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Dell EMC VMAX All Flash – Product Analysis

Last updated December 6th, 2018 for general updates. Comprehensive 49-page analysis of EMC VMAX All Flash . Covers hardware/software architecture, advanced features, performance, and commentary.

The EMC VMAX All Flash systems is a continuation of the VMAX line and is offered along with the VMAX3, which supports both flash and spinning disk devices. The VMAX All Flash system, as the name implies, is a high-end enterprise storage system that is optimized for flash in the form of SSDs. Recent generations of the Symmetrix system were:

  • 2003 – DMX
  • 2009 – VMAX
  • 2014 – VMAX3 and 2016 – VMAX All Flash

VMAX All Flash continues the evolution of the Virtual Matrix architecture with HyperMax as the embedded operating environment. As a high-end enterprise class storage array, the VMAX All Flash has extensive reliability and availability features that complement broad set of advanced software features. The VMAX supports IBM mainframe environments, open systems, and IBM System i. File access support is available using the implementation of a hypervisor as part of the embedded operating system and VNX Data Mover and Control Station software as Data Services executing as containers in the hypervisor virtual machines and called eNAS.

The VMAX series includes two models that differ in hardware configurations including processor engines, DRAM cache memory, connectivity, and capacity: the 450F and 850F. There are also models with the X suffix that include additional software features only. Competitors for the different VMAX models include IBM’s DS8880 and XIV systems, Hitachi’s VSP G1000 and F800 and Hewlett Packard’s 3PAR StoreServ 20000 storage systems.

The EMC VMAX All Flash Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview of System Design
  • Product Architecture
  • Reliability, Availability, Serviceability Features
  • HyperMax Operating System Overview
  • Advanced Features
  • File Access

 

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