My company is evaluating two products for our NAS solutions. We have the Celerra from EMC and the F840C from Network Appliance. The
F840C seems much easier to manage and has a lower cost as well as being faster from what I understand. I was wondering what your experience and opinions are with these two solutions.
We don't make specific product recommendations but point out issues to consider. The Celerra is a very high-end product with the highest overall performance when fully configured. It has additional complexities due to using a Symmetrix for its storage.Network Appliance has been the market leader for NAS for quite a while and has a history of very successful products. The price you pay is dependent on the deal you make - it's a very competitive market right now. I'm sure both solutions will solve your problems but you need to look at your requirements - performance, administrative effort, price, backup, data sharing, etc. and see how each addresses them to make an informed decision.
Every customer has differences in their needs so a simple answer (although it is simple for the vendor) does a disservice to the customer.
Evaluator Group, Inc.
This was first published in July 2001