Dell Launches PowerVault MD3, Updates DR4000 Backup Appliance
PowerVault MD3 stores up to 180TB of data, while the DR4000 backup appliance integrates more deeply with Symantec OST.Technology giant Dell unveiled what it is calling its densest-available storage array, the PowerVault MD3, which can store up to 180 terabytes of data in a 60-drive, 4U rack enclosure and is aimed at small and midsize businesses. The company also added features to its DR4000 disk-based backup and recovery appliance, now designed to include tighter integration with Symantec OST (OpenStorage) support for the ability to replicate from multiple appliances to one. The PowerVault MD3 is paired with zero-percent fair market value (FMV) financing from Dell Financial Services (DFS), and is also available 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 540TB of data, and supports Fibre Channel, SAS and iSCSI protocols. The MD3 line also includes Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP), which helps improve data protection by restoring failed drives faster than traditional RAID environments.
"Dell continues to invest in its SMB and midmarket storage solutions to help customers looking for the right balance of performance and value," Brett Roscoe, general manager of Dell data management solutions said in a prepared statement. "The dense array design of the new MD3, combined with enhanced software capabilities across our MD and DR products, provide the power to do more with a growing set of features and capabilities that provide new levels of efficiency and performance."