Dell Storage MD1280 Dense Enclosure

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Dell Storage MD1280 Dense Enclosure

Ultra-dense server storage capacity at an affordable price per gigabyte.

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  • 6GB SAS

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature:
    Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with maximum temperature gradation of 20°C per hour 
    Non-operating: -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F) at a maximum altitude of 12,000 m (39,370ft)

    Relative humidity:
    Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing) with 29° C (82.4°F) maximum dewpoint.
    Non-operating: 5% to 95% (non-condensing) with 33°C (91°F) maximum dewpoint.

    -16 to 3048 m (-50 to10,000 ft)
    Storage: -16 to 10,600 m (-50 to 35,000 ft)


  • Wattage: 2800 AC only
    Input voltage range: 200-240 VAC
    Frequency range: 50/60 Hz


  • Server dependent

Maximum Usable Capacity

  • Up to 1.3PB when using 2 enclosures, maximum of 168 8TB HDDs


  • Drive performance and capacity:

    3.5" NL-SAS 6Gb HDD (7.2K): 4TB, 6TB
    3.5" NL-SAS 4kn 6Gb HDD (7.2k): 6TB
    3.5" NL-SAS 512e 6Gb HDD (7.2K): 8TB


  • 5U, 84 hot-pluggable 3.5" drive bays


  • Up to 672TB when using 84 x 8TB NL-SAS 3.5" HDDs

RAID Controllers

  • 2 Enclosure Management Modules (EMM) provide redundant enclosure management capability
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Ultra-dense storage capacity

Add capacity to your PowerEdge servers — 40 percent more capacity than previous generations of dense enclosure options* — with the Dell Storage MD1280, Dell’s most dense storage enclosure.

The MD1280 operates as a JBOD (just a box of disks). Add storage capacity to your PowerEdge servers simply and efficiently to take advantage of the Dell’s competitive price per gigabyte.

Scale the MD1280 up to 168 drives with two enclosures, and use various optimized drive speeds to tailor the enclosure to meet your most stringent performance requirements.

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Competitive pricing, maximum storage

Easily add affordable capacity to your Dell PowerEdge servers with the modular MD1280 Storage Enclosure. Together, the MD1280 and Dell enterprise hard-drives enable you to add capacity at a competitive price per gigabyte of storage. MD1280 features include:
  • 84 hard drives in a 5U standard rack mount chassis
  • High capacity 8TB hard drives
  • The ability to scale up to 1.3PB of capacity*

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