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4 ways EMC Unity extends (affordable) data storage to the cloud

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on July 21, 2016 by Softchoice Advisor

EMC recently launched the Unity product line – setting a whole new standard for affordable flash storage in what they call ‘the year of all-flash.”

EMC’s new Unity product line is all about meeting the needs of resource-constrained IT professionals, at an affordable price.

According to Forbes, the storage market is driven by the relentless need to process more, faster. This need pushes IT teams to implement hyper-scale and virtual environments which, in turn, sees workloads getting aggregated on fewer machines with higher performance requirements for storage systems.

4 ways EMC Unity extends (affordable) data storage to the cloud.

There are 4 clear ways EMC has outlined that show how advanced, all-flash storage solutions are the next logical step for companies chasing flexible, high-performance storage. Unity makes it:

1. 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.

2. Modern
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.

Unity is designed to support the latest dense flash drives with a Linux-based architecture, incorporating new Intel Haswell multicore processors, a new scalable file system, unified local point in time snapshots and replication, support for Public and Private cloud access, and deep ecosystem integration with VMware (native VVOL’s), Microsoft, OpenStack, and a full REST-API for developers.

3. 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).

4. Affordable
Unity delivers the best mid-range flash economics with a great entry price and overall TCO. All-Flash configurations start under $18K and Unity Hybrid configurations start under $10K (all pricing is in $US).

With UnityVSA customers can quickly and easily benefit from a variety of use cases, including ROBO, test and dev and embedded applications, while maintaining full compatibility with their Unity hardware platforms. An additional BIG benefit is to have UnityVSA in ROBO sites and replicate back to a Unity platform in a central data center.

How to get started for free
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.

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