A reliable storage system for medium to large organizations
November 02, 2018

A reliable storage system for medium to large organizations

Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with EMC VNX

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
  • 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.
  • 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.