Hardware Thread, Anyone got an EMC SAN? in Technical; Just looking at the new EMC VNXe 3100 at the moment, comes in at a very nice price point, good ...
14th March 2011, 02:21 PM #1
Anyone got an EMC SAN?
Just looking at the new EMC VNXe 3100 at the moment, comes in at a very nice price point, good management software and 2011-spec storage controllers and VAAI integration... very tempted!
Anyone using EMC here? Any pitfalls in terms of support costs \ licensing?
The VNXe seems to include a lot of the licenses with the box inc. de-dupe so seems well aimed at SMB now
14th March 2011, 04:12 PM #2
Not got one but the EMC stuff has always looked good, they're definitely top-tier with NetApp and one of the few brands I would consider besides Oracle Sun S7000 stuff. Check out exactly what their management 'suite' involves. I've found that a well designed interface on the device itself (i.e. web-based) is usually far nicer than something that has a web-based bit... and an MMC snap-in... and some proprietary stuff... and then bits you need to SSH into it to manage.
Can't remember what their licensing is like but it used to be as bad as NetApp, I think they've significantly improved it though. When you get de-dupe, make sure their are no artificial caps or limits set on it. Otherwise, expandability looks pretty decent.
Out of interest, any particular reason you didn't want to go for the S7000 stuff?
14th March 2011, 04:26 PM #3
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16th March 2011, 01:46 AM #5
Depending on your requirements, also look at IBM XIV technology (the other IBM stuff is crappy or too high-end). I designed and implemented a 4500 user VDI solution using these devices at the storage end. They have all the Tier 1 storage features, but at a Tier 2 type price..ie you do not have to license the additional features separately...
For the budget conscious, Thecus have really solid IP Storage (NFS and ISCSI) at really reasonable pricing, and may have all the features you need. I actually have 5 of these in place right now across my two sites...These also support 10GB interfaces....
I noticed you are using Veeam. Is that the backup and replication product? If so, then you possibly do not need features that include storage replication in a SAN/NAS type device, and from memory does dedupe at this level...
16th March 2011, 01:48 AM #6
Also... an 8 bay rackmount Thecus running 8 x 2TB 7200rpm SATA drives comes in at around $5000 AUS.......It equates to roughly 11TB once RAID5 and hot-spare allotments are taken into account....
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