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Dell EqualLogic PS4100X Array

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Combine cost-effectiveness with high capacity and performance

Augment your remote office data center with the high-performance, high-capacity and cost-effective Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS4100X GbE iSCSI arrays.

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EqualLogic PS4100X Storage System
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Product Configurations

  • Storage Controllers
    Dual controllers, each with 4GB memory for PS-series firmware. Each controller provides cache to flash for data protection.

    Hard Disk Drives
    Twenty-four (24) 10K SAS hot-pluggable hard disk drives (Twelve (12) drive configuration available. Please contact your Dell Sales Representative for details.)

    Drive Capacities
    2.5" 10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 600 GB,* 900 GB, 1.2 TB

    System Capacities

    14.4 TB* using twenty-four (24) 600 GB* 10,000 SAS disk drives
    21.6 TB* using twenty-four (24) 900 GB* 10,000 SAS disk drives

    28.8 TB* using twenty-four (24) 1.2TB 10,000 SAS disk drives 

     

Technical Highlights

  • Volumes
    Up to 256

    Snapshots
    128 per volume / up to 2,048 total per group

    Volume Connections
    Up to 512 per pool / 1024 per group

    Host Protocol
    Any standards-compliant iSCSI initiator

    Operating Systems Supported
    Microsoft® Windows Server® including Hyper-V®
    VMware® ESX Server™
    Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL)
    SUSE® Enterprise Linux® (SLES)
    Oracle® Linux
    Citrix® XenServer®
    For a complete list of supported OS versions including software initiators, NICs/CNAs, and HBAs, see the Dell Storage Compatibility Matrix: http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20438558.

    RAID Support
    RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10, and RAID 50

    GbE Network Interfaces
    Two (2) GbE copper, One (1) 10/100 copper (optional management network only) per controller

    TCP Network Support
    IPv4, IPv6 compliant. USGv6 certified.

    Expansion Option
    Can be combined with other PS Series arrays in the same SAN group, online. A maximum of two (2) PS4x00 arrays can be in a group. Additionally, PS and SC Series offer common management and cross-platform replication capabilities between arrays, providing PS Series customers the flexibility to add SC Series arrays to their environment, if and when they choose.*

Reliability

  • Vertical port sharing
    Redundant hot-swappable controllers, power supplies / cooling fans, and hot-swappable disks
    Individual disk drive slot power control
    Cache-to-flash

Enclosure Monitoring System

  • Automatic spare configuration and utilization
    SMART
    Automatic bad block replacement
    Auto-Stat Disk Monitoring System (ADMS) to monitor health of data on disk drives

Management

  • Dell Storage Manager (DSM): Allows you to perform day-to-day tasks across SC and PS Series arrays from a single management interface*
    PS Series Group Manager
    SAN Headquarters multi-group performance and event monitoring tool
    Serial console
    Ability to configure a separate management network
    SNMP, telnet, SSH, HTTP, Web (SSL), host scripting
    Multi-administrator support

Security

  • CHAP authentication
    Access control for iSCSI
    Access control for management interfaces including RADIUS support

Notification Methods

  • SNMP traps, e-mail, syslog

Power

  • AC voltage: 700 W (max, total), +5V up to 155W; +12V up to 624W; +5Vsb up to 10W
    Frequency: 50/60 Hz
    Power factor: 0.98 (minimum)
    Power supplies: Dual 700 W

Chassis

  • Height: 2U / 87 mm (3.42 inches)
    Width: 446 mm (17.57 inches)
    Depth: 546 mm (21.50 inches)
    Weight: 24.1 kg (53 lbs)

    Packaged physical: Length: 851 mm (33.50 inches) Width: 629 mm (24.75 inches) Depth: 395 mm (15.56 inches)
    Packaged weight: 29.48 kg (65.00 lbs)

    Rack Support
    ReadyRails™ II static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded-hole racks

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature range: 5° to 40°C (41° to 104°F)
    Storage temperature: –40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
    Altitude: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1ºF/550 ft.
    Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (noncondensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
    Shock: Half-sine shock 31G +/- 5% with a pulse duration of 2.6ms +/- 10% in operational orientations only
    Vibration: 0.26 Grms (5 to 350 Hz) for 5 minutes in operational orientations
    Acoustics Category 4: <=7.2 bels at 23C +/- 2C
    Air Quality: Airborne contaminant level of G1 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985

Built to make storage simple

Master your data-hungry tasks with EqualLogic™ PS4100X — powerful performance with easy, flexible management for small -or midsize -companies and enterprise branch offices.
EqualLogic PS4100X - Built to make storage simple

Enterprise features for smaller deployments

Ideal for your growing storage needs, the PS4100X GbE iSCSI array offers a virtualized architecture, enterprise software and easy administration at an affordable price. 
  • Take advantage of a data-center class IT solution in small and midsize businesses as well as enterprise branch offices.  
  • Use the EqualLogic virtualized scale-out architecture for server consolidation and virtualization.
  • Integrate full snapshot, replication and application integration for data protection and disaster recovery.
  • Cut management time and costs with self-optimizing performance and automation.
  • Manage your enterprise-wide EqualLogic SAN, including PS4100 remote-site arrays, with EqualLogic SAN Headquarters.
  • Expand easily into a larger EqualLogic SAN by adding PS4100 (maximum two per group) and PS61xx arrays to scale capacity and performance.

Whether you’re consolidating a direct-attached storage (DAS) infrastructure, migrating data from an existing SAN or NAS system, streamlining data protection processes, or simply adding storage capacity, the Dell EqualLogic PS4100 series offers a solution. The proven, high-performance, self-managing storage arrays are designed to meet the requirements of your growing business.

EqualLogic PS4100X - Choose your array

Choose your array

Build capacity for your data center using PS4100X arrays. With 24 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 2.5" HDDs and up to 28.8 terabytes of capacity, the PS4100X is an efficient, high-performance and high-capacity storage solution.

The Dell EqualLogic PS4100 series enables you to choose the storage solution that best suits your small or midsize business or enterprise branch office. The PS4100 Series family features: 
  • Two GbE ports per controller
  • Dedicated 10/100 management port per controller
  • 6G SAS backplane
  • Options for 12 or 24 hot-swappable drives
  • 7.2K NL-SAS, 10K SAS, or 15K SAS drives 
  • Cache-to-flash memory de-staging
  • Peer-scaling architecture that scales performance linearly
  • Vertical Port Failover, designed to enable you to maintain full bandwidth if a networking port fails
  • Group Manager, which integrates all management into one console for both file and block storage protocols
  • Array firmware and host software with no additional licenses or fees
EqualLogic PS4100XV -Grow confidently with new firmware features

Grow confidently with advanced Array Software features

 Meet your current storage needs and future data management requirements with EqualLogic™ Array Software.

  • Synchronous Replication: Maintain two identical copies of a volume across two different storage pools in the same PS Series for real-time data protection.
  • Volume Unmap: Recover unused space previously allocated to thin-provisioned volumes for better storage capacity utilization and cost-effectiveness.
  • Snapshot Space Borrowing: Temporarily increase the available snapshot space for a volume by borrowing from the snapshot reserve of other volumes and pool-free space, improving your capacity management.

End-to-end services

Dell offers a wide range of professional services and tools to simplify the assessment, design, implementation, management and maintenance of your PS Series environment, including Dell ProSupport and SupportAssist.

Dell Services storage experts go beyond everyday administration to help you improve the performance and utilization of your Dell Storage systems. The Dell Storage Services portfolio provides system installation and implementation as well as training. From disaster recovery planning to physical relocation, the Dell Services team is available to provide professional assistance when you need it.

Comprehensive, proactive support

With Dell ProSupport, you get the most out of your investment with the support expertise and insights Dell is known for across the globe. Dell ProSupport doesn’t just extend your IT team, it offers a single point of contact for all your hardware and software issues. Innovative tools like SupportAssist offer proactive issue notification and automated case creation to help streamline your support experience.

We recommend Dell ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist for mission-critical systems or Dell ProSupport for comprehensive hardware and software support for your Dell Storage PS Series solution. Contact your Dell representative today for more information*.

Implement fast. Implement correctly. Implement once.

Dell ProDeploy Enterprise Suite* can reduce costs and relieve your IT department of time-consuming implementation tasks that otherwise divert valuable IT resources from business-critical activities. We bring two unmatched values to every Dell Storage implementation: deep knowledge of our products and broad experience from performing thousands of deployments every year, in just about every type of customer environment. Choose ProDeploy Plus for the most complete deployment offer available in the market, ProDeploy for expert configuration and installations, or Basic Deployment for worry-free hardware installations.

Start on the right path with Dell Education Services

Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to simplify administration, optimize resources and improve disaster recovery with Dell Storage training. Choose from online courses designed to introduce Dell Storage to hands-on training that dive into the advanced features and best practices to prepare for a successful implementation right from the start. Learn more about the right classes for your organization.

Transform your data center

Dell Storage Consulting Services can help you meet your complex storage infrastructure and data management needs while optimizing resources and budgets. Consulting services can help with:

 • Storage infrastructure consolidation and risk-managed migration for both PS and SC Series systems
 • Storage infrastructure optimization for virtual environments
 • Data protection process development and backup/restore policies
 • Data archiving to address long-term data retention, access and regulatory compliance
 • Classification and categorization of data for storage tiering and archival
 • Storage high availability and disaster recovery planning, design and implementation
Enterprise power with everyday simplicity

Enterprise power with everyday simplicity

Dell Storage PS Series software helps you store and manage your data more efficiently and cost-effectively. PS Series array, host and management software are included in your storage array purchase — virtually all the tools your organization needs for a complete solution. PS Series software virtualizes and simplifies your environment to help protect business-critical data, optimize storage performance and streamline operations. Additionally, the latest SC and PS Series software releases offer common management and cross-platform replication capabilities between SC and PS Series storage arrays, allowing you to take advantage of new functionality while leveraging existing investments.
Simplified management and data protection deliver lasting value

Simplified management and data protection deliver lasting value

Dell Storage PS Series Array Software, including PS Series Firmware, Group Manager and the Manual Transfer Utility, delivers advanced Storage Area Network (SAN) functions that automatically virtualize and optimize storage resources while providing advanced data protection and SAN management. Integrated across the entire family of PS Series arrays, the PS Series Firmware is a SAN operating system based on a unique peer storage architecture that automatically adjusts system resources. In addition, Dell Storage Update Manager simplifies the firmware upgrade process.
Advanced cross-platform streamlined management and disaster recovery

Advanced cross-platform capabilities and streamlined management

If you are adding an SC Series array to your environment, Dell Storage Manager (DSM) provides a common management tool for PS and SC Series day-to-day activities. You can also initiate volume replication between PS and SC Series with DSM, and easily configure and monitor replication task. To simplify migration, you can import data from PS to SC Series using the Thin Import feature.*
Data center automation with integration and monitoring tools

Data center automation with integration and monitoring tools

This family of host-based software provides tight integration between the PS Series array and the host. Dell Storage PS Series Host Integration Tools (HIT) for Microsoft®, VMware® and Linux® environments offer comprehensive data protection and reliable performance.

Dell Storage PS Series SAN Headquarters (SAN HQ) is a centralized monitoring and reporting tool that gathers and provides in-depth performance and capacity information and provides alerts across multiple groups of PS Series arrays. SAN HQ with SupportAssist further streamlines management and improves productivity with automatic case creation and case tracking.
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