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At first glance the VNXe looks much like the Clariion AX4, the only thing that is different physically is the front bezel and the interfaces on the controllers.

Let me just say that Unisphere is a much-needed improvement over the previous generation interface Navisphere Express for this price range. This is some pretty sweet stuff. While setting this thing up I found that it was super easy to get the license key installed.

When the initial management IP addresses and stuff were set up it asked to go out on the internet and register the SAN, and then it provided a link to a license file. I downloaded the license file and then it went right back to the Unisphere interface and was like … click here to upload the license. I uploaded it and it unlocked all sorts of fun features, I managed to find a list of features and if they are included in the base license or if they are an upgrade.

Also included but not in the chart is the deduplication license.

After running what seemed like 10 start-up wizards it finally asked me if I wanted it to automatically provision a hot spare and a storage pool… I figured sure why not, after all it probably knows better then I do on how to set itself up right?

Well after letting it settle down I was able to get in and take a look at what it did. Before I get into that too much rmc let me give you some details on the hardware in the SAN I am using.


When I opened it up I noticed there were 3 drives that had not been used, I thought … well, how odd is that… why would it leave disks unused if I told it to auto-provision. Depending on the type of disk you have, and the type of pool you want, you are required to add drives to that pool in a certain order.

Justin is a Technical Alliances Architect for Zerto. He also specializes in all things geek. When not helping people learn about protecting their data from disasters, he is usually working on stuff in his home lab or spending time with his family.

EMC VNXe 3100: My First Look

Have you experienced anything like that in your testing as well? Instead we presented the same space through a windows file server for better quote management support. I am currently working with this devices. Please help me to solve this problem as soon as possible. Does this device really support RAID 10 or not??? How many vnxd do you have in the unit? To support RAID 10 you will need a minimum of 6 drives. Keep us posted on your experiences with it….

Hey Justin, we are looking at afor an archive vnde in NFS, current dl is getin a bit over tired, these storage pools have me concerned, does this mean the size of a folder is limited? I believe there is a maximum number of drives per storage pool, but you would have to check with EMC to see what that limit is. I have already subscribed, loads of excellent content! I always like to hear what kinda load other people are putting on them.

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Can you please advice on which interface I should go for? Will vne SAS model suffice? Also the P does not have the drive restrictions that the VNXe does either….


The P will let you do anything you want so it is much more flexible. The are only two features ekc the VNXe that would make that the winner in my opinion: Thanks Justin, that was very useful. I was leaning towards the P G3 too! Well both the 2.

EMC VNXe My First Look | Justin’s IT Blog

You can get them through distribution like ingram micro, but i do not recall what the part vnxee was. Thank you for writing this blog.

Also would you please comment about using SAS vs. Would end users really notice the difference??

Unless the data is cold ie not in use i would only use sas drives. I still like the P if you dont need file protocols. Monday, 31 December You are here: Related Posts Finally, a geek travel router I love! Rod Newcomb September 2, at 1: Justin September 2, at 7: ABID October 25, at Justin October 25, at 6: Stefan November 21, at vnnxe Justin November 22, at 8: Andy April 11, at 7: Justin April 11, at 8: If you want to compare 10gig to 10Gig price out the VNXe….

Personally if i had to chose between the two i would purchase on price as i like both. Shawn April 20, at 7: Justin April 21, at 8: Mahesh May 19, at 3: Justin May 19, at Mahesh Vnxs 21, at 7: Justin May 25, at 8: Mahesh May 28, at 4: Tom September 19, at 2: Justin September 19, at 7: Dzmitryj September 29, at Unfortunately I have not found any ability to do that.

Justin September 29, at 5: No, no raid 0 support. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.