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EMC VNX (Discontinued)

EMC VNX (Discontinued)


What is EMC VNX (Discontinued)?

The former EMC VNX series is EOL. The vendor invites users to instead try Dell EMC's Unity series family of midrange storage appliances.

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What is EMC VNX (Discontinued)?

The former EMC VNX series is EOL. The vendor invites users to instead investigate Dell EMC's Unity series family of midrange storage appliances.

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Sam Majam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
EMC VNX is one of the primary storage arrays that is used across the whole organization. It provides the storage platform that all corporate servers are running on.
  • Stable platform.
  • Good support.
  • It occupies a large floor space in the data center.
  • Unisphere management interface uses Java, which is problematic to run.
With the VNX being EOL and the emergence of EMC Unity, I would suggest using EMC Unity instead.
  • Due to its stability, it is very rare to have downtime—meaning business operations are not interrupted from an infrastructure level.
  • Support and maintenance can be expensive.
EMC VNX is currently EOL, so we are in the process of migrating to EMC Unity and VMAX. We stayed with the EMC portfolio of storage solutions due to their proven record and history of good performance.
Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The EMC VNX is the main storage system used by the whole organization but managed exclusively by the IT department. It mainly hosts the VMware servers and Unix Servers. The Unity feature allowed us to configure CIFS NAS storage for file sharing too. The EMC VNX has an auto-tiering feature which solved the delay problem we had in older storage systems. It has the ability to scale up and out.
  • Auto- tiering, for faster access on blocks used most frequently
  • Has both NAS and SAN ( unified system)
  • Scale up ability
  • Optimal for VMware
  • Integrates with vCenter
  • Easy monitoring and useful dashboards
  • Relatively easy configure and management interface with safe delete
  • Much slower compared to all-flash systems
  • Navigation in the web interface is not smooth
  • CIFS NAS is not easy to integrate with active directory
  • EMC VNX is suited for VMware environment as it integrates with vCenter.
  • Integrates well with SolarWinds storage monitoring software.
  • It is well suited for enterprise-level organizations with 100+ servers.
  • It is not suited for small businesses as it requires specialized administrators and has relatively high license cost.
  • It is not suited for businesses that host most of their servers on the cloud.
  • With 2 boxes located in different datacenters, configured as active-active, the reliability of our services increased.
  • The 400+ vmware servers hosted on VNX had faster response time
  • Our admins had less to non downtime on the storage level
  • The negative impact was mainly draining the budget
  • Dell EMC Unity is the improved version of EMC VNX. It has all the features in VNX with better performance.
  • NetApp all flash is faster and more expensive. It performs better with Citrix systems and VDI solutions.
  • HP MSA storage system is less performant and less expensive. It works better for file and CCTV data storage.
September 27, 2017

My take on EMC VNX

Ryan Andrus | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our VNX is our primary SAN storage. It has been a very reliable and solid storage solution.
  • VNX has had very solid uptime. Over the course of the last 5 years, we have had very little if any downtime.
  • We have also used it for our home directories, and with the data dedupe on the file side it has saved us a lot of space.
  • Adding additional drive space has also been really easy.
  • The UI is very clunky and uses Java, which I am not a big fan of.
  • It is difficult to see performance metrics or utilization. Tegile or Nimble provide a superior window into your performance and IOPS on LUNs and VMs.
If you are looking for a solid storage array that needs to give you continuous uptime, then VNX is a great solution.
  • I think it has provided improved reliability and performance [compared to] our previous solutions.
  • The lack of performance metrics has led us to need a 3rd party tool that integrates into our vSphere environment to give us feed back on performance.
VNX is a good offering when you are wanting a lot of storage, and reliability. I think there are other offerings that can provide better performance, and come with better UI and tools to monitor your environment.
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