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EMC Unity Appliances

Unity is off to a great start and is setting the market on fire. Since its GA in May, the Unity transition far exceeds the VNX2 transition (from VNX1 for the same time period). In addition, we have seen close to 20,000 Unity systems quoted, with great interest in both the All-Flash and Hybrid configurations across a wide range of use cases. And we have seen more than 3,000 UnityVSA downloads, with over 50% activation rate, providing users with a software-defined entry point and an on-ramp to a future purpose-built Unity appliance sale.

Announcement Overview
Innovation is key, and the Unity team is delivering on that by:

  •  Offering new RAID 6 (14+2) ordering options through MyQuotes
  •  Enabling upgrades in MyQuotes for both All-Flash and Hybrid configurations
  • Introducing support for new higher capacity flash drives – 3.84TB and 7.68TB SSD
  •  Providing support for AppSync Basic and AppSync Advanced
  •  Price changes align net prices between Unity All-Flash and Unity Hybrid

Announcement Details

  1. New Drives: Introducing support for 3.84TB and 7.68TB SSD to be used only in Unity All-Flash arrays. This presents a huge 2.5x improvement in density. Previously Unity supported 80TB in 2Us (i.e. 25x 3.2TB drives); now Unity All-Flash will support 192TBs in 2Us. These new drives will be in MyQuotes starting on August 13 and will only be supported in their own all-flash pools in Unity All-Flash arrays. In Unisphere, these new flash drives will present themselves as “SAS Flash 4” – you cannot mix SAS Flash 3 and SAS Flash 4 drives in the same pool.

    These new flash drive options allow for more flexibility and improved density.

  2. Unity Upgrades: Many Unity customers are starting to ask for capacity upgrades. Today many RFP’s require that you add in upgrade costs into your initial RFP submission. Up to now, this has been a manual process requiring corporate involvement. As of August 13, the ability to quote Unity upgrades for All-Flash and Hybrid configurations will be included in MyQuotes.

    We’ve simplified the upgrade process. It is now included in MyQuotes.

  3. RAID 6: As of the July MyQuotes release, RAID 6 (14+2) has been included as an option in the Unity Sizer Tool.

    More flexible RAID options. Better protection and less impactful rebuild times with RAID 6.

  4. AppSync: As of the July MyQuotes release, AppSync Basic is provided at no additional charge with all Unity systems. AppSync Advanced is also supported and available for order in MyQuotes as optional software.

    AppSync provides for a modern single-click application consistent snapshot for more advanced and specific application protection capabilities.

  5. Pricing Alignment: July price changes align net prices between Unity All-Flash and Unity Hybrid.

    List prices on Unity All-Flash will be reduced to balance the reduction of Early Adopter Promo. Net Street Price will remain flat from Q2 to Q3.

    List prices on Unity Hybrid all-flash pool drives will be changed to align to the new Unity All-Flash drive list prices (Early Adopter Promotion will now automatically apply to all-flash pool drives across both Hybrid and All-Flash configurations).

Note: The new Unity software release (Unity OE v4.0.1) which includes support for the new drives and minor bug fixes for improved quality, and is required for the new flash drive support, will be posted for download on August, 16 and will GA from manufacturing on August 29.


EMC UnityShowcase the power and simplicity of Unity with a free customer trial. The Customer Unity Test Drive Program gives EMC partners the ability to offer Unity systems to customers for use in their environment prior to a final purchase commitment. When onsite, all customers can decide to either purchase or return the unit during the 60 day period. During the trial period, end users will be able to evaluate the fit and performance of the unit in their environment.

Test drive program overview

  • Provides EMC partners the ability to offer Unity systems to customers for use in their environment for a 60-day trial period
    Customers will decide to either purchase the unit, which they can do at anytime during the 60-day period, or return it
  • Open to EMC Silver, Gold, and Platinum BPP Partners and Distributors
    –All participating Partners must complete the Unity IE Differences module
  • All Unity Test Drive requests are subject to approval by NAM/PSM and EMC Rep
  • There are 9 suggested configurations, though any customer configuration will be approved
  • Standard BPP Demo Program should be used for any demo/POC on Partner site

EMC Annouces Unity

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Claude Belloni in EMC | News | Unity - (0 Comments)

The Ultimate in Storage Simplicity and ValueEMC Unity


EMC Unity Appliances

EMC’s new Unity product line sets new standards for storage with compelling simplicity, a modern design, affordable prices, and flexible deployment – to meet the needs of resource-constrained IT professionals in large or small companies.

With simplified ordering, all-inclusive software, new differentiated features, internet-enabled management, and a modern design, Unity is where powerful meets simplicity. The Unity family consists of:

  • Unity (purpose built): A modern midrange storage solution, engineered from the ground-up to meet market demands for flash, midrange affordability and outrageous simplicity. The Unity platform is available in four All-Flash and four Hybrid configurations.
  • VBLOCK (converged systems): Unity will be available in VCE VBLOCK and VxRack configurations within 90 days of the Unity GA.
  • UnityVSA (virtual): UnityVSA allows the advanced unified storage and data management features of the Unity family to be easily deployed on a VMware ESXi server, for a software defined’ approach.

All three deployment options enjoy one architecture, one interface with consistent features and rich data services.

Unity is the only unified storage system that successfully meets all 4 requirements of today’s midmarket IT storage professionals and generalists (simple, modern, affordable, flexible). These are some of the features and supporting statements that allows Unity to redefine midrange storage:

  • Simple: Simplified ordering, all-inclusive software, quick rack-and-stack, customer installable, a new slick HTML5 user interface, Proactive Assist with call home, and new Cloud-based management.
  • Modern: Unity is designed to support the latest dense flash drives such as 3D TLC NAND with a Linux-based architecture, incorporating new Intel Haswell multicore processors, 2U dense configurations, offering a new scalable file system (with file system shrink), unified local point in time snapshots & unified replication, integrated copy data management, support for Public and Private cloud access, deep ecosystem integration with VMware (native VVOL’s), Microsoft, OpenStack, and a full REST-API for developers. With Unity and EMC data protection, you can backup 50% faster, reduce protection storage requirements by 10 to 30x and gain 30x faster VMware recovery.
  • Flexible: You can meet any storage deployment requirement with Unity from virtual to purpose-built to converged infrastructure.  All deployment options support the same unified data services (SAN/NAS and VVOLS) for any workload (standalone or mixed) with traditional file (file consolidation, home directories) as well as transactional workloads for both file and block on both All-Flash and Hybrid configurations (Oracle, Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, SAP, VDI, VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V).
  • Affordable: Unity delivers the best midrange flash economics with a great entry price and overall TCO.  UnityVSA Community Edition allows anyone to get started for free and upgrade into the supported Professional Edition, or purpose-built all-flash or Hybrid systems, or a converged infrastructure approach. And you can make Unity All-Flash even more affordable when you add in EMC’s Unity Xpect More Program.


EMC Unity family


  • Unity All-Flash: There are four Unity All-Flash configurations, namely Unity 300F, 400F, 500F and 600F. The All-Flash (F) configurations come standard with all inclusive (array-based) software.
  • Unity Hybrid: The four Unity Hybrid configurations, namely Unity 300, 400, 500 and 600 support up to 150, 250, 350 and 500 drives respectively and come standard with all inclusive (array-based) software.
  • UnityVSA: There is a free downloadable UnityVSA Community Edition license that supports up to 4TB for non-production environments. This includes all supported software and protocols and utilizes community based support. There are also 3 UnityVSA Professional Edition licenses that utilize a 1 year subscription based licensing model


EMC Services

Unity is fully customer installable and can be racked and stacked in as little as a few minutes. The simple configuration wizard will allow your customer to be up and running in no time.

  • Unity Migration Services Unity will utilize EMC’s new Intelligent Data Mobility migration methodology. This approach leverages best of breed migration technology software which allows customers to achieve a faster time to value at lower cost. It is also a highly repeatable model that utilizes a standardized and proven methodology that is both platform and vendor agnostic. Based on your customer’s specific business and technical requirements, engagements are tailored using standardized migration blueprints, which are sub-processes designed around specific business and technical use cases. The existing fixed and custom offers will apply at GA including: Data Migration Architecture & Design, Data Migration Implementation and Custom Migration. (See the Service Offering Index for more details)
  • Unity Professional Services New fixed price and scope services are available: Installation, Implementation Assistance, Base Implementation, Base Plus Implementation, Software Implementation (FAST, Replication, Snapshots, Anti-Virus), Block/File Implementation Add-On (small/large hosts, shares/exports), and Custom Implementation Services. See the separate Sales Advantage article for Unity Services or the Service Offering Index for more details.
  • Unity Warranty and Support
    • Unity All-Flash and Hybrid configurations come with 3 year hardware Limited Warranty. Software comes with 90 day defective media replacement warranty. Enhanced and Premium Support options are available.
    • UnityVSA Professional Edition (1 year subscription based license) includes 1 year of Enhanced support.
  • New Unity 3rd party migration solutions through EMC Select are also available.
    • DataDobi for File: DobiMiner is purpose-built next-generation NAS migration software that helps businesses optimize their storage platform transition. DobiMiner helps customers align all phases of a technology transition from an initial assessment through final monitoring and reporting.