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Lew Nix
Real User
Information Technology Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Sep 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* 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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

If there's anything Dell EMC could do to get the same performance for a cheaper price, that would be great.

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

Dell EMC has a great portal for the licensing. It's very logical and easy to license. We integrated it with VMware vSphere at no additional cost. As we moved into VMware vSphere, this is what we… more »

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

We were not using anything previously. We had 15 physical servers previously, so we knew it was time to change. This was part of a VMware virtualization project with SAN for the storage, so it made… more »

What other advice do I have?

When we were purchasing the product, we didn't have a capital budget for it. I sat down with my boss (the COO), and went over upcoming projects. We looked over the dollar values and if they fit. If it… more »
IT1c5b
Real User
IT at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

* 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.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a good backup product.

What needs improvement?

* I would like to see more integration with other products. * The interface can be a little challenging for someone new.

What other advice do I have?

Dell EMC has been around for a long time. Owning VMware is a big plus. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Support long-term * Longevity * Cost is always an issue.
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Real User
Deputy CIO at a insurance company with 1-10 employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

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

While Dell EMC is costly, I don't have any complaints about their licensing model.

What other advice do I have?

The purchasing process was uncomplicated. We went through a third-party reseller who has a relationship with Dell. They know the product well, so they specialize in it. We gave them our needs and they were able to recommend the appropriate… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also used Dell EMC CLARiiON and Symmetrix within the Dell EMC shop. What attracted to us to Dell EMC Unity was its flash disk technology. Outside of Dell EMC, we looked at IBM and HPE. However, we have VMware as a recovery point for… more »
Sys32189Eng3
Real User
System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

* 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.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like the UI to look better.

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

The solution should be cheaper.

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

We didn't have a solution in place for the size that we needed to have a high availability solution. Dell EMC is our preferred storage provider, so we went out and worked… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Reliability * Price.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated NetApp. We decided on Dell EMC because we are more familiar with them.
Real User
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

It should be lighter. It takes up a ton of rack space. It would be nice to have a smaller footprint. It might be nice to have more integrated features instead of having… more »

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

Simplicity of ownership is a no-brainer: * Obtaining a warranty is easy. * The price is very reasonable. * As far as licensing goes, I love how VMware works with Dell EMC… more »

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

This is our first time that we moved into virtualization. We are largely an HPE shop.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure to shop around to make absolutely 100% certain that it is what you want. You will want to come back to this particular model. Most important criteria when… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at VxRail, IBM, and Nutanix. Dell EMC Unity work out financially. VxRail was nice, but a lot more expensive and robust. Price-wise, Dell EMC Unity was right… more »
Guy Shepperd
Real User
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 12 2018

What is most valuable?

* The interface is easy to use. * The ability to programmatically manage it.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

It needs more functionality and the ability to move across more landscapes.

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

It was easy to order. We are a big Dell shop, so it was easy to purchase and get it in place, then up and running.

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

Historically, we are a Dell shop. We actually asked Dell's solution experts to come in and give us a suggestion of where we needed to go before purchasing this solution.

What other advice do I have?

Find out what your use case is. Look at it across the board. Dell EMC has been good to us as a customer.
Real User
New Technologies Director at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 12 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is our primary use case?

It is for users of VDI solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What is most valuable?

Cheaper Its consumption of kVA

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more compression and deduplication added to the solution. Today, our compression is about 2:1 and other solutions give us about 4:1 or 5:1.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is good. Ordering is easy, but the processing site and working with those companies was difficult.
Jonathan Pierce
Real User
Senior systems program at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 12 2018

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

Dell EMC Unity is not sexy. It doesn't have all the flash and pizzazz of some of the other storage vendors.

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

Because of the attractive price, we were able to get rid of more expensive arrays, standardize, and get rid of a lot of spinning disks. We also got rid of more expensive flash that we weren't properly utilizing.

What other advice do I have?

I've had so many nightmares with so many other arrays, but I have no complaints with Dell EMC Unity at this time. It is a workhorse and will run even demanding workloads.
Jacob Christensen
Consultant
Tech consultant at KMD
Sep 12 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is our primary use case?

We are using it as a storage unit. We also using it at my customer site.

How has it helped my organization?

It is the storage provider that the company is using. The product is easy to manage.

What is most valuable?

It provides SAN capabilities and storage replication.

What needs improvement?

The user interface could use improvement. They could move away from flash and make it an HTML5 file.  They should update to the cloud.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very professional and provides…
Real User
Sr. Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 09 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

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

Its biggest valuable feature is its price point for the amount of storage and performance you get. It's a sweet spot. It's cheaper than the other SANs out there, but performs well enough. It fits that nice, middle-ground portfolio. If your… more »

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

We had a lot of VNXs that we retired and we moved over to Unity. But that's just a natural progression of the product line. We also replaced a lot of old VMAXs with Unity. It might not be the sexiest box but its performance has grown… more »

What other advice do I have?

As for advice to someone who is interested in this type of solution, I would simply say, "Talk to so and so, because that's what they do, and have fun." We use it across the board. So if someone needs a Unity for their project and they want… more »
Real User
Senior Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 05 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Dell EMC Unity XT 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.

What needs improvement?

It does what we bought it for. I don't know that there's anything else that it needs to do that we're not leveraging from it already. From a product perspective, I don't see any room for improvement… more »

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

Pricing was competitive compared to other products on the market. Among the ones we considered, Unity came in with the best price. Compared to other EMC platforms, Unity is nice because it is… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice is: Stay up to date on code. Regarding the purchasing process, we went through a VAR and it was easy. Once pricing was established, the bill of materials was defined, we paid for the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at NetApp, Infinidat, Pure.
Jason Dong
Real User
Solution architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its simplicity and simple management. * Auto-features for data protection. * Being able to expand the product. * The Unisphere management interface: We are very familiar… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It used to be a complex product. Now, it is becoming simpler. Overall, the feedback from my team has definitely been positive.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more seamless virtual box integration with the physical box which can replicate, because the setup of the replication is very difficult right now. We… more »

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

The Dell EMC Data Protection license covers everything, like a one stop shop. All our options are covered.

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

We had been using VNX for a long time that it is now a part of our lifecycle. We introduced Dell EMC Unity into our environment to replace the VNX.

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework. Obtain all the use cases. See what license you need and purchase the license as part of your preparation. Then, the process will be smooth. We do… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have worked with different vendors. However, right now, we are sticking with Dell EMC Unity as it seems like it is a very solid, mature product.
Real User
Senior IT Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 05 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

We integrated it with vSphere but that integration was "iffy". It was okay but we had a few challenges with it.

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

The price is up a little bit from what we used to pay so I'm hoping that it's a little bit of a better system than the VNXe was. But I still think it's a good value. It's new, so I'm sure there's room for the pricing to drop. We did have an… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to follow the installation guide, it's pretty straightforward, step-by-step. In terms of the purchasing process, after we had figured out what we wanted, it became easy. But we had to get into our first set of standards. The… more »
Michael Silvestri
Real User
Assistant Administrator at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 28 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

In the dashboard there could be notification of duplicate files and the like, so we don't have to rely on Windows to do that. They have all the files in the Dell EMC so that would help us out.

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

When you look at what Dell EMC is compared to, like NetApp, they're all priced pretty similarly. I think the pricing of the hybrid model is good. Obviously, we would want cheaper prices but you can't get everything.

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

We had Tintri before. It was good, it's also a very simple solution. The problem was that they got too expensive, once you tried to scale up with them. They quoted us something like $800,000. We said to ourselves, "Um, let's go to Dell EMC… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to use their support. If you bought it, have them come onsite, have them help you set it up, make sure you get comfortable with it. If you bought the support have someone come onsite. It's like free training. Don't wing… more »
Real User
Senior Manager IT at a financial services firm
May 14 2018

What is most valuable?

* All-flash performance * Snapshotting capabilities * Replication It's good. It has a lot of good features.

How has it helped my organization?

It requires a lot less management.

What needs improvement?

I think there are a couple of things on the file side that we're lacking from the VNX world. It would be nice if we got some of those back. I think there are limitations on how many file systems you can back up at a time. Whereas you can do, I believe, eight continuous per data mover on the file… more »

What other advice do I have?

The important criteria for us when selecting a vendor are * relationship * quality of product. I would rate the Unity between seven and eight out of 10. It's not quite at the level of what the VNX was, but it's one of those products that is improving with time. I would definitely recommend you look… more »
Real User
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It has the same operating system for both file and block, and it actually simplifies everything. It's much smaller compared to VNX.

How has it helped my organization?

The all-flash array and the compression ratio are benefiting us. We still have to migrate a couple of systems. We are still in the process of doing it and we'll know better afterward. But, we've seen some good improvements. For example, we… more »

What needs improvement?

I have just been to one of the briefing sessions, here at the Dell EMC World 2018 conference, and they released a very cool feature, Snapshot replication, which is very interesting. I'm excited about that.

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

We come from VNX, and we also have VMAXs.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor we look at the * performance * scalability * price. First of all, it should meet the business requirements such as performance, and it should be compatible with all applications. Then we will look at the third factor… more »
Real User
Infrastructure Management Expert at Turkcell
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

At the moment we are using it with VPLEX. VPLEX is a very big advantage for us. We don't use very many of the Unity's functions. But it does provide good provisioning, allowing us to save space. We use all-flash systems and they are quite fast.

How has it helped my organization?

At the moment it's a cluster, we use it in different data centers. In case of any interruption, a power cut or something, our data will be continuously available.

What needs improvement?

The monitoring part could be better. With EMC storage systems - or Unity and VPLEX, because I'm using them, for the moment - the monitoring part is very difficult. They should improve this to have a better reporting system.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, as a technical guy, it's the power or bandwidth, the technical details, that are more important to me. I would definitely tell a colleague to go for Unity.
Real User
Data Center Pre Sales at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The architecture is robust. I know that it has changed a lot with the advent of the all-flash. But it was the good, old-fashioned storage array, block array for customers. It's reliable.

What other advice do I have?

Replication with VMware - it's called the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster - is lacking in the Unity and is present in Compellent. In general, that's a key decision metric. If we need to have synchronous replication... That's why we had to use VPLEX, because it's not in the Unity. Look out for this. If that kind of setup is not required, you should always go for Unity.
Real User
Network Storage Admin at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

We're very familiar with the VNX series, we were using VNX before Unity. The features sets are very similar but what I like is the way it ties into VMware. When I create a datastore inside Unity, it just shows up in VMware. I love that tie-in.

How has it helped my organization?

We have simplified it down to where we're using one storage pool inside the Unity, whereas on the VNX, we had multiple storage pools. This has simplified that aspect for us. It would depend on each organization. We're heavy into VMware and this ties into it so simply. It's made it a lot easier for… more »

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

We were using VNX. Our Dell rep stays in touch with us fairly often. He keeps us knowledgeable about things that are up and coming and what might be a good fit for us. The business makes the decision. When looking at a vendor what's important are * price * support * the product. Price is definitely… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're probably going to go away from the Unity and end up using VxRail and vSan. Hyperconvergence is all the rage, that is where everything is going, so that's where we're headed. We need the hyperconverged, we need the elasticity - that we can spin things up and spin them down quickly and easily… more »
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It's easy to handle for administrators and it's a unified system. It's not as complex as Celerra systems or CX4 Clariions to administrate. You can do everything with one GUI.

How has it helped my organization?

The only reason we made this move was to save costs, to be honest.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see stable performance on AIX. AIX are mostly mission-critical systems, so the support has to be there.

What other advice do I have?

If you plan to use Unity as a filer system take a bigger controller because with the 300 and 400 you have performance issues compared with other filer systems. For pure filer systems, I would recommend an Isilon or NetApp, or something like that. Unity is a unified solution, if you have to do… more »
Real User
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The flexibility of the paradigm and, obviously, its price point.

How has it helped my organization?

We just recently put together a large customer deal. They're going to use Unity's for applications at remote sites, so it's essentially a robo operation. Its main advantage over vSAN was the rebuild, the intelligence of the restoration in the event of a hardware drive failure and, of course, the… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see more of the NVMe back-end for the flash. And the big deal with the PowerMax is that they've used all U2 drives so that they can avoid having to take it down. I see using M.2 and modular sections as being a real nice alternative that could be implemented in Unity at a fairly low cost.

What other advice do I have?

For our applications, we'd rate Unity at eight out of 10. It would be a 10 if it had a lower cost. That's really the issue. The value point is, once you get into the Unity spectrum, you're looking at a lot of competitive offerings, and they're appealing to a limited class requirement, so the demands… more »
Real User
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* The easy setup. * We really enjoy the HTML5. * The VVols have worked seamlessly with VMware.

How has it helped my organization?

The flash aspects of the Unity make it incredibly fast. The fact that you get that much storage directly on what is basically a 3U box to us, that density has been really useful.

What needs improvement?

We haven't gotten that deep into it yet to suggest improvements, but based on what we've been seeing here at the Dell EMC World 2018 conference, we'll be looking to make sure CloudIQ is set up for it.

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

In terms of price, I would say that the support you're getting with it is probably an underestimated value that comes with the box you're buying.

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

We've been using Isilon and VNX. We heard about Unity here, at the conference, two years ago, and had started to look into it. Obviously, as flash has continued to get cheaper compared to spinning… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would tell a colleague this makes a very sound investment. It's very reasonable density for space. The extendability is extremely useful. It's hard to choose a competitor at that level that would do… more »
Real User
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very high-speed. The compression is also a very good feature, and the deduplication as well.

How has it helped my organization?

It's very easy to manage the whole system. We can put all the virtualized servers in one place, so they can share and manage the devices very easily.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, I choose the storage to fit the value and budget that the customer can afford. I can set most of them up with Unity, but sometimes I need to give them something with a lower cost. Sometimes, the price point is a little bit high in our market. Unity is equipment that, if you sell it, you don't have any headaches with it. It's very good, its performance is very good. We are… more »
Real User
Product Manager at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

It's just a solid platform.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit of the solution is that it allows us to maintain an Oracle Database for our product, for our customers. Given the performance of the Unity array, we've been able to do more with less.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better compression, better dedupe. It's not nearly as good as what is built into the XtremIO. I understand why that is the case, but if they can take some of that technology and leverage that a little bit better in the… more »

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

This is just the next generation. We started with the CX models, we went to the Celerra, and now we're only blocks. We've used the 5300, the 5400s. We've used them all for years and years. When selecting a vendor what's important are *… more »

What other advice do I have?

Compared to XtremeIO, the unity is a two out of 10. Compared to other products, like Compellent, which is a Dell product, I think it's better than the Compellent. I think it's better than the 3PAR, I think it's better than the Netapp. The… more »
Real User
Data Protection Architect at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

Being able to bring those multiple groups into a central solution. From a storage perspective, that is a bit of a challenge. There are also DR and data protection functions that we found in the new Unity, now that we are stepping up from… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have adopted the all-flash array. It eliminates all the overhead of tiering and a lot of the data structuring overhead involved. It gives us a lot of operational efficiencies.

What needs improvement?

The one thing that we would look at would be if they were to expand the file level features, just to give us a balance or a tier between it and Isilon options out there, for unstructured data.

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

We've been a long time EMC customer. For us, though, it's been a journey of modernization and standardization. We took a couple different storage platforms and then centralized it on the Unity. When selecting a vendor, from my perspective… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be, if you're looking for this kind of solution, one of the challenges we had was clearly defining the use case. There is a lot of preparation in clearly identifying the workloads that you're going to put on it.
Real User
Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

All-flash, it's fast. We have the 650 model which is all-flash, upgraded from VNX. It just flies.

How has it helped my organization?

It has reduced the latency in application and database reads and writes, which is of benefit to the business.

What needs improvement?

I can't think of any improvements, other than bringing down the price point. That would help.

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

We were running out of disk space, and there was some latency that we wanted to improve on. We had the VNX previously. When selecting a vendor, the price is always important, but we need a product that supports our business, It's both those… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's working well for us so far. We haven't had it long enough to have a full-term answer, but I am very pleased with it so far. In terms of advice to a colleague, if it's a mid-size company that has a similar needs to ours, I think the… more »
Real User
Storage And Virtualization Architect at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

We use the all-flash arrays so the performance is probably the most valuable feature. As features go, deduplication and compression are important too.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a much smaller footprint than our older storage arrays, which take up some six tiles, a lot of space in the data center. The Unity's are a lot smaller, and they're a lot faster.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them add Storage Groups, like we have had in Clariions and VNXs. Storage Groups would be a great addition.

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

It was just a refresh. When selecting a vendor, the criteria for us would be * track record * stability * support. I work for a rather large law firm and they're not typically that price sensitive but, obviously, we need to be good stewards… more »

What other advice do I have?

At this point, I would give the Unity an eight out of 10. I think it's a little bit early on in the development of features. But overall, it has performed well. There are some alternatives, but what we've found, working with our partners… more »
Real User
Manager Storage And Back Up at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

The setup was quite easy, straightforward. Compression, it's an all-flash Unity, so with that compression feature, it's comparable to a hybrid. That is one thing that we definitely like.

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

Obviously, it is the successor of the VNX. We wanted to add some mid-range capabilities to that Vblock 740 and it was the logical choice. In terms of selecting a vendor, we're a big EMC partner, so we don't usually look at other vendors. We have very good experiences with EMC support so far. We are currently not looking at other vendors.

What other advice do I have?

It is definitely worth having a look at. The price-point for all-flash is certainly quite interesting. It has NAS capabilities too, if you need it. It's an interesting product, at least for mid-range.
Consultant
Systems Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Simplicity. * Ease of management. * It's still running on the ancient systems, so the customers know what they are getting.

How has it helped my organization?

For our customers, the benefits are that it's not too expensive and it has almost all of the features from the beginning.

What needs improvement?

I can't really think of any improvements for the next release. The ease of installation, sometimes, for the customers, is not that positive because the customers think they can do it themselves. Sometimes that is a bit of an issue.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the Unity at eight out of 10, because of the ease of management compared to the ancient systems. For us, in Belgium, it is more small and medium businesses, so Unity is a good solution. My advice is to choose the Unity.
Consultant
Solution Architect - Data Center at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

For our customers, it's the simplicity of it. They find it easy to use, along with the added features, the dynamic volumes. Things like that have been a big improvement over past generations.

How has it helped my organization?

The whole cycle of provisioning and acquisition has been simplified for our customers. Also, the deployment and general maintenance of it has been greatly simplified. It has cut into our professional services quite a bit.

What needs improvement?

The features they have added have been great, they've greatly simplified it. Bigger, faster. They're always leap-frogging, so the next generation, I'm sure, will have newer processors in it. They have improved leaps and bounds on the interface and ease of use, and I would like to see them keep doing… more »

What other advice do I have?

I can't give any product a 10 out of 10. But I'm happy with it, I'd give it an eight out of 10. It has been a good product for us in terms of selling it, keeping the customer community happy. My advice would be, download the virtual edition of Unity and try it out. Get used to the interface and ease… more »
Real User
Business Development at SG Solutions Ltd
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

It's the simplicity, and most of all it's backed up by Dell EMC support, which is very valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

Our customers have a competitive edge when compared to the other solutions in the market. Most of our customers don't just look at the value per Gig, they put a great value on the after-sales support and the stability of the appliances.

What needs improvement?

There aren't any improvements that come to mind, none that are obvious. After what I've seen today, here at the Dell EMC World 2018 conference, they pretty much have the next couple of years covered. For example, the current buzzword is the Cloud Tiering Appliance which allows you to tier data from… more »

What other advice do I have?

The backing of the vendor is important. In Dell EMC's case, we know that there is always someone backing us, just in case we get stuck. A rating out of 10 out of 10 is a bit too much because, obviously, no product is super perfect, but I would rate the unity a good nine. What might make it a 10 is a… more »
Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

It performs great. Customers really like it. I've had a lot of customers go from the previous platforms up to Unity. They've noticed better performance with it. What they really like is the easy licensing now - Dell EMC has caught up to a lot of their competitors - based on not having to charge for… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It helps our customers save money because it's at a price point where a lot of our customers can easily bring it in for different projects and it will also provide for DR. I find that the cost has really enabled them to do a little bit more with it.

What needs improvement?

I would love to see more compatibility between the different platforms within Dell EMC's portfolio.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it an eight out of 10. It's very frustrating that it's not backward-compatible with the previous platforms, so it's a struggle for a lot of our customers. We can overcome it, but it's a hard conversation to have with them sometimes. Go in open-minded. If you're used to the old VNX platforms… more »
Real User
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

* Quick Snapshots * Cloning, which we need in our environment * It's all-flash array, Unity 450F * It has performed adequately well for our business needs

How has it helped my organization?

Performance is the key factor within the branch offices and this platform, because it is a small form factor, definitely helps address our power-space constraint problems, within this facility. It also provides overall performance… more »

What needs improvement?

There is nothing needed at this time.

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

Based upon my experience working with previous EMC platforms, the GUI is a vast improvement over the previous GUI's, the elimination of Java, the use of HTML5 was a substantial improvement, and the ease of use of the GUI made it very, very… more »

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, support is the key thing. Do your research. There are a lot of vendors out there but if you're looking for performance, price-point, ease of use, I recommend looking at Unity as a platform. It's a great platform… more »
Real User
Director of IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

The reason we purchased it was for dual data centers. We have one in each data center so that we can have that redundancy, that failover if needed. Obviously, flash, everything's quicker. We did notice a lot of speed difference. We actually… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We can get to our applications faster. That's the biggest plus that we've seen with it.

What needs improvement?

One of the issues we've had is that controllers have crashed several times. Just today I received a message that a dump file was detected. We've had a lot of problems with the storage processor, SPBs. We've actually had them crash. Luckily… more »

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

Originally we had the EMC VNX, and support was up on it. So it was either going to be: buy support for the VNX or move to Unity. The money came out the same, so our decision was to move to Unity.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the unity at six out of 10 because of the errors that we are receiving. If I were advising a colleague, right now I'd probably have them move to another solution. There are other flash arrays. They may not have the Dell EMC… more »
Real User
Managing Partner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

It is the performance combined with the Gig-per-dollar value. That combination is superior to other storage options.

How has it helped my organization?

I have a client that jumped from the stone age to hybrid. They do enjoy the hybrid storage, the fast cache, etc. It has greatly improved their performance, absolutely. The customer is really happy about it.

What needs improvement?

All the features that the client has, the client has really enjoyed them. One thing they could do is lower the price point. There are other storage products that are available from Dell, the SE series for example. The client is comparing the Unity and the SE3000 for example, the SE is cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

I give it an eight out of 10 and the two missing points are because of the price tag. In terms of advice, I would definitely recommend Dell solutions. As for Unity, it depends on the budget. I definitely recommend Unity, because I do have clients that are currently using it, and they don't have any… more »
Real User
Sir Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

* Starting small and being able to grow to a larger scale * All-flash options are great * Hybrid options are good for certain use cases

What needs improvement?

The code revisions. I think that they could do a better job of testing on the back-end, for the code revisions. I've heard of some issues down the line where people have upgraded to the latest code and there were bugs in it, and they had to release a subsequent code fix. More testing on the Dell EMC… more »

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

Most of the customers that I have are old VNX customers, and they want to replace their VNX with the latest and greatest, so they go to Unity. The Unity is a VNXE but on steroids. That's the main use that I see, just part of a refresh cycle, and they want to refresh with the Unity's.

What other advice do I have?

Nothing is ever a perfect 10 in my book, so I would say this solution is a seven. I think there is room for improvement, there is always going to be room for improvement, especially in IT. Having a perfect 10 in any IT hardware platform, I don't it think that exists right now.
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at CGSH
May 09 2018

How has it helped my organization?

I don't think it's providing any great enhancements over the existing platform.

What needs improvement?

There are some features in VNX that I wish were in the Unity. Storage Groups for isolating LANs and hosts. That is a big issue. We've also encountered an issue when it comes to migrating to compressed LANs on the Unity, and during the Storage vMotion. It appears that the compression algorithm is overwhelmed, and when it becomes overwhelmed it just stops compressing and writes the raw data to the destination. We later copied internally another Storage vMotion to another compressed LAN and achieved much higher compressions on that internal copy. It would be really nice if there was a way to… more »
Real User
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

It can be simple to deploy, the standup time is quite quick. The interface is quite quick. The terms are simple, intuitive, it's similar what was there in the VNXE before it. It's very simple to navigate and administer from the console. The hardware itself, it differs from Compellent and differs from the VNX before it. It doesn't have a separate file harbor that goes with it, there are no separate NAS heads. It's 2U, you have file and block storage, so you get a quite a lot of services for a small footprint.

What other advice do I have?

I would give the Unity a five out of 10. The offering is good. The simple console is good. The deployment is good. Support is not good. The compression performance capability is not good. Problems with I/O modules, with bugs that came out that really should have been caught before the product was released. And I have a problem with the confusion in the market between the two systems, between Compellent and Unity. The quicker a mid-range solution comes out combining the two products, the better.
Vendor
Director, Solution Architecture at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
May 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The features that customers are looking for, because I do a lot of architecture work, is the management simplicity. The provisioning is very simple in the Unity platform, as well as the reporting… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest improvement is the data reduction for the organization. That is where they see the better TCO and improved ROI for their existing footprint. That's the biggest advantage for the businesses… more »

What needs improvement?

Inline dedup compression security is coming up as an issue, encryption is key for our customers. If we could have more ways to do software-based encryption, those are the features customers are asking… more »

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

At the end of the day, the licensing cost is key, because every customer has a pain point, that the cost of each piece is high. So if we can bundle everything in a package, that is how the competitors… more »

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

We started with the VNX platform. I have a very good understanding of the EMC portfolio from Centera, from NS, VNX, VNXE, and then VMAX.

What other advice do I have?

I give it an eight out of 10, because there is definitely room for improvement, for EMC to invest in it.
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 08 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is our primary use case?

For Unity, our use case is mostly test and dev.

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to older generations of arrays there is quite an improvement, compared to the older VNXs, for example. It depends on you use it, but for our purposes, we find Unity simple to use.

What is most valuable?

It's simple, easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

At the moment, we are pretty satisfied with it. Perhaps the user interface could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's more stable than the old generation of arrays. We had a lot of issues with the VNX, for example, but they got better over time. The VNX2 was better, and the Unity has been even more stable. …
Alejandro Diaz
Real User
Systems Engineer at Zenware
May 08 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the idea that it can compress and dedupe inline. That is quite a stunning feature for mid-range customers. That is something that is much better than the expectation that we have with VNX, which does that post-processing, and is not recommended for databases. So it's a big step for Unity… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It can improve your TCO. When you buy a Unity box, you can consolidate a lot in a very small frame. You can save energy and, if you're arranging a room for your equipment, it can help you reduce costs in tiles and flooring, energy, and so on. It is pretty easy to use, so your storage admins don't… more »

What needs improvement?

I believe this product lacks some things that are extremely valuable for customers, especially VNX customers. The NAS capabilities of Unity - I have to say there are a lot of things I miss. For example, deduplication for hybrid. I have tons of customers with VNX and dedupe. These customers achieve… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Unity a seven out of 10. I know these products since Clariion, and I believe they hit a great peak with VNX2. It was a product customers loved. When Unity arrived, the ability to consolidate NAS and SAN in a 2U box was pretty cool. But the NAS part didn't follow. That's why I give it a… more »
Juan Rebelo
Real User
Pre Sales Manager at Datastar
May 08 2018

What is most valuable?

I think that EMC has a good name in the market. VNX was a great product, and Unity is seen as the natural replacement. Customers see that as an advantage of the Unity.

What needs improvement?

VNX used to have some features that Unity still doesn't have. From that perspective, the progress is not that advanced, at least compared to what customers might expect.

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

Sometimes our customers are switching from an installed base of a competitors' solution, for example, IBM, or HPE. Some are users of VNX and are migrating to Unity. EMC is the leader in the storage market so our customers see that, of course. Maybe they trust more in Unity than, for example… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a seven out of 10, mostly because of what I mentioned already, the features that aren't ready yet that previous products had. I think it is seen as not that mature. That's why it could be better. Maybe they should have stayed with the VNX until Unity was ready to be the natural… more »
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 08 2018

What is most valuable?

The Snapshot feature.

How has it helped my organization?

All of the IT devices help production time. They make time "faster." But this device, in general, it is a money maker. It makes us a lot of money. That is what I like most about it. It is critical to the business.

What needs improvement?

Recently, they released products, sometimes without proper testing, it seems. I guess the way the market is going, the way technology is going, they are saying, "Hey, let's get it out there."

What other advice do I have?

I rate it an eight out of 10, only because it started out buggy. Other than that, it has worked well for our company.
Reseller
Design Architect at Alexander Open Systems
May 08 2018

What is most valuable?

First, it's the "Unity," it's the name itself. It's unified, it does block and file, so that is pretty important to my customers who might have file servers around their environment. I can roll them… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Some of their recently added feature sets, like the dedupe and compression, they have been a pretty significant improvement.

What needs improvement?

They added the dynamic pools, that was the biggest improvement. They have incorporated replication, RecoverPoint for BCDR, they have a good disaster recovery, they have a good replication strategy. I… more »

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

It started down the Clariion route, and then we went to VNX obviously, when that transitioned over, and then we transitioned again to the Unity and we're on that side now.

What other advice do I have?

I would give it a high nine out of 10. The only thing that makes me pull back is the continuing work on the support. To be a 10, that is asking a lot, in my opinion. But I think Unity is right up… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other competitors in the industry, they had a "me too" box, but I don't know if as much thought went into them as went into the VNX and the Unity.
Real User
Systems Admin at Farm Bureau Health Plans
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the things that I like the most about it is how they have changed the Unisphere GUI, and how it is now HTML5. It is so easy to use. The array itself is so simple, easy to set up and easy to use, but it still has that great Dell EMC… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We're actually in the first stages of getting it implemented. One of the ways it is really going to help in our organization is that we had to rely on VPLEX to do our replication for X-IO. We're going to be able to take several products… more »

What needs improvement?

I haven't found anything that has jumped out at me that they need to improve on. I have been very impressed with how it has gone out, because we use RecoverPoint in our environment and we're 99 percent VMware. Things just seem to show up… more »

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

I used to be on the VAR side, so I did an implementation in Texas, and then I went to Farm Bureau Health Plans. They were in the first stages of purchasing Unity to replace VNX, X-IO, and VPLEX.

What other advice do I have?

I hardly ever rate anything perfect and best, so I would have to give this is a 9.9 out of 10. Nothing is absolutely perfect, but it's very high up there. I would recommend it to anyone.
Real User
Data Center Architect at Iron Bow Technologies
May 07 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is our primary use case?

Lately, the biggest use I've seen is around VDI and data migrations - migrating from the old VNX platform onto a new Unity. So far so good. Everybody has been very happy with it. It has been a very seamless transition. The performance, from a VDI perspective, has been very good. They are very happy with it.

What is most valuable?

Ease of use Ease of management Ease of deployment The GUI is very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I don't see a lot of room for improvement. Perhaps if they added more 10GB ports to the back of the system, so you have more IOPS out of the box itself to the network, that would help. But other than that it's a great platform.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is awesome. It is very…
Real User
IT System Admin Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The way it takes the Snaps, that is one of the best features. Snapshot performance is what is key in the Unity, compared to a traditional VNX.

What needs improvement?

The reporting, I'm comparing the VNX with Unity. The VNX reporting is much more granular. The information that we need in terms of the IOPS, for example, and things like what my compression value is, that kind of information is pretty straightforward and you can just go to the dashboard and look for the information.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions. We have been an EMC shop for a very long time and we will continue to use it.
Real User
Group Technology Ops Executive at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

We weren't looking at specific features. We needed to the additional storage and the performance.

How has it helped my organization?

We have certainly received a performance boost by moving to Unity.

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

We were on the VNX before and we needed to do storage upgrades, we ran out of storage. We decided it would be better to refresh the entire architecture. Went to Unity, which obviously gave us the flash storage as well. The transition was pretty seamless. There were no issues in the migration. It is… more »

What other advice do I have?

When looking at selecting a vendor, it will be reputation, market share. It will be support, the pricing of the product; a roll-up of all of that is what counts at the end of the day. I give it a 10 out of 10 for now, because we haven't had anything go wrong.
Real User
Director of Technical Services at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The benefits are the simplicity, flexibility and the ease of integration between the Unity platform and VMware, for example, and Microsoft platforms; the integration tools and the simplicity of management. There have been big shifts, of course, in technology moving away from kind of the traditional… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Most customers are using it to gain some technical advantages through its simplicity and ease of use.

What needs improvement?

There really aren't many weak spots, not many places to improve it.

What other advice do I have?

I would put this solution at a solid nine out of 10. I don't think there is such thing as a perfect infrastructure. There is always room for improvement, even though I can't think of any. It is a strong platform. In terms of advice, I think there are a couple of things. One of the reasons why I lean… more »
Real User
Director at ESPH
May 07 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

How has it helped my organization?

The simplicity of the technology means it is easier for my team to do administration, to deliver.

What is most valuable?

The technology is simple and it is efficient.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. For example, at this moment I have a large customer, a government ministry in Costa Rica. We have two Unity's with services for transactions on different scales. It has grown over the course of six months. 

How is customer service and technical support?

From my experience, EMC provides good support, and Dell's service is very good. It is simple to call technical…
Petteri Olkinuora
Real User
System Analyst at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 07 2018

What is most valuable?

It's very simple to use. I really love the new Unisphere.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps because the all-flash feature is really boosting up the VMware. It is helping our virtual machines to perform better.

What needs improvement?

In a Fiber Channel world, things aren't really evolving, they're pretty stable. The VVols will be something that we'll look into later on. Now, we use very traditional LUNs that are attached to VMware as data storage, so we're not yet using VASA or VVol stuff. But maybe that will be something that… more »

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, I really just want the product to work and the support to work. Every computer fails at some point. Every computer breaks down occasionally, and when that happens I need the support to act quickly and be as useful as possible. I would give Unity a definite nine out of 10 at… more »
Real User
Implementation Engineer at Telindus
May 02 2018

What is most valuable?

All the features are okay, but not all of our customers are using all the features.

What needs improvement?

The features are nice, but you can't use every feature, because it costs in performance. Therefore, you have to choose which features to use to achieve a better environment. That is why customers do not use every feature in Unity.

What other advice do I have?

Just use EMC. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The product itself. * How the product is used.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The VNX is also a good system, but Unity is a little better. I am not saying it is much better, but it is better than the VNX.
Real User
Storage Admin at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
May 01 2018

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use. Setting up replication is pretty simple. We just set it and forget it.

How has it helped my organization?

It saves us time, it does not require a lot of admin from us. We are looking for things that we don't have to spend a lot of time managing. This solution falls into that category.

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure if it has a single pane of glass management console. That would be something we would like to see. Managing as many platforms as we do, as many physical devices as we have, anything that can provide a single pane of glass would… more »

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

We are replacing our VNXs with it. Performance-wise, it has been pretty stable. The code upgrades are fairly simple and straightforward. I can't say it has had any issues so far.

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, product stability is the big thing, but support is probably right up there with it. I would use this solution over most VNX solutions. It is right up there. We have some Pure Storage, so it is somewhat in contention… more »
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The compression and deduplication which will be coming in version 4.3. With just those features, we will be reducing the amount of data and footprint on our hardware.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to be more scalable on the solution that we are buying, not having to overbuy a solution that we can't scale out.

What needs improvement?

Among the biggest features that I wanted was deduplication, looking at the zeros coming in, in-line, and those will be available in version 4.3. There is nothing else I can think of at the moment.

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

We were using a VNX solution, and the reinvestment was partially due to its age as well as support contract renewals. When selecting a vendor, it often comes down to price, but we have been pretty much a Dell EMC customer for years. We look… more »

What other advice do I have?

I give it a 10 out of 10. I like it for what our application does. I would recommend it.
Real User
IT Infrastructure and DWH/BI Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 29 2018

What is most valuable?

* Performance * Low Latency * Integration with VMware These features are important for us for two reasons. The first two features - performance and low latency - are… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Most of our systems had their respective performance bound to how fast the DBs were responding. After migration to Unity 300F, we were able to put more DBs on flash… more »

What needs improvement?

I have three suggestions: Improve the administrative user interface so it is easier to work with. Currently, a simple task, such as removing a host from 100 LUNS, takes a… more »

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

We always do a business case, so I recommend that to others too. If the business case sums well, go forward.

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

We were using EMC VNX, and it was a natural upgrade from tiered to all-flash storage.

What other advice do I have?

All-flash is a game changer. If you need performance, simple operations, and you plan to use it with VMware, it is a good choice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated options from other vendors and, although there were some other very good propositions, we chose DELL/EMC as we have the knowledge and we trust the partner.
Real User
Sr Storage Architect at a tech services company
Jan 18 2018

What is most valuable?

None. Having used EMC products for more than 15 years, this is the first product in that time that I could find nothing to like.

How has it helped my organization?

It did not. Simpler interfaces mean less capabilities for managing. Inexplicable rules of configuration contribute to inefficient disk allocation. The Unity units are an… more »

What needs improvement?

* Improve the interface and provide more management capability. * Remove the configuration limits. * Start over.

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

Setup is simple, but at the expense of key management features. Pricing is as high as it has ever been for EMC.

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

EMC for more than 15 years. Prior solutions were VNX and VNX2.

What other advice do I have?

Software updates have to be downloaded to the root of the device. This pushes the available space to 95% utilization. Poor design.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared IBM Storwize and some Dell storage options.
Real User
IT Manager
Jan 08 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use is probably number one, compared to the previous storage that we've had. Easy scalability, easy set up. Compared to everything else, the Unity is, well, you… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It takes a lot less time to manage. Setting up new storage for virtualization is really easy, so it saves a lot of time creating file shares. So, it does save us time, and… more »

What needs improvement?

Maybe deduplication would be something that would be better to have. Also, it's a fairly new management interface, so work is still being done on that. But compared to… more »

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

More or less, I am the team. I do have three other guys, but yes, I was the one who decided to get this. The pricing was quite okay compared to others. We probably got it… more »

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

We used VNX previously. This was an upgrade from VNX. We've also used EqualLogic which, of course, is part of the same company today. But EqualLogic was just for simple… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's really simple to use, set up, manage. Just be sure to know something about storage before you start, but that goes for any kind of storage solution that you use. I… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wouldn't say that I actually did look at anything else because I'm familiar with EMC and have been really satisfied with them.
Vendor
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I didn't choose this solution. My boss picked the solution. I actually suggested something else from a different vendor. Personally, my opinion of it is there aren't a lot of great features with it.

What needs improvement?

There are plenty of areas for improvement. They can improve on the speed. They can improve on the dedupe features, because right now, if you're using certain functionalities, certain criteria, it doesn't dedupe. It's very limited in one… more »

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

Basically, we used the same company's storage. They kind of revamped the same model and gave it a different name. They rebranded it because they supposedly restructured the whole code, redesigned the code. But basically, it's the same… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's basically the same unit as a VNX, as the predecessor, so it was not that much of a change besides a redesign in code. My advice would be do your due diligence in research. Ask a lot of questions. If you can go to the vendor - they have… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I personally had other options that I would have liked to explore, but my boss chose this, so I had no choice.
Mark Glasson
Real User
Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer and Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* FAST Cache: The ability for hot blocks to almost instantaneously be served from Flash. * FAST VP: Enables us to better utilise the Flash resources that we have. *… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The Unity 400 Hybrid has enable us to better utilise our storage resources and make adjustments dynamically without having to shut down our hosts.

What needs improvement?

* Inline deduplication would be nice. * Better management of the hosts in Unisphere.

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

Dell EMC is very competitive on its storage pricing, and from our experience, is not only the superior solution, but the best priced.

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

Yes, we had a CX4-480, which had reached the end of its service life.

What other advice do I have?

The Unity 400 is one of the easiest to manage and the most reliable storage systems that I have managed in my 22 years in IT. Performance-wise it has met or exceeded all… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we also looked at IBM and NetApp.
Flavio Araujo
Real User
User
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware.

How has it helped my organization?

The storage solution has all our data from all systems, including our new ERP; the whole organization depends on the storage to work. All data is in one location.

What needs improvement?

LUN mask. The Host LUN ID is sequential by access in the hosts. When one LUN needs access by many hosts (for cluster purposes), in some cases the Host LUN ID remains different on each host. Storage… more »

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

The licensing process is very simple and it has many features. I can't talk about pricing because I'm in a technical position and I do not have access to costs.

What other advice do I have?

The Dell EMC Unity is a small but powerful storage solution. With the "unified" concept it is possible get many features for less.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we still have a VNX5400 (block), before it was at a production storage site, today it is at a disaster recovery site. The change from VNX to Unity was because of the build of the DR site, a new… more »
Vendor
IT Manager
Nov 23 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is most valuable?

Replication: Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, RPO and RTO. Replication and ease of storage setup for block LUN’s and VMware.

How has it helped my organization?

Same answer as most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

GUI updates. I had several hours helping support troubleshoot the difference in what the system was doing compared to what the GUI said.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sure did.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.
Vendor
Platform Administrator
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* Auto-tiering * FAST Cache Automatically, the cool data downgrades to slower disks and no human needs to intervene. The FAST Cache helps to have a large quantity of data in memory and speed up the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

* We spend less time checking the solution. * The presentation of new storage to the servers is very easy.

What needs improvement?

The reports could possibly export all the data at once.

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

It is a good value given the benefits it provides.

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

Yes, we previously used EMC VNX. We switched to upgrade.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, HPE 3PAR.
Vendor
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* The performance * Ease of use

How has it helped my organization?

Before the product went in, we did not have any centralized storage. All our service storage was supported separately. We had multiple machines which added administration… more »

What needs improvement?

* The virtual appliance is limited to 4TB in storage. This should be unlimited for paying customers. * The front panel is too fiddly to take off and on. * The support… more »

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

Pay for the training. At least negotiate with EMC to get the training done, because it is a good product and it is even better once you are shown how to use it properly.

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

No, as there was no central storage solution beforehand. We went to market straight away.

What other advice do I have?

It is absolutely a good solution. It does have the ability for expansion into Cloud services, which I would like to use one day, but we have not tried that yet.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was debating between the Unity 300 and a NetApp Solution. We ended up picking the Unity only because the administration is a lot easier. Also, I had used the earlier… more »
Consultant
IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* Storage * Easy to manage and configure. * I can easily setup and configure the LUN and host without support.

How has it helped my organization?

Alert notification via SMS. If the product could only send alert notification via SMS, it would be much better. This is needed mostly when you are not in the office and have no access to email… more »

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

This device is worth it.

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

This solution is much better than the previous one.

What other advice do I have?

The product is easy to use and configure. The support is also superb.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Vendor
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 13 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is most valuable?

The ease of use, which makes it very good.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it to backup our storage, and also positioning LANs by using the file option, then the block. It is very easy and convenient.

What needs improvement?

The payment account area.

For how long have I used the solution?

For approximately a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

At the moment, there are no issues. We once had an issue where one LAN was full, and because it was full it was making the SP reboot. But with the upgrade, we decide it was a non-issue, and with the upgrade, it was fixed. The upgrade fixed it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no issues with the scalability.

How are customer service and

Real User
Infrastructure Manager
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* Expandability for capacity management is pretty important. * It has compression, which allows you to store more data than you would normally under the arrays. * The ease… more »

How has it helped my organization?

By having ease of management in central management, this means that our company no longer needs to hire a dedicated storage engineer. The administration of it can be… more »

What needs improvement?

The uses of tools to communicate with EMC directly. With EMC, I am not able to connect and resolve issues without assistance, so they can't do unattended maintenance on… more »

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

For costing, you have to have a budget in mind because SANs can be fairly expensive and EMC offers a wide range of products. It is important that you know your… more »

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

We used an older EMC product, and we switched over because this was a newer model that they had released. We moved from a VNXe to the Unity devices.

What other advice do I have?

For someone researching whether to implement Unity: If they have familiarity using EMC devices previously, then it is really a no-brainer. You would use this because you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We checked out Nimble Storage and HPE MSL. We evaluated based on performance, scalability, availability, security options, and costs. The Unity was either equal to or… more »
Real User
IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The multiprotocol support. It's supporting NFS, fiber channel, CIFS, and these kinds of things. The multiprotocol is very attractive.

How has it helped my organization?

It's flexible and we've been doing a decentralization exercise for the last number of years, so we've used the Unity 300 for our remote sites as a storage box.

What needs improvement?

There is something that comes to mind. We've deployed these systems in a virtualized environment. We are running VMware, and with the VNXe it was possible to restore. We're using Veeam for VMware… more »

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

As I said, we'd been using its predecessor, the VNXe. It's because the VNXe is being phased out that we switched to the successor, the Unity 300. But apart from that, we've been using EMC solutions… more »

What other advice do I have?

My experiences are generally positive with this product. I would definitely recommend to others to go for it unless they choose an alternative.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As I mentioned before, we've used this product to deploy in remote sites, so as an alternative we were contemplating VMware vSAN. But in the end we didn't choose that option. We chose the shared… more »
Real User
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

We currently deploy the Unitys for CIFS-based file access to supplement our VxRail deployment, which was installed around the same time.

How has it helped my organization?

The VNX5300 was a good all-around device, which we used for our VMware-based workloads along with CIFS-based file access. After our transition to HCI, we needed a dedicated, non-virtual machine-based CIFS solution that was easily scalable to fit our needs. The Unity 300 fit that and has not caused any issues since being in production.

What needs improvement?

I would like the device to have the ability to pull down its own firmware. That would be a great thing.
Abilio Tsunoushi
Real User
Head of IT, South & Central America at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
Oct 29 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

What is most valuable?

Small device Using few U's on rack Small consumption of energy Fast access on data

How has it helped my organization?

The best improvement will happen in the future. We will hopefully not be replacing the HDD with failure.

What needs improvement?

The price has room for improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this product since May 2017.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not at all. No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I will need to see in the future. I do not have time for scalability for the time being to determine whether it can scale out.
Consultant
IT Techinal Engineer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* VMware integration: Grants both the Storage and Virtual Administrator the ability to create and mount datastores, or even to check how much space each VM is consuming. * Block compression on F Models: Compression on F Models or in flash pools allows us to almost duplicate the available space on the array; more space for less money, everyone likes this. * Simple management: The simple GUI… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With a such a simple configuration you can add datastores on VMFS5 to any clusters on your vSphere organization.

What needs improvement?

Compression and block deduplication on non-all-flash solutions. I know it should not be easy to reach flash-like compression on mechanical disks, but it would bring this array to the top of the charts. And, of course, the block deduplication in mechanical pools. As I said above, everybody likes the "more space for less money" formula.
Vendor
IT Supervisor
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* Performance dashboard * Because I always need to trouble shooting for IOPS & database (DB) performance issues. I can quickly focus on what is part of the issue. I can decrease downtime and can plan next year's extended capacity budget. * Integration of the VPLEX function for Cross IDC structure.

How has it helped my organization?

* Use Replication function to build up cold or warm Disaster Recovery (DR) site. * Use Auto-Tier and FAST VP to build up flexible space.

What needs improvement?

For the integration of the VPLEX function for Cross IDC structure, they should integrate the function into the SP controller.
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 19 2017

What is most valuable?

* The ease of management and “user-friendly” management environment (GUI). * Simplicity for deploying and controlling storage elements. * Ability to redefine storage policies and improve performance… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the environments for many customers who have transitioned from other vendors storage platforms to Unity, due to technical proposals and offerings defined by us.

What needs improvement?

There are features still to come, like compression and deduplication on hybrid platforms, VDM improvements to be developed for NAS environments, and also improvements in the “self-migration” tools to… more »

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

This does not apply directly to us. I had a very close contact with all “EMC legacy” storage platforms from the times of Clariion and Celerra. Thus, I have experienced the evolution and consolidation… more »

What other advice do I have?

When implementing this product, be careful while configuring “Virtual Pools” (on hybrid platforms), in order to assure optimum performance. The proper disk raid choice is critical and may impact… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Absolutely. We offer Dell EMC solutions to partners who always work with several offerings from various manufacturers, targeting the same scenario (mostly NetApp, Huawei, HPE and IBM).
Vendor
IT Supervisor
Oct 19 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

How has it helped my organization?

It’s helped with the overall stability of our VMware environment.

What is most valuable?

We use it to provide VMware VMFS to our VMware environment. Also, we use it for replication of data stores to another EMC Unity 300. This works fantastically. It’s easy to manage.  The interface is great.  Underlying functionality works well. 

What needs improvement?

The only improvement would be a lower cost per unit/disks, however on the whole we are very pleased with this product. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None whatsoever. A big update was released in which Dell contacted us and did the upgrade.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None whatsoever. We expanded both our EMC Unity disks by 10TB…
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer at a sports company
Oct 19 2017

What is most valuable?

* VMware integration, why is pretty self-explanatory, though Nimble offers better VMware integration then EMC does, which is odd given where EMC comes from. * Veeam Backup integration: Veeam is the defacto standard for backing up of virtual environments. * Fibre Channel support

How has it helped my organization?

Delivers High IOPS, but more important, low latency as this is the most important part for our usage.

What needs improvement?

I’d say better VMware integration. Currently, EMC relies on an additional VM (virtual machine) for integration with vCenter, whereas Nimble interfaces directly without the need of an additional virtual machine. Both products are fully HTML5 compliant, which makes me very happy. We have been able to fully eliminate Adobe Flash thanks to this. Firmware Upgrades in EMC Unity require you to manually… more »
Vendor
Head of IT Infrastructure
Oct 19 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity XT?

How has it helped my organization?

Decreased administration efforts, improved manageability.

What is most valuable?

User friendly interface Scalability It is shipped with all licensed, included for this product range, no need to buy additional licenses Flexible support plans  Prompt answers from EMC support

What needs improvement?

Thick provisioning of LUNs. Firmware management form EMC. Strange way to populate firmware based on spread ratio among the customers of EMC Unity.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, but did not affect systems which relay on it. Firmware patch was released by EMC.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not for now.
Consultant
Storage Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Easy to use. For beginners, it is very interactive.

How has it helped my organization?

The company migrated data from an older NetApp storage. The entire environment is virtualized. The amount of fast cache is great for meeting all demands.

What needs improvement?

All areas, since the entire environment is virtualized. In Brazil, price and native unity migration tools are not very good yet.

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

I believe there are other cheaper options, but you are not paying just for the "iron". The support in storage environment is a crucial thing to consider. Also, consider… more »

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

I have worked implementing storage for at least 10 years. So yes, I used a huge number of solutions before. In this case, the customer changed because the warranty of his… more »

What other advice do I have?

Implement views using consistency groups. It is easier to replicate LUNs, take snapshots, etc. Also, you can't use fast cache with SSD storage pools.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE 3PAR
Vendor
Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* Replication and reporting * Replication of the communication object (COB) scenarios

How has it helped my organization?

It has increased the reliability in our organization and it is cost effective.

What needs improvement?

The EMC VNX Virtual Data Mover (VDM) software needs more improvement.

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

This product is cheaper than the EMC VNX solution. It is good for small businesses.

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

Previously, we were using the EMC VNX solution and I am still using it.

What other advice do I have?

* EMC is known for its reliability * This product is good * It is easy to install and maintain * It operates with low maintenance and manpower costs

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other solutions, namely Nutanix and NetApp.
Vendor
Deputy Manager Systems at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 30 2017

What is most valuable?

I really like the true unified storage box.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it as block storage. We are hosting Video on Demand Service and it is doing pretty well. Previously, VNX required separate hardware to support file based storage… more »

What needs improvement?

To the best of my knowledge, migration from VNX to Unity without VPLEX/RecoverPoint is not available right now. If Dell/EMC will do this, then I would give them a rating… more »

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

Pricing is relatively good compared to other vendors with the same specifications.

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

We used to deploy VNX5200. We moved to a new box due to technology improvements.

What other advice do I have?

For greater efficiency, use SSD, SAS, and NL-SAS with FAST. Use at least 10-20% SSD of whole storage, 20-30% of SAS, and the rest with NL-SAS. This will give you good… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have compared HPE 3PAR, Huawei OceanStor, and Lenovo Storage.
Consultant
Senior Systems Engineer in the Storage & Systems Practice at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* I appreciate the great performance with flash drives, 12Gb SAS connections, and the 16Gb fibre channel. * I like the easy management with the new Unisphere management… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We saved money by moving off old storage and we gained extra capacity and speed.

What needs improvement?

The storage processors have less port expansion than previous high-end VNX arrays. Data compression is only available in all-flash pools.

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

Licensing is easy since all the software is included.

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

We used to deploy EMC VNX. But we needed more speed and capacity.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend that you purchase five years of maintenance up front. EMC tends to increase maintenance significantly in years four and five.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Nimble, NetApp, and Compellent.
Vendor
Infrastructure Manager at a hospitality company
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* Fiber channel connectivity * Fast cache features * Support of VVOLS * 10GB NICs * Support of high performance and rapid provisioning/expansion options * Deployment time… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Unity 300 is now the go-to storage device we use as we virtualize our infrastructure. The SAN currently exceeds our requirements in terms of performance. We have estimated… more »

What needs improvement?

The SAN provided by EMC exceeded our expectations. The only room for improvement I can see would be a faster leader time and lower cost. However, even with the lead time… more »

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

Licensing ranges from $20K plus for a decent configuration. AFA configurations start at about $25K.

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

We had no previous SAN solution.

What other advice do I have?

There is currently a long lead time on 3TB SSD disks due to a shortage of materials in the USA.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at multiple vendors including NetApp, HPE, IBM, and Nimble.
Nuno Simoes
Real User
Storage Specialist at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* Stability * Simplicity * Speed

How has it helped my organization?

I’m a Dell/EMC partner, not a customer. In my all installations, customers were very satisfied. Unity has shown improvements over VNX. For example, the graphic management has become HTML5, and the datamover(s) and control station(s) are not… more »

What needs improvement?

In the management interface, you can only create one LUN at a time. This is resolved in last(s) unity version, DellEMC resolve this… I also want to see inline deduplication in future Unity versions.

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

I´m a Dell/EMC partner, not a customer.

What other advice do I have?

Read a little bit about the product and its purpose. The implementation itself is simple.
Vendor
Senior Implementation Engineer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 20 2017

What is most valuable?

* Fully automated storage tiering (FAST) cache capabilities. This allows some FLASH drives to be used to improve the overall performance and reduce the cost of the array versus an all flash or old style spinning disk array. * Data at Rest Encryption (D@RE). This feature MUST be enabled after the purchase of the array. It has very little impact on performance and does not affect any of the… more »

What needs improvement?

The lack of deduplication reduces some of the competitiveness compared to other products. The unity platform does not use data deduplication. This is a data-reduction technology to save space on the array.

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

Pricing seems very competitive. A majority of the required options come with the base licenses.
RESC
Real User
Storage Solutions Architect IV at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 19 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the fact that you can use a solid-state array (all-flash array) for your servers. It has a very intuitive web console that runs in HTML5 and makes navigation and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to consolidate from multiple types of disks into a single group of disks of the same speed. Now, we do not have to worry about preparing pools of disks for… more »

What needs improvement?

This product lacks deduplication and compression at the current version 4.1.0. LACP is not available for iSCSI either.

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

This unit is one of the cheapest storage all-flash arrays in the market and it does well for what it is intended. It can be combined for both file and block storage.

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

Although, we cannot compare them one to one, we were using Celerra NS-480 and now we are using EMC Unity. The main reason, we switched platforms was due to EMC end-of-life… more »

What other advice do I have?

Learn about the product and its capabilities. If you are unsure whether this will handle your workload, my suggestion is to get a proof-of-concept with your preferred… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked into EMC VNX, NetApp, Isilon, Qumulo, Pure Storage, Nimble Storage, and Tegile.
Consultant
Director of Infrastructure Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Unified block and file storage without the need of control stations and data movers. This simplifies administration and deployment and requires less rack space.

How has it helped my organization?

It decreased the amount of time to deploy and we recognized the ROI quicker. The ability to use a single piece of hardware simplifies the overall administration.

What needs improvement?

* Increased flexibility in the GUI to provision storage easier * Include cloud-based replication for blocks

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

The price is good for commercial grade storage arrays. Licensing has changed to be more advantageous for users.

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

We were using EMC VNX. We switched because this was a newer version of an aging technology.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a unified solution for block and file and to be competitive in the all-flash market, this is the product to choose.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn’t have any alternatives in mind.
Vendor
Technology Consultant at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Inline compression * Auto-shrink * Data in-place upgrades

What needs improvement?

Definitely the biggest requirement is deduplication. The EMC Unity Platform doesn’t have this feature, yet it was a part of the predecessor VNX series. Customers cannot afford to keep duplicates of… more »

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

Unity is a good product since all the software required is already bundled.

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

I have worked with NetApp, Dell Compellent, Dell EqualLogic, and HPE EVA systems. * Dell: Too complicated for configuration and management utilization * NetApp: A very good product when it comes to a… more »

What other advice do I have?

Go for it!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We previously evaluated Compellent, EqualLogic, MD series, NetApp FAS, Nimble and HPE EVA.

What is Dell EMC Unity XT?

Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.

Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.

Also known as
EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
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