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EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 Series

EMC CX4-480 Storage Platforms

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EMC CLARiiON CX4-480: Product Info

Flexible, high-capacity networked storage. EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 supports up to 256 highly available, dual connected hosts and has the capability to scale up to 480 disk drives for a maximum capacity of 939TB. The CX4-480 supports Flash drives for maximum performance and EMC CX4-480 customers can take advantage of EMC's unique data-in-place upgrade to the CX4-480.


EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 delivers:

FeaturesBenefits
Ultraflex TechnologyEnables the user to customize the network interconnect and number of ports needed to meet current and future storage requirements.
Massive Scalability and FlexibilitySupports up to 480 hard drives, connects to as many as 1024 highly available hosts, and has 10 UltraFlex I/O slots for connectivity customization. In addition, the CX4-480 also supports flash drives.
Reduce Power and Colling CostsCX4-480 delivers several features to help reduce power and cooling costs: Lower power SATA drives consume up to 32% less energy than standard 7.2k SATA drives, drive spin down comes standard, which allows drives to be powered down when not in use, LUN Compression and Thin Provisioning reduces the amount of physical disks needed for a data set, adaptive cooling optimizes fan speed to reduce power consumption.
Manage Your DataCX4-480 comes with Unisphere, a task based, highly intuitive management interface.
Reduce Operational CostsThin provisioning enables CX4-480 to allocate space only as it is needed by hosts instead of setting up a large pool of storage that goes unused. The result is that fewer drives are required, helping to reduce hardware costs, management time and costs, and power consumption.
Capacity to multiple petabytesSeamlessly add capacity and federate multiple clusters without disruption.
Object-based storageProvide future-proof investment, eliminating technology obsolescence.

EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 Resources, Reports, & White Papers

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Data Sheet

Essential data, features & benefits, and usage relevant to EMC CLARiiON CX4-480.

Specification Sheet

In depth specifications: Look at EMC CLARiiON's CX4-480 specs under a microscope.

Connecting a CX4-480 in a FC Direct or Switch Configuration with a MS WIN Server with Native Multipath Failover

If you want to connect the storage system in a Celerra NS-480 system in a FC direct or switch configuration with a new or existing MS WIN server with native multipath failover, this document is for you.

EMC CX4-480 System Configuration and Specifications

Max. Raw Capacity: 480TB IOPS Cache Burst Rate:

N/A

Max. Cache: 16GB NAS/iSCSI Support: Yes - iSCSCI/NAS Optional
Max. HDD Count: 480 Model Upgrade Options: N/A
Min. HDD Count: 5 Performance Specifications Bandwidth to Host: CX4-960
HDD Support:

73GB EFD SSD

73GB SSD

146GB FC 15K

200GB SSD

300GB FC 15K

400GB FC 10K

400GB SSD

450GB FC 15K

600GB FC 15K

600GB FC 10K

1TB SATA 5K

1TB SATA 7K

2TB SATA 5K

2TB SATA 7K

OS Support:

AIX

HP-UX

Linux

Red Hat Ent. Linux

Sun Solaris

VMWare

Windows

XenServer

RAID Support:

RAID 0

RAID 1

RAID 1+0

RAID 3

RAID 5

RAID 6

Host Connections:

1Gb FC

2Gb FC

4Gb FC

8Gb FC

1Gb iSCSI

10Gb iSCSI

SPC-1 IOPS Benchmark:

N/A

MB/s Transfer Rate: N/A
Fibre Bandwidth to Host: 4GB Non-Disruptive Options Component Replacement: Yes
Fibre Bandwidth to Disk: 4GB Hot-Pluggable Disks: Yes
Dual Controllers: Yes Microcode Updates: Yes

CLARiiON CX4 Model Comparison

EMC CLARiiON CX4 models:



  CLARiiON CX4-120
CLARiiON
CX4-120
CLARiiON CX4-240
CLARiiON
CX4-240
CLARiiON CX4-480
CLARiiON
CX4-480
CLARiiON CX4-960
CLARiiON
CX4-960

Maximum Array capacity

120 TB

234 TB

474 TB

954 TB

Maximum HA hosts

128

256

256

512

Maximum LUNs

1024

2048

4096

8192

Storage System Host ports

4 FC and 4 iSCSI

4 FC and 4 iSCSI

8 FC and 4 iSCSI

8 FC and 4 iSCSI

System memory

6 GB

8 GB

16 GB

32 GB

Maximum Drives per system

120

240

480

480 or 960

Supported Disk types

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Host OS supported

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

         

* iSCSI Connectivity

SANStorageDirect: EMC CLARiiON CX4-480

EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 Storage Success

Methods to Increase Success unsing EMC CLARiiON CX4 Storage Platforms

 

EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 Storage is a valuable component to any storage infrastructure. However, this platform is not accessible to every storage environment based on budgetary constraints, or it is believed that scalability within the CLARiiON EMC platform will be a burden on storage budgets. This is a myth and we will delineate the myth from reality in how you can easily and feasibly implement and scale CX4 EMC storage platforms within your storage environment.

 

1) EMC CX4-480 systems come in many shapes and sizes; determine which best suits your needs and understand the compatibility of that system between CX4-480 DAE's and HDD's

 

2) CLARiiON CX4 systems scale very easily and to a great data size; understand how much data you need and how this data needs to be accessed. Use this information to determine the drive type most relevant to your data. In many scenarios, you do not need FC or iSCSI; SATA drives work very well in many applications.

 

3) Performance vs. Practicality in EMC CLARiiON CX4 systems: Sata vs 10K vs 15K and even taking Solid State Drives into consideration. Which is best for you and which presents the best cost/benefit ratio? This evaluation must be done by your team as well as the vendor you decide to work with. In no way is this a cookie cutter analysis or solution, so don't approach it in that mentality.

 

4) Feasible Scalability in CLARiiON EMC: Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight is priceless. Look into the future, analyzing data trends and predicting growth patterns are sure fire techniques to prevent chasing your data growth curve. Staying ahead of data growth provides the ability to control growth, predict when and how upgrades are implemented, and, most importantly, allows the needed time to properly implement the correct upgrade for each scenario.

 

5) Getting the Most out of your EMC CX4 Storage:

  • More Spindles = Higher Performance: Instead of a DAE populated with 300GB 15K drives, consider 4 DAE's populated with 76GB 15K drives. This provides less weight on each drive and more spindles across the system, allowing a higher access rate and speed.
  • Always explore the Used/Refurbished CX4-480 EMC Storage route: Used and Refurbished CX4-480 EMC storage options can save up to 70-90% off of EMC list price in many situations. Pursuing this route will open many opportunities for your company to rapidly and efficiently expand within your Storage Environment. Upgrades, DR Systems, Test/Dev environments, QA systems are all much more feasible when taking Used EMC CLARiiON Storage Solutions into consideration. Used CX4-480 systems are available from SSD, inquire for more information. Refurbished CX4-480 also available.
  • Find the best RAID configuration for you: RAID has a major impact on raw vs. usable data size. Take this into consideration when implementing a RAID policy across your storage systems.

Maintenance & Support: EMC CLARiiON CX4-480