EMC Unity Breaks New Ground for All-Flash Storage Simplicity and Affordability


EMC Corporation announced EMC Unity, a new family of storage systems that helps simplify and modernize the data center. Unity is the latest member our EMC’s all flash portfolio delivering highly affordable file and block storage for small and medium-sized IT departments. Unity joins EMC’s portfolio of all-flash storage arrays – XtremIO®, VMAX® All Flash and DSSD D5™ – to ensure that, no matter what a customer needs, we have a purpose-built solution to fit virtually any data center use case.

EMC Unity offers cloud-like proactive management and monitoring through a modern HTML5 task-oriented interface that leads the user through daily operations and integrates with VMware and Microsoft ecosystems for easy third-party management. It features new Proactive Assist capabilities designed to give IT control, visibility and automated management of Unity storage systems. Unity service data can also be viewed within EMC MyService360, a new online service providing customers with real-time visibility into the health and wellness of their EMC environment. MyService360 provides IT with analysis of EMC product code levels, connectivity status, capacity alerts, service activity by site, and more.

With 3X the performance of  our previous generation VNX® arrays, EMC Unity can deliver up to 300K IOPS. EMC Unity is purpose-built to deliver value to customers with predictable all-flash performance and enterprise-class features including:

  • True dual-active controller architecture
  • Support for file, block and VVols
  • Snapshots and remote sync/async replication
  • Native, controller-based encryption
  • New scalable file-system for transactional and traditional file use cases
  • VMware VASA 2.0, VAAI, VVols, VMware-Aware Integration
  • Complete REST-API for automation and DevOps use cases
  • Integrated Copy Data Management with EMC iCDM
  • Zero-impact garbage collection

Since every business has its own unique storage challenges, Unity has been designed to offer greater flexibility and deployment options than competing data storage offerings.  With the ability to scale up to 3 Petabytes (PB) and up to 300K IOPS, EMC Unity is the industry’s first data storage solution for midsized IT to be available in all of the following unified configurations:

  • Purpose-built: Unity is available as a purpose-built all-flash array, designed from the ground up for the flash data center. Additionally, Unity can be deployed in a hybrid configuration to meet individual business requirements
  • Software-Defined: UnityVSA offers the advanced file and block storage and data management features of Unity to be easily deployed as a virtual appliance
  • Converged: VCE® Vblock and VxBlock System 350 configurations are orderable immediately

Designed for all flash, Unity provides some of the best flash economics in the industry, starting under $18,000. Additional inline data services will be added in the future to further lower effective $/GB cost. Unity also introduces a new level of affordability for customers deploying hybrid arrays, with prices starting under $10,000. Unity provides incredible unified storage density, with up to 80TB of all-flash storage in a dense, 2U array.

We believe that data protection should be an integral part of the design and deployment of every data storage environment. Unity offers tight integration with EMC Data Domain® and EMC Data Protection Suite to ensure that workloads are seamlessly protected.

All-flash Unity options also qualify for EMC’s Xpect More program, offering lifetime maintenance price protection, flash endurance protection and three-year money-back warranty.

EMC Unity is available for purchase today. All-flash configurations start at under $18,000. Hybrid array configurations start at under $10,000.

Sean Wedige, CTO, Global Enterprise Solutions at Rackspace  said: “At Rackspace, we deploy a lot of storage arrays – we have to in order to support our customers’ growing needs for storage. And it’s business critical for us to do that quickly, simply and without downtime. Unity’s simple user interface and inflight patching means we can count on the fingers of one hand the number of clicks needed for provisioning, and can help ensure we never have to come offline to add more capacity. Unity provides us with a new level of flexibility and affordability; benefits that we’re then able to pass on to our customers.”

Mark Peters, Practice Director and Senior Analyst, ESG said:  “Businesses with midsized IT needs don’t want a stripped-down or supposedly-simplified enterprise storage array – instead, such businesses need a solution that is built from the ground up with their needs in mind. With Unity, EMC is combining its decade of flash expertise with its trusted midsized storage market knowledge and leadership in order to deliver an all-flash solution that that has all of the features expected in the enterprise, but packaged affordably to meet midsized IT needs.”

Jack Rondoni, Vice President of Storage Networking, Brocade said: “Legacy networks were not designed to achieve the maximum potential of flash. Brocade has created innovative networking solutions that can be combined with EMC storage arrays to deliver simple management, incredible performance and flexible deployment options. When leveraged together, EMC Unity and Brocade Fibre Channel and IP storage networking helps modernize the data center with the power and simplicity of flash.”

 Vinu Thomas, Chief Technology Officer, Presidio said: “As our customers tackle big data apps, data lakes, data centers and hybrid cloud, it’s crucial to have multiprotocol storage systems that can deal with all types of data efficiently. That’s what EMC Unity delivers on. It also provides more density and performance at an affordable price, along with the simplicity and reliability IT professionals need as they modernize their data centers.”

Jeff Boudreau, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mid-Range Solutions, Core Technologies Division at EMC said: “EMC Unity offers modern data center simplicity and all-flash performance in an affordable package. Designed specifically to get the most out of all-flash media, EMC is making it simpler and more affordable for both SMEs and enterprises to modernize their data centers. With the launch of Unity, 2016 is truly the year of all-flash for EMC.”

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