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Dell PowerVault MD3600f Fibre Channel Storage Array

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Overview:

MD3600f/MD3620fThe Dell PowerVault MD3600f array is the introduction of 8Gb/s Fibre Channel in the MD series of arrays. The SAN solution is ideal for entry-level storage consolidation that require high availability, high performance and business continuity without sacrificing ease of use and reliability. Designed for flexibility, the MD3600f arrays support a range of drive types, enclosures, and RAID levels all within a single array.

Meet escalating performance demands for Fibre Channel storage consolidations that require high availability and high performance without sacrificing ease of use. The PowerVault™ MD3600f series features include 8 Gbps throughput, up to 64 Hosts, 2GB cache per controller, single or dual controllers, and capacity expansions up to 192 drives.

  • Enhance throughput with four 8 Gbps ports per controller for your data intensive applications all the while providing business continuity.
  • Implement tiered-storage solutions by mixing serial attached SCSI (SAS), near-line SAS and solid-state drives (SSDs) to optimize your storage area network (SAN) to cost effectively meet all application requirements.
  • Scale up as you grow, supporting a base of 120 hard drives, with an optional upgrade up to 192 hard drives.

Forge ahead with PowerVault MD3600f

Help improve or protect your data center scalability, storage utilization efficiency, infrastructure cost and deployment versatility. With high-speed Fibre Channel, the MD3600f provides multigenerational/multiprotocol single management interface and support.

Put more storage resources to work for you with reliability on top of mind.

Store, move and use your data faster, easily and more efficiently with PowerVault MD3600f arrays.

  • Twelve 3.5” drives in a 2U enclosure
  • Scales up to 192 hard drive storage capacity with PowerVault MD1200 and/or MD1220 enclosures, enabling a customizable and expandable tiered-data environment with mixed drive types
  • Available in single- or dual-controller models

With task-based tools and automated wizard in the resource DVD, setup and management is easier and faster for storage consolidation and flexible, shared networked storage.

The PowerVault VMware vCenter™ Plug-In 5.0 support provides VMware administrators with powerful capabilities designed to increase their productivity and simplify their jobs.

The Plug-In is designed to monitor and manage the MD arrays used in conjunction with VMware virtualization software, allowing administrators to monitor and provision the storage subsystems they employ — with the ultimate goal of ensuring the performance and availability of the virtual infrastructure they are managing.

MD storage systems are certified for use in virtualized application environments with VMware ESX, Citrix XenServer™ and Microsoft Hyper-V™ software. Please see hardware support matrix for more details.

In addition, the MD series storage arrays support vSphere™ Storage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA). This enables unprecedented coordination between vSphere/vCenter and storage arrays. It provides built-in storage insight in vCenter to support intelligent VM storage provisioning, bolster storage troubleshooting and enable new DRS-related use cases for storage.

MD series Fibre Channel arrays also offer a Storage Recover Adapter (SRA). A SRA allows VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager™ (SRM) to integrate with third-party storage array technology providing additional business continuity.

Keep step with the future.

Performance improvements over previous-generation MD arrays include:

  • Upgrade cache from 512MB to 2GB battery-backed cache per controller
  • Replacing SATA drives with near-line serial attached SCSI (NL-SAS) drives for higher capacity and increased performance
  • Adding SSD support to meet the demanding performance and reliability needs of data centers and other high-performance computing environments
  • Offering improved scalability with support for supplementary expansion with PowerVault MD1200 and MD1220 enclosures — up to 192 drives total
  • Four times the base capacity over the previous generation
  • Six times the capacity over the previous generation

In addition, the high-performance tier option provides an incremental boost to performance, ideal for sequential applications, such as Web streaming or data backup.

Overview MonitorGain a new level of management efficiency.

Use the intuitive multigenerational/multiprotocol system management, physical views and dynamic setup capabilities to help quick start your storage upgrade. With expertise and ease-of-use features built into the software, out-of-the-box installation can take less than 30 minutes.

  • The MD Storage Manager is ideally suited for the full-time storage administrators, who want complete control over their storage configuration, as well as the part-time systems administrators, who need an intuitive interface that helps them ensure optimal storage utilization.
  • The Enterprise Window provides a consolidated monitoring view of multiple arrays, including not only the MD36x0f series, but also the MD3200i/MD3200 series as well as the earlier generation MD3000i and MD3000 arrays.
  • Various logical and physical views of the arrays provide an at-a-glance storage array settings and status.
  • The Modular Disk Storage Manager (MDSM) monitors system health. If a problem is detected, it alerts the users and automatically triggers the Recovery Guru to assist with diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Drive down the cost of storage management.

Deploying PowerVault MD3600f array can help reduce your power budget and trim your storage resources, enabling you to cut operating costs and more efficiently scale your data center.

Tested, validated and warranted to operate within the highest current temperature and humidity guidelines issued by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), the MD Family of arrays is capable of short-term, excursion-based operation in temperatures up to 113º F (45º C). By leveraging the thermal and reliability advantages engineered into this portfolio of equipment, customers are able to run data centers even warmer, helping reduce additional maintenance and infrastructure costs while enabling lower overall energy consumption.

Maximize your rack space Save energy costs Increase density, lower power use
Maximize your rack space
MD3600f/MD3620f arrays, in a 2U enclosure, are up to 20 percent denser than previous models, with 6 drives per U as opposed to 5 per U in MD3000 and MD3000i arrays.
Save energy costs
The MD3600f/MD3620f redundant power supplies have received 80 PLUS for delivering energy efficiency of up to 80 percent, which means that as little as 20 percent of electrical energy is wasted as heat.
Increase density, lower power use
2.5" drives available in both the MD3600f and MD3620f use up to 70 percent less space and consumer 50 percent less power than 3.5" mechanical drives.

Go one step further.

Choose optional premium features for added peace of mind. With additional levels of data protection and availability, you can help reduce data loss and corruption as well as system downtime in case of a storage failure.

  • Snapshots
    Point-in-time copies of data provide easy recovery for files accidentally altered or deleted.
  • Virtual disk copy (VDC)
    Full, replicated copy of source data enables quick and seamless virtual disk relocation and disk-based backup and recovery.
  • Additional Hard Drive Premium Feature Key
    Ability to add up to 192 hard drives providing additional capacity to the MD Series of arrays.
  • Self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
    Drive-level encryption renders data useless to unauthorized users, even if the drive has been removed from the enclosure.
  • Instant Secure Erase
    Permanently and securely removes data when SEDs are repurposed or decommissioned.
  • High-Performance Tier (HPT)
    Meet the most demanding performance requirements for your organization to remain productive and competitive.
  • Remote Replication
    To protect data and processes from major regional disasters like earthquakes, fires or large-scale power outages, your organization needs remote replication of data to a secondary site.

Key Benefits:

Proven Fibre Channel-based network storage

PowerVault MD3600f arrays offer exceptional performance and flexibility and reliability for storage consolidation and scalability to meet unexpected business demands. Now it's simple to improve storage utilization by combining storage resources, increasing availability with redundant hardware, and streamlining the backup process. By consolidating data and resources with a single array, back up strategies and management complexities are minimized.

Consolidation = efficiency

Reduce the effort required to store and manage your data. MD3600f Series arrays can support up to 64 physical servers when connected to one or more 4Gb/s or 8Gb/s Fibre Channel switches. Storage capacity, up to a maximum of 96 hard disk drives, can be expanded by attaching additional PowerVault MD1200 and/or MD1220 expansion enclosures.

Fibre Channel storage, ideal for data intensive applications

Implement your high performance network storage solution for less with MD3600f Series arrays while protecting your existing Fibre Channel investment proving business continuity and reliability.

Now your can effectively consolidate storage to support the value of your Fibre Channel environment with the performance to meet both IOPs-intensive as well as high bandwidth applications. MD3600f storage systems are also fully qualified for use in virtualized application environments with VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V™ software.

Keep pace with ever-increasing storage demands

MD3600f arrays deliver an excellent performance/price ratio. Take advantage of a next-generation array with two four (4) 8Gb/s Fibre Channel ports per controller that offers a 2x performance improvement compared to earlier MD storage arrays.

They easily handle the application demands of large databases with increased processing capability. These arrays also support solid state drives (SSD) to meet the most demanding I/O requirements. An optional High Performance Tier (HPT) feature is available to increase array I/O and throughput performance.

Gain a new level of management efficiency

MD3600f Series arrays are managed by the advanced MD Storage Manager software, an intuitive client-based Java application. Designed for easy user interaction with the system no matter what your level of familiarity with storage systems, it offers two different management paths and features an enterprise window that monitors multiple systems, including previous generation MD3000i and MD3200 Series arrays, through a single interface.

With the multi-generational and multi-protocol MD Storage Manager, all administrative tasks, including configuration, re-configuration, expansion, maintenance and performance tuning, can be performed with no system downtime and no interruption to array performance. MD Storage Managers configuration flexibility includes the ability to mix RAID levels, segment sizes, array sizes, and cache policies all within a single storage array.

Deployment scalability and flexibility

Scale up. Mix and match drive types to create your optimum tiered data environment.

Scale Easily: Up to 64 servers can be connected to a single MD3600f or MD3620f storage system. Storage capacity can be expanded up to a total of 96 hard drives. Scaling capacity is as simple as plugging in additional PowerVault MD1200 and/or PowerVault MD1220 enclosures.

Mix and Match Drives: MD3600f arrays can hold up to twelve (12) 3.5 inch form factor hard drives and MD3620f arrays hold up to twentyfour (24) 2.5 inch drives. Both the MD1200 enclosure (twelve 3.5" hard drives) and the MD1220 enclosure (twenty-four 2.5" drives) can be added behind MD3600f Series arrays, enabling you to mix 3.5" and 2.5" drives in the same array. This flexibility enables data tiering for optimizing system performance.

Optional features

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

Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) — With SEDs, if a drive is removed from the array or powered down, the data on that drive is encrypted and useless to anyone who attempts to access it without the appropriate security authorization.

High Performance Tier (HPT) — Meet the most demanding performance requirements for your organization to remain productive and competitive.

Remote replication

To protect data and processes from major regional disasters like earthquakes, fires or large-scale power outages, your organization needs remote replication of data to a secondary site. Also used for testing and deploying new databases without any downtime.

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Experience high bandwidth performance for data-intensive applications, and protect you information with remote replication. Connect up to 64 hosts with Fibre Channel switches. Add up to 96 HDDs or SSDs with MD1200 expansion arrays.
Help ensure business continuity
Experience high bandwidth performance for data-intensive applications, and protect you information with remote replication.
Scale up as you grow
Connect up to 64 hosts with Fibre Channel switches. Add up to 96 HDDs or SSDs with MD1200 expansion arrays.
Mix 3.5" and 2.5" SAS, near-line SAS and solid-state drives to optimize your SAN. Lower power consumption with 80PLUS Sliver Certified power supplies, variable speed fand and low-power 2.5" drives.
Implement tiered-storage solutions
Mix 3.5" and 2.5" SAS, near-line SAS and solid-state drives to optimize your SAN.
Energy-effient storage
Lower power consumption with 80PLUS Sliver Certified power supplies, variable speed fand and low-power 2.5" drives.

Technical Specifications:

  PowerVault MD3600f PowerVault MD3620f
Features
Hard Disk Drives Up to twelve (12) 3.5 inch SAS, Near-line SAS and SSD drives Up to twenty-four (24) 2.5 inch SAS, Near-line SAS and SSD drives
3.5" Drive Performance and Capacities 15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300 GB, 450 GB and 600 GB
7,200 RPM Near-line SAS drives available in 500 GB, 1TB and 2TB
2.5" Drive Performance and Capacities 15,000 RPM SAS drives available in 73 GB and 146 GB
10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 600 GB and 900 GB
7,200 RPM Near-line SAS drives available in 1 TB
Solid State Drive (SSD) available in 149 GB (available in 3.5" HDD carriers)
Expansion Capabilities Expand up to 96 total drives using MD1200 and/or MD1220 expansion enclosures
Host Connectivity
Single Controller Models Supports up to 4 servers directly connected or up to 64 servers when configured with an Fibre Channel switch
Dual Controller Models Supports up to 8 servers directly connected or up to 64 servers when configured with Fibre Channel switches
Storage Controllers and RAID Levels
Storage Controllers Each controller contains 2GB 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
RAID Levels Support for RAID levers 0, 1, 10, 5, 6
Up to 96 physical disks per group in RAID 0, 1, 10
Up to 30 physical disks per group in RAID 5, 6
Up to 256 virtual disks
Array Management and Optional Premium Features
Array Management 2nd generation multi-protocol Modular Disk Storage Manager, Java based user interface
Multi-path software provides failover management of redundant data paths between the server and storage array
Optional Premium Features Snapshots: Up to 8 snapshots per virtual disk and 128 per system
Snapshots Plus Virtual Disk Copy: Up to 8 simultaneous virtual disk copies
High Performance Tier firmware upgrade increases array IO performance
Remote Replication - providing business continuity and disaster recovery
Back-Panel Connectors (per controller)
Host Connectivity Four 8Gb/s SFP ports per controller
Expansion Connectivity One x4 6Gb SAS (8088 mini connector)
Remote Management One RJ-45 1Gb Ethernet
Service Management One PS/2 Serial
LED Indicators
Front Panel 1 two-color LED indicator for system status, 1 single-color LED indicator 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 one-color LED power indicator, 1 one-color LED controller fault indicator, 1 one-color LED controller identifier, 1 one-color LED cache activity indicator, 1 one-color LED battery fault indicator
Power Supply/Cooling Fan Module 3 one-color LED status for AC status, DC status and power supply cooling fan fault
Power Supplies (per supply)
Wattage 600 W peak output
Maximum Heat Dissipation 150 W
Input Voltage Range 90 to 264 VAC
Frequency Range 47 to 63 Hz
Maximum Input Current at Rated Power 55 A for 10ms or less, 25 A for 10-150ms
Available Hard Drive Power (per slot)
Supported Continuous Consumption 3.5" drive: 25 Watts
2.5" drive: 12 Watts
Physical
Height x Width x Depth 8.68cm (3.42") x 44.63cm (17.57") x 56.1cm (22.09") 8.68cm (3.42") x 44.63cm (17.57") x 50.8cm (20")
Weight 29.3kg (64.59 lbs.) (maximum configuration) 24.2kg (53.35 lbs.) (maximum configuration)
Environmental
Temperature Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour
Relative Humidity Operating: 20% to 80% (non-condensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Altitude 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.

Services:

Having the right backup solution is key to protecting your critical information. So is having the right support. Dell ProSupport™ is a portfolio of globally consistent, customer-driven support services that provides businesses of all sizes with flexible, reliable and easier support solutions.

Dell ProSupport starts with the Dell ProSupport for IT service model designed for IT professionals like you. Dell ProSupport for IT provides:

  • 24x7 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, productivity and sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.

Speed of Response Protection Premium Proactive
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 on-site2 service or optional 2-hour response with 6-hour hardware repair, Dell's proven Critical Situation process and emergency dispatch. Keep Your Hard Drive — Enables you to control your sensitive data by retaining your hard drive and helps you comply with current data privacy regulations to help mitigate risks associated with regulatory or civil liabilities. Enterprise-Wide Contract — Provides enhanced proactive capabilities through:
  • Designated Service Delivery Manager
  • Performance benchmarking and custom reporting
  • Planning and assessments

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 and more.

Basic Hardware Warranty
Basic Support
Ideal for nonessential application environments. This service offers business-hour, phone-based support* for hardware-only issues with Next Business Day On-Site Service following completion of phone-based troubleshooting.
Additional Service Offerings
Comprehensive Storage Training and Certification
Through comprehensive storage training courses, Dell provides expertise in implementing Dell storage into an existing IT infrastructure. If you are interested in validating or maintaining your skill sets for company compliance, the Dell Certified Network Storage Networking Professional Certification path is available.

Backup and Recovery
To sustain the continued operation of your storage solution, you should engineer availability, security and reliability into every process from the outset. Dell can provide backup and recovery solutions that help ensure adequate procedures are in place to minimize or avoid data loss.

Storage Consolidation
Our storage experts analyze existing infrastructure, operational practices and technical readiness to develop a roadmap for conducting a storage consolidation. They will also develop a detailed consolidation deployment plan as well as a validated and refined solution design.

Dell PowerVault MD Storage Arrays Compare:

Dell PowerVault MD 3200/3600/1200 Series of storage arrays simplify IT by optimizing your data storage architecture and insuring the availability of your data. This frees up valuable resources to help reduce costs and make innovation a daily practice. Managing the relentless growth of application data can strain IT organizations, whose strategic roles have expanded even in the face of contracting budgets. The Dell PowerVault MD 3200/3600/1200 Series of storage arrays address these challenges with versatile solutions that are optimized for smaller-scale storage consolidation, flexible virtualization projects and high business continuity. The PowerVault MD 3200/3600/1200 Series includes high-performance SAN and direct-attached storage arrays, high-capacity expansion enclosures and robust management software that together deliver exceptional flexibility, scalability and value. To help suit your particular business requirements, MD 3200/3600 Series arrays offer iSCSI, Fibre Channel or SAS technology.

 
  MD1200 MD1220 MD3200 MD3220 MD3200i
MD1200 MD1220 MD3200 MD3220 MD3200i
Drives 12 24 12 24 12
Max. Drives 96 192 96 96 96
Drive Type 3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 3.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 2.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 3.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 2.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 3.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
Max. Cache Controller Dependent Controller Dependent 4GB (2GB per controller) 4GB (2GB per controller) 4GB (2GB per controller)
Host Interface Two 6Gbps SAS Two 6Gbps SAS Eight x 6Gbps SAS (4 per controller) Eight x 6Gbps SAS (4 per controller) Eight x 1Gbps Ethernet (4 per controller)
Max. Hosts Controller Dependent Controller Dependent 8 8 32
Max. HA Hosts Controller Dependent Controller Dependent 4 4 32
Form Factor 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U
Management Software OpenManage™ Storage Management OpenManage™ Storage Management MD Storage Manager MD Storage Manager MD Storage Manager
Optional Features N/A N/A Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-encrypting drives, High Performance Tier Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-encrypting drives, High Performance Tier Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-encrypting drives, High Performance Tier
Server Support Dell PowerEdge only Dell PowerEdge only Dell servers Dell servers Industry-standard servers
OS Support Controller Dependent Controller Dependent Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer
  MD3220i MD3600i MD3620i MD3600f MD3620f
  MD3220i MD3600i MD3620i MD3600f MD3620f
Drives 24 12 24 12 24
Max. Drives 96 96 96 96 96
Drive Type 2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 2.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 3.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 2.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 3.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS and NL SAS HDDs, 2.5-inch
3 Gbps SSDs
Max. Cache 4GB (2GB per controller) 4GB (2GB per controller) 4GB (2GB per controller) 4GB (2GB per controller) 4GB (2GB per controller)
Host Interface Eight x 1Gbps Ethernet (4 per controller) Four x 10Gbps Ethernet (2 per controller) Four x 10Gbps Ethernet (2 per controller) Eight x 8Gb/s Fibre Channel (4 ports per controller) Eight x 8Gb/s Fibre Channel (4 ports per controller)
Max. Hosts 32 64 64 64 64
Max. HA Hosts 32 64 64 64 64
Form Factor 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U
Management Software MD Storage Manager MD Storage Manager MD Storage Manager MD Storage Manager MD Storage Manager
Optional Features Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-Encrypting Drives, High Performance Tier Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-Encrypting Drives, High Performance Tier Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-Encrypting Drives, High Performance Tier Remote Replication, Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-Encrypting Drives, High Performance Tier Remote Replication, Snapshot, Virtual Disk Copy, Self-Encrypting Drives, High Performance Tier
Server Support Industry-standard servers Industry-standard servers Industry-standard servers Industry-standard servers Industry-standard servers
OS Support Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer

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