Dell Unity XT Questions

Ho Tuan - PeerSpot reviewer
Ho Tuan
Technical Specialist at Phuc Thanh Viet Nam JSC

Hi peers, 

How would you compare the All-Flash Storage Arrays products, such as Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC Unity XT?

Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Why pick one over the other?

Leah Fainchtein Buenavida - PeerSpot reviewer
Leah Fainchtein BuenavidaDell EMC PowerStore is a unified storage platform that has the added benefit of… more »
Ted Spero - PeerSpot reviewer
Ted SperoUnity XT was released in April 2019, so it's about 2.5 years old at this point… more »
JohnBowling - PeerSpot reviewer
JohnBowlingI agree with Leah... There are a bit more features/options with PowerStore, but… more »
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Gary Vaughan - PeerSpot reviewer
Gary Vaughan
President at Clearpath Solutions Group

Is it actually a new product or just Dell EMC Unity repackaged? It sounds like EMC ported the old code to containers, but isn't it essentially the same platform?

Asiri Dissanayake - PeerSpot reviewer
Asiri Dissanayake
System Engineer with 51-200 employees

I'm a System Engineer for an IT company.

I'm comparing Dell EMC Unity and NetApp AFF. Which of these two solutions would you recommend and why?

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

CornelCristea - PeerSpot reviewer
CornelCristeaFirst of all the decision should be taken looking at similar products in terms… more »
Frank R - PeerSpot reviewer
Frank RThey’re both great solutions and I’ve used both. EMC is being VERY aggressive… more »
Huseyin Yildirim - PeerSpot reviewer
Huseyin YildirimThe answer depends on your needs and budget. If you want high performance (who… more »
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reviewer931557 - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We are looking at various vendors including HPE and Dell, looking at both the Unity and the PowerMax options. What can you share with me about PowerMax and how it compares with Unity and/or HPE? I am a Storage Architect at a global financial services company with tens of thousands of employees ...
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Brent Johnson - PeerSpot reviewer
Brent JohnsonI have used all, EMC, and HPE 3Par, VNX, Unity, etc. All are OK. But for long… more »
Muhammad Khaled - PeerSpot reviewer
Muhammad KhaledThe PowerMax NVMe is the high-end storage fromDellEMC it can provide up to 10M… more »
reviewer1107468 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer1107468On the NDM front, Dell EMC has provided simplified non-disruptive migrations to… more »
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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Miriam Tover
Senior Delivery Ops Manager
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Hi community, One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Dell EMC Unity vs IBM FlashSystem. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? When it comes to performance and pricing, what is the biggest difference between Dell E...
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Scott McCready - PeerSpot reviewer
Scott McCreadyEMC's Unity is not comparable to the performance of an IBM FlashSystem option… more »
BobWhitcombe - PeerSpot reviewer
BobWhitcombeAs with any engineered solution, it depends on your needs.   However, the… more »
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it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 08 2022

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about Dell EMC Unity XT?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 08 2022


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Miriam Tover
Senior Delivery Ops Manager
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Sep 08 2022

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Dell EMC Unity XT.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

C. - PeerSpot reviewer
C.The CLI is not object oriented like Powershell is. You can't make host or… more »
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it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 08 2022

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

C. - PeerSpot reviewer
C.We use it as the factory default FC/Block based Full Flash Storage as Primary… more »
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it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 08 2022

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Dell EMC Unity XT, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

it_user752949 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Architect with 1-10 employees
Of EMC VNX 2500 or EMC Unity 400, which Storage is the latest and which one functions better and Why?
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it_user747327 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user747327Both systems are good middle storage systems but the unity family is latest… more »
Quincy Johnson - PeerSpot reviewer
Quincy JohnsonUnity is newer. Go with newer of the 2 if these are your only options.
Albie Bokingkito Jr. - PeerSpot reviewer
Albie Bokingkito Jr.Go for Unity. It’s the newest model and the base software is now better than… more »
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All-Flash Storage Arrays Questions
Ben Amini - PeerSpot reviewer
Ben Amini
Chief Executive Officer at Robin Trading Company
Hi community professionals, I work at a small tech services company and in my position, I have to provide solutions in the IT infrastructure area to our customers.  In some cases, I analyze their needs and tell them: "You can fulfill your compute and storage demand with this product". But, some...
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Marc Staimer - PeerSpot reviewer
Marc StaimerBen, what you are talking about are advanced selling skills. A bit much to… more »
Manager7a60 - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager7a60Hmm, this is tough. You wouldn't have enough granularity to get you close to an… more »
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Arun Kumar Mohanty - PeerSpot reviewer
Arun Kumar Mohanty
Hello, We're planning to offer Storage as a Service (STaaS) to our customers.  I'm looking for your recommendations on a solution for an enterprise-level storage environment from where we can offer this service. The environment should offer a unified storage environment and should be able to d...
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IssamKawash - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Manager at saraha tech
Hello, I'm looking for pricing for SSD Storage disks with a capacity of 960GB. Part Number: DS224C SW-FLASH-01-QS X371A-6 CS-BASE-SUPPORT CS-N-SSP. Quantity: 24. The disks have to be compatible with the ones we currently have (AFFA220, HA system, Flash Bundle, CAN) In terms of the type, suppor...
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Storemgr67 - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I'm researching flash storage arrays. I'm looking for advice about which of these two options is better - IBM flash 9200 or EMC VMAX8000. 

Any recommendations?

Martin Nagy - PeerSpot reviewer
Martin NagyHI, I would go definitely for PowerMax 8000 series instead of VMAX (old… more »
Jin SiangTan - PeerSpot reviewer
Jin SiangTanPowerMax 800, as it's an AA array (active/active), while FS9200 is… more »
Ronald Van Heek - PeerSpot reviewer
Ronald Van HeekI think this will probably depend on what features and functionality you need… more »
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reviewer1480734 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior technical and storage expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I'm researching All-Flash Storage Arrays. I'm looking for feedback about HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series. Can anyone help?

PhPr - PeerSpot reviewer
PhPr3PAR is SAS-based storage. The industry is already moving away from the… more »
Virgilio Albert - PeerSpot reviewer
Virgilio AlbertBoth are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I… more »
Manager7a60 - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager7a60Hitachi, if cost and performance for mission-critical apps are high priority… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

What are some major benefits of all-flash storage arrays? Why should companies invest in all-flash as opposed to a different storage solution? 

AliBizmark - PeerSpot reviewer
AliBizmarkIt has better performance than Hybrid storage and customers can have more IOPS… more »
PhPr - PeerSpot reviewer
PhPrIn general, all-flash arrays have much better price/performance (in case if… more »
reviewer810810 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer810810Speed (IOPs), increased reliability, compactness. If your application does not… more »
9 Answers
Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

How do thick and thin provisioning affect all-flash storage array performance? What are the relative benefits of each?

Mark S. Cruce - PeerSpot reviewer
Mark S. CruceNo performance implications. Its just a provisioning strategy... In thick… more »
Christian Baldauf - PeerSpot reviewer
Christian BaldaufThin provisioning is a technique to better utilise the available physical… more »
Mohamed Y Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Mohamed Y AhmedThick and thin provisioning it's a service related configuration, simply as an… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

How does VDI work? 

Is All-Flash required, or can it work on other storage arrays?

Rafal Zawadzki - PeerSpot reviewer
Rafal ZawadzkiVDI is a server farm for virtualizing dedicated user desktops. Detailed… more »
Rodney Carlson - PeerSpot reviewer
Rodney CarlsonVDI uses a server solution for virtual desktops. This way the horsepower needed… more »
reviewer1243038 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer1243038No, you don't need allflash - but it depends how many users. If you deploy… more »
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it_user805614 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager with 1-10 employees

Hello Everybody,

Can someone help me understand the differences between oracle ZFS5-2 and Oracle FS1-2?

Thank you,

Dave-Krenik - PeerSpot reviewer
Dave-KrenikThis question may be moot now. Oracle EOL'd FS1 and RIF'd most of the FS1 staff… more »
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Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community

If have an RFP/RFI template or evaluation matrix for choosing an all-flash array, please share it with the community in order to help others out. If you email it to me ( we will have it cleansed and remove all company and private information before posting.

reviewer581028 - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Communications and Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Which do you recommend? Dell EMC XtremIO Flash Storage or Hitachi Virtual Storage F Series?

it_user332070 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user332070I would personally take a look at Nimble Storage. It is all processor and… more »
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Vinesh Dhevcharran - PeerSpot reviewer
Vinesh Dhevcharran
Infrastructure Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
The IBM FlashSystem V9000 compression is a lot higher than EMC XtremIO and Hitachi.  IBM claims to be around 4.5:1, whilst EMC and Hitachi guarantee around 2:1 for Oracle workloads on AIX.  The IBM guarantee is for 90 days from implementation whilst the EMC guarantee is there for the duration o...
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it_user127386 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user127386To IT Central Station and prospective all-flash (AFA) buyers: Thank you for… more »
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ManagerIT306285 - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager, IT Automation and Technical Services at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

With the new AFF from NetApp, would you still chose Pure Storage for consistent VDI experience?

Sami Ventriglia - PeerSpot reviewer
Sami VentrigliaI'd say it depends on what the rest of the environment looks like and what… more »
it_user283185 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user283185I would not buy either solution. pure Storage has limitations they don't tell… more »
it_user283185 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user283185Netapp efficiencies have all these terms and conditions you can find it on their… more »
29 Answers
Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!
it_user208149 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user208149Primary requirement for me is the data reduction using data de-duplication… more »
it_user202749 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user202749It depends on your requirements. Are you looking at Flash for Performance, ease… more »
it_user213957 - PeerSpot reviewer
it_user213957Understanding your particular use case is key to selecting the proper technology… more »
24 Answers
Avigail Sugarman - PeerSpot reviewer
Avigail Sugarman
Community Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

What is the main difference between Tegile and Xtremio?