EMC VNX [EOL] Review

With raid pools, you aren't limited with RAID size, but caching needs to be improved.

What is most valuable?

  • Raid pools
  • Snapshots

How has it helped my organization?

  • With raid pools, you aren't limited with RAID size.
  • Snapshots will ease your testing on the applications.

What needs improvement?

  • Caching
  • Auto-tiering

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using block OE 5.32 and file level 7 and the VNX 2 series, block OE 5.33 and file level 8 for six years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not really.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If it's configured properly after sizing, then no.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, it's easy to upgrade and expand.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's great.

Technical Support:

It's great.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

HP EVA and once NetApp, but they both had slow performance and a lack of features so we switched.

How was the initial setup?

The first time was easy, as it was a simple design.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

What was our ROI?

It's around 250% over 12 months due to the amount of data that we have.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Start with the basic licensing and add upon need. In our market, we need keep the cost of 1TB at less than $1000.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp is better with CIFS and file shares.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are considered as a special customer, as we can do implementation as a man in the middle.
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