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  1. What is the best approach for upgrade ?

    We have been using CX300 from EMC (Actually we bought from DELL) for around
    3.5 years.

    DELL staff approaches us and will discuss the CX300 upgrade next week.

    From our point of view, what we need is
    1) Add at least one more disk enclosure as the existing 2 are full
    2) Add new / faster and bigger size HD to the enclosure
    3) If possible, we would like to replace the existing HD with larger space
    one.

    The FC SAN is currently to a number of Windows 2003 Servers.

    I would like to seek your advice on what is the best way in our case if we
    hope that the FC SAN will be useful for another 3 years.

    We don't have Storage Specialist at our site and don't know whether there is
    upgrade path for CX300 (Like they will persuade us to change from CX300 to
    CX500 or to a new model - like CX300i) ?

    Is it a good idea to replace the existing 73GB HD with bigger one & migrate
    data across via Navisphere Manager OR just leave them untouched ?

    Your advice is sought.

    Regards,
    Peter



  2. Re: What is the best approach for upgrade ?


    "Peter" wrote in message
    news:uy4cap6wHHA.4464@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > We have been using CX300 from EMC (Actually we bought from DELL) for

    around
    > 3.5 years.
    >
    > DELL staff approaches us and will discuss the CX300 upgrade next week.
    >
    > From our point of view, what we need is
    > 1) Add at least one more disk enclosure as the existing 2 are full
    > 2) Add new / faster and bigger size HD to the enclosure
    > 3) If possible, we would like to replace the existing HD with larger space
    > one.
    >
    > The FC SAN is currently to a number of Windows 2003 Servers.
    >
    > I would like to seek your advice on what is the best way in our case if we
    > hope that the FC SAN will be useful for another 3 years.
    >
    > We don't have Storage Specialist at our site and don't know whether there

    is
    > upgrade path for CX300 (Like they will persuade us to change from CX300 to
    > CX500 or to a new model - like CX300i) ?
    >
    > Is it a good idea to replace the existing 73GB HD with bigger one &

    migrate
    > data across via Navisphere Manager OR just leave them untouched ?
    >
    > Your advice is sought.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Peter
    >
    >


    Peter,

    You need to do some home work first, you need to determine the following
    1) current utilisation both in capacity as in performance of your current
    solution
    2) future requirements of the business, both in capacity and performance
    3) future IT requirements, such as
    back/restore/DR/reporting/archiving/data-retention
    (this is a short list, you can dril into each of those in much more detail)

    then you can ask your vendor to come up with the following
    a) a plan based on existing equipment and upgrades
    b) a plan based on new equipment

    you then put the cost out over the depreciation period, and you need to take
    your pick.

    I know this is possibly not the answer you were looking for, but we really
    cannot help you, you can help you by documenting your storage, application
    and business requirements, and then work with your vendor.

    rgds,
    Edwin.



  3. Re: What is the best approach for upgrade ?

    Dear Edwin,

    Your advice is very helpful. This is because we just only see the upgrade
    from which model's point of view.

    Peter

    "Edwin vMierlo [MVP]" wrote in
    message news:eXFxfFFyHHA.4616@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Peter" wrote in message
    > news:uy4cap6wHHA.4464@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> We have been using CX300 from EMC (Actually we bought from DELL) for

    > around
    >> 3.5 years.
    >>
    >> DELL staff approaches us and will discuss the CX300 upgrade next week.
    >>
    >> From our point of view, what we need is
    >> 1) Add at least one more disk enclosure as the existing 2 are full
    >> 2) Add new / faster and bigger size HD to the enclosure
    >> 3) If possible, we would like to replace the existing HD with larger
    >> space
    >> one.
    >>
    >> The FC SAN is currently to a number of Windows 2003 Servers.
    >>
    >> I would like to seek your advice on what is the best way in our case if
    >> we
    >> hope that the FC SAN will be useful for another 3 years.
    >>
    >> We don't have Storage Specialist at our site and don't know whether there

    > is
    >> upgrade path for CX300 (Like they will persuade us to change from CX300
    >> to
    >> CX500 or to a new model - like CX300i) ?
    >>
    >> Is it a good idea to replace the existing 73GB HD with bigger one &

    > migrate
    >> data across via Navisphere Manager OR just leave them untouched ?
    >>
    >> Your advice is sought.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> Peter
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Peter,
    >
    > You need to do some home work first, you need to determine the following
    > 1) current utilisation both in capacity as in performance of your current
    > solution
    > 2) future requirements of the business, both in capacity and performance
    > 3) future IT requirements, such as
    > back/restore/DR/reporting/archiving/data-retention
    > (this is a short list, you can dril into each of those in much more
    > detail)
    >
    > then you can ask your vendor to come up with the following
    > a) a plan based on existing equipment and upgrades
    > b) a plan based on new equipment
    >
    > you then put the cost out over the depreciation period, and you need to
    > take
    > your pick.
    >
    > I know this is possibly not the answer you were looking for, but we really
    > cannot help you, you can help you by documenting your storage, application
    > and business requirements, and then work with your vendor.
    >
    > rgds,
    > Edwin.
    >
    >




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