Introducing the new MD3, the next generation of affordable storage

Each generation of the PowerVault MD3 series has improved, moving from a basic RBOD RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) Bunch of Disks at its conception to a very versatile array, all the while keeping the product family affordable.

The MD3 array series has been designed with the entry level to medium business customer in mind.  Our new generation models are no different.  The MD3s are designed to enable customers who are new to storage feel secure in their purchase through easy deployment and management..  This new array is an affordable storage array delivering the latest technology with improved connectivity and performance.

The new models to the MD3 series include the performance and flexibility you have come to expect from the PowerVault line of products. This next generation offers twice the performance of prior generations1 with the latest connectivity options: 12GB SAS, 10 GB iSCSI and 16GB Fibre Channel.   Having a bigger pipe is great, but add the fact that these arrays offer multi-protocol connections from the host with 10Gb iSCSI and 12Gb SAS or 16Gb Fibre Channel and 12Gb SAS and its even better. You have a great example of the versatility of the new MD3.  To paraphrase some well-known telemarketing campaigns…just wait, it gets better!  It now has double the available cache with up to 8GB per controller! The optional premium software features are now available in bundles to simply your purchase process.  If your main concern is to protect your data, there is a Data Protection option that includes SnapShots, Virtual Disk Copy and Remote Replication.  If you need your data quickly, then the High Performance option is the one for you, which provides High Performance tiering, SSD Cache and the additional drive license to maximize capacity.

The new MD3 series offers more options to help you do more with your data.  Learn more about this next generation of MD3 array at

¹Based on January 2014 Dell internal testing using an IOMeter performance tool comparing the new MD34x0 12Gb SAS and MD38x0f 16Gb FC arrays, versus the previous MD3 generation for large block sequential read. Actual performance will vary.

About the Author: Judy Benson

Judy is the Dell EMC PowerEdge server team Program Manager. She likes nothing better than telling others what to do and when to do it. She has spent most of her career at Dell in various roles, but came to marketing in 2008 and has never looked back. The first 2 years she was the Dell Storage team program manager before switching roles to storage product marketing. She was completely blown away by how hard it was to actually be creative and fill a blank piece of paper with words and content. However, she must have liked it a little, because she did it for several years before moving the server team and back into project management. Did I mention she has her PMP (Project Manager Professional) certification? Now, she sits back and laughs at everyone when they complain about the massive amounts of marketing content work they have to do, while she exploits her true talent of being bossy.