Friday, April 11, 2014

Legacy EMC CLARiiON CX4: Ideal Low-cost, High-Performance SAN Solution

In January 2011, EMC ultimately sealed the fate of the CX4 with the launch of the VNX line of unified storage devices. This new line combined the capabilities of the CLARiiON SAN line and Celerra NAS line, making both lines redundant. By the first quarter of 2012, both of these lines were discontinued, taking all EMC CX series devices along with them.

As the precursor to the now-current VNX line, the EMC CLARiiON CX4 taught EMC and Dell many valuable lessons that would help form the basis for the full-featured unified storage systems both companies produce today. However, more importantly, the venerable storage array system taught many of its users what they should look for in a SAN.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Not Just for Cars: EMC Storage Hardware Makes Hybrid Systems Possible

This need has been filled by the more widespread use of solid-state flash technology in enterprise storage systems. In fact, for the last half decade, moving all storage requirements over to solid state drives (SSDs) has been a major point of discussion among many in the IT industry. However, because enterprise-level SSDs are still relatively expensive, such a move presents companies with a difficult problem: keeping their IT acquisition budgets in check.

Fortunately, companies deploying EMC storage hardware have access to a practical solution. By taking advantage of the EMC VNX storage arrays’ ability to mix SSD drives and inexpensive old-school spin-up drives, companies can utilize hybrid arrays that provide the high input/output per second or IOPS required for processing highly active data while keeping more passive data on less expensive mechanical drives.