Storage environments can differ based on the industry, size of the organization, and many other deciding factors. But there is one commonality that they all share, at some point organizational growth and storage needs have to be addressed. IT managers must find solutions to capacity and performance issues on a daily basis. Purchasing a new disk array enclosure (DAE) for your EMC hardware is a cost-effective way to increase performance or add capacity in your data center.

A few questions usually come to mind once you decide to add an enclosure to your EMC storage array. The first question is usually, “Which DAE will be the best fit for my EMC platform?”. After that follows a variety of other questions such as, “How much will this DAE cost?” and “How long will it take to implement this DAE in my environment?”. The short answer to these questions: it depends. However, each of these questions yield answers that will shed light on multiple aspects of EMC DAEs- from availability, pricing, and compatibility.

What Kind of DAE Do I Want?

In order to make the best decision for your data center, you should consider your workload, applications you plan on using the enclosure for, and system compatibility. Taking those things into account will help you make the best choice for your overall environment. Are you hosting a large database on your VNX? Then choosing an all NL-SAS configuration in a disk enclosure like the VNX6GSDAE60 might be a good choice. Do you need more performance instead of capacity? Consider a SAS/SSD enclosure like a V2-DAE-N-25-A.

Another practical question when purchasing an EMC DAE is to decide if you want to purchase new or used. Depending on your array, that question may be fairly easy to answer. EMC storage arrays like CLARiiON and VNX are End of Life, meaning your best bet might be purchasing a pre-owned enclosure.

If you choose to purchase a used EMC DAE, or any EMC hardware for that matter, you should ask how the equipment is tested. A reputable provider will have a documented testing process. This will ensure that the equipment works at the highest quality as soon as it arrives.

What Affects DAE Availability?

Disk array enclosures are pretty much always available to you as an end user through the secondary market. However, there are other factors that you should take into account when purchasing a disk enclosure, such as turnaround time to get the DAE implemented within your data center. There are a number of factors that can affect the amount of time it takes to receive the enclosure of your choice.

One step that can slow down the process is requesting a quote. Requesting pricing from the OEM can leave you waiting for days or weeks for a response which will ultimately add to your turnaround time and can cost you money in the long run. If you’re purchasing your DAE through a third-party EMC vendor like Reliant Technology, we can provide a pricing quote within 15 minutes or less. You don’t have to wait weeks to get pricing, in under 15 minutes, you’ll be able to get the information you need in order to move forward with your purchase.

Additionally, researching availability can also give indications about disk array enclosure pricing. A basic understanding of supply and demand will allow you to understand the availability aspect of buying a DAE. If the DAE is brand new then there’s a probability that demand for that shelf will be very high. Whereas, if there’s a lot of the particular disk array enclosure available on the used market, then the price will likely be driven down making it more accessible and probably cheaper.

Need More Pricing and Availability Information?

Do you still have questions about DAE availability and pricing? We can help you verify compatibility and craft a storage solution that fits your EMC storage needs. Chat with one of our EMC storage experts or give us a call at 1.877.227.0828.