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The mysterious EMC NX3e



Posted by: Dave Raffo
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EMC executives have been touting the low-end midrange storage system they intend to launch early next year, talking it up on the company’s last earnings call last month and at an investors’ conference this week.

And documents like this about a Celerra NX3e NAS and iSCSI system are making the rounds. The NX3e, according to documents, is “storage for IT generalists — not storage managers.” But EMC people say the NX3e and the new midrange system are not the same, although they may be distant cousins.

In a terse post today, EMC blogger Storagezilla asked himself the question of whether the NX3e is the system CFO David Goulden talked about at the CitiGlobal Technology Conference this week.

His answer: “No that isn’t it. See you in 2011.”

It turns out the NX3e isn’t new, it’s just been geographically limited, according to an EMC spokesman who responded to my query.

“The Celerra NX3e is an IP storage solution that was released in a limited fashion last year,” the spokesman wrote in an email. “It is a channel-only product that is available only in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland for the SMB market. … The ‘e’ emphasizes entry level and the online ‘experience’ for our partners and end users, including ease of installation, configuration and use, and a new online portal for support.

“This is the first of ongoing efforts to address customer needs in this fast growing segment of the market and, as was previously reported, look for details of new offers in early 2011.”

At the CitiGlobal conference, Goulden said the new low-end midrange system would cost in the $10,000 to $75,000 range and would have many capabilities found in higher end Clariion or Celerra systems. But a lot of lower-end midrange admins would probably appreciate some of the features of the NX3e — especially if EMC makes good on its claims made in the NX3e literature, such as:

“No more storage jargon, like LUNs and RAID groups. No more cumbersome and confusing configuration processes.”

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