EMC VNX [EOL] Review

I value deduplication and compression to save space. The CLI could be better documented.


How has it helped my organization?

It is our Tier-2 storage which is easy to provision from and has decent performance.

What is most valuable?

I really value deduplication and compression to save space.

What needs improvement?

The CLI could be better documented, like with VMAX.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We actually had data loss from too many simultaneous drive failures on the 7500.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not yet encountered any scalability issues in our environment.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support was on a par with typical EMC. In other words, not the best and not the worst.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were moving to IBM v7000 for price. However, it doesn't support NAS

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

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

Look at other newer options. Unisphere is slow and Java based. This is not the easiest array to manage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was already installed when I was hired.

What other advice do I have?

To me, the mid-tier storage arrays are getting displaced by lesser expensive All-flash options.

EMC has been selling XIO at a very affordable price.

Hitachi has a lot of cool features out-of-the-box that EMC does not have.

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