Dell EMC Unity XT Valuable Features

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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
Analytics and Sustainment Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 201-500 employees
* Affordability * Scalability * Simplicity of use 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 at Thales Services SAS
* 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 »
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 »
Systems Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Stability * Interoperability with the other components of the system View full review »
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 »
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. 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 »
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 »
Jacob Christensen
Tech consultant at KMD
It provides SAN capabilities and storage replication. View full review »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We use replication. It has reduced complexity. View full review »
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. View full review »
New Technologies Director at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Cheaper * Its consumption of kVA 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.
418,646 professionals have used our research since 2012.