2018-05-01T09:28:00Z

What is your primary use case for Dell EMC Unity XT?


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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This solution is our primary storage for all workloads. It has good replication and integration with VMware.

2019-10-15T10:56:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We use this solution for remote sites with greater than 20TB & less than 100TB in block storage requirements. We utilize Unity Arrays for ESX hosts and some CIFS & NFS NAS needs. We also use these arrays for DR needs to help control cost for primary block storage needs.

2019-07-04T21:54:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I'm a data center solution architect at Merdasco and based on our customers' needs, we build solutions for them. This product is very flexible, powerful, and suitable for many environments. Dell EMC Unity OE provides block LUN, VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols), and NAS file system storage access. Multiple, different storage resources can reside in the same storage pool, and multiple storage pools can be configured within the same DPE/DAE array.

2019-05-18T05:16:00Z
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Reseller

The primary use case is storage.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

This was for our SAN storage. Pretty much everything runs on this: databases, servers, etc.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are using it mostly for VMware and Wintel. It is also for applications, like SQL, which need to be used on multiple different operating system, such as Windows, Linux, and sometimes Citrix. We use it with virtualized infrastructure. We use QoS and snapshots features, which I like.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We are using the All-Flash storage for block and file use cases. All of our corporate file shares and all of our VMware infrastructure items for manager service platforms are running off of Unity. We are running a hosted collaboration: video, voice, and all types of online collaboration solutions for our customers. We have been doing it for years and just needed to migrate to the next level.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We have different models of VNX and we have Unity. We use them for file sharing and for block serving in non-production systems. We don't have a dedicated application running on Unity, but we are using it and file sharing to run multiple systems, but it is not the core. It's used by a lot of applications, but we use it to share files between different applications on different platforms.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

The primary use case is NAS.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

It's our primary storage. It is just for VMWare with a lot of Fail Over clusters. For our mission critical applications, we run SQL, Oracle, Fail Over server clusters, VMWare, and databases. We use it for our primary VMWare environments, with a VPLEX, just for failover and performance. We use it for Windows Plus! because you need shared storage. In addition, we use it for healthcare systems. We only use it for block storage. We don't use any other features. We have a VPLEX for applications.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

Our primary use case is for our data center and hypervisor cluster.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

Right now, Unity is a backup target. The IT challenge we resolved with this solution was having a backup target. With Unity we've got DDVE, or Data Domain Virtual Edition loaded. It was an array that was not being used for anything in particular and we had a need for the data domain capacity, so we're using it as a backup target under DDVE.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Vendor

We use it for our converged infrastructure in our VxBlock. We put all our applications on it since it is our back-end storage. We have just one storage area that we dump everything on and scrape for all of our mixed workload use.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We use it for both file and block in a converged system, supporting a VMware environment and virtualization. VMware is the primary use case.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

It is for a customer who does virtualization.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We use it for our primary storage platform. All of our primary VMs run off of it.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We use it for data storage, for file.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We use the Unity to back-end our VMware virtual stack. We run VMware vSphere on it. It's a hypervisor, and that is what we are required to run all our VMs for both Horizon and our internal services.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Real User

We use it for replacing legacy storage. It's just a one-for-one. This is primarily for storage and the data aspect of it.

2019-05-08T23:27:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We bought a couple of 450F and 650F to replace our ageing VNX family. The primary use case is for block storage, and VMware for our tier-2 applications.

2019-04-07T03:36:00Z
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Real User

We use this solution for our databases. We also use some of the applications provided.

2018-12-19T10:07:00Z
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Real User

We use it to high-speed all of our SQL Servers.

2018-09-12T13:15:00Z
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Real User

We use it for post to all our data stores or virtual environment. We have had no performance issues.

2018-09-12T13:15:00Z
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Real User

We use it for SAN and NAS, pretty much all of our VMware and ERP systems; everything for storage. It' working out very well. We just moved into it

2018-09-12T13:15:00Z
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Real User

All of our servers are Dell EMC servers. We have it integrated with SharePoint and all of our applications.

2018-09-12T13:15:00Z
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Real User

We use it for virtualization. We have integrated it with Exchange and VMware vSphere. This is actually part of a delivered solution. We have a VCV block, into which the Unity is embedded. The Unity is one of three components. We've got compute and networking in there. The overall product, with Unity being a component, is fine. And individual Vblocks are fine, but the stretched vCenter that we have was complex. Their product is called VPLEX and it was expensive.

2018-09-12T13:15:00Z
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Real User

We were looking for an option for an all-flash array with a lower cost than the XTremIO.

2018-09-12T13:15:00Z
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Real User

We have it set up for storage for VDI. It is as advertised: Very easy to set up, very easy to manage, and the performance is great. We have integrated the solution with Horizon VDI and there was no additional cost to do so.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

It's our primary storage array. We have a public cloud hosted internally, and it's our primary storage array for our customer virtual machines. It has performed very well. There have been no problems with it. We've had it for about nine months and it has performed well.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We use it for our NAS systems and our SAN systems. On the NAS side, it's used for our end-users' home directories and Departmental shares. On the block side, we use it for VMware storage and we have it integrated with VMware. There was no additional cost for that integration.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

Our primary use case for Unity - we use the All-Flash, we don't use the Hybrid array - is as our go-to source for all of our virtualized Oracle Databases. We've moved about 95 percent of our Oracle Databases to Unity. There are a few extremely high-profile databases that nobody wants to move. Nobody wants to touch them. But pretty much everything else is on Unity. We're starting to branch out and put just regular, general purpose load on there. And we also recently put all of our Exchange environment on there as well. We started going down the path of doing the vCenter integration, but we just ran out of time for testing it. That's on our bucket-list of things to do, because that'll make it even easier. But we haven't hit that yet. As far as how it has performed, 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.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

Our primary usage is for our users on our civilian side. We deal with both military and civilian, but it's mainly for our civilian users. We recently started using it, six months ago. Our customers like it a lot. It's an improvement from what we were using. We use it for our Outlook and Exchange but we haven't implemented with our VMware yet.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We use it for enterprise SAN. We have multiple units. We just started getting them in and the performance has been good. It back-ends our enterprise Oracle, which is for our financials. We have some Mission-Support applications that it supports as well. We have both structured and unstructured data.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

Primarily we use it for our file side storage. It's pretty solid. It's tied into our VMware environment for the virtual storage, but Exchange doesn't run on it. It's mostly just Windows File Servers at this point. We had some issues with it in the beginning, but Dell EMC took care of them and it has just been sitting there running ever since. We haven't had any real problems since then.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We primarily use it for SAN storage for ESX data stores. It has been performing okay. We have integrated it with VMware. We do have iSCSI LUNs for some Microsoft Windows servers as well, but not many.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Consultant

For most of our general-purpose cluster, we are using a Unity as Tier 2 and Tier 3 storage. Earlier, we were using a VNX box. Compared to VNX we are getting better performance.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

The primary use case is mid-tier processing for our hospitals. We have a lot of VM infrastructure on the Unity, but not our most mission-critical. The performance has been great.

2018-09-05T08:39:00Z
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Real User

We use it for ESXi data stores and performance seems to be okay so far. We've only had it a couple months. We have it integrated with VMware.

2018-09-03T13:25:00Z
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Real User

It is used for deduplication and encryption.

2018-09-03T13:25:00Z
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Real User

The primary use case is for our reporting environment, business intelligence and analytics. We run our Oracle and SAS-based applications on it right now. The performance is sufficient and we don't have any complaints about it.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

We're using Dell EMC Unity as our primary storage for our production and for our DR site. We've had no performance issues with it, whatsoever. We're using it for our data storage, for our virtual machines. It's the only array that we have, so we're not doing tiering at all. Everything is on the unit. We're using it for the data storage that we replicate to our DR site, for the ones that just stay local. We're using it for allocating raw disk-mapping, for mapping storage from the SAN directly to virtual machines for super-clusters and the like. We're using it for everything

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

It is for users of VDI solutions.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

We use our Dell EMC Unities to store the bank's data. We have one Unity in our production environment and another Unity at our disaster recovery site. We use it in conjunction with VMware. We store all our virtual machines on Unity.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

Our Unity arrays are our primary storage arrays for both of our data centers. We run all our VMs on there, they're all-flash. They've been running great. We've had no problems with them. Fantastic.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

It is for our production. We also have a second one for disaster recovery. We use it for our VMware storage. It's done everything we need and we have had no issues.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

We use it for mass and block storage. We have not had issues nor performance problems with it.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

We use it as our primary storage, mostly for VMware, the tier-one storage of our VMs. We use it for SaaS and corporate. We do replications with it. I hate to call Unity your standard, basic storage, but it's your standard, basic, old-school, tried and true, reliable, classic storage. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done, has all the features you need, and is easy to use. Performance-wise, we actually use ScaleIO for the high-performance stuff. But Unity, as your classic storage, does a fairly good job. We actually use it just about everywhere because, in the majority of the use cases in our company, there is a need for a lot of storage but they don't have a lot of IOPS. Unity fits that use case well. For the areas that need high performance, the high IOPS, it doesn't fit. But that's okay. That's why you have multiple SAN solutions.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Consultant

We're using it for block storage in a lab, supporting Fortune 500 customers, testing out solutions. We have a number of other competitive solutions in the lab and we try out upgrades for customers, we test out all the different features and functions. Performance of the system is fine, I really don't have any issues with the actual raw IO of the system, but the competitors are pushing a lot of all-flash solutions in front of us. We're not doing any integrated Snapshotting of the applications. Some of our team is working on being able to Snapshot Oracle RAC clusters but, for the most part, we're focusing on doing mostly backup solutions, data protection software.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Consultant

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

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

The primary use case is to replace stream I/O and other VNX traditional spinning disks with a less expensive all flash. However, it should have the same five nines availability.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

We use it as block storage for a couple sites. The performance is fine for what it does. It is flash and spinning media.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

We use it for virtualization. We have all of our servers virtualized on the entire unit. The performance has been outstanding. It's amazing.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Reseller

Our primary use case is virtualization.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

We primarily use it for backup.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

We have it in one of our branch office data centers, and we use it for a small number of users. It's a first step into the flash storage system for us. It has worked very well for us. We're very happy with how it works. We're a VMware house, so we've integrated it into ESX and we use it as our target environment for vRA. It's worked really well. We've had it just about over two years now, and it's performing very well. It has fulfilled all our needs. We've had none of the I/O issues that we had seen on our previous SAN. It's worked really well.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

The speed and performance that we get through the SSD hard drives. That's a big factor for us.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

Our use case is very unique. We just need it in our offices.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

We're using it to host development workloads and it's performing as expected.

2018-09-02T08:36:00Z
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Real User

We use it for storage for our ESXi hosts at our smaller sites.

2018-09-02T08:13:00Z
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Real User

We are a medical center, so we have a very diverse ecosystem. We do a lot of imaging, which is our primary use case. It is performing very well.

2018-09-02T08:09:00Z
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Real User

It's our storage solution. We have a Dell EMC Unity 400. The performance is great.

2018-08-28T07:05:00Z
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Real User

We did a one-month exercise with EMC. We are trying to replace several systems, like NAS and some file shares, put them into one consolidated system. We do have VDI. We're going to re-use it for VDI, so this is the perspective we're trying to evolve toward.

2018-05-02T06:35:00Z
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Consultant

Primary use is mid-range storage. We have two variants, we have the hybrid version and the all-flash version. It's for general use. For high performance, we have different systems.

2018-05-01T09:28:00Z
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