Dell EMC Unity XT Benefits

Sr. Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
One of the benefits it brings is the value for its price. It has saved us a lot of money. It does the job. It just works. We just bought a bunch of new Unity's that allowed us to do a lot of consolidation. Those four Unity's replaced 13 VNXs and older Unity's. In terms of simplicity of ownership, I think we still have somewhere in the neighborhood 20 Unity's and they're managed by four storage guys. So, from a simplicity perspective, you can manage a lot of Unity's across a lot of data centers with a very small staff. View full review »
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
We currently have two Dell EMC Unities going. One of them at our primary on-premise DR site. They communicate with each other. If we ever have to failover, it is right there and ready. We have integrated it with VMware, Exchange, Microsoft SQL, and all types of Windows servers running on it. It out performs any other physical hardware that I have ever had. We had to purchase the licenses for the Exchange and SQL servers. We also had to purchase VMware, and that could be cheaper. We are also using it with our Veeam solution for our backup. Everything is just integrated so seamlessly. It is great. View full review »
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
As far as benefits, it gives us fast access orders for everybody in accounting, and it's working. It is all-flash and is in extreme hyper-performance mode. When there have been critical updates, we will get phone calls from Dell EMC saying, "We need to update this, and because our contract support level is here, we can do this for you." They will bug you to death until you have updated it, which is good because we are overwhelmed. View full review »
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SAN Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We've recently gone from a five-man team down to two, not because of the Unity solely, but we haven't necessarily had to replace everyone. We've been able to consolidate a lot of VNXs into just a couple of Unity's. We have less to manage and we need fewer people. As far as the simplicity goes, adding hosts is easier. Everything is just about automatic. We're used to those old VNX1s, which are running Windows CE. Using the CLI on those is a little clunky, while logging into the CLI on the Unisphere is easy. It just makes sense, especially if you're used to Unix, because it's a Unix-based system. It's all-around easier to use. View full review »
Director of Technology at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We went from two boxes that were 8U down to a 2U box. It reduced the electricity we were using just by making that one change. On a performance level, with SQL querying, it would take 60 seconds. That doesn't sound like a long time, but when people are staring at a spinning icon they can get outraged. This solution has cut it down to about 22 seconds for a query, so it's a lot faster. The difference was astronomical. We were using an EqualLogic, a hybrid array which had spinning disk and SSD, and the Unity just blew it out of the water. When it comes to provisioning and management, when you compare Unity to EqualLogic, it's night and day. The EqualLogic wasn't nearly as flexible as Unity is. Once we saw what the Unity was capable of, there was no going back to the EqualLogic at all. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It allows junior engineers to administer it a lot, so senior engineers, like myself, don't have to do hands-on stuff. It's less complex. View full review »
Analytics and Sustainment Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
It keeps us up and running. That is the big thing. View full review »
Marc Mooney
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
In terms of service and deployment, it was done easily. It was a big SAN beforehand, so being flash, it was configured quickly. The footprint that it left in the data center was small, so it has definitely consolidated everything that we've put in there. Across-the-board, our first step into flash went really well. View full review »
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
It is cheap and deep storage. It fits the business need that we had. I'm sure there are a number of other products out on the market that compete just as well. View full review »
Ben Liebowitz
Server and Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The fact that it's all-flash has really helped our overall performance. View full review »
Helpdesk Supervisor at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
It increased the boot speed on our SQL Servers. It made downtimes incredibly small compared to when we had them on normal spinning disk. Back then, it would take two or three minutes to boot up. Now, on all-flash, it's 25 to 30 seconds. So it has improved downtime, if we have to reboot a server, which is something we do a lot. We used to have Exchange on it but we've put that in the cloud so it's no longer on a solution. When we did have it, it was faster because it wasn't on spinning disks. It helped us with that. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at BBH Solutions
Obviously, our customers rely on us for uptime. We've had no problems with it so far. Migration to it went very smoothly, so in terms of value to us, it's been very good at keeping our workload and our uptime going. Also, it has definitely provided much faster performance. View full review »
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We just started doing a bunch of automation where, if an end-user's home directory or Departmental share gets filled, I can set certain things through a Unity API so that if it reaches 95 or 98 percent full, it will automatically expand. Now, instead of our getting a ticket and having to go in and do it manually, it does that for us. Our end-users are happy with the product, there are no issues. View full review »
Dave Homp
Manager of Storage and Backup at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The biggest benefit is where it fits in the cost profile. It's for VMs that, again, aren't mission-critical but do need some performance. It fits really well there for that. We get exactly what we want from it, what we expected. View full review »
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For us, it is cheap and deep. That's really why we wanted it, to get an expanded amount of storage. We also run Xtremes, but they're a lot more expensive. Really, it was the cost-benefit for longterm storage. View full review »
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Dell EMC Unity is designed for performance and optimized for efficiency. This product is perfect for small, and mid-range customers who need to pay less, but still, get enterprise-level capabilities. Engineered from the ground up to meet market demands for all-flash performance, efficiency, and lifecycle simplicity, the Dell EMC Unity XT All-Flash Storage Arrays ( /categories/all-flash-storage-arrays ) are NVMe-ready, implement a dual active architecture, contain dual-socket Intel processors with up to 16-cores, and have more system memory. All of these modern features enable Dell EMC Unity XT to deliver 2X performance and 75% less latency compared to previous generations. They are: * Designed for Performance * Optimized for Efficiency * Built for Multi-cloud View full review »
Lew Nix
Information Technology Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Since we have gone virtual, we've been using the SAN and the speed on our servers has increased along with the time to reboot and time for maintenance. We have built in our company's backup redundancies and the SANs both have Unities with replication, which has benefited with speed and reliability. View full review »
Senior IT Business Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The benefits are the stability and that we're able to contact Dell EMC support for a quick turnaround. We have a higher level of support. If we have issues, they generally get fixed quickly. View full review »
Senior IT Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It increased our uptime because we switched from physical stuff to virtual stuff, and being able to have that we could do the high-availability and failover. View full review »
Anthony Dominguez
Infrastructure Team Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't have to spend nearly as much time getting in to manage the device on a daily basis because it functions very smoothly. We don't have any issues with it. Usually, on a daily basis, we don't mess with it. It's been hands-off since got it set up and configured. It's been great. View full review »
Deputy CIO at a insurance company with 1-10 employees
The Dell EMC unity interface is simple to manage. We manage it by ourselves. We create logs to store data. It's also easy for us to use because we use other solutions which are built for Unity, like VMware, which are recovery points. They work with the Dell EMC Unity system, as these products integrate well in our environment. All our applications have been migrated to VMware. View full review »
Jimmy Bortzfield
Virtualization engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
We have a date warehouse server. Prior to being on Unity, we could get about one or two data warehouse refreshes a day. After standing that up in VMware and using Dell EMC Unity, we are able to get four data warehouse refreshes, which gives our finance and accounting group more information to react to throughout the day for inventory and purchasing. I'm able to manage it very simply. The interface is a lot easier than the couple of VNX2s that we have. At least to me, Dell EMC Unity has a quicker responsive web GUI for management. View full review »
Gopal Venkatraman
Senior Infrastructure Architect at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Unity provides a complete storage solution for VMware on a Wintel Windows box for various applications, such as SQL or Patron Databases. It is seamless, and it sits there providing all the storage and connectivity, so we can forget about it. Unity takes care of itself, solving all the basic needs of a robust infrastructure. View full review »
Rob Koper
Senior Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
For the hybrid version, the benefit is that data is stored on relatively cheap storage. Hot data is on faster storage. On the all-flash version, lower energy costs help, if you want to pursue green IT. View full review »
Network Administrator at a construction company with 201-500 employees
The fact it's all-flash is why we chose it. The speed increase, therefore, that we've experienced from it has been great. View full review »
Mike McCurdy
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It has improved the utilization of our own internal resources and performance across our managed service platform, meeting our customers SLAs. Unity has reduced the complexity and improved productivity tenfold compared to what it used to be. View full review »
Lead Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We were having significant latency with our old storage arrays. With Unity's flexibility of block and file storage, we were able to start with file storage, then plan eventually moving to block storage. So, it has sped up our entire architecture. View full review »
David Silberhorn
Senior Systems Engineer at Midland States Bank
It runs our business analytics environment, so it improves reporting performance, how they pull data. View full review »
Senior Director at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It is a streamlined single giant storage area. It is all fast, so we can throw all of our mixed workloads at it. It just simplifies the deployment of things because we don't have to sit there and think about where we want to put stuff or what needs what. View full review »
Cloud Engineer/System Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
It gives us an easier way to manage our users. We have a lot of users, so it's better on that side of things. Compared to the HPE product we were using beforehand, it's definitely simpler. The interface is smoother too compared to the HPE product. The team that we have now prefers it, so far. View full review »
Rolf Colmer
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Unity is supporting the organization, but it's not improving it. It's just hosting the applications. View full review »
Mohammed Mahrous
Storage Support Manager at Alinma Bank
We have multiple systems, a heterogeneous environment with Unix and Windows. It's not easy to share multiple files through different platforms. Unity solves this issue. Also, replication gives us high-availability, and thus quick recovery, and snapshots give us faster recovery within the box, in case there are problems within the box itself. View full review »
Jason Dong
Solution architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It used to be a complex product. Now, it is becoming simpler. Overall, the feedback from my team has definitely been positive. View full review »
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
For sites that we use it on, it gives us more flexibility and high availability solutions. It is easier to expand the site, if needed. It is simple to use and easy to manage. We don't touch it after we set it up. It is not something you constantly have to go in everyday and tweak, which makes it beneficial. View full review »
Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Unity platform is really easy to use. When it comes to provisioning and management, it has reduced complexity and improved productivity. The ease of the UI means it's not a very complicated system to manage. View full review »
VP IT at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's easier to administer than some of the alternatives that we had. The teams find it easy to manage. We're a big EMC shop anyway, so for us it was just a lower-tier alternative at a good performance point for the price. We are leveraging its integration with other applications and there were no significant costs to do so. View full review »
Storage Solutions Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It has saved us time when provisioning new storage, so we're trying to automate that process. View full review »
Senior Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
When it comes to provisioning and management, the solution has reduced complexity because we combined several systems down into one. We're utilizing that technology to see what we have available for file, instead of multiple technologies, and trying to converge all of that together to understand what our capacity management meets are. Also, Unity's are more easily administrated, so we need fewer people to do the administration. We have less overhead because of that. View full review »
Thirukumaran Ganesan
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are looking for a lot of automation from the Unity. For example, if I want to create one LUN from the Unity box, I have to do multiple clicks. I create zoning and there are a lot of steps involved. But, looking forward, we can reduce the steps, automate things so they are done more easily, deploying LUNs. View full review »
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have deployed it at remote locations; in a converged platform it really helps. We don't have to have two different storage system which helps to minimize the footprint. It is a platform that we have standardized on for remote sites which enables us to have engineers and admins who are trained on and knowledgeable about the platform across the board. That enables them to support those sites, which is super-beneficial for us because we can do more with less. The ability to mix and match SSDs with flash, and spinning disk in there as well, really allows us to meet our performance requirements. View full review »
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We have resolved IT challenges with this solution. It sped up our environment. We went from spinning disk to all-flash, which reduced our footprint. The software is very easy to use. View full review »
Jonathan Pierce
Senior systems program at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It's easier to carve out months and present them to hosts as opposed to some of the older Dell EMC solutions. The majority of our vSphere environment is running on Dell EMC Unity. Exchange is also running on it. Most of our environment is split-up. Only really mission critical applications are on stream I/O. Unity has ended up being our main storage platform. View full review »
Head Of IT at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're replacing legacy hardware and hardware that is going out of support, and we are consolidating two or three systems into one. We also do have some special security requirements that Unity can meet. View full review »
Guy Shepperd
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It has helped us be able to use less administrators per device or system. Therefore,we are more streamlined. The management is key. This is where we see the functionality and ease of use. To be programmatically administered is huge, it is one of the key features that we like about it. My team finds it easy to manage. We have integrated it with vSphere. View full review »
Albie Bokingkito Jr.
Storage and System Engineer at Thales Services SAS
Moving away from Java-based Unisphere to the HTML5 version of Unity is a huge improvement for our day-to-day management. We are still in the process of getting things in place, but at this stage, I can say the configuration is pretty straightforward and doesn't require additional training to learn the product. Moving also from a hybrid to an all-flash array helped us to minimize footprints in our data centers. It's like two racks of VNX 8000 down to a quarter rack of Unity 650F. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's been a great infrastructure to build upon. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It performs as expected. View full review »
Enterprise IT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We use replication for disaster recovery (DR), making our DR process much easier. View full review »
IT Manager - Storage & Backup at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The Unity Arrays are easy to deploy and maintain. The All-Flash models are intuitive and easy to work with, in addition to providing high IOPS with low latency to support Business Critical applications. Because of the newer features and performance, it's easy to maintain and support remotely. View full review »
Sanjy Kumar
IT Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It is a hassle-free storage environment that helps us manage our hardware. The upgrades are helpful and it makes our organization a more productive environment. View full review »
Administrador Almacenamiento-Respaldos at Exito
We use it for its quality and NAS. View full review »
Jacob Christensen
Tech consultant at KMD
It is the storage provider that the company is using. The product is easy to manage. View full review »
Engineer of IT Operations at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We can get almost real-time response times. We are just getting ready to leverage Cloud Tier. View full review »
IT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
It is a good backup product. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Easy to scale * Easy to maintain View full review »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The solution helps us be more competitive in the market against our competitors. View full review »
Val Sondoyi
Tech Lead at Complete Enterprise Solutions
This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up. View full review »
New Technologies Director at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* We use it to implement all our VDI solutions. * It is easy to deploy and manage. * We were able to integrate it very quickly with other solutions. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Dell EMC Unity XT. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
419,214 professionals have used our research since 2012.