PowerVault MD3000i Direct Attached Storage

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Consolidation without complexity


iSCSI SAN provides the value of storage consolidation without the cost and complexity of a fibre channel network.

  • Supports up to 16 hosts
  • Expands up to 45 disk drives and 90TB of capacity
  • Supports both SAS and SATA drives

 All component options may not be available on all configurations.

PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI SAN Storage Array






Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
    Microsoft Windows 2003 Standard and Enterprise
    Microsoft Windows 2003 Standard and Enterprise x64
    Microsoft Cluster Services to 8 nodes
    Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    SuSE Linux Enterprise Server

    Click here for a detailed list of supported operating systems


  • Standard Model: Two (2) Gb Ethernet Ports

    High Availability Model: Four (4) Gb Ethernet Ports

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature:
    Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
    Storage: -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F)

    Relative humidity
    Operating: 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
    Storage: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

    Operating: -15 to 3048 m (-50 to 10,000 ft)
    Storage: -15 to 10,668 m (-50 to 35,000 ft)

    Thermal Output
    1430 BTU/hour (Maximum)


  • PowerVault MD3000i Control Module


    478 W maximum continuous

    550 W peak

    Maximum Heat dissipation: 200 W

    Input Voltage Range: 100-240 V rated (actual 90-264 V)

    Frequency Range: 47-63 Hz

    Maximum Input Current at Rated Power:

    7.93 A at 90 V
    3.96 A at 180 V

    PowerVault MD1000 expansion module

    Wattage: 488 W maximum continuous; 550 W peak

    Heat dissipation: 200 W

    Voltage: 100-240 V rated (actual 90-264 V)

    Frequency: 47-63 Hz

    Amperage: 7.2 A at 100 V, 3.6 A at 200 V

    Available Hard Drive Power (per slot)
    Supported continuous consumption Up to 1.3 A at +12 V; Up to 1.5 A at +5 V


  • Management Software: Modular Disk Storage Manager, Java-Based task-oriented UI
    Multi-path (failover) SW provides management of redundant data paths between host and storage

    Optional Software Features:

    Enhanced Snapshots:
    up to 8 snapshots per virtual disk and 128 per system

    Enhanced Snapshots PLUS Virtual Disk Copy: up to 8 snapshots and up to 8 simultaneous virtual disk copies


  • Hard Drives
    Controller Module:
    Up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hot-pluggable hard drives, at speeds of 5.4K, 7.2K, 10K or 15K

    Expansion Module:
    Two expansion modules each holding up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hot-pluggable hard drives, at speeds of 5.4K, 7.2K, 10K or 15K

    Drive speeds and capacities

    SAS Drives
    15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 73GB*, 146GB*, 300GB*, 450GB* and 600GB*
    10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300GB*, 400GB* or 600GB*
    Nearline SAS (7,200 RPM) drives available in 500GB*, 750GB* or 1TB*

    SATA Drives
    7,200 RPM SATA II drives available in 250GB*, 500GB*, 750GB* or 1TB*
    Energy efficient SATA II (5,400 RPM) drives available in 1TB* and 2TB*

    Maximum Capacity (per enclosure)
    30TB* using fifteen 2TB* SATA disk drives

    Expansion Capability
    Expands to 3 enclosures (45 drives) with two PowerVault MD1000 expansion enclosures


  • PowerVault MD3000i Control Module

    Height: 13.11 cm (5.16 inches)
    Width: 44.63 cm (17.57 inches)
    Depth: 48.01 cm (18.9 inches)
    Weight: 35.37 kg (78 lb) (maximum configuration)

    PowerVault MD1000 expansion module

    Height: 13.11 cm (5.16 inches)
    Width: 44.63 cm (17.57 inches)
    Depth: 48.01 cm (18.9 inches)
    Weight: 35.37 kg (78 lb) (maximum configuration)


  • Storage Controllers:

    Standard Model: Single storage controller
    High Availability Model: Dual storage controllers provides failover and redundant enclosure management capabilities 512 MB of battery backed cache (72 hours) per controller

    Both models support both IPV4 and IPV6 addressing

    RAID Levels: Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6

    Up to 30 physical disks per disk group
    Up to 256 virtual disks

Back-Panel Connectors

  • Each controller has:

    Host Connectivity (per controller): Two 1 Gb Ethernet ports

    SAS connectors (per storage controller): 3 Gb SAS 1X4 lane port – 3Gbps per lane (SFF 8470) "OUT" connector for future expansion capability

    Management Port (per storage controller): 1 10/100 Ethernet Connection (RJ45) for "out-of-band" enclosure management capability

    Serial connector (per storage controller): 1 6-pin UART mini-DIN connector (for service technician use only)

LED Indicators

  • Front panel

    1 two-color LED indicator for system status
    1 single-color LED indicators for power
    1 LED unused in this system

    Hard-drive carrier

    1 single-color activity LED
    1 two-color LED status indicator per drive

    Storage Controller

    1 two-color LED status indicator per SAS IN/OUT port (total 3 on dual port option, 2 on single port option)
    1 one-color Battery Fault LED for battery-backed cache
    1 one-color Cache Activity LED
    2 one-color Controller Fault and Controller Power LEDs
    2 one-color LEDs for Ethernet link and speed

    Power supply/cooling fan module

    3 LED status indicators for power supply status, power supply/fan fault and AC status


"The use of technology by students and teachers is rapidly growing in our school district, and we’re running out of storage faster than we expected. The Dell PowerVault MD3000i storage system eliminates that problem because we can easily keep up with growth in a cost-effective way just by adding new drives when and where we need them."
-Peter Thompson, Manager of Information Technology, Princeton Regional School District
PowerVault MD3000i

Consolidation without complexity

The PowerVault MD3000i is a high performance iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN) designed to deliver storage consolidation and data management capabilities in an easy to use, cost effective solution.

• Consolidate up to sixteen (16) fully redundant servers, expand to support up to 45TB of data.
• Wizard based installation, intuitive management and advanced data protection software.

Learn more – Storage Consolidation using the PowerVault MD3000i

Entry-level Storage for Virtualized Environments:
Shared storage is required to enable VM mobility the key benefit of a virtual environments. The PowerVault MD3000i is a networked shared storage solution, providing the high availability, expandability and ease of management desired in virtual environments. Leverages existing IP networks and offers small and medium businesses an easy to use iSCSI SANs without the need for extensive training or new expensive infrastructures.

Learn More – Configuration guide for VMware ESX Server

Optimal Storage for Business Critical Applications:
The PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI SAN with dual Ethernet ports, redundant hardware and proactive notification can deliver the availability required of business critical applications like Microsoft™ Exchange and SQL. Support for 16 servers and modular scalability offer seamless growth to support your needs today and in the future.

Learn more – PowerVault MD3000i Exchange Testing by Principled Technologies
"The Dell PowerVaultTM MD3000i enables us to replace multiple direct-attached storage devices with one centralized recovery and management console for up to 16 servers and workstations. That makes storage management much simpler, saving time and labor costs for our limited IT staff."
- Jeff Wolfe, IT Director, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. August 2007
Dell PowerVault MD3000i Active RAID Controllers

Built for availability

The Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI provides functionality needed to help provided availability and protection needed, without adding complexity.

Redundant components:
Supports redundant active/active RAID controllers, management ports and power/cooling to provide real security at the hardware level.
Automated drive failure detection: Capable of automatically rebuilding a failed drive using an available hot-spare drive.
Intelligent battery monitoring: Intelligent software notifies you before the battery fails, helping to reduce unplanned downtime.
Hot-pluggable components: Remove and replace disk drives, storage controllers, power supplies and cooling fan modules while the system remains running — without impacting operations.
RAID levels: Supporting RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and 6 offering flexibility in data protection and system performance characteristics.
Premium management functionality: Snapshot and virtual-disk copy capabilities that support hourly, real-time backups of your entire data environment.
"The dual controllers and other redundant features of the Dell PowerVault MD3000i help us deliver the high availability our clients in healthcare, banking, and finance require. We’re able to dual-attach for greater redundancy and performance than a single-controller storage system could provide."
- Robert Boyle, CEO, Tellurian Networks. August 2007
PowerVault MD3000i Complete Management

Simple Yet Powerful Storage Management

The MD3000i iSCSI SAN delivers a seamless suite of intuitive task-based management capabilities. The Modular Disk Storage Manager can help automatically configure the system for optimal performance and availability.

Multi-host Management: Flexibility to manage the entire network from a single console.
Recovery Guru: A support tool that diagnoses system problems and helps to determine an appropriate recovery procedure.
Enhanced Data Protection: Optional snapshot and virtual disk copy features
"Management tools in the Dell PowerVault MD3000i storage system are exceptionally well thought out, displaying a maturity that’s comparable to second- or third-generation products. We were very impressed."
- Robert Boyle, CEO, Tellurian Networks.August 2007
Dell PowerVault MD3000i Advanced Data Management

Advanced Data Management

For advanced availability, the PowerVault™ MD3000i offers optional backup and data protection features: Snapshot and Virtual Disk Copy (VDC).

are point-in-time copies of the data, so if a file is accidentally altered or deleted it can be recovered easily by reverting to a previous state. Snapshots can be taken instantaneously, minimizing application downtime.
Virtual Disk Copy (VDC) is a full, replicated copy of a source data taken at a discrete point in time, enabling quick and seamless virtual disk relocation, and disk-based backup and recovery.
Learn More – Data Protection With PowerVault MD3000i Whitepaper 


SAS drives are used for high performance storage

Flexible and Versatile

The PowerVault MD3000i system's modular expandability provides you with pay-as-you-grow flexibility. The storage array can house up to fifteen 3.5-inch SAS and SATA disk drives and capacity as needed by adding up to two PowerVault MD1000 expansion enclosures, for a total of 45 disk drives.

SAS for Performance
When configured with SAS disk drives, the PowerVault MD3000i can deliver the speed, performance and reliability to satisfy mainstream and demanding server applications such as email or database applications that store active and frequently changing information. SAS specifies a transfer rate of 3.0 Gbps (300 MB/sec) for each drive on the channel to help provide these high levels of performance.

SATA for Capacity
SATA disk drives easily handle large volumes of data at an excellent cost-per-Gigabyte. SATA drives are ideal support for digital images, file archiving, audio/video storage, and back-up to disk applications. Each high-volume SATA disk can manage an impressive capacity of up to 1TB, making them an ideal complement to the faster but lower capacity SAS drives.
Active-Active RAID controllers for high redundancy

Active RAID Controllers

RAID controllers are the brains that govern everything that occurs within the PowerVault MD3000i storage enclosure, performing necessary calculations, controlling I/O performance operations, handling communication with management applications, and storing firmware. The PowerVault MD3000i IP SAN was designed to incorporate twin active/active RAID controllers with mirrored cache for high-availability. If one controller should fail, the surviving controller can handle the full processing load until its mate is brought back online.
PowerVault MD3000i Hot-pluggable technology

Hot-Pluggable Technology

Dell's PowerVault MD3000i storage array allows you to remove and replace redundant components without disruption to operation. In the rare event of component failure, disk drives, storage controllers, power supplies, and cooling fan modules are all hot-pluggable - you can remove and replace them for easy repair while the system remains up and running. The PowerVault MD3000i enclosure contains two integrated power supply and fan modules - if one is removed the other can handle the demand, virtually eliminating downtime to your storage array

SMB - PowerVault Storage

Support Services

Dell ProSupport – Faster, more reliable support services designed to address the technology challenges you face today. This new support portfolio is focused on your needs, time demands and budgets.

Need professional support services that take care of both you and your employees’ IT needs 7x24? Choose Dell ProSupport to get access to a certified technician in two minutes or less.

Got an IT staff? Choose Dell ProSupport for IT and get tech-to-tech support with Fast-Track Dispatch, along with 7x24 access to Dell-certified technicians.

Dell ProSupport Service Model
Dell ProSupport

Designed for organizations with limited or no dedicated IT staff.

  • 7x24 direct break-fix hardware support for your employees
  • "How-to" support on popular software applications such as Norton AntiVirus, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Small Business Server, Intuit QuickBooks, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Access to a certified technician in two minutes or less
Dell ProSupport for IT

Designed to provide tech-to-tech support for IT Professionals, Database Administrators and internal Service Desks or helpdesks.

  • 7x24 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, your productivity and your sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.
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 onsite* service or optional 2-hour response with 6-hour hardware repair, Dell’s proven Critical Situation process, and emergency dispatch. Data Management and Protection

  • Keep Your Hard Drive* helps you retain control of sensitive data
  • Certified Data Destruction wipes your hard drive clean and destroys data
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, virus remediation and more.

Customization and Set-Up

EDT Installation
Enhanced installation and configuration with Dell professional project management and documentation. A project manager will be acting as the single-point-of-contact for the entire installation project from pre-site audit to co-ordination of the installation and delivery of post-project documentation.


Comprehensive Training

Get the skills you need to keep pace in today's competitive IT environment with comprehensive training and certification courses. Dell offers a vast array of instructor-led classes and online training courses in a range of topics from server maintenance to in-depth technical overview of specific systems.

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