Clariion, EMC, Storage

Downloading the EMC CLARiiON CX / Navisphere simulator

I just wanted to write a really short post to share this tip with you. A lot of people seem to stumble on this site while they are looking to do some tests. Now, as always you will most likely not have full on storage array sitting around that is just waiting to be a guinea pig while serving your production environment.

A partial solution is to test things in a simulator. For people who want to test things on their Cisco switches there is an open source “Internetwork Operating System” or IOS simulator that gives you a taste of the real thing. Admittedly it’s not the same as having a full environment, but it might just help you in testing a scenario or routine that you have in mind.

Now, you will find that there is also a simulator for the CLARiiON environment that is called the “Navisphere simulator” and a CX simulator. Problem is that the simulator can’t be downloaded with any old Powerlink account. Partners and employees can use a simple download in Powerlink ( Home => Products => Software E-O => Navisphere Management Suite => Demos) , but if you don’t fall under that category you will have a hard time actually finding a download.

Normally to get the simulator you would need to order some CLARiiON training. The Navisphere and CX simulators are actually packaged with the Foundations course and you can also find them in one of their video instructor led trainings. The problem is that you or your boss will pay quite a bit for said trainings, and this is not great if you just want to perform a quick test.

Now for my tip… Buy the “Information and Storage Management” book (ISBN-13: 978-0-470-29421-5 / ISBN-10: 0-470-29421-3) from your favorite book supplier. Beside it being a good read it also allows you to register on a special site created for the book where you can actually find some learning aids that also include the Navisphere simulator and the CX simulator. You can find the book starting around $40 and there’s also a version available for the Kindle if you are in to e-books. You don’t need any special information to register the book on the EMC site so it’s quite a quick way to get the simulators and check if you can actually simulate the scenario you have in mind.

34 thoughts on “Downloading the EMC CLARiiON CX / Navisphere simulator”

  1. Hey Bas,

    Can you provide some other link for it or upload it to some other site if you have a working copy of it. The file downloaded through the given link is tgz file of 8KBs and that too corrupted.

    I think there is something wrong with the file. please provide the link for a good copy of it.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Hi Nagendra,

    I’m not sure which link you followed, but I have no direkt link towards any of the sims. The Navisphere and CLARiiON CX sims can be downloaded by following the ISM book link, and after registering there you will find two zip files, but no tgz files.

    In regards to the IOS simulator, just click on “view all files” and select the 0.2 version if the 0.3 version is not working for you.

    Hope that helps. πŸ™‚


  3. Hi Bas,

    Still I am confused how to download the simulator. Can u plz upload somewhere or guide me with the process.



  4. Hi Bas,

    Can u plz upload navisphere simulator and provide me the download link. I am not a registred user for EMC powerlink and I can not download from there.


  5. Suneet, I think I spelled it out quite clearly:
    “You don’t need any special information to register the book on the EMC site so it’s quite a quick way to get the simulators and check if you can actually simulate the scenario you have in mind.”

    So, to make it even more clear, go to and click on one of the links to the learning aids on that page (for example “Section 1 Learning Aids Β»”), fill out the information there and you will be taken to a new page where you can download the NaviSphere simulator from the official EMC site. πŸ™‚

    Hope that helps, if not then let me know.


  6. Hi Bas,

    Thank you very much for guiding me, how to download the simulator. I have downloaded the simulator and installed it successfully but when I am opening the application, it’s prompting me to Activate. After entering the details, it says Failed to connect and giving me a option to Register Later. Do u have any suggestion, how can I bypass it.. Thanks in advance….

    Regards.. Suneet

  7. ISM learning aids cannot be downloaded after the survey. have they moved the learning aids to somwhere else?

    1. Hi Kumar,

      I pinged the folks at EMC, and they are working on the issue. Should hopefully be available again soon. Thanks for the info!


  8. Hi Bas,

    I have download Navisphere Simulator from the above link. While trying to install it , it is throwing me an error ” This Application was unexpectedly Quit ” . Invocation of Java application has caused an Java Target Execption”.Could you please help me on this.

    1. Hi Vinod,

      I don’t know the java requirements for the application, but I would suggest trying to update your Oracle Sun java version, or otherwise trying to download the IBM Java JRE and see if that helps.

      Cheers, Bas

    2. @PerrazooI cerluntry don’t have the time to help you that much. You have to check the code that the widget generates you add the “id” that is uses for its div (usually div) to the appropriate section in style.css (look for “sidebar” and background). Regarding the old date format, that was one of the things that I disliked the most and it took me a while to have it my way. Only solution I have is: use the source. Compare my Freshy mod with the original one.

  9. Hi Bas,

    Thank you very much for guiding how to download the simulator. could you please guide how to activate as i tried to activate & failed to do so. Each time i used to get error “Could not connect to server due to Network issues. Either click ‘Try again’ or ‘Register Later’ to go to login page” I just bypassed clicking register later and started using the simulator.
    Will it get expired if i won’t register?

    1. run as per above showed in win xp sp2 compatibility mode and after installation run simulator either in apple safari directly or install latest java JRE latest version to run in IE 8 or firefox.

  10. Hi Bas,

    Appreaciate your effort. I wonder whether you will be able to help me. I am looking for EMC ISM VLIT. Any idea where I can download it from. Any info will be helpful.

    Thanks, Riaz

  11. Hi Bas, Thank you very much for your quick response. Are you aware of anyone who is willing to share the video’s for a cost. I am just trying to save some bucks. Thanks, Riaz

    1. Hi Riaz,

      best advice I can give you there, is to first check if this is allowed on the ECN (EMC Community Network) right here, and you might find someone who may be willing to share the VILT with you, or is perhaps willing to sell you their copy once they passed the exam.

      Hope that helps,

  12. the navi-simulator does not work. corrupt zip file.
    Can someone give me a different link to download it?

  13. pls has anyone tried installing the software.. i was able to download both simulators but does install on my OS (Windows 7) even after installing Jre 1.6 n above… someone with any idea should pls help out. Or can i run it on windows 7 OS ?

  14. hi, I am trying to install navisphere simulator on windows 7 by running it in compatibility mode(Windows XP service pack2)..I have uninstalled m current java setting before doing ….but I m still facing issues as in the setup do not process further after it reaches the installing do not go to the installation complete step even after leavin it as it is for 2 hrs 😦 .. any suggestions?

  15. Thanks for any other informative web site. The place else could I get that type of info written in such an ideal way?
    I have a mission that I’m simply now working on, and I have been at the glance out for such info.

  16. Hi Rajat & Vinod ,

    I am facing the same promblem ,while instaling the navisphere in windows 7 ,even i have tried installing in compatibile mode of windows xp sp3 and 2 ,didn’t work out ,i beleive its not compatible with win 7.please post here if you guyz get other option to install in win 7 or ink to download a simulator compatible with windows 7.

  17. hey ,just to add more , i have account with emc poewerlink in both as customer as well as partner ,please provide the direct links to download the
    simulator of vnx5300,clarion cx series navisphere simulator but in compatible mode with windows 7.

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