EMC CX3-80 Overview
EMC CLARiiON CX3-80 is the largest, most powerful storage array in the CX3 series. Based on the CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale architecture, CLARiiON CX3-80 provides high-performance, high-capacity networked storage that is designed to handle data-intensive workloads and large consolidation projects.
With the CX3-80, you can meet your needs today and scale easily to 471TB to handle future growth. Get the five 9s availability (99.999 percent) your business needs. Wizard-driven software capabilities make daily management easy. Advanced functionality protects your data.
Tap eight 4 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and up to 256 highly available, dual-connected hosts.
EMC CX3-80 Pricing, Maintenance & Support, Installation
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CX3-80 Major Subassemblies
The minimum CX3-80 assembly consists of a single 4U storage processor enclosure (SPE), a 2U standby power supply (SPS, and a 3U 4Gb/s UltraPoint disk-array enclosure (DAE), for a total of 9U. A fully-configured CX3 Model 80 consists of the SPE and dual SPS, plus 32 3U-DAEs, for a toal of 102U. This requires the use of two additional cabinets. Minimum and maximum configurations for the CX3 Model 80 assembly are shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Minimum and Maximum CX3 Model 80 Configurations
The dual SPS, SPE, and DAE assemblies are rackmounted for efficiency, and provide the user with many different configuration options. The CLARiiON 40U cabinet (with industry-standard 19-inch racks) can house different configurations of the CX3 Model 80 systems, as well as 1, 2 , or 4-Gb/s Fibre Channel switches (1U and/or 2U) and/or Ethernet network switches. The standard 40U cabinet comes with four power distribution units (PDUs) and four power distribution panels (PDPs). Power supplies on the left side of the cabinet use the left PDU; power supplies on the right use the right PDU. Additionall, all CLARiiON storage systems can be installed in non-EMC industry standard cabinets.
CX3-80 Storage Processor
Each CX3 Model 80 SP contains two 3.6Ghz 2MB L2 cache Intel Xeon processors. This dual-storage processor architecture provides the power for enhanced performance, stability, and reliability in the CX3-80 storage system. Each CX3-80 SP has 8GB of system memory. There is a PCI Express-x8 CMI channel between the storage processors that is used for communication and messaging between the storage processors as well for the mirroring of data that is written to the portion of memory that has been designated for write cache on the storage system.
Figure 2. CX3-80 Storage Processor Front-End (FE) and Back-End (BE) Ports
Figure 2 shows a CX3-80 storage processor. LEDs provide indications of SP power, boot progress and fault status. Separate link-port LEDs indicate the speed at which the front and back-end ports are running – green indicates 2Gb/s and blue indicates 4Gb/s.
Each SP has four 4 Gbps Fibre Channel front-end (FE) ports. These ports, which are small-form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceivers, are customer replaceable and have a default setting of auto-negotiate. Using Navishpere Manager or CLI, the user can change the settings from auto-negotiate to 1, 2, or 4Gbps. These front-end ports may be connected to a 1, 2, or 4Gbps transceiver on a switch, or they may be directly connected to a 1, 2, or 4Gbps HBA on a server/host. Each SP also has four 4Gbps Fibre Channel back-end ports, which along with the peer SP, form four redundant FC back-end loops for disk connectivity and capacity expansion.
Figure 3. CX3-80 I/O and CPU Modules
Figure 3 shows the CPU module and the two I/O modules for the CX3-80. The CPU module contains the two Intel Xeon processors and the memory DIMMs for each storage processor. Each I/O module contains two 4Gbps front-end and two 4Gbps back-end ports. The front-end ports on each I/O module are SFP optical transceivers and are customer replaceable. Each module is a separate field-replaceable unit (FRU), which can be individually replaced should the need arise.
Figure 4. CX3-80 Management Module
Figure 4 shows the management module for the CX3-80. It has two 10/100 LAN ports, one for Management and one for Service, as well as two micro-DB9 communication ports, one for serial communication and one for SPS sensing. The Management port is used to access and manage the storage processor with the software interface Navisphere, while the Serivce port is a dedicated port to be used by EMC Certified Proven Professionals should the need arise for them to access the storage processor when they are onsite.
Figure 5. CX3-80 Power Supplies and Cooling
As shown in Figure 5, the CX3-80 SPE has four blower modules and two 1200-watt power supplies. The power supplies and blower modules are front-serviced vertical field-replaceable units (FRUs).
CX3-80 Standby Power Supply
As shown in Figure 6, the CX3-80 SPE uses two 2.2-kilowatt SPSs to maintain power to the storage system during a power loss; this allows a full dump of the write cache to a reserved area on the persistent disk. In the case of the CX3-80, SPS power output connectors are used to power the SPE as well as to power the first DAE on the first back-end loop.
Figure 6. View of CX3-80 Standby Power Supply (SPS)
It is important to cable each SPS so it connects completely to either the A side or the B side. For example, if you are looking at the SPS from the back, they should be configured as follows:
- SPS on the right: Power-out and sense cables should connect to power supply A and SP A.
- SPS on the left: Power-out and sense cables should connect to power supply B and SP B.
If an SPS is cabled with the SPS sense cable going to SP A and the power-out cable going to power supply B (or vice versa), error conditions are displayed when the SPS is tested while it is charging.