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EMC VNX5500 Unified Storage System Optimized for Datacenter Virtualization

VNX5500 Unified Storage System


The EMC ® VNX ™ family delivers industry-leading innovation and enterprise capabilities for file, block, and object storage in a scalable, easy-to-use solution. This next-generation storage platform combines powerful and flexible hardware with advanced efficiency, management, and protection software to meet the demanding needs of today’s enterprises.

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A robust platform for consolidation of legacy block storage, file servers, and direct-attached application storage, the VNX series enables organizations to dynamically grow, share, and cost-effectively manage multi-protocol file systems and multi-protocol block storage access. The VNX operating environment enables Microsoft Windows ® and Linux/UNIX clients to share files in multi-protocol (NFS and CIFS) environments. At the same time, it supports iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and FCoE access for high-bandwidth and latency-sensitive block applications. The combination of EMC Atmos ™ Virtual Edition software and VNX storage supports object- based storage and enables customers to manage web applications from EMC Unisphere. The VNX series next-generation storage platform is powered by the Intel Quad Core Xeon 5600 series with a 6-Gb/s SAS drive back-end and delivers demonstrable performance improvements over the previous generation mid-tier storage:

  • Run Microsoft SQL and Oracle 300 percent faster
  • Enable 2X system performance in less than two minutes—non-disruptively • Run data warehouses 300 percent faster


EMC Unisphere makes it easy to manage VNX systems from anywhere with a simple, integrated user interface for distributed storage environments. The Unisphere dashboard is a single screen for at-a-glance management and reporting, enabling administrators to gain instant and actionable knowledge about what’s occurring across the entire environment. Unisphere’s single sign-on automatically discovers all VNX, EMC CLARiiON ® , EMC Celerra ® , and EMC RecoverPoint SE installations in the environment for seamless configuration.


The VNX series has been expressly designed to take advantage of the latest innovation in Flash drive technology, maximizing the storage system’s performance and efficiency while minimizing cost per gigabyte. When even a few Flash drives are combined with the EMC FAST Suite—an unrivaled set of software that tiers data across heterogeneous drives and boosts the most active data to cache—customers receive the optimal benefits of a FLASH 1st strategy.

FLASH 1st , available only through EMC, ensures customers never have to make concessions for cost or performance. Highly active data is served from up to two terabytes of Flash drives with FAST Cache, which dynamically absorbs unpredicted spikes in system workloads. As that data ages and becomes less active over time, FAST VP (Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools) tiers the data from high-performance to high-capacity drives in one-gigabyte increments, resulting in overall lower costs—regardless of application type or data age. Perhaps best of all, this all happens automatically based on customer-defined policies, saving application and storage administrators time and money by intelligently doing the work associated with pre- and post-provisioning tasks.


The VNX series is delivered with built-in features to help ensure redundant, inactive, or anticipated data doesn’t consume valuable storage resources. Block compression, intended for relatively inactive LUNs such as backup copies and static data repositories, automatically compresses data, enabling customers to recapture capacity and reduce the data footprint by up to 50 percent. File-level deduplication/compression reduces disk space used by up to 50 percent by selectively compressing and deduplicating inactive files. Because these features operate as background tasks, there is minimal system performance overhead.


The VNX series is the ideal mid-tier system for virtualized application environments. Whether the customer environment is VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, or Xen-based, VNX is fully certified for all supported protocols to ensure successful deployments of virtualized infrastructures through all phases of implementation.

No longer do storage and server administrators operate in the dark. The tight integration of Unisphere with VMware vCenter ™ through VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration) provides both administrators with visibility into the entire environment—end-to-end. Each can use their familiar management interface to view both virtual and physical resources, transpar- ently provision storage, integrate replication, and access and offload all storage functions to the array.


EMC provides the strategic guidance and technology expertise organizations need to address their business and IT challenges and accelerate the journey to the private cloud. Our 14,000+ service professionals and support experts worldwide, plus a global network of alli- ances and partners, leverage proven methodologies, industry best practices, experience, and knowledge derived from EMC’s 30-year information-centric heritage to address the full spectrum of customers’ requirements across the information lifecycle.

All EMC VNX platforms include a three-year Enhanced support warranty, providing customers with next-business-day onsite coverage and 24x7 remote support. Customers can upgrade to Premium support to get 24x7, same-day onsite support. The VNX software warranty includes a 90-day defective media replacement. Customers can upgrade to Basic, Enhanced, or Pre- mium software maintenance support to meet their IT requirements.

EMC delivers a full complement of services for the VNX series to ensure expected perfor- mance in customer environments. Expert planning, design, and implementation services help reduce time to return on investment. EMC Consulting also helps customers develop storage strategies to prepare for virtualization and the private cloud. EMC Education Services further drives the value of customer investments with a comprehensive portfolio of the industry’s leading technology training and EMC Proven Professional certifications. EMC is also a leader in data migration services, migrating over one petabyte of data every month using best-in-class automated tools for discovery, remediation, planning, and design. EMC Customer Service—six-time winner of the SSPA STAR Award for outstanding mission- critical support—helps organizations keep their information available 24x7 to deliver competitive advantage and drive revenue.


Max. Raw Capacity500TB
Max. HDD Count250
Host ConnectionsFC, FCoE, iSCSI
Max. FC Port Count16
Max. GigE Port Count16
Network Protocol SupportARP, CIFS, FC, FTP, ICMP, iSCSI, LDAP, NDMP, NFS v2, NFS v3, NFS v4, NLM, NTP, RIP, SNMP

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