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Dell PowerVault MD3820f 24x2.5" 16Gb Fibre Channel (FC) SAN Storage Array CTO

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Refurbished Dell PowerVault MD3820f 24x2.5" 16Gb Fibre Channel (FC) SAN Storage Array CTO 

 The DellPowerVaultMD3 series introduces the next generation of affordable storage. Whether you need to consolidate your storage, support the demands of data intensive applications or optimize your virtual environments, the MD3 series has been designed to meet your growing business needs. The versatility of the MD3 series lets you decide the protocol, supports a wide range of drive types, and has many optional premium software features that you can add as you choose.

Dell PowerVault MD3820f Specs: 

  • Supports up to 24 2.5" HDD/SSD
  • Supports up to 32 servers directly connected Per Controller (Max Host: 64)
  • Maximize performance with 16Gb Fibre Channel (FC), 2GB, 4GB  or 8GB cache per controller and solid-state drive (SSD) support
  • Single and dual controller models available MAX 16GB (8GB per controller)
  • Ports 4 x 16Gb Fibre Channel ports per controller
  • Mix and match drives to create a tiered-storage environment
  • Scale up to 192 drives with MD1200 and/or MD1220 expansion enclosures
  • Dimensions: 68cm (3.42”) x 44.63cm (17.57”) x 50.8 (20”)
  • Weight: 4.2kg (53.35 lb)

Keeping pace with the latest technology
The new 16Gb Fibre Channel controllers 
offer the latest technology in high speed connectivity. The newest MD3 models offer improved performance and doubles the existing bandwidth. Your data should be available when you need it. The MD3 series offers 8GB cache on dual controller options inFibre Channel providing up 16GB total cache per array. The next generation of MD3 has the efficiency you need to meet your demanding I/O requirements. You get high availability and high performance without sacrificing the ease of use for which the PowerVault MD family is known.

Reduce the effort required to store and manage your data. The MD3 series is available in 24 x 2.5-inch hard drive form factors. And because your storage needs are almost guaranteed to grow, capacity can be added as you need it. The 24-drive form factors can scale up to 192 drives when attached to the PowerVault MD1200 or MD1220 expansion enclosures. 

Product Information for Dell DPV-MD3820f-CTO

Storage Array Specs

Feature Dell PowerVault MD3800 Series
Feature MD3 SAS MD3 10GBASE-T MD3 Fibre Channel
Number of drives/form factor
  • 12/2U: MD3400
  • 24/2U: MD3420
  • 60/4U: MD3460
  • 12/2U: MD3800i
  • 24/2U: MD3820i
  • 60/4U: MD3860i
  • 12/2U: MD3800f
  • 24/2U: MD3820f
  • 60/4U: MD3860f
Drive types SAS, NL-SAS, SSD, SED
3.5” drive options SAS 15K RPM: 300GB, 450GB, 600GB
NL-SAS 7.2K RPM: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB
SAS 10K RPM: 600GB
SSD: 200GB, 400GB, 800GB (WI); 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB (MU); 800GB, 1.6TB (RI) (available with 3.5” HDD carriers)
2.5” drive options SAS 15K RPM: 146GB, 300GB, 600GB
NL-SAS 10K RPM: 146GB, 300GB, 600GB, 900GB, 1.2TB, 1.8TB
SAS 10K RPM: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
SSD: 200GB, 400GB, 800GB (WI); 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB (MU); 800GB, 1.6TB (RI)
Expansion Capabilities Up to 192 drives using MD1200 and/or MD1220 expansion enclosures: MD3820f/MD3800f/MD3820i/MD3800i/MD3420/MD3400
Up to 180 drives using MD3060e dense enclosures: MD3860f/MD3860i/MD3460
Connection 4 x 12Gb SAS 2 x 10GBASE-T iSCSI and
2 x 12Gb SAS ports per controller
4 x 16Gb Fibre Channel and
2 x 12Gb SAS ports per controller
Host connectivity Single controller: supports up to 4 servers directly connected;
Dual controller: supports up to 8 servers directly connected in a non-HA configuration or 4 servers in a HA configuration
Single or Dual controllers support up to 64 servers on 12-drive and 24-drive 2U arrays
Dual controllers on dense 60-drive 4U arrays
Single controller: 2GB, 4GB cache
Dual controller: 2GB, 4GB. 8GB cache
RAID Levels Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 6;
Up to 180/1924 physical disks per group in RAID 0, 10;
Up to 30 physical disks per group in RAID 5, 6;
Up to 512 virtual disks; DDP
Dynamic Disk Pools DDP available on all models, separate or parallel to traditional RAID
OS support Microsoft® Windows®, VMware®, Microsoft Hyper-V®, Red Hat® and SUSE®
Optional premium features
Snapshots Up to 128 snapshots per virtual disk and 512 per system (optional on all models)
Snapshots plus VDC 511 VDCs in sum but maximum 8 simultaneous VDCs on the array (optional on all models)
HPT Standard on MD3860f, MD3860i, MD3460
Remote Replication Asynchronous and synchronous remote replication
Array Management Modular Disk Storage Manager
Physical dimensions
Height x width x depth MD3800f/MD3800i/MD3400i: 8.68 cm (3.42”) x 44.63 cm (17.57”) x 56.1 cm (22.09”)
MD3820f/MD3820i/MD3420: 8.68 cm (3.42”) x 44.63 cm (17.57”) x 50.8 cm (20”)
MD3860f/MD3860i/MD3460/MD3060e: 17.78 cm (7.0”) x 48.26 cm (19.0”) x 82.55 cm (32.5”)
Maximum weight MD3800f/MD3800i/MD3400: 29.3kg (64.59 lb)
MD3820f/MD3820i/MD3420: 24.2kg (53.35 lb)
MD3860f/MD3860i/MD3460/MD3060e: 105.24kg (232 lb)
Rails MD3 2U versions support Dell ReadyRails™ II static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded-hole racks
Power Wattage: MD3 2U versions support DC power supply
MD3 2U models — AC: 600W peak output; DC: 700W
MD3 dense models — AC: 1755W
Heat dissipation (max) MD3 2U models: 2047 BTU/hr — MD3 dense models: 5988 BTU/hr
Voltage MD3 2U models: 100V to 240V AC; 48V DC — MD3 dense models: 220V AC, auto ranging
Frequency range 50/60Hz
Temperature Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour
MD3 2U models support Fresh Air cooling, up to 35°C
Relative humidity Operating: 20% to 80% (non-condensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Altitude MD3 2U models: Operating: -16 m to 3048 m (-50 ft to 10,000 ft) (For altitudes above 2950 ft, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1°F/550 ft)
MD3 dense models: Operating: -30.5 m to 3000 m (-100 ft to 9,840 ft) (For altitudes above 2950 ft, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1.8°F/1000 ft)
OEM-ready version available on certain models From bezel to BIOS to packaging, your servers can look and feel as if they were designed and built by you.

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ECS Warranty Information

Express Computer Systems (ECS) provides a 1 year parts warranty against defects in material or workmanship that will affect the products functionality. All refurbished items are tested prior to shipping to guarantee up-time upon arrival. If you are having issues with an item we provided please Contact Us and we will do our best to assist you.

What does our ECS warranty cover?
We offer 1 year warranty as standard and additional years can be added to fit your needs. Please reach out to a sales associate via the Contact Us page or live chat for more information on extended coverage options. During the coverage period if your product fails we will offer a Next Business Day replacement. If we are unable to replace the product we will refund its original selling price. Shipping costs and tax are not refundable. Express Computer Systems retains the right to decide whether the goods will be replaced or refunded.

What is not covered by our warranty?
Our warranty does not cover any problem caused by the following conditions:

  1. accidents; misuse; carelessness; electrostatic discharge; shock; temperature or humidity beyond the specifications of the product; improper installation; operation; modification;
  2. any improper use that contravenes the instructions in the user manual;
  3. problems caused by other equipment. Our warranty is void if the product is returned with damaged, removed, counterfeit labels, or any modifications (including any component or external cover removal). Our warranties do not cover data loss or damages to any other equipment. In addition, our warranties do not cover incidental damages, consequential damages, or costs related to data recovery, removal, and installation.

Important notes:

  • Please ask for additional warranty/coverage that you may require in addition to the standard 1 ECS warranty prior to final purchase. Requesting additional warranty after your purchase can be denied.
  • FREE technical support is provided on purchased items via phone, email, or live chat.

About Express Computer Systems

Express Computer Systems is committed to transforming our customers’ IT infrastructure with high quality products at affordable costs. Our sales reps and customer support engineers understand our customers rely heavily on advanced technology to run their business but need to do so without breaking the bank.

We specialize in building custom server configurations, custom storage solutions, networking solutions, and components from top manufacturers including HPE, Dell, Cisco, NetApp, Dell EMC, HPE Nimble and many others.

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Every item we sell is tested on-site in our state-of-the-art hardware engineering lab. We use certified technicians to test every piece of equipment as well as updating all necessary firmware. The highest quality of testing and certification is guaranteed. We warranty all of our items we sell. Ask us today about warranty for a specific item.