Server Storage Solution

Server Storage Solution

Dell Server Storage Solution

Dell server storage solutions are engineered to handle the most demanding business applications and are designed with specific features to run workloads, such as High Performance Computing (HPC), collaboration, database, business intelligence, data warehousing, and more efficiently.

The Dell server storage solutions offer:

  • PERC FD33xS and PERC FD33xD support on the PowerEdge FX2 enclosure

  • HW RAID and SW RAID support on all PowerEdge servers with DAS

  • NVMe PCIe SSDs support on all the 12th and 13th generation of Dell systems

  • Shared PERC 8 support on the PowerEdge VRTX enclosure

The highlights of each server storage components are listed here:

  • Hardware RAID

    • PowerEdge RAID Controller

    • Shared PERC 8

  • Software RAID


Hardware RAID

The Dell PowerEdge RAID controllers (PERC) are enterprise class and entry level controllers along with SAS HBAs (for pass-through), designed for enhanced performance, increased reliability and fault tolerance, and simplified management.

The simplified management abilities of PERC provide a powerful and easy-to-manage option to create a robust infrastructure and also help maximize server uptime.

Shared PERC 8

The Dell Shared PowerEdge RAID controller (PERC) 8 is a unique storage controller designed specifically for the Dell PowerEdge VRTX systems.

The Shared PERC 8 card supports Single Root Input Output Virtualization (SR-IOV), which allows multiple server modules to share available enclosure storage resources. Virtual disks on the shared storage can then be mapped to a server module.

Software RAID

The Dell PowerEdge Software RAID controllers (SW RAID) are offered as an integrated solution for the Dell PowerEdge servers.

The software RAID solution provides, small to medium business owners, the ability to utilize RAID technology at no additional costs, when using Microsoft and Linux operating systems.

This solution delivers trusted PowerEdge RAID reliability with minimal maintenance. Dell software RAID offers a straight-forward solution that includes essential RAID levels and easy configurable options.


The Dell PowerEdge Express Flash Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Solid State Device (SSD) adapter is a high performance storage device, designed for solutions requiring low latency, high I/O operations per second (IOPS), and enterprise-class storage reliability and serviceability.

The Dell NVMe PCIe SSDs are offered as a Multi-Level Cell (MLC) or Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash technology, with a high-speed PCIe 3.0 compliant interface.

The high-speed PCIe 3.0 compliant interface helps improve performance for I/O bound solutions.

Highlights of Server Storage Product

  • HW RAID and SW RAID support 4KB block size disk drives, which enables efficient use of the storage space.

  • The SW RAID is an economical RAID solution for the Dell PowerEdge systems. This solution offers a straight-forward solution that includes essential RAID levels and uncomplicated configuration options.

  • The Shared PERC 8 controller enables all server modules to efficiently access the low-latency internal shared storage, in the VRTX enclosure that is essential for clustering and virtualization, including vMotion.

  • The Shared PERC 8 controller also helps enable efficient processing through peak periods and improves server-use flexibility.

  • The PERC FD33xS and PERC FD33xD controllers are exclusively designed to support the PowerEdge FD332 storage sled. These storage controller(s), inside a storage sled, map to compute sled(s) in the FX2s enclosure. This provides the PowerEdge FD332 with an excellent option to enable dense virtual SAN clusters, by combining compute and storage sleds. It helps in creating an easily scalable storage environment, which supports balanced data growth that is customizable. This enables you to tailor your storage needs to the workloads you are running and also avoid overprovisioning.

For more information about the Dell OpenManage documentation, go to

For more information about the RAID solutions, see the User’s Guide at

Article ID: SLN311026

Last Date Modified: 08/17/2018 05:16 AM

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