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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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"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 feature that I have found most valuable is the unified storage. Also, its capabilities for block-access, file access, and the center box.""Integration is easy with this product.""I have found Dell EMC Unity XT to be stable.""The high availability of Dell EMC Unity XT has been the most important feature.""Initial setup is a simple process.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter."

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"The latency is good.""One of the best features is the support, which is excellent.""The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward.""Technical support has been helpful and responsive.""It is very easy to install and configure. It has got excellent diagnostics. If you really need to see how the box is performing, the console gives you a lot of information. You can set thresholds as well as alerts based on the thresholds, which is a very powerful functionality. They are very proactive. They know how to monitor and manage the systems. They see a problem, and they are all over it before us. They see the problem before we see it, which is very good.""Overall stability is very good. It is a very stable solution."

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Cons
"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.""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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"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.""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.""Issues with slow responses from the support team.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say its capacity and its connection.""Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved."

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"Right now, the box itself is just strictly working as a backend storage system. It would be fantastic if we could access it directly like a NAS device through network access or SIS drives. I think they have an interface, but I am not sure how good it is. If we could address a box directly on the network without having to go through a server, it would be great. The replication schemas could be improved. We are not using replication on the storage level right now. We use a different type of replication. If their replication would be as good as the one that we have, I would probably run the replication schema because it might be faster, but I don't know that for a fact. So, I cannot say that they have good replication. All I can say is that they need to inform us better.""It's more multi-tenant functionality in their Pure1 manage portal that is lacking.""In terms of what needs improvement, the dashboard and management could be simplified.""The software layer has to improve.""I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware.""In the future, I would like to see integration with enterprise backup 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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"Pricing for this product is manageable, though slightly higher than comparable products.""The price of Dell EMC Unity XT is higher compared to other solutions. The price should be less expensive."

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"Its price could be better. It is not too expensive, but it is the high-end cost. It is kind of a Rolls-Royce. You pay a lot, but you get a lot out of it. So, the price pressure on the way down would be great, but at the end of the day, if you need to do the work, you just pay for it.""The licensing is on a yearly basis."

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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 was extremely simple and straightforward.
Top Answer: We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. We're pretty happy with the cost. It's reasonable and not overly expensive.
Top Answer: To be able to do the welcome files simultaneously on a lower version would be helpful. I general, we don't really have… more »
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Also Known As
Pavilion HFA
EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//X
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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.

Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.

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Sample Customers
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Fremont Bank, Judson ISD, The Nielsen Company
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
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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Financial Services Firm25%
Computer Software Company25%
Healthcare Company13%
Manufacturing Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government4%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise65%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise33%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC Unity XT is ranked 5th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while Pure FlashArray X NVMe is ranked 13th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews. Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.8, while Pure FlashArray X NVMe is rated 9.4. 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 Pure FlashArray X NVMe writes "Excellent diagnostics, intuitive console, and fantastic support". 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 Pure FlashArray X NVMe is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, Dell EMC PowerStore, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 Series and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E990. See our Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe report.

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