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How much is the emc upgrade from vnx 5200 to 5400

Posted on 2014-12-11
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I feel that my current vendor is ripping me off so I am doing my research. For those people who did upgrade for vnx 5200 to 5400, how much did it cost you?

The vendor said they'll do a proc upgrade (which is an in place upgrade) or they can do a totally upgraded vnx 5400 solution and we just migrate data off from one system to another.
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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Well, there are a lot of variables in that process. Particularly, if you purchased a 5400 and migrated to it. This varies from the number and types of drives (SSD, NL-SAS, SAS). If you have Fast Cache, and how much, etc. There are also other incentives that may or may not be available through your partner. I really do not think you can easily do a post on here for comparison. The last one we purchased, has 130 disk with 5 SSD's, and I think 50 SAS, and 70 NL-SAS drives. The cost was all combined with a larger project, but I think it ran about  $291k. However, I do not recall if that number included any professional services.
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have you done data in place upgrade?
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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No I haven't.
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data in place(or DIP) upgrade allows you to upgrade vnx to the next level without getting new vnx system. DIP only works if you are in same vnx family. I believe the procedure is EMC upgrades CPU and source code.  I just learned about it this morning.. The downtime is 6-8 hours depending on how big the load on the system is. If your system has 2 HBA, 2 iscsi modules, 2 SP,  etc, then this should be fairly quick... The problem is, I'm having trouble finding out how much will that cost and what people think about the process. :(
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Yes, I went to a VNX Days last month where the option was discussed. However, I do not currently see a need for us to do it. We usually just replace our SAN every 4-5 years, so the only need we may have is to add a tray or two of disks during that time. I think it is great if you have trouble getting an outage window or something like that. I am not sure how many people would do it, so you may not get much response on this question.
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