Dell EqualLogic PS6500E iSCSI SAN Storage

Dell EqualLogic PS6500E iSCSI SAN Storage

Hugely scalable iSCSI SAN with 144TB in 4U

EqualLogic™ virtualised architecture combines with a SATA or NL-SAS package to provide affordable, enterprise-capable tiered storage.

The Dell EqualLogic PS6500E array’s virtualised architecture offers affordable, enterprise-capable tiered storage. Like the rest of the EqualLogic product family, it combines intelligence and automation with fault tolerance to provide simplified administration, rapid deployment, enterprise performance and reliability, and seamless scalability. With SATA or NL-SAS disk drives, the PS6500E delivers excellent cost-per-gigabyte and up to 144TB1 of high-capacity storage.

The Dell EqualLogic PS6500 line features a re-designed controller with a fourth Gigabit Ethernet port that can deliver improved sequential read and write performance compared to previous generations.

Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays are based on a virtualised modular storage architecture that enables IT managers to purchase only the storage they need, when they need it — preventing both underutilisation and over-provisioning. Using innovative data movement technology, all Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays in a SAN work together to automatically manage data, load balance across all resources, and expand to meet growing storage needs.

Dell’s portfolio of EqualLogic arrays are designed to meet and exceed the rugged requirements of today’s data center. The Dell EqualLogic PS6500E includes fault tolerance capabilities through fully redundant and hot-swappable components — dual-controllers, triple fan trays and power supplies, and disk drives with hot spares.

With built-in storage features once available only to top-tier data centers, the Dell EqualLogic PS6500E enables best practice storage for every size organisation. The EqualLogic PS Series arrays include automatic load balancing, snapshots and replication, Microsoft application integration, hypervisor-aware snapshots for VMware, multi-path I/O, consistency sets, and much more.

Dell EqualLogic PS6500E – Great For:

  • Very large-scale SATA SANs
  • Tiered storage applications and consolidation
  • Consolidated disaster recovery sites
  • Capacity-intensive primary applications
  • Scale-out capacity and performance

The Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS6500E™ is a virtualised Internet SCSI (iSCSI) SAN that combines intelligence and automation with fault tolerance to provide simplified administration, rapid deployment, seamless scalability, and enterprise performance and reliability. With SATA disk drives, the PS6500E delivers excellent cost-per-gigabyte and up to 2.3PBs of high-capacity storage.

Exceptional Ease of Use

The PS6500E is an intelligent storage array that provides rapid installation, simple management and seamless expansion. All PS Series storage arrays include SAN configuration features and capabilities that sense network topology, automatically build RAID sets and conduct system health checks to help ensure that all components are fully functional. A PS6500E can often be configured and operational in less than one hour.

Modular Design with Enterprise Reliability

The virtualised, modular architecture of the PS Series enables IT managers to purchase only the storage that is needed, when it is needed, helping to prevent both underutilisation and over-provisioning. Using patented data movement technology, all PS Series arrays can work together to automatically manage data, load balance across system resources and expand to meet growing needs.

All PS Series arrays are designed to exceed the ruggedness requirements of the data center. The PS6500E is fault-tolerant, with fully redundant and hot-swappable components — standard dual-controllers, triple fan trays, triple redundant power supplies and disk drives with hot spares. Self-tuning write-back caches are battery-backed and mirrored across controllers for the ultimate protection without compromising performance.

Product Configurations

Storage Controllers
Dual controllers with a total of 4GB2 battery-backed cache memory per array
Battery-backed cache provides up to 72 hours of data protection

Hard Disk Drives
Forty eight (48) SATA or NL-SAS hot-pluggable hard disk drives

Drive Capacities
7,200 RPM SATA II drives available in 500GB2 , 1TB2 , or 2TB2
7,200 RPM NL-SAS or NL-SAS SED drives available in 3TB2

System Capacities
24TB2 using forty-eight (48) 500GB2 SATA disk drives
48TB2 using forty-eight (48) 1TB2 SATA disk drives
96TB2 using forty-eight (48) 2TB2 SATA disk drives
144TB2 using forty-eight (48) 3TB2 NL-SAS or NL-SAS SED disk drives


Technical Highlights

Volumes
Up to 1,024

Snapshots
512 per volume / up to 10,000 total

Hosts Accessing PS Series Group
Up to 1,024 per pool / 4,096 per group

Host Protocol
Any standards compliant iSCSI initiator

Operating Systems Supported
Windows® 2000 Server
Windows Server® 2003
Windows Server® 2008, including Hyper-V™
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2, including Hyper-V™
VMware® ESX Server 3 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.1 / 5, ESXi 3.5 / 4 / 4.1 / 5
Citrix® XenServer™
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
SUSE® Linux Enterprise
SunTM Solaris™
IBM® AIX
HP-UX®
Mac OS® X
Novell® Netware®

RAID Support
Automatic RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10, RAID 50

GbE Network Interfaces
Four (4) copper per controller

TCP Network Support
IPv4, IPv6 core support including JITC

Expansion Option
Can be combined with other EqualLogic PS Series arrays in the same SAN group, online. Up to 16 total members per group.


Reliability
Redundant, hot-swappable controllers, power supplies / cooling fans, and disks
Individual disk drive slot power control

Enclosure Monitoring System
Automatic spare configuration and utilisation
SMART
Automatic bad block replacement
Auto-Stat Disk Monitoring System (ADMS) to monitor health of data on disk drives

Management
SAN HeadQuarters multi-group performance and event monitoring tool
SNMP, telnet, SSH, HTTP, Web (SSL), host scripting
Serial console
Multi-administrator support
Ability to configure a separate management network

Security
CHAP authentication
Access control for iSCSI
Access control for management interfaces including RADIUS support

Notification Methods
SNMP traps, e-mail, syslog

Power
AC voltage: 100-240 VAC ±10% single phase
Frequency: 47-63 Hz
Power factor: 0.95 (minimum)
Power consumption: 1400 VA, 1,400 Peak VA (operating maximum)
Heat dissipation: 3,400 BTU per hour (maximum)
Power supplies: Three 440W dc

Chassis
Height: 17.5 cm / 6.89 in / 4 EIA units
Width: 48.3 cm / 19.01 in / 1EC Rack Compliant
Depth: 96 cm / 37.8 in
Weight: 74.8 kg / 165 lb

Environmental Operating Conditions
Temperature range: 5 to 35°C / 41 to 95°F
Storage temperature: -20 to 60°C / -22 to 140°F
Altitude: -70 to 3,000 m operational / -305 to 12,192 m non-operational
Relative humidity: 20 to 80% non-condensing operational / 5 to 95% non-condensing non-operational
Shock: 5 g 10 ms ½ sine operational / 30 g 10 ms ½ sine non-operational
Vibration: Random .21 grms @ 5-500Hz operational / Random 1.04 grms 2-200Hz non-operational
Acoustics: LwA 6.6 Bels
Air Quality: Airborne contaminant level of G2 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985

EqualLogic Array Software

Dell delivers comprehensive end-to-end solutions to help you store and manage your data so you can efficiently move the right data to the right place at the right time for the right cost. EqualLogic™ array software and host software are part of these solutions and are included with your EqualLogic array purchase, providing all the tools your organisation needs for a complete storage area network (SAN) solution.

Each EqualLogic array ships with a powerful set of features that help you manage, protect and optimise your data. The EqualLogic Group Manager helps streamline storage and data management while the EqualLogic Manual Transfer Utility helps minimise downtime when transferring large amounts of data. EqualLogic PS Series Firmware is the foundation of the EqualLogic software family.

Integrated across the entire family of EqualLogic PS arrays, the EqualLogic Firmware is a SAN operating system based on a unique peer storage architecture that:
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  • Virtualises SAN resources
  • Enables peer scalability of up to 16 arrays
  • Provides intelligent data management functionality
  • Automatically adjusts system resources
  • Optimises performance
  • Reduces human intervention

EqualLogic Host Integration Tools

This family of host-based software provides tight integration between the EqualLogic array and the host. Dell provides host integration tools for Microsoft®, VMware® and Linux® environments, providing customers with the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive data protection and availability
  • Integrated storage management
  • Reliable performance
  • Streamlined array configuration

EqualLogic SAN Headquarters

Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters (SAN HQ) is a centralised monitoring and reporting tool that gathers and provides in-depth information on performance, capacity and alerts across multiple groups of EqualLogic PS arrays, helping improve performance and effective allocation of group resources.

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