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Dell Unity XT vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series
May 2022
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Pros
"Stable data storage platform which promotes ease of management through its multi-cloud support. Remote support provided to users to address issues is very good.""I have found Dell EMC Unity XT to be stable.""The most valuable features include snapshots, Thin Clones, and deduplication and compression.""My storage team likes Unity's replication features. Three-site replication is a unique feature that EMC offers us.""Integration is easy with this product.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the unified storage. Also, its capabilities for block-access, file access, and the center box.""Initial setup is a simple process.""The complete block and file sharing are the most usable features."

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"ThinkSystem's storage performs well, and the price per gigabyte is good, especially on SSD solutions. It's also easy to use.""We have been working with the solution for around a year and so far it has shown itself to be stable.""Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is simple to use""Fewer features is not necessarily a negative as it leads to simpler operation and lower price.""Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is quite an elementary box, no frills. It does not have all the functionality of the DM but it is acceptable, it does its task. It integrates pretty well."

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Cons
"The price of this product can be more cost-effective.""It could be improved in the area of management flexibility. For example, I really need to set read-only access for LUNs, and there's no such option with Unity XT.""They can certainly improve in terms of monitoring.""This is a tier-three solution and it gives us what we need for archiving and backups.""Issues with slow responses from the support team.""Dell EMC Unity XT should present a path or a roadmap on how they could put their products on the cloud. This would have some value for their current customers.""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 the deduplication part, because for large deduplications, you need an extra appliance to do it in order to avoid having problems in performance. I think that could be improved, because everything should be included in the product, not with an appliance from the outside."

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"It would be useful to have structured solutions replicated to other sites.""The solution could be more scalable, although it suits our present needs.""The features are limited.""In the next release, I would like to see more functionality. But, again, it is an entry-level product.""ThinkSystem could be better integrated with backup software like Commvault, Veritas, or Symantec."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "The pricing is fair and low compared to other products in this category."
  • "We have a five-year contract for providing support."
  • "All of the features are bundled together, and you can renew the bundle with all of the features included."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Dell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of being scalable. The automated management of resources feature provides a more simple administration. I found the… more »
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    Top Answer:Using this solution has meant that I do not need to look for different partners to provide me with solutions like a backup service. Dell provides end to end solutions.
    Top Answer:ThinkSystem's storage performs well, and the price per gigabyte is good, especially on SSD solutions. It's also easy to use.
    Top Answer:ThinkSystem could be better integrated with backup software like Commvault, Veritas, or Symantec.
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    Also Known As
    EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
    ThinkSystem DE Series
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    Overview

    Dell EMC Unity XT is one of the best all-flash storage arrays on the market today. Dell EMC Unity XT arrays are designed for performance, optimized for efficiency, and built for a multi-cloud world. In addition, they support digital transformation, enabling businesses to reach the full potential of their data capital quickly and easily. Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms provide the performance, efficiency, enterprise-class software, and virtualization integrations required for running a wide range of virtualized applications.

    Dell EMC Unity XT Features

    Dell EMC Unity XT has many valuable key features, including:

    • Unified storage flexibility: With Dell EMC Unity XT you can consolidate separate storage platforms into a single Unity XT unified storage system via a simple and intuitive (HTML5) management GUI that also connects you to CloudIQ.

    • All-inclusive data protection: Dell EMC Unity XT offers a reliable way to protect application data with all-inclusive data protection services, including snapshots, data-at-rest drive encryption, replication, thin clones, and dynamic pools.

    • Software-defined solutions: Dell EMC Unity XT provides software-defined storage and HA for on-prem and in the cloud solutions.

    • Multi-cloud alignment: With Dell EMC Unity XT you have the ability to build and manage an effective data-first multi-cloud strategy. It allows you to consolidate public and private cloud resources that align with your business goals.

    • Metro node: This feature enables automated business continuity with zero RPO and RTO. It also provides greater flexibility through multi-platform support and replication to any array and has zero performance impact on the storage array.

    • Scalable file system: Dell EMC Unity XT is built with a robust 256TBu file system. The UFS64 file system includes up to 256 independent VMDK clones, 16 thin clones, space efficient snapshots with a simple space reclaim and low IO impact, file system shrink that can reclaim free blocks, simplified Quotas for User, and much more.

    • DevOps integrations: Dell EMC Unity XT supports the Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin to run Kubernetes workloads.

    Dell EMC Unity XT Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Dell EMC Unity XT include:

    • High-speed data access
    • Low latency
    • Dual-active controller architecture
    • Multi-cloud
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Cost efficient
    • Solid performance

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Dell EMC Unity XT users.

    A Systems Engineering Manager at a manufacturing company says, "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." He also mentions, “We can do both block and file storage on one unit without purchasing a separate device.”

    Peter S., Senior Technical Specialist at a healthcare company, states, “The most valuable feature is reliability. At the end of the day, it just runs. This solution is easy to work with and easy to maintain.”

    PeerSpot user Melvin T., Senior Systems Engineer at Prosperity Bank, explains that the solution is “easy to use and we can add LUNs or space without interruption to end-users. We're able to access it from just about anywhere, as long as we have access to a browser. That feature is really neat because sometimes we will go to a different data center or a different site, and if we need to access it to see a LUN or to see any type of storage, we can do that. That's one of the big takeaways with Unity."

    The DE All-Flash Series delivers the performance of more than 2,000 15k rpm HDDs, yet requires only 2% of the rack space, power, and cooling. Because it consumes 98% less space and power, DE Series can significantly improve the overall efficiency of your IT operations while continuing to meet your performance requirements.

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    Sample Customers
    Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell Unity XT vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell Unity XT vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell Unity XT is ranked 3rd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 29 reviews while Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is ranked 17th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 5 reviews. Dell Unity XT is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell 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 Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series writes "Mostly typical of production storage for virtual machines but with fewer features and a lower price". Dell Unity XT is most compared with Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and Huawei OceanStor Dorado, whereas Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series is most compared with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE 3PAR StoreServ and IBM FlashSystem. See our Dell Unity XT vs. Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series report.

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