Dell EMC Unity XT Competitors and Alternatives

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SteveGrangert
Real User
Storage Engineer at Missile Defense Agency
Nov 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its simplicity. It is easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We don't use NetApp AFF for machine learning or artificial intelligence applications. With respect to latency, we basically don't have any. If it's there then nobody knows it and nobody can see it… more»

What needs improvement?

I want an interface through ONTAP that look more like what it does for the E-Series with SANtricity. One of the things that I liked about the SANtricity GUI is that it is standalone Java. It doesn't… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've had NetApp since day one. Within our organization, there are multiple other teams and almost all of them use NetApp on classified networks. We have a little bit of HP and I think there's a… more»

What other advice do I have?

One of my favorite parts of this solution is that most of the day I sit there and do nothing, watching the lights go green on unify manager, knowing that they should stay green because it indicates… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't have any other vendors on the list, although we had one team that tried to push HP on to us and we said no. HP was really the only other possible alternative that we had. We had tossed… more»
Real User
Sr Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 04 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is simple to install. It comes with a large number of features out-of-the-box, which makes it easy for us to see problems and manage capacity. We use the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our performance. We run a lot of security tools that scan for different things, and this would greatly impact our other storage arrays that were… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have an easy way to determine the cost per VM so that I can present a solution to our customers. We're going through a transformation where we are trying… more»

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

Pure has been flexible with us on the pricing models.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We needed to do a lifecycle replacement, and we also knew that at the time that flash was just really starting to take hold. We had used a hybrid model before and we… more»

What other advice do I have?

After implementing this solution, we did see the performance impact. The performance had increased, although our customers did not see it. So as IT, on the backend, we… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing this solution, we evaluated Dell EMC. We looked at Nimble but they weren't all-flash at the time so they didn't last very long. I am sure that we… more»
Paulo-RODRIGUES
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer at Indra
Jan 06 2020

What is most valuable?

In terms of which features I've found most valuable, this includes rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas - their cloning tools. Also, the deployment is very quick and very simple.

What needs improvement?

There is a lot of room for improvement. What I don't like is that they do not create barriers in the areas. The data management is based on the software and they do not use segmentation on the storage. That is the main problem - there is no segmentation. You cannot segment the data on the database. You put the data there but you don't know where the data goes on each disk. The information will be… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give NetApp EF-Series All Flash a 5. It's a low rating because as I mentioned, they have to improve their software. NetApp is an array that is made on the software. Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation. Fragmentation, in particular, is a problem that could be improved for big customers since big… more»
Sameh Moamen
Real User
Infrastructure Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 07 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is good for virtualization and meets the need for CPU and RAM requirements. It is suitable for mid-range and big business.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have a better performance from this solution. In the next release, I would like to see support for Hyper-converged infrastructure.

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

The pricing for this solution is good compared to HP or Dell EMC.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used a solution from HP before this one.

What other advice do I have?

The demand in the market is for hyper-converged, all-in-one virtualization. It is not only for the operating system or hypervisors but also for networking and security. It is about optimum solutions. This is a solution that I recommend for… more»
Real User
Principal System Analyst at a university with 10,001+ employees
Sep 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution has made our backups more reliable.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more monitoring capability included in the next release of this solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We outgrew our old solution, which is why we implemented this one. We are traditionally a Dell EMC shop.

What other advice do I have?

For anybody considering this solution, my advice is to ask the vendor for a bake-off, or a demo product, so that you can evaluate it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this option we also evaluated solutions by IBM. We chose Pure because we like their support model and we like their performance. The vendor came out and did a bake-off for us.
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