PowerVault MD3 1GB iSCSI SAN storage array series


Exceptional performance, flexibility and scalability

Entry-level storage consolidation in high-availability virtualized environments with increased density and higher performance requirements

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Dell PowerVault MD3200i/MD3220i iSCSI SAN Storage Array - Consolidation = Efficiency

Consolidation = Efficiency

Reduce the effort required to store and manage your data. The MD3200i/MD3220i arrays raise the bar for performance, flexibility and scalability.
  • Supports up to 32 physical servers when connected to one or more 1 Gb Ethernet switches
  • Scales up to 96 hard disk drive (HDD) storage capacity with PowerVault MD1200 and/or MD1220 enclosures
  • Cuts management complexity with a single management interface and a single system to back up
Now it's simple to improve storage utilization by pooling storage resources. Increase availability with redundant hardware and a streamlined management and backup process.
Dell PowerVault MD3200i/MD3220i iSCSI SAN Storage Array - iSCSI storage is ideal for virtual server environments

iSCSI Storage Is Ideal for Virtual Server Environments

The MD3200i/MD3220i arrays offer several advantages over Fibre Channel systems to support your virtual server environment.
  • 1 Gb Ethernet is a mature, well-understood technology that is less complicated than Fibre Channel technology.
  • Ethernet hardware is cost-effective and readily available.
  • Widespread familiarity with Ethernet technology can help cut training time and costs.
MD3200i storage systems are certified for use in virtualized application environments with VMware® ESX 4.1, Citrix XenServer 5.6.0 and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ software.
Dell PowerVault MD3200i/MD3220i iSCSI SAN Storage Array - System management is easy

System management is easy

The MD3200i/MD3220i 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.

Reach new levels of flexibility and scalability

MD3200i/MD3220i arrays enable you to mix and match components to create your optimal tiered-storage environment.
Deploy up to 96 HDDs by simply plugging in PowerVault MD1200 and/or PowerVault MD1220 enclosures behind MD3200i 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 MD3200i/MD3220i iSCSI SAN Storage Array - Reach new levels of flexibility and scalability

Keep pace with ever-increasing performance demands

The MD3200i/MD3220i arrays deliver an excellent performance/price ratio.
  • Four iSCSI ports per controller enable twice the throughput compared to previous Dell 3000i iSCSI arrays.
  • Increased cache sizes of up to 2GB per controller meet large database application needs.
  • SSD support optimizes the system for the most demanding I/O applications.

Optional Data Protection

The MD3200i/MD3220i'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 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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