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Dell PowerVault MD3800F - hard drive array

Manufacturer part number (MPN): 3800-2790
Dell PowerVault MD3800F - Hard drive array - 12 TB - 12 bays (SAS) - HDD 2 TB x 6 - 16Gb Fibre Channel (external) - rack-mountable - 2U - BTO - Dell Smart Value
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Consolidate your Fibre Channel storage with the PowerVault MD3 Fibre Channel array series. The arrays are ideal for entry-level storage consolidation that requires high availability, high performance and business continuity without sacrificing ease of use and reliability. Featuring the next generation of high-performance 16Gb Fibre Channel models, the MD3 arrays are designed for versatility, supporting a range of drive types, premium software features and a choice of 2U or high-density 4U chassis.

  • Introducing 16Gb Fibre Channel Technology that delivers high-performance and high-capacity storage
  • Get affordable enterprise-level performance
  • Protect your data
  • Spend less managing your data
  • A dedicated, high-availability shared storage solution
    The PowerVault MD3 SAS array series raises the bar for scalability and flexibility in the entry-level storage space. You can connect up to four high-availability servers or eight non-redundant servers for balanced performance in mixed virtualized workloads. MD3 SAS arrays are ideal for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX virtual environments.
  • Support even the most performance-hungry applications
    MD3 SAS array series deliver an exceptional price-per-performance ratio. 12Gb/s SAS doubles the throughput capability of previousgeneration SAS arrays. These arrays meet the demands of large database applications with: Increased processing capability, four SAS ports per controller, high-performance tier (HPT) firmware upgrade to boost performance, 2GB, 4GB or the newest 8GB cache controllers MD3 SAS array series also support solid-state drives (SSD) for the most demanding I/O applications.
  • Gain a new level of management efficiency
    MD3 SAS 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, MD Storage Manager offers two different management paths and features an enterprise window that monitors multiple systems through a single interface. Wizard-based array management helps simplify the configuration process. MD Storage Manager detects and alerts you to problems, and launches an automatic Recovery Guru to help you troubleshoot and resolve issues. It's simple - the expertise is built into the software. The PowerVault vCenter Plug-in and vSphere Storage APIs, Storage Awareness (VASA), provides VMware administrators with powerful capabilities designed to increase productivity and simplify their jobs.
  • Standard features
    Reliable storage is enhanced with software features that provide added data protection, improved virtualization and ease of management. The integration of VMware VAAI helps improve performance where you need it, freeing your server from storage related tasks. Data management is simplified with Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP). DDP was designed to improve your storage efficiencies with self-healing dynamic disk rebalancing, without the worries of traditional RAID configurations. Other software feature enhancements include thin provisioning, vCenter Plug-in, VASA and SRA - all standard features on the MD3 SAS models. The MD3 high-density model has standard features to ensure high performance for either general purpose computing or applications with high-bandwidth requirements including HPT and SSD cache.
Full Specification
Device Type Hard drive array
Enclosure Type Rack-mountable - 2U
Enclosure Colour Silver
Installed Devices / Modules Qty 6
Supported Devices / Modules Qty 12
Supported Drives SAS
Total Array Capacity 12 TB
HDD Array External Interface 16Gb Fibre Channel
Host Channels 64
Storage Controller
Type 2 x RAID
Interface Type SAS 12Gb/s
Cache / Buffer Size (Max) 4 GB
RAID Level RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
Hard Drive
Type HDD - hot-swap
Capacity 6 x 2 TB
Interface Type SAS
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Bays 12 (total) / 6 (free) x hot-swap - 3.5"
Interfaces 4 x SAS 12Gb/s (output) - 26 pin 4x Shielded Mini MultiLane SAS (SFF-8088) ¦ 8 x 16Gb Fibre Channel - 6 PIN Fibre Channel ¦ 2 x Ethernet 1000Base-T (management) - RJ-45 ¦ 2 x USB (management) - mini-USB Type B
System Requirements
OS Required Red Hat Linux, SuSe Linux, Microsoft Windows, Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX
Pricing Type BTO
Included Accessories Bezel
Manufacturer Selling Program Dell Smart Value
Power Device 2 x internal power supply - hot-plug
Max Supported Qty 2
Power Redundancy Yes
Power Redundancy Scheme 1+1
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V - 50/60 Hz
Power Provided 600 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
Width 44.63 cm
Depth 56.1 cm
Height 8.68 cm
Weight 29.3 kg
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support Limited warranty - 3 years
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 10 °C
Max Operating Temperature 35 °C
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80% (non-condensing)

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