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Dell EMC Unity is an easy system and very flexible component and very easy to navigate while providing effective services and management of multiple project information management and the data pulling from the supported third-party platform is easy and quick. Excellent reporting features and easy to use and the analytics tools are amazing.
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For a large, robust, well-secured, and stable storage system, TrueNAS is very well suited. Virtual Machine support is great. Shared filesystems (SMB, NFS, iSCSI, WebDav, AFP) are very well implemented. Time machine support is fantastic; security is very granular. Do not try to use it as a replacement for VMWare... (no migration, etc.)
Read full review Pros Enables you to create multiple copies of any database. Data savings feature with compression. Integrity with VMWare, RHEL, Oracle. The best option is a midrange unified storage array in a customer environment. Some models support NMMe. Copy Data Management (iCDM), Data-At-Rest-Encryption (D@RE). Read full review iSCSI Datastores for virtualization. NFS store for unix storage or backups over networking. Very fast performance, sometimes outclassing SSD arrays even in NFS. The ZFS filesystem has given use much greater flexibility. Using their newer servers we could in theory scale to any height of required storage. Read full review Cons Alerting: receiving an alert when an issue occurs. That is good to know. However, if the alert is cleared, or somehow no longer in alarm, no email is received. At times I will receive the email alert on weekends, not knowing if the issue is resolved or not until Monday when I can access the unit. I have learned in most instances, the alert is a false alarm, which could be a problem. The alerting itself is sometimes not clear. For example, it tells me the link is down, we reset the connection, the link is still down, a tech was dispatched, he troubleshot, and finally the alarm cleared. This incident took almost a week. It went back into alarm after he left, then suddenly it cleared on its own. Read full review Better explanations of what a 'jail' is. Update the UI to support easier creation or clearer creation of new arrays. More plugin integrations. The ability to run scripts to copy things locally such as to a usb RDX hard drive. Proper USB 3.0 support. Read full review Usability
Very cumbersome compared to other vendors in the same marketplace.
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Not only support for Unity, but for any Dell product, whether for companies or for the end consumer. Support is agile, helpful, and always focused on solving the problem. To date, there has been no problem that Dell's support has failed to resolve and help us with.
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I was instructed to buy these arrays, but I was not given the opportunity to evaluate other arrays. We evaluated other products in the market that competed with Unity and found that the younger array built from scratch had far better features, software, and ease of use. The Unity system has a unique way of storing the data when compared with other systems.
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Having a better, trusted filesystem to build upon makes a huge difference. I want to know that if something I've written is read, it was the thing I wrote. And if it can't be read, I want to know that soon and know how to repair it.
Read full review Return on Investment Less business downtime and reliability is a major business concern. DELL EMC UNITY addresses this concern well and provides robust storage. Investing in UNITY system is less expensive than all-flash storage systems. Managing and provisioning VMware disks became simpler from a single interface in the Vcenter Read full review Using a TruNAS integrated solution has reduced support overhead compared to using custom hardware. Being cheaper than full flash storage arrays, this unit allows for a good balance of speed with its use of SSD-based caching drives. The reliability of the hardware/software integration means I spend less time troubleshooting and more time doing business. Coming from a custom-built solution it is apparent that IX Systems has done some extensive testing. Read full review ScreenShots