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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.
http://www.emc.com/products/series/vnxe-series.htm#/1

b) Dell PowerVault MD3200i
http://www.dell.com/us/enterprise/p/powervault-md3200i/pd


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

Thanks
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jann3891
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GovvyCommented:
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
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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.
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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
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jann3891Author Commented:
thanks
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hareshmelwaniCommented:
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.
Thanks.
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