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Dell EMC Reviews

Chris Childerhose
Real User
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
Jul 11 2019

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… 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… more»

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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 there are any type of issues. I had a hard drive go… 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 other. If we ever have to failover, it is right… 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 to have more integrated features instead of having… 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 licensing goes, I love how VMware works with Dell EMC… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 particular model. Most important criteria when… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at VxRail, IBM, and Nutanix. Dell EMC Unity work out financially. VxRail was nice, but a lot more expensive and robust. Price-wise, Dell EMC Unity was right… 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 really easy in terms of provisioning, replication. There… 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 fits really well there for that. We get exactly what we… 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 be a little more WAN-sensitive, in some applications… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 equipment aged. We just replaced it, pretty much one-for-one… 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 going to work the best, especially for a VM workload. If you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This one came down to either Dell EMC or Pure. We had a NetApp as well, but we weren't considering that. Pure doesn't really have the depth of product offering, so this was an easy choice for us.
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, for LUN creation, I like the integration into… 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. It's less complex.

What needs improvement?

I would like better integration with RecoverPoint. My major issue with the solution, all around, has been RecoverPoint more than Unity. While I like the easy user… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 need to stay with a solution, for our clients, that… 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 was terrible. That was the root of a lot of our… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were aiming more towards Dell EMC because that's what we had previously.
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 it out and it will create what I need. That makes it… 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 expensive. Really, it was the cost-benefit for longterm… more»

What needs improvement?

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 quite to the Xtreme level. Unity was the obvious choice… 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 it. We used to push the Isilon a lot, that's super cheap… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only use Dell EMC and Pure for storage. We went with Dell EMC because of cost. We have an aging Isilon that we're also replacing. We do have Pure, we do the flash array there, but that's quite… more»
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 automation people can help us automate a lot of tasks, and that has… 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 we need fewer people. As far as the simplicity goes… 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, who they trust - maybe even someone you know or have some… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're a Dell EMC shop, we don't have any other storage vendors, so we don't really do a good job of looking into the storage vendors either. We have a good relationship with Dell EMC, we have a good sales guy and a good technical account manager. We trust them. When we told them that we had a lot of… more»
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 through a Unity API so that if it reaches 95 or 98… 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 working all those nights and weekends, that would be nice… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 user interface, and the performance. When selecting a… 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 engineer, making sure we got the right kind of drives, the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp and HPE were on our shortlist. HPE support is not good, so we didn't choose them. NetApp does have some good technology, but the relationship that we had with Dell EMC was the reason that we… more»
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 through the vCenter Client, as well as SMB shares. This… 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 in VMware and using Dell EMC Unity, we are able to get… 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 to manage both of them. Maybe there is an on-prem and… 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 what we wanted to purchase.

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 storage group take up all the hard drives which we've seen… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did bring up other vendors that I have worked with: NetApp and HPE SAN. Comparing them to my previous work and working with Unity now, I find Unity a lot easier to work with. For example, the NetApp… more»
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 is very simplistic. I'm still used to the old-school SAN where you need a PhD to be able to… 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 of new Unity's that allowed us to do a lot of consolidation. Those four Unity's replaced 13… 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 other SANs out there, but performs well enough. It fits that nice, middle-ground portfolio. If your… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 lot of old VMAXs with Unity. It might not be the sexiest box but its performance has grown… 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 have fun." We use it across the board. So if someone needs a Unity for their project and they want… more»
Bolaji Olaloku
Real User
Enterprise Backup Administrator at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 20 2019

What is most valuable?

It has deduplication capabilities, where you have two similar data sets. This helps to speed up backup processes because it takes a shorter amount of time to do a backup because it has the deduplication feature already. Though, you have to buy this deduplication software separately from the license.

What needs improvement?

The security features need backup and encryption. It would be nice if they added this feature. I would also like to be able to decrypt when restoring the security features. Hackers can sense these vulnerabilities today, and we need to have our enterprise prepared. Overall, it isn't intuitive enough. It is a bit complex and not evolving with the technology.

What other advice do I have?

When choosing a solution, I always consider: * Support * Availability of parts * The technology of the solution.
PaulLemmons
Real User
Lead Systems Software Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 25 2018

What is most valuable?

File level, SQL Server and NDMP (NetApp) backups. Both backup and recovery work well for all three types of data.

How has it helped my organization?

The product works. It does, however, require a significant amount of handholding from support. The support is good, but we should not have to reach out to them so often.

What needs improvement?

* Stability has improved since we first started using it, but it still has a ways to go. The systems also collect metadata that builds over time. It will build until it cannot build anymore and fills up your nodes. I have plenty of space on my Data Domain, but I'm running out of space on the nodes due to metadata creep. * It could also benefit from a web-based UI. The Java UI is clunky at best.
Ralph Kuehn
Real User
Backup Systems Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

* Image level backups * Replication for DR * Almost instant access restores * The access to the logs for each backup allows for easy troubleshooting.

How has it helped my organization?

The simplicity of use and the ease of updating physical client software is one of the best features.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have a truly native SQL backup solution. All of our DBAs are looking for a truly native solution. They are satisfied with the current solution but would really like a truly native… more»

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

The set up is really easy. They have a virtual edition for smaller environments, and the documentation for doing the install is really good. For larger environments, the PS group works directly with… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to have Veeam and NetBackup. We moved to Avamar as it had more features; it helped reduce the number of environments we had to support. It also reduced the amount of time we spend on upgrades… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a variety of other products. One of the main reasons we selected Avamar was the fact that they have support for physical servers running Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, and AIX. We have a large… 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 is good. They are very helpful when we called in… 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 is in extreme hyper-performance mode. When there have… 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 out-of-the-box. When we were originally sold the box… 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 licenses from Dell EMC Unity. VMware is a different… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, all our servers were running one instance of Windows, and running as a particular application. Email servers were on a server unto themselves. We had a mess… 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 done that. If you buy bigger drives than what you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at iXsystems. We just purchased one of their boxes for storage. I've known iXsystems for a number of years, and they gave us a great price on an absolutely… more»
Ghayur Abbas
Real User
Manager Networks & Messaging Systems at TCS
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the reliability of the backup service. The compressing mode or the number of the backups which are available on the device is also excellent.

How has it helped my organization?

As our organization functions, we have a total of 2500+ primary sites and 6300+ secondary sites. All of our backup systems are totally dependent on this product. Dell EMC… more»

What needs improvement?

Dell EMC Data Domain needs to have better compatibility between NetWorker and the hardware. NetWorker is not as good as the other products which are currently on the… more»

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

Licensing is available under per TB storage rates. Another level of licensing is available on technical support. There is a third licensing tier that includes more… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We only use Dell EMC products.

What other advice do I have?

If they have the budget, then I would advise any organization that the Dell EMC Data Domain product is very good. If they don't have the budget, then go with an alternate… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated local tape drives. We were using the tape drives from IBM (LTO 3) before the Dell EMC equipment and the product was good but not reliable. The backups… 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 great, it was relatively easy as well; that was brilliant… 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 that it left in the data center was small, so it has… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 different options at the time. We went with Dell EMC Unity… 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 time - Unity is definitely a step in the right direction… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp was one that we had, they were in contention. We had an IBM solution that they were going to put in place. EqualLogic was also on the shortlist. But we thought Dell EMC Unity would be a good… 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 groups, create RDMs for our virtual machines. Creating it through Unisphere, it automatically adds… 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 deduplication and not compression, and I think we got more out of it because the more OSs you have… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 happened at the same time, we had performance hits on the VNX, systems crashed, and so on. And… 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. But we're very happy with Unity. I rate it at nine out of ten. If they added dedupe, that would… more»

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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Jul 09 2019
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is EMC Data Domain vs Rubrik. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between EMC Data Domain and Rubrik? Which of these two solutions would you… more»
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Content Specialist
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Robert MacDougall
Storage Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 19 2019
We are looking at various vendors including HPE and Dell, looking at both the Unity and the PowerMax options. What can you share with me about PowerMax and how it compares with Unity and/or HPE? I am a Storage Architect at a global financial services company with tens of thousands of employees… more»
Brent JohnsonI have used all, EMC, and HPE 3Par, VNX, Unity, etc. All are OK. But for long… more»
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Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Apr 17 2019
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Dell EMC Unity vs IBM FlashSystem. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? When it comes to performance and pricing, what is the biggest difference between Dell EMC Unity and IBM… more»
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Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Mar 28 2019
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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Feb 11 2019
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Rhea Rapps
Content Specialist
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