PowerVault NX3100 Network Attached Storage

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The PowerVault™ NX3100 is a capacity-dense, dedicated network attached storage (NAS) solution that’s integrated with enhanced file-sharing software and designed to help smaller offices stay efficient and productive. The NX3100 is also flexible enough to support applications (block data) that help people with limited resources save time by eliminating the need to manage separate types of storage.

  • Supports up to 24TB in a compact 2U chassis
  • Expands up to 384TB total external capacity with Dell™ PowerVault™, EqualLogic™ and EMC™ arrays
  • Ships with everything you need — the automated initial setup and configuration wizard lets you easily set and forget

PowerVault NX3100





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Operating System

  • Windows® Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition

File Access Protocols


    Type of Data Supported

    File and Block

Form Factor

  • 2U rack-mount


  • Number of Processors
    1 or 2

    Processors Supported
    Intel® Xeon® E5506, 1.86GHz/4M, 2C 80W & 5620 procs


  • 12, 3.5" data drives
    (there are also two additional, 2.5" drives for the OS)


    6GB, 12GB or 24GB DDR3

    Max Internal Capacity

    24TB raw (with near-line SAS)

    Drives Supported
    SAS (15K): 450GB, 600GB
    Near-line SAS (7.2K): 1TB, 2TB*


  • H700 (internal drives), H800 (external drives)

    Hardware RAID Levels (factory-installable options)
    R1 + R5/R1 + R6

    Hardware RAID Levels (custom-configurable options)
    0, 1, 5, 10, 50, 6


  • Dell OpenManage™ featuring Dell Management Console

    Remote Management
    Optional iDRAC Enterprise or Native Java RDP plug-in

Data Protection Features

  • SIS, DFS-R, Snapshots (VSS)


  • 3.42 H x 17.53 W x 26.17 D (in)
    86.7 H x 445.2 W x 664.6 D (mm)

    External Scalability
    PowerVault, EqualLogic and EMC arrays (DAS and SAN)

    2 x4 PCIe + 1 x8 PCIe

    Hot-plug hard drives, Hot-plug redundant power, Hot-plug redundant cooling
    No cluster support

    Rack Support
    ReadyRails™ sliding rails for 4-post racks, static
    ReadyRails™ for 4-post and 2-post racks


PowerVault NX3100 Network-Attached Storage: Share up to 384TB of files and apps in your office

Share up to 576TB of Files and Application Data.

  • Grow capacity internally up to 36TB, using 12 data drives in a compact 2U chassis. Choose from 450GB/600GB SAS or 1TB/2TB/3TB near-line SAS. The NX3100 system grows with your business needs.
  • Expand capacity externally with a wide selection of Dell’s PowerVault™ arrays for up to 576TB maximum capacity.
  • Manage your data with the built-in data management software. Create policy based actions to move, backup or otherwise manage the lifecycle of your data.
  • Deliver better managed file services across Server Message Block (SMB) and NFS with File Services Resource Manager (FSRM).
By merging file servers and block storage into one PowerVault NX3100 system, you can manage more with less effort. This enables you to leverage existing protocols, technologies and IP infrastructure, cutting your system-wide deployment and management costs for info-sharing across both file and block data.
PowerVault NX3100 Network-Attached Storage: Storage technology that works for you

Storage technology that works for you

The NX3100 offers of the right mix of high storage capacity and software to keep your storage network highly efficient. The factory-installed Windows® Storage Server 2008 R2 x64 operating system condenses the top file-serving features from Windows® Server 2008 and adds advanced storage management features designed for faster, more efficient and more reliable file sharing.

  • Choose higher-capacity or higher-performance with select SAS, near-line SAS and SATA hard drives.
  • Reduce duplicate files (transparent file-level deduplication) with single-instance storage (SIS).
  • Access information faster through Distributed File System (DFS) namespaces.
  • Share files across Windows and non-Windows clients with CIFS (SMB 2.0) and NFS.
Block and file storage, Single Instant Storage and internal as well as external capacity expansion. The smart integration of these SMB critical features help ensure that your storage investment is protected for years to come.
PowerVault NX3100 Network-Attached Storage: Setup and Manage Your Information with Ease

Set Up and Manage with Ease

The PowerVault™ NX3100 integrates everything you need, right out of the box, to begin sharing information safely and efficiently, without wasting time, money and resources building a file server from scratch.

  • Automates setup and configuration with the “initial configuration task” tool.
  • Supports unlimited users through included client-added licenses (CALs).
  • Manages your information remotely through a web-based browser using Remote Desktop and the Microsoft Management Console.
The NX3100 NAS system integrates seamlessly into your Windows® environment, taking advantage of the same management and protection tools you’ve already deployed. Integration with non-Windows® clients is also effortless and transparent.

Headless operation and remote management are offered through the integrated Dell™ Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) and Java Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). In addition, the Remote Desktop for Administration feature in Windows® Storage Server 2008 R2 provides remote administration of recurring management tasks, saving valuable time and resources.
Dell can offer, via Local Partners, a wide range of Services to suit you and your business. Extensions to the parts or exchange warranty, upgrades to any service level required, International warranty, Installation Services, and other competitive items are available. Dell can also offer Custom Factory Integration (CFI) to customise hardware settings and add Asset Services.

Please contact your Local Partner for further information.