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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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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.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."

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"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.""The high availability of Dell EMC Unity XT has been the most important feature.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter.""I have found Dell EMC Unity XT to be stable."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access.""Its performance is most valuable. This solution is much faster than other as well as older storage solutions. The performance of the system is very good. We are getting 50 times better experience than the older storages. We are using AFF 300. It also has native cloud integration and most of the features.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.""Some of the valuable features include MetroCluster switchover, in terms of disaster recovery, it is easy to use, and flexible.""The management software is very good.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"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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"Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say its capacity and its connection.""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.""The interface and configuration could improve."

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"Its pricing should be better. Its price is competitive, but they need to improve the pricing. They have different licensing models, which they need to improve. My expectation was cloud integration, which they have, but it is a different license. Therefore, people cannot enjoy it. If I want to use it, I need to pay extra. There is a cost involved for everything, but it should reach everyone. It is similar to having a Rolls-Royce, but you need to pay extra for the key. If you want the key, you need to pay.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation.""There could be an improvement when it comes to SLA support, it could be faster.""The dashboard could be simplified.""The price of the All Flash solution is very high.""Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.""I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing fees are very reasonable.""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."

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"The price of Dell EMC Unity XT is higher compared to other solutions. The price should be less expensive."

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"Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions.""NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product.""Most of my customers pay for the license on a yearly basis. It can be expensive depending on the capacity number."

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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 »
Top Answer: 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 feature is the integration with vCenter.
Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: In terms of the cost, I do not handle the price or the payments at all. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or… more »
Top Answer: The solution should really build out a more hyper-converged product. In Indonesia, there are many competitors for… more »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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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.

The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company17%
Manufacturing Company13%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company27%
Media Company18%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Manufacturing Company11%
University5%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise65%
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise52%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC Unity XT is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 5 reviews while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews. Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.6, while NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity XT writes "Price / Quality ratio is good and since OE 5.03 code the array family reached a rather good maturity level". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Easy to use solution but lacks federation and segmentation of data". Dell EMC Unity XT is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, Pure Storage FlashArray and HPE 3PAR StoreServ, whereas NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC PowerStore and Dell EMC SC Series. See our Dell EMC Unity XT vs. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays report.

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