To make way for a new line of storage solutions fit for today’s heavily interconnected business environment, the CLARiiON SAN and Celerra NAS (network-attached storage) lines were eventually merged into the now-current VNX line of unified storage solutions. This led to the ultimate discontinuation of the CLARiiON line, which included the AX4/AX4-5 SANs. However, supported by providers like Tab Data Systems, the SMB-friendly EMC AX Series still holds on to a significant share of dedicated fans.
The AX4 owes its post-discontinuation success heavily to EMC and Dell’s insightful development of a robust, yet easy-to-use, reliable and secure SAN, well-adapted to the SMB market. Inexpensive yet practical, the storage array line delivered performance that overlapped even its full-featured CX3-10 cousin at a cost that many smaller businesses could afford.