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This product is suitable for customers who are looking for simplicity and cost-effective SAN storage products
While it has a good price to start, they could always make it cheaper. We bought extended warranties out of the box because our customer has a bad habit of managing warranties. The service for the small things that we have had are always handled very quickly.
Our CAPEX was close to $42,000 and operating costs are below $1000.
The cost of it is good for us. We purchased a five-year warranty.
Our costs are roughly $200,000 a year.
Licensing is a little bit confusing. Going through everything with them, there are a lot of line items to go over. Every single thing is broken down into a line item, and it starts to get really confusing in terms of what we're actually purchasing when it comes to the product.
We bought the box of all the licensing that we needed and not run into anything where we would need any additional licenses from Dell EMC Unity. VMware is a different story, but as far as Unity goes, it's not been an issue. Currently, we buy directly from Dell EMC. We've tried going through resellers before, but we've found that if we go directly through Dell EMC, we get a good a price from being with the government. So, we are lucky there. We have that working relationship with the folks at Dell EMC, and sometimes I even get to run into the rep or specialist at events, which is great. I don't get that with a reseller.
The pricing is reasonable. We're using the Flex on Demand pricing. It's really good for us when we pay for what we use. It made it easy to get it inside since it's an OpEx and instead of CapEx expense. I can't say enough about the Flex on Demand because it gives you the agility you need. You can get it in there so easily. You don't have to be fighting with the CFO about how much it costs. It's a lot easier.
The pricing is right in line with competitors.
The pricing is competitive. We miss some of the feature functionality that we had with the XtremeIOs but it's certainly suitable for the purpose.
Regarding the licensing, that was easy. As far as recurring costs go, all that is understood, what we need to keep in place. If we grow and scale, we also understand a license comes with that, too. In terms of integrating it with our existing apps, there was no additional cost, nothing we didn't expect.
As far as simplicity of ownership goes, I don't think there is anything aside from the maintenance licensing.
Go with the virtual appliance versus the hardware.
Licensing has been quite difficult. It doesn't always auto-license. About half the time, when I provision one, I have to contact Service to get a license, or even go to our account manager to help get it straightened out.
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 bought to go with it for our storage performance.
While Dell EMC is costly, I don't have any complaints about their licensing model.
Licensing is fine. We worked with a sales rep to purchase our Unity.
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 Unity. It's great. They work hand in hand. They have made it so simple.
The solution should be cheaper.
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.
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 small office or data center needs a couple petabytes, or just lots and lots of storage, it works great. Or if you need just a couple of hundred terabytes worth of storage, it works great. The price point hits that right spot.
We purchased our Unity in September 2017. It was a simple process. We budgeted for it in the prior year. Then, we had the funds to take care of what we wanted to purchase.
The Dell EMC Data Protection license covers everything, like a one stop shop. All our options are covered.
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 all-inclusive, in terms of the licensing model. That's unique for them, compared to other manufacturers. It is beneficial. We could use replication, native, right out-of-the-box.
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 issue with licensing once but we were able to reach out to the licensing group and do an online chat. They helped instantly, so that was nice.
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.
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.
no clue. I'm technical, I don't do prices