High performance, flexibility and scalability
The PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 are Dell's next generation of directly connected shared SAS arrays, and are qualified for Microsoft® Hyper-VTM , Citrix XenServer 5.6.0, and VMware® ESX 4.1 virtual environments.
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 High Performance Tier firmware enhancement 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.
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.
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 removed, the SED, which encrypts data written to the drive and decrypts data read from the drive, "locks" to prevent unauthorized access.