Dell EqualLogic FS7600/FS7610 Unified Storage Solution


Dell EqualLogic FS Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and Unified Storage Solution


Unify your datacenter with the FS7600 and FS7610

The Dell™ EqualLogic™ FS7600 Series second generation, network-attached storage (NAS) appliances work with new and existing EqualLogic block storage systems to help provide highly scalable unified storage solutions. With unified storage, your EqualLogic system stores block and file data on a single platform, improving productivity and streamlining your IT infrastructure.

File services are provided by the FS7600 Series through industry-standard CIFS/SMB and NFS protocols over standard Ethernet interfaces. The FS7600 supports 1GbE connectivity to the SAN and client network while the FS7610 supports 10GbE connectivity for even faster access to file data and larger file systems.

The FS7600 Series uses the Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) v2 to optimise file access performance and hardware utilisation while eliminating capacity constraints. It presents a single file-system namespace through a virtual IP address, regardless of cluster size, and it enables you to expand a single file system up to the capacity of the EqualLogic deployment (maximum of 509TB usable storage).

As your needs grow and change, you can easily scale your EqualLogic Unified SAN/NAS system for both capacity and performance without disrupting the storage system or applications. For more capacity, simply add more EqualLogic arrays; for increased performance, add more FS7600 Series systems.

Deployment and management of the FS7600 Series is fully integrated into EqualLogic Group Manager, including administration, monitoring and maintenance operations. Group Manager automates the initial setup and configuration of your FS7600 system, simplifying the process of creating volumes and shares.

Scale-out EqualLogic unified storage

Deploy highly available scale-out NAS and unified storage systems with Dell™ EqualLogic™ FS7600 and FS7610, and EqualLogic™ PS Series arrays


Bring fully integrated, end-to-end unified storage to your Dell EqualLogic storage system with the FS7600 and FS7610 NAS appliances. These solutions work with EqualLogic PS Series arrays to deliver the core benefits of the EqualLogic platform, including peer scaling, ease-of-use features and all-inclusive software licensing, plus newly introduced features to the EqualLogic FS Series:

Key Benefits

  • Unified IP storage solution (iSCSI, CIFS, NFS)
  • Single file share scalability up to the full capacity of the EqualLogic deployment, currently validated to 509TB
  • Asynchronous, file system-level, snapshot-based replication to peer FS7600 Series systems
  • User-restorable snapshots
  • NDMP Back-Up
  • Compatible with all EqualLogic arrays running a current firmware version
  • Integrated with Group Manager, easy-to-use EqualLogic management software, or use the Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Inclusive software delivery model
  • Single namespace with load balanced IO
  • Mirrored, battery-backed write cache
  • RAID 5, 6, 10, 50C

Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) advantage

Help eliminate many of the limitations of traditional file systems with the exceptional innovations of Dell FluidFS v2.

  • Scale beyond the file system and file share capacity limits of conventional file systems
  • Manage growth with non-disruptive scaling of capacity and/or performance
  • Utilise a single namespace for easy administration
  • Present a storage pool as a single file system with a single virtual-IP address to the storage clients

Designed to grow

Efficiently manage your storage growth with the flexibility to non-disruptively scale both performance and capacity.

  • Seamlessly incorporate with existing or new EqualLogic PS Series arrays and help eliminate forklift upgrades.
  • Expand block and file storage capacity within a single namespace up to 509TB with a storage backend of EqualLogic PS arrays
  • Increase performance by adding a second FS7600 or FS7610 appliance
  • Intuitively manage block and file operations with EqualLogic Group Manager or CLI

Built in protection

Help guard your most valuable business assets with several data protection features, including user-restorable snapshots, asynchronous replication and NDMP backup capabilities.

  • File-level, user-restorable snapshots
  • Asynchronous, file system-level, snapshot-based replication to peer FS7600 or FS7610 systems
  • Full replication of the entire file system, including shares, exports and permissions, to help ease data recovery following a disaster
  • Backplane cache mirroring (over x8 PCIe link)
  • Common Internet File System (CIFS) anti-virus support
  • Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) common data network for localised backups and disaster recovery

Enhanced dependability

Streamline installation and enhance dependability with the many key benefits of the dedicated FS7600 and FS7610 high-availability NAS appliance.

  • Active/active clustering and cache mirroring for controller pairs
  • Integrated backup power supply to protect cached data in case of controller failure
  • Fully redundant and hot swappable controllers, power supplies and fans
  • Automatic controller failover
  • Checksums and failsafe journaling to protect file metadata

The right fit for small and midsize businesses

Unify block and file data within your existing storage infrastructure or deploy a new unified storage or NAS system with the FS7600 and FS7610. For example, you can:

  • Add NAS service to an existing deployment or create new unified and file-only storage systems
  • Consolidate Windows® / Linux file servers
  • Simplify deployment and management of both block and file storage using a single management interface

Product Configurations

Storage arrays supported
New or existing EqualLogic PS arrays with version 6.0 or later firmware

Expansion capability
Up to 509TB usable file capacity per EqualLogic group. All file capacity can be in a single name space.Up to two FS7600 or FS7610 appliances in a single NAS cluster. All appliances in a NAS cluster in an EqualLogic Group must have either 1Gb or 10Gb connectivity.

NAS appliance
Each NAS appliance has dual active-active NAS controllers with cache mirroring and integrated backup power supply. Each controller contains 24GB auto-adaptive R/W RAM based cache and two quad core Intel Xeon E5620 processors.

EqualLogic Group Manager graphic user interface (GUI), command line interface (CLI)

Data Protection features
Redirect-on-write snapshots, point-in-time file replication, NDMP backup , CIFS antivirus

Memory size
Each controller has 24GB of memory (48GB per appliance) and its own backup battery that provides power sufficient to de-stage cache contents to a non-volatile internal storage device in the event of a power failure.

Protocol support
CIFS/SMB v1.0, NFS v3, iSCSI, NDMP 4, Active Directory, LDAP, NIS (Network Information Service) (NIS), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Link Aggregation (IEEE 802.3ad), Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB)

Certified Backup Software
Symantec BackupExec 2010 R3, Symantec BackupExec 2012, Symantec NetBackup 7.0
or later, CommVault Simpana 9.0 or later

Qualified antivirus software

Symantec ScanEngine 5.2 , Symantec Protection Engine 7.0

Directory Services
Microsoft Active Directory 2003 and 2008 for CIFS users. LDAP and NIS for NFS users

Windows Features

LDAP Signing, SMB Signing, Roaming Profiles, Hidden Shares, Access Based Share Enumeration

Qualified SAN switches
Refer to EqualLogic Compatibility Matrix

Technical Highlights

Client network connectivity
8 x 1Gb Ethernet using FS7600
4 x 10Gb SFP+ Ethernet using FS7610

Storage Area Network connectivity

8 x 1Gb Ethernet using FS7600
4 x 10Gb SFP+ Ethernet using FS7610
Direct connect to the SAN is not supported.

Min NAS Cluster size

512GB for single appliance cluster; 1024GB for two appliance cluster

Max NAS Cluster size


Min/max NAS container size

Max files in a cluster
64 billion per appliance

Max NAS Containers
256 for single NAS appliance cluster; 512 for two appliance cluster

Max file size
4 TB

Max file name length

255 bytes

Maximum number of directories in a cluster
34 billion

Maximum directory depth


Max NFS mounts
1024 (one or two FS7600 or FS7610 Appliances)

Max CIFS shares
1024 (one or two FS7600 or FS7610 Appliances)

Max concurrent CIFS connections
1500 per NAS appliance, 3000 per dual NAS appliance system

Max Quota rules per NAS Container (user quotas)

512 per NAS container

Max Quota rules per cluster (user quotas)

100,000 per NAS cluster

Max local users in a NAS cluster

Max local groups in a NAS cluster

Redirect-on-write snapshots

Max snapshots per NAS container/cluster

Maximum containers enabled for replication in a NAS cluster

Max simultaneous replicated containers

Max schedules per NAS cluster


Number of NAS appliances in each replication partner

Each NAS cluster in replication partnership must contain same number of NAS appliances

Backups using NDMP v4

3rd Party anti-virus applications are supported via ICAP


Chassis Physical Specifications (per dual controller appliance)


2U / 86.4 mm (3.4 inches)

481.50 mm (18.96 inch) with rack flange.
446.3 mm (17.6 inches)—Does not include rack flange.

741.0 mm (29.2 inches)—Without bezel and handle
813.0 mm (32.0 inches)—With bezel and handle

Weight (Maximum configuration)
30.5 kg (67 lbs)

Weight (empty)
12.86 kg (28.36 lbs)



717W output per appliance

90 V AC to 264V AC, autoranging, 47 Hz/63 Hz. Note: This system is also designed to be connected to IT power systems with a phase to phase voltage not exceeding 230 V.

Heat dissipation
2446 BTU/hr. Note: The heat dissipation is calculated using the power supply wattage rating. The heat dissipation values are for the entire system which includes (chassis and two controllers).

Maximum inrush current
Under typical line conditions and over the entire system ambient operating range, the inrush current may reach 55 A per power supply for 10 ms or less

Environmental Operating Conditions

Continuous operation
5 °C to 40 °C (41 °F to 104 °F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20 °C per hour.

-40 °C to (–40 °F to 140 °F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20 °C per hour.

Relative humidity

:20% to 80% (non-condensing) with maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour at maximum wet bulb temperature of 29 °C (89 °F)

: 5% to 95% with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour at a maximum wet bulb temperature of 38 °C (100 °F)

Maximum vibration

: 0.26 Grms (5 Hz – 350 Hz @ 0.0002G2/Hz) in operational orientation for 5 minutes (maximum)

: 1.88 Grms with the following PSD profile (all 6 sides tested for 15 minutes each side)

Frequency (Hz) G2/Hz
10 0.13
20 0.13
70 0.004
130 0.004
165 0.0018
500 0.0018

Maximum shock

31G half-sine shock +/-5% with pulse duration of 2.6ms +/- 10% in the operational orientation (Maximum)

Square wave shock of 27 G, at 235 inches/second (596.90 cm/second) velocity change (all six sides tested)

Operating altitude

-16 to 3048 m (-50 to 10,000 feet)
For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1° F/550 feet.

–15.2 m to 10,668 m (–50 ft to 35,000 ft)

Airborne Contaminant Level Class
G1 as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985

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