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EMC VNX 5300 - NAS server - 24 TB

Mfg. Part: VNX53D153TDC | CDW Part: 3101266 | UNSPSC: 43201835
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  • NAS server
  • 15 bays
  • 24 TB
  • rack-mountable
  • SAS 6Gb/s
  • HDD 3 TB x 8
  • RAID 0
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • NAS server
  • 15 bays
  • 24 TB
  • rack-mountable
  • SAS 6Gb/s
  • HDD 3 TB x 8
  • RAID 0
  • 1
  • 3
  • 5
  • 6
  • 10
  • 8Gb Fibre Channel
  • iSCSI
  • 3U
The EMC VNX implements a modular architecture that integrates hardware components for block, file, and object with concurrent support for native NAS, iSCSI, Fiber Channel, and FCoE protocols. The series delivers file functionality via two-to-eight X-blade data movers and block storage via dual storage processors leveraging full 6 Gb SAS disk drive topology.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Bay Provided
Free Qty: 7
Total Qty: 15

Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating: 20 - 80% (non-condensing)
Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F
Min Operating Temperature: 50 °F

Header
Brand: Dell EMC
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: EMC
Model: 5300
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: EMC VNX

Interface Provided
Interface (Storage): 8Gb Fibre Channel
Qty: 8



Interface (Storage): Ethernet 1000Base-T
Purpose Location: Management
Qty: 2



Interface (Storage): SAS 6Gb/s
Qty: 4

Miscellaneous
Color Category: Black
Compliant Standards: AS/NZS 3548 Class A , BSMI Class A , CSA 22.2 No. 60950 , EN 60950 , EN300-386 , EN55022 Class A , EN55024 , ETSI , FCC Class A certified , ICES-003 Class A , ISO 9000 , UL 60950 , VCCI Class A ITE
Height (Rack Units): 3

Networking
Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.1Q , IEEE 802.3ad (LACP)
Data Link Protocol: 8Gb Fibre Channel , Ethernet , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
Features: DFS support , LDAP support , SNTP support
Host Connectivity (for SD): 8Gb Fibre Channel
Network Services Compatibility: Microsoft CIFS , Network File System (NFS) , Network Lock Manager (NLM) , Server Message Block (SMB)
Network Transport Protocol: ARP , ICMP/IP , iSCSI , SMB
Remote Management Protocol: NDMP , SNMP

Processor
Clock Speed: 1.6 GHz
Manufacturer: Intel
Number of Cores: Quad-Core
Type: Xeon

Storage
iSCSI support: iSCSI
Network Storage Type: NAS server
Rack-mountable: Rack-mountable
Total Storage Capacity: 24 TB

Storage Controller
Interface Type: Serial Attached SCSI 2
RAID Level: RAID 0 , RAID 1 , RAID 10 , RAID 3 , RAID 5 , RAID 6

Storage Hard Drive
Capacity: 3 TB
Interface Type: Serial Attached SCSI 2

Optical Storage
Type: None

Power Device
Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz
Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V
Type: Internal power supply

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 24.3 in
Height: 5.3 in
Width: 17.5 in

Chassis
Installed Devices Modules Qty: 8
Supported Devices Modules Qty: 15

Expansion Bays
Form Factor: 3.5"
Form Factor (metric): 8.9 cm
Height: 1/3H
Type: Hot-swap

Hard Drive
Buffer Size: 16 MB
Data Transfer Rate: 600 MBps
Form Factor: 3.5" x 1/3H
Form Factor (metric): 8.9 cm x 1/3H
Hot-Swap: Hot-swap
Installed Qty: 8
Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
Type: HDD

RAM
Installed Size: 16 GB

Product Reviews
EMC VNX 5300 - NAS server - 24 TB is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I value deduplication and compression to save space. The CLI could be better documented. Valuable Features:I really value deduplication and compression to save space.Improvements to My Organization:It is our Tier-2 storage which is easy to provision from and has decent performance.Room for Improvement:The CLI could be better documented, like with VMAX.Use of Solution:I have used this product for five years.Stability Issues:We actually had data loss from too many simultaneous drive failures on the 7500.Scalability Issues:We have not yet encountered any scalability issues in our environment.Technical Support:Technical support was on a par with typical EMC. In other words, not the best and not the worst.Previous Solutions:We were moving to IBM v7000 for price. However, it doesn't support NASInitial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:Look at other newer options. Unisphere is slow and Java based. This is not the easiest array to manage.Other Solutions Considered:It was already installed when I was hired.Other Advice:To me, the mid-tier storage arrays are getting displaced by lesser expensive All-flash options.EMC has been selling XIO at a very affordable price.Hitachi has a lot of cool features out-of-the-box that EMC does not have.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The auto-tiering helps in the speed of data access. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature is the auto-tiering, which helps in the speed of data access. We have a big VMware storage pool in each of our three arrays and we have never had users complain about response of any VM in our environment.Improvements to My Organization:It is very easy to create new storage for a new requirement. Adding more storage to an existing storage pool is very quick and easy.Room for Improvement:There is no easy way to defrag a RAID group. It would be nice to be able to reduce the size of a storage pool if the storage is not needed anymore.Use of Solution:I have used it for three years.Deployment Issues:The deployment was easy; we had EMC professional services help in the deployment.Stability Issues:No issues in stability.Scalability Issues:No issues in scaling up, but there is no way to reduce the size of a storage pool.Customer Service:EMC's customer service is excellent.Technical Support:Their technical support is great. They have been able to quickly help when I have encountered any issue with this platform.Previous Solutions:We were previously using the CX3 arrays. We switched because the CX3 was end of life and we needed a platform that could support more disk space growth.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward. But, we did have professional services help with the installation.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team.Cost and Licensing Advice:Make sure you understand how the licensing works and that you are getting the right set of licenses if you need array-to-array replication.Other Solutions Considered:We also looked at the HPE 3PAR. I liked the array, but we stayed with the EMC product because we already knew how to manage it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Customer service responds on time. ​The management software could be easier to use. Room for Improvement:* Ease of use of the management softwareUse of Solution:I have used it for five years.Deployment Issues:We have not encountered any deployment issues.Stability Issues:We have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We don't have any case where we need to add more storage on this product.Customer Service:Customer service does respond on time.Technical Support:Technical support is good.Previous Solutions:I did not previously use a different solution. When I came in to my company, they were already using this product.Initial Setup:Initial setup is not as straightforward as other new storage that is available now; there are many things to do to create pool, LUN.Implementation Team:We implemented it through the vendor team; they have the knowledge on how to implement the product.Cost and Licensing Advice:You need a lot of licenses in order to use this product, which makes the product expensive; the maintenance contract price also increases significantly every year.Other Solutions Considered:I did not evaluate other options, as they already implemented the product before I started working at the company.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can combine drives of different types into a virtual Storage Pool. Valuable Features:One of the best features of the VNX is the ability to combine drives of different types into a virtual Storage Pool. By combining small but fast flash drives, SAS drives, and high-capacity but slower NL-SAS drives, the VNX can intelligently move data to the different tiers of storage based on usage. This maximizes performance and investment by making sure commonly accessed data is stored in flash, while rarely-accessed data can be sent to the NL-SAS drives.Improvements to My Organization:By utilizing the Storage Pools feature of the VNX, our organization can provide the required performance without having to over-invest in storage for data that doesn't require expensive drives.Room for Improvement:The management software used for the VNX is Unicenter. While it is an improvement over Navicenter, used in older EMC SANs, it still feels outdated in comparison to other SAN management software. Reporting is clunky and requires data collection to files, which then have to be retrieved and uploaded to a third-party site for processing before finally downloading the report.Use of Solution:I have used the VNX SAN for six years, upgrading from the previous SAN.Deployment Issues:Deployment was very easy with the help of EMC technical services. Migration of data to the VNX was minimally disruptive thanks to the SAN copy feature.Stability Issues:There were never any stability problems thanks to fully redundant storage processors, power supplies, and hot spare drives.Scalability Issues:We did purchase additional shelves of drives a few years after the initial purchase. Again, with the support of EMC technical services, the hardware was added to the VNX without downtime or disruption. The Storage Pools allow for dynamic addition of new drives.Customer Service:Customer service is top-notch with a dedicated sales and technical resource who are familiar with your environment and spend a lot of time understanding your business needs.Technical Support:EMC technical support is top notch when utilizing the ESRS appliance which sends critical alerts directly to EMC. Failed drives were replaced without any input on my end, sometimes before I became aware of the failure. Support can also remote in and perform code upgrades.Previous Solutions:Previous to the VNX, we were using an EMC CX-80 SAN. The reason for switching was to stay on a supported platform.Initial Setup:The initial setup involves completing a pre-install survey, which the installer needs to properly configure the settings (IP addresses, DNS, NTP, etc.). The questions are easy to understand.Implementation Team:The initial hardware setup and configuration was completed by on-site technicians from EMC. They were fully trained and certified on the VNX and had completed dozens of similar installations.ROI:We calculated our ROI to three years and the planned life of the VNX is six years. We are currently in the process of migrating to a new EMC XtremIO SAN, which will have an even shorter ROI.Cost and Licensing Advice:While EMC tends to be on the expensive side, the stability and support of their products are top-notch and I feel are worth the cost.Other Solutions Considered:When we evaluated SANs, we also looked at solutions by IBM. Our familiarity and relationship with EMC weighed heavily with our choice.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Block and NAS on multiple VNX's are all managed from the same Unisphere GUI, but with the functionality/flexibility, the interface is more complex. Valuable Features:Block and NAS on multiple VNX's are all managed from the same Unisphere GUI. Plus, it has great data migration tools e.g. EMCopy.Improvements to My Organization:Unisphere provides a one-stop go-to place to manage all my VNX storage arrays, saving me time, and screen space.Room for Improvement:I preferred HP EVA over Clariion for block due to the simpler GUI, but the VNX (that uses Clariion-like block) appears more complex due to the flexibility it ultimately offers. It has more functionality/flexibility which means a more complex interface. But, all things considered, Unisphere is a very good interface. It doesn't seem too fast though, but that could be the environment rather than the VNX product, to be fair.Use of Solution:I've used it for four years, nine if you include when it was Clariion.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:I don't like the way EMC's Powerlink support is behind a wall. You need to register an account, and join that account with your product serial numbers to open up the support pages and downloads for your products. As a consultant, I find that far too restrictive.Technical Support:They are very good if you engage with them, so very high.Previous Solutions:I use whatever my end client has purchased, be it EMC or another product. I don't often get to choose, but I would recommend a VNX if asked.Initial Setup:The documentation is very very good (with the exception of CAVA (optional anti-virus agent). That took some figuring out before I got it working properly, due to a subtle detail with physical/virtual data-movers. Setting one up should only be done with the documentation. never wing it.Implementation Team:Mostly in house, but I've worked with a vendor team post implementation where they test it end to end, and they're excellent.Other Solutions Considered:I didn't choose it, but I would choose it. As mentioned above, I have enjoyed both EMC and HP's offerings in the marketplace. Depending on how simple the customer needs it to be, might sway my recommendation one way or the other, but in terms of functionality, VNX is very very good.Other Advice:Watch the YouTube videos first, they're very good. If you understand what's being said, buy it.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:I am 100% independent with no agreements in place to sell vendors products or recommend anything that I wouldn't put my name to. I do currently work as a contractor for Hewlett-Packard, but our customer happens to use EMC products for their storage. I work on the projects implementing the EMC kit and also data migration using EMC Celerra tools.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This SAN series provides us with vendor-specific features in our VMware Hypervisor-based virtualized infrastructure. However, it needs ASIC-based functions. Valuable Features:They have more different/flexible models in the midrange storage area In comparison with other vendors . They have also built in VMware specific features . Lastly, it has reasonable performance/cost.Improvements to My Organization:In a virtualized infrastructure based on VMware Hypervisor, the VNX series SANs provide some useful vendor specific features for us.Room for Improvement:* Storage processor architect for real active/active HA* ASIC based functions are neededUse of Solution:I've used it for about four years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:In comparison to other products, VNX scales out well.Customer Service:It's satisfactory. This company really care for their customers.Technical Support:So far, we have had a response to all our queries from tech support.Previous Solutions:No previous solution was in place.Initial Setup:The deployment procedures are very simple, and based on a step-by-step installation guide.Implementation Team:We implemented our device ourselves .Cost and Licensing Advice:We have preloaded/license free vendor specific feature for VMware infrastructure with EMC VNX Series SAN Systems. It would be a good choice for midrange businesses due to the performance/features and cost. The licensing terms and conditions are a flowing Pay-As-You-Grow method and it's a good option for long term planning.Other Solutions Considered:We only compared different VNX models.Other Advice:Pay attention to the initialization procedure. Also, the reinitialization procedures are very complex after the initial VNX product .Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from With raid pools, you aren't limited with RAID size, but caching needs to be improved. Valuable Features:* Raid pools* SnapshotsImprovements to My Organization:* With raid pools, you aren't limited with RAID size.* Snapshots will ease your testing on the applications.Room for Improvement:* Caching* Auto-tieringUse of Solution:I've been using block OE 5.32 and file level 7 and the VNX 2 series, block OE 5.33 and file level 8 for six years.Deployment Issues:Not really.Stability Issues:If it's configured properly after sizing, then no.Scalability Issues:No, it's easy to upgrade and expand.Customer Service:It's great.Technical Support:It's great.Previous Solutions:HP EVA and once NetApp, but they both had slow performance and a lack of features so we switched.Initial Setup:The first time was easy, as it was a simple design.Implementation Team:We did it in-house.ROI:It's around 250% over 12 months due to the amount of data that we have.Cost and Licensing Advice:Start with the basic licensing and add upon need. In our market, we need keep the cost of 1TB at less than $1000.Other Solutions Considered:NetApp is better with CIFS and file shares.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are considered as a special customer, as we can do implementation as a man in the middle.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's got some great features, such as fast caching and RecoverPoint, but it's expensive. Valuable Features:* Fast VP* Fast cache* Snap clone* Snap shot* RecoverPoint* SAN copy* Mirror copy* Access LogixUse of Solution:I have worked on CLARiiON and all series of VNX.Implementation Team:I implemented and performed the migration myself.Cost and Licensing Advice:EMC pricing is too expensive, like the Apple brand iPhone in the cellphone market.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-06-24
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