Dell EMC Unity Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
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Dell EMC Unity is our primary storage system. It is used by the whole enterprise and managed by the IT department. The storage system hosts virtual servers disks, oracle virtual disks, databases and disk mapping to traditional physical servers. The Dell EMC Unity can be attached through fiber links. It is easily configured and managed through a straightforward graphical interface.
  • Very reliable arrays with a notification system when a disk fails
  • Simple disk provisioning and mapping
  • Easy to upgrade the firmware
  • Fast access with a relatively cheap storage combination of flash and SATA drives
  • integrates with Vmware vcenter
  • The NAS part is not capable of auto-fail to the secondary node.
  • Monitoring Dashboard has very limited options
  • custom reporting capabilities are not possible
The UNITY storage system is perfect for medium-size enterprises. The auto-tiering feature can boost performance for commonly used apps while moving less utilized apps disks to cheaper storage arrays. This said, UNITY suits best an enterprise with a mix of heavily used and rarely used applications. On the other hand, enterprises with applications requiring heavy access are recommended to get the more expensive all-flash storage systems.
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January 17, 2019

Unity SAN in Healthcare

Score 7 out of 10
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We use Dell EMC Unity exclusively for block storage. We have ESXi, Windows, Linux, and AIX hosts attached to this SAN.
  • Simple management interface
  • Performance has been very good. No issues with latency.
  • Management is too simple. It would be nice if there was a mode for more advanced users. This is Unity's biggest weakness in my opinion. For an engineer that has been managing enterprise storage for 10+ years, I feel like the Unity is a step backward. While it is super simple for newer engineers, there are configuration options that I wish were available to me as a more experienced user.
  • VMware integrations are somewhat clunky and operations are time-consuming.
Functionally it is perfect for us and what we are using it for. I just wish it had a more advanced and less simplistic interface.
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January 11, 2019

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Score 4 out of 10
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Dell EMC Unity is used across the entire organization. It is used as a dedicated SAN as well as a shared customer environment SAN. It is used for hosting applications from basic web server all the way through large database applications.
  • Dell EMC Unity has improved on the end user management experience over their older product suites.
  • Dell EMC Unity once stood up is reliable and performs to expectations.
  • Dell EMC Unity allows for small entry into the the product suite and can grow based on needs.
  • Difficult to configure and set up out of the box compared to newer solutions in the market.
  • Software and firmware updates are complicated compared to many other new storage players in the market.
  • Support with Dell EMC is sometimes very difficult to get an experienced support professional to assist you with certain less often seen issues.
Dell EMC Unity, in my honest opinion, is basically an all-flash VNX with a better interface. There is ZERO innovation coming out of EMC. If you want a company that's going to give you good support and be proud of their product instead of their profit margin, I strongly urge you to look elsewhere as there are better and more innovative products in the marketplace.
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Score 8 out of 10
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The Dell EMC Unity device currently in use on campus is used by the entirety of our organization. The primary use case of the device is for CIFS based file shares, which are broke up into several named CIF servers, down to the department level. The use of the Dell EMC Unity allows for centralized storage and retention of the organization's intellectual property.
  • The Dell EMC Unity has great Active Directory integration, which allows for NTFS based permissions as needed on a device or file share level.
  • The Dell EMC Unity has great capabilities for data replication to another Dell EMC Unity devices.
  • The Dell EMC Unity has great integration for NDMP based backups.
  • I would like for the Dell EMC Unity to have an easier path to navigation for creating and adjusting Windows-based file share permissions.
Great support, easy to use, and does exactly as it was promised. Support actively reaches out to upgrade the microcode of the devices if I have not been keeping the device up to date. The Unity works fantastic for our situation. The Unity also has some development deployments supported by allowing for Iscsi connections across the multiple types of adapters the kit was configured with.
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About Dell EMC Unity

Unity from Dell EMC is a family of all-flash and hybrid flash storage platforms emphasizing value and cost efficiency.

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