We get that question a lot. The VNX5300 is one of the most popular storage arrays on the market right now, but no matter what system you may be looking for, price is usually one of the first questions we’re asked.
So, how much is a VNX5300?
The short answer? It depends. A lot of people assume that there’s a blanket price on a VNX5300. But the truth is that there are a lot of factors that go into determining just how much it will actually cost.
Why? Because the applications you intend to run, how much capacity you need, and what specifications you prefer can vary the price of the system. So rather than quote a set figure off the bat, we’ll usually ask you a few questions to better determine what specifications meet your requirements.
This is to ensure you’re not overpaying for anything you don’t need, and that you don’t get hit with unexpected additional costs later on.
Let’s break down some of the factors that influence the cost of a VNX5300.
You can’t just buy a VNX5300 on its own, you need drives to go in it. So our question is, how many terabytes do you need for your VNX5300? The number of drives and the amount of storage space you need will definitely affect pricing.
Note, the upfront capacity cost will be less if you start out with a small amount and add on later, but, you need to make sure you get enough initial capacity for what you need.
Drive Types Used
The types of drives you want to use in your VNX5300 will also factor into pricing. Some people may have an exact breakdown of drive types they need, others may not be so sure. But, if you know the applications you’ll be hosting, we can help you choose the best drives to use.
Will you be hosting databases? Then NL-SAS is your best bet. Are you running applications that need high I/O performance (IOPS)? Then you’ll need SSDs. We can walk you through the best configuration for a VNX5300 based on your application needs, and then determine pricing based on the drive type.
Support for a VNX5300
If you’re purchasing a VNX5300, another thing that you’ll need to consider is if you’ll want a support contract. All of our hardware comes with a 1-year replacement warranty, but if you’ll need a more comprehensive SLA, such as 24×7 monitoring, or on-site spares, this could factor into your overall costs.
There are many SLA options from which you can choose, so you can definitely find the right support coverage you need, within your budget.
Other Pricing Considerations
In a lot of ways, pricing a VNX5300 is like buying a car. Just like with a car, there’s a base model, but the price can vary a lot based on the upgrades or customization you put onto it. Choosing dual controllers, cache and memory, high density shelves, are all items that factor into the price.
The True Cost of a VNX5300
Don’t forget, the true cost of an EMC VNX5300 is more than the initial purchase price, so figuring out these details before purchasing will help you determine the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a VNX5300.
Keep in mind that the VNX array will affect the rest of your data center infrastructure, so be sure to verify that you have the right switches and servers in place before you get the system installed. Have you also considered the impact adding a new system will have on your backup and disaster recovery plans?
Our team can help plan out all these considerations when you ask for a quote to make sure that the system you purchase does exactly what you need it to.
Price Check on a VNX5300
Now you know some of the factors that affect the pricing of a VNX5300 and that it’s a little more nuanced than just a price tag, since your unique requirements set the cost. But figuring out these details also provides a huge opportunity to save money. Our team of EMC experts can help you craft the perfect VNX5300 for your needs.
And as the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, you can trust that you’re getting the best storage solution at the best price. To learn more about the VNX5300 or any other EMC storage arrays including the VNX5200, VNX5500, Data Domain DD690, Data Domain DD990, and more, reach out to our storage and support specialists at 1.877.227.0828 and we’ll get you pricing in 15 minutes or less!