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RESC
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

Once you establish a replication job, when the file system is synchronizing its data to the target file system, it... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»
SysAdmin574
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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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.
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Brad Eley
Real User
Network Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the best features of the VNX is the ability to combine drives of different types into a virtual Storage Pool. By combining small but fast... more»

How has it helped my organization?

By utilizing the Storage Pools feature of the VNX, our organization can provide the required performance without having to over-invest in... more»

What needs improvement?

The management software used for the VNX is Unicenter. While it is an improvement over Navicenter, used in older EMC SANs, it still feels... more»

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

While EMC tends to be on the expensive side, the stability and support of their products are top-notch and I feel are worth the cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Previous to the VNX, we were using an EMC CX-80 SAN. The reason for switching was to stay on a supported platform.
Professi73dd
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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Previously, I worked with 5700 because I worked in another company. The previous version could be changed just to... 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... more»
Larry Manno
Real User
Senior SAN Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the auto-tiering, which helps in the speed of data access. We have a big VMware storage pool in each of our three... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is very easy to create new storage for a new requirement. Adding more storage to an existing storage pool is very quick and easy.

What needs improvement?

There is no easy way to defrag a RAID group. It would be nice to be able to reduce the size of a storage pool if the storage is not needed... more»

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

Make sure you understand how the licensing works and that you are getting the right set of licenses if you need array-to-array replication.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were previously using the CX3 arrays. We switched because the CX3 was end of life and we needed a platform that could support more disk space... 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 * Data replication to DR site for both... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With more than 145 applications including SAP for different businesses running in our environment, our requirement was... more»

What needs improvement?

So far we haven't had many issues with the VNX. However, the Data Mover has no DM's as the NAS functionality is all... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Yes, we were using HPE Storage, which was not a bad solution, but EMC wins hands down when it comes to the Enterprise... 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... more»
BobWhitcombe
Reseller
Technical Sales Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the tight VMware integration, due to the migration from bare metal to virtualized... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We took a while to jump onto VNX – largely for file with our block storage handled by EMC Symmetrix. VNX turned out to... more»

What needs improvement?

Storage is undergoing a sea change in affordable cost per bit, solid-state drives and new latency requirements for... more»

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

Time your acquisitions and license discussions around year-end close.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were using EMC Symmetrix and NetApp previously but moved our midrange file to VNX due to the commonality of the tool... more»

What other advice do I have??

Be clear on what your storage applications are and what level of scale you need. For the big Kahuna in the back end, we... more»
Vasileios Axaris
Real User
IT Infrastructure and Operations Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 15 2017

What is most valuable?

* Reliability, excellent support by EMC, and VMware integration * High availability including non-disruptive updates: We cannot afford downtime... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has enabled us to consolidate storage, both primary and secondary, on a single platform. This simplified administration provided the... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a larger SP cache and finer grained auto-tiering. Based on our workloads, we see repeatedly in performance reports that the... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We switched because the previous solution was outdated. We were using Multiple IBM DS4700, external SCSI arrays, and HP MSA. We needed to... more»

What other advice do I have??

The product has been superseded.
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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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