Dell PowerVault MD3000i Network Storage Array

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Dell PowerVault MD3000i Network Storage Array

The PowerVault MD3000i networked storage array leverages the modularity and availability of the PowerVault series to deliver an IP network storage solution that can consolidate up to 16 hosts. By extending the connectivity capability of today’s MD3000 controller architecture, Dell is able to bring to market a low cost, easy to use, expandable, and highly available iSCSI SAN storage array.

Consolidation Without Complexity
The PowerVault MD3000i is a high performance iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN) designed to deliver storage consolidation and data management capabilities in an easy to use, cost effective solution.

* Consolidate up to sixteen (16) fully redundant servers, expand to support up to 45TB of data.
* Wizard based installation, intuitive management and advanced data protection software.

Entry-level Storage for Virtualized Environments:
Shared storage is required to enable VM mobility the key benefit of a virtual environments. The PowerVault MD3000i is a networked shared storage solution, providing the high availability, expandability and ease of management desired in virtual environments. Leverages existing IP networks and offers small and medium businesses an easy to use iSCSI SANs without the need for extensive training or new expensive infrastructures.

Optimal Storage for Business Critical Applications:
The PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI SAN with dual Ethernet ports, redundant hardware and proactive notification can deliver the availability required of business critical applications like Microsoft Exchange and SQL. Support for 16 servers and modular scalability offer seamless growth to support your needs today and in the future.

The Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI provides functionality needed to help provided availability and protection needed, without adding complexity.

Redundant components: Supports redundant active/active RAID controllers, management ports and power/cooling to provide real security at the hardware level.
Automated drive failure detection: Capable of automatically rebuilding a failed drive using an available hot-spare drive.
Intelligent battery monitoring: Intelligent software notifies you before the battery fails, helping to reduce unplanned downtime.
Hot-pluggable components: Remove and replace disk drives, storage controllers, power supplies, and cooling fan modules while the system remains running - without impacting operations.
RAID Levels: Supporting RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6 offering flexibility in data protection and system performance characteristics.
Premium management functionality: Snapshot and virtual-disk copy capabilities that support hourly, real-time backups of your entire data environment.

Hard Drives

Controller Module:
Up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hot-pluggable hard drives, at speeds of 5.4K, 7.2K, 10K or 15K
Expansion Module:
Two expansion modules each holding up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hot-pluggable hard drives, at speeds of 5.4K, 7.2K, 10K or 15K
SAS Drives
15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 73GB, 146GB, 300GB or 450GB
10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300GB, 400GB or 600GB
Nearline SAS (7,200 RPM) drives available in 500GB, 750GB or 1TB
SATA Drives
7,200 RPM SATA II drives available in 250GB, 500GB, 750GB or 1TB
Energy efficient SATA II (5,400 RPM) drives available in 1TB
Maximum Capacity (per enclosure)
15TB using fifteen using fifteen (15) 1TB3 7.2K SATA or SAS disk drives
Expansion Capabilities
Expandes to 3 shelves (45 drives) with two PowerVault MD1000 expansion arrays


Standard Model: Two (2) Gb Ethernet Ports
High Availability Model: Four (4) Gb Ethernet Ports

Storage Controllers and RAID Levels

Storage Controllers
Standard Model: Single storage controller
High Availablity Model: Dual storage controllers provides failover and redundant enclosure management capabilities 512 MB of battery backed cache (72 hours) per controller
Both models support both IPV4 and IPV6 addressing
RAID Levels: Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6, Up to 30 physical disks per disk group, Up to 256 virtual disks

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