Dell EMC Unity Whitepapers (Last updated for OE 4.4 release)

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Application

Virtualization Integration


This white paper introduces the virtualization features and integration points that are available on Dell EMC Unity.

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Data EfficiencyCompressionThis white paper is an introduction to the Dell EMC Unity Compression feature. It provides an overview of the feature, methods of managing compression, and interoperability with other Dell EMC Unity features.pdf.png
Compression for FileIn Dell EMC Unity OE version 4.2 and later, compression support was added for Thin File storage resources created on Dell EMC Unity OE version 4.2 or later code. This document outlines how Dell EMC Unity Asynchronous Replication can be leveraged to achieve savings within SMB/NFS File Systems or NFS Datastores created on OE version 4.1 and earlier. This process can also be used to compress existing data within a File System or VMware NFS Datastore created on OE version 4.2 and later. For full details on compression, including an overview, management options, and interoperability with other features, refer to the Dell EMC Unity Compression white paper found on Dell EMC Online Support.pdf.png
Data ReductionThis white paper is an introduction to the Dell EMC Unity Data Reduction feature. It provides an overview of the feature, methods for managing data reduction, and interoperability with other Dell EMC Unity features. Data Reduction exists in Dell EMC Unity OE version 4.3 and later.pdf.png

FAST Technology Overview


This white paper is an introduction to the Dell EMC FAST technology for the Dell EMC Unity family of storage systems. It describes the background concepts, major components, and implementation steps for Dell EMC FAST technology, which includes FAST VP and FAST Cache. Guidelines and other useful information such as benefits will also be included.

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Data Protection

Replication Technologies


This white paper explains the replication solutions for Dell EMC Unity systems. This paper outlines the native and non-native options available for replicating data. It also includes information on managing replication, and the benefits that replication provides.

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MetroSyncThis white paper explains the usage of MetroSync for Dell EMC Unity, a synchronous disaster recovery solution for file resources. The paper outlines the available commands and configurations available when replicating file data using this feature as well as utilizing advanced features. This feature is available on Dell EMC Unity OE version 4.4 and later.pdf.png

Snapshots and Thin Clones


This white paper explains the Dell EMC Unity Snapshots and Thin Clones for Dell EMC Unity storage systems and includes information about their configuration management, and other functionality.

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High Availability


This white paper discusses the high availability features on Dell EMC Unity purpose-built solution.

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Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA)This white paper describes the Dell EMC Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) and how it can be used with Dell EMC Unity systems. CTA allows administrators to move block and file data from a Dell EMC Unity storage system to and from the cloud. CTA also facilitates cloud repository migration, stub aware file migration, and the usage of Dell EMC Unity as a destination.pdf.png
Management

Unisphere Overview


This white paper introduces and describes Dell EMC Unisphere for the Dell EMC Unity platform. Unisphere is a web-based solution that provides an easy-to-use interface for storage management actions, including creating storage resources, configuring and scheduling protection for stored data, and using advanced features like replication and host I/O limits.

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CloudIQThis white paper introduces Dell EMC CloudIQ, a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service platform that enables administrators to remotely monitor Dell EMC Unity systems from anywhere and at any time.pdf.png
Unisphere Central

This white paper introduces Dell EMC Unisphere Central, a network application that enables administrators to remotely monitor multiple Dell EMC Unity Family, Dell EMC UnityVSA, Dell EMC VNX Series, Dell EMC VNXe Series, Dell EMC CLARiiON CX4 Series and vVNX storage systems residing on a common network.

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Migrating to EMC Unity with SAN Copy

This white paper explains how to migrate Block data from a CLARiiON CX or VNX Series system to Dell EMC Unity. This paper outlines how to use SAN Copy to easily perform the migration of Block devices, and includes simple, step-by-step instructions for the migration.

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Migration Technologies

This white paper reviews moving data within a Dell EMC Unity system and the options available for migrating data from a Dell EMC CLARiiON, Celerra, VNX, or VNXe series system to the Dell EMC Unity platform. An overview of each solution is provided, followed by a discussion of the solution’s merits and applications. This paper serves as a centralized resource for migration options and contributes to the overall decision making process of arriving at Dell EMC Unity.

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Performance

Best Practices Guide


This white paper provides recommended best practice guidelines for installing and configuring Dell EMC Unity systems for best performance.

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Performance Metrics


This white paper explains the Performance Metrics features for Dell EMC Unity systems. Viewing performance information, including adding charts, customizing the time range, and exporting chart data is discussed.

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SolutionsDell EMC Unity 350F Storage with VMware Horizon View VDIA Reference Architecture for running 2,000 VDI Knowledge worker users on Dell EMC Unity 350F arrays. For architects or customers wishing to understand the performance of a Dell EMC Unity 350F array supporting VDI workloads.pdf.png
Dell EMC Unity Storage with Oracle DatabasesBest practices for deploying Oracle databases with Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays, including recommendations and considerations for performance, availability, and scalability.pdf.png
Dell EMC Unity Storage with Microsoft Hyper-VThis white paper provides best practice guidance for configuring Microsoft Hyper-V to perform optimally with Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays.pdf.png
Dell EMC Unity Storage with Microsoft SQL ServerBest practice guide for deploying Microsoft SQL Server with Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays that includes recommendations and considerations for performance, availability, and scalability.pdf.png
Dell EMC Unity Storage with Microsoft Exchange ServerThis white paper provides best practice guidance for configuring Microsoft Exchange Server to perform optimally with Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage arrays.pdf.png
Dell EMC Unity Storage with VMware vSphereBest practice guide for deploying VMware vSphere with Dell EMC Unity All-Flash arrays including settings or configuration recommendations for vSphere hosts to achieve an optimal combination of performance and resiliency.pdf.png
Platform & Serviceability

Data Integrity

This white paper explains the methods used by Dell EMC Unity to ensure the end-to-end

integrity of data from the source as it travels through the Dell EMC Unity system.

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Dynamic Pools



This white paper is an introduction to Dynamic Pools. It provides an overview of Dynamic Pool technology, including information of the underlying structure, benefits for using Dynamic Pools, and methods for managing Dynamic Pools.


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Introduction to the Unity Platform



This white paper introduces the Dell EMC Unity platform. It provides an overview of the different deployment options available for Unity, including All Flash, Hybrid, and Dell EMC UnityVSA, as well as a deeper look at the purpose built Unity system. A brief look at the Dell EMC Unity software stack with a focus on highlight features will conclude the paper.


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NAS Capabilities


This white paper explains the NAS capabilties that are available on Dell EMC Unity storage systems. It provides a detailed review of the rich feature set, functionality, features, and protocols that are supported. It also provides a deep dive in to the enhancements enabled by the Dell EMC Unity File System architecture.

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UnityVSA

This white paper introduces the architecture, features, and functionality of Dell EMC UnityVSA.pdf.png
Security

Data at Rest Encryption


This white paper explains the Data at Rest Encryption feature, which provides controller-based encryption of data stored on Dell EMC Unity storage systems to protect against unauthorized access to lost or stolen drives or system. The encryption technology as well as its implementation on Unity storage systems are discussed.

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OpenStackOpenStackThis white paper discusses the OpenStack architecture and the integration available with Dell EMC Unity systems. Best practices are outlined for the OpenStack services supported by Dell EMC Unity.pdf.png