Unboxing Our Celerra NS120

Posted: March 15, 2010 in Celerra

I get a tone of questions about EMC Celerra so when our new NS120 turned up last week I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some photos and post giving people less familiar with EMC kit a little insight as to why the Celerra is such a beast.

I actually finished this post earlier tonight but after reading over it I decided it was a bit all over the place so im going to break it down into two separate posts.

This first post will be a few photos showing the new hardware, the second post to follow will contain a lot more information about the Celerra Unified Storage platform.

Heres the Celerra in the travel rack

I know it’s not pretty here, but once the bezels go on it looks like something futuristic and sexy, much like Lucy Lawless in the TV series Battlestar Galactica

Rear View

DataMover ( one of two )

Storage Processors

Control Station

Power Supply A (right Side) and Standby Power Supply B (Left Side)

Storage Rack

Boxes of software and cables

Here’s a photo of the boxes which get shipped with the Celerra. Inside these bigger boxes are smaller boxes containing bezels, cables and EMC Software.


  1. Jason Boche says:

    What you’ve labeled Power Supplies is actually the battery backup or “Standby Power Supply” which allows queued writes to be flushed before the frame goes down completely due to loss of power.

    Congrats on the Celerra NS-120 – I’m sure you will love it!

    • Brian Norris says:

      Hi Jason, Yes this was a bit lazy on my behalf, I’ve updated the label to include both components.

      Your absolutely correct about the functionality, all cached writes are saved to the vault area on the first 5 drives.

      Some people expect these to act like a UPS to keep the array up and running but in reality when the power gets pulled 2-4 seconds is typically enough to flush writes to the vault area and then everything goes down.

      Thanks for the comments.

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