PowerVault MD3 Serial Attached SCSI storage array series

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Affordable PowerVault MD3 array series designed for maximum performance and capacity.

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PowerVault MD3420


Technology that delivers high-performance and high-capacity storage

Consolidate your storage with the new PowerVault MD3 12Gb serial-attached SCSI (SAS) array. The 12Gb MD3 SAS array series is ideal for entry-level storage consolidation requiring high availability, high performance, business continuity, ease of use and reliability. Designed for versatility, the MD3 series supports a range of drive types, premium software features and a choice of a 2U or high density 4U chassis.

Powervault MD32x0 Series - Get affordable enterprise-level capabilities

Get affordable enterprise-level capabilities

PowerVault MD3 SAS arrays come with the following features:

  • Improved performance: Get up to 2x performance with the new 12Gb SAS arrays*.
  • Controller options: Maximize throughput with 16GB total*.
  • Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP): Improved DDP functionality that supports 20 disk pools, and can support up to 120 SSDs.
  • Thin provisioning: Allocate and consume physical storage capacity as needed in disk pools.
  • SSD Cache: Increase execution speed of applications by caching previously read data (available with High Performance tier only).
  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support: Integrate array commands with VMware in the host environment.
  • Try and buy: Determine which premium features suit your environment with a 90-day trial software license for specific software.
Powervault MD32x0 Series - Protect your data

Protect your data

Keep your valuable information safe with these additional PowerVault options:
  • Remote Replication: Replicate data to any global location that includes mirroring thin provisioned pools.
  • Snapshots: Easily recover files after accidental deletion or alteration with point-in-time copies of data.
  • Virtual Disk Copy (VDC): Enable quick and seamless virtual disk relocation and disk-based backup and recovery with a full, replicated copy of source data.
  • Self-encrypting drives (SEDs): Render data useless to unauthorized users with drive-level encryption, even if the drive has been removed from the enclosure.
  • Instant Secure Erase: Permanently and securely remove data when SEDs are repurposed or decommissioned.

Spend less managing your data

The PowerVault MD3 SAS series brings affordability to primary storage and allows you to add capacity and software as needed. This design keeps your storage directly attached to your data infrastructure. It is compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V®, Citrix® XenServer® and VMware® ESX. In addition, the MD-series storage arrays support vSphere® Storage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA). Simplify physical and virtual resource management with MD Storage Manager and PowerVault VMware vCenter™ Plug-In 5.0.

Powervault MD32x0 Series - MD Storage Manager    Powervault MD32x0 Series - VMware vCenter Plug-In 5.0

MD Storage Manager

With wizard-based array configuration and single-pane management, MD Storage Manager can alert you to problems and launch its recovery guru to automatically help troubleshoot and resolve issues.

VMware vCenter Plug-In 5.0

Monitor, manage, provision and optimize storage for performance and availability across your virtual infrastructure. You can also implement Storage Replication Adapters (SRA) to simplify management of disaster recovery with centralized recovery plans and VASA to create profiles that map to volumes and  virtual machines.

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Powervault MD Series - Data Protection

Data Protection:

Ensure your data is protected with Snapshot, VDC and Remote Replication.
Powervault MD Series - High Performance

High Performance:

Data is increasing at an alarming rate, but performance should not be impacted. This bundle includes the High Performance tier, SSD cache and the additional drive capacity license.

Speed recovery with Dynamic Disk Pools.

Dynamic Disk Pools protect data by dynamically distributing data across pools of drives. In the event of a drive failure, DDP will identify the critical data and dynamically rebalance the data so the array can return to an optimal state faster than it would in the typical RAID environment. DDP can now support up to 20 disk pools and up to 120 SSDs.
MD3400 12Gb SAS array

MD3400 12Gb SAS array

This SAS array provides high-availability and high-capacity when using 12Gb near-line SAS drives with Direct Attach Storage (DAS). In a 2U, 12-drive enclosure, it can support 4GB cache per controller, or 8GB cache per controller with the dual controller configuration.

  • Up to 2x performance with the new12Gb SAS array* 
  • Up to twelve 3.5-inch or 2.5" SAS, near-line SAS and SSD drives 
  • Directly connect up to four high-availability (HA)-configured servers or eight non-HA-configured servers to a single MD3400 storage system 
  • Expand capacity with up to eight MD1200 or MD1220 expansion enclosures
MD3400 12Gb SAS array

MD3420 12Gb SAS array

The PowerVault MD3 SAS series has been designed with the entry-level to medium business customer in mind. It uses 12Gb near-line SAS drives and DAS with single or dual active/active controllers in a 2U, 24-drive enclosure. It can support 4GB cache per controller, or 8GB cache per controller with the dual controller configuration.

  • Up to 2x performance with the new 12Gb SAS array*
  • Up to twenty-four 2.5-inch SAS, near-line SAS and SSD drives
  • Directly connect up to four high-availability (HA)-configured servers or eight non-HA-configured servers to a single MD3420 storage system 
  • Single- or dual-controller options
MD3460 12Gb SAS array

MD3460 12Gb SAS array

The MD3 dense SAS array has a 4U form factor that supports more drives than ever before within the MD3 product line, allowing you to save space, power and cooling while maintaining its ease-of-management. It uses 12Gb near-line SAS drives and DAS with dual active/active controllers, with a 60-drive capacity per enclosure. It can support 4GB or 8GB cache per controller.

  • Up to 2x performance with the new 12Gb SAS array*
  • Options for mix and match of 3.5", 2.5", SED or SSD hard drives*
  • Scale up to 180 drives in just 12U, providing up to 1.8PB of raw capacity*
  • Standard high-performance tiering with SSD cache, dynamic disk pools and thin provisioning to optimize performance and capacity
  • vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support
  • vCenter Plug-in to monitor and manage the PowerVault MD series arrays in conjunction with VMware virtualization software
MD3060e expansion enclosure

MD3060e expansion enclosure

A 60-drive expansion enclosure specifically designed for the MD3 dense array series, the MD3060e* dense enclosure is an eBOD (expansion bunch of disks), which operate in the same fashion as a JBOD (just a bunch of disks). There are two enclosure management modules (EMM) that allow for management of the expansion drives via the MD3 Dense Array controllers. The MD1200 and MD1220 are designed for use as expansion for the MD3 2U arrays.

  • Up to 2 expansion enclosures can be daisy chained to an MD3 Series array
  • Options for mix and match of 3.5", 2.5", SED or SSD hard drives*
  • Add 2 MD3060e enclosures (max) for up to 180 drives in just 12U, providing up to 1.8PB of raw capacity*
  • Dual EMM controller option only, using the enclosure management modules

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