PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2012

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Enjoy fast, easy data protection with the Dell™ PowerVault™ DL Disk-Based Backup Appliance powered by Symantec. One of the industry's premier integrated solutions for faster disk-based backups and recoveries, this integrated backup-to-disk appliance enables you to start protecting your critical data in less than 25 minutes.

  • Solution with deduplication option designed to be less expensive than similar tape solutions
  • Wizard-driven management capabilities
  • Continuous data protection for Exchange, file and SQL
  • Better storage management through archiving
  • Improved protection for virtual environments

PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance





PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2010 Video

Operating System

  • Factory Installed OS

    Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2, Standard Edition x64


  • Value Series: 12GB

    Performance Optimized: 24GB


  • Value Series: 1 X Intel® Xeon® E5620, 2.4Ghz, 12MB Cache
    Performance Optimized: 2 X Intel® Xeon® E5620 , 2.4Ghz, 12MB Cache


    Emulex HBAs
    Qlogic HBAs

    Tape Options:

    PowerVault TL2000 and TL4000 Tape Libraries
    PowerVault ML6000 Tape Libraries
    PowerVault 124T Autoloader


  • Energy Smart- Two hot plug high efficient 750W PSUs

Maximum Usable Capacity

  • Up to 464TB of usable space using 3TB drives


  • 2 X 500GB* , Near Line SAS Drives in Hardware RAID 1 Configuration for the Operating System and Application

    6 or 12 of 500GB*, 1TB*, 2TB*, or 3TB* Near Line Drives in Hardware RAID 5 or RAID 6 Configurations


  • 2U rack mountable chassis
    3.42 H x 17.53 W x 26.17 D (in) with bezel attached
    86.7 H x 445.2 W x 664.6 D (mm) with bezel attached


    Hot-plug hard drives
    Hot-plug redundant power
    Hot-plug redundant cooling
    ECC memory
    Spare Row
    Single Device Data Correction (SDDC)
    Tool-less chassis
    Cluster support

    Rack Support

    Sliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post Racks:
    ReadyRails™ sliding rails for 4-post racks with support for optional cable management arm, or ReadyRails™ static rails for 4-post and 2-post racks

    Static ReadyRails™ for 4-post & 2-post Racks:
    Support tool-less installation in 19" EIA-310-E compliant square or unthreaded round hole 4-post racks including all Dell 42xx & 24xx racks

    Support tooled installation in 19" EIA-310-E compliant threaded hole 4-post and 2-post racks

    Rail depth: 608 mm

    Square-hole rack adjustment range: 588-828 mm

    Round-hole rack adjustment range: 574-821 mm

    Threaded-hole rack adjustment range: 592-846 mm


  • PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance, powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2010™ is available in the following options:

    Backup Exec 2010 DL Edition: Includes Factory Installed Backup Exec 2010 Media Server (including the licensing for Continuous Protection Server and connectivity to a single tape drive) and licenses for backing up 2 Windows File Server Agents. This comes with 1 or 3 Years of Software maintenance included.

    Backup Exec 2010 DL Edition with Deduplication: Includes Factory Installed Backup Exec 2010 Media Server with deduplication (including the licensing for Continuous Protection Server and connectivity to a single tape drive), and licenses for backing up 2 Windows File Server Agents. This comes with 1 or 3 Years of Software maintenance included.

    Additional available licenses:

    BE 2010 Windows Server Agents:
    Includes Licenses for backing up two Windows Files Servers.

    BE 2010 Linux/Unix Server Agents:
    Includes Licenses for backing up two Linux/Unix Files Servers.

    BE 2010 Email Protection Agents: Includes Licenses for backing up two Email (Exchange or Lotus Domino) Servers.
    BE 2010 Database Agents: Includes Licenses for backing up two Database (SQL, Oracle, Sharepoint, and Active Directory) Servers.

    BE 2010 Virtual Agents: Includes Licenses for backing up two Virtual Servers (Vmware and/or HyperV). Only one agent is required for every Physical server, with support for unlimited number of virtual servers on the physical server.

    BE 2010 Archiving Agents: Includes Licenses for archiving One File Server or Email Server (with up to 50 additional mailboxes).

    BE 2010 Library Expansion Option: Includes Licenses for Adding Two additional Tape Libraries to the media server.

    BE 2010 Advanced Database Option:
    Includes Licenses for protecting an advanced database (Oracle RAC or SAP)

    BE 2010 Central Management Addon Pack: Includes the license for Central Admin Server Option (the feature allows for centralized management of multiple DL Media Servers)


  • Graphics: Matrox G200


  • Fibre Channel HBAs

    Emulex LPE 11002 Dual Channel 4Gb, Optical, Host Bus Adapter, PCIe
    Emulex LPE 1150, 4Gb, Optical, Host Bus Adapter, PCIe
    Emulex LPE 12000 Single Channel 8Gb, Optical, Host Bus Adapter, PCIe
    Emulex LPE 12002 Dual Channel 8Gb, Optical, Host Bus Adapter, PCIe
    Qlogic QLE220 FC4 HBA,
    Qlogic 2460 4GB Optical Fiber Channel HBA, PCI-E Card
    Qlogic 2462 Dual Channel 4GB Optical Fiber Channel HBA PCI-E Card
    Qlogic 2560 Single Channel 8Gb Optical Fiber Channel HBA PCIe
    Qlogic 2562 Dual Channel 8Gb Optical Fiber Channel HBA PCIe


  • Optional Expansion with MD1200

    One PERC H800 can connect up to 8 MD1200 Enclosures (a total of 96 Drives). One additional H800 card available for purchase can connect 8 additional MD1200 enclosures (a total of 192 Drives)


PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2010: Protect your data

Protect Your Data

Simplify the backup process while lowering your total cost of ownership with the only integrated hardware, software and services solution powered by Symantec™ Backup Exec 2012. Shipped with factory-installed Symantec software and a wizard-driven setup and management utility, the PowerVault™ DL Appliance enables you to set up and configure your storage space for immediate use, or even add more disks, in less than 25 minutes.

Deduplication Option Offers Savings, Simplicity and Adaptability

Even in this era of massive data growth, the PowerVault DL Appliance with Backup Exec 2012 deduplication option helps you optimize your storage capacity by limiting duplicate storage blocks and leaving only one copy of the data to be stored. Full indexing is retained, however, should the data ever be required again. The system is designed to be more cost-effective than similar tape solutions.

Integrated Tape Support

The PowerVault DL Appliance is available with the Dell PowerVault TL2000, TL4000 or ML6000 tape library integrated into the full solution. Take advantage of backup-to-disk for quick availability, and then transfer to tape from the same management console for off-site disaster recovery.
PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2010: Faster, more reliable backup

Faster, More Reliable Backup

Not only can tape-based backups be complex and time-consuming, but they're also prone to failure and often exceed their backup window. Disk-based backup with the PowerVault DL Appliance powered by Symantec is fast and reliable, enabling you to restore with confidence.

Better than Virtual Tape Library

Virtual tape libraries (VTLs) are "point products" that can help fix backup and recovery bottlenecks in the short term. However, they are separate components that create silos of information and add management complexity. Virtual tapes have to be created, provisioned and managed from a separate interface, and VTL products lack alerting and reporting functions within the backup solution. The PowerVault DL Appliance is a native, disk-to-disk solution that eliminates the need for manual setup and management. It automatically and dynamically provisions disks and gives you proactive monitoring, alerts and reporting.
PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance: Remote backup, management, monitoring and maintenance

Remote Backup, Management, Monitoring and Maintenance

You can use the PowerVault DL Appliance to back up data from remote offices to your data center, setting up backup tasks and policies, as well as performing system monitoring and maintenance from a central location. This makes the PowerVault DL Appliance the ideal backup solution for remote offices that do not have IT administrators on site.

Granular Recovery Technology for Speedy Restores

With Symantec's Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) for critical Microsoft® applications, including Exchange, SharePoint® (MOSS) and Active Directory®, you can recover granular objects from a single-pass backup by simply browsing and selecting it. GRT lets you recover specific items, such as public folders and individual mailboxes, email messages, attachments and calendar items, without a time-consuming full restore.

Integration between archiving and backup

Improving archiving complements backup by helping companies identify what to store, what to delete and when to move older data to secondary systems while ensuring fast discovery and recovery of older data. The DL Appliance powered by Symantec provides the options to integrate archiving and backup, helping customers to control storage costs and recovery times. The DL Appliance with Backup Exec 2012 Agent for Enterprise Vault now supports Enterprise Vault 10 beta backup, recovery and migration. Additionally, the Backup Exec Archive Option for Exchange now includes Virtual Vault, allowing users to access archived emails directly from within Outlook.
PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance – Powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2010: Continuous data protection for exchange and file

Continuous Data Protection for Exchange and File

The PowerVault DL Appliance powered by Symantec Backup Exec 2012 continuously protects Microsoft® Exchange and file data by backing up changes to the disk as they occur. Not only does this improve overall data protection, but it also reduces administrative complexity by eliminating the need for full, incremental or differential backups for Exchange data.
Protection for Desktops and Laptops

The Desktop and Laptop Option (DLO) with Backup Exec 2012 lets you automatically sync and protect multiple desktops and laptops using a network share. You can choose continuous, scheduled or manual backups through an intuitive interface that lets you access your latest data, even when you are on the road.

Protection for VMware Virtual Machines

Licensing requirements can make managing backups on virtual machines difficult and expensive. The PowerVault DL Appliance powered by Symantec™ Backup Exec 2012 incorporates award-winning technology for virtual machine protection. The Agent for VMware® Virtual Infrastructure includes protection for an unlimited number of guests on an individual ESX host. In addition, Backup Exec 2012 leverages several VMware technologies, including VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), that make backing up and restoring virtual machines faster and easier.

The DL Appliance powered by Symantec’s Backup Exec 2012 delivers improved backup and deduplication performance in virtualized environments. The new “V-Ray” technology embedded into the core solution gives customers x-ray vision to easily see, protect and recover their virtual machines with the same solution that protects their physical environments. Additionally, Symantec’s Backup Exec Management Plug-in for VMware is now part of the standard agent for VMware providing Backup Exec management through vCenter™.

Service and Support

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 provides 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:

  • 24x7 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.

Speed of response


Premium proactive

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 on-site*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 nonessential 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.

Training Services

Dell Education Services

Decrease downtime, improve utilization and ensure business continuity with storage training from Dell Education Services. A self-paced online training course jump starts the Storage Administrator on managing the PowerVault MD Storage environment.

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 set 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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