lot of LANs, for it to replicate we have Consistency Groups in there. That's something that is really helpful, making sure that everything is working, not just for replication but for backups as well. Pretty much everything we need is there. View full review »
DeputyCI6143
Deputy CIO at a insurance company with 1-10 employees
It's very reliable. I have not had an issue with Dell EMC Unity. Their service is good. If there is an issue with our Unity, Dell will sometimes call me before I even know I received a notification. They will tell me that some disks are bad and needed replacement. Whenever we have issues, they respond very quickly. We are using all-flash disk, so the speed is very good. View full review »
Jason Bigler
Product Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's just a solid platform. View full review »
Jimmy Bortzfield
Virtualization engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
The quick integration with VMware. The ability to stand up a data store in one place, where you don't have to go and rescan for the data store through the vCenter Client, as well as SMB shares. This ended up being a big selling point for us. View full review »
Gopal Venkatraman
Senior Infrastructure Architect at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easy to deploy. That is the best feature that I like, because I used to fly into locations to install a Unity. We used to have an expense of $5,000 on the product. Now, I just send whomever is onsite over there locally with the initialization information in a text file. Then, they can put it in a USB drive, come back, and it's deployed. Afterwards, I can remotely access it, saving us $5,000 every time. It is not very expensive, so the value added is you get big bang for your buck. View full review »
Michael Silvestri
Assistant Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The fact that it's hybrid is the most valuable feature. We have the SSD so we put our SharePoint on there and some of the stuff that requires a little more speed. For SharePoint, we want the pages to respond a little more quickly. And it's nice to be able to use the slower storage for stuff that we don't need as quickly, like file servers. If they're a little slow, it's okay, nobody really complains. Overall, the hybrid is what we really like about it. I like that when you log in it gives you a dashboard of what your storage looks like. Pretty cool with that. View full review »
Rob Koper
Senior Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
In the hybrid version, I would say they are fast. They have fully automated storage tiering. In the all-flash version, higher performance, compression, data replication. View full review »
Mike McCurdy
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Our tech team is small and very busy, so it is about ease of use. The Unity came in, and its very easy to use and expand. We can expand one drive at a time, which has been a cost effective for us along with ease of performance. A lot of the Unisphere interfaces are greatly improved in terms of monitoring capabilities, alerting, and ease of use. Setting up the storage and the file system are all just a few clicks away. There are a lot of cloud options. We make use CloudIQ, which is a nice dashboard for our managed service side of the company to easily review what is going on with the health of things. There are a number of other cloud features, but we don't make use of them today. View full review »
LeadManab259
Lead Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Speed and ease of use of the interface are its most valuable features. The Unity interface is much more advanced than some of the older ones that we had, or that I've experienced. It has made deployment, configuration, and maintenance a lot simpler. For private cloud, it works very well. View full review »
NetworkAf069
Network Administrator at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Obviously its speed is the main reason why we got it but we've really loved being able to use the interface. We've been able to create LUNs easily. We're able to get in there and create what we need, do everything we need to do, configure it the way it needed to be configured. In terms of simplicity of ownership, it was almost plug-and-go. We did have some help getting it set up but, as for licensing and being able to get support through Dell EMC's site, it has been really easy. The interface makes it really easy to manage. View full review »
it_user513312
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It is completely reliable. The plugins for it are quite mature. I don't really have any issues with the interactions with vSphere, they all work as intended. There is a level of reliance and a maturity in the product, whereas the other ones are a little more cutting edge and the bugs can come out of the blue. View full review »
Daniel Calleja
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
* The performance * Ease of use View full review »
Solutionb443
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It's a great product if you want something that just works, and works fairly well. It's a product that's tested, tried, and true, where a multitude of customers have depended on the product for the overall requirements of their companies' data. Typically, a company's data is the lifeline of the company. So, if you want something that's tried, tested, and true, that is relatively feature-rich, and that just works, go for it, right. It's a fantastic product. View full review »
SeniorDi1276
Senior Director at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Speed and flexibility are the most valuable features. It has great mixed work load use, which is nice because we keep growing things for our VxBlock. It's great on power consumption, as there is no spinning disk. It's super-fast, and you can't go wrong with that. It's helped us across the board to standardize on something very simple. We use all the data service features and click all the options. View full review »
David Silberhorn
Senior Systems Engineer at Midland States Bank
For our environment just having a solid, running box is really sufficient. The administration of it is fine. For the most part, it is easy to manage. There is not a lot that you really need to change, there is not that much you really need to do. View full review »
Solutioned97
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It can be simple to deploy, the standup time is quite quick. The interface is quite quick. The terms are simple, intuitive, it's similar what was there in the VNXE before it. It's very simple to navigate and administer from the console. The hardware itself, it differs from Compellent and differs from the VNX before it. It doesn't have a separate file harbor that goes with it, there are no separate NAS heads. It's 2U, you have file and block storage, so you get a quite a lot of services for a small footprint. View full review »
Svetoslav Nanchev
IT Infrastructure and DWH/BI Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Performance * Low Latency * Integration with VMware These features are important for us for two reasons. The first two features - performance and low latency - are customer-facing and have direct impact on the user experience. This way, our work is more visible and we are able to improve not only user perception but business processes overall as well. VMware integration makes the life of our engineers easier, as we are almost 100% virtualized and this feature is used on a daily basis. View full review »
CloudEnga630
Cloud Engineer/System Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
The interface is pretty easy and it didn't take too long to get trained on it. View full review »
it_user286668
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
For our customers, it's the simplicity of it. They find it easy to use, along with the added features, the dynamic volumes. Things like that have been a big improvement over past generations. View full review »
SystemsE34ef
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
* The easy setup. * We really enjoy the HTML5. * The VVols have worked seamlessly with VMware. View full review »
Juan Rebelo
Pre Sales Manager at Datastar
I think that EMC has a good name in the market. VNX was a great product, and Unity is seen as the natural replacement. Customers see that as an advantage of the Unity. View full review »
it_user73656
Director, Solution Architecture at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
The features that customers are looking for, because I do a lot of architecture work, is the management simplicity. The provisioning is very simple in the Unity platform, as well as the reporting structure back to the customer. They get to know end-to-end visibility in the system environment. View full review »
Stijn Mahieu
IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The multiprotocol support. It's supporting NFS, fiber channel, CIFS, and these kinds of things. The multiprotocol is very attractive. View full review »
Rolf Colmer
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Simplicity: It is ease to use. It performs. It's easy to provision, and It's stable. View full review »
JamesSexton
Systems Admin at Farm Bureau Health Plans
One of the things that I like the most about it is how they have changed the Unisphere GUI, and how it is now HTML5. It is so easy to use. The array itself is so simple, easy to set up and easy to use, but it still has that great Dell EMC technology behind it. View full review »
MahdiBahmani
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Features Description All-inclusive All the software needed to store, manage, and protect data included with each array Efficiency Inline file and block data reduction with up to 5:1 DRR and 85% system efficiency for more usable capacity Multi-Cloud Built-in support to easily deploy multiple paths to a hybrid cloud world Multi-protocol SAN and NAS connectivity options enabling storage consolidation Performance Dual socket CPUs, dual-active controllers, multi-core optimization, NVMe-ready to deliver higher performance and less latency Rapid Deployment Install and configure in twenty-five minutes to operational productivity Scalable Up to 8.0 PB raw capacity and up to one thousand drives Simplicity Lifecycle simplicity from ordering through support Unified Storage Support for file, block & VMware VVol data inside a single storage pool, reducing complexity and improving flexibility View full review »
SirSyste734c
Sir Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* Starting small and being able to grow to a larger scale * All-flash options are great * Hybrid options are good for certain use cases View full review »
Mohammed Mahrous
Storage Support Manager at Alinma Bank
The valuable features of Unity include: * it's flexible * friendly user-interface * good performance. It's not complicated. Any beginner can work with this environment. It is not an enterprise-level solution, it's for mid-range companies, but it includes a lot of features like compression and encryption. View full review »
StorageE7758
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
* Quick Snapshots * Cloning, which we need in our environment * It's all-flash array, Unity 450F * It has performed adequately well for our business needs View full review »
Jason Dong
Solution architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Its simplicity and simple management. * Auto-features for data protection. * Being able to expand the product. * The Unisphere management interface: We are very familiar with it. It manages all the EMC devices that we have. Management is easy because it is part of Unisphere, which is self-learning. * The support for Dell EMC is excellent. View full review »
SeniorSy58bb
Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For me, the most valuable feature is the ease of management. It's a fairly easy system to manage compared to PowerMax or VMAX. In other use cases for which we used that particular Unity box, before it landed up being what it is now, the data service feature we used most was snapshots. Snapshots made it easy to roll back to a point in time. View full review »
Sys32189Eng3
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
* Ease of use: The GUI management is very easy to use. * The management is easy for us. We rarely touch it now. It just runs. View full review »
NetworkSb382
Network Storage Admin at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're very familiar with the VNX series, we were using VNX before Unity. The features sets are very similar but what I like is the way it ties into VMware. When I create a datastore inside Unity, it just shows up in VMware. I love that tie-in. View full review »
Directorf5e6
Director of IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The reason we purchased it was for dual data centers. We have one in each data center so that we can have that redundancy, that failover if needed. Obviously, flash, everything's quicker. We did notice a lot of speed difference. We actually started out with XtremIO, and we were running our SQL servers off XtremIO, but our application servers couldn't keep up. So now, our application servers are all on flash, SQL Servers are all on XtremIO, and the two work together well. View full review »
VpIT6a0f
VP IT at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the performance. It's still an all-flash array at a good price point. View full review »
Clayton Daffron
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The flexibility of the paradigm and, obviously, its price point. View full review »
Mark Glasson
Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer and Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* FAST Cache: The ability for hot blocks to almost instantaneously be served from Flash. * FAST VP: Enables us to better utilise the Flash resources that we have. * ESRS/CloudIQ: Having the array communicating back to Dell EMC enables me to get faster responses to issues which may arise, like a failed disk. View full review »
StorageS9b07
Storage Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It's pretty easy to use compared to the older version of the product, which was called VNX. This product is way easier to use. It performs well. They have a Unity REST API that I use to automate some of the storage stuff. I'm just getting started with it, but it seems pretty easy to use. View full review »
ITMgr3971
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has the same operating system for both file and block, and it actually simplifies everything. It's much smaller compared to VNX. View full review »
Ferdinand Zilcher
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It's easy to handle for administrators and it's a unified system. It's not as complex as Celerra systems or CX4 Clariions to administrate. You can do everything with one GUI. View full review »
SeniorEn4274
Senior Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We do replication and snapshotting. We're using that as a backup technology to leverage snapshotting. View full review »
Architec79dd
Data Protection Architect at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Being able to bring those multiple groups into a central solution. From a storage perspective, that is a bit of a challenge. There are also DR and data protection functions that we found in the new Unity, now that we are stepping up from VNX and other storage appliances, that we've started implementing. View full review »
Infrastr336e
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The compression and deduplication which will be coming in version 4.3. With just those features, we will be reducing the amount of data and footprint on our hardware. View full review »
Thirukumaran Ganesan
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The deployment is very easy. Via a click, we can deploy a data store or LUN to the ESX host. We can also deploy VVOLs to the ESX server. View full review »
Managingb654
Managing Partner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is the performance combined with the Gig-per-dollar value. That combination is superior to other storage options. View full review »
Engineer754c
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Overall, the most valuable thing for our use case is the flexibility to have multiple-protocol support. View full review »
Phillip Weingart
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It performs great. Customers really like it. I've had a lot of customers go from the previous platforms up to Unity. They've noticed better performance with it. What they really like is the easy licensing now - Dell EMC has caught up to a lot of their competitors - based on not having to charge for everything, and they can get everything in one bundle. Ease of management is one thing I get a lot of good feedback regarding as well. The flexibility is also important. We still have a lot of customers that have a use case for non-flash, yet you can also build the flash version as well. View full review »
NetworkE5be0
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
* Space * Ease of use * Snapshots * Replication between sites * It is very seamless. View full review »
StorageA18d5
Storage Admin at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It is easy to use. Setting up replication is pretty simple. We just set it and forget it. View full review »
Daniel Stotz
Storage And Virtualization Architect at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use the all-flash arrays so the performance is probably the most valuable feature. As features go, deduplication and compression are important too. View full review »
Technicaede6
Technical Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The way it takes the Snaps, that is one of the best features. Snapshot performance is what is key in the Unity, compared to a traditional VNX. View full review »
Flavio Araujo
User
Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware. View full review »
Stephan Koenen
Manager Storage And Back Up at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup was quite easy, straightforward. Compression, it's an all-flash Unity, so with that compression feature, it's comparable to a hybrid. That is one thing that we definitely like. View full review »
Jonathan Pierce
Senior systems program at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It is all cost-based. It's as good as a VMAX All Flash with stream I/O. In terms of our use case, we're not thinking of deduplication. However, looking at it based on cost per gigabyte, it's certainly very effective. View full review »
PaulMercieca
Business Development at SG Solutions Ltd
It's the simplicity, and most of all it's backed up by Dell EMC support, which is very valuable. View full review »
SeniorMa3a94
Senior Manager IT at a financial services firm
* All-flash performance * Snapshotting capabilities * Replication It's good. It has a lot of good features. View full review »
HeadOfITa385
Head Of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The NAS capability is mainly what we're looking for from this product, and being able to recover fast in DR. View full review »
GroupTec348d
Group Technology Ops Executive at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We weren't looking at specific features. We needed to the additional storage and the performance. View full review »
Rick Laughinghouse
Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
All-flash, it's fast. We have the 650 model which is all-flash, upgraded from VNX. It just flies. View full review »
Guy Shepperd
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
* The interface is easy to use. * The ability to programmatically manage it. View full review »
Albie Bokingkito Jr.
Storage and System Engineer with 10,001+ employees
* New HTML5 GUI: It's really fast and works well on your favorite browsers. * Data reduction: We haven't seen the actual benefits, but with this feature, we are expecting to gain maximum efficiency. * CloudIQ integration: This provides really useful data and analysis. View full review »
Marcelo Acha
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is very high-speed. The compression is also a very good feature, and the deduplication as well. View full review »
Gokhan Agra
Infrastructure Management Expert at Turkcell
At the moment we are using it with VPLEX. VPLEX is a very big advantage for us. We don't use very many of the Unity's functions. But it does provide good provisioning, allowing us to save space. We use all-flash systems and they are quite fast. View full review »
SystemsA06db
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For me, the best thing is the reliability. Even some of ours that are somewhat old or out of warranty have a very solid, excellent reliability. I love the systems management of the servers. It's easy to set up, easy to monitor. View full review »
Steven Aldenkamp
Systems Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* Simplicity. * Ease of management. * It's still running on the ancient systems, so the customers know what they are getting. View full review »
Infrastr348f
Infrastructure Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Snapshot feature. View full review »
SystemsA2504
Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Stability * Interoperability with the other components of the system View full review »
Eia646c
Enterprise IT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Price and performance are its most valuable features. It streamlines processes. View full review »
Sandy Aldjah
Implementation Engineer at Telindus
All the features are okay, but not all of our customers are using all the features. View full review »
Infrastr802c
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's simple, easy to manage. View full review »
JohnBowling
IT Manager - Storage at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The All-Flash models are pretty fast for the vast majority of our remote workloads. Encryption (data at rest - DAR) is easy to implement and has very little performance overhead. CloudIQ SaaS is also a nice touch and is available for free. You can remotely monitor the health and performance of the arrays online or via a mobile app. View full review »
Sanjy Kumar
IT Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We like the way it integrates with our environment. These features help us use multiple soft applications. The new features of going off the grid and replicating really help us. They give us an advantage versus traditional storage resources. View full review »
Joe Klein
Sr Storage Architect at a tech services company
None. Having used EMC products for more than 15 years, this is the first product in that time that I could find nothing to like. View full review »
Luca Ricciuti
Data Center Pre Sales at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The architecture is robust. I know that it has changed a lot with the advent of the all-flash. But it was the good, old-fashioned storage array, block array for customers. It's reliable. View full review »
Allen Riviera
Data Center Architect at Iron Bow Technologies
* Ease of use * Ease of management * Ease of deployment * The GUI is very user-friendly. View full review »
DataCent4153
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The ease of use, which makes it very good. View full review »
Administ7d49
Administrador Almacenamiento-Respaldos at Exito
It has good performance. The solution is extremely functional for the price that we pay for it. It is worth the investment. View full review »
ITServerfb94
IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Storage * Easy to manage and configure. * I can easily setup and configure the LUN and host without support. View full review »
Johann Montero
Director at ESPH
The technology is simple and it is efficient. View full review »
Jacob Christensen
Tech consultant at KMD
It provides SAN capabilities and storage replication. View full review »
Engineere566
Engineer of IT Operations at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Deduplication is the biggest thing for our company. It is easy to use. Compression is making a difference towards the amount of hardware that we need to purchase. We love our snapshots and the CloudIQ function is great. View full review »
IT1c5b
IT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
* It is easy to manage. A lot of the system manages itself. * It is nice the way ESRS works with remote support, being able to remote in and take a look at problems proactively. View full review »
Adonis Estévez
IT Techinal Engineer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
* VMware integration: Grants both the Storage and Virtual Administrator the ability to create and mount datastores, or even to check how much space each VM is consuming. * Block compression on F Models: Compression on F Models or in flash pools allows us to almost duplicate the available space on the array; more space for less money, everyone likes this. * Simple management: The simple GUI implemented on the Unity arrays simplifies management. View full review »
SystemsEbdd4
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Easy to use management. I like that it is wizard-driven. In past iterations, it has made it easier to cross-train the team. View full review »
Frankie Youngblood
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
We currently deploy the Unitys for CIFS-based file access to supplement our VxRail deployment, which was installed around the same time. View full review »
Juan Montoya
Platform Administrator
* Auto-tiering * FAST Cache Automatically, the cool data downgrades to slower disks and no human needs to intervene. The FAST Cache helps to have a large quantity of data in memory and speed up the presentation of new storage. View full review »
James Wang
IT Supervisor
* Performance dashboard * Because I always need to trouble shooting for IOPS & database (DB) performance issues. I can quickly focus on what is part of the issue. I can decrease downtime and can plan next year's extended capacity budget. * Integration of the VPLEX function for Cross IDC structure. View full review »
Solution672f
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We use replication. It has reduced complexity. View full review »
Abilio Tsunoushi
Head of IT, South & Central America at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
* Small device * Using few U's on rack * Small consumption of energy * Fast access on data View full review »
Val Sondoyi
Tech Lead with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the easy management with a great GUI. We can do a lot from there. View full review »
NewTechn7485
New Technologies Director at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Cheaper * Its consumption of kVA View full review »
Ryan Marquette
IT Manager
Replication: Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, RPO and RTO. Replication and ease of storage setup for block LUN’s and VMware. View full review »
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