Dell EMC Unity. A good general purpose array, but there are now better options available.
February 20, 2020

Dell EMC Unity. A good general purpose array, but there are now better options available.

Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Dell EMC Unity

My organization was using our Dell EMC Unity in production up until a few months ago. It is now used for our proof of concept and test environments. It was used for block storage only, serving VMware environments. Unity is a good hybrid block storage array with a mix of both flash and, HDD and slow disk providing auto-tiering.
  • Tiering.
  • Integration with vCenter.
  • Legacy tech.
  • Not as dynamic as other products.
  • It is a multi-function all-in-one SAN, so it saves time on multiple devices.
Unity is the successor to the EMC VNX but has a much simpler and more user-friendly interface. It is also much more easy to manage and integrate with VMware.
Dell EMC's support for the Unity array is normally quite good. However, when there are issues with the reporting and statistics, they often are not responsive.

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The Dell EMC Unity is well suited to general usage VM storage or NAS usage if required. We found that using it both for file and block had a performance impact on our VMs. It is not for fast access servers, such as Oracle DBs, etc.

Dell EMC Unity Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
Flash Array Integration
Data Compression
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Power Savings