Dell EqualLogic PS4100X Array

Dell EqualLogic PS4100X Array

Combine cost-effectiveness with high capacity and performance

Augment your remote office data center with the high-performance, high-capacity and cost-effective Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS4100X GbE iSCSI arrays.

  • Increased Density: Space-saving 2U 3.5” disk enclosure sized right for your small business, remote, or branch office.
  • Optimised scalability: Take advantage of highly virtualised peer storage for linear performance and capacity scalability.
  • Management flexibility: Manage both file and block storage protocols through one console with EqualLogic Group Manager.

Enterprise features for smaller deployments

Ideal for your growing storage needs, the PS4100X GbE iSCSI array is a Dell Fluid Data™ solution that offers a virtualised architecture, enterprise software and easy administration at an affordable price.

    • Take advantage of a data-center class IT solution in small and midsize businesses as well as enterprise branch offices.
    • Use the EqualLogic virtualised scale-out architecture for server consolidation and virtualisation.
    • Integrate full snapshot, replication and application integration for data protection and disaster recovery.
    • Cut management time and costs with self-optimising performance and automation.
    • Manage your enterprise-wide EqualLogic SAN, including PS4100 remote-site arrays, with EqualLogic SAN Headquarters.
    • Expand easily into a larger EqualLogic SAN by adding PS4100 (maximum two per group) and PS6100 arrays to scale capacity and performance.

Whether you’re consolidating a direct-attached storage (DAS) infrastructure, migrating data from an existing SAN or NAS system, streamlining data protection processes, or simply adding storage capacity, the Dell EqualLogic PS4100 series offers a solution. The proven, high-performance, self-managing storage arrays are designed to meet the requirements of your growing business.

Choose your array

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Build capacity for your data center using PS4100X arrays. With 24 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 2.5” HDDs and up to 21.6 terabytes of capacity, the PS4100X is an efficient, high-performance and high-capacity storage solution.

The Dell EqualLogic PS4100 series enables you to choose the storage solution that best suits your small or midsize business or enterprise branch office. The PS4100 Series family features:

    • Two GbE ports per controller
    • Dedicated 10/100 management port per controller
    • 6G SAS backplane
    • Options for 6, 12 or 24 hot-swappable drives
    • 7.2K NL-SAS, 10K SAS, or 15K SAS drives
    • Cache-to-flash memory de-staging
    • Peer-scaling architecture that scales performance linearly
    • Vertical Port Failover, designed to enable you to maintain full bandwidth if a networking port fails
    • Group Manager, which integrates all management into one console for both file and block storage protocols
    • Array firmware and host software with no additional licenses or fees

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Grow confidently with advanced Array Software features

Meet your current storage needs and future data management requirements with EqualLogic™ Array Software.

      • Synchronous Replication: Maintain two identical copies of a volume across two different storage pools in the same PS Series for real-time data protection.
      • Volume Unmap: Recover unused space previously allocated to thin-provisioned volumes for better storage capacity utilisation and cost-effectiveness.
      • Snapshot Space Borrowing: Temporarily increase the available snapshot space for a volume by borrowing from the snapshot reserve of other volumes and pool-free space, improving your capacity management.

Product Configurations

Storage Controllers
Dual controllers, each with 4GB memory for PS-series firmware. Each controller provides cache to flash for data protection.

Hard Disk Drives
Twenty-four (24) 10K SAS hot-pluggable hard disk drives (Twelve (12) drive configuration available. Please contact your Dell Sales Representative for details.)

Drive Capacities
2.5″ 10,000 RPM SAS drives available in 300 GB1, 600 GB1 and 900 GB

System Capacities
7.2 TB using twenty-four (24) 300 GB1 10,000 SAS disk drives
14.4 TB using twenty-four (24) 600 GB1 10,000 SAS disk drives
21.6 TB using twenty-four (24) 900 GB1 10,000 SAS disk drives


Technical Highlights

Volumes
Up to 256

Snapshots
128 per volume / up to 2,048 total per group

Volume Connections
Up to 512 per pool / 1024 per group

Host Protocol
Any standards-compliant iSCSI initiator

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

RAID Support
RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10, and RAID 50

GbE Network Interfaces
Two (2) GbE copper, One (1) 10/100 copper (optional management network only) per controller

TCP Network Support
IPv4, IPv6 core support

Expansion Option
Can be combined with other Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays in the same SAN group, online. A maximum of two (2) PS4x00 arrays can be in a group.


Reliability

Vertical port sharing
Redundant hot-swappable controllers, power supplies / cooling fans, and hot-swappable disks
Individual disk drive slot power control
Cache-to-flash


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
Serial console
Ability to configure a separate management network
SNMP, telnet, SSH, HTTP, Web (SSL), host scripting
Multi-administrator support


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: 700 W (max, total), +5V up to 155W; +12V up to 624W; +5Vsb up to 10W
Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Power factor: 0.98 (minimum)
Power supplies: Dual 700 W


Chassis

Height: 2U / 8.68 cm (3.41 inches)
Width: 44.63 cm (17.57 inches)
Depth: 54.1 cm (21.3 inches)
Weight: 24.49 kg (54 lbs)

Packaged physical: Length: 851 cm (33.50 inches) Width: 629 cm (24.75 inches) Depth: 395 cm (15.56 inches)
Packaged weight: 36.2873 kg (80lbs)

Rack Support
Dell ReadyRails™ sliding rails for square-hole 4-post and 2-post racks 1U/2U Rail Attachment Brackets, designed to enable PS Arrays to snap into place with screws or other hardware

Dell VersaRails sliding rails for 4-post and 2-post racks 1U/2U Rail Attachment Brackets, designed to enable PS Arrays to be mounted in racks whose posts have round holes


Environmental Operating Conditions

Temperature range: 5° to 40°C (41° to 104°F)
Storage temperature: –40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F)
Altitude: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1ºF/550 ft.
Relative humidity: 20% to 80% (noncondensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Shock: Half-sine shock 31G +/- 5% with a pulse duration of 2.6ms +/- 10% in operational orientations only
Vibration: 0.26 Grms (5 to 350 Hz) for 5 minutes in operational orientations
Acoustics Category 4: <=7.2 bels at 23C +/- 2C
Air Quality: Airborne contaminant level of G1 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 Dell EqualLogic array purchase, providing all the tools your organisation needs for a complete storage area network (SAN) solution.

Each Dell 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 Dell 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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