What do you like most about Dell EMC Unity XT?
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This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up.
The All-Flash models are pretty fast for the vast majority of our remote workloads.
This product is perfect for small, and mid-range customers who need to pay less, but still, get enterprise-level capabilities.
It is ease to use. It performs. It's easy to provision, and It's stable.
We have resolved IT challenges with this solution. It sped up our environment. We went from spinning disk to all-flash, which reduced our footprint.
It is pretty stable. I like the stability, because everything works like it should. We made it all redundant. So, we don't have anything to worry about.
A lot of the Unisphere interfaces are greatly improved in terms of monitoring capabilities, alerting, and ease of use. Setting up the storage and the file system are all just a few clicks away.
It has reduced complexity.
The valuable features of Unity include that it's flexible, has a friendly user-interface, and provides
It has good performance.
We can get almost real-time response times.
It gives me the flexibility with its ability to replicate to itself and the ability to use the Dell EMC Cloud as an option. That's always sitting there and waiting if we need it.
For me, the most valuable feature is the ease of management.
It is lightning fast, low on power and heat, and has a small footprint with great performance.
The most valuable thing for our use case is the flexibility to have multiple-protocol support.
We use replication for disaster recovery (DR), making our DR process much easier.
Unity's are more easily administrated, so we need fewer people to do the administration. We have less overhead because of that.
It has made deployment, configuration, and maintenance a lot simpler.
We have Dell EMC engineers helping us out and doing some over the shoulder training. They are working with our customer right now doing data migration over to Unities from the legacy Oracle stuff. While they're doing this, they're showing people how the Unities work and the ins and outs of the software interface.
We like the way it integrates with our environment. These features help us use multiple soft applications. The new features of going off the grid and replicating really help us. They give us an advantage versus traditional storage resources.
Being all-flash makes everything super-fast. It's also great to manage. That's the easiest part. We also have another SAN, from Pure, and the Unity is easier to manage than the Pure.
The solution is so easy to manage that I forget it is there.
They've integrated NAS and SAN pretty well. It made replication very simple. Because one of our systems has a lot of LANs, for it to replicate we have Consistency Groups in there. That's something that is really helpful, making sure that everything is working not just for replication but for backups as well.
The most valuable feature is the performance. It's still an all-flash array at a good price point.
We just started doing a bunch of automation where, if an end-user's home directory or departmental share gets filled, I can set certain things through a Unity API so that if it reaches 95 or 98 percent full, it will automatically expand. Now, instead of our getting a ticket and having to go in and do it manually, it does that for us.
Storage Snapshots have been really nice. They allow us to do backups without impacting our production workload that much. The scalability, the ability to add disks dynamically and adjust our workload as needed, has also been really helpful. That definitely makes my job easier. And the interface for managing Unity is very easy. The integrations between VMware Hypervisor and Dell EMC are top-notch, so it's been really easy to use and manage.
I don't think I've ever seen latencies above 10 milliseconds unless it was something that wasn't the array that was messing up. The thing is rock-solid.
The NAS is also extremely easy to set up.
The most valuable feature is the ability to provision storage from the CLI, versus having to go in and use the GUI every time. I can just script it out and it will create what I need. That makes it super-easy to manage. Also, for us, it's a set-and-forget. Once we provisioned it out, we haven't had to mess with it.
I like the integration into VirtualCenter. I used to have to add LUNs manually, then scan them in and format them. It does that all for you, all in one, immediate deployment of LUNs.
Via a click, we can deploy a data store or LUN to the ESX host. We can also deploy VVOLs to the ESX server.
The replication is big for us. We use file services on Unity and it has a really nice file services interface. It's also easy to manage. It's really easy in terms of provisioning, replication. There are no real tricks to it. It's just easy.
It is easy to scale, maintain, and manage.
There has been no downtime. It has built-in redundancy upon redundancy.
It's very reliable. I have not had an issue with Dell EMC Unity.
We were able to integrate it very quickly with other solutions.
It's easy to manage. We access it and manage it through Unisphere and have had no issues. We're able to provision storage, create consistency groups, create RDMs for our virtual machines. Creating it through Unisphere, it automatically adds the data store on the VMware side and rescans the LUNS. We just have to add and configure the storage in one place and it takes care of everything, which is very handy.
It is nice the way ESRS works with remote support, being able to remote in and take a look at problems proactively.
It is completely reliable. The plugins for it are quite mature. I don't really have any issues with the interactions with vSphere, they all work as intended.
The technical support is very professional and provides quick responses.
The performance is great. We have four or five different Unity arrays, and they have all run flawlessly.
It is simple to use and easy to manage. We don't touch it after we set it up.
We currently have two Dell EMC Unities going. One of them at our primary on-premise DR site. They communicate with each other. If we ever have to failover, it is right there and ready.
They have a Unity REST API that I use to automate some of the storage stuff. I'm just getting started with it, but it seems pretty easy to use.
Its quick integration with VMware. The ability to stand up a data store in one place, where you don't have to go and rescan for the data store through the vCenter Client, as well as SMB shares. This ended up being a big selling point for us.
The Unisphere management interface: We are very familiar with it. It manages all the EMC devices that we have. Management is easy because it is part of Unisphere, which is self-learning.
We have integrated it with vSphere and SQL. There were no costs involved outside of our normal workload licensing, no costs that were specific to the Unity platform.
I like the ease of configuration, the quick setup and the fact that it seems to be hardened. We haven't had any issues with them. In terms of simplicity of ownership, once they're running you don't have to touch them. They're also simple to manage. We came from the VNXe 3200s so it's very similar.
It has helped us be able to use less administrators per device or system. Therefore,we are more streamlined.
The fact that it's hybrid is the most valuable feature. We have the SSD so we put our SharePoint on there and some of the stuff that requires a little more speed. For SharePoint, we want the pages to respond a little more quickly. And it's nice to be able to use the slower storage for stuff that we don't need as quickly, like file servers.
The NAS capability is mainly what we're looking for from this product, and being able to recover fast in DR.
In the hybrid version, I would say they are fast. They have fully automated storage tiering. In the all-flash version, higher performance, compression, data replication.