The family of VNXe – or VNX “entry” – models are capable of handling up to 120 drives or 240 terabytes of total storage with a SAS backplane capable of 6 gigabits per second (Gbps). The cheapest of the two models is expected to retail at under $10,000, a price tag the company claims is the cheapest on the market.
The first version of the product will be Ethernet-only, relegating higher bandwidth fibre-channel interfaces to the simultaneously launched, higher-end VNX family of infrastructure models, which supercede both EMC's CLARiiON and Celerra models. However, unified storage division president, Rich Napolitano, hinted that fibre-channel modules might ultimately become available to VNXe products in coming months.
EMC hopes the use of app-based storage provisioning will encourage users to adopt the new infrastructure systems.