Direct Attached Storage (DAS)


Direct-Attached Storage (DAS) hard drive enclosures add capacity directly to an existing server or cluster of servers without the need for a network interface. This is usually the simplest and most cost-effective way to increase storage space. Dell PowerVault storage arrays have evolved over the years from the older PowerVault 220S SCSI enclosure to the roomier PowerVault MD1000 SAS/SATA array which allows for up to 30TB of storage space.

For two-node clusters or direct connection for up to four servers, the PowerVault MD3000 allows pay-as-you-go expansion options to daisy-chain up to two additional PowerVault MD1000s. More recently, Dell’s Powervault MD1200 and PowerVault MD1220 models saw an increase in throughput with 6GB/s hard drives and controllers. The PowerVault MD1220 will accommodate up to twenty-four (24) 2.5" hard drives for a maximum capacity of 28.8 TB. The PowerVault MD3200 allows even more expansion and connects to additional MD1200s or MD1220s.

You could read this  Dell PowerVault MD12XX Enclosure Support Matrix or if unsure, contact Tekmart  on  0861 711 712 (within RSA) or +2711 027 6793 (international) and our consultants will gladly assist.

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