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2 minute readUnified Storage: EMC vs. NetApp

EMC and NetApp are two of the largest storage vendors in the industry, but when it comes to unified storage – Which should you choose?

Search Storage defines unified storage as a storage system that makes it possible to run and manage files and applications from a single device. Unified storage has become a popular technology used by major storage vendors.

It is important to note that the only major vendor to offer a fully unified platform is NetApp. The manufacturer’s FAS8000 series doesn’t need any extra hardware for file or block. Other vendors haven’t embraced this path of implementation, opting to use separate components.

NetApp Unified Storage

Having a piece of hardware from which any protocol can be software-enabled minimizes costs for your organization, while offering you a higher level of flexibility within your storage environment. Scalability and ease of management are paramount to those who favor NetApp.


  • Supports unified storage management in multi-vendor environments.
  • Offers real-time, end-to-end, unified views promoting ease of access for viewing and sharing information.

  • Is great for integrating multi-vendor products and technology saving you valuable time and money.

EMC Unified Storage

In 2011, EMC introduced the VNX product line. This platform was designed to combine the manufacturer’s CLARiiON and Celerra arrays. The converged block and file protocols are managed through Unisphere software. The VNX series also unifies your storage needs for all types of blocks, files, and objects.


  • VNXe offers block and file support for small-to-medium businesses with the VNXe3300. This frees smaller businesses from the need to constantly monitor applications.
  • Supports Flash/SSD, NL-SAS, and SAS drives. VNX platforms are also compatible with virtualization software, VMware.

Ready to Make Your Choice?

Now that we’ve given you the facts on each of these unified storage platforms, are you ready to make a decision? As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage & Support, we can help you craft the storage solution that works best for your environment. To learn more about NetApp and EMC storage platforms, reach out to one of our storage specialists at 1.877.227.0828.


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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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