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PowerMax 8000

Future proof, highly scalable end-to-end NVMe array that solves the broadest set of enterprise storage challenges while offering proven data services for peace of mind

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PowerMax 8000

Number of racks

  • PowerMax 8000: 1-2 racks

Extremely low latency

  • 290 microseconds sustained response times

Unparalleled availability

  • Six-9s availability
  • Millions of snaps
  • SRDF replication: two-, three-, and four-site replication; metro active/active replication; transparent RTO/RPO; instant failover

Massive bandwidth

  • Up to 150GB/s sequential read hit

Blazing fast IOPS

  • Up to 10 million IOPS; random read hit

Gigantic scale

  • Up to 4PB of total effective capacity
  • 16TB cache for blazing fast write response times and increased flash durability

Tech Specs
Feature Description
Processor Intel® Xeon® processors E5 family
Cache-per engine options 1TB, 2TB
Dynamic virtual matrix interconnect InfiniBand dual redundant fabric: 56Gbps per port
Maximum front-end I/O modules/brick 8
Maximum NAS capacity per array 3584TB
Supported flash drives 2.5” 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB
Back-end interface NVMe PCIe Gen 3
PowerMax Technical Specifications

Array Family

PowerMax 2000

PowerMax 8000

Bricks/zBricks

Number of Bricks/zBricks*

1 to 2

1 to 8

Engine enclosure

4U

4U

Processor

Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4, 2.5GHz**, 12 core

Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4, 2.8GHz**, 18 core

Number of cores per processor/per engine/per system

12/48/96

18/72/576

Dynamic Virtual Matrix Interconnect

Direct Connect InfiniBand: 56Gbps per port

InfiniBand Dual Redundant Fabric: 56Gbps per port

Cache

Cache-system min (raw)

512GB

1024GB

Cache-system max (raw)

4TB (with 2048GB engine)

16TB (with 2048GB engine)

Cache-per engine options

512GB, 1TB, 2TB

1TB, 2TB

Vault

Vault Strategy

Vault to Flash

Vault to Flash

Vault Implementation

2 to 4 NVMe Flash SLICs/engine

4 to 8 NVMe Flash SLICs/engine

Front-End I/O Modules

Maximum Front-End I/O Modules/Brick

8

6 (up to 8 on mainframe)

Front-End I/O Modules and Protocols Supported

FC: 4 x 16Gbs (FC, SRDF)
10GbE: 4 x 10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)

FC: 4 x 16Gbs (FC, SRDF)
10GbE: 4 x 10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)
FICON: 4 x 16Gbs

eNAS I/O Modules

Max number eNAS I/O Modules/Software Data Mover

2

2

eNAS I/O Modules Supported

10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Optical
10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Cu***
8Gbs: 4 x 8Gbs FC (tape backup)****

10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Optical
10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Cu***
8Gbs: 4 x 8Gbs FC (tape backup)****

eNAS Software Data Movers

Max Software Data Movers

4 (3 active + 1 standby)
(4 data movers requires minimum 2 Bricks)

8 (7 active and 1 standby)*****
(8 data movers requires minimum 4 Bricks)

Max NAS Capacity/Array (Terabytes Usable)

1158 (cache limited)

3584

Capacity, Drives

Max Capacity per Array (Open)*******

1PBe

4PBe

Base Capacity per Brick (Open)

13.2TBu*******

54TBu

Base Capacity per Brick (Mainframe)

N/A

13.2TBu

Incremental Capacity Packs

13.2TBu*******

13.2TBu

Max Drives per Brick

44 Usable + spare(s)

32 Usable + spare(s)

Max Drives per Array

96

288

Max Drives per System Bay

96/192********

144

Min Drive Count per Brick

4 + 1 Spare

8 + 1 spare

NVMe Drives

NVMe Drives Supported (2.5”)

1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB

1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB

BE Interface

NVMe over PCIe

NVMe over PCIe

RAID Options Supported

RAID 5 (7+1) (default)
RAID 5 (3+1)
RAID 6 (6+2)

RAID 5 (7 +1) (default)
RAID 6 (6+2)

Support for Mixed RAID Groups

No

No

Support for Mixed Drive Capacities

Yes

Yes

NVMe Drive Array Enclosures

24 x 2.5” Drives

Yes

Yes

Cabinet Configurations

Standard 19" bays

Yes

Yes

Single Brick System Bay Configuration

No (Packaging based on Dual Bricks, but can start with a single Brick in each System Bay)

No (Packaging based on Dual Bricks, but can start with a single Brick in each System Bay)

Dual/Quad Brick System Bay Configuration

Dual

Quad

Third-Party Rack Mount Option

Yes

Yes

Dispersion

System Bay Dispersion

N/A-single floor tile system

Yes (on request)

Pre-configuration from Factory

100% Thin Provisioned

Yes

Yes

Host Support

Open Systems

Yes

Yes

Mainframe

No

Yes

Mixed Main Frame and Open

No

Yes

Power Options

Input Power Options

Single or Three Phase
Delta or Wye

Single or Three Phase
Delta or Wye

I/O Protocols Supported
16 Gb/s FC Host Ports

Maximum/Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

16 Gb/s FICON Host Ports

Maximum/Brick

N/A

32

Maximum/array

N/A

256

10 GbE iSCSI Ports (optical)

Maximum/Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

10 GbE SRDF Ports (Optical)

Maximum/Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

Embedded NAS Ports
10GbE Optical Ports

Max ports/Software Data Mover

4

4

Maximum ports/array

16

32

10GbE Copper Ports

Max ports/Software Data Mover

4

4

Maximum ports/array

16

32

8 Gb/s FC Tape Back Up Ports

Max ports/Software Data Mover

2

2

Maximum ports/array

8

16

*zBricks applicable to PowerMax 8000 only.
**CPUs run continuously in Turbo Mode except at significantly elevated ambient temperatures.
***One 2 x 10GbE optical module is the default choice/data mover.
****Used to support NDMP tape backup.
*****Support for 8 data movers on the PowerMax 8000 is available by request.
******Max capacity per array based on over provisioning ratio of 1.0.
*******31.2TBu Brick and Capacity Block usable capacities are based on RAID 5 (7+1). 11.3TBu base capacity and Capacity Block increments possible with RAID 5 (3+1) on PowerMax 2000.
********192 drives can be supported in a single cabinet when two systems are packaged in the same rack.
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PowerMax 2000

Delivers future proof end-to-end NVMe architecture with all-flash performance, low latency, and high availability in a compact footprint

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PowerMax 2000

Make PowerMax scalability and rich data services yours at the lowest starting price yet with the Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe array. The entry model in our PowerMax family, PowerMax 2000, delivers all-flash NVMe performance, low latency, and high availability in a compact footprint for your modern data center. Consolidate block and file workloads on a single multi-controller storage array.

Dell EMC PowerMax 2000 lets you start as small as a single Brick. Bricks are scale-out building blocks that consist of a PowerMax engine and 11TB of base flash storage. Scale up incrementally with 11TB Flash Capacity Packs.

With included software and an easy-to-add optional Pro software package, benefiting from the trusted data services is simple. Achieve up to 4:1 storage efficiency with inline compression and dedupe and other data reduction tools. See and compare PowerMax storage arrays.

Key features:

  • Supports up to 1.7 million IOPS
  • Starts at 11TB and scales to 1PB effective capacity with data reduction
  • Ensures uptime of 99.9999% availability
  • Orderable with advanced replication, data encryption, and advanced data protection

Tech Specs
Feature Description
Processor Intel® Xeon® processors E5 family
Cache-per engine options 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Dynamic virtual matrix interconnect InfiniBand dual redundant fabric: 56Gbps per port
Maximum front-end I/O modules/Brick 8
Maximum NAS capacity per array 1158TB
Supported flash drives 2.5” 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB
Back-end interface NVMe PCIe Gen 3
PowerMax Technical Specifications

Array Family

PowerMax 2000

PowerMax 8000

Bricks/zBricks

Number of Bricks/zBricks*

1 to 2

1 to 8

Engine enclosure

4U

4U

Processor

Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4, 2.5GHz**, 12 core

Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4, 2.8GHz**, 18 core

Number of cores per processor/per engine/per system

12/48/96

18/72/576

Dynamic Virtual Matrix Interconnect

Direct Connect InfiniBand: 56Gbps per port

InfiniBand Dual Redundant Fabric: 56Gbps per port

Cache

Cache-system min (raw)

512GB

1024GB

Cache-system max (raw)

4TB (with 2048GB engine)

16TB (with 2048GB engine)

Cache-per engine options

512GB, 1TB, 2TB

1TB, 2TB

Vault

Vault Strategy

Vault to Flash

Vault to Flash

Vault Implementation

2 to 4 NVMe Flash SLICs/engine

4 to 8 NVMe Flash SLICs/engine

Front-End I/O Modules

Maximum Front-End I/O Modules/Brick

8

6 (up to 8 on mainframe)

Front-End I/O Modules and Protocols Supported

FC: 4 x 16Gbs (FC, SRDF)
10GbE: 4 x 10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)

FC: 4 x 16Gbs (FC, SRDF)
10GbE: 4 x 10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)
FICON: 4 x 16Gbs

eNAS I/O Modules

Max number eNAS I/O Modules/Software Data Mover

2

2

eNAS I/O Modules Supported

10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Optical
10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Cu***
8Gbs: 4 x 8Gbs FC (tape backup)****

10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Optical
10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Cu***
8Gbs: 4 x 8Gbs FC (tape backup)****

eNAS Software Data Movers

Max Software Data Movers

4 (3 active + 1 standby)
(4 data movers requires minimum 2 Bricks)

8 (7 active and 1 standby)*****
(8 data movers requires minimum 4 Bricks)

Max NAS Capacity/Array (Terabytes Usable)

1158 (cache limited)

3584

Capacity, Drives

Max Capacity per Array (Open)*******

1PBe

4PBe

Base Capacity per Brick (Open)

13.2TBu*******

54TBu

Base Capacity per Brick (Mainframe)

N/A

13.2TBu

Incremental Capacity Packs

13.2TBu*******

13.2TBu

Max Drives per Brick

44 Usable + spare(s)

32 Usable + spare(s)

Max Drives per Array

96

288

Max Drives per System Bay

96/192********

144

Min Drive Count per Brick

4 + 1 Spare

8 + 1 spare

NVMe Drives

NVMe Drives Supported (2.5”)

1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB

1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB

BE Interface

NVMe over PCIe

NVMe over PCIe

RAID Options Supported

RAID 5 (7+1) (default)
RAID 5 (3+1)
RAID 6 (6+2)

RAID 5 (7 +1) (default)
RAID 6 (6+2)

Support for Mixed RAID Groups

No

No

Support for Mixed Drive Capacities

Yes

Yes

NVMe Drive Array Enclosures

24 x 2.5” Drives

Yes

Yes

Cabinet Configurations

Standard 19" bays

Yes

Yes

Single Brick System Bay Configuration

No (Packaging based on Dual Bricks, but can start with a single Brick in each System Bay)

No (Packaging based on Dual Bricks, but can start with a single Brick in each System Bay)

Dual/Quad Brick System Bay Configuration

Dual

Quad

Third-Party Rack Mount Option

Yes

Yes

Dispersion

System Bay Dispersion

N/A-single floor tile system

Yes (on request)

Pre-configuration from Factory

100% Thin Provisioned

Yes

Yes

Host Support

Open Systems

Yes

Yes

Mainframe

No

Yes

Mixed Main Frame and Open

No

Yes

Power Options

Input Power Options

Single or Three Phase
Delta or Wye

Single or Three Phase
Delta or Wye

I/O Protocols Supported
16 Gb/s FC Host Ports

Maximum/Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

16 Gb/s FICON Host Ports

Maximum/Brick

N/A

32

Maximum/array

N/A

256

10 GbE iSCSI Ports (optical)

Maximum/Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

10 GbE SRDF Ports (Optical)

Maximum/Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

Embedded NAS Ports
10GbE Optical Ports

Max ports/Software Data Mover

4

4

Maximum ports/array

16

32

10GbE Copper Ports

Max ports/Software Data Mover

4

4

Maximum ports/array

16

32

8 Gb/s FC Tape Back Up Ports

Max ports/Software Data Mover

2

2

Maximum ports/array

8

16

*zBricks applicable to PowerMax 8000 only.
**CPUs run continuously in Turbo Mode except at significantly elevated ambient temperatures.
***One 2 x 10GbE optical module is the default choice/data mover.
****Used to support NDMP tape backup.
*****Support for 8 data movers on the PowerMax 8000 is available by request.
******Max capacity per array based on over provisioning ratio of 1.0.
*******31.2TBu Brick and Capacity Block usable capacities are based on RAID 5 (7+1). 11.3TBu base capacity and Capacity Block increments possible with RAID 5 (3+1) on PowerMax 2000.
********192 drives can be supported in a single cabinet when two systems are packaged in the same rack.
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