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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Huawei OceanStor and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."

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"The most valuable features are its performance and simplicity.""I like how it separates the iSCSI drives from the standard shares. It has two different routes to it. I know most of the other solutions do this, but I just like the way that Dell EMC does it.""This solution is easy to work with and easy to maintain.""The Unity XT box is very strong. It doesn't break. The MTBF time is very large so you don't have to worry about faults or outages in your operations.""The setup and installation procedures are easy.""On the Data Domain side, the most attractive feature is the compression ratio, which none of the other products in the market are currently able to provide. On the Unity side, what customers mostly like is the availability guarantee.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter.""When I have an issue and need technical support, I reach out to them either through chat or by submitting a service request, and the response is good."

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"Great value for money.""The setup and the price are the most valuable and not the features related.""It is easy to use, deploy, communicate and manage this solution.""Excellent and efficient support, and the product is a good price.""OceanStor is cheaper than Dell EMC, and its management interface is quite simple.""This is a stable storage system.""The pricing is very reasonable.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in the rail, as it is hybrid storage."

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Cons
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""I would like to see the management layer improved.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."

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"I think Dell EMC should be more careful in appointing partners, and they need to have better control over their partners. And if their partner has some problems with them, we should not suffer.""Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved.""I have a problem because between the Unity XT and the PowerMax, sometimes we need another product between these two products. There could be better integrated and the capacity of the size could be larger.""We do a lot of VMware. It only integrates with VMware in one way, which is virtual volumes. I don't really have any visibility on anything else. From VMware, I can't look into Unity. From Unity, I can't look into VMware unless I am using virtual volumes, where they integrate together happily, but we are not using that. I would like better integration for non-virtual volume VMware use.""Currently, the protocol SNMP is not implemented. That's a problem, as we follow this protocol and I can't check the integrity of this equipment.""Our request to Dell EMC for improvement was in the reporting and monitoring areas. Dell EMC built up a cloud ID so that we could see the overall storage numbers. We needed to have the proper KPIs to be able to see and manage things.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say its capacity and its connection.""It could be a little easier to attach it to a network file system."

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"The solution could improve by having better integration.""Technical support could be more helpful.""I would like to see more iterations and direct integration with other solutions.""Could have a more stable, lighter Metro and better logging system.""CFS integration is one area where OceanStor has some room for improvement. The CFS on OceanStor is dedicated, so it's not integrated with the existing active directory domain.""Integration with mainstream solution technologies could be better.""I would like to see the next generation all-flash, which could be combined.""We did experience a little latency with this solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
  • "The licensing fees are very reasonable."
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  • "The price of Dell EMC Unity XT is higher compared to other solutions. The price should be less expensive."
  • "Pricing for this product is manageable, though slightly higher than comparable products."
  • "The solution is very expensive."
  • "The solution is very expensive."
  • "This solution is a good price for what you get."
  • "Here is our major complaint with pricing. Dell EMC comes to us and gives us a price. We are like, "Well, this doesn't even compare to what we got on the last project." We say, "No, you should bring it down to this level." Then, they come back again and we are sort of in the middle again. I am like, You already sold us other stuff at a better price. We are not going to just say, 'Yes,' because we are out of time.""
  • "I liked the price point when we purchased it."
  • "We looked at HPE Nimble but the price of the Unity XT was very good compared to the competition."
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  • "Huawei OceanStor is priced very well but is a bit complicated."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive. However, there are not any licensing costs."
  • "We pay a monthly licensing fee for this solution. The price could be less expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
    Top Answer: 
    This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
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    Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management… more »
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    As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… more »
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    The most valuable features include snapshots, Thin Clones, and deduplication and compression.
    Top Answer: 
    The price of the solution could be less expensive. However, there are not any licensing costs.
    Top Answer: 
    The solution could improve by having better integration.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Pavilion HFA
    EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
    OceanStor Dorado V3 All-Flash Storage System, OceanStor 18000 V3 Series Storage Systems, OceanStor 6800 V3 Storage System
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    Overview

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

    What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

    Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

    Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.

    Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.

    OceanStor Dorado V3 is the industry's first all-flash storage that puts NVMe into commercial use. It is specially designed for enterprises' mission-critical businesses, meeting the most-demanding performance and reliability requirements of databases, VDI, server virtualization, and SAP HANA.

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    Sample Customers
    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
    Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
    Piraeus, Clinique Univeritaires Saint-Luc
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider41%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business72%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise26%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise48%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business68%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise16%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Huawei OceanStor and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    566,406 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell EMC Unity XT is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 19 reviews while Huawei OceanStor is ranked 15th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 10 reviews. Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.8, while Huawei OceanStor is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity XT writes "We can do both block and file storage on one unit without purchasing a separate device". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Huawei OceanStor writes "Its management interface it's quite simple". Dell EMC Unity XT is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and Huawei OceanStor Dorado, whereas Huawei OceanStor is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Huawei OceanStor Dorado, IBM FlashSystem, Pure Storage FlashArray and HPE Nimble Storage. See our Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Huawei OceanStor report.

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