The Dell™ NX4 network attached storage (NAS) device is designed to provide flexible, enterprise-class file storage for Microsoft® Windows®, Linux®, and UNIX® environments while incorporating advanced EMC® features that provide functionality well beyond simple file servers, including support for both Internet SCSI (iSCSI) and Fibre Channel. The Data Access in Real Time (DART) OS supports concurrent use of the Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) protocols, enabling seamless file sharing without compromising data integrity and without requiring performance-reducing emulation.
The Dell NX4 is designed to provide high availability without compromise—enabling organizations to continue operating at the same performance and service levels even in the event of a failure. EMC Celerra® SnapSure™ software enables administrators to create logical point-in-time snapshots to help meet recovery point objectives (RPOs), while optional Celerra Replicator™ software provides a powerful, simplified tool for asynchronous replication and can integrate with SnapSure and VMware® Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to help simplify the testing and execution of disaster recovery processes. Support for multiple backup and restore options helps maximize flexibility.
In addition, file-level deduplication and compression can help organizations effectively handle the proliferation of unstructured data, while file-level retention features help them comply with enterprise, industry, or government requirements. The optional Celerra Anti-Virus Agent (CAVA) helps identify and eliminate known viruses before they infect files on the storage system. The open Celerra FileMover application programming interface (API), meanwhile, supports tiered storage access to help reduce costs, increase storage utilization, and enhance service levels. The advanced features of the Dell NX4, combined with flexible file management and support for both iSCSI and Fibre Channel, make this system well suited to help meet enterprise-class requirements while also helping to simplify data management and reduce costs.
By Scott Sinclair