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On tap to begin shipping next week are the VNXe 3100 (2U) and VNXe 3300 (3U) arrays. Both run on Intel Xeon multi-core processors (3100 is dual core; 3300 is quad-core), support the 6Gbps SAS drive spec and provide two 1Gbps Ethernet ports and dual data-path.
The 3100 array has two 1GBps IP iSCSI host ports per controller, and can control between six and 96 drives through up to 12, 3.5-inch drive expansion chassis for a total of 192 TB of raw capacity. The 3300 has four 1GBps IP iSCSI host ports per controller, and can handle between seven and 120 drives through as many as 15 chassis and also supports solid state drives. Both support CIFS, NFS and iSCSI, as well as RAID 5, 6 and 10.
EMC's VNXe storage arrays are extremely well equipped, and with a starting list price under $10,000, represent an excellent value. When compared to some of the other arrays we've looked at, Nimble's CS-Series comes closest to the level of automation offered in EMC's VNXe, but does (and costs) a whole lot more.
In terms of price, Dot Hill's 3920/3930 arrays are closest (but not close) at $19,000 unpopulated. For support, Dell's EqualLogic arrays will be hard to beat.
The entry level VNXe 3100 lists for $9,513, including six 300-GB 15K SAS drives (6Gbps), file and block RAID capability, Unishpere management software, CIFS, NFS and iSCSI protocols, file deduplication and compression, thin provisioning and local replication through snapshots.
Substitute with 1TB SAS drives for $9,992 list. Add redundancy (a second active storage controller) to the former model and the list becomes $12,079. The 3100 includes a three year warranty with 5x9 support and next business day parts replacement. Units begin shipping in February.
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