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EMC Clariion Systems since the Data General Acquisition (10 Years)


Over the past 3 months, quite a few readers have asked me to write about various models that are associated with the EMC Clariion Generation of machines and its features.

To sum them all, here is the list…..


EMC Clariion FC Series (This may have been 1999 through 2003)

  • FC4300: Fiber Channel 4500 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1 GB interface
  • FC4500: Fiber Channel 4300 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1GB interface
  • FC4700: Fiber Channel 4700 Series, FC Disk, FC SP interface, 1 GB, 2 GB interfaces
  • IP4700: Internet Protocol 4700 Series, FC Disk, IP SP interface, 10/100 interfaces
  • FC5000: Fiber Channel 5000 Series, FC Disk, JBOD
  • FC5200: Fiber Channel 5200 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1GB interface
  • FC5300: Fiber Channel 5300 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1 GB interface
  • FC5400: Fiber Channel 5400 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1 GB interface
  • FC5500: Fiber Channel 5500 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1 GB interface
  • FC5600: Fiber Channel 5600 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1 GB interface
  • FC5700: Fiber Channel 5700 Series, FC Disk, FC SP Interface, 1 GB, 2GB interface

EMC Clariion CX Series (This generation released 2003 through 2006)

  • CX200: Generation 1 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface
  • CX200LC: Generation 1 CX, Fiber Channel CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface with one SP and one SPS
  • CX400: Generation 1 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface
  • CX600: Generation 1 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface
  • CX300: Generation 2 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface
  • CX500: Generation 2 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface
  • CX700: Generation 2 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC SP 2GB interface
  • CX300i: Generation 2 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP interface
  • CX500i: Generation 2 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP interface
  • CX700i: Generation 2 CX, CX Series, FC, ATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP interface

Each of the model types has certain set of features to it; click here to read the previous blog post on the major differences for each models.


EMC Clariion CX3 Series (This generation released 2006 through 2009)

  • CX3-10: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 4GB
  • CX3-20: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 4GB
  • CX3-20C: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 4GB
  • CX3-20F: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 4GB
  • CX3-40: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 8GB
  • CX3-40C: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 8GB
  • CX3-40F: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale  Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 8GB
  • CX3-80: Generation 3 CX, CX3 Ultrascale Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC & ISCSI SP 8GB

Each of the model types has certain set of features to it; click here to read the previous blog post on the major differences for each models.


EMC Clariion CX4 Ultraflex Series (This generation was released in 2008)

  • CX4-120C: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-120C8: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-120: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-240C: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-240C8: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-240: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-480C: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-480C8: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-480: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-960C: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-960C8: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB
  • CX4-960: Generation 4 CX, CX-4 Ultraflex Series, FC, SATA Disk, FC 4/8 GB & ISCSI 1GB

Each of the model types has certain set of features to it: click here to read the previous blog post on the major differences for each model type.

EMC Clariion AX Series

  • AX100: SATA Disk, SP FC interface 2GB
  • AX100SC: SATA Disk, SP FC interface 2GB, single controller
  • AX100i: SATA Disk, SP iSCSI interface 1GB
  • AX100SCi: SATA Disk, SP iSCSI interface 1GB, single controller
  • AX150: SATA Disk, SP FC interface 2GB
  • AX150i: SATA Disk, SP FC interface 2GB
  • AX4-5F: SATA, SAS Disk, SP FC interface 4GB
  • AX4-5FSC: SATA, SAS Disk, SP FC interface 4GB, single controller
  • AX4-5i: SATA, SAS Disk, SP iSCSI interface 1GB
  • AX4-5iSC: SATA, SAS Disk, SP iSCSI interface 1GB, single controller

A previous blog post that discusses full functionalities of the AX-4 platform, please read here.

Also mid last year, in a blog post we discussed various EMC Symmetrix, Clariion, Celerra and DL Series of machines.


Just for reference,

The previous generations of Clariion (during the Pre-EMC days or the Data General Clariion)

  • C1xx0: C Series Clariion, 10 Slot System, FC Interface, SCSI Disk
  • C2xx0: C Series Clariion, 20 Slot System, FC interface, SCSI Disk
  • C3xx0: C Series Clariion, 30 Slot System, FC interface, SCSI Disk