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Dell EMC VMAX3 – Product Analysis

Last updated October 6th, 2016 with end of year updates. 51-page deep dive into the architecture and capabilities of the EMC VMAX3.

The Dell EMC VMAX3 is the successor to the VMAX as Dell EMC’s high-end storage system series. Dell EMC has dropped the Symmetrix name beginning with VMAX3. Recent generations of the Symmetrix system were:

  • 2003 – DMX
  • 2009 – VMAX
  • 2014 – VMAX3

VMAX3 continues the evolution of the Virtual Matrix architecture with new technologies and introduces HyperMax as the embedded operating environment. As a high-end enterprise class storage array, the VMAX3 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 was added with VMAX3 with 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.

The VMAX series includes three models that differ in hardware configurations including processor engines, DRAM cache memory, connectivity, and capacity: the 100K, 200K and the 400K. Competitors for the different VMAX3 models include IBM’s DS8870 and XIV systems, Hitachi’s VSP G1000 and Hewlett Packard’s XP7 and 3PAR StoreServ 10000 systems storage systems.

Dell EMC VMAX3 Product Analysis includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Product architecture
  • Operating environment
  • RAS features
  • HyperMax Operating System Overview
  • Advanced features and functions
  • File Access-Embedded NAS (eNAS)
  • Advanced features for eNAS
  • Evaluator Group comments
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