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5 Reasons to Upgrade to Dell EMC Unity XT Hybrid Storage

Unlock the full potential of your data capital

In this fast-moving world of ever-increasing complexity and scale, the need for an intelligent easy-to-use storage system has only grown greater. Customers using new applications and solutions require dependable storage—that won’t break the bank. The Dell EMC Unity family addresses this challenge by packaging a robust storage system into a cost- and space-efficient profile.

The Dell EMC Unity XT hybrid storage array is the gold-standard of the mid-range storage market and offers a significant boost in performance over prior generation Unity arrays. They are optimized for efficiency and built for a multi-cloud world to support IT transformation and demanding virtualized applications—enabling businesses to unlock the full potential of their data capital quickly and easily.

Dell EMC’s reputation for reliability is a must for business-critical applications.  Our clients’ technology infrastructure must match their aggressive growth.  The Unity product enables rapid transformation of IT to support evolution of business structures.  We are able to do all this and still help our clients reduce costs.

The performance of flash for the cost of a disk

Dell EMC Unity XT hybrid storage arrays deliver the performance of flash with the cost effectiveness of disk. Taking advantage of Dell EMC Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VPTM), these next-generation hybrid systems offer automated policy-based tiering and FAST CacheTM SSD caching software to intelligently leverage how flash is implemented—increasing overall performance while lowering opex.

These modern systems are designed for efficiency and scale, with the power to run applications, process inline data reduction, and deliver unified data services. A high-density enclosure supports eighty flash drives in just three rack units, for even greater space efficiency.

Simple and all-inclusive

Dell EMC Unity XT hybrid storage arrays include all the software needed to store, manage, and protect data—and they can be set up in as little as 15 minutes. The comprehensive software portfolio includes an intuitive HTML5 Unisphere interface (with multiple VMware and Microsoft integrations), FAST Cache and FAST VP, data at rest encryption, and unified remote replication with Metrosync Manager, as well as a built-in self-service portal.

Cloud-based storage analytics

Dell EMC Unity XT supports multiple cloud deployment options and comprehensive monitoring of system health, performance, capacity, configurations, and on-array protection metrics. CloudIQ is a no-cost, cloud-based, near-real-time storage analytics application that combines those metrics with machine learning and predictive analytic measurements to improve planning and fix problems before they disrupt business.

Unified software-defined storage

The Dell EMC Unity XT Virtual Software Appliance (UnityVSA) provides unified storage software and data management while deployed on a VMware ESXi server. Software-defined storage allows users can quickly and easily deploy Dell EMC UnityVSA for a variety of uses, including ROBO, test and development, and embedded applications while maintaining full compatibility with their Dell EMC Unity XT platforms.

Flexible & agile deployment

Customers have different budget and operational requirements. Dell EMC Unity XT offers flexible deployment options. It can be delivered as software-defined virtual storage, in a purpose-built all-flash or hybrid configuration, or as part of a converged infrastructure solution with DELL EMC VxBlock.

Dell EMC is at the forefront of developing solutions that enable customers to efficiently run containerized workloads while leveraging powerful storage integrations for DevOps workflows. Dell EMC Unity XT supports the Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin to run Kubernetes workloads, and the vRO plugin to automate end-to-end workflows that span the entire infrastructure stack.

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