2013-02-07 05:27 PM
Had a customer ask about front ending an AX4-5 (fibre channel) housing about 16TB with a v-series. They said they might add another 10 - 20 TB later. They would stay with EMC shelves and drives if they were cheaper but access the storage via the v-series. First, I don't see AX4 in the support matrix which for such a small array does not surprise me. Second, I can't imagine it being cost effective to put a 3200 series array in front of an AX4-5. Not to mention its at or near end of life and would still need a support contract. (Don't know what the actual EOL dates are or how EMC defines EOL for its hardware.) I could go on with the downsides but I won't. The customer is aware but they still wanted me to inquire about front-ending an AX4-5 with a v-series, so I have. Thanks.
2013-02-08 06:08 AM