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Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Chris Childerhose
Real User
Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
Sep 10 2018

What is most valuable?

I would rate it at 5/5 as the deduplication and compression of the device for backups is outstanding. We have about 55TB total space on the Data Domain which we send Veeam backups... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This allows our organization to send more data to this device compared to others. It also allows us a fast recovery of files or Virtual Machines if needed being on-premise.

What needs improvement?

The processing capabilities I believe could be improved, however, we have an older unit DD670 and newer units may have already improved upon this.

What other advice do I have?

Review the newer versions of the device and evaluate them if possible. You will get great benefit for backups.
RESC
Real User
Storage Solutions Architect IV at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The VNX 5700 provides a large number of features including the ability to work for both file and block as a unified... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our company saved money in maintaining the unified platform in most of our locations and has the ability to perform... more»

What needs improvement?

Once you establish a replication job, when the file system is synchronizing its data to the target file system, it... more»

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

EMC is a good company with which to negotiate pricing, especially if you are a new customer for them. In our... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have the Celerra NS480s, NS40s, NS20. We switched because the arrays were at the end of life by EMC support.

What other advice do I have?

The VNX is a good platform, but like any other storage unit, it has some limitations. If you are doing a migration from... more»
Takue Chaparadza
Real User
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company
Jan 22 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its ease of use. The GUI is accessible and everything is pretty much upfront. You don't get lost in navigating between the tabs. * I also like... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to the older versions, and those from other vendors, like HPE servers and some other brands, this one has really saved us a lot of... more»

What needs improvement?

Of course, the new generation of servers, I've yet to really use them, the 13th and the 14th generations of the Dell rack servers. I haven't... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We switched because of the kind of support we'd get from the vendor itself, a quick response time. That's a very critical issue; how swiftly can... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would tell colleagues to go for it. It's a great product, and as long as they can just stay on the latest and greatest versions, they... more»
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... 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... 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... 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... more»
Eric Umstead
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... 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... more»
David Hammink
Real User
System Administrator with 11-50 employees
Jun 14 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC SC Series?

What is our primary use case?: It is performing well. • How has it helped my organization?: We have a bit more storage, and it is faster. • What is most valuable?: Ease of use Reliability It is fast and performs well. • What needs improvement?: The administration and support (on the way that they delivered) was a little bit slow. • For how long have I used the solution?: Less than one year. • What do I think about the stability of the solution?: So far, so good. However, we have only had it running for four months. • What do I think about the scalability of the solution?: Scalability is good. We still have more room. • How is customer service and technical support?: We have not used technical support yet. • Which solutions did we use previously?: ...
Jimmy Bortzfield
Real User
Virtualization engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The quick integration with VMware. The ability to stand up a data store in one place, where you don't have to go and rescan for the data store... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a date warehouse server. Prior to being on Unity, we could get about one or two data warehouse refreshes a day. After standing that up... more»

What needs improvement?

I don't know where the hybrid cloud might be going or what connectivity there is between what was recently released as far as AWS and being able... more»

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

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... more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a little research into how you will create your storage groups. Ensure they have all lined out prior to going in and making one single... more»
Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
Marc Mooney
Real User
Operations Supervisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 18 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use would really be the best feature. We were easily able to get the correct performance details from it. And the configuration was... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In terms of service and deployment, it was done easily. It was a big SAN beforehand, so being flash, it was configured quickly. The footprint... more»

What needs improvement?

It has ticked all the boxes for us so far. A fourth year of maintenance at a good price would be good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using something different. We were coming from the typical fiber background. We needed to get something new, so we looked at a few... more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking at a flash-based system, one that you want to work and not to have to play around with it - to be sure it's working all the... more»
Ben Liebowitz
Real User
Server and Storage Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The fact that it's all-flash has really helped our overall performance.

What needs improvement?

Unity only does compression. It would be nice if there was a deduplication feature as well. At my previous job, we used XtremIO and that had... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We came from a VNX platform and we had lots of performance issues on the VNX, especially when we were doing OS patching. When all the reboots... more»

What other advice do I have?

Each solution is dependent on the use case so it's really hard to give advice without knowing the exact use case the person is trying to fill.... more»
Dave Homp
Real User
Manager of Storage and Backup at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit is where it fits in the cost profile. It's for VMs that, again, aren't mission-critical but do need some performance. It... more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest one for us, and the reason we don't use it more, is that we can't throttle the replication speed. If it's on, it's on. So we have to... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

This was a VNX replacement. We had an older VNX that was off the depreciation tables and maintenance costs were a little higher, as the... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend it and have recommended it. We're pretty large, but I think for most companies it probably is the array that's... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the interface. It is really usable, easy to manage. Looking at that ease of management,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows junior engineers to administer it a lot, so senior engineers, like myself, don't have to do hands-on stuff.... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like better integration with RecoverPoint. My major issue with the solution, all around, has been RecoverPoint... more»

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

As far as simplicity of ownership goes, I don't think there is anything aside from the maintenance licensing.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had a VNX before and the one that we were using was starting to be phased out. We needed to keep on support and we... more»

What other advice do I have?

Test it really well first, and get somebody who knows what they're doing to set it up. The VAR that we were referred to... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For us, it is cheap and deep. That's really why we wanted it, to get an expanded amount of storage. We also run Xtremes, but they're a lot more... more»

What needs improvement?

It could always use native replication. Then I could get rid of RecoverPoint.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Our old arrays, the VNXs - we had a 5400 and a 5700 - were reaching the end of their days, and we wanted to go to the next step up, but not... more»

What other advice do I have?

It really depends on your specific needs: if it's speed or if it's longterm storage. Dell EMC has a whole array of products. I would say go for... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
SAN Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Being that we are heavily invested in VNX1s, the UI itself is fantastic, and the ease of administration is far better than Unisphere or Navisphere ever were. It's very easy to manage. * The fact that it has built-in APIs means our... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've recently gone from a five-man team down to two, not because of the Unity solely, but we haven't necessarily had to replace everyone. We've been able to consolidate a lot of VNXs into just a couple of Unity's. We have less to manage and... more»

What other advice do I have?

A piece of advice when it comes to research is to try to find another company that's using what you're considering. After you talk to the salespeople, after you get the dog and pony show, have them connect you with somebody who's using it,... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The product is pretty easy to use. The GUI is nice, really easy to use, and the performance is good.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

For the upgrade from the old system to the new system, if there was a better way to integrate them so I could easily move the data without... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had the older generation of the Unity system, it was called EMC VNX. It's similar in some ways, but they've definitely improved the GUI, the... more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of the purchase process, we work with a rep. We have biweekly meetings. They're always on site. We worked with the Dell EMC sales... more»
NetAdmin95898
Real User
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
Oct 18 2018

What is most valuable?

It's all-flash. The solution is so easy to manage that I forget it is there. Their support is now a lot better, so that... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As far as benefits, it gives us fast access orders for everybody in accounting, and it's working. It is all-flash and... more»

What needs improvement?

We have had issues with the capacity and some misunderstandings on how much compression that we should be able to see... more»

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

We bought the box of all the licensing that we needed and not run into anything where we would need any additional... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previously, all our servers were running one instance of Windows, and running as a particular application. Email... more»

What other advice do I have?

Spec it out with bigger drives than you think you will need, because when you do expand, you're going to wish you had... more»

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One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Dell EMC Unity vs NetApp All Flash FAS. One of the users on our site says about Dell EMC Unity, "As long as you know what you're doing storage-wise, Unity is really easy to use." Another user says about NetApp All Flash FAS, "I think... more»
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