Dell EqualLogic PS6500X iSCSI SAN Storage

Dell EqualLogic PS6500X iSCSI SAN Storage

Hugely scalable iSCSI SAN with 48TB in 4U

EqualLogic™ virtualised architecture combines with a dense serial ATA (SATA) package to provide affordable, enterprise-capable tiered storage.

The Dell EqualLogic PS6500X is a virtualised iSCSI SAN that combines intelligence and automation with fault tolerance to provide simplified administration, rapid deployment, enterprise performance and reliability, and seamless scalability. With 10K RPM SAS disk drives that deliver exceptional performance and high-capacity that scales up to 460TB, the Dell EqualLogic PS6500X is an excellent choice for performance and capacity intensive applications.

  • Scales seamlessly up to 1.5PB in a single storage area network (SAN) group
  • Low total cost of ownership (TCO) with both excellent cost-per-GB and comprehensive SAN management and protection software
  • Help save money, space and energy by consolidating with the PS6500E
  • Improved sequential performance over the previous generation
Dell EqualLogic PS6500X – Great for:

  • Capacity intensive primary applications
  • 900GB 10K SAS provides high performance and increased capacity
  • High Density PS6500X helps lower the total cost of storage
  • Scale a PS group to have up to 16 members
  • Virtual storage that grows with virtual server growth

Exceptional Ease of Use

The PS6500X 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 PS6500X can often be configured and serving storage in less than one hour.

Modular Design with Enterprise Reliability

The Dell EqualLogic PS Series’ virtualised, modular architecture enables IT managers to purchase only the storage that is needed when it is needed – helping to prevent both under utilisation 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.The PS6500X can only be in a pool with other PS5500E, PS6500E and/or PS6500X systems.

All PS Series arrays are designed to exceed the rugged requirements of the data center. The PS6500X 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 ultimate protection without compromising performance.

Flexibility With Low Cost of Ownership

Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays represent a breakthrough in storage economics, from purchase and setup to operation and upgrades. Unlike traditional SANs, the EqualLogic PS Series includes software and applications expected from an enterprise-level SAN at no extra cost. The PS Series scales on-demand and online, allowing storage growth without disrupting applications. As a result, EqualLogic arrays provide exceptional flexibility at a low total cost of ownership.

Whether consolidating a direct attach storage (DAS) infrastructure, migrating data from and existing SAN, streamlining data protection processes or simply adding storage capacity, the Dell EqualLogic family of proven, high-performance, self-managing storage arrays is designed to meet the requirements of today’s critical data center environments.

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

Up to 1,024

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 / ESXi 3.5/ 4 / 4.1 / 5
Citrix® XenServer™
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
SUSE® Linux Enterprise
Sun™ Solaris™
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.

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

Enclosure Monitoring System

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

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

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

Notification Methods
SNMP traps, e-mail, syslog

AC voltage: 100-240 VAC ±10% single phase
Frequency: 47-63 Hz
Power factor: 0.95 (minimum)
Power consumption: 1000 VA, 1200 Peak VA (operating maximum)
Heat dissipation: 3,400 BTU per hour (maximum)
Power supplies: Three 440W dc

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 / 20g 10 ms ½ sine, Z axis only 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:

  • 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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