Dell Intensifies its Storage Portfolio with its Densest Storage Array

Dell has announced its densest storage array yet with the new PowerVault MD3, storing up to 180 terabytes of data in a 60-drive, 4U rack enclosure. The new PowerVault MD3 provides organizations with easy access to flexible enterprise solutions for all stages of growth. Additionally, Dell added new features to the DR4000 disk-based backup and recovery appliance designed to include tighter integration with Symantec OST (OpenStorage) and to support the ability to replicate from multiple appliances to one.

The MD3 dense arrays are ideal for entry-level, medium-sized, or enterprise organizations that seek high-performance computing from a small form factor to save space, power and administrative costs. As a 12U configuration, with one MD3 dense array combined with two MD3 dense expansion enclosures, the storage solution can scale up to 180 hard drives, store up to 540 terabytes of data, and supports Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI protocols. The new MD3 dense arrays include Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) that help maintain affordable, high-bandwidth computing by recovering failed drives faster than traditional RAID environments. DDP when combined with the high performance tiering on Dell’s MD3 dense storage array can deliver continuous data protection with improved productivity and lower total cost of ownership.

The MD3 dense array meets a range of needs from customers setting up their first storage installations to those preparing for the dramatic growth of Big Data. Application management spans from general purpose computing to high-bandwidth, high-performance computing environments.

The MD3 dense array is available globally this month with the same software, firmware and management features as the PowerVault MD3 series, offering customers the same benefits of the PowerVault MD platform but in a smaller design. As a truly modular platform, customers can non-disruptively grow storage with their business and quickly respond to changing conditions with a flexible infrastructure designed to support high-performance computing applications.

Dell is announcing new updates to the DR4000, an advanced disk-based backup and recovery solution that features innovative deduplication and compression capabilities from Dell’s Ocarina Networks acquisition. 

New updates to the DR4000 also include support for Symantec OST (OpenStorage), an API that enables third-party intelligent storage devices to tightly integrate with Symantec backup software applications. When a DR4000 is used with OST, the backup application becomes aware of the properties and capabilities of the appliance, and can better control backup images.

28-Aug-2012 16:11:41