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PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel Storage Array Series

High-speed Fibre Channel storage.

Add high-throughput, highly efficient Fibre Channel storage to your data center, including the latest 16Gb Fibre Channel technology.

Operating System

Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, VMware®, Microsoft Hyper-V®


RAID and Controllers

Hot-swappable controllers
MD34x0 and MD38x0x controllers are not compatible with the older generation arrays (MD32x0x and MD36x0x).

Single controller models:
MD3800f and MD3820f: Support up to 64 servers when configured with a Fibre Channel switch, available with 4GB cache controllers

Dual controller models:
MD3800f/MD3820f/MD3860f: Support up to 64 servers when configured with Fibre Channel switches, available with an option of 4GB or 8GB cache controllers.

MD3060e contains two hot-swappable enclosure management modules (EMMs).

Controller features
Each controller contains 4GB or 8GB of battery-backed cache
Dual controllers operate in an active-active environment mirroring each other’s cache
Cache protection is provided via flash memory for permanent data protection
DDPi eliminates the need for complex RAID management while optimizing data protection, and can be used with existing RAID configurations
Dual controllers required for the MD3860f dense arrays

RAID Levels
Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 6
Up to 180/192i physical disks per group in RAID 0, 10
Up to 30 physical disks per group in RAID 5, 6
Up to 512 virtual disks

Compatible Routers
QLogic ISR 6240 (provides Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity)


Array Management
2nd generation multi-protocol Modular Disk Storage Manager, Java based user interface
Multi-path graphical software provides failover management of redundant data paths between the server and storage array.

MD3800f, MD3820f Standard Features
4GB or 8GB cache per controller
Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP)i: Optional configuration to RAID disk management
VAAI support: Available for customers using VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration
vCenter Plug-in: Available for customers using Vmware vSphere
VASA: vStorage API for Storage Awareness, available for use in conjunction with the vCenter Plug-in
SRA: Sight Recover Manager, available for use with vCenter Plug-in
ALUA-: Active-Active LUN Access
Self-encrypting drive (SED) support: Provides an additional level of data protection
Thin Provisioning: Allocate and consume physical storage capacity as needed
Try and Buy licensing: 90-day trial license of premium feature software
Microsoft Windows ODX

MD3860f Standard Features
SAME features as MD3800f plus:
High Performance Tiering (HPT): Increases array I/O performance
SSD Cache: Accelerates application performance by utilizing SSD drives as extended controller read cache

Optional Premium Features
Snapshots: Up to 128 snapshots per virtual disk and 512 per system
Snapshots Plus Virtual Disk Copy: Up to 512 simultaneous virtual disk copies
HPT firmware upgrade: Increases array I/O performancei
Additional Hard Drives: Capacity up to 180i or 192i hard drives
Remote Replication: Asynchronous and synchronous
SSD Cache: Accelerates application performance by utilizing SSD drives as extended controller read cachei


MD3800f/MD3820f support DC power supply
MD3800f/MD3820f: AC - 600W peak output; DC – 700W
MD3860f: AC - 1755W

Maximum Heat Dissipation
MD3800f/MD3820f: 2047 BTU/hr
MD3860f: 5988 BTU/hr

MD3860f: 220V AC, auto ranging, 50 Hz/60Hz

Frequency Range

Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour
MD3800f/MD3820f support Fresh Air cooling, up to 35°C

Relative humidity
Operating: 20% to 80% (non-condensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour

Operating: -16 to 3048 m (-50 to 10,000 ft)
Note: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is de-rated 1°F/550 ft.


Operating: –30.5 m to 3000 m (–100 ft to 9,840 ft)
NOTE: For altitudes above 2950 ft, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1.8°F/1000 ft.


PowerVault 3800f Regulatory Model: E03J
PowerVault 3800f Regulatory Type: E03J001
PowerVault 3820f Regulatory Model: E04J
PowerVault 3820f Regulatory Type: E04J001
PowerVault 3860f Regulatory Model: E08J
PowerVault 3860f Regulatory Type: E08J001

Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Datasheets
Dell Regulatory Compliance Home Page
Dell and the Environment

Drivers, Manuals & Support

Dell Support

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Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors


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