3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2012 11:58 AM by sbit
spraguga Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

Does anyone have any experience with an EMC VNX unit connected to Apple Servers? If so, have you run into any major issues? We are looking into purchasing this to replace 4 Promise RAIDs.


Thank you all!

  • sbit Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)


    Wondering if you went with the VNX? I have a 5300 that I'm about to migrate all of my video storage to from an infotrend.

  • spraguga Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I didn't end up going with the VNX. EMC's pricing is pretty steep and small upgrade storage costs were outrageous! I also read a lot of complaints about previous EMC devices that use the same technology as the VNX. My current Promise RAIDs run flawlessely so I don't need the added hassle of issues coming up with the VNX. I wanted to go with VNX NAS for better allocation and storage upgrades.


    We are going to upgrade our current Promise RAIDs and stick with our current directly attached fibre setup. They are now offering 72TB @ $32K and 180TB @ $70K, this pricing is amazingly good. I think Promise is releasing a NAS system soon as well. You might want to look into that.


    Apple recommends Promise and Active Storage units.


    If you do use the VNX please let me know how everything goes.


    Thank you!

  • sbit Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I've migrated about 22TB of Data to the VNX successfully. It was pretty painless other than the increased complexity of the FC switch and VNX. We went from the infortrend attached to a small qlogic 1400 to the VNX 5300 doing block and file attached to a redundant brocade FC setup.

    I'm not attaching to OS X servers though (I have Lion clients running SanMP). I imagine it would work just as well.