vSphere 6.0 – Unsupported Storage Arrays

The list of unsupported servers since ESXi 6.0 was long. What about the storage landscape? The following storage arrays were supported in 5.5 but are according to VMware HCL no longer supported in vSphere 6.0.

  • EMC VPLEX Virtual Edition
  • EMC AX4-5
  • EMC AX4-5i
  • EMC Celerra CNS
  • EMC Celerra NS-120
  • EMC Celerra NS-480
  • EMC Celerra NS-960
  • EMC Celerra NX4
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960 C8X

Please note that this is only a diff between 5.5 and 6.0. There was a huge drop in storage support between 5.1. and 5.5!

Source: VMware HCL

  1. Is this list still accurate? I see many of these arrays are on the HCL but only list the Veritas MPP.

  2. I spoke to VMware and EMC directly and got the final word. VMware said they will not support Celerra or Clariions at all based on the HCL and they do not plan on adding support. EMC will also not support those arrays when connecting to vSphere 6. Thats really surprising especially since the Clariion and VNX are so similar. Neither party I spoke to seemed to know much about the Veritas MPP and basically said support has been completely dropped for those products on vSphere 6.

  3. The HCL says Dell`s version of ax4-5/5i are supported by Vsphere6.0/6.1. Just an fyi..

  4. thanks for sharing. For me i freaked when i saw this as we are stuck with Clarion CX4-480 for another 5-6 months and upgrading ESX to vCentre 6.x soon but after checking the updated SAN compatibility guide, i see now 6.0 and 6.0 U1 are supported :) at least we have some clear levels to upgrade to now.

    much appreciated for the info.

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