EMC Clariion – Get Me Connected

The Clariion family of arrays includes the CX4-120, 240, 480, and 960.  As you would guess the higher the number the higher the number of disk drives supported hence the more powerfull the array.  Nothing earth shattering I know. What is a common denominator when it comes to questions about the different arrays?  “What kind of connectivity options are available?”.  We get this question weekly it seems like but when it comes to answering it I always find my self scrambling and looking through various charts and EMC documents.  Why?  Because I killed to many brain cells with my buddy Bud Light?…….well maybe there is some truth to that……but realistically, there are just a lot of options available.  Today you basically have 4 connectivity options available to you:

  • 4 Gb Fibre Channel
  • 8 Gb Fibre Channel
  • 1 Gb iSCSI
  • 10 Gb iSCSI

Since I was in the process of creating a cheat sheet for myself I figured why not post it to my blog and hope someone else can benefit from it as well.  So below are the various choices you have for the CX4-120, 240 and 480 (I left out the 960 intentionally).  All number are per array so divide by two if you need per storage processor.

CX4-120

  • Base Config:  4 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option A:  4 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option B:  12 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option C:  4 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 8Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option D:  4 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI

CX4-240

  • Base Config:  4 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option A:  4 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option B:  4 x 4Gb FC + 12 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option C:  12 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option D: 12 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option E:  4 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 8Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option F:  4 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 8Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option G:  4 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI
  • Option H:  4 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI
  • Option I:  12 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI

CX4-480

  • Base Config:  8 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option A:  8 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option B:  8 x 4Gb FC + 12 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option C:  16 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option D:  16 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option E:  8 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 8Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option F:  8 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 8Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI
  • Option G:  8 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI
  • Option H:  8 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 8 x 10Gb iSCSI
  • Option I:  8 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI
  • Option J:  16 x 4Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI
  • Option K:  8 x 4Gb FC + 8 x 8Gb FC + 4 x 1Gb iSCSI + 4 x 10Gb iSCSI
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