Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2019: Using the Cloud for Competitive AdvantageEMC (Quote)and Dell (Quote) are introducing the CX3-10 UltraScale FC/iSCSI system today, a storage area network (SAN) (define) array that marks a new entry point with EMC's Clariion machines for the medium-sized customer.
Designed to sock away data in businesses with anywhere from 250 to 2,500 employees, the CX3-10 is geared to handle the glut of data in e-mail applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, or enterprise resource planning apps from Oracle or SAP.
The trick is to meet such requirements at a reasonable cost, a balancing act something that EMC, Dell and rivals HP (Quote), IBM (Quote), NetApp (Quote)have been trying to pull off in the multi-million-dollar midrange SAN market.
"Although these mid-size business have big requirements -- information in these businesses is growing rapidly -- they may not have big staffs or big budgets," said Katie Curtin-Mestre, director of Clariion product marketing at EMC. "Our focus at EMC is economical solutions for these mid-size enterprises."
Because of its lower cost, iSCSI presents an attractive entry point for customers moving into networked storage from network-attached storage (NAS) (define)or direct-attached storage (DAS) for the first time.
EMC began offering iSCSI and Fibre Channel support on its CX3-20, CX3-30, CX3-40 and CX3-80 UltraScale systems last October.
The CX3-10, which spans from 5 to 60 drives and stores up to 30 terabytes(define) of data, also includes EMC's Navisphere Task Bar to make managing the box a snap for moderately tech-savvy users who can't look to a storage administrator for help.
Replication software for non-disruptive backup, PowerPath load balancing and path-failover software, an option for all-SATA configurations and an option to procure low-cost Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters are also part of the CX3-10 package.
The CX3-10 starts at $27,000.
Mestre said EMC has also issued RecoverPoint/SE, a version of the company's long-distance disaster recovery software that supports CLARiiON CX and CX3 systems.
RecoverPoint/SE also features a bandwidth-reduction option that helps customers pare their replication costs by reducing the amount of data sent over the line by up to a factor of 10, yielding significant cost savings. The product is for Windows hosts between Clariions and supports up to 4 terabytes of capacity.
RecoverPoint/SE is $10,000 per array.
Dell is offering its own version of the machine, branded the Dell/EMC CX3-10c, according to Praveen Asthana, Dell's director of storage.