Introducing Dell NX3000 for Compellent

Dell Compellent is introducing the latest addition to its unified storage line, the Dell NX3000 for Compellent.  Another step in the integration of Compellent into the Dell Fluid Data architecture, the Dell NX3000 for Compellent connects to the Compellent Storage Center SAN and leverages Dell’s cluster-ready, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2-based NAS solution to provide advanced file management services such as single-instance storage (SIS) for file-level deduplication and DFS (Distributed File Services) for namespace service and replication.

The amount of unstructured data is expected to grow drastically over the next several years, causing the need for NAS storage to increase significantly. Companies are tasked with finding ways to effectively manage this data growth under strict budget restrictions.

NAS products such as the Dell NX3000 for Compellent enable end-users to leverage file system protocols to provide file shares for centrally storing unstructured data such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation files among many users. In addition, NAS systems host file-oriented application data such as static web farm content, document management data stores and source-code storage for both Windows and Linux/Unix clients.

By consolidating all block-level (SAN) and file-level (NAS) storage onto a single scalable Dell Compellent storage platform, end-users experience a number of benefits, including cost savings from leveraging a single virtualized pool for both block- and file-level storage, the ability to take advantage of Dell’s patented architecture for NAS-dedicated volumes, and access to Dell Compellent’s award-winning Copilot support for the entire unified storage solution.

The new Dell NX3000 for Compellent includes the following hardware features that enable improved performance and scalability options for Windows NAS users:

  • Leverages a Dell 11G server (2U form factor) with 24GB RAM and dual quad-core processors
  • Scales out to 4 clustered nodes with active/active failover
  • Supports a quad-port 1Gb NIC or a dual-port 10Gb NIC for network connectivity
  • Supports a dual-port 10Gb iSCSI HBA or a dual-port 8Gb FC HBA for SAN connectivity

For additional information about the new product, please visit the unified storage page on and view this video.

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