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  1. Dell-EMC VNX replacement options

    I like to call a VNX/Unity a great SAN with NAS capabilities, and NetApp a great NAS with SAN capabilities. With each Unity, you do get RecoverPoint for VM's, which is a VM based RP solution. No more RPA's, and LUN based protection! Its at the VMDK level now. I think you get about a dozen or so licenses. To do app consistent snapshots, you will need AppSync. Great product IMO. They have new licensing bundles, and new maintenance options that are much lower in cost than before. NetApp doesn't have anything like RecoverPoint, but their SnapManager line of stuff is really good, not to mention, really a leader in just plain snapshot technology. A lot of times, to use their cool stuff, you need to be doing it over NFS/CIFS... But that's not a bad thing, just different from what you're doing today. You really can't go wrong with either. Though, you're wasting your time with a hybrid array IMO. Go all flash. But then again, just about ANYTHING current will perform better than your VNX, so that checks off one requirement for you. I can't think of much else out there that will do both block and file, in the same caliber as Unity/NetApp. Dell's Compellent file solution is pure utter crap, HP has nothing great on file, HDS too complex for most; great in the enterprise though.
  2. External RAID enclosure for 2x12TB

    What about something like a Synology or QNAP? You gain so much more than just a dumb USB landing ground. There is a rich set of apps built into those NAS systems for multimedia, VPN, iSCSI support, web tools, etc.
  3. New datagrave needed

    If I'm not dumping things to my Synology NAS, then I would use Fast Glacier or Cloudberry Labs to upload to Amazon Glacier. (Note there are a number of FREE windows/Max/*nix opensource and commercial apps to upload/manage files in an S3 bucket)
  4. Your Dell sales team can help you with this.
  5. Best way to nuke drives on RAID card

    Thanks for the reply. I just wrapped this up. I didn't get to do a "thorough," wipe, or as thorough as I wanted. I really wanted to use secure erase. It was actually, and apparently built into the RAID card BIOS, way cool! But it said drives not supported. Meh. I tried Hiren's BootCD, and it locked up getting into the Parted Magic App. Re-initializing the RAID groups, would have taken a day or more. Yeah, this RAID card isn't fantastic, some on-board thing, AMI or something? I just deleted the RAID groups, and called it a day. Mental note for the future, if you ain't billing for a couple days work onsite, it ain't worth it. ;-)
  6. I'm looking to wipe a couple of servers, and for a desktop the process is super easy. I'd either use something like DBAN, or Hiren's CD, or Parted Magic. Just boot into some DOS emulator, or linux, and away you go. But for a server that has a RAID card, how much pain will I be in, trying to get the RAID card recognized? It's basically just the onboard Intel RAID as part of the Dell server I'm working with. Ideally I'd use something with a secure erase option, because I can't stand waiting two days for a 3pass wipe... ;-)
  7. Usually one chance after the initial quote.
  8. There is nothing wrong with sharing the pricing IMO. Why? Because it helps them better understand where things should be priced down the road, or where they need to be, in other sales, with other customers. You're actually helping the vendor understand how to better price things. And always get in writing some price assurances when you need to expand or fixed maintenance. That should ALWAYS be negotiated in.
  9. Generally speaking, take MSRP, divide by half. However it can swing by upwards of even 30% more.. yes, going 80% off MSRP is possible, as a "normal," price, or as part of a competitive take out, or end of quarter or end of fiscal year price concessions. There are days I feel vendors are nothing more than used car salemen. The resellers that represent them, are crack dealers, chopping up the product, and adding in margin to pad their pockets. Of course your mileage may vary by region, city, country... Using Federal GSA pricing schedules, you can figure out some levels of discounting. Or some of the other government contract vehicles. Those docs just float around the web a bit too freely if you know how to look for them.
  10. Direct attach FC? As in, no FC switches inbetween host and SAN? Hmm... I've deployed that myself, it's been a while (Promise arrays and a nexsan array about 15yrs ago) I see if done a bit today, some AS400 and iSeries boxes with direct attached FC tape and FC DataDomain (VTL). That customer will never invest in an FC switch, no matter how hard I try. Good luck with your search! It truly is a buyers market these days.
  11. At this point, I'd just shop around. Pick your preffered vendors, DellEMC, NetApp, HPE, etc. Tell them what you want AFA, 20TB usable (with no dedupe factored in) under $40k. Tell each vendor you're looking at two other vendors. Then play a pricing game. I'm seen a Unity 350F All flash with 40+ usable TB for under 50k or so, it did 90k IOPS per it's sizing, the customer only needed about 25k IOPS. There are also capacity guarantees from various vendors where with dedupe/comp, say 3:1 or whatever.. So you would buy only 7-10TB of capacity, and it should all work and if it doesn't, they will give you the extra capacity. But like all promotions, READ THE FINE PRINT.
  12. That 15k IOP requirement could be served by a Synology array, which is cheap when compared to other "brandname," products. Even a SAS connected DAS could be engineered to do this. Do you have any other requirements like snapshots, replication, data services?
  13. HPE MSA 2042 vs NetApp E-2724

    Application data services. Whether that be SnapManager for SQL/Exchange/Oracle. Or AppSync from DellEMC. Perhaps it's the ProtectPoint features of VMAX/XtremIO to DataDomain, or HPE's similar offering from 3Par to StoreOnce. Hypervisors only care about themselves, and not the applications within. VMware can't do anything for Oracle or SQL. Nutanix cannot either. Hyper-V, nope. Sure you can use things like VADP to make a crash consistent backup. Or an IP replication technology and SRM for some site to site level failover. But that still doesn't take into account actual applications living in the VM, supported natively by hypervisor tools/api's. The ability to truncate logs, quiesce databases, flush and commit transaction from RAM to disk, etc.
  14. HPE MSA 2042 vs NetApp E-2724

    Marketing/product manager/product area sales manager would get in front of that fast. Swim lanes they call it. Why sell an MSA when 3Par has more margins and upside sales? Or this new shiny widget (nimble) that we have over hear. Don't blink, shiny! I agree, take away the data services, and an entry level MSA or Dell MD series, heck even a supermicro storage array; and then it just comes down to capacity, and IOPS. Put enough spindles/SSD with the proper controller, they all can all hit over 50k IOPS, in some cases, I've seen close to 100k stated in marketing rags. But data services, that is what makes a san a san. Otherwise, you just bought a toy. :-P
  15. WD To Acquire Tegile

    I see no light at the end of the tunnel here for Tegile customers, what little of them there are. Tegile wasn't recognized all that much by gartner, and in terms of marketshare per IDC, I think they were in the "other," category. I wish them the best. As a customer, I don't think I would invite WD to the table when considering storage decisions. In a way, they are lucky. Look at the other stuggling AFA players, hungry for deals, attacking the competition with negative info/FUD; yet deep down many of them built their business to be acquired; only to find there are not that many suitors left if any.