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VMAX 250F

Make scalable VMAX performance and rich data services yours at the lowest starting price yet with Dell EMC VMAX 250F All Flash. The entry model in our VMAX All Flash family, VMAX 250F delivers flash 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 VMAX 250F lets you start as small as a single V-Brick. V-Bricks are scale-out building blocks that consist of a VMAX engine and 11 TB of base flash storage. Scale up incrementally with 11 TB Flash Capacity Packs.

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

Key features:

  • Supports over 1 million IOPS
  • Starts at 11 TB and scales to 1 PB effective capacity with data reduction
  • Ensures uptime of 99.9999% availability
  • Orderable with advanced replication, data encryption, storage management, data protection, and access to cloud storage tiering

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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/V-brick 8
Maximum NAS capacity per array 1150TB (cache limited)
Supported flash drives 2.5” 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB, 15.36TB
Back-end interface 12Gbps SAS
Technical SpecificationsVMAX 250FVMAX 950F
V-Bricks

Number of V-Bricks supported

1 to 2

1 to 8

Engine enclosure

4U

4U

Processor

Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4, 2.2 GHz, 12 core

Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4, 2.3GHz, 18-core

# Cores per CPU/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 Flash SLICs / Engine

4 to 8 Flash SLICs / Engine

Front-End I/O Modules

Maximum Front-End I/O Modules/V-Brick

8

6 (up to 8 on Mainframe)

Front-End I/O Modules and Protocols Supported (Optical Ports)

FC: 4 x 8Gbs (FC, SRDF)
FC: 4 x 16Gbs (FC, SRDF)
10GbE: 4 x10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)
GbE: 4 x 1GbE (2 Cu/2 Opt SRDF)

FC: 4 x 8Gbs (FC, SRDF)
FC: 4 x 16Gbs (FC, SRDF)
10GbE: 4 x10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)
GbE: 4 x 1GbE (2 Cu/2 Opt SRDF)
FICON: 4 x 16Gbs (FICON)

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 BU)

10GbE: 2 x 10GbE Optical
10GbE:* 2 x 10GbE Cu
8Gbs:** 4 x 8Gbs FC (Tape BU)

eNAS Software Data Movers

Max Software Data Movers

4 (3 Active + 1 Standby)
(4 Data Movers requires minimum 2 V-Bricks)

8 (7 Active and 1 Standby)***
(8 Data Movers requires minimum 4 V-Bricks)

Max NAS Capacity/Array (Terabytes Usable)

1158 (cache limited)

3584

Capacity, Drives

Max Capacity per Array****

1.16PBe

4.42PBe

Base Capacity per V-Brick (Open)

13.2TBu*****

52.6TBu

Base Capacity per V-Brick (Mainframe)

N/A

13.2TBu

Incremental Capacity Blocks

13.2TBu*****

13.2TBu

Max Drives per V-Brick

50

240

Max Drives per Array

100

1920

Max Drives per System Bay

100/200******

480

Min Drive Count per V-Brick

8 + 1 Spare

16 + 1 spare

Flash Drives

Flash Drives Supported (2.5”)

960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB, 15.36TB

960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB, 15.36TB

BE Interface

12Gbps SAS

6Gbps SAS

RAID Options Supported

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

RAID 5 (7 +1)
RAID 6 (14+2)

Support for Mixed RAID Groups

No

No

Support for Mixed Drive Capacities

Yes

Yes

Flash Array Enclosures

120 x 2.5” Drive DAE

No

Yes

60 x 3.5” Drive DAE

Yes

No

Cabinet Configurations

Standard 19" bays

Yes

Yes

Single V-Brick System Bay Configuration

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

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

Dual V-Brick System Bay Configuration

Yes (Default packaging)

Yes (Default packaging)

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
8 Gb/s FC Host/SRDF Ports

Maximum/V-Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

16 Gb/s FC Host Ports

Maximum/V-Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

16 Gb/s FICON Host Ports

Maximum/V-Brick

N/A

32

Maximum/array

N/A

256

10 GbE iSCSI Ports

Maximum/V-Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

10 GbE SRDF Ports (Optical)

Maximum/V-Brick

32

24

Maximum/array

64

192

GbE SRDF Ports (Optical/Cu)

Maximum/V-Brick

16 / 16

. 12 / 12

Maximum/array

64

96

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

*Quantity one (1) 2 x 10GbE Optical module is the default choice/Data Mover.
**Used to support NDMP Tape Backup.
***Support for 8 Data Movers on the VMAX 950F/FX is available by request.
****Max capacity per array based on over provisioning ratio of 1.0.
*****313.2TBu V-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 VMAX 250F.
******200 drives can be supported in a single cabinet when two systems are packaged in the same rack.
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