EMC releases new multi-protocol NAS array aimed at SMBs

The NX4 is based on the Clariion AX4 array.

EMC Tuesday announced a further move down market with the latest iteration of its Celerra network-attacked storage (NAS) server. The Celerra NX4 Unified Storage System, which is based on EMC's entry-level Clariion AX4 storage array, is aimed at the small and midsize business market, EMC said.

The new Celerra NX4, like EMC's previous low-end Celerra NS20 NAS array, includes ports for block-based iSCSI, file-serving NAS and Fibre Channel SAN storage. The array, which is 5U in height (1U = 1.75 inches), holds 4TB to 32TB of usable capacity.

Brad Bunce, EMC's director of product marketing for the Celerra family, said the NX4's key benefits are the consolidation of block- and file-based storage for the purpose of server consolidation based on IP protocols. "Administrators don't need to learn anything new," he said.

The array allows admins to move formerly direct-attached servers into a networked environment for higher availability, non-disruptive scalability, and simplification of management around backup and recovery, he said.

An entry-level system that comes with 4TB serial ATA disk storage capacity and licensing for NAS and iSCSI with snapshot backups costs $20,375, EMC said.

One differentiator from the NS20, which was based on the Clariion CX array, is that SAS and serial ATA disk drives can be mixed on the same shelf, according to Bunce.

"SMBs have the same needs as enterprises when it comes to features, functionalities and services. There is no distinction other than price and overall capacity," Bunce said. "As far as ease of use, another great story is that this can power up to production in 15 minutes or less."

Here's a look at the differences between the NX4 and the next box up, the NS20:

  • The NX4 is based on the AX4 array versus the Clariion CX array
  • NX4 is 5Us in height; the NS20 is 7Us high.
  • NX4 allows SAS and SATA drives to be mixed on the same shelf
  • NX4 has a minimum of four drives; the NS20 has a minimum of five drives
  • NX4 holds up to 60 drives and 60TB; the NS20 has up to 90 drives or 90TB
  • NX4 has four 4Gbit/sec Fibre Channel ports; the NS20 has eight 4Gbis/sec Fibre Channel ports.
  • The NX4 comes with EMC's Navisphere Express storage management software; the NS20 has full-blown Navisphere

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags celerraEMC NAS

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Lucas Mearian

Lucas Mearian

Computerworld
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?