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Speed application performance with EMC VNX5800 unified hybrid flash storage. Now you'll have the power to handle rigorous mixed workloads. Consolidate file and block support. MCx multicore optimization helps you take full advantage of flash in this hybrid array.

You can select a combination of flash (SSD) and hard drives for a balance of performance and cost. With the optional VNX Software Essentials Pack, you'll have capabilities including FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) that keeps active data in flash for fast access.

Your EMC VNX5800 array includes deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning. Other optional capabilities help you manage storage and secure data: EMC Storage Analytics, EMC AppSync, and Data-at-Rest Encryption (D@RE) options.

Key Features:

  • Built on EMC VNX hybrid flash architecture for high performance and low latency
  • Scales up to 3 PB max raw capacity
  • Unified block and file support
  • Provides popular VNX software in optional VNX Software Essentials Pack: FAST auto-tiering and caching, local and remote data protection
  • Ideal for virtualization: more than 95 points of integration with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Makes administration easy with EMC Unisphere Management Suite
  • Uses MCx multicore optimization to maximize performance and scalability

Software Highlights:

  • VNX Software Essentials Pack combines the most requested VNX software functionality
  • Optimize SLAs for both the lowest cost and the highest application performance automatically
  • Enforce retention at the filelevel for compliance
  • Recover and repurpose applications locally and remotely
  • Manage Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Oracle Database, VMware and File application copies
  • Administer VNX software and hardware via Unisphere™
  • Enforce security with data at rest encryption
  • Provide VNX analytics through vRealize Operations Manager

Software Essentials:

The VNX Software Essentials Pack includes VNX's most customer requested software features into one cost effective package

  • FAST: FAST VP and FAST Cache
  • Events and Retention: File Level Retention, Common Event Enabler (CEE) - Common Anti-Virus Agent and Common Event Publishing Agent
  • Local Protection: SnapSure, SnapView, VNX Snapshots, RecoverPoint SE Local Replication
  • Remote Protection: Replicator, MirrorView A/S, RecoverPoint SE Remote Replication - Plus 15 VM licenses for RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines & 5 VPLEXVE Licenses included

Hardware Essentials:

  • Midrange unified storage for all your file and block storage needs
  • All flash and hybrid flash configurations available
  • MCx™ multi-core optimization unlocks the power of flash
  • Powerful multi-core Intel CPUs with 6-Gb/s SAS backend
  • Easy storage provisioning from the #1 provider of VMware® integration* and the 1st storage platform to support Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V 3.0 environments
  • Dense configurations with 120 drives in 3U of space
  • Administration simplicity with EMC Unisphere™ Management Suite
  • Efficiency features that includes Thin Provisioning, Block & File Deduplication and Compression
  • Drive level encryption with Data-at-Rest Encryption
  • VNXe3200 is the most affordable flash-optimized hybrid flash array starting at less than $8K
  • Software Defined Storage with vVNX Community Edition

EMC VNX Series Functional Software:

The Industry's Most Extensive Software Offerings

The VNX series offers the most comprehensive software functionality to ensure customers have all of the necessary capabilities to protect and manage their information. Based on customer feedback, EMC created the VNX Software Essentials Pack. It incorporates VNX's most requested software features into one cost effective package. It includes the ability to dynamically move data for storage efficiencies while providing performance increase to applications. It also delivers remote and local replication to ensure you data is protected along with insuring your data is protected from malicious activity, and much more.

VNX Software Essentials Pack Includes:

  • FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering)-automatically optimize for the highest system performance and the lowest storage cost simultaneously.
  • VNX Events and Retention-Keep data safe from changes and deletions.
  • Local Protection-Practice safe data protection and repurposing.
  • Remote Protection Functionality-Protect data against localized failures, outages, and disasters.
  • Hypervisor-based replication-Fifteen VM licenses for RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines-Delivers local and remote hypervisor-based replication
  • Continuous Data Availability-Five VPLEX-VE Licenses - Enables continuous data availability for VMware ESXi environments.

Standard Software Functionality

  • Base Software - Includes the VNX (OE) Operating Environment for file and block, access protocols for: (CIFS, NFS, pNFS, FC, FCoE, iSCSI, SMB3), Thin Provisioning, 8K Fixed Block Deduplication for Block and File, Single Instance Deduplication for File, Block & File Compression and SAN Copy for block migration.
  • Unisphere Management - Unified storage management platform for the VNX series that provides intuitive user interfaces with a task-oriented approach. It offers monitoring and reporting on performance and capacity trending capabilities for VNX storage systems. Unisphere also monitors the health, alerts and performance of large numbers of VNXe and VNX systems across a central console.
  • VDM MetroSync - Zero-data loss file (NAS) synchronous replication solution using Virtual Data Mover (VDM) technology. Provides a superior DR solution to array-level DR solutions, allows customers to failover individual VDM's based on their business priority.
  • VDM MetroSync Manager - Management software for VDM MetroSync functionality. Provides a GUI interface to display VDM MetroSync session information and run operations to move, failover, or restore VDMs. It also has the ability to continuously monitor sessions and automatically initiate failover when issues are detected.

Additional Software

  • Data at Rest Encryption-not part of any VNX software Essentials pack; VNX offers controller based data at rest encryption (D@RE).
  • EMC Storage Analytics-not part of any VNX software Essentials pack; this delivers the storage-only features and functionality of VMware vRealize Operations Manager.
  • Application Protection - EMC AppSync software automates application copies.

Fast (Fully Automated Storage Tiering)

The FAST improves performance and maximizes storage efficiency by enabling customers to deploy a Hybrid Flash strategy. Using FAST and the right amount of Flash drives for the workload, Hybrid Flash lowers storage costs and delivers higher performance levels for your most important applications by automatically tiering and serving data from the most costeffective drive type, based on the data's need. Customers define how and when data is tiered using policies that dynamically move active data to highperformance drives, and less active data to high-capacity drives. For inconsistent, high-demand workloads, an extendable cache of up to 4.2 terabytes ensures that data is served from the highest performing Flash drives for as long as needed. With a Hybrid Flash strategy, customers can Set-it-and-forget-it performance optimization for have Flash performance at the cost of disk.

VNX Events And Retention

The VNX Events and Retention helps customers ensure that data is protected from unwanted changes and deletions. It maintains data confidentiality for selected data at rest and enforces retention at the file-level to meet compliance requirements and integrates with third-party, anti-virus checking, quota management, and auditing applications for added data protection, security, and peace of mind.

Local Protection

Practice safe data protection and repurposing with the Local Protection. This software gives customers any point-in-time recovery with DVR-like roll-back capabilities for business continuity on block-based storage, allowing recovery of production applications with minimal data exposure. Application owners can tune recovery point objectives based on the criticality of data, and perform faster recovery through self-service capabilities.

Remote Protection

The Remote Protection offers protection against localized failures, outages, and disasters. It lets customers deliver disaster recovery protection for any host and any application on block-based or file-based storage-without compromise-and with immediate DVR-like rollback to a point-in-time. Additional capabilities include compression and deduplication for WAN bandwidth reduction and application-specific recovery point objectives.

Data At Rest Encryption (D@RE)

EMC VNX Data-At-Rest-Encryption (D@RE) uses a controller based encryption method to encrypt all data written to disk, protecting data access against unauthorised drive removal (lost or stolen drives). In some cases D@RE can eliminate the need for data erasure services.

Application Protection

EMC AppSync automates application-consistent copies of Microsoft® Exchange, SQL Server®, Oracle Database, VMware data stores and Filesystems, and provides recovery based on defined service levels. It provides user roles that enable self-service protection, while improving visibility for all application recovery points.

EMC Storage Analytics (ESA)

EMC Storage Analytics solution delivers a single, end-to end view of virtualized infrastructures (servers to storage) powered by VMware® vRealize™ Operations analytics engine. Optimize performance and diagnose issues across physical storage and virtual machines with EMC Storage Analytics (ESA). This software lets you extend VMware vRealize Operations analytics to supported EMC storage platforms. Out-of-the box custom visualizations and health indicators (badges) help you quickly deploy EMC infrastructure support within vRealize Operations Manager. Dashboards, heat maps, and other visual tools provide deep visibility into your EMC infrastructure.

Current EMC VNX Software Offerings

VNX Software
VNX Software Essentials Pack FAST (Fully automated Storage Tiering)
FAST Cache - Extends cache for performance boost
FAST VP - Dynamic data tiering across drives type to constantly
balance performance and cost
VNX Events and Retention
File Level Retention (WORM) to keep data safe from changes and
Common Event Enabler - Integration with market leading Anti-virus
agents and data quota tools
Local Protection
RecoverPoint SE (Local) - DVR-like recovery for block storage
VNX Snapshots / SnapView - Block storage snaps and clones
SnapSure - File system snaps
Remote Protection
RecoverPoint SE - Unified storage replication with DVR-like recovery
MirrorView - Native block based storage replication
Replicator - Native granular file system level replication and recovery
RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines - Delivers local and remote
hypervisor-based replication (15 VM licenses)
VPLEX-VE - Enables continuous data availability for VMware ESXi
environments (5 Licenses)
Other VNX Software Application Protection
AppSync - Automate application copies for Microsoft® Exchange, SQL
Server®, Oracle Database, VMware data stores and Filesystems
Data at Rest Encryption
D@RE - Controller based data at rest encryption to enforce security
Storage Analytics with VMware vRealize Operations Manager

EMC VNX, Midrange Storage With An Enterprise Heart:

The storage landscape is trending toward a flash-centric world, with the midrange being no exception.

A flexible and affordable storage system is required that can change with your business, application, and integration needs. With the EMC® VNX®, you can go anywhere; you can start small or you can grow to up to 1500 drives, you can utilize unified storage (file and/or block), as a flash only configuration or as a hybrid flash array with mixed pools (mixture of SSDs and HDDs). VNX supports your private or hybrid cloud infrastructure, your transactional requirements or your mixed workloads.

With Enterprise features like deduplication, data-at-rest-encryption, local and remote replication, data mobility and a lot more, VNX is your economical storage choice.

VNX Storage Array

The VNX family delivers industry-leading innovation and enterprise capabilities for file and block storage in a scalable, easy-to-use unified storage solution. VNX storage combines powerful and flexible hardware with advanced efficiency, management, and protection software to meet the affordability, efficiency, and performance needs of today's enterprises. All of this is available in a choice of systems ranging from affordable entry-level solutions to high-performance, petabyte-capacity configurations servicing the most demanding mixed workload requirements.

VNX storage array

Unified Storage

A robust unified hybrid flash storage platform for consolidation of block storage, file servers, and direct-attached application storage, the VNX family enables organizations to dynamically grow, share, and costeffectively manage multi-protocol file systems and multi-protocol block storage access. As a unified array, the VNX 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 VNX flash-based architecture allows you to get the most out of your storage. The VNX is designed for flash, delivers enterprise functionality with midrange economics.

With all flash, you benefit from predictable performance. With an all flash VNX, you benefit from predictable performance, for all your mixed applications, at midrange prices.

VNX also supports Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) software, delivering consistent performance of Flash with the cost-effectiveness of capacity-based spinning disks. This powerful combination of hardware and policy-based software recognizes that not all data is created equal and therefore constantly auto-tuning, tiering, and caching data between flash and disk to simultaneously meet ITs performance and cost ($/GB and $/IOPS) goals. So, for cost-sensitive environments that need a balance of performance and capacity, hybrid flash is a good alternative to an all flash configuration.

If all flash configurations are not required, EMC has created guidelines for using the right amount of flash in a VNX. The guideline suggests implementing 3%, 10%, or 25% of Flash capacity to start with in a VNX hybrid Flash Array. This approach enables you to consider a broad mix of application workloads with an optimized amount of Flash to deliver the best price/performance. Customers that use these guidelines can optimize their adoption of Flash to accommodate a wide range of application needs and growth in the following manner:

  • Use a Value Optimized VNX with 3% Flash, for general purpose workloads that require the best $/GB
  • Use a Balanced VNX System with 10% Flash, for mixed, virtualized workloads requiring dynamic performance optimization
  • Use a Performance Optimized VNX with 25% Flash, for demanding workloads that require all-flash performance

Determining which percentage of flash to start with depends on the workloads, number of users, data growth, and capacity. Many applications are not IO intensive and cannot take advantage of the increase in response and performance of flash.

So in a mixed workload environment with multiple application types, most customers can implement a balanced system with 10% VNX flash and cover the majority of their performance requirements. See how your application environment can be optimized with VNX and Flash using the VNX Hybrid Flash Calculator.


Compounded efficiencies is a way to easily save money by combining VNX thin provisioning, out-of-band block-deduplication and FAST tiering technologies. Improve storage utilization by allocate storage on demand with thing provisioning. Save on CAPEX with VNX Block Deduplication for both block and file environments, enable automated tiering with the FAST technology and enjoy the compounded efficiencies of; less capacity, add FAST and more IOs can be delivered from flash for an overall lower $/GB.

Cloud Ready

Many companies have shifted to a virtualization first model and have begun to explore how the cloud can benefit them. Many organizations, interested in the economics, performance, and integration capabilities of different cloud deployment options have turned to EMC and VNX as a leader in both private and hybrid cloud architectures. EMC has built its hybrid cloud offerings based on VMware's orchestration & automation components as part of the EMC Federation. Along with a strong installed base of data protection products - such as Data Domain, Avamar, NetWorker, and RecoverPoint - VNX is integrated into the VMware orchestration and automation ecosystem as part of the EMC hybrid cloud strategy.

EMC's VNX simplified and automated hybrid flash array is an integral part of EMC's hybrid cloud strategy enabling and accelerated path to private or hybrid cloud deployments. For organizations building private clouds, VNX was ranked #1 in virtualization integration and was the first platform to support Hyper-V 3.0 and related features like SMB3. For hybrid cloud deployments, a VNX combined with EMC ViPR™ provides a foundation for federated management and object interfaces to VNX storage for a variety of cloud frameworks. (Reference Architecture on EMC Hybrid Cloud with VMware).

For simplified and automated cloud provisioning and management, VNX platforms offer great FREE tools for VMware- and Microsoft-centric environments, including:

EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI):

  • VSI dramatically simplifies management of virtualized storage with the ability to map virtual machines to storage and to selfprovision storage from VMware vCenter.

EMC Storage Integrator for Windows Suite (ESI):

  • ESI integrates with Microsoft Management Center to provision applications in less time, monitor storage health with in-depth storage topology views, and automate storage management with rich scripting libraries. ESI also includes System Center integrations such as SCOM, SCO, and SCVMM.

Deployment Flexibility

Many storage offerings tend to limit your deployment options by only allowing connectivity to the application you've purchased it for and nothing else. Flexibility is a mainstay value proposition of the VNX. You can deploy a VNX stand-alone, as part of an embedded solution, converged, specialized appliance, and even as a software-defined storage appliance. Start as a block storage solution and then simply include file storage utilizing VNX for your NAS requirements too.

deployment flexibility

And the VNX hybrid flash deployment flexibility extends to converged infrastructures such as VCE VBLOCK and VSPEX Reference Architectures. Additionally, VNX is available in specialized and purpose-built configurations like the all flash configurations -delivering more value at a lower price point.

Software-defined Storage

IT organizations are increasingly looking to software-defined infrastructure solutions to provide agility and flexibility to their operational and development environments. EMC provides customers with the ability to easily create shared storage consisting of a virtual instance of the VNX unified storage protocol and management stack, without the requirement for dedicated storage platforms. vVNX provides this initial flexibility to test and development as well as other non-production environments. With the flexibility of software-defined storage, you can:

  • Create storage environments based on familiar VNX features and interface and without a dedicated system
  • Create multiple virtual VNX instances cost-effectively, using standard server hardware
  • Test features such as data protection and disaster recovery without the need for multiple VNX systems

The Industry's Most Extensive Storage Software Offerings

Storage management is a key element for success with today's dataintensive and virtualized application environments. EMC VNX software simplifies storage management and enables you to increase efficiency and application performance with advanced features like FAST, deduplication, snapshots, replication, thin, and compression that also drive down costs (opex/capex).

EMC VNX Software Essentials
The VNX family of unified hybrid flash arrays offers the most comprehensive software functionality to ensure customers have all the necessary capabilities to protect and manage their information. The VNX Software Essentials Pack includes the most requested and essential software features in one cost-effective package. The pack includes capabilities that dynamically improve storage performance, efficiency, availability, data protection, and costs. Complete details about VNX software features can be found in the EMC Software Data Sheet.

EMC Unisphere Management
EMC Unisphere is the unified storage management platform that provides intuitive interfaces for the complete range of VNX unified hybrid flash storage arrays including VNX, VNXe, vVNX and VNX-VSS. Unisphere's approach to storage management fosters simplicity, flexibility, self-help, and automation - all key requirements for the journey to the cloud. Complete details about VNX management capabilities can be found in the EMC Unisphere Management data sheet.

EMC Storage Analytics
The EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) solution delivers a single, end-to-end view of virtualized infrastructures (servers to storage) powered by VMware vRealize Operations analytics engine. ESA delivers actionable performance analysis and proactively facilitates increased insight into storage resource pools to help detect capacity and performance issues so they can be corrected before they cause a major impact on business operations. Complete details about VNX analytics capabilities can be found in the EMC Storage Analytics data sheet.

Continuous Data Availability and Zero Data Loss
With deep integration with EMC VPLEX and VNX Virtual Data Mover (VDM) support, VNX offers block and file continuous data availability and zero data loss support. VPLEX delivers on the promise of non-disruptive migrations, efficient array life cycle management and continuous availability. While VDM's enable simple file migrations and load balancing and combined with VDM MetroSync, offers zero data loss disaster recovery.

VNX Data-At-Rest Encryption (D@RE)
Controller based D@RE provides protection from drive removal or loss, and can eliminate the need for Data Erasure services. D@RE can also be enabled at any point in time.

VNXe Series: The Most Affordable Hybrid Flash Storage

The newest members of the EMC VNX family are most the most affordable, namely the VNXe series - the VNXe1600 and VNXe3200. The VNXe1600 and VNXe3200 have the power compressed into an efficient, easy-to-use package designed for resource-constrained IT departments in any size company. With starting configurations at under $8K and all the Value-Add Software included, the VNXe series are a must for Small / Medium Business environments.

storage made simple

While the VNXe1600 supports block only environment and provides the best economics available, the VNXe3200 can be setup for NAS or SAN in minutes and is designed to integrate directly into your application and virtualization environments. The VNXe stores and protects your data while lowering your total costs in terms of $/IOPS and $/GB.

All Flash Configurations

The VNX and VNXe products support all flash configurations making them EMC's most affordable unified all flash storage options. All flash configurations or all flash pools deliver sustained and predictable performance for virtual servers, databases, and transactional applications.

VNX all flash configurations with block, file and unified support allow you to start with an all flash configuration and simply add HDDs for all other workloads too.

The VNXe3200 all flash configurations is offered in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 8TB slim 2 RackU form factor configurations and maintains the rich enterprise feature-set, management simplicity, and Connect Proactive Support capability of the VNXe.

Maximize The Benefits Of The VNX Family With EMC Global Services

EMC VNX platforms come standard with a three- year Enhanced support warranty, which provides customers with next business- day onsite coverage and 24x7 remote support. Customers have the option to upgrade to Premium support to receive 24x7 same-day onsite support.

Outside of support EMC delivers a full complement of services for the VNX family which include expert planning, design, implementation, consulting, migration and education. Please contact your account team for further information.


VNX5800 Specifications
Max Raw Capacity 3.0 PB
Protocol Fibre Channel
SMB 3.0 (CIFS)
Drive Enclosure 2.5" SAS/Flash (2U), 25 drives
2.5" SAS/Flash (3U), 120 drives
3.5" SAS/Flash (3U), 15 drives
3.5" SAS/Flash (4U), 60 drives
CPU/Memory per Array 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 6-Core 2.0 GHz/64 GB (block) + 2-6 Data Movers for file (Intel Xeon 5600 / 12 GB for each DM)
Max Total Ports per Array 44
2/4/8 Gb/s FC Max Ports per Array 40
1 GBASE-T iSCSI Max Total Ports per Array 32
Max FCoE Ports Per Array 20
10 GbE iSCSI Max Total Ports per Array 20
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