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EMC CLARiiON CX4-120 Series

 

EMC CX4-120 Storage Platforms

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EMC CLARiiON CX4-120: Product Info

EMC's CLARiiON CX4-120 provides entry level networked storage for departments or midsize organizations. The CLARiiON CX4-120 combines the CLARiiON proven 99.999 percent availability with innovative technologies like virtual provisioning, 64 bit operating system, and multi core processors. The CX4-120 scales from 5 up to 120TB of capacity.


The CLARiiON CX4 series is a scalable, dual controller system with varying amounts of cache, processor cores, disk drives and interfaces. As a storage system, the CLARiiON has had a long and successful run with earlier generations from Data General and multiple generations from EMC. The underlying design has been incrementally changed with continued improvements and features. The CX4 Series is another incremental generation of CLARiiON.


The CX4-120 provides great performance and scalability in a midrange array. With the ability of 1Gb and 10Gb iSCSI, 4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel to coexist on the same array, the CX4-120 shines in usability. Other standout features of the CX4-120 include: cutting edge storage networking technology like FCoE can be easily integrated when available, designed to help reduce your power and cooling costs, Enterprise Flash Drives automated performance tiering and up to 2TB cache help deliver performance gains, and Unisphere-simple integrated management that delivers superb user experience.


EMC CLARiiON CX4-120 delivers:

FeaturesBenefits
High End Capability in Midrange Storage CX4-120 offers massice scalability in capacity and performance.
Great Scalability and Capacity Potential 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 eight I/O slots.
Storage Connectivity UltraFlex  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.
Eco-Friendly Innovation

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.


Easily Adapt 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.

Seamless Data Movement  New optional features 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.
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 is designed to deliver simple, task-based administrator control that can cut your time spent, improve reporting, and automate essential tasks.

Resources, Reports, & White Papers

ResourceDescription

CX4-120 Specification Sheet

In depth specifications: Look at EMC CLARiiON's CX4-240 specs under a microscope.

CX4 Series Specification Sheet

In depth specifications: Look at EMC CLARiiON's CX4 series specs under a microscope.

CLARiiON Integration with VMware ESX Server

This document provides a detailed summary of the design and configuration of an environment inorporating the EMC CLARiiON CX4-240 using Fibre Channel protocol for use with VMware View.

CX4 Series Analysis from The Evaluator Group

This whitepaper provides a full analysis of the EMC CLARiiON CX4 series from The Evaluator Group.

CX4-120 Exchange 2010 Resiliency

This document provides information on the CX4-120 Mailbox Resiliency storage solution for MS Exchange 2010 based on ESRP.

System Configuration

Max. Raw Capacity: 120TB
Max. Cache: 6GB
Max. HDD Count: 120
Min. HDD Count: 5
HDD Support:

73GB EFD SSD

146GB FC 15K

200GB SSD

300GB FC 15K

400GB FC 10K

400GB SSD

450GB FC 15K

600GB FC 15K

600GB FC 10K

1TB SATA 5K

1TB SATA 7K

2TB SATA 5K

2TB SATA 7K

RAID Support:

RAID 0

RAID 1

RAID 1+0

RAID 3

RAID 5

RAID 6

Host Connections:

1Gb FC

2Gb FC

4Gb FC

8Gb FC

1Gb iSCSI

10Gb iSCSI

 

System Configuration

Fibre Bandwidth to Host: 4GB
Fibre Bandwidth to Disk: 4GB
Dual Controllers: Yes
OS Support:

AIX

HP-UX

Hyper-V

Linux

Red Hat Ent. Linux

Sun Solaris

VMWare

Windows

XenServer

NAS/iSCSI Support: iSCSI
Model Upgrade Options: CX4-240, CX4-480, CX4-960
Performance Specifications
Bandwidth to Host: N/A
IOPS Cache Burst Rate: N/A
SPC-1 IOPS Benchmark: N/A
MB/s Transfer Rate: N/A
Non-Disruptive Options
Component Replacement: Yes
Hot-Pluggable Disks: Yes
Microcode Updates: Yes
 

CLARiiON CX4 Model Comparison

EMC CLARiiON CX4 models:



  CLARiiON CX4-120
CLARiiON
CX4-120
CLARiiON CX4-240
CLARiiON
CX4-240
CLARiiON CX4-480
CLARiiON
CX4-480
CLARiiON CX4-960
CLARiiON
CX4-960

Maximum Array capacity

120 TB

234 TB

474 TB

954 TB

Maximum HA hosts

128

256

256

512

Maximum LUNs

1024

2048

4096

8192

Storage System Host ports

4 FC and 4 iSCSI

4 FC and 4 iSCSI

8 FC and 4 iSCSI

8 FC and 4 iSCSI

System memory

6 GB

8 GB

16 GB

32 GB

Maximum Drives per system

120

240

480

480 or 960

Supported Disk types

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Fibre Channel, SATA II, LP SATA II, and Enterprise Flash Drives

Host OS supported

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

Windows*, Linux*, Solaris*, HP-UX*, AIX*, VMware*

         

* iSCSI Connectivity