PowerVault MD3 Serial Attached SCSI Storage Series


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  • Drives

    MD3200/MD3400: Up to twelve (12) 3.5" SAS, NL-SAS and SSD
    MD3220/MD3420: Up to twenty-four (24) 2.5" SAS, NL-SAS and SSD
    MD3260/MD3460: Up to sixty (60) 2.5” or 3.5”SAS, NL-SAS and SSD

    3.5”--15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300GB and 600GB 
    3.5"--7,200 RPM Near-line SAS drives available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB
    Solid State Drive (SSD) available in 200GB and 400GB and Read Intensive SSDs in 800GB and 1.6TB (available with 3.5" HDD carriers) 

    2.5"--15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 146GB and 300GB 
    2.5"--10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300GB,600GB,900GB and 1.2TB 
    2.5"--7,200 RPM NL-SAS drives available in 500GB and 1TB
    2.5"--SSD available in 200GB and 400GB and Read Intensive SSDs in 800GB and 1.6TB

    3.5"--7,200 RPM NL-SAS drives available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB
    2.5"--15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 146GB and 300GB 
    2.5"--10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300GB, 600GB, 900GB and 1.2TB 
    2.5"--7,200 RPM NL-SAS drives available in 500GB and 1TB
    2.5"--SSD available in 200GB and 400GB and Read Intensive SSDs in 800GB and 1.6TB (available with 3.5" HDD carriers)

    3.5"--7,200 RPM NL-SAS drives available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB
    2.5"-- 15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 146GB and 300GB 
    2.5"--10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300GB, 600GB, 900GB and 1.2TB 
    2.5"--7,200 RPM NL-SAS drives available in 500GB and 1TB 
    2.5"--SSD available in 200GB and 400GB and Read Intensive SSDs in 800GB and 1.6TB (available in 3.5” HDD carriers)

    See PowerVault MD3400/MD3420/MD3200/MD3220 Support Matrix dfor the most current list of supported hard drives

    See PowerVault MD3460/MD3260 Support Matrix for the most current list of supported hard drives on the dense array http://www.dell.com/support/my-support/us/en/04/product-support/product/powervault-md3260/

    Expansion Capabilities*
    Up to 192 drives with MD1200/MD1220 expansion enclosures on the MD3200, MD3220, MD3400, and MD3420 arrays
    Up to 180 drives with MD3060e expansion enclosures on the MD3260 and MD3460 arrays


  • Hot-swappable controllers
    MD34x0 and MD38x0x controllers are not compatible with the older generation arrays (MD32x0x and MD36x0x).

    Single controller models:
    Directly connect up to two high-availability (HA)-configured servers or eight non-HA-configured servers to a single MD3200 or MD3220 storage system. Available with 2GB cache controllers.
    MD3400/MD3420: Directly connect up to two high-availability (HA)-configured servers or eight non-HA-configured servers to a single MD3200 or MD3220 storage system. Available with 4GB cache controllers.

    Dual controller models: MD3400/MD3420/MD3460/MD3200/MD3220/MD3260
    Directly connect up to four HA-configured servers or eight non-HA-configured servers to a single SAS storage system. Available with an option of 2GB, 4GB or 8GB cache controllers.

    contains two hot-swappable enclosure management modules (EMMs)

    Controller features
    Each controller provides four 6Gbps (MD3200/MD3220/MD3260) or 12Gbps SAS ports (MD3400/MD3420/MD3460); a total of eight for dual controller models
    Each controller contains 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of battery-backed cache
    Dual controllers operate in an active-active environment mirroring each other’s cache
    Cache protection is provided via flash memory for permanent data protection
    Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP)* eliminates the need for complex RAID management while optimizing data protection, and can be used with existing RAID configurations
    Dual controllers are required for the MD3260/MD3460 dense array
    2GB available as single or dual controller option; 4GB and 8GB only available as dual controller option

    Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 6
    Up to 180/192* physical disks per group in RAID 0, 10
    Up to 30 physical disks per group in RAID 5, 6
    Up to 512 virtual disks

Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, VMware®, Microsoft Hyper-V®
    See PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 Support Matrix for a list of currently supported operating systems.


  • Chassis (height x width x depth)

    MD3400: 8.68cm (3.42") x 44.63cm (17.57") x 60.20cm (23.70 inches)
    MD3420: 8.68cm (3.42") x 44.63cm (17.57") x 54.90cm (21.61 inches)
    MD3460: 17.78cm (7.0") x 48.26cm (19.0") x 82.55cm (32.5")
    MD3200: 8.68cm (3.42") x 44.63cm (17.57") x 56.1cm (22.09")
    MD3220: 8.68cm (3.42") x 44.63cm (17.57") x 50.8 (20")
    MD3260: 17.78cm (7.0") x 48.26cm (19.0") x 82.55cm (32.5”)
    MD3060e: 17.78cm (7.0") x 48.26cm (19.0") x 82.55cm (32.5”)


    MD3400: 29.30 kg (64.6 lbs) (maximum configuration)
    MD3420: 24.22 kg (53.4 lbs) (maximum configuration)
    MD3460: 105.20 kg (232.0 lbs) (maximum configuration)
    MD3200: 29.3kg (64.59 lbs.) (maximum configuration)
    MD3220: 24.2kg (53.35 lbs.) (maximum configuration)
    MD3260: 105.23kg (232 lbs.) (maximum configuration)
    MD3060e: 105.23kg (232 lbs.) (maximum configuration)

    Rack Support for MD3200 and MD3220:
    Dell 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.

    MD3060e Dense Enclosure
    EBOD expansion enclosure designed for use with the MD3 dense array series only (MD3260, MD3260i, MD3460, MD3660i, MD3660f, MD3860i, MD3860f)

    Dimensions are identical to the dense array series (MD3260, MD3260i, MD3460, MD3660i, MD3660f, MD3860i, MD3860f)

    Controllers on the MD3 dense series arrays have either one 6Gbps SAS Out port (MD3260, MD3260i, MD3660i, and MD3660f) or one 12Gbps SAS Out port (MD3460, MD3860i, and MD3860f) for connecting to the MD3060e enclosure expansion for additional capacity (max 2 per dense array). For systems without premium feature activation, the physical disk limit is 120.

    MD3060e contains two hot-swappable enclosure management modules (EMMs)


  • Wattage

    MD3200/MD3220/MD3400/MD3420: AC - 600W peak output; DC – 700W (2U arrays support DC power supplies)
    MD3260/MD3460: AC - 1755W (dense arrays do not support DC power supplies)

    Heat Dissipation (max)

    MD3200/MD3220/MD3400/MD3420: 2047 BTU/hr
    MD3260/MD3460: 5988 BTU/hr

    MD3200/MD3220/MD3400/MD3420: 100 to 240V AC ;48V DC
    MD3260/MD3460: 220V AC, auto ranging, 50Hz/60Hz

    MD3400/MD3420/MD3460: 6.0 DC, 100 mAh, 7.26 W Lithium Ion Battery

    Frequency range


  • 2nd generation multi-protocol Modular Disk Storage Manager, Java based user interface

    Multi-path graphical software provides failover management of redundant data paths between the server and storage array

    MD3400/MD3420/MD3200/MD3220 Standard Features:
    DDP*: Optional configuration to RAID disk management
    VAAI support: Available for customers using VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration,
    vCenter Plug-in: Available for customers using VMware vSphere
    VASA: vStorage API for Storage Awareness, available for use in conjunction with the vCenter Plug-in
    SRA: Sight Recover Manager, available for use with vCenter Plugin
    ALUA: Active-Active LUN Access
    Supports Self-encrypting Drives (SED): Provide an additional level of data protection
    Thin Provisioning: Allocate and consume physical storage capacity as needed
    Try and Buy licensing: 90-day trial license of premium feature software

    MD3260/MD3460 Standard Features

    Same features as MD3200/MD3400

    High Performance Tier: Increases array I/O performance
    SSD Cache: Accelerates application performance by utilizing SSD drives as extended controller read cache

    Optional Premium Features 
    Snapshots: Up to 128 snapshots per virtual disk and 512 per system
    Snapshots Plus Virtual Disk Copy: Up to 512 simultaneous virtual disk copies
    High Performance Tier (HPT)firmware upgrade increases array I/O performance*
    Additional Hard Drives - capacity up to 180* or 192* hard drives
    SSD Cache: accelerates application performance by utilizing SSD drives as extended controller read cache*


  • Temperature for MD3400/MD3420/MD3200/MD3220
    Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour, with no direct sunlight
    Supports Fresh Air cooling, up to 35°C

    Relative humidity

    Operating: 5% to 95% RH with 33 °C (91 °F) maximum dew point. Atmosphere must be non-condensing at all times
    MD3200/MD3220: Operating: 20% to 80% (non-condensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
    MD3460/MD3260: Operating 5% to 95% (non-condensing) with 33 °C (91 °F) maximum dew point.



    Operating: -16 to 3048 m (-50 to 10,000 ft)
    Note: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is de-rated 1°F/550 ft.
    Operating: –30.5 m to 3000 m (–100 ft to 9,840 ft)
    NOTE: For altitudes above 2950 ft, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1.8°F/1000 ft.


  • PowerVault 3400 Regulatory Model: E03J
    PowerVault 3400 Regulatory Type: E03J001
    PowerVault 3420 Regulatory Model: E04J
    PowerVault 3420 Regulatory Type: E04J001
    PowerVault 3460 Regulatory Model: E08J
    PowerVault 3460 Regulatory Type E08J001
    PowerVault 3200 Regulatory Model: E03J
    PowerVault 3200 Regulatory Type: E03J001
    PowerVault 3220 Regulatory Model: E04J
    PowerVault 3220 Regulatory Type: E04J001
    PowerVault 3260 Regulatory Model: E08J
    PowerVault 3260 Regulatory Type: E08J001

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Dell PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array - High Performance, flexibility and Scalability

High-Performance, Flexibility and Scalability

The PowerVault™ MD3200/MD3220 are Dell next-generation of directly connected shared serial attached SCSI (SAS) arrays, and are qualified for Microsoft® Hyper-V™, Citrix XenServer 5.6.0, and VMware® ESX 4.1 virtual environments.
Dell PowerVault MD3200-MD3220 SAS Storage Array - Move up in performance

Move up in performance

MD3200/MD3220 SAS arrays deliver an exceptional price/performance ratio, offering unmatched value in a dedicated shared-storage solution.

  • 6Gb/s SAS doubles the throughput capability compared to the previous generation of Dell SAS.
  • Four SAS ports and 2GB cache per controller ensure peak system performance for large database applications.
  • Optional turbo mode helps boost performance even further.
  • SSD support optimizes the system for the most demanding I/O applications.

New levels in flexibility and scalability

MD3200/MD3220 SAS arrays allow you to mix and match components to create a tiered-data environment.

  • Directly connect up to eight non-HA-configured servers or four HA-configured servers to a single MD3200 or MD3220 storage system.
  • Deploy up to a total of 96 additional HDDs by simply plugging in PowerVault MD1200 and/or PowerVault MD1220 expansion enclosures behind the MD3200/MD3220 arrays. This means you can scale your system with a mix of both 3.5” and 2.5” hard drives.
  • In dual-controller systems, hot plug additional storage enclosures without shutting down the system.
Dell PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array - System management is easy

System management is easy

The MD3200/MD3220 arrays are managed by next-generation MD Storage Manager software, an intuitive, easy-to-use client-based Java application.
  • Two different management paths offer easy user interaction, even for those with only a basic familiarity of storage systems.
  • The enterprise window feature monitors multiple systems through a single interface.
  • Wizard-based array management helps simplify the configuration process.
  • Software detects and alerts you of any problems and launches an automatic recovery guru to help troubleshoot and resolve the issues.

Optional data protection

The MD3200/MD3220's optional data protection features include snapshots, virtual disk copy (VDC) and self-encrypting drives (SEDs) with Secure Erase.

  • Snapshots Each virtual disk supports up to eight snapshots, with a total of 128 snapshots per system. These are typically used when data needs to be "frozen" in time.


  • Virtual disk copy Virtual disk copy is full replication of an existing virtual disk at any point in time, often used for decision support and application development testing.


  • Self-encrypting drives If a drive is powered down or removed, the SED, which encrypts data written to the drive and decrypts data read from the drive, "locks" to prevent unauthorized access.
Having the right backup solution is key to protecting your critical information. So is having the right support. Dell ProSupport is a portfolio of globally-consistent, customer-driven support services that provide businesses of all sizes with flexible, reliable and easier support solutions.

Dell ProSupport starts with the Dell ProSupport for IT service model designed for IT professionals like you. Dell ProSupport for IT provides:
  • 7x24 Direct access to Dell Expert Centers
  • Fast-track dispatch for Dell-certified technicians
  • Escalation management through Dell’s Global Command Centers
Next, Dell ProSupport Options align to the way you use technology – rapidly responding to your needs, protecting your investment, productivity and sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.
Mission Critical * - Perfect for server and storage environments where avoiding unplanned downtime and reducing recovery time through priority response are a must. The package includes priority 4-hour onsite* service or optional 2-hour response with 6-hour hardware repair, Dell’s proven Critical Situation process, and emergency dispatch.Keep Your Hard Drive *- Enables you to control your sensitive data by retaining your hard drive and helps you comply with current data privacy regulations to help mitigate risks associated with regulatory or civil liabilities.Enterprise-Wide Contract – Provides enhanced proactive capabilities through:
  • Designated Service Delivery Manager
  • Performance benchmarking and custom reporting
  • Planning and assessments

Proactive Maintenance
- Maximizes the availability and stability of your infrastructure proactively. The package includes a detailed system assessment and implementation of driver or firmware updates and upgrades for your server or storage systems.

Remote Advisory Options - Provides telephone and Internet access to technical expertise for specialized applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, Virtualization, and more.

Basic Hardware Warranty

Basic Support
Ideal for non-essential application environments. This service offers business-hour, phone-based support* for hardware-only issues with Next Business Day On-Site Service following completion of phone-based troubleshooting.

Additional Service Offerings

Comprehensive Storage Training and Certification
Through comprehensive storage training courses, Dell provides expertise in implementing Dell storage into an existing IT infrastructure. If you are interested in validating or maintaining your skill sets for company compliance, the Dell Certified Network Storage Networking Professional Certification path is available.

Backup and Recovery
To sustain the continued operation of your storage solution, you should engineer availability, security and reliability into every process from the outset. Dell can provide backup and recovery solutions that help ensure adequate procedures are in place to minimize or avoid data loss.

Storage Consolidation
Our storage experts analyze existing infrastructure, operational practices and technical readiness to develop a roadmap for conducting a storage consolidation. They will also develop a detailed consolidation deployment plan as well as a validated and refined solution design.

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