EMC VNX [EOL] Review

Archives data to be placed in NL-SAS disks where IOPS is not in demand.


How has it helped my organization?

A hybrid, tiered storage such as VNX:

  • Enables data where IOPS is critical to be placed in SSDs
  • Archives data to be placed in NL-SAS disks where IOPS is not in demand

What is most valuable?

It is very stable, even during multiple power failures.

What needs improvement?

EMC VNX needs to support bigger SSDs. Next generation EMC Unity will do this.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had some scalability issues. Scalability options are limited due to the supported SSDs.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support gets a rating of 5/5.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previously, we had CLARiiON. VNX was the next technological shift.

How was the initial setup?

VNX was very easy to set up. Guides are available on the EMC site.

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

The initial pricing and licensing are reasonable. Yearly EMC is more expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at IBM V7000 and others.

What other advice do I have?

Go through EMC best practices for proper disk sizing and allocation.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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