EMC® VNX® and VNXe® Series: White Papers

White Papers

 

VNX

 

CategoryTitleAbstract
Platforms / ServiceabilityThis white paper introduces the EMC® VNX™2 series platform. It discusses the different models, new and improved features, and key benefits.
Data EfficiencyEMC VNX2 MCxThis white paper explains the EMC VNX MCx technology, and its main components: Multicore RAID, Multicore Cache, and Multicore FAST Cache. Together, they offer the VNX2 series features as Multicore Scalability, Symmetric Active/Active, Adaptive Cache, Permanent Spares, and many others.
A Detailed Review
This white paper is an introduction to the EMC® Multicore FAST Cache technology in the VNX™2 storage systems. It describes implementation of the Multicore FAST Cache feature and provides details of using it with Unisphere and NaviSecCLI. Usage guidelines and major customer benefits are also included.
A Detailed Review
This white paper discusses EMC® Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VP) technology and describes its features and implementation. Details on how to use the product in Unisphere are discussed, and usage guidance and major customer benefits are also included.
Maximizing Effective Capacity Utilization
This white paper discusses the capacity optimization technologies delivered in the EMC® VNX2 series of storage platforms. Deduplication and compression capabilities for file and block storage are delivered standard with the VNX Operating Environment.
Introduction to EMC VNX2 Storage Efficiency Technologies VNX5200, VNX5400, VNX5600, VNX5800, VNX7600, & VNX8000This white paper provides an introduction of the VNX Storage Efficiency features on the EMC® VNX2 storage systems. It provides an overview of the technology, and describes how the storage efficiency features are implemented on the VNX2 series to help you leverage daily storage activities.
Virtual Provisioning for the EMC VNX2 Series VNX5200, VNX5400, VNX5600, VNX5800, VNX7600, & VNX8000This white paper discusses the benefits of Virtual Provisioning on the EMC® VNX2 series storage systems. It provides an overview of this technology and describes how Virtual Provisioning is implemented on the VNX2.
EMC VNX with the Cloud Tiering ApplianceThis paper describes the EMC Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA), which enables NAS data tiering. CTA allows administrators to move inactive data from high-performance storage to less-expensive archival storage, enabling cost-effective use of file storage. CTA also facilitates data migration, or moving data to new shares or exports.
EMC VNX Series: Introduction to SMB 3.0 SupportThis white paper introduces the Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0 support available on the EMC® VNX™ and the advantages gained over the previous SMB versions. A VNX system can be implemented in a Microsoft® Windows® environment (with Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012) to leverage the enhancements in the SMB 3.0 protocol.
Performance
Applied Best Practices Guide
This applied best practices guide provides recommended best practices for installing and configuring VNX2 Unified systems for best performance.
Data Protection
An Overview
This white paper highlights the VNX replication technologies. It provides information on EMC® MirrorView™, VNX Replicator, RecoverPoint, Replication Manager, Symmetrix® Remote Data Facility (SRDF), and VPLEX®.

EMC MirrorView Knowledgebook Releases 30 - 33

A Detailed Review

This white paper is a comprehensive guide for MirrorView™ functionality, operations, and best practices. It discusses the specifics of the synchronous (MirrorView/S) and asynchronous (MirrorView/A) products, and compares them to help users determine how each is best deployed.
EMC VNX SnapshotsThis white paper describes EMC® VNX™ Snapshots. The paper reviews and explains operations and best practices for the feature, as well as limits and functions.
Managing an FLR-Enabled NAS Environment with the EMC File-Level Retention ToolkitThe EMC® File-Level Retention (FLR) feature allows you to secure files on a production file system and retain the files on cost-effective network-attached storage. The FLR Toolkit helps you leverage the full capabilities of this feature in a CIFS environment. This white paper discusses how to use FLR Toolkit to manage and monitor files in an FLR-enabled file system.

EMC SAN Copy

A Detailed Review

This white paper presents the features, functionality, and performance characteristics of EMC® SAN Copy™, as well as examples for use. It outlines the benefits and functionality of SAN Copy and how it can be used to solve problems involving data replication within and between data centers. It also provides SAN Copy configuration details.

VDM MetroSync For VNX2

A Detailed Review

This white paper introduces the architecture and functionality of the VDM MetroSync feature for VNX2. It also discusses VDM MetroSync Manager for automated failover and the ability to preserve asynchronous replication sessions after a reverse or failover.
Management / MonitoringThis white paper provides an overview of EMC Unisphere, the single management interface for the VNX2 Series. It discusses all the features and functionality supported in Unisphere.

EMC Unisphere Central v4.0 for VNX Family: Next-Generation Storage Monitoring

A Detailed Review
This white paper introduces EMC® Unisphere Central™, a network application that enables administrators to remotely monitor multiple EMC VNX Series, EMC VNXeSeries, and EMC CLARiiON CX4 Series storage systems residing on a common network. This paper provides a detailed description of how to use this new leading-edge application.

Domain Management with EMC Unisphere for VNX

EMC Unified Storage Solutions

EMC® Unisphere® software manages EMC VNX®, EMC® Celerra®, and EMC® CLARiiON® storage systems. This paper discusses how to use Unisphere 1.3 to configure and manage EMC storage systems in single domains and multi-domains. This paper also discusses domain configurations for different environments and requirements.
A Detailed Review
This white paper provides an overview of the VNX™ Home Directory feature. VNX gives system administrators the ability to configure powerful rules that automate the process of creating and assigning home directories to users. Whether an organization has hundreds of users or tens of thousands, this feature helps relieve the management burden of providing CIFS home directories for the organization's users.
This white paper describes the high availability and portable capability of the Virtual Data Mover (VDM) technology delivered in the EMC® VNX™ series of storage platforms. VDMs are delivered standard with the VNX Operating Environment.
Data Integrity on VNX
This white paper describes explains the data integrity features on EMC® VNX™
Unisphere Quality of Service

VNX storage systems. This white paper discusses the architecture of Unisphere QoS Manager and methods for maximizing its benefits. Sample use cases for Unisphere QoS Manager are also detailed.

SecurityEMC VNX2: Data At Rest EncryptionThis white paper introduces Data at Rest Encryption for EMC® VNX™2, a feature that provides data protection if a drive is stolen or misplaced. This paper provides a detailed description of this technology and describes how it is implemented on VNX2 series storage systems.
SolutionsEMC VNX OpenStack Juno Cinder Driver Best PracticesThis applied best practices guide provides recommended best practices for installing and configuring the EMC® VNX™ Cinder Driver with the OpenStack Juno release.
Best Practices for Deploying VMware Virtual Machines on EMC VNX2 with NFSThis white paper describes best practices for VMware virtual machine deployment on EMC VNX2 over NFS.

 

VNXe

 

CategoryTitleAbstract
Platforms / ServiceabilityThis white paper introduces the architecture and functionality of the EMC® VNXe3200. This paper also discusses some of the advanced features of this storage system.

Introduction to the EMC VNXe1600

A Detailed Review

This white paper introduces the architecture and functionality of the EMC® VNXe1600™. This paper also discusses some of the advanced features of this storage system.
Data Efficiency

Introduction to the EMC VNXe3200 FAST Suite

Overview
This white paper is an introduction to the EMC® FAST™ Suite for the VNXe3200 storage system. It describes the components of the EMC FAST Suite: The FAST Cache and FAST VP, as well as their implementation in the VNXe3200. Usage guidelines and major customer benefits are also included.
A Detailed Review
This white paper describes EMC® VNXe™ File Deduplication and Compression for the VNXe3200 storage system. This feature increases the efficiency with which network attached storage (NAS) data is stored. This paper outlines the motivation for increased storage efficiency, how File Deduplication and Compression works, the principles, and technical architecture behind it.
A Detailed Review
This white paper explains the UFS64 File System architecture, functionality, and features available in the EMC VNXe3200 storage system.
Multicore Everything
This white paper explains the EMC VNXe3200 MCx™ technology and its main components: Multicore RAID, Multicore Cache, and Multicore FAST Cache. Together, they offer new VNXe features such as Multicore Scalability, Adaptive Cache, Permanent Spares, and many others
EMC VNXe3200: Introduction to SMB 3.0 SupportThis white paper introduces the Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0 support available in the EMC® VNXe3200™ and the advantages gained over the previous SMB versions. A VNXe3200 system can be implemented in a Microsoft® Windows® environment (with Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012) to leverage the enhancements in the SMB 3.0 protocol.
Performance
Applied Best Practices Guide
This applied best practices guide provides recommended best practices for installing and configuring VNXe® systems for best performance.

EMC VNXe1600 Best Practices for Performance

Applied Best Practices Guide

This applied best practices guide provides recommended best practices for installing and configuring EMC® VNXe1600™ systems for best performance.
Data Protection
A Detailed Review
This paper reviews and explains the various operations, limitations, and best practices supported by the Unified Snapshots features on the Next Generation VNXe3200.

EMC VNXe3200 Replication Technologies

A Detailed Review
This white paper covers the replication solutions available in VNXe3200, as well as their features and implementation. Specifically, it discussed VNXe3200 Native Asynchronous Replication, RecoverPoint, and others. It also includes information on how you can manage replication in VNXe3200, and the major benefits replication provides.
Management
A Detailed Review
This white paper introduces EMC® Unisphere™ for the VNXe3200, a web-based management environment for creating storage resources, configuring and scheduling protection for stored data, and managing and monitoring other storage operations. This paper provides a detailed description of how to use Unisphere to manage your VNXe3200 storage system.

EMC VNXe3200 High Availability

A Detailed Review
This white paper discusses the high availability (HA) feature in the EMC VNXe3200 storage system and how you can configure a VNXe system to achieve your goals for data availability.
Monitoring
A Detailed Review
This white paper explains the capacity and performance metrics features available in the EMC VNXe3200 storage system. Information is provided to detail the ability to create custom metrics dashboards to view data, customize viewing options through filters, and export data from the storage system.

 


VNX2 Technical Notes and Solution Overviews

 

CategoryTitleAbstract
Data Efficiency

Configuring BranchCache V2 on VNX®

This document is intended for VNX customers who have several geographical sites linked by WAN or slow networks and want to use Microsoft® BranchCache to save bandwidth consumption and improve response time on those links.
Solution Overview

Use Cases For Transactional NAS on VNX2

Solutions for Virtual Servers & Databases on NAS
This solution overview explains the benefits of utilizing network-attached storage (NAS) on the EMC VNX2 with MCx to host transaction-oriented workloads, such as server virtualization (VMware and Hyper-V) and databases (SQL and Oracle).

EMC VNX2 and Splunk

A Solution Overview
This solution overview provides an introduction to Splunk and describes a series of test cases run against EMC VNX2 systems to evaluate their use as a storage source for an enterprise Splunk solution.