The New VNX-F All Flash Array – Whopping Density Combined with Speed and Affordability


Recently, Gartner released their first ever Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays (SSAs), also known as all-flash arrays, and recognized EMC in the ”Leaders” quadrant, rarified air indeed and a testament to EMC’s flash strategy and the execution of bringing products like XtremIO and VNX-F to market.

So what should the market leader do upon reaching the top of the all-flash array heap? Keep innovating of course! Today EMC announces updates to the VNX-F – including new VNX-F5000 and VNX-F7000 models that deliver higher density and a lower entry price than ever before. These new offerings are designed for today’s mission-critical apps that require their own dedicated storage arrays.

VNXF App use casesStarting as low as 2.8 TB, the VNX-F5000 provides a new lower price point.  Complementing this is the new VNX-F7000, featuring unprecedented density with 120 flash drives per 3U shelf and will scale up to a whopping 172 TB of all-flash storage.

Targeted for physical and virtualized application environments, both models will be available for less than $5/GB guaranteed, even without the need for deduplication and compression which are not always effective for certain workloads.

Check out this video highlighting the benefits of the new VNX-F

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A Little About the VNX-F Use Case

Customers globally deploy VNX-F where price and density matter most. Use cases range from accelerating SQL and Oracle transactions to speeding the search and capture of business intelligence data. The VNX-F is well suited to address the “Noisy Neighbor Effect” where apps require their own controllers (dedicated array). In these situations, where there’s a resource-intensive application that can’t risk being part of a mixed workload array, it’s better to give the application its own resources with concentrated IOPS/GB. So whether you need to accelerate certain database workloads such as a data warehouse, achieve high rack density flash configurations, or need a low cost entry into the All-Flash marketplace, the VNX-F is a great solution.

So What’s In a VNX-F and When?

The new VNX-F models, based on enterprise-proven VNX technology with MCx, are pre-configured with a single storage pool and RAID 5 protection, expediting time to productivity. These systems are block-only (Fibre Channel, FCoE or iSCSI) and designed for five nines availability. They’re also simple to manage, featuring the award-winning EMC Unisphere Management Suite that includes QoS Manager, allowing customers to prioritize applications and set specific performance targets to achieve desired service levels for mission-critical applications. QoS Manager can also monitor and present storage system performance on an application-by-application basis with performance analysis and trending. The VNX-F also has tight integration with VMware and Microsoft environments. Optional add-ons include support for snapshots, replication and controller-based data-at-rest-encryption.

Both new VNX-F models are available today, scaling up to 40TB. The new 120-drive dense shelf arrays are expected to ship later this year, and the 1.6TB drives that will enable the VNX-F7000 to scale up to 172 TB are coming soon.

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