EMC VNX [EOL] Review

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


Valuable Features

  • Raid pools
  • Snapshots

Improvements to My Organization

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

Room for Improvement

  • Caching
  • Auto-tiering

Use of 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.

Deployment Issues

Not really.

Stability Issues

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

Scalability Issues

No, it's easy to upgrade and expand.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It's great.

Technical Support:

It's great.

Previous Solutions

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

Initial Setup

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

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.

ROI

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

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.

Other Solutions Considered

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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