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Dell PowerVault NX3000 Network Attached Storage
Built-in Efficiency, High-Availability Clustering

Dell PowerVault NX3000 Network Attached Storage

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The NX3000 lets you leverage SAN arrays for expansion or deploys in a clustered configuration for high availability. If you are having trouble keeping up with your data growth and you have limited resources to manage your file environments, the Dell PowerVault™ NX3000 is the NAS device you need.

  • Advanced software for more efficient data sharing
  • No time wasted to set up or manage
  • Integration that adapts to your environment
  • Integrated or gateway deployment
  • Easy to deploy high availability solution

Advanced Software for More Efficient DataAdvanced Software for More Efficient Data

It is now possible to share data among many disparate users in an efficient way. Single Instant Storage (SIS) eliminates data clutter. It identifies duplicate files, saves one copy and replaces other version with pointers to the stored versions. Distributed File System (DFS) gives you simplified, quick access to data stored across wide area network/local area network (WAN/LAN) environments. DFS replication makes it possible to eliminate local backup at branch offices and rely on daily backups from the corporate office. This helps keep administrative tasks centralized and easier to manage.

File Services Resource Manager (FSRM) is a single management interface that delivers better managed file services across Common Internet File System/Network File System (CIFS/NFS) and provides improved control and compliance over files. This is great for audit and planning purposes.

NFS allows administrators to consolidate file-sharing resources so both Windows and non-Windows clients can collaborate more effectively.

The PowerVault™ NX3000 supports systems management with remote management through Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) and Dell OpenManage™ 6.1including DMC (Dell Management Console), IT Assistant.

No Time Wasted to Set Up or ManageNo Time Wasted to Set Up or Manage

File services are already preconfigured as part of the NX3000 for painless deployment. This reduces the overall deployment time, as it removes many management tasks and minimizes the impact on organizations' file infrastructures.

The new Initial Configuration Tasks interface starts automatically during log-on for streamlined setup of admin passwords, network settings, domain membership and configuring updates. This lets users get back to running their business instead of babysitting setup.

Remote management is handled through a simple browser with ActiveX® Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for Windows® or Java™ RDP for non-Windows.

Finally, there is no need for Client Access Licenses (CALs) because support for multiple users is already built into the appliance. The PowerVault™ NX3000 solution expands capacity using PowerVault MD storage arrays or by leveraging storage area network (SAN) arrays, acting as a network attached storage (NAS) gateway.

Adding to the internal storage capacity of high-performance serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives, or high-capacity nearline-SAS or serial ATA (SATA) drives, external expansion arrays can provide even more flexibility. With support for both SAS and SATA in a single enclosure, MD storage arrays enable organizations to optimize their storage deployments by storing data on different drive technologies without adding unnecessary hardware.

Implementing clustered, high availability solutions is also easy by clustering two NX3000 appliances. The PowerVault NX3000 can grow with you and support many companies' growing data availability requirements.

Integration that Adapts to Your EnvironmentIntegration that Adapts to Your Environment

The Dell PowerVault NX3000 is a network attached storage system that stores both file and application data(using the optional Internet SCSI target) at the same time while supporting different operating environments. The PowerVault NX3000 can also be deployed as a storage area network (SAN) gateway in front of a Dell/EMC, EqualLogic™ PS Series or PowerVault MD Series backend to leverage your existing SAN investment.

The PowerVault NX3000 harnesses the performance of the Intel Xeon quad-core or dual-core 5500 series processors resulting in improved file access and throughput. Plus, it has the added bonus of advanced software, making data easier to manage and share.

Energy-Efficient DesignEnergy-Efficient Design

The PowerVault NX3000 features Energy Smart™ technologies that are designed to reduce power consumption while increasing performance capacity. Energy-efficient design features include:

  • Efficient power supply units right-sized for system requirements
  • Innovative system-level design efficiency
  • Policy-driven power and thermal management
  • Highly efficient standards-based Energy Smart components

All these elements are designed to increase energy efficiency across our latest core data center servers while delivering the performance your business requires.

Key Benefits:

Advanced software for efficient data sharing

Share data among many, disparate users in an efficient, non-intrusive way. Single Instant Storage (SIS) eliminates data clutter by identifying duplicate files, freeing up more, valuable space for your environment. Distributed File System (DFS) and DFS Replication (DFS-R) allow simplified, quick access to data and replication stored across WAN/LAN environments, even to your remote offices. File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) is a single-management interface that helps deliver advanced managed file services across CIFS/NFS and provides exceptional control over files, perfect for audit, compliance and planning purposes.

No wasted time to setup or manage

Avoid the hassle of building a file server from scratch. The PowerVault NX3000 is optimized for storing, sharing, and protecting files and is pre-configured and designed to be ready to go out of the box. Take full advantage of the Initial Configuration Tasks wizard to streamline the setup process. Also, there is no need to buy additional Client-Access Licenses (CALs) for each user you add to your NX3000. Support for multiple users is already built into this file-sharing system. Lastly, manage your files remotely, from wherever you are, using iDRAC, OpenManage including Dell Management Console (DMC), and IT assistant on the NX3000.

Integration that adapts to your environment

Not all environments look the same. The PowerVault NX3000 simplifies your storage footprint by allowing you to store both file and application data simultaneously while supporting different operating environments. You can also use the NX3000 as an NAS gateway with your existing PowerVault, Dell / EMC or Dell EqualLogic™ SAN investments.

High Availability

Implementing clustered, high availability solutions is also easy by clustering two NX3000 appliances. The PowerVault NX3000 can grow with you and support many companies growing data availability requirements.

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Prebundled with Windows Storage Server 2008 Advanced Software for Efficient Data Sharing
Prebundled with Windows Storage Server 2008
No need to build a file-sharing solution from scratch
Advanced Software for Efficient Data Sharing
Features like Single-Instant Storage, Distributed File System, Data Replication and snapshots takes the workload off of you.

New Intel Xeon 5500 Series Processors DDR 3 Memory
New Intel Xeon 5500 Series Processors
Better overall system performance
DDR3 Memory
Higher memory capacity and lower power consumption

Technical Specifications:

PowerVault NX3000
Operating System
Operating System Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 Enterprise Edition
File Access Protocols
File Access Protocols CIFS, NFS, FTP
Block Access Protocols Optional iSCSI Target
Number of Processors 1 or 2
Processors Supported Intel Xeon Dual-Core and Quad-Core 5000 Sequence Processors
Internal Storage 6 hard drives
Max Internal Capacity 12TB Raw (with NL-SAS and SATA)
Drives Supported SAS, SATA, Near-line SAS:
3.5" SATA (7.2K): 160 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
3.5" SAS (15K): 146 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB
3.5" Near-Line SAS (7.2K): 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
Expandability Optionally expand with MD1200 (H800), MD1000 (PERC 6/E), MD3000 (6 Gb SAS HBA) (or) use as gateway to PowerVault MD3000i or EquaLogic and Dell / EMC arrays
Network Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet: 4 x RJ45 Connectors, both supporting TCP/IP offload. Optional add-in NICs available
RAID Type HW RAID Levels: 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50
AC Power/Max Current Two hot-plug 870W PSUs
Management Dell OpenManage™ featuring Dell Management Console
Remote Management Optional iDRAC Enterprise or Native Java RDP plug-in
Data Protection Features
Single Instance Storage (SIS) Yes
Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) Yes
Snapshots Built-in VSS snapshots for CIFS/NFS. Additional snapshots capability may exist depending on external storage array.
Cluster Yes (Active/Active)
Form Factor 2U Rack
Dimensions Height: 8.64cm (3.40")
Width: 44.31cm (17.44")
Depth: 68.07cm (26.80")
Weight 26.1kg (57.54lb) maximum configuration
Slots 2 PCIe x8 + 2 PCIe x4 G2
Fan Standard redundant cooling
Availability Hot-plug hard drives
Hot-plug redundant power
Hot-plug redundant cooling
ECC memory
Rack Rails Support Sliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post Racks
Static ReadyRails™ for 4-post & 2-post Racks
Regulatory and Environmental Compliance Regulatory Model: E02S, Regulatory Type: E02S001
Feature Dell NX3000 for Compellent Dell Compellent zNAS
Form Factor 2U rack mount 1U rack mount
Clustering Yes, up to 4 nodes Yes, up to 2 nodes
CPU 2 Quad-Core Xeon X5650 (2.66Ghz), 64-bit 2 Quad-Core Xeon E5540 (2.53 GHz), 64-bit
Memory Capacity 24GB ECC DDR3 DIMM RAM 24GB or 48GB ECC DDR3 DIMM RAM
Expansion Slots 4 PCI-E slots 2 PCI-E slots
Network Connectivity On-board: 4 1GbE ports
LAN: 1 quad-port 1GbE NIC or 1 dual-port 10GbE NIC
SAN: 1 dual-port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA, 1 quad-port 1GbE NIC for 1Gb iSCSI, or 1 dual-port 10GbE NIC for 10Gb iSCSI
On-board: 2 1GbE ports
LAN: 1 quad-port 1GbE NIC or 1 dual-port 10GbE NIC
SAN: 1 dual-port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA
Remote Management Lifecycle Controller Embedded IPMI card
Hard Drive Yes, 2 internal disks in Raid 1 No, boot from SAN
Peripheral Devices CD/DVD-ROM CD/DVD-ROM
High Availability Redundant power supplies, clustered heads (up to 4) with active/active failover Redundant power supplies, clustered heads (up to 2) with active/active failover
Platform Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Enterprise OpenSolaris ZFS
Environment Ideal for pure CIFS Ideal for pure NFS or mixed CIFS/NFS
Administration Active Directory LDAP or mixed


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