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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Huawei OceanStor Dorado and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"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.""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."

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"It is definitely one of the most robust, solid, well-performing products that I have dealt with. It is set it and forget it, which is pretty amazing.""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.""I have had no problem at all. I think this is one of the most important things. It is very good. Maintaining it and deploying updates require very low maintenance. We haven't had problems. We had to replace a couple of disks in all these years, but it was pretty straightforward.""The setup and installation procedures are easy.""The most valuable features include snapshots, Thin Clones, and deduplication and compression.""The high availability of Dell EMC Unity XT has been the most important feature.""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.""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."

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"There are plenty of features available in this solution.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the price to performance ratio.""The majority of our customers find this solution simple to use.""The installation and management are very easy.""This is a stable product that we can use for DR in production.""The most valuable features are the five chips architecture and the purpose-built NVMe hard disk drive. Additionally, the IOPS feature is good.""I've been satisfied with the level of attention I'm given when I reach out to technical support."

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Cons
"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.""I would like to see the management layer improved.""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."

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"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.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say its capacity and its connection.""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.""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.""Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved.""The price of this product can be more cost-effective.""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.""It could go faster. Make it bigger, better, and faster at a lower price, and I am there."

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"Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve by having a multi-tier cloud option and additional protocols""There are some limitations to this product because they do not have unified storage.""If they implement a backup solution directly into the OceanStor then it will be a valuable feature.""The user interface of Huawei OceanStor Dorado could be more user-friendly. Other solutions, such as EMC, have a better user interface.""This solution can improve by providing easier migrations and better Metro features.""This solution does not support VMware VVols 2.0.""Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions.""It should have easy connectivity with the AIX, however, I've found that with AIX, it has some issues and due to this, we need to remove the exact fiber card sometimes and then plug it in again so that it can connect with the AIX systems."

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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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  • "There are lots of features included with this solution and some of them require additional licensing, such as creating high availability storage using a cluster."
  • "There are some costs in addition to the standard licensing fees, depending on the requirements."
  • "This product is not too expensive, and the price is competitive on the market."
  • "We usually recommend our customers choose advanced licensing and enterprise companies are more inclined to choose this solution because it is more cost-effective than competitors."
  • "The price of the solution is competitive compared to others, such as Dell EMC and Hitachi. I believe the reason they are providing a discount is they want to increase their penetration into the market."
  • "Huawei has very good pricing. They have some promotions that can be taken advantage of at certain times of the year, such as the end of December. They are providing aggressive pricing. In the Pakistan market, they are ready to beat any vendor in Pakistan because they want to grab the market."
  • "The price of Huawei OceanStor Dorado is very inexpensive, it cost approximately $5 per gigabyte."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. There is not a vendor that offers an All-Flash Storage Array at the price of Huawei OceanStor Dorado. The other solutions are approximately 50% higher."
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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 »
    Top Answer: 
    As with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the bottom line is that for their target markets… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The most valuable features include snapshots, Thin Clones, and deduplication and compression.
    Top Answer: 
    This is a stable product that we can use for DR in production.
    Top Answer: 
    All of the brands have different architectures for licensing. Some licenses come standard with the product, whereas some… more »
    Top Answer: 
    If they implement a backup solution directly into the OceanStor then it will be a valuable feature.
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    Also Known As
    Pavilion HFA
    EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
    OceanStor Dorado V3 All-Flash 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.

    Huawei's OceanStor Dorado V3 all-flash storage is the ideal choice for enterprises' mission-critical business. It is the industry's first commercial use of NVMe all-flash storage, and it delivers high-performing, reliable, and efficient storage services.

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    Sample Customers
    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
    Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
    Telecom Italia, Hi3G Sweden, KPN
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider43%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Cloud Provider6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business72%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Huawei OceanStor Dorado and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,327 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 Dorado is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 11 reviews. Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.8, while Huawei OceanStor Dorado is rated 8.2. 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 Dorado writes "Highly expandable, plenty of features, and good support". Dell EMC Unity XT is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series, whereas Huawei OceanStor Dorado is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Huawei OceanStor, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Huawei OceanStor Dorado report.

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