Dell PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel Storage Array Series

Introducing 16Gb Fibre Channel Technology that delivers high-performance and high-capacity storage

Consolidate your Fibre Channel storage with the PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel array series. The arrays are ideal for entry-level storage consolidation that requires high availability, high performance and business continuity without sacrificing ease of use and reliability.

Featuring the next generation of high-performance 16Gb Fibre Channel models, the PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel arrays are designed for versatility, supporting a range of drive types, premium software features and a choice of 2U or high-density 4U chassis.

PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel

Get affordable enterprise-level performance

Take advantage of the enhanced features offered on all PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel arrays, including the latest 16Gb models.

  • Improved performance: Get up to 2x performance with the new 16Gb FC array
  • Controller options: Have 16GB total cache for maximised throughput
  • Dynamic Disk Pools: Improved DDP functionality that supports 20 disk pools, and can support up to 120 SSDs
  • Multi-protocol connectivity from the host: Get 16Gb FC and 12Gb SAS connectivity
  • Thin Provisioning: Allows allocating and consuming physical storage capacity as needed in disk pools
  • SSD Cache: Increases execution speed of applications by caching previously read data (available with High Performance tier only)
  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support: Allows integration of array commands with VMware in the host environment
  • Try and Buy: Allows 90-day trial software licenses for specific software to determine what premium features suit your environment

MD3800f 16Gb Fibre Channel arrayPowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel

16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity allows customers to take their Fibre Channel architecture to a higher level of performance and availability. The MD3800f features:

  • Up to twelve 3.5″ or 2.5″ SAS, near-line SAS and SSD drives in a 2U chassis
  • Support for a maximum of 180 or 192 drives when utilising the Premium Feature Key to expand beyond the 120 standard configurations
  • Single or dual active/active controllers
  • 4GB cache per controller or 8GB per controller in dual-controller configurations

MD3820f 16Gb Fibre Channel arrayPowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel

16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity allows customers to take their Fibre Channel architecture to a higher level of performance and availability. The MD3820f features:

  • Up to 24x 2.5″ SAS, near-line SAS and SSD drives in a 2U chassis
  • Support for a maximum of 180 or 192 drives when utilising the Premium Feature Key to expand beyond the 120 standard configurations
  • Single or dual active/active controllers
  • 4GB cache per controller or 8GB per controller in dual-controller configurations

MD3860f 16Gb Fibre Channel arrayPowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel

16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity allows customers to take their Fibre Channel architecture to a higher level of performance and availability. The MD3860f features:

  • Up to 60-drive configuration (20 HDDs minimum), supporting 2.5″ and 3.5″ SAS, near-line SAS and SSD drives in a 4U chassis
  • Support for a maximum of 180 or 192 drives when utilising the Premium Feature Key to expand beyond the 120 standard configurations
  • Standard High Performance Tiering with SSD Cache and Thin Provisioning to optimise performance and capacity
  • Single or dual active/active controllers
  • 4GB cache per controller or 8GB per controller in dual-controller configurations

MD3060e expansion enclosurePowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel

A 60-drive expansion enclosure specifically designed for the MD3 dense array series, the MD3060e dense enclosure is an eBOD (expansion bunch of disks), which operate in the same fashion as a JBOD (just a bunch of disks). There are two enclosure management modules (EMM) that allow for management of the expansion drives via the MD3 Dense Array controllers. The MD1200 and MD1220 are designed for use as expansion for the MD3 2U arrays.

  • Up to two expansion enclosures can be daisy chained to an MD3 SAS Dense array
  • Options for mix and match of 3.5″, 2.5″, SED or SSD drives
  • Add two MD3060e enclosures (max) for up to 180 drives in just 12U, providing up to 1.8PB of raw capacity Dual EMM controller option only, using the enclosure management modules

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