PowerVault NX family of network attached storage (NAS) appliances

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Latest generation NX Windows NAS appliance.

PowerVault NX network attached storage is an affordable NAS appliance harnessing the innovations of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2.

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Product ConfigurationsModel NX400Model NX3200Model NX3300
StorageAlways four (4) 3.5” internal drives that must be identical in capacity and type (NL-SAS or SATA)Up to twelve (12) 3.5” hard drives and two (2) 2.5" rear accessible hot-swap drives for the OS Up to four (4) 2.5” drives
Max Internal Capacity16TB raw capacity (with 4TB NL-SAS)48 TB raw capacity (with 4TB NL-SAS)
Types of DataFile and Block (Microsoft iSCSI target)File and Block (Microsoft iSCSI target)File and Block
Drive CapacitiesSATA (7.2K): 500 GB, 1TB, 2TB
NL-SAS (7.2K): 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB
SAS (10K or 15K): 146GB, 300GB, 450GB, 600GB, 900GB
nearline SAS (7.2K): 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB
300GB 10K SAS
External ExpansionPowerVault MD1200/MD1220PowerVault MD1200/MD1220Dell Compellent, EqualLogic and PowerVault MD3 arrays
Technical HighlightsModel NX400Model NX3200Model NX3300
Form Factor1U rack mount system2U rack mount system1U rack mount system
ProcessorIntel® Xeon® processor E5-2403 (4 Core) 10M cache or E5-2420 (6 Core) 15M cache1GB- 1 x E5-2609 2.40GHz,10M Cache or 2 x Intel E5-2630 2.50GHz,15M cache
10GB - 2 x Intel E5-2630 2.50GHz,15M cache
1 x E5-2609 2.40GHz,10M cache or 2 x Intel E5-2640 2.50GHz,15M cache
File Access ProtocolsCIFS, NFS, FTP, SMB3.0, SMB Direct (RDMA)CIFS, NFS, FTP, SMB3.0, SMB Direct (RDMA)CIFS, NFS, FTP, SMB3.0, SMB Direct (RDMA)
Block Access ProtocolsLeverages shared storage back end for block access; Microsoft iSCSI TargetMicrosoft® iSCSI TargetLeverages shared storage back end for block access; Microsoft iSCSI Target
OS supportedWindows Storage Server 2012 R2 (Standard and Workgroup Editions)Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 (Standard Edition)Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 (Standard Edition)
Standard RAID OptionsRAID 5OS (RAID 1), data drives RAID 5 or RAID 6 (minimum 4HDDs) RAID 1 or RAID 5
Custom RAID Options0, 1, 5, and 10 with the PowerEdge Raid Controller (PERC) H310 and 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 with PERC H710Hardware RAID levels (custom-configurable options)
0, 1, 5, 10, 50, 6
With PERC H310
Each appliance in a clustered configuration 2 HDDs for OS (RAID 1) or 4 HDD for OS (RAID 5) with PERC H310
RAID ControllerPERC H310 or H710 (internal drives) or H810 (optional for external drives)PERC H710 (internal drives), H810 (external drives)PERC H310
PowerModel NX400Model NX3200Model NX3300
AC Power/Max CurrentRedundant, 550W (Platinum)Redundant, 750W (Platinum)Single or redundant, 750W (Platinum)
ChassisModel NX400Model NX3200Model NX3300
Weight (Maximum) 19.3 kg (42.55 lb)32.5 kg (71.65lb)19.3 kg (42.55 lb)
Empty Weight16.33 kg (36 lb)16.33 kg (36 lb)
Height 42.8 mm (1.68 in)8.73 cm (3.44”) 42.8 mm (1.68 in)
Width48.2 cm (18.98”) 48.2 cm (18.98”) 48.2 cm (18.98”)
Depth (excludes bezel)607.0 mm (23.9 inch)75.58 cm (29.75”) 607.0 mm (23.9 inch)
AvailabilityHot-plug hard drives, hot-plug powerHot-plug hard drives, hot-plug powerHot-plug hard drives, hot-plug power
Cluster Support NoNoYes, up to 64 nodes
Rack supportSliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post racksSliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post racksSliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post racks
Static ReadyRails™ for 4-post & 2-post racksStatic ReadyRails™ for 4-post & 2-post racksStatic ReadyRails™ for 4-post & 2-post racks
Slots2 PCIe slots6 PCIe slots2 PCIe slots
One x8 PCIe slot with x4 bandwidth, half-length, half-height
One x16 PCIe slot with x16 bandwidth, half length, full height
Two x16 full length, full height
One x8 full length, full height
Three x8 half length, half height
Two x16 slots with x16 bandwidth, half height, half length
One x16 slot with x8 bandwidth, half height, half length

Dell OpenManage™ featuring Dell Management Console, iDRAC 7 Enterprise, Native Java RDP plug-in or Windows Server Management interface

Data Protection Features
DFS-R (Replication), VSS (Snapshots)

Data Management Features
Data deduplication with compression, FCI (File Classification Infrastructure), FSRM (File Server Resource Manager)

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Enhanced NAS

Enhanced NAS

The PowerVault NX storage appliances are easy to use and manage through a familiar, central management interface for stand-alone or cluster configurations:

  • OS preinstalled for easy deployment
  • Optimized for file serving with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2
  • Clustering capabilities when using the NX3300

PowerEdge platforms

Rely on high speed and efficiency with NAS appliances built on 12th generation PowerEdge rack mount server technology.
  • The latest generation multi-core Intel® Xeon® processors
  • Up to 32GB* of memory and 48TB* raw capacity (NX3200)
  • Options for SATA, NL-SAS and SAS drives

NAS gateway option

Leverage additional storage area network (SAN) arrays for massive external expansion by installing the NX3300 option as a NAS gateway. Support for clustering up to 64 nodes leveraging Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) when connected to PowerVault MD3, EqualLogic or Dell Compellent storage arrays.

Updated OS

The PowerVault NX family features Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 software offering Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2 performance and versatility in the NAS appliances. It includes the latest SMB 3.0 features that support Hyper-V® and SQL Server®, continuous availability and failover clustering with NFS and Internet SCSI (iSCSI), as well as the automatic detection and use of multiple network connections between small and medium business (SMB) client and server.
Data Management

Data management

Efficiently utilize your NAS capacity resources and optimize your disk space with integrated features within the PowerVault NX family, including:
  • Data deduplication
  • Thin provisioning
  • DFS-R synchronization capabilities across limited bandwidth network connections in distributed and remote office environments
  • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for SMB file shares that allows backup operations using snapshots of remote file shares supporting SMB-based server applications
  • Work Folders that facilitate Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), while maintaining a high level of security
  • New Storage Spaces functionality that includes SSD write-back cache improved API that adds cluster awareness and remote management of Storage Spaces features

Simple management

Spend less time managing data and more time building your business using either Microsoft® System Center and the Remote Desktop for Administration feature in Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, or the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC7) Enterprise Edition to manage your data.

Global services and support

Dell Services can help reduce IT complexity, lower costs and eliminate inefficiencies by making IT and business solutions work harder for you. The Dell Services team delivers distinctive capabilities, including full data migration solutions to facilitate consolidation from multiple file systems. Dell takes a holistic view of your needs and designs solutions for your environment and business objectives, and uses established delivery methods, local talent and in-depth domain knowledge to help lower your total cost of ownership (TCO).

PowerVault NX400

Network attached storage that offers automated setup and data management capabilities for efficient data sharing.
  • Single-socket, 1U rack mount NAS server
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2400 product family
  • Up to 16GB* memory
  • Up to four hot-swap 3.5” NL-SAS or SAS drives for data and OS (OS partition is 120GB*)
  • Up to 16TB* raw capacity
PowerVault NX400

PowerVault NX3200

Effectively manages both file and block data with advanced software for efficient, adaptable data sharing.
  • Dual-socket, 2U rack mount NAS server
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family
  • Up to 32GB* memory
  • SATA, NL-SAS or SAS drive options
  • Up to 12 hot-swap 3.5” drives for data; two 2.5” drives for OS
  • Up to 48TB* raw capacity
PowerVault NX3200

PowerVault NX3300

Cluster-ready NAS that offers efficient deployment and integration with high availability to simplify data management.
  • Dual-socket, 1U rack mount NAS server and gateway
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family
  • Up to 32GB* memory
  • Two or four hot-swap 2.5” NL-SAS or SAS drives for OS
PowerVault NX3300
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