Dell PowerVault

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PowerVault is a line of data storage and backup products from Dell.

After Dell acquired EqualLogic for its iSCSI products in 2008, and Compellent Technologies in 2011, the PowerVault line was positioned as less expensive than the other product lines.[1]

Direct Attached Storage[edit]


3U, up to 15 drives, 3 Gbit/s SAS or SATA. Uses the PERC 5/e and 6/e as its RAID controller,[2] this unit is no longer available directly from Dell.


2U, up to 24 drives, 3 Gbit/s SAS. Uses the PERC 6/e as its RAID controller.[3]


2U, up to 12 drives, 6 Gbit/s SAS. Uses the PERC H810 as its RAID controller.[4]


2U up to 24 drives, 6 Gbit/s SAS.[5]


5U, up to 84 drives, 6 Gbit/s SAS. It can hold 672 TB raw when fully populated with 8 TB hard drives.[6]

MD1400 and MD1420[edit]

The MD1400 and MD1420 are identical units except that the 1400 holds 12 drives while the 1420 holds 24.[7]

2U, 12 Gbit/s. Uses PERC9 series controllers (e.g. H330, H730, H830).[8]

The MD1400 supports up to 12 drives in a single chassis, while the 1420 supports 20 drives, the 1400 can be either 3.5" or 2.5" drives while the 1420 can only take 2.5". Up to eight of these enclosures can be connected to a single PowerEdge server.[7]


This unit is no longer sold directly by Dell, it supports being connected up to four PowerEdge servers simultaneously via dedicated iSCSI gigabit ethernet ports, as well as running as network attached storage via two other gigabit ethernet ports which allows it to support up to 16 Linux or Windows servers. The dual redundant on-board hardware RAID controllers have 512 megabytes of cache RAM, it would accept up to 15 3.5" SAS drives, and had dual power supplies. It also could serve as a controller for up to two MD1000 units, resulting in a total drive count of 45. 3 Gbit/s SAS or SATA.[9][10]


4U, up to 60 drives, 6 Gbit/s SAS.[11]


Has 4x 6Gbit/s SAS ports and is 2U with 12 3.5" drives.[12]

  • Released in 2010


Has 4x 6Gbit/s SAS ports, is 2U, with 24 2.5" drives.[12]


2U, 12 Gbit/s, 12 drives.


2U, 12 Gbit/s, 24 drives.


Holds up to 60 drives. Optional features include snapshots, snapshots plus virtual disk copy, firmware upgrade to increase array performance, remote replication, and SSD cache.[13]

Older Equipment[edit]

  • 210S - Used SCSI
  • 220S - Used SCSI

Storage Area Network[edit]

Includes the PowerVault MD 3200i, 3400, 3420, 3460 for 1 Gb iSCSI, MD 3800I, 3820I, and 3860I for 10 Gb iSCSI, and the MD 3800f, 3820f, and 3860f for fibre channel.[14]

Older Equipment[edit]

  • 630F
  • 650F[15]
  • 660F

Network Attached Storage[edit]

  • 705N
  • 715N[16]
  • 725N
  • 745N
  • 770N
  • 775N

Tape Storage[edit]

  • 100T DDS4
  • 110T DLT1
  • 110T LTO-1
  • 110T LTO-2
  • 112T LTO-2
  • 114T/114X[17]
  • 120T DLT7000
  • 120T DDS4
  • 122T LTO
  • 124T[18]
  • 128T LTO
  • 130T
  • 132T
  • 136T LTO-2
  • ML6000


  1. ^ Chris Mellor (July 25, 2013). "Dell: New storage dish? Nah - we'll just mash up EqualLogic and Compellent: We have all the ingredients... trust us, it'll taste great". The Register. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Used Dell PowerVault MD1000". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ "PowerVault MD1120 Direct Attached Storage | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  4. ^ "PowerVault MD1200 Direct Attached Storage | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ "PowerVault MD1220 Direct Attached Storage | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Dell Storage MD1280 | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Dell Storage MD1400 and MD1420 Direct-Attached Storage | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  8. ^ us, Dell. "Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC)". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  9. ^ "PowerVault MD3000 Direct Attached Storage | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  10. ^ Dell PowerVault MD3000i RAID Enclosure Hardware Owner’s Manual (Rev A00 ed.). Dell. 2007. pp. 9–10. 
  11. ^ "PowerVault MD3060e | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  12. ^ a b "Technical Guide Book for PowerVault MD3200/MD3220 Series of Storage Arrays" (PDF). Dell. 
  13. ^ "PowerVault MD3 Serial Attached SCSI Storage Series | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  14. ^ "PowerVault MD Series | Dell". Dell. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  15. ^ Corporation, -2-Dell Computer. "PowerVault 650F". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  16. ^ US, Dell. "PowerVault 715N Storage Server: Scalability and Performance | Dell". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  17. ^ "Dell PowerVault 114T/114X Tape Backup Rack Enclosure - Storage - Wiki - Storage - Dell Community". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  18. ^ "Dell PowerVault 124T - Storage - Wiki - Storage - Dell Community". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 

External links[edit]

Official website