Dell EMC Unity XT 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
MahdiBahmani
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Today's mid-range SAN storage is designed with a mixture of some high-end features and enhancement can address new IT demands and EMC Unity XT is also one of them. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
SeniorSy58bb
Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is also good. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
NetworkE5be0
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
It is very 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Solution672f
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Learn what your peers think about Dell EMC Unity XT. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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