Welcome to this Ask the Expert conversation. The Unity Family of unified storage solutions is the latest midrange storage product line from EMC. These systems define new standards for simplicity, flexibility and affordability, enabling organizations to take a truly modern approach to consolidating their storage infrastructure.
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EMC Unity All Flash Data Sheet: http://www.emc.com/auth/rcoll/dataandspecsheet/h14955-unity-all-flash-family-ds.pdf
EMC Unity Hybrid Storage Data Sheet: http://www.emc.com/auth/rcoll/dataandspecsheet/h14956-unity-hybrid-family-ds.pdf
EMC UnityVSA Solution Overview: http://www.emc.com/auth/rcoll/solutionoverview/h14959-unity-vsa-so.pdf
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Product ManagerJoe has more than 20 years in the high-tech industry. Responsible for developing product requirements and driving innovative roadmaps based on customer requirements and advances in technology.
Product Manager in Midrange Storage for 13 years
Corporate Systems Engineer
RTS (Regional Tech. Support Engineer) at EMC Corporation from 2000 until 2005. LRS (Lead Regional Support) at EMC Corporation from 2005 until 2010. AFSS (Advisory Field Service Support) at EMC Corporation from 2010 until 2014. Since 12.01.2014 employed as CSE (Corporate Systems Engineer) at EMC Corporation.
Product Marketing Manager
Joe is a Product Marketing Manager with the EMC Core Technologies Division focused on VNX storage products and solutions. He has over 25 years of product and channel marketing experience in storage hardware/software, asset management, and CAD technology. Joe has been instrumental in the development and execution of go-to-market plans, product launches, and other facets of product marketing. Joe holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management (Sigma Epsilon Rho) from Northeastern University as well as a degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Senior Technical Content DeveloperAnirudha is a Sr. Technical Content Developer with the Core Technologies Division of EMC. During his tenure, he has been primarily involved with technical documentation for the Mid-range systems. Anirudha has been instrumental in setting up Info Hubs for the mid-range products, and has a keen interest in community engagement to make the documentation better, which in turn will result in a better experience for the users.
EMC employee since 2000. Have been in support role for CLARiiON and Celerra. Currently in Education Services core technologies content development team. I developing training for VNX & VNXe storage products. Focus is on file storage.
Corporate Systems Engineer
2001-2010, Solution Architect in EMC Professional Service, covering Symmetrix and Celerra. 2010-2014, RecoverPoint and VPLEX Corporate System Engineer. VNX Corporate System Engineer since 2014.
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Can you tell something more about the "Additional inline data services" that are coming later?
I assume its some comp/dedup features but what and when?
Thank you for your question. Unity will support (in Q42016) inline compression for block LUNs on a Unity All-Flash configuration and All-Flash pools in a Unity Hybrid array. ILC for Hybrid Pools in Hybrid configuration and for file will be supported in 2017.
Two VNX features that the VNXe are lacking are:
1) LUN Migration (non disruptive migration of LUNs between storage pools)
2) The concept of "Storage Groups" where you can add a bunch of ESXi servers to a single "initiator group" and then grant LUN access to the entire Storage Group. On the VNXe when you create a LUN you need to grant host access host-by-host which can lead to user error for multiple-cluster configurations.
Are either of these features available in the EMC UnityOS?
Does the Unity Snapshot feature utilize an underlying Snapshot Mount Point when attaching or detaching block snapshots similar to a VNX2 Snapshot?
Yes Unity snapshot feature utilizes Snapshot Mount Point (SMP) similar to VNX2, however in Unity at launch, each LUN has a default SMP and only one snap can be attached to the host at a time. This limitation will be removed in a follow-on release.