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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?

Valuable Features Small device Using few U's on rack Small consumption of energy Fast access on data • Improvements to My Organization The best improvement will happen in the future. We will hopefully not be replacing the HDD with failure. • Room for Improvement The price has room for improvement. • Use of Solution I have used this product since May 2017. • Stability Issues Not at all. No issues with stability. • Scalability Issues 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.
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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 of use in central management by Unisphere Central. *... 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 passed over to existing team members without us spending on additional... 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 devices, which would be a massive benefit if they could. They need a... more»
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IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Valuable Features Storage Easy to manage and configure. I can easily setup and configure the LUN and host without support. • Improvements to 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. Therefore, you could check immediately if there was an issue. • Use of Solution Nine months. • Stability Issues No issues. • Scalability Issues No issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support 100%. They are very accommodating, and it is easy to contact them. • Previous Solutions This solution is much better than the previous one. • Initial Setup The initial setup is straightforward. All I need to do is...
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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 and maintenance costs. Whereas now, it is a single source of knowledge... 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 model would be better within Australia. Support has been great, but onshore... more»
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Platform Administrator
Nov 22 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Valuable Features 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 presentation of new storage. • Improvements to My Organization We spend less time checking the solution. The presentation of new storage to the servers is very easy. • Room for Improvement The reports could possibly export all the data at once. • Use of Solution 10 months. • Stability Issues No issues. • Scalability Issues No issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support Low. • Previous Solutions Yes, we previously used EMC VNX. We switched to upgrade. • Initial Setup The initial setup was very easy and intuitive. • Pricing,...
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Nov 26 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Improvements to 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. • Valuable Features Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware.  • Room for 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 groups or global IDs for LUNs could be a good solution for this. • Stability Issues No stablility issues. • Scalability Issues No scalability issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support Very good. • Initial Setup The initial setup was very simple. •...
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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. * ESRS/CloudIQ: Having the array communicating back to Dell EMC enables me to... 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.
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Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Apr 23 2017

What do you think of EMC ViPR?

PART I During the recent EMCworld event in Las Vegas among other things, EMC announced ViPR (read announcement here). Note that this ViPR is not the same EMC Viper project from a few years ago that was focused on data footprint reduction (DFR) including dedupe. ViPR has been in the works for a couple of years taking a step back rethinking how storage is can be used going forward. ViPR is not a technology creation developed in a vacuum instead includes customer feedback, wants and needs. Its core themes are extensible, open and scalable. On the other hand, ViPR addresses plenty of buzzword bingo themes including: Agility, flexibility, multi-tenancy, orchestration Virtual appliance and control plane Data services and storage management IT as a Service (ITaaS) and...
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Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 22 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC XtremIO Flash Storage?

EMC (@EMCflash) today announced some new, enhanced, renamed and a rebrand flash solid-state device (SSD) storage portfolio around theme of XtremIO. XtremIO was the startup company with a new all flash SSD storage array that EMC announced they were buying in May 2012. Since that announcement, Project “X” has been used when referring to the product now known as XtremIO (e.g. all flash new storage array). Synopsis of announcement - Product rollout and selective availability of the new all flash SSD array XtremIO - Rename server-side PCIe ssd flash cards from VFCache to XtremSF - New XtremSF models including enhanced multi-level cell (eMLC) with larger capacities - Rename VFCache caching software to XtremSW (enables cache mode vs. target mode) What was...
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Tower Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 03 2017

What do you think of EMC AppSync?

Valuable Features Snap mirror and implementation with 3rd party backup software. • Improvements to My Organization It gave us enough time to do the backup for big databases and mount them in a certain location, from there on tapes. So basically made the production database independent of the backups, so we could have the backup window larger. • Room for Improvement Speed of the snapshots, the way how lun's are managed. • Use of Solution About 2 years. • Deployment Issues Some issues with Luns management, luns weren't expired. Also issues with its own database. It didn't marked the unmounted databases and those had to be marked manually. • Stability Issues Yes. Periodically I needed to restart the agent on the client side and sometimes on the server side. •...
Chris2
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Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
Nov 09 2017

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 to and we have sent over 200TB to the array. The Deduplication... 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.
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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 administration fairly easy.

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 each server application. Instead, they are all using the same disks but... more»

What needs improvement?

This product lacks deduplication and compression at the current version 4.1.0. LACP is not available for iSCSI either.
Anonymous avatar x80
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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 is quick from unboxing to setup * Scalable * Supports both small... 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 for 30% growth per year for three years. The configuration purchased... 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 we had (which was approximately 10 days at the time of order) and cost... more»
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Network Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the best features of the VNX is the ability to combine drives of different types into a virtual Storage Pool. By combining small but fast flash drives, SAS drives, and high-capacity but slower NL-SAS drives, the VNX can intelligently... more»

How has it helped my organization?

By utilizing the Storage Pools feature of the VNX, our organization can provide the required performance without having to over-invest in storage for data that doesn't require expensive drives.

What needs improvement?

The management software used for the VNX is Unicenter. While it is an improvement over Navicenter, used in older EMC SANs, it still feels outdated in comparison to other SAN management software. Reporting is clunky and requires data... more»
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Server\Storage Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Being able to perform upgrades and check the system through the VxRail Manager has been very helpful. It allows files to be uploaded, performs a pre-check against the system, then upgrades the appliance from the hardware up through the VMware... more»

How has it helped my organization?

At a remote location where physical servers were deployed in order to address latency or process delays, one of these appliances is now installed and a low cost virtual environment is in place. This has also allowed snapshot backups to be... more»

What needs improvement?

My main issue so far is that the installation created a default datacenter name of "Marvin" and it cannot be changed. This can be a problem with multiple device\location deployments where all of the names are "Marvin".
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Storage Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 13 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Valuable Features Easy to use. For beginners, it is very interactive. • Improvements to 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. • Room for Improvement All areas, since the entire environment is virtualized. In Brazil, price and native unity migration tools are not very good yet. • Use of Solution Still using. • Stability Issues No, but I found some articles about a code upgrade that solved some issues. • Scalability Issues No problem. During installation, I added more disks and this activity ran without problem. • Customer Service and Technical Support EMC technical support is great. With support, chat works well to talk with...
Anonymous avatar x80
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Head of IT Infrastructure
Oct 19 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Improvements to My Organization Decreased administration efforts, improved manageability. • Valuable Features 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 • Room for Improvement Thick provisioning of LUNs. Firmware management form EMC. Strange way to populate firmware based on spread ratio among the customers of EMC Unity. • Stability Issues Yes, but did not affect systems which relay on it. Firmware patch was released by EMC. • Scalability Issues Not for now.
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IT Supervisor
Oct 19 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Improvements to My Organization It’s helped with the overall stability of our VMware environment. • Valuable Features 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.  • Room for Improvement The only improvement would be a lower cost per unit/disks, however on the whole we are very pleased with this product.  • Stability Issues None whatsoever. A big update was released in which Dell contacted us and did the upgrade. • Scalability Issues None whatsoever. We expanded both our EMC Unity disks by 10TB without any disruption or issues. Simply added the disks, then created...
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Senior Systems Engineer at a sports company
Oct 19 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Improvements to My Organization Delivers High IOPS, but more important, low latency as this is the most important part for our usage. • Valuable Features 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 • Room for 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...
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Senior Systems Engineer/DellEMC DataCenter Solutions Architect 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 (adding dynamic cache and “Auto-tiering”).... 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 push or pool information (to assist the... more»

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Dell EMC Questions

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Principal Architect with 1-10 employees
Dec 03 2017
Which Storage is the latest and which one functions better and Why?
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Mimmo RatiniBoth systems are good middle storage systems but the unity family is... more»
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Quincy JohnsonUnity is newer. Go with newer of the 2 if these are your only options.
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Albie Bokingkito Jr.Go for Unity. It’s the newest model and the base software is now better than... more»
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Manager Communications and Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 08 2017
Which do you recommend? Dell EMC XtremIO Flash Storage or Hitachi Virtual Storage F Series?
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Jeff DrennanI would personally take a look at Nimble Storage. It is all processor and... more»
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Greg Schulz is Founder and Sr Advisor of the independent IT advisory and consultancy firm Server StorageIO (StorageIO). StorageIO provides advisory and consultancy services in and around data infrastructure, cloud, virtualization, container, software-defined, NVMe, flash, object storage,... more>>
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Masters in Computer Applications, seeking assignments in Installation/Configuration/Administration on VMware and SAN/NAS platform. Possessing over 7 years of experience in Systems, Datacenter and Implementation. Actively participating in Community discussions on EMC and VMware community network
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