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Dell PowerVault NX3500 Unified Storage Solution
Adds a Unified Storage Solution for PowerVault MD iSCSI storage systems

Dell PowerVault NX3500 Unified Storage Solution

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You can consolidate block and file data affordably with the Dell PowerVault™ NX3500. By expanding the PowerVault MD platform to include NAS capability, the PowerVault NX3500 lets you cut complexity, manage your data more easily, and expand capacity as needed.

The PowerVault™ NX3500 utilizes Dell Fluid File System and the MD back end for Internet SCSI (iSCSI), Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) access to block and file data, enabling a single file share to scale up to the capacity of the MD deployment, currently 389TB of usable capacity.

  • Powerful: Consolidate block and file data with high-availability unified storage
  • Flexible: Easily add or modify iSCSI-, NFS- and CIFS-based storage as needs grow
  • Secure: Built-in data protection features like snapshots and replication help provide security and data integrity
  • Certified VMware compatibility: Tested and certified to be compatible with VMware ESX release 5.0, 4.1 and 4.0

The answer is unified storage

Take control of that avalanche of unstructured file data from file intensive user shares, rich content and virtual environments. PowerVault™ NX3500 can help provide unified storage with scale-up NAS for PowerVault MD iSCSI arrays.

PowerVault NX3500 FrontTake charge of your file data.

Deploy versatile unified storage by integrating high-performance NAS with MD32x0i and MD36x0i iSCSI arrays and MD12x0 expansion enclosures. The PowerVault NX3500 with Dell Fluid File System is designed to help optimize file-access performance and hardware utilization while helping eliminate capacity and file-share size constraints.

  • A single file share can scale up to 389TB.
  • The system supports up to 192 SAS, NL SAS and SSD drives.
  • The comprehensive and intuitive NAS Manager helps reduce the time needed to create and manage multiple volumes and shares.
  • A wizard-based installation tool automates the initial setup and configuration process.

The NX3500 can be a flexible and practical alternative to Windows® file servers. Dell Fluid File System is a high-performance, highly optimized file system that helps you save time and IT resources.

PowerVault NX3500 RearPay as you grow.

Scale easily with a system designed for smaller deployments that have increasing iSCSI-, NFS- and CIFS-based data storage needs. With PowerVault™ NX3500, you can help prevent the data silos and server sprawl often created by the increasing amount of file data (email, video, MP3 user home directories).

You can start small and still enjoy the value of high performance unified storage. And as your storage needs grow, you can dynamically add or modify block and file capacity as needed without disrupting existing applications and storage systems.

Built-in data protection

Easily protect your file data with PowerVault NX3500. Features such as snapshots, replication and backup support, safeguard file shares and are included in the base price.

File snapshots File snapshots
Easily manage efficient snapshot capabilities for file data.
Data replication Data replication
Implement easy-to-use asynchronous data replication for fast and accurate disaster recovery.
User-restorable snapshots User-restorable snapshots
Restore previous versions of files directly from a snapshot directory without contacting IT personnel.
NDMP backup NDMP backup
Easily integrate your NX3500 system into network backup environments with Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) standard backup support.

Key Benefits:

High performance NAS for the PowerVault MD platform

The PowerVault NX3500 works with PowerVault MD32x0i and MD36x0i storage arrays to help provide affordable unified storage with iSCSI, CIFS and NFS access to block and file data. If you need to manage an ever-increasing amount of unstructured (file) data, this easy-to-use solution is ideal. The PowerVault NX3500 can give you more flexibility than traditional unified storage because it has no architectural limits to file-system size. You can scale a single share to the full capacity of your PowerVault MD deployment.

The PowerVault NX3500 incorporates the high performance, highly optimized Dell Fluid File System and offers affordable data protection features. When combined with a PowerVault MD iSCSI array, it gives you the flexibility and cost of ownership advantages of unified storage.

Pay-as-you-grow scalability

There's an avalanche of unstructured data headed your way. File intensive user shares, rich content and virtual environments demand ever-increasing amounts of storage. But now you can avoid the costs and headaches of continually adding-and having to manage-more file storage systems.

A flexible and practical alternative to Windows file servers

Managing multiple file servers and namespaces can consume your resources. The PowerVault NX3500 lets you consolidate so you can store more data and manage it more easily. It uses Dell Fluid File System to optimize file-access performance and hardware utilization, and eliminates the capacity constraints typical of file systems.

The PowerVault NX3500 features an easy, wizard-based NAS configuration utility for initial setup. A web-based user interface, NAS Manager, conveniently enables you to configure NAS storage, create and modify volumes and shares, and monitor performance. The PowerVault NX3500 NAS Manager also lets you set up alerts, snapshots and replication, and supports NDMP backup.

Dell Fluid File System

Dell Fluid File System is a distributed file system that presents a storage pool as a single file system with a single IP address to the client(s). It uses cache efficiently to provide fast, highly reliable reads and writes and optimizes file access performance and hardware utilization. Dell Scalable File System also incorporates volume management, cluster management for transparent fail-over, and non-disruptive scalability.

Affordable data protection

The PowerVault NX3500 also includes user-restorable snapshots and replication. You can use these built-in features to protect both new and existing file shares.

Highly available hardware

With its dual active-active file controllers and backup power supply, the PowerVault NX3500 gives you data protection and excellent performance with no single point of failure.

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Extends PowerVault MD arrays to provide a unified storage solution. Expand a single file share up to 192TB; no 8-16TB limits on file system size.
Scale-up NAS for PowerVault
Extends PowerVault MD arrays to provide a unified storage solution.

Scale to meet your requirements
Expand a single file share up to 192TB; no 8-16TB limits on file system size.
Dual active/active controllers. No single point of failure. Add Scale-up NAS capability to MD36x0i and MD32x0i iSCSI arrays
High-performance, high-availability architecture
Dual active/active controllers. No single point of failure.
Unified PowerVault storage for iSCSI, CIFS and NFS data
Add Scale-up NAS capability to MD36x0i and MD32x0i iSCSI arrays

Technical Specifications:

PowerVault NX3500
Controller Intel Xeon processor 3400 series
Protocol support Server: CIFS (SMB 1), NFS v3, NDMP V4, SNMP
Client: NTP, iSCSI, DNS, Active Directory, LDAP, NIS (Network Information Service)
Product Configurations
Storage arrays supported Dell PowerVault MD3200i series (MD3200i, MD3220i)
Dell PowerVault MD3600i series (MD3600i, MD3620i)
Storage controllers Dual controllers operate in an active-active environment mirroring each other's cache. Each
controller contains 12GB memory protected by the PowerVault NX3500 backup power supply.
Technical Highlights
Expansion capability Scale up to 192 drives with MD iSCSI arrays and expansion enclosures. Refer to PowerVault MD storage array specifications for expansion support.
Management Dell PowerVault NAS Manager graphical user interface, CLI interface
Front-end NAS connectivity Two 1Gb IP ports per controller for front-end CIFS/NFS connectivity
Backend storage array connectivity Two 1Gb IP ports per controller for back-end iSCSI connectivity
Snapshot capability Redirect-on-write snapshots
Replication capability Asynchronous 1-to-1, Many-to-1 replication for disaster recovery
AC power supply (per controller power supply)
Wattage 400 W
Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Heat dissipation 1666 BTU/hr maximum
Maximum inrush current Maximum inrush current under typical line conditions and over the entire system ambient operating range, the inrush current may reach 25 A per power supply for 10 ms or less.
Backup Power Supply Wattage: 500 W (output)
Voltage: 120V or 230V models
Physical (each controller) Height: 4.29 cm (1.69 in),
Width: 43.4 cm (17.09 in)
Depth: 61.26 cm (24.12 in)
Weight (each controller) 15 kg (33.02 lbs)
(backup power supply, 120 V and 230 V Models)
Height: 4.2 cm (1.65 in.)
Width: 43.4 cm (17.09 in.)
Depth: 72.3 cm (28.46)
(backup power supply, 120 V and 230 V Models)
30.0 kg (66.1 lb)
Temperature Operating* 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour
Storage -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20°C per hour
Relative Humidity Operating 8% to 85% (noncondensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Storage 5% to 95% (noncondensing)
Maximum vibration Operating 0.25 G at 3-200 Hz for 15 min
Storage 0.5 G at 3-200 Hz for 15 min
PowerVault NX3500 and DSFS Technical Specifications
Attribute Max Value (2-node)
Max system and share size 389 TB usable (RAID 6 plus global hot spare)
Max file size 4 TB
Max files ~32 billion
Number of directories ~34 billion
Max NAS volumes 512
Max snapshots per volume 512
Max snapshots per NX3500 system 10,000
Cache size per NX3500 system with 2 quad-core CPUs 24 GB (12 GB per controller)
File name length 255 bytes
Max NFS mounts 1024
Max CIFS shares 1024
Max CIFS client concurrent connections 400 (200 per controller)
Max local users per NX3500 system 300
Max Quota rules per NX3500 system (user quotas) 65,536
Max quota rules per volume 256
Max block level replication policies 256
Max directory depth 1,024
*NOTE: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1°F/550 ft.


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