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Abilio Tsunoushi
Real User
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.
Infrastr9a1a
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... 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... 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... more»

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

For costing, you have to have a budget in mind because SANs can be fairly expensive and EMC offers a wide range of... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used an older EMC product, and we switched over because this was a newer model that they had released. We moved from... more»

What other advice do I have?

For someone researching whether to implement Unity: If they have familiarity using EMC devices previously, then it is... more»
ITServerfb94
Real User
IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* Storage * Easy to manage and configure. * I can easily setup and configure the LUN and host without support.

How has it helped 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... more»

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

This device is worth it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This solution is much better than the previous one.

What other advice do I have?

The product is easy to use and configure. The support is also superb.
Daniel Calleja
Real User
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.... more»

What needs improvement?

* The virtual appliance is limited to 4TB in storage. This should be unlimited for paying customers. * The front panel... more»

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

Pay for the training. At least negotiate with EMC to get the training done, because it is a good product and it is even... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, as there was no central storage solution beforehand. We went to market straight away.

What other advice do I have?

It is absolutely a good solution. It does have the ability for expansion into Cloud services, which I would like to use... more»
Juan Montoya
Real User
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. •...
Flavio Araujo
Real User
User
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware.

How has it helped 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... more»

What needs 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... more»

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

The licensing process is very simple and it has many features. I can't talk about pricing because I'm in a technical position and I do not have... more»

What other advice do I have?

The Dell EMC Unity is a small but powerful storage solution. With the "unified" concept it is possible get many features for less.
Mark Glasson
Real User
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

* Inline deduplication would be nice. * Better management of the hosts in Unisphere.

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

Dell EMC is very competitive on its storage pricing, and from our experience, is not only the superior solution, but... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we had a CX4-480, which had reached the end of its service life.

What other advice do I have?

The Unity 400 is one of the easiest to manage and the most reliable storage systems that I have managed in my 22 years... 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 other solutions did I evaluate?

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»
Dimitar Demirev Dimitrov
Real User
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.
SeanO'connor
Real User
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...
Arend Pronk
Real User
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...
SeniorSyd8e9
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer 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. *... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

There are features still to come, like compression and deduplication on hybrid platforms, VDM improvements to be developed for NAS environments,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This does not apply directly to us. I had a very close contact with all “EMC legacy” storage platforms from the times of Clariion and Celerra.... more»

What other advice do I have?

When implementing this product, be careful while configuring “Virtual Pools” but also combining multipurpose storage as a true “All Flash”... more»
Stijn Mahieu
Real User
IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The multiprotocol support. It's supporting NFS, fiber channel, CIFS, and these kinds of things. The multiprotocol is very attractive.

How has it helped my organization?

It's flexible and we've been doing a decentralization exercise for the last number of years, so we've used the Unity 300 for our remote sites as... more»

What needs improvement?

There is something that comes to mind. We've deployed these systems in a virtualized environment. We are running VMware, and with the VNXe it... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As I said, we'd been using its predecessor, the VNXe. It's because the VNXe is being phased out that we switched to the successor, the Unity... more»

What other advice do I have?

My experiences are generally positive with this product. I would definitely recommend to others to go for it unless they choose an alternative.
Adonis Estévez
Real User
IT Techinal Engineer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* VMware integration: Grants both the Storage and Virtual Administrator the ability to create and mount datastores, or even to check how much space each VM is consuming. * Block compression on F Models: Compression on F Models or in flash... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With a such a simple configuration you can add datastores on VMFS5 to any clusters on your vSphere organization.

What needs improvement?

Compression and block deduplication on non-all-flash solutions. I know it should not be easy to reach flash-like compression on mechanical disks, but it would bring this array to the top of the charts. And, of course, the block deduplication... more»
Frankie Youngblood
Real User
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
Oct 29 2017

What is most valuable?

We currently deploy the Unitys for CIFS-based file access to supplement our VxRail deployment, which was installed around the same time.

How has it helped my organization?

The VNX5300 was a good all-around device, which we used for our VMware-based workloads along with CIFS-based file access. After our transition to HCI, we needed a dedicated, non-virtual machine-based CIFS solution that was easily scalable to... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like the device to have the ability to pull down its own firmware. That would be a great thing.
DataCent4153
Real User
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 13 2017

What do you think of Dell EMC Unity?

Valuable Features: The ease of use, which makes it very good. • Improvements to My Organization: We use it to backup our storage, and also positioning LANs by using the file option, then the block. It is very easy and convenient. • Room for Improvement: The payment account area. • Use of Solution: For approximately a year. • Stability Issues: At the moment, there are no issues. We once had an issue where one LAN was full, and because it was full it was making the SP reboot. But with the upgrade, we decide it was a non-issue, and with the upgrade, it was fixed. The upgrade fixed it. • Scalability Issues: There are no issues with the scalability. • Customer Service and Technical Support: They have been helpful and knowledgeable. • Previous...
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 other solutions did I evaluate?

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»
David Hammink
Real User
System Administrator with 11-50 employees
Jun 14 2018

What do you think of Dell EMC SC Series?

Primary Use Case: It is performing well. • Improvements to My Organization: We have a bit more storage, and it is faster. • Valuable Features: Ease of use Reliability It is fast and performs well. • Room for Improvement: The administration and support (on the way that they delivered) was a little bit slow. • Use of Solution: Less than one year. • Stability Issues: So far, so good. However, we have only had it running for four months. • Scalability Issues: Scalability is good. We still have more room. • Customer Service and Technical Support: We have not used technical support yet. • Previous Solutions: Our previous solution ran out of space and IOPS. Therefore, we had to get something which was faster. • Initial Setup: The initial setup was...
ITManage593a
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 other solutions did I evaluate?

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»

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Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Jun 14 2018
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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Jul 31 2018
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is EMC VNX or HPE 3PAR Flash Storage. One user says about HPE 3PAR, "The optimization features move chunklets or hot spots to faster drives." Another user says about EMC VNX, "The replication feature provides another functionality to... more»
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Cesar BecerraHello, DataDomain is a very good product, compressing and deduplicating... more»
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User at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
I'm an Integration Developer and starting with a company that hasn't adopted SOA or a decopled tiered approach to the integration architecture.  I would describe the current architecture as mainly as one-off custom "point-to-point" and tightly coupled integrations, mainly done with custom coding... more»
Salman Chougle
Principal Architect with 1-10 employees
Which Storage is the latest and which one functions better and Why?
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Quincy JohnsonUnity is newer. Go with newer of the 2 if these are your only options.
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