Dell/EMC CX600 Fibre Channel Storage System INFOBrief

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    Dell? | EMC? CX600

    Fibre Channel Storage System

Key Points

    ; The Dell/EMC CX600 is designed for the most demanding and

    business-critical areas of an organization. Enterprise-class business

    continuance features include hot-pluggable redundant hardware, hot

    spare disk drives, multipath failover, snapshots, cloning, local/remote

    mirroring, and non-disruptive firmware upgrades - all at a midrange


    ; The CX600 offers performance of up to 150,000 cached IOps and 1300

    MB/sec throughput, and provides up to 35TB (240 drives) of disk

    storage. Whether an OLTP database or a video streaming application,

    the CX600 can be tuned to match high performance application needs. ; The CX600 helps ensure the highest levels of data availability through

    advanced features such as cache de-staging to disk, data integrity

    checking, and advanced software that allows for point-in-time copies,

    clones or full mirroring for business continuance.

    ; The CX600 can be added to an existing Dell/EMC SAN. The CX600

    interoperates freely with legacy Dell/EMC FC4700/4500/5300 products

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    as well as other CX series Dell/EMC products. Mirroring is supported

    between the CX400 and CX600, FC4700, or FC4700-2 systems. ; The CX600 is designed for future growth. You can pay-as-you-grow

    by hot-adding expansion enclosures with the CX600. It is possible to

    add up to 15 DAE2 expansion enclosures (up to 240 drives) to a single


    ; Help lower the total cost of storage with simple yet powerful

    management software. The CX600 is fully compatible with the entire

    Navisphere? software suite and VisualSan as well as EMC Control

    Center/Open Edition.

    ; Superior service and support Dell offers professional consulting,

    installation, and implementation services to help ensure every CX600

    is brought online quickly and is configured to meet business

    requirements. And every CX600 is backed with Gold level Dell

    Premier Enterprise Support Services to help ensure that the system

    remains up and running for years to come.


    The Dell/EMC CX600 is an end-to-end Fibre Channel storage system. The interface to disk drives and to host servers is based on the industry-standard 2 Gigabit/sec Fibre Channel protocol. Fibre Channel storage systems are commonly used both directly attached to servers and in storage area networks (SANs).

    The CX600 is a high-performance and feature rich array that is suitable for the most demanding applications and for storage consolidation of multiple heterogeneous hosts in a cohesive SAN fabric.

Product Description

    The CX600 provides best-of-breed enterprise storage in direct attach or large SAN environments. Storage-based functionality and comprehensive management software offer world-class information protection and streamlined, efficient management. The CX600 is a fully integrated 2 Gigabit storage solution with eight front-end Fibre Channel 2 optical ports and up to 240 2 Gigabit back-end disk drives.

    The features of the CX600 include the following:

    ; Direct connect up to eight servers

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    ; Support for up to 128 highly available servers redundantly

    attached to a single CX600 array in a SAN (each server has 2 HBAs

    providing redundant connectivity to the storage array) ; Up to 240 2Gb Fibre Channel disk drives and 35 TB of raw storage

    capacity within a single array (a SAN fabric can house many

    storage arrays)

    ; 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel technology provides up to 200MB/s

    (400MB/s full duplex) throughput - ideal for high bandwidth

    application environments

    ; Eight front-end optical ports per array. Each Storage Processor (SP)

    is equipped with four 2 Gb front-end optical ports, each delivering

    up to 200MB/s Fibre Channel throughput. With the use of

    PowerPath? fail over and load balancing software for multipath

    I/O, users can operate all eight ports simultaneously ; Two full 2Gb bandwidth back-end Fibre Channel loops per SP for

    a total of four 2Gb back-end loops per array

    ; Over 1,300 MB/s sustained throughput and more than 150,000

    cached I/Os per second

    ; Non-disruptive upgrade for on-line software and microcode


    ; Optional MirrorView? software – synchronous data mirroring

    ; IP mirroring is possible with the use of optional CNT UltraNet

    Edge FC/IP routers

    ; Optional SnapView? software – point-in-time copy and clones

    The CX600 is great for data intensive applications and fully functional

    enterprise SAN environments including:

    ; High performance applications

    ; Video streaming and high speed content delivery

    ; Disaster Recovery

    ; OLTP and Web servers

    ; Data warehouses

    ; Graphics intensive environments

    ; Distributed organizations

    ; Email (Messaging)

    ; Customer relationship management

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    The CX600 consists of a 2Gbps Storage Processor Enclosure (SPE2) and an optional 2Gbps Disk Array Enclosure (DAE2). The SPE2 contains two storage processor boards and redundant, hot-swappable fans and power supplies in a single chassis.

Figure 1

    DAE2 Front View without Bezel showing fifteen 1-inch Fibre Channel Disk Drives

    Up to 16 DAE2 expansion enclosures with up to fifteen drives each can be added to the subsystem for a maximum configuration of 240 drives behind

    1a single SPE2. With 146GB drives, this equates to up to 35 terabytes of data storage.

    Eight front side ports 2Gbps Fibre Channel host ports allow direct connection of up to eight hosts or four 2-node high availability clusters (two HBAs per server) without the use of an external switch. In SAN environments, the CX600 can hold storage for up to 128 redundantly connected servers.

     3 For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes; accessible capacity varies with operating environment

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Figure 2

    Screenshot of Navisphere Manager Graphical User Interface

    The CX600 is qualified to be used in environments with Microsoft? Windows?, Novell? NetWare?, Linux?, HP_UX, AIX, Solaris, Tru-64, and SGI operating systems.

    Table 1 provides a comparison of the features of the Dell/EMC CX200, CX400, and CX600.

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Table 1

    Feature Comparison of the Dell/EMC CX200, CX400 and CX600

Feature CX200 CX400 CX600

    Maximum # of Drives 30 60 240

    Maximum # of Hosts (SAN) 15 64 128

    Performance 25,000 IOPs 60,000 IOPs 150,000 IOPs

    200 MB/s 680 MB/s 1300 MB/s

    Cache 1GB 2GB 8GB

    Host connections 2 SW or 4 FC-AL 4 SFF optical 8 SFF optical

    Rack size (DPE2 or SPE) 4U 4U 5U

    DPE2 and SPS, DPE2 and SPS, SPE and

    with disks with disks SPS, no disks

    Rack size (DAE2) 3U 3U 3U

    RAID 0, 1, 1/0, 3, 5 0, 1, 1/0, 3, 5 0, 1, 1/0, 3, 5

    Cache vaulting Yes Yes Yes

    Data scrubbing (SNiiFFER) Yes Yes Yes

    Management Software Navisphere Navisphere Navisphere

    Manager or Manager Manager


    Manager Base

    Point-in-time Copy Host-Based SnapView? SnapView

    Remote Mirroring Host-Based MirrorView? MirrorView

Solution Description: Software

    Software is both a key and integral part of the benefit that the CX600 brings to users. A full suite of software products is available with the CX600, which facilitates the advanced functionality and management of both the array and the SAN fabric.

Navisphere Manager

    The Navisphere? family of products enables administrators to monitor, configure, tune, and plan Dell/EMC storage from a single management workstation. Navisphere provides a powerful set of capabilities that meets the ease-of management and security requirements of today’s operating environments.

    The Navisphere Management Suite includes the following:

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Navisphere Manager robust configuration, management and event


    Navisphere Event Monitor automatically notifies administrators when failures or status changes occur on Dell/EMC systems

    Navisphere Analyzer comprehensive performance, management and

    trends analysis

    Navisphere Integrator- interprets incoming SNMP traps messages,

    identifies the problem array and locates the problem on the network map of HP Openview, Tivoli TME, or CA Unicenter TNG

    Navisphere Agent / CLI- issues commands to an array requesting array status, recording commands, and the resulting output

    PowerPath- delivers automatic re-routing of SCSI or Fibre Channel I/O traffic in the event of a host-to-storage path failure. Also provides dynamic load balancing.

    CLARalert - early notification and remote diagnostics service program Remote Monitoring Services - remote diagnostic and remote control

    program that utilizes WebEx

    Other Software Components that integrate with Navisphere: Access Logix data protection, shared storage access, and security for heterogeneous SAN resources

    Navisphere software extends the capabilities of Dell/EMC FC4700 and CX600 arrays by offering comprehensive data protection and availability through integrated and centralized control of optional SnapView? and

    MirrorView? software.

    MirrorView remote synchronous mirroring of data

    SnapView point-in-time view of information for non-disruptive backup VisualSAN

    VisualSAN is designed for managing small- and medium-sized SANs. It provides the required tools for managing a SAN with a simple, intuitive user interface. It also provides tools for performance management and configuration management, along with easy SAN installation and comprehensive troubleshooting support.

    Although VisualSAN provides a user-friendly centralized console for management of small and medium sized SANs, it is highly scalable, and can support enterprise class SANs. VisualSAN supports all Dell PowerVault devices and Dell |EMC devices in the SAN.

    Dell/EMC VisualSAN is a suite of SRM products:

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    ; EMC VisualSAN Network Manager

    ; EMC VisualSAN Configuration Manager (optional)

    ; EMC VisualSAN Performance Manager (optional)

    VisualSAN is fully integrated with the Dell/EMC Navisphere and Dell OpenManage Array Manager and Server Administrator management tools, so the user can visualize, monitor and control the entire SAN from a central console. It supports all PowerVault and Dell/EMC devices. Benefits of VisualSAN

    ; Simplified SAN management

    ; Very attractive pricing

    ; Integrated Dell support

    ; Highly Scalable

    For more detailed information on software products, please visit


    The CX600 is an enterprise-class storage system suitable for use in business critical or day-to-day production-level activities that require leading edge performance and scalability with options for business continuance and disaster recovery. The CX600 may be deployed in heterogeneous Windows, NetWare, Linux, and Unix environments and is appropriate for applications in medium-sized businesses to global enterprises. Examples of where the CX600 is a good fit follow:

    ; Business critical applications that require continuous availability

    and disaster recovery, combined with high performance and large

    capacity scaling

    ; Medium to large scale SAN deployments (5 to 60 servers)

    ; Applications that require cost-effective array-based point-in-time-

    copy or cloning

    ; Data center environments where the flexibility of modular storage

    growth is needed

    Direct Attach

    In direct attach configurations, the CX600 provides storage for up to eight directly attached servers or two two-node high-availability clusters. In these configurations, the CX600 has higher availability and allows more distance between server and storage than direct attached SCSI storage

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    systems. Also, configuring the CX600 as direct attach storage prepares the server for seamless consolidation into a SAN sometime in the future. Storage Area Networks

    In a SAN environment, the CX600 can actively communicate with up to 128 redundantly connected servers. When used in a SAN, the CX600 offers the following potential benefits over direct-attached storage:

    ; Lower total cost of ownership through simplified management

    and centralized backup

    ; More efficient use of assets through increased storage utilization

    ; Reduced impact to production performance through LAN-free


    ; Reduced risk of data loss through disaster recovery capabilities

    (i.e., remote mirroring, point-in-time copies and clones)

Typical Applications

    Exchange clusters using MirrorView for disaster recovery.

    The performance and scalability of the CX600 are ideal for high availability clusters running Microsoft Exchange or other messaging software for up to a few thousand users. MirrorView remote mirroring software adds another dimension of data protection to email data by allowing mirroring to other Dell/EMC arrays hundreds of meters or thousands of kilometers away.

    Medium to large sized OLTP databases using SnapView cloning for zero-window, full performance backup.

    The excellent transactional performance of the CX600 coupled with SnapView array-based software is the perfect combination for small to medium sized databases that are active 24x7. Use cloning to create a point-in-time copy of the data, and then back up or analyze the copy while the original data remains in production. Since the cloned data and the original data reside on different disks, the backups and analyses will have minimal performance impact to your database.

    Decision support systems using SnapView snapshots for space efficient zero-window backup.

    The CX600 can also be used for non-critical applications that require a highly scalable, cost effective solution with high performance needs. This is typical of many decision support databases. The CX600 can scale up to 35 TB with 146GB drives providing plenty of capacity for your data. In addition, by using SnapView snapshots, you can back up this large amount of data with zero downtime to your database, and without having to make a full copy.

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Video editing and prepress.

    With 1300MB/s of sequential bandwidth, the CX600 is ideally suited to video and prepress applications. The CX600 can directly attach to up to eight high-speed video editing stations. To connect to more servers, simply add a Fibre Channel switch

Features and Benefits

High Availability Hardware

    The modular redundant design of the CX600 helps the system to continue normal operation in the event of a failed power supply, cooling unit, storage processor, or disk drive. All these components are hot pluggable for easy repair with no downtime. Add to this robust design and numerous data integrity checks, and the result is a storage solution that is built to keep information safe…and accessible.

    Cache Vaulting

    The CX600 contains advanced features designed to protect data from corruption or loss due to unanticipated events. For example, when write caching is used, data waiting to be written is stored in volatile memory on the storage processors. With unprotected systems, an unexpected power failure could result in lost cache data. The CX600 protects against such data loss by using a standby power supply (SPS) to keep the array powered long enough to write cache data to disk. Cache data remains protected indefinitely, and is not subject to the vulnerabilities of battery-backed cache found on other storage systems.

    Modular Design

    Specifically designed to create flexibility in the data center, the CX600 makes it easy to get started with a highly available storage infrastructure, then grow as business and applications needs warrant.

    Excellent performance

    With eight front side 2Gbps Fibre Channel ports on the host and four full-bandwidth ports on the drive side, the CX200 has up to 150,000 cached IOPs and sequential performance of up to 1300MB/sec.

    Cache tuning

    All Dell/EMC storage systems have extremely flexible cache tuning capabilities relative to competing modular storage products. This allows cache to be tuned precisely to the load, helping to optimize performance. Non-disruptive upgrade (NDU)

    Non-disruptive upgrade is built into the core software of the CX600. This allows the core code (firmware) to be upgraded on the fly with no

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