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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.
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»
Real User
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...
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. 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»
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. • Pricing,...
Real User
User
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. •...
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 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.
Real User
Self Employed/Independent at a consultancy
Aug 16 2017

What is most valuable?

* Dell Boomi offers a leading Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) platform worldwide by an elastic single-instance, multi-tenant cloud. * An atom (the run-time) can also be deployed on an on premise infrastructure or private cloud, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The Dell Boomi integration platform allows an organization to quickly integrate their possible dispersed application landscape of SaaS of on premise and private cloud applications. AtomSphere has a bi-weekly release calendar through which... more»

What needs improvement?

* There are more mature * This may be seen as a disadvantage, but it does not really have any implications other than to rebuild the integrations when moving away from it to a new integration platform. The same holds true when moving away... more»
Real User
Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
Apr 09 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 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.
Real User
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...
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.
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 created...
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...
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. * 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»
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 a storage box.

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 was possible to restore. We're using Veeam for VMware backups and with the predecessor, it was... more»
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»
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.
Real User
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 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 Solutions We...

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Dell EMC Questions

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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»
reviewer70797Both the Unity and NetApp all-flash arrays are very good all flash solutions... more»
rrukhaiyar573Unity is still not that reliable .. as it has so many bugs in the... more»
Alfred Morgan JonesCompanies looking for a an all flash system will be swayed by 3 main factors:... more»
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IT Central Station
Jun 14 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»
Chaan BeardActually the answer is neither. VNX and 3Par are both technology best... more»
reviewer325866As far as I know, VNX line is no longer available, therefore I think that the... more»
James MercerBoth are fairly old technologies, and frankly speaking, replication is... more»
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
May 14 2018
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is EMC Data Domain vs HPE StoreOnce. One user says about EMC Data Domain, "It allows us a fast recovery of files or Virtual Machines if needed being on-premise." Another user says about HPE StoreOnce, " It demonstrates high stability and... more»
Cesar BecerraHello, DataDomain is a very good product, compressing and deduplicating... more»
Alfred Morgan JonesI have used DataDomains for many years now. Once you get over the initial... more»
Jeff DrennanWe have had very good success with the HPE StoreOnce product line. It... more»
User at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 12 2018
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»
Principal Architect with 1-10 employees
Which Storage is the latest and which one functions better and Why?
Mimmo RatiniBoth systems are good middle storage systems but the unity family is... more»
Quincy JohnsonUnity is newer. Go with newer of the 2 if these are your only options.
Albie Bokingkito Jr.Go for Unity. It’s the newest model and the base software is now better than... more»
Manager Communications and Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Which do you recommend? Dell EMC XtremIO Flash Storage or Hitachi Virtual Storage F Series?
Jeff DrennanI would personally take a look at Nimble Storage. It is all processor and... more»
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Bayu WibowoIf you are referring to this stack technology >... more»

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