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."
The MD3 dense array, which offers businesses
the same features of the PowerVault MD platform but in a smaller design, comes
with the same software, firmware and management features as the PowerVault MD3
series. The appliances come with a zero-percent PowerVault offer, a 36-month
zero-percent FMV lease on PowerVault storage, PowerEdge servers and
PowerConnect switches with a minimum purchase of $5,000. The promotion runs
from Aug. 4 to Nov. 2 in the United States, according to Dell.
Dell's DR4000 disk-based backup and recovery
solution, which features deduplication and compression capabilities from the
company's Ocarina Networks acquisition, supports the ability to replicate from
multiple appliances to one. The appliance's tighter integration with OST makes
the backup application aware of the properties and capabilities of the appliance,
and can better control backup images. The DR4000 already offers built-in
data-protection safeguards in both hardware and software to verify backup
integrity, designed to ensure data protection in case of power loss and detect
corruption due to faulty hardware.
"To keep up with larger competitors, small
and medium-sized organizations need flexible systems equipped to address
changing market dynamics and the demands they put on IT," Antonio Julio,
executive director of commercial enterprise solutions at Dell said in a company
release. "From financing to storage, Dell equips our customers with the
flexible and agile solutions they need to drive innovation on a much larger
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.