Simple, Scalable and Affordable
The Dell AX4-5 arrays combine low cost, easy to use features with the scalability
and functionality of advanced storage arrays. Dual controller models offer the
excellent availability and performance that business-critical applications require.
The AX4-5 can support up to four expansion enclosures spanning up to 60 hard drives that can be a mix of 2.5” SAS, 3.5” SAS and 3.5” SATA.
With the ability to provide consolidated storage for up to 64 hosts, the AX4-5
can provide the headroom that will keep up with your data and application growth.
With both 1Gbit iSCSI and 4Gbit Fibre Channel models, the AX4-5 enables organizations
to choose a network interconnect that is right for their environment and needs.
- AX4-5F now comes with two or four 4Gbit (FC4) ports per controller enabling more hosts to be directly connected to the array, thereby potentially eliminating the need for a fibre channel switch for smaller SAN implementations and providing increased throughput.
- Both AX4-5 models now support 2.5” 10K SAS hard drives. These drives are attractive for those looking to reduce power related expenses and up-front costs versus 3.5” SAS drives.
Tiered Storage Options to Match Your Needs
The AX4-5 supports the simple, yet powerful concept of tiered storage by having the
option to easily mix SAS drives geared for performance, as required by I/O-intensive
applications, with SATA drives that deliver cost-effective capacity for backup and
archiving. In addition, SAS drive choices include 2.5” 10K SAS for those seeking lower power consumption and entry cost (on a $/GB basis versus 3.5” SAS) and 3.5” SAS in 10K and 15K rotational speeds for additional performance and capacity needs. Lastly, users can migrate data between different classes of drives and RAID
types, dynamically and seamlessly, helping to avoid application disruption.
Seamless Integration with Servers
Dell AX4-5 arrays are designed and engineered for optimal performance with both
PowerEdgeTM server and PowerVaultTM storage technologies. When you order a Dell
PowerEdge server to support your Dell AX4-5 array, you can have your Host
Bus Adapters and software drivers pre-configured at our factory to simplify setup,
reduce complexity, and provide your organization with a system that integrates
perfectly with your Dell technology. Plus, Dell AX4-5 arrays support a wide-array of hosts and operating systems for additional flexibility in heterogeneous environments.
Utilizing 4-Gigabit Architecture
The Dell AX4-5 doubles the 2-Gigabit architecture of previous generations of
storage to give you 4-Gigabits per second of Fibre Channel data transfer, allowing
you to take advantage of new SAN technologies for increased input/output and
storage-access speeds. The Dell AX4-5 can also interoperate with earlier-generation
technologies, allowing you to leverage your existing SAN investments.
Performance Today with Room to Grow
Versatile Storage Consolidation for small to mid-sized business and remote offices of larger organizations.
The Dell AX4-5 is one of the entry products in Dell's enterprise series of SAN arrays. It is an
excellent consolidation solution for multiple application environments offering a great
mix of price and performance. Using 15K RPM SAS drives for greater IO performance and up to eight front-end FC4 ports (four per controller), the
Dell AX4-5 has a lot of headroom for growing organizations.
Built for Scalable Storage Growth
Supports up to 64 servers and 60 drives
The Dell AX4-5 is highly flexible in the face of unforecasted growth, and rapidly
evolving storage requirements. Start with as few as 4 drives and add capacity as
you add hosts, a drive at a time, up to 60 drives.
A Choice of Drive Technologies
2.5” and 3.5” SAS and 3.5” SATA
With the flexibility to deploy a mix of hard drives, even within the same shelf you can now address the varied requirements of your applications and archiving strategy with a lower TCO. Deploy 3.5” SAS drives in 10K or 15K rotational speeds for high-performance capacity, 2.5” 10K SAS drives for reduced power consumption and lower up-front costs (on a $/GB basis versus 3.5” SAS) and 3.5” SATA drives for high capacity, at a lower cost – all in the same array.
Excellent Data Availability and Reliability
The AX4-5 has inherited many of the advanced software capabilities that historically have
been available on the more advanced CX arrays. Its controllers provide end-to-end data
integrity as well as continuous background disk consistency checking. In the unlikely event
of a failure, data stored in cache can be gracefully destaged to disk, protecting against loss
and corruption. The AX4-5's global hot spare technology enhances protection and makes the system
Robust Suite of EMC Management Software
Ease-of-Use for Simple Deployment and Management
The Dell AX4-5 comes with Navisphere Express, an intuitive user interface that simplifies
installation, configuration and operation, and that allows users to create and allocate new
capacity in seconds. The AX4-5 also provides point-in-time snapshot capabilities and
PowerPath path management software for load balancing and data path failover for
continuous data access, providing a single supported solution across most operating
systems and applications.
Optional Advanced Management and Data Replication
The optional Navisphere Manager Suite extends the capabilities of the AX4-5 to meet the
needs of growing and distributed organizations. Easily discover, configure, manage, and
monitor all aspects of your Dell AX4-5. Users can also manage multiple Dell/EMC arrays
including AX and CX systems, all from a single console, whether locally or from a remote location over a secure connection. It also supports EMC SnapViewTM , for multiple point-in-time snapshots and full-volume copies of critical data.
For Fibre Channel AX4-5 systems, the addition of EMC MirrorViewTM provides data replication
between arrays, enabling comprehensive disaster recovery solutions. EMC SAN CopyTM software
enables data copy between arrays for data migration.
- EMC Navisphere® Manager: Robust configuration, management and event notification from a single management station
- EMC SnapViewTM : Point-in-time view of information for nondisruptive backup
- EMC SAN CopyTM : Migrate or distribute data within the SAN fabric (fibre channel AX4-5F only)
- EMC MirrorViewTM : Provides synchronous or asynchronous mirroring of information between two or more arrays (fibre channel AX4-5F only)
- EMC Navisphere® Analyzer: Provides detailed real-time and historical information about your arrays which can help you to investigate performance patterns and trends before problems occur and can provide a powerful tool for hardware capacity planning, as well as for intelligent load balancing
The AX4-5 provides enhanced integration with VMware solutions through added capabilities for a operating system on a VMware Virtual Machine, including: Console-less VMware, Navisphere host Agent (Windows only), and Navisphere Server Utility (Windows only).