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Real User
Storage Solutions Architect IV at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The VNX 5700 provides a large number of features including the ability to work for both file and block as a unified array. The ability to run a unified array is a great… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our company saved money in maintaining the unified platform in most of our locations and has the ability to perform backups and replication of the unit with similar… more»

What needs improvement?

Once you establish a replication job, when the file system is synchronizing its data to the target file system, it tends to create a balloon effect where it creates a file… more»

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

EMC is a good company with which to negotiate pricing, especially if you are a new customer for them. In our experience, it is better to ask for End of Life (EOL) of a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have the Celerra NS480s, NS40s, NS20. We switched because the arrays were at the end of life by EMC support.

What other advice do I have?

The VNX is a good platform, but like any other storage unit, it has some limitations. If you are doing a migration from your current environment, make sure that you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other products in proof of concept, but we looked at EMC Isilon, NetApp, and Hitachi.
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Tiering, because it allows your data to dynamically move among different disk types based on demand in the last 24 hours. This removes the manual work to keep data in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We actually stopped using the VNX as it was ill-equipped to handle our environment with the way EMC spec’d it out. I do not recommend the Gen 1 VNX to anyone in this day… more»

What needs improvement?

EMC could have made the effort to spec the device appropriately. Instead, they low-balled the config in 2011 to make the price tag look alluring. Then, less than 12 months… more»

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

Ask thrice, not once, not twice… Ensure it is spec’d for your needs for performance and capacity. Ensure you have the appropriate suites purchased up front, and always buy… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

HPE EVA. End-of-life standard lifecycle replacement.

What other advice do I have?

Stay away, it’s old technology now. Look at newer arrays and features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, first-gen HPE 3PAR and IBM.
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Consultant
Professional system engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 13 2017

What is most valuable?

It is hard to say which features are the most valuable. All other arrays can do pretty much the same, so it's hard to tell. At least I haven't used any feature that would… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As long as I have been working at my current company, it has always been one of EMC's biggest customers, and has had the most EMC certified engineers in the world, so the… more»

What needs improvement?

* Upgrade the GUI * Full integration with VMware * The Unisphere for VNX needs improvement as it is old and slow.

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

Pricing depends on the version, and the version depends on the environment you have. Plan what do you need, then decide what to buy. These days it is not necessary to have… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, I worked with 5700 because I worked in another company. The previous version could be changed just to handle bigger loads, but that is not the case neither in… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a known product. It's a fairly stable product, but you may get more features from other vendors for less. Try them, too. Like the 16Gb SAN, which EMC still does not… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Sadly, I did not have the chance to evaluate other products. The customer chose himself. In my other company, we didn't want to lose the EMC Elite support package and… more»
Hamid Afzal
Real User
Asst.Manager - IT Operations at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Sep 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Its reliability and ease of use. * Single console for managing block and file (CIFS/NFS) * Data replication to DR site for both block and file * Auto tiering - Data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With more than 145 applications including SAP for different businesses running in our environment, our requirement was always to have a storage with a very good response… more»

What needs improvement?

So far we haven't had many issues with the VNX. However, the Data Mover (that manages CIFS/NFS) part needs some improvements. EMC's new storage (Unity) has no DM's as the… more»

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

Yes, when it comes to pricing, EMC might be a little on the higher side, but you can't buy the performance of a Ferrari in a Toyota. Hence, you get what you pay for.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes, we were using HPE Storage, which was not a bad solution, but EMC wins hands down when it comes to the Enterprise storage. We were having stability/performance issues… more»

What other advice do I have?

EMC VNX is a mid-range enterprise storage. Make sure to choose the right system and do have a look at their EMC Unity series that has hybrid as well as All-Flash arrays… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Since we were using HPE Storage, we had a look at IBM Storage as well. After a features comparison and our requirements, EMC was the right choice.
Nosgni
Real User
Senior Associate, Enterprise Systems, EMEA & APAC Technology Services
Oct 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* FAST auto-tiering is a great feature. * FAST cache is very good for performance. * The unified ability allows us to have a cost effective SAN and NAS storage combined on… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Unified VNX allows us to consolidate our storage for better efficiency.

What needs improvement?

It is not the easiest product to implement and manage, especially on the NAS side, but that is now fixed in its successor product from Dell EMC called Unity.

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

VNX is not the cheapest in the market for SAN. But for NAS and SAN, the product is cost effective. I recommend that new purchases look to the successor product of Dell EMC… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have standardised on VNX, and now on the Unity successor product, having moved away from NetApp and EVA, which were not as reliable or as flexible.

What other advice do I have?

VNX remains a great product. However, it is being superseded by the Dell EMC Unity product, which offers better pricing, All-Flash offerings, and a true Unity storage pool… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

HPE Nimble is a good competing product, especially as it now has the backing of HPE. However, Nimble is a point solution as it is SAN only. If you wanted to add NAS to a… more»
Asher Suhail
Real User
Solutions/Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Auto Tiering: Ability to automatically move data from fast SSD drives to low cost disk drives and vise versa. * Performance: Increase performance with FAST Cache (SSD)… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Improved Performance: Since implementing VNX, we achieved a 10 times increase in the performance for its end users. * Increased Scalability: As we continue to grow, VNX… more»

What needs improvement?

I think one area where we would like to see improvement is better deduplication and compression. Some other vendors offer better deduplication and compression ratios and… more»

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

From a licensing perspective, my advice to others would be to take a look at VNX Total Efficiency Pack. This unlocks all the features of VNX.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had EMC Celerra (file storage) and Clariion (block storage). When EMC introduced VNX, it provided both file and block storage capabilities. It was a no brainer for us… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to do research on VNX application performance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not.
Hans Verduguez
Real User
IT Specialist at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
May 24 2018

What is most valuable?

Multi-tiering, because it positively affects the efficiency of the storage space.

How has it helped my organization?

We have all the information residing on the same hardware, the same storage. So if the servers go down, we have already secured the data in the storage.

What needs improvement?

The next release is the Unity storage. That is the new family. Many of the features that are included in the Unity have improved over the VNX features. The VNX is a little bit old. What would help would be if the VNX had embedded… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor there are many criteria we look at but those that come to mind are scalability, security, resilience. I think it's a good solution. It has many benefits, features that are of interest for many customers. With the new… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we compared it with other products, the performance and the security were the advantages that this storage gives us.
Krishna Mohan Sharma
Consultant
Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 17 2017

What is most valuable?

* Levels of performance * Protection * Compliance * Ease of management

How has it helped my organization?

In a banking environment, on which we required a very high throughput for our database, we have used this product and our desired response was received.

What needs improvement?

They may change the disks from NL-SAS to Flash, but it would be costlier for customers.

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

Pricing and licensing quotes can be requested by the vendor's sales team. There response rate is high.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In our previous solution, we were getting less performance from our DB. So, it was a better idea to change to EMC.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product and easy to deploy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also had the option of NetApp and HP Storage, but from a pricing and support perspective, we preferred EMC.
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With EMC VNX you'll have the right blend of flash, capacity, and application-aware software. Scale up storage for midrange workloads, optimized for virtual applications and cloud environments.
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