EMC VNXe3100 - 1.8TB - Unified Storage System

Mfg. Part: V211S04A12PS | CDW Part: 2286657 | UNSPSC: 43201835
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  • 12-Bay
  • 1.8TB (installed)
  • Includes: (6) 300GB SAS hard drives
  • Integrated file (CIFS / NFS) and block (iSCSI) functionality
  • 6Gb/s SAS back-end infrastructure
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • 12-Bay
  • 1.8TB (installed)
  • Includes: (6) 300GB SAS hard drives
  • Integrated file (CIFS / NFS) and block (iSCSI) functionality
  • 6Gb/s SAS back-end infrastructure
An affordable unified storage platform for smaller businesses. The VNXe Series gives you automated, application-ready storage with solution-focused software that’s easy to manage, provision, and protect. VNXe....Plug and play, Works on any IP net, Up and running quickly, Easier than ever

Designed for the IT generalists, the VNXe series enables complete storage consolidation with advanced file and block functionality as well as a simple, application-centric approach to managing shared storage. The VNXe series provides significant advancements in simplicity, efficiency, and affordability, including:
Unisphere application-driven wizards, which make VNXe series easy to install, provision, and manage. An online eco-system simplifies maintenance.

A new architecture with integrated file (CIFS, NFS) and block (iSCSI) functionality, and a 6 Gb/s SAS back-end infrastructure.

A small footprint (starts at 2U), with a real-world configuration under $10,000.
A departmental or ROBO platform that can replicate to VNX series in the data center.

Data efficiency services, such as file deduplication/compression and thin provisioning.
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: 6
Total Qty: 12

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

Brand: Dell EMC
Compatibility: PC , Unix
Manufacturer: EMC
Model: 3100
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: EMC VNXe

Interface Provided
Interface (Storage): Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
Qty: 2

Purpose Location: Management
Qty: 1

Interface (Storage): Serial Attached SCSI 2

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): 2

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.1Q , IEEE 802.3ad (LACP)
Data Link Protocol: Ethernet , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
Features: DFS support , LDAP support , SNTP support
Host Connectivity (for SD): Gigabit Ethernet
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
Type: Network adapter

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

Installed Qty: 1
Manufacturer: Intel
Number of Cores: Dual-Core
Type: Xeon

iSCSI support: iSCSI
Network Storage Type: NAS server
Rack-mountable: Rack-mountable
Total Storage Capacity: 1.8 TB
Type: NAS server

Storage Controller
Data Transfer Rate: 600 MBps
Interface Type: Serial Attached SCSI 2
RAID Level: RAID 10 , RAID 5 , RAID 6

Storage Hard Drive
Capacity: 300 GB
Interface Type: Serial Attached SCSI 2

Storage Removable
Type: None

System Requirements
Min Operating System: HP-UX , IBM AIX , Microsoft Windows 7 , Microsoft Windows Server 2003 , Microsoft Windows Server 2008 , Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 , Microsoft Windows Vista , Red Hat Enterprise Linux , SunSoft Solaris SPARC Platform Edition 10 , SunSoft Solaris x86 10 , SuSE Linux Enterprise Server , VMware ESX Server

Installed Devices Modules Qty: 6
Supported Devices Modules Qty: 12

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 20 in
Height: 3.4 in
Width: 17.5 in

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: 6
Spindle Speed: 15000 rpm
Type: HDD , Hot-swap

Hard Drive (2nd)
Type: None

Optical Storage
Type: None

Installed Size: 4 GB

Product Reviews
Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 12reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by We purchased the VNXe3200 in mid-2015 to replace a failing HP P2000 SAN. The EMC filled the role nicely, and even over 10Gb ISCSI, it performs adequately. I think the interface is fairly dumbed down, and I hate that they require flash to use the web GUI. I also think that their sizing recommendations should take into account that not everyone wants to run RAID5 arrays, even if those RAID5 arrays are broken down into smaller, more-manageable chunks. April 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by We just got this racked and are currently configuring it to run VMware with two Dell host servers and are STOKED! Its a great system.Will update after running it for a good 3-6 months. January 28, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by We purchased a VNXe3200 last fall and deployed it starting in Feb 2015. The performance of the unit seems more than adequate, but the Unisphere web interface provided with it is terribly limited and "dumbed-down" far too much for my tastes. Even the command line shell has been crippled pretty severely. I come from 8 years of operating a Celerra NS20 and having a feature-rich GUI and command line interface on that system with unfettered access to fine-tune the system to my organization's needs.Just one irritating example of the VNXe3200's configuration limits is there is no way to alter the CIFS server comment string. For example, my CIFS server is named "Aries", a nice short sweet name that should show up at the very top of a Windows network browse list. Instead, the systematically-generated string of "EMC-SNAS:T8.0.1.112 (Aries)" is what shows up instead, which is confusing to my end-users. This is controlled by a simple text line in the smb.conf file, but I'm locked out from being able to access or edit that file on the VNXe3200. It would also be stone-simple for EMC to have put a field for a custom server comment string on the Unisphere general settings page that covers configuring a CIFS server, but no such luck.Another example is the inability to change capacity alert levels for a filesystem. I have one particular CIFS share that holds about 1.6TB of shared media files, that will not ever be growing in size... it will remain fixed, yet to keep an endless stream of alert messages from filling up the system alert log, I had to allocate 2.2TB (more than a half-Terabyte than I really need) when I really couldn't care less if this filesystem was over 90% full or not, it's contents remain static. Even though the "thin" option is turned on for this filesystem, the capacity pages plainly states that it is using a full 2.3TB of the storage pool... wasting over a half-TB. Perhaps this is an intentional design to make you to have to buy more disks?Anyway, after living with the VNXe3200 for over half a year now, I am not certain whether I'd consider buying another one unless it was for an organization that only needs simple and basic management features of the box's CIFS sharing. It does do well for hosting iSCSI LUNS however, I have to give it credit for that, so if that's all you intend to do with the box, then I'd give it a thumbs-up. August 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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. July 30, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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. July 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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. June 28, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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. June 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Inherited this, and as much as iSCSI might be a good idea, it's probably a good idea for a different kind of environment. Runs fine, native flash over http interface is a little wonky. Kept us up for a good couple of years, though! September 12, 2014
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