High-End Capability in Mid-Range Storage
The CX4-120 offers massive scalability in capacity and performance for customers with large storage requirements. It is ideal for very heavy transaction processing including maximum speed large block data transfers, backup-to-disk, audio/video streaming, replication, data warehousing and highly compute-intensive applications, such as seismic data analysis, computational chemistry, genomic sequencing.
- Supports up to 120 hard drives in a mix of capacities and technologies, including enterprise flash, Fibre Channel, and Serial ATA.
- Customizable connectivity with up to 256 high-availability hosts in a SAN and a mix of storage networking technologies across six I/O slots.
UltraFlexTM modular I/O technology offers the flexibility to easily add more Fibre Channel and/or iSCSI ports to your array as your needs change. You can also easily add future network technologies such as FCoE once it is available, giving you superb investment protection by enabling compatibility with future storage networking technologies.
Fibre Channel (FC), either 4Gbps or 8Gbps, is a widespread storage networking technology that’s fully supported on Dell / EMC. It's easy for you to integrate Dell / EMC into new or existing Fibre Channel infrastructures that offer high levels of performance.
For customers who need flexibility that goes beyond Fibre Channel, iSCSI using traditional 1Gbit Ethernet connectivity is an ideal choice. It utilizes your existing Ethernet infrastructure and expertise to deliver cost-effective storage connectivity. Dell / EMC can also deliver the greater bandwidth of 10Gbit iSCSI which will be beneficial to customers who are building out new storage infrastructure or who want to consolidate numerous 1Gbit iSCSI hosts to a single 10Gbit connection.
With CX4 arrays, you have the flexibility to choose both the type and number of ports you need to and optimize your datacenter environment for both performance and flexibility.
Innovation that's Environmentally Responsible
The CX4-120 delivers features such as drive spin down and variable speed fans that deliver environmentally conscious storage to help reduce power consumption. It also can be equipped with low power disk types such as 5.4K SATA and Enterprise Flash.
And now with tight integration into virtual environments (via the CLARiiON Plug-In for vCenter and the EMC Virtual Storage Integrator), the Dell / EMC CX4 family can help you experience new environmental benefits from a fully virtualized datacenter.
Adapting to Change
With support for up to 120 drives, the CX4-120 can expand to serve small datacenters who need hundreds of terabytes of capacity for physical or virtual servers.
It's a platform that helps you adapt to change by allowing you to easily add more capacity on demand across a wide range of disk types. Whether you use enterprise flash disks, fast Fibre Channel or energy efficient SATA, as your storage needs change, you can add additional capacity.
Integrated features like thin provisioning and LUN compression also help optimize for growth by reducing the amount of physical disk capacity needed for your data sets.
Seamless data movement
But more capacity is only one part of coping with growing pains. It’s also essential to ensure that your workloads are on disk types that are optimized for the workload. New optional features, just released in August 2010, help you experience new gains in efficiency and simplicity by more flexibly using the compelling performance of Enterprise Flash Drives along with the capacity of SATA.
For workloads requiring the outstanding performance in mid-range storage, these technologies can work together to reduce or eliminate bottlenecks due to spindle count or workload contention. These technologies help ensure that, based on performance requirements, data exists on the optimal set of disks – and all this data movement happens without your intervention. Simply turn on the feature.
- Fast Cache: The CX4-120 offers a compelling option for performance optimization which transparently uses enterprise flash disks as read-write second level system cache for workloads on the array.
- FAST: Fully Automated Storage Tiering is an option that moves high performance workloads, in 1GB chunks, to enterprise flash to enhance responsiveness. FAST can also move low performance workloads from Flash or fast Fibre Channel disks to SATA disks to optimize for cost/GB.
Simplified Management and Data Protection
Dell / EMC CX4 arrays now support a new management paradigm, called Unisphere. This new user interface designed to deliver simple, task-based administrator control that can cut your time spent, improve reporting, and automate essential tasks. You can use it to manage current and legacy Dell / EMC products, control other Dell / EMC software, and customize your management experience to tightly align with your needs and expectations. Working together this integrated toolkit gives you excellent responsiveness and reliability to help ensure that you attain business objectives.
Dell / EMC storage arrays also support time tested applications that provide advanced data protection, data path management, optimization, replication and migration. These include SnapViewTM , MirrorViewTM , SAN CopyTM , Replication ManagerTM , PowerPathTM , Analyzer and Quality of Service ManagerTM . These tools help you use your Dell / EMC array to create data copies, clones, do remote replication for disaster recovery, and deeply analyze the performance and reliability of your environment.
But it’s not enough to have a good product in your datacenter – it has to work with your applications as well. Dell / EMC storage arrays are integrated into Dell's Microsoft® Exchange® , Microsoft SQL Server® , VMware® , and Oracle® to help solve your technology challenges in a tested, optimized approach based on effective strategies from Dell.