VNXe systems provide the following features and advantages:
Consolidated access to store data from multiple hosts, users, and applications by means of IP network connectivity and industry standard protocols including CIFS, NFS, and iSCSI.
Ease of management
Easy-to-use web-based user interface for controlling system operations, which includes tools for managing, monitoring, and configuring storage and system settings.
High-performance, high-density storage
Versatile storage capabilities using high-capacity SAS, high-performance EFD (Enterprise Flash Drive), or balanced performance/capacity NL-SAS disks. You can using the capabilities of these disk technologies to accommodate your network, application, and organization requirements.
Wizards for managing storage pools, storage disks, and spare disk configuration
Expandable capacity and flexible upgrades
High capacity flexible storage - featuring SAS, NL-SAS, and EFD disks -for storing and protecting files, folders, and application data - expandable to accommodate a variety of application, host, or organization requirements.
Note: Actual usable storage can vary depending on the application type, protection settings, and the protocol (iSCSI or NAS) used for transferring storage data.
Compliance with industry best practices for provisioning application data
Built-in best practices for provisioning and managing application data such as Microsoft Exchange server storage groups.
Tools for managing and scheduling snapshot data protection Built-in tools for protecting valuable data by using snapshot schedules to create point-in-time copies of the data. Choose from standard snapshot schedules, create custom schedules, or take manual snapshots to create storage "checkpoints" from which you can restore or recover valuable data.
Redundant disks and processors ensure that the failure of a single component of the system will not cause a prolonged disruption to the environment. Failed components can be easily replaced and brought online without affecting users or applications.
Replication support for VNXe-to-VNXe or VNXe-Celerra network replication session for providing powerful redundancy and disaster-recovery capabilities.
Integrated deduplication support for file-based storage optimizes storage efficiency by eliminating redundant data from the stored files, and reducing the time and processing required to transfer data over a network.
Enhanced VMware integration with ESX hosts and Vcenter servers
Wizards for discovering VMware Vcenters and ESX host on the network, enabling VMware host to seamlessly access system storage.
File level retention
File-level retention support provides a way to set file-based permissions to limit write access to the files for a specific period of time. File level retention can ensure the integrity of data during that period by creating an unalterable set of files and directories.
The storage system supports EMC Celerra AntiVirus Agent (CAVA). CAVA, a component of Celerra Event Enabler (CEE), provides an antivirus solution to clients that use system storage resource. It uses an industry-standard CIFS protocol in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows NT, or Windows XP domain. CAVA uses third-party antivirus software to identify and eliminate known viruses before they infect files on the storage system.
Secure system management provide though HTTPS (secure hypertext transfer protocol) communication, manageable system accounts and authentication, and user roles. Secure access to storage resources provided though CHAP ( challenge handshake authentication protocol) for iSCSI storage, Active Directory integration, and compliance with NFS and CIFS access controls for storage resource security.
SMB 2.0 for CIFS shares
Supports Microsoft’s Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0 for CIFS shares. SMB is the underlying protocol used by CIFS to request files, print and communicate from a server over a network through TCP ports. The SMB 2 protocol supports all characters from the Unicode 3.0 standard on systems running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Windows Vista.
Windows Server 2008 Clustering
Supports Windows 2008 Clustering, including Persistent Reservation of iSCSI storage.
Utilizes Database Availability Groups (DAG) for high availability and site resilience.
Can I have a filesystem shared by CIFS and NFS? The old Celerra, and new VNX unified/file versions will allow this. I'm not seeing the option of sharing one "shared folder" by multiple procotols. It's more over a create filesystem with an export OR share. Not just create filesystem option, but a combined operation.
Do people that will have both Windows and Unix in the same shop need to maintain two separate filesystems, one for each file sharing protocol, with the same files in both places?
Hey Bubba - The feature you are looking for is multiprotocol file systems. It is not yet listed because it is not yet supported on the VNXe systems.
You have to remember that the VNXe is a completely new architecture. Not all Celerra or VNX features are yet or are planned to be developed for it.
With that said, it is still fair to say no ball has been dropped whatsoever. The upgrade path for a Celerra system with feature needs that are not part of those available in the VNXe is to a VNX. The 5300 model will have the behavior you require while still fitting the SMB market nicely. You can compare the VNX systems here: http://www.emc.com/storage/vnx/vnx-series.htm#!compare
I guess I see what you mean. I realize that it is in the Entry Level systems, I just wasn't realizing that feature wouldn't be available. Also even though I know what you are speaking of, the first thing that came to mind when you mentioned Multiprotocol File System, my mind first went to MPFS which what you describe I did not think was it. I know MPFS as the hybrid setup of a client to the VNX/Celerra that uses Ethernet and Fibre Channel to get high throughputs of data to the client, where metadata goes over the ethernet and payload data goes over FibreChannel. However in simplest term of what the VNX systems filesystem that one filesystem that can have both CIFS shares and NFS exports on it is in fact make it a multiprotocol file system by definition. I am learning day by day the differences between the VNX and the VNXe products, and I have to put myself in the mindset that VNXe is targeted to smaller scenarios. And that VNXe is a different architecture, and an interesting one at that. Even the hardware is interesting. I pulled the power cords on a VNXe the other day and it stayed powered up for a short while, < 1 minute or so. But I was shocked being that I knew there were no external SPSes attached to this configuration, I realized that there must be some internal battery backup similar to the SPSes on the VNX systems. Very cool to integrate all of that into one box.