PowerVault MD3000i Direct Attached Storage

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Consolidation Without Complexity

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PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI SAN Storage Array







PowerVault MD3000i

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 90TB 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.

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Dell PowerVault MD3000i Active RAID Controllers

Built for Availability

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.
PowerVault MD3000i Complete Management

Simple Yet Powerful Storage Management

The MD3000i iSCSI SAN delivers a seamless suite of intuitive task-based management capabilities. The Modular Disk Storage Manager can help automatically configure the system for optimal performance and availability.

Multi-host Management:
Flexibility to manage the entire network from a single console.
Recovery Guru: A support tool that diagnoses system problems and helps to determine an appropriate recovery procedure.
Enhanced Data Protection: Optional snapshot and virtual disk copy features
Dell PowerVault MD3000i Advanced Data Management

Advanced Data Management

For advanced availability, the PowerVault™ MD3000i offers optional backup and data protection features; Snapshot and Virtual Disk Copy (VDC).

are point in time copies of the data, so if a file is accidentally altered of deleted it can be recovered easily by reverting to a previous state. Snapshots can be taken instantaneously, minimizing application downtime.
Virtual Disk Copy (VDC) is a full, replicated copy of a source data taken at a discrete point in time, enabling quick and seamless virtual disk relocation, and disk based backup and recovery.

Excellent Drive Flexibility

SAS drives are used for high performance storage The PowerVault™ MD family enables organizations to mix SAS and SATA drives delivering excellent flexibility to align data requirements with drive capabilities, speed, capacity and cost, to help optimize your storage environment.

SAS for Performance
SAS can deliver the speed, performance and reliability to satisfy mainstream single server applications. SAS performance makes it ideal for demanding server applications such as email or database applications that store active and frequently changing information.

NEW Nearline SAS
- Performance of SAS, Capacities of SATA The new 7.2K RPM SAS drives leverage the performance efficiencies of SAS making it ideal for customer who are looking for the low cost per GB but can't sacrifice performance. In everyday usage situations customers can see up to a 30% performance increase with the 7.2 RPM SAS drive over the 7.2 RPM SATA drives.
SATA for capacity SATA for Capacity
SATA disk drives deliver a compelling cost-per-Gigabyte alternative to SAS. SATA drives are ideal high capacity applications where data is accessed and modified less frequently, such as digital imaging, file archiving, audio/video storage, or back-up to disk applications.

NEW Energy Efficient SATA
The new 5.4K RPM SATA drive offers customers a high capacity, energy efficient alternative to traditional SATA drives. Ideal for capacity intensive applications in a power constrained environments. This 5.4K RPM SATA drive can reduce power consumption up to 30% with less than a10% degradation in random I/O performance over some 7.2K RPM SATA drives.

Active RAID Controllers

RAID controllers are the brains that govern everything that occurs within the PowerVault MD3000i storage enclosure, performing necessary calculations, controlling I/O performance operations, handling communication with management applications, and storing firmware. The PowerVault MD3000i IP SAN was designed to incorporate twin active/active RAID controllers with mirrored cache for high-availability. If one controller should fail, the surviving controller can handle the full processing load until its mate is brought back online.

Hot-Pluggable Technology

Dell's PowerVault MD3000i storage array allows you to remove and replace redundant components without disruption to operation. In the rare event of component failure, disk drives, storage controllers, power supplies, and cooling fan modules are all hot-pluggable - you can remove and replace them for easy repair while the system remains up and running. The PowerVault MD3000i enclosure contains two integrated power supply and fan modules - if one is removed the other can handle the demand, virtually eliminating downtime to your storage array
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Faster, more reliable support services designed to address the technology challenges you face today. This new support portfolio is focused on your needs, time demands and budgets.

Need professional support services that take care of both you and your employees’ IT needs 7x24? Choose Dell ProSupport to get access to a certified technician in two minutes or less.

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 Dell ProSupport Service Model
Dell ProSupport
Dell ProSupport for IT
Designed for organisations with limited or no dedicated IT staff.

  • 7x24 direct break-fix hardware support for your employees
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  • Access to a certified technician in two minutes or less
Designed to provide tech-to-tech support for IT Professionals, Database Administrators and internal Service Desks or helpdesks.

  • 7x24 Direct access to Dell Expert Centers
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  • 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, your productivity and your sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to help 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. Data Management and Protection
  • Keep Your Hard Drive* helps you retain control of sensitive data
  • Certified Data Destruction wipes your hard drive clean and destroys data
Proactive Maintenance - Maximises 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 specialised applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, Virtualisation and more.

 Customisation and Set-Up

EDT Installation
Enhanced installation and configuration with Dell professional project management and documentation. A project manager will be acting as the single-point-of-contact for the entire installation project from pre-site audit to co-ordination of the installation and delivery of post-project documentation.


Comprehensive Training
Get the skills you need to keep pace in today's competitive IT environment with comprehensive training and certification courses. Dell offers a vast array of instructor-led classes and online training courses in a range of topics from server maintenance to in-depth technical overview of specific systems.