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EMC Sets Sights on SMB Storage

Vendor unveils its low-end Celerra offering, touting enterprise-class storage for small firms

Small is beautiful, at least as far as EMC is concerned. The vendor unveiled its Celerra NX4 device today, which it is touting as a way for smaller users to get a slice of enterprise storage.

It’s the new entry-point for Celerra,” explains Brad Bunce, EMC’s director of Celerra product marketing. “We want to go smaller because customers are asking for a more cost-effective solution in the sub-$50,000 space.”

Based on EMC’s Clariion AX4 offering, the NX4 can be deployed in NAS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel environments, whereas the AX4 was limited to iSCSI and Fibre Channel.

The 5 rack-unit high NX4 is now being sold as EMC’s low-end Celerra offering, sitting below the vendor’s 7 rack-unit high NS20 and NS40 devices.

“The reason why we’re bringing this to market is because customers have had great demand for the Celerra products, particularly at the low end,” explains Bunce, adding that the NX4 offers between 4 and 60 Tbytes of storage. The NS20 and NS40, in contrast, scale up to 90 Tbytes and 240 Tbytes, respectively.

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