Dell EMC Unity XT Valuable Features

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.

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Analytics and Sustainment Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
  • Affordability
  • Scalability
  • Simplicity of use
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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François BRUNET
Responsable de Production at Office National des Forets

Overall, I've had a very good experience with the solution so far.

Integration is easy with this product.

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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.

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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.

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Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
  • Space
  • Ease of use
  • Snapshots
  • Replication between sites
  • It is very seamless.
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Enterprise IT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Price and performance are its most valuable features.

It streamlines processes.

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IT Manager - Storage & Backup 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.

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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.

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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.

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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We use replication.

It has reduced complexity.

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Val Sondoyi
Tech Lead at Complete Enterprise Solutions

The most valuable feature is the easy management with a great GUI. We can do a lot from there.

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Learn what your peers think about Dell EMC Unity XT. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
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