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


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News Highlights

New EMC Unity family of simple, affordable storage systems deliver enterprise capabilities, all flash performance and cloud-like simplicity for under $18,000
Designed specifically for small, mid-sized and departmental enterprise IT deployments
Available in all-flash array, hybrid array, software-defined and converged configurations
Order-of-magnitude leaps in performance and simplicity over the current generation of competing data storage products
Delivers a rich set of unified file and block storage services in a dense 2U footprint, unmatched by competing data storage offerings
Xpect More programs offer lifecycle maintenance price protection

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EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced EMC Unity™, a new family of storage systems that helps simplify and modernize the data center. Unity is the latest member of 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, EMC has a purpose-built solution to fit virtually any data center use case.

Simple By Design

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 EMC’s 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


EMC believes 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.

Analyst Quote

Gaurav Sharma, Research Manager-Enterprise & IPDS, IDC

“EMC unity would provide the all flash storage experience at a price that makes it affordable for all to cherish performance benefits and modernize their infrastructure. Unity has been built with grounds up approach and is expected to do well in the SMB space with the balance of cost and performance in a 2U box”.

Partner Quotes

Mandar Marulkar, Vice President-Chief Information Officer, KPIT Cummins

“The specifications of Full SSD or hybrid, cloud tiering and capacity of 80TB SSD in 2U form factor make for a great product. What makes EMC Unity a far more attractive proposition is that it comes with 40% lower cost as compared to equivalent VNX or other industry storage appliances.”

Santosh Agrawal, Director, Esconet Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

“EMC strives to meet customer demands of more scalability, more performance, more features at a lower cost and lower TCO through its latest offering of Unity.”

Jack Rondoni, Vice President of Storage Networking, Brocade

“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.”

EMC Executive Quote

Rajesh Janey, President – India and SAARC at EMC

“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. This would most definitively enable businesses to adopt more scalable storage propositions. With the launch of Unity, 2016 is truly the year of all-flash for EMC.”

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.

Data Domain, Data Protection Suite, Proactive Assist, Unity, UnityVSA, Vblock, Vxblock, VCE, VMAX, VNX, Xpect More, XtremIO and EMC are trademarks or registered trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.