PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array

PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array

Dell PowerVault MD3200/MD3220
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Exceptional performance, flexibility and scalability

A dedicated, high-availability, next-generation shared-storage array designed to offer superior performance and capacity for storage consolidation and server virtualization, deployment flexibility and scalability.

  • Maximize performance with 6Gb/s serial-attached SCSI (SAS), 2GB cache per controller and solid-state drive (SSD) support
  • Single and dual controller models available
  • Mix and match drives to create a tiered-storage environment
  • Scale up to 96 drives with MD1200 and/or MD1220 expansion enclosures

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Dell PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array - High Performance, flexibility and Scalability

High performance, flexibility and scalability

The PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 are Dell's next generation of directly connected shared SAS arrays, and are qualified for Microsoft®  Hyper-VTM , Citrix XenServer 5.6.0, and VMware®  ESX 4.1 virtual environments.

Dell PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array - Move up in performance

Move up in performance

MD3200/MD3220 SAS arrays deliver an exceptional price/performance ratio, offering unmatched value in a dedicated shared-storage solution.
  • 6Gb/s SAS doubles the throughput capability compared to the previous generation of Dell SAS.
  • Four SAS ports and 2GB cache per controller ensure peak system performance for large database applications.
  • Optional turbo mode helps boost performance even further.
  • SSD support optimizes the system for the most demanding I/O applications.

New levels in flexibility and scalability

MD3200/MD3220 SAS arrays allow you to mix and match components to create a tiered-data environment.
  • Directly connect up to eight non-HA-configured servers or four HA-configured servers to a single MD3200 or MD3220 storage system.
  • Deploy up to a total of 96 additional HDDs by simply plugging in PowerVault MD1200 and/or PowerVault MD1220 expansion enclosures behind the MD3200/MD3220 arrays. This means you can scale your system with a mix of both 3.5” and 2.5” hard drives.
  • In dual-controller systems, hot plug additional storage enclosures without shutting down the system.

System management is easy

The MD3200/MD3220 arrays are managed by next-generation MD Storage Manager software, an intuitive, easy-to-use client-based Java application.
  • Two different management paths offer easy user interaction, even for those with only a basic familiarity of storage systems.
  • The enterprise window feature monitors multiple systems through a single interface.
  • Wizard-based array management helps simplify the configuration process.
  • Software detects and alerts you of any problems and launches an automatic recovery guru to help troubleshoot and resolve the issues.

Dell PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 SAS Storage Array - System management is easy

Optional data protection

The MD3200/MD3220's optional data protection features include snapshots, virtual disk copy (VDC) and self-encrypting drives (SEDs) with Secure Erase.
  • Snapshots
    Each virtual disk supports up to eight snapshots, with a total of 128 snapshots per system. These are typically used when data needs to be "frozen" in time.

  • Virtual disk copy
    Virtual disk copy is full replication of an existing virtual disk at any point in time, often used for decision support and application development testing.

  • Self-encrypting drives
    If a drive is removed, the SED, which encrypts data written to the drive and decrypts data read from the drive, "locks" to prevent unauthorized access.

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