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SAN, Dell PowerVault MD3200i or EMC VNXe series

Hello Experts,

Need help in deciding which SAN storage to get.
Will be virtualizing 11 servers with VMware ESXi

Specs for SAN are:
iSCSI, 12 bay, dual controller
600G, SAS drive, 15K
RAID 50 (should give us 6TB available space)

These are the ones we are considering

a) EMC VNXe Series.

b) Dell PowerVault MD3200i

Can anyone with experience on both these products please share some pros and cons between them?

2 Solutions
Independent researcher Gartner considers EMC to be better placed in overall Enterprise Storage solutions: http://i.dell.com/sites/content/business/solutions/whitepapers/en/Documents/magic-quadrants-midsized-disk-gartner.pdf
Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
I found EMC a better product and considering that the Dell MD line is a rebranded product now owned by Netapp not sure wha type future support you will have.  VNXe better integrates with VMWare.
jann3891Author Commented:
Thank you Govvy and paulsolov,
Just waiting and hoping I would still get more input from other experts.
I am a Dell shop by the way, don't know if that matters.

paulsolov, did you mean that the Dell PowerVault MD3200i is now owned by Netapp?
or the other way around?
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
The Dell MD series is a rebrand of LSI's SAN line which was purchased by Netapp a few months ago
jann3891Author Commented:
jann3891, I am in the market for a SAN purchase around 1/2012, as well.  Browsing Experts-Exchange, I came across this thread.  I am curious to learn about which model you purchased as well as your experience setting up and working with your SAN solution as I am a noob in this arena.

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