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Dell PowerVault ME4084 Storage Array
Purpose-built and optimized for SAN/DAS simplicity and accelerated performance

Dell PowerVault ME4084 Storage Array

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Dell EMC PowerVault arrays, already the preferred choice for thousands of small scale and price-conscious businesses, now gain broader appeal with the new PowerVault ME4 Series. The PowerVault ME4 Series is a next gen entrylevel block storage array that’s purpose-built and optimized for price-sensitive SAN & DAS environments with the simplicity, performance and affordability you’d expect from Dell EMC.

The Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series brings the essential features of highend storage to small-medium businesses — simply and affordably. These flash-based systems drive application performance higher for a wide range of businesses and budgets. With its flexible connectivity options, the PowerVault ME4 arrays offer significant advantages for SAN/DAS workloads with outstanding IOPs, massive bandwidth, scale and low latency. An all-inclusive software model helps to reduce OPEX and improve operational efficiencies — making the ME4 Series hard to beat. If you’re looking for raw power and absolute simplicity in a small footprint; if you’re cost-conscious and need storage availability and reliability, then Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series – starting in either 2U or 5U – is for you. Designed to deliver the performance of flash with the best economics of disk, the PowerVault ME4 systems are the perfect fit for small-scale storage consolidation, application acceleration, and business continuity.

Modular, Efficient

With it’s versatile, modular and intelligent data management design, PowerVault ME4 responds to the pressures and needs of IT by simplifying storage administration and operations. The PowerVault ME4 Series is intuitive to setup and manage ensuring the availability and protection you expect for your data. Besides saving you money, the simplicity of the ME4 Series helps you reclaim time and resources, giving you the opportunity to focus on innovating and IT transformation.

Workload Solutions

IT organizations purchase storage systems as part of a workload solution to either solve a business issue or seize a business opportunity. The PowerVault ME4 Series, configured either as DAS or as SAN storage deliver high-value workload solutions for many types of businesses. And since the ME4 Series is integrated with today’s most widely used hypervisors and operating systems, they help you consolidate your infrastructure and drive operational efficiencies that can result in real competitive advantages. The PowerVault ME4 Series is the ideal solution for many workload types including video surveillance, SAN and DAS Exchange, Enterprise SAN, low latency HPC, NoSQL databases, and VDI – to name a few.

Simple, Flexible Connectivity

Each PowerVault ME4 array brings multi-protocol flexibility to your business with 10G iSCSI BaseT or SFP+, 12G SAS and 16G FC connectivity. Dataintensive application throughput is enhanced with four ports per controller while extending business continuity with robust remote replication features. ME4 Series supports backwards compatibility with auto-negotiation for iSCSI and FC connections. PowerVault ME4 arrays scale up to 336 drives using ME412, ME424 and ME484 expansion enclosures. Additionally, the web-based (HTLM5) ME Storage Manager provides an intuitive management interface, making ME4 arrays simple to configure in 15 minutes and easy to manage. Dual-controller models connect four high-availability servers or eight nonredundant servers with 5-9’s availability and balanced performance in mixed virtualized DAS environments.

Easy to Expand and Configure

Easily expand your ME4012, ME4024, and ME4084 arrays by connecting PowerVault ME412, ME424, and ME484 expansion enclosures with 12G SAS backend connectivity. The high-performance PowerVault ME4 arrays utilize 3.5” and 2.5" HDDs and 2.5” SSDs (SED drives available) that can be flexibly mixed to achieve the capacity you need. The support for these different drive types allow you to configure ME4 Series as a hybrid-flash or all-flash array for maximum performance. Additionally, PowerVault ME4’s expansion enclosures deliver the speed, flexibility and reliability to satisfy performance-intensive applications that work with active or dynamic data stores. The expansion enclosures (ME484 also available as JBOD) are ideal for applications that generate large amounts of data and require extended storage capacity. This modular architecture offers easy and economical expansion up to 4PB of raw capacity.

All-Inclusive Software + More

With all-inclusive enterprise-class software including replication, snapshots, 3- level tiering, VMware integrations, encryption (SED), distributed RAID, simple management tools and more - you can set it and forget it. PowerVault ME4 Series comes standard with ProSupport base support with option for premium ProSupport Plus. ProDeploy is also available with the ME4 Series to help you get up and running faster.

PowerVault ME4 Series sets the standard for entry level SAN and DAS storage simplicity, reliability and quality so you can stay focused on your business. Engineered from the ground-up to tackle your data storage challenges, these arrays come in three scalable and flash optimized models to flexibly fit your budget. Whether you are looking to start small or grow to hundreds of terabytes, Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series has you covered.


Technology that delivers all-around simplicity, high-performance and high-capacity entry storage

Consolidate your storage with the new PowerVault ME4 Series storage for entry-level SAN and DAS workloads. The ME4 Series is ideal for accelerated performance for HPC, Exchange, backup, VDI and many more applications. Designed for versatility, the ME4 Series supports a variety of drive types, multi-protocols, all-inclusive software features and a choice of two 2U or a high density 5U base systems with expansion enclosure options.

All-around simplicity

All-around simplicity

PowerVault ME4 Series provides features that simplify tasks such as system installation, configuration, and serviceability enabling IT generalists to manage resources more efficiently and focus on the bigger picture.

  • Simple to order with all-inclusive software
  • Customer installable/configurable in 15 minutes
  • Intuitive web-based (HTML5) management
  • Easily expandable without disruption

Get all-inclusive enterprise-class capabilities

Get all-inclusive enterprise-class capabilities

PowerVault ME4 Series storage arrays deliver all the software you’ll need to store, manage, and protect your data:

  • Adapt (Distributed RAID): Improved data protection functionality that delivers faster drive rebuild times
  • Thin Provisioning: Allocate and consume physical storage capacity as needed in disk pools
  • Snapshots: Easily recover data with point-in-time copies
  • Replication: Replicate data to any global location
  • Volume Copy: Enables seamless volume relocation and disk-based backup and recovery
  • SSD Read Cache: Increase execution speed of applications by caching previously read data
  • 3-Level Auto-tiering: Optimizes data performance with less expense
  • Virtualization integration: Integrate ME4 arrays with VMware vSphere and vCenter SRM and Microsoft Hyper-V

Optimized for SAN and DAS

Optimized for SAN and DAS

PowerVault ME4 Series is purpose-built and optimized for SAN and DAS virtualized workloads. Connecting the PowerVault ME4 Series to a Dell PowerEdge Server to address the challenges of server capacity expansion or to a SAN for flexibility and scalability ensures that business applications will always get high-speed and reliable access to their data – without compromise.

  • Direct-attach to Dell PowerEdge Servers over SAS, FC, or iSCSI
  • Consolidate SAN storage through a single port over FC or iSCSI

Protect your data

Protect your data

Keep your valuable information safe with these PowerVault ME Series features:

  • Remote Replication: Replicate data to any global location that includes mirroring thin provisioned pools
  • Snapshots: Easily recover files after accidental deletion or alteration with point-in-time copies of data
  • Virtual Disk Copy (VDC): Enable quick and seamless virtual disk relocation and disk-based backup and recovery with a full, replicated copy of source data
  • Self-encrypting drives (SEDs): Render data useless to unauthorized users with drive-level encryption, even if the drive has been removed from the enclosure

Improved hardware and performance

Improved hardware and performance

Designed as the next-generation successor to the popular PowerVault MD3 array, PowerVault ME Series storage is simpler, faster, and as affordable. With dual core Intel Broadwell processors, active-active controllers, more drives and a faster back end, ME Series storage delivers:

  • Up to 320K IOPs performance
  • Up to 5500 MB/sec bandwidth 
  • Up to 4PB capacity
  • Performance at scale with 12G SAS backend

The ME4 Series base models include dual hot-swappable Intel controllers, iSCSI, Fiber Channel, and SAS protocols, support for 2U and 5U expansion enclosure options. Implement the PowerVault ME Series as shared SAN storage or direct attach them to Dell PowerEdge Servers.

Speed recovery with Adapt

Speed recovery with Adapt

PowerVault ME4 Series Adapt software protects data by dynamically distributing it across pools of drives. In the event of a drive failure, Adapt will identify the critical data and dynamically rebalance the data so the array can return to an optimal state faster than it would in the typical RAID environment. 

  • Saves time and money
  • Faster drive rebuilds
  • Add just the capacity you need
  • Supports up to 1PB capacity or up to 128 drives.

Simplified data managementSimplified data management

The low cost PowerVault ME4 Series storage brings radical simplicity and exceptional affordability to the entry market. It’s simple to install and configure, comes with all-inclusive software and includes an intuitive web-based HTML5 GUI for “anywhere” management. ME4 Series storage flexibly configures as DAS or SAN, all flash or hybrid, and you can mix HDD and SSD drives in the configuration. It also includes built-in compatibility with Microsoft and VMware hypervisors simplifying physical and virtual resource management.

ME Storage Manager
This web-based management GUI simplifies ME4 Series storage configuration tasks, alerts you to problems and provides a recovery guru to automatically help troubleshoot and resolve issues.

VMware vCenter Plug-In 6.5
Monitor, manage, provision and optimize storage for performance and availability across your virtual infrastructure. You can also implement Storage Replication Adapters (SRA) to simplify management of disaster recovery with centralized recovery plans.

Technical Specifications:

PowerVault ME4 Series ME4012 ME4024 ME4084
Chassis Overview
Chassis format All-in-one (single/dual controllers, internal drive bays, networking) with expansion options
Rack size 2U 2U 5U
Controllers 2 hot-swappable per chassis (dual active)
Single/dual controller support for 2U
2 hot-swappable per chassis (dual active)
Single/dual controller support for 2U
2 hot-swappable per chassis (dual active)
Dual controller only support for 5U
Processors Intel 2-core, 2.2GHz Intel 2-core, 2.2GHz Intel 2-core, 2.2GHz
System memory 8GB per controller 8GB per controller 8GB per controller
Expansion Capacity
Min/Max drive count 2/264 2/276 28/336
Max raw capacity 3.1PB (with ME484 expansion) 3PB (with ME484 expansion) 4PB
NAS Support Supported with NX Series Windows NAS appliance
Storage media SAS and NL-SAS drives; different drive types, transfer rates, rotational speeds can be mixed in the same system:
  • NLSAS (7.2K 3.5”): 4TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB, 12TB SED
  • NLSAS (7.2K 2.5”): 2TB, 2TB SED
  • SAS (10K 2.5”): 1.2TB, 1.8TB, 2.4TB, 2.4TB SED
  • SAS (15K 2.5”): 900GB, 900GB SED
  • SSD: 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 1.92TB SED
  • SDD and HDD: FIPS-certified SEDs
Network and Expansion I/O
Host interface FC, iSCSI, SAS (supports simultaneous multiprotocol FC/iSCSI)
Max 16Gb FC ports 8 per array (support auto-negotiate to 8Gb)
Max 10Gb iSCSI ports 8 SFP+ or BaseT ports per array (BaseT only support auto negotiate to 1Gb)
Max 12Gb SAS ports 8 12Gb SAS ports
Max multi-protocol ports 4 ports 16Gb FC SFP+
4 ports 10Gb iSCSI SFP+
Max management ports 2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)
Disk expansion protocol 12Gb SAS
Disk interface expansion ports 2 12Gb SAS (wide-Port) per array (1 port per controller)
Up to 9 2U expansion enclosures per 2U base array
Up to 3 5U expansion enclosures per 2U base array
Up to 3 5U expansion enclosures per 5U base array
  ME4012 ME4024 ME4084
Array configurations All-flash, hybrid or all HDD arrays
Storage format Native SAN or DAS
Data Optimization
Auto-tiering Up to 3 primary (media-based) tiers (2 level tiering supported)
RAID support RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 or Adapt; any combination of RAID levels can exist in single array
Adapt Distributed erasure coding that reduces rebuild times when drive failures occur
Thin provisioning Active by default on all volumes, operates at full performance across all features
Snapshots 1024 maximum snapshots per array
Data Mobility and Migration
Replication Replicates with other ME4 Series Arrays
Asynchronous block via FC or iSCSI
Target/source relationships may be one-to-many or many-to-one
Volume copy Copy complete standalone volumes
Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Security
Business continuity VMware Site Recovery Manager
Data-at-rest encryption Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in SSD or HDD formats
Full Disk Encryption (FCE) based on AES-256
Drives certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2
Key manager Internal controller key management
Management ME Storage Manager (MESM) HTML5 GUI, CLI
VMware vCenter Support VMware vCenter plugin to manage the ME4 arrays through vCenter.
Scripting CLI
Microsoft PowerShell API
Host OS support Windows 2016 and 2012 R2
RHEL 6.9 and 7.4
SLES 12.3
VMware 6.7, 6.5 and 6.0
Virtualization integration VMware vSphere (ESXi)
vCenter; SRM
Microsoft Hyper-V
  ME4012 ME4024 ME4084
Rack size 2U 2U 5U
Height 8.79 cm (3.46 inches) 8.79 cm (3.46 inches) 22.23 cm (8.75 inches)
Width 48.30 cm (19.01 inches) 48.30 cm (19.01 inches) 48.30 cm (19.01 inches)
Depth 60.29 cm (23.74 inches) 60.29 cm (23.74 inches) 97.47 cm (38.31 inches)
Weight at max configuration 32.00 kg (71.00 lbs) 30.00 kg (66.00 lbs) 135.00 kg (298.00 lbs)
Weight empty 4.80 kg (10.56 lbs) without drives 4.80 kg (10.56 lbs) without drives 64.00 kg (141.00 lbs) without drives
Power/wattage 580W 580W 2200W
Heat dissipation 1980 BTU 1980 BTU 7507 BTU
Voltage 100-240 VAC 100-240 VAC 200-240 VAC
Frequency 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz
Amperage 7.6-3.0A (x2) 7.6-3.0A (x2) 11.07-9.23A (x2)
Environmental Operating Conditions
Operating temperature 41 - 95°F (5 - 35°C)
Non-operating temperature -40 - 149°F (-40 - 65°C)
Operating humidity ranges (non-condensing) 10% to 80% with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum dew point
Non-operating humidity (noncondensing) 5% to 95% with 33°C (91°F) maximum dew point
Services, Warranties
Services Dell ProSupport with deployment and consulting services. Optional ProSupport Plus is available offering proactive and preventative services to improve performance and stability. Dell Optimize is available for additional ongoing strategic counsel and guidance from a highly-trained system analyst.
System sizing Dell EMC Midrange Sizer Tool

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