Data volumes are growing constantly and organisations, especially those in the Small to Medium Business (SMB) space, face the challenge of storing and managing this data with limited resources and tight IT budgets.
The Dell PowerVault MD range of modular storage devices, available from Drive Control Corporation (DCC), simplifies the IT environment by ensuring data availability, optimising storage architecture and offering scalability all at a price point geared to appeal to the smaller organisation.
“The new PowerVault MD range offers high performance modular direct attached disk storage as well as entry level Storage Area Network capability,” says Mandy Porter, Dell Business Unit Manager at DCC. “It offers double the performance and capacity over the previous range as well as double the host support, so that SMBs and other businesses can get twice as much storage for their money.”
The PowerVault MD family consists of several models to meet varying business requirements. The MD series, made up of the 3.5″ MD3200i and the 2.5″ MD3220i, offers iSCSI SAN storage capability, making them ideal for network storage consolidation and virtualised server environments. These arrays offer high capacity and performance for low level SAN environments without the need for expensive fibre channel networks.
The MD series of storage arrays offers 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI technology that is ideal for shared storage and virtualised environments. Available in either 3.5″ (MD3200) or 2.5″ (MD3220) these next generation arrays deliver flexibility, performance and scalability.
In addition the MD1200 offers direct attached SAS expansion enclosures, which can be connected to the MD3200 series for extra capacity, to allow organisations to easily run high performance and data intensive applications. For extended storage capability the MD1200 can house up to twenty-four SAS 2.5″ (MD1220) or twelve 3.5″ (MD1200) hard disk drives or solid state drives, providing capacity for up to 24 terabytes of data. To simplify matters even further both drive sizes can be combined using a single PowerEdge RAID controller.
“The PowerVault MD family is all about simplifying storage and offering high capacity and performance at an attractive price for smaller businesses. The modular flexibility enables organisations to easily upgrade existing systems or create additional storage to meet changing business needs, while the intelligent storage management software that supports the devices makes the devices easy and intuitive to use,” Porter continues. “Storage can be consolidated and centralised into one easy to manage device, lowering total costs as this centralised storage can be shared by multiple devices.”
“Compared to the previous range that the new range is replacing, the Dell MD Range offers double the input/output performance, double the host support and double the capacity at a comparable price. For SMBs that are looking for affordable, high performance virtualised storage platforms, the MD range checks all of the boxes,” she concludes.