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Dell and Nexenta Software-defined Storage Solution

Define your own storage solution
Dell and Nexenta software-defined storage solutionsManage data efficiently and cost-effectively with Dell and Nexenta software-defined storage solutions. 

Dell has an established experience and knowledge base working with our open-source storage software partners. Coupled with our server, network, and storage technology and services, we can help our customers evaluate, configure, and deploy cost-effective software-defined storage solutions for their environments. Delivering highly flexible software-defined storage, Dell - Nexenta solutions offer enterprise customers several benefits, including high performance, SAN and NAS protocol support, unlimited snapshots and cloning, block and file replication, inline de-duplication, and comprehensive management capabilities.
High performance for virtualized and file-data workloads

Optimize performance and capacity with a family of solutions based on Dell hardware and Nexenta storage software. Dell’s partnership with Nexenta gives customers more choices, including performance and capacity-optimized configurations to handle large-scale virtualization and file-based workload requirements. These solutions help customers:

• Accommodate unforeseeable growth and technology advances
• Leverage flexible memory and connectivity options
• Easily scale performance as storage requirements evolve

Enterprise features enhance efficiency and protect data

Dell and Nexenta solutions help IT organizations efficiently manage and protect their enterprise data. Comprehensive enterprise-class management features streamline storage administration and improve utilization. These features include:

• Inline deduplication and native compression help eliminate redundant data and reduce capacity needed to store block and file data
• Unlimited snapshots help improve recovery time and recovery point objectives
• Simplify disaster recovery configuration and protect block and file data without time consuming backups
Enterprise features enhance efficiency and protect data
Flexibility to easily expand as neededFlexibility to easily expand as needed
Expand your environment with a software-defined storage architecture that readily adapts to business growth. With the flexibility to adapt to best-in-class hardware, IT organizations can use the latest server and storage systems to handle ever-increasing workload requirements without incurring additional software licensing costs. Dell and Nexenta solutions are pre-configured, pre-sized and certified to offer customers a range of solutions with 44 – 960TB raw capacity.

• Meet capacity and performance requirements with a choice of CPU, RAM, read/write cache, and drive options
• Upgrade to the latest hardware technology platform as your business grows without additional software license costs
• Expand capacity non-disruptively by adding additional Dell storage enclosures




Nexenta Configurations

Nexenta Configurations

Entry levelMid-rangeMid-range expansionHigh performanceHigh performance expansionHigh capacity/ archive
Servers2 x 2U Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers2 x 2U Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers2 x 2U Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers2 x 2U Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers2 x 2U Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers2 x 2U Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers
CPUs2 x 4-core 2.4GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-26092 x 4-core 2.4GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-26092 x 4-core 2.4GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-26092 x 4-core 3.3GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-26432 x 4-core 3.3GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-26432 x 4-core 3.3GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-2643
DRAM96GB (12 x 8GB DIMMs)96GB (12 x 8GB DIMMs)96GB (12 x 8GB DIMMs)256GB (16 x 16GB DIMMs)256GB (16 x 16GB DIMMs)256GB (16 x 16GB DIMMs)
Boot Drives2 x 1TB 7.2k-RPM SAS 2.5” HDD2 x 1TB 7.2k-RPM SAS 2.5” HDD2 x 1TB 7.2k-RPM SAS 2.5” HDD2 x 1TB 7.2k-RPM SAS 2.5” HDD2 x 1TB 7.2k-RPM SAS 2.5” HDD2 x 1TB 7.2k-RPM SAS 2.5” HDD
PCIe Cards1 x H710 internal RAID (boot drive)
1 x Intel X540 Dual Port 10Gb BT + I350 Dual Port 1Gb BT
2 x LSI 9207-8e PCIe3 6Gb SAS HBA
1 x H710 internal RAID (boot drive)
1 x Intel X540 Dual Port 10Gb BT + I350 Dual Port 1Gb BT
4 x LSI 9207-8e PCIe3 6Gb SAS HBA
1 x H710 internal RAID (boot drive)
1 x Intel X540 Dual Port 10Gb BT + I350 Dual Port 1Gb BT
1 x Intel X520 Dual Port 10GgE DA/SFP+ NIC**
4 x LSI 9207-8e PCIe3 6Gb SAS HBA
1 x H710 internal RAID (boot drive)
1 x Intel X540 Dual Port 10Gb BT + I350 Dual Port 1Gb BT
1 x Intel X520 Dual Port 10GgE DA/SFP+ NIC**
4 x LSI 9207-8e PCIe3 6Gb SAS HBA
1 x H710 internal RAID (boot drive)
1 x Intel X540 Dual Port 10Gb BT + I350 Dual Port 1Gb BT
1 x Intel X520 Dual Port 10GgE DA/SFP+ NIC**
4 x LSI 9207-8e PCIe3 6Gb SAS HBA
1 x H710 internal RAID (boot drive)
1 x Intel X540 Dual Port 10Gb BT + I350 Dual Port 1Gb BT
1 x Intel X520 Dual Port 10GgE DA/SFP+ NIC**
4 x LSI 9207-8e PCIe3 6Gb SAS HBA
JBODs2 x Dell MD12204 x Dell MD12008 x Dell MD12002 x Dell MD3060e4 x Dell MD3060e4 x Dell MD3060e
HDDs44 x (1TB) 7.2k RPM NL-SAS 2.5”44 x 2TB 7.2k RPM NL-SAS 6Gb 3.5”88 x 2TB 7.2k RPM NL-SAS 6Gb 3.5”112 x 2TB 7.2k RPM NL-SAS 6Gb 3.5”228 x 2TB 7.2k RPM NL-SAS 6Gb 3.5”240 x 4TB 7.2k RPM NL-SAS 6Gb 3.5”
Read Cache0-2 x 400GB SAS MLC0-2 x 400GB SAS MLC0-4 x 400GB SAS MLC0-4 x 400GB SAS MLC0-4 x 400GB SAS MLCNone
Write Cache2 x 200GB SLC2 x STEC ZeusRAM4 x STEC ZeusRAM4 x STEC ZeusRAM8 x STEC ZeusRAMNone
Software1 x NexentaStor “two controller nodes” SKU
2 x NexentaStor “MD1220-1TB-gold” SKUs
NexentaStor licensed by capacity under management
1 x NexentaStor “two controller nodes” SKU
4 x NexentaStor “MD1200-2TB-gold” SKUs
NexentaStor licensed by capacity under management
1 x NexentaStor “two controller nodes” SKU
8 x NexentaStor “MD1200-2TB-gold” SKUs
NexentaStor licensed by capacity under management
1 x
NexentaStor “two controller nodes” SKU
2 x NexentaStor “MD3060e-2TB-gold” SKUs
NexentaStor licensed by capacity under management
1 x
NexentaStor “two controller nodes” SKU
4 x NexentaStor “MD3060e-2TB-gold” SKUs
NexentaStor licensed by capacity under management
1 x NexentaStor “two controller nodes” SKU
4 x NexentaStor “MD3060e-4TB-gold” SKUs
NexentaStor licensed by capacity under management