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Dell™ PowerVault MD3060e


The MD3060e dense enclosure is a JBOD (just a bunch of disks) specifically designed for the MD3 Dense array series. There are two enclosure management modules (EMM) that allow for management of the expansion drives via the MD3 Dense Array controllers. The high-density storage solution in a compact 4U chassis enables quick expansion for PowerEdge R620, R720 or R720xd servers while saving space, power and cooling expenses.1 The versatile design allows you to:

  • Mix and match up to 60 HDDs and SSDs in one chassis
  • Scale to 240 HDDs (with four MD3060e enclosure) per server
  • Maximize capacity to almost 1PB per R620 or R720 server2
  • Store over 1PB of data in less than one-half of a standard rack3

*MD3060e is only compatible with the MD3 Dense Array series

1  Compared to using multiple 2U arrays with an equivalent number of total hard drives
2  240x 4TB HDDs (960TB)
3  Using the maximum 240 4TB hard drives, attached to the R720xd configured with the maximum internal capacity of 50TB
Reliable, versatile performance
The MD3060e offers a high-density option in the PowerVault MD series of JBODs, which have an established record of reliability and efficient performance. Easily manage your data through the host server, with OS support that includes:
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012, Storage Spaces
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® - RHEL
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise
  • Ubuntu
  • Nexenta™
If you choose to manage your server through Windows Server 2012, Storage Spaces is integrated within the MD3060e. Storage Spaces is simple and easy to use, regardless of the user’s level of familiarity with storage systems.
Capacity based on your design
Easily scale with versatile enclosure options, drive types and operating system choices, and have the flexibility to design solutions for your specific needs. The MD3060e is a modular platform that allows you to add or reconfigure enclosures, as your workloads require.
  • Mix and match SAS, NL-SAS HDDs or SSDs to optimize performance or capacity.
  • Hot-swap drives, fans, enclosure management modules (EMMs) and power supplies for quick modifications and maintenance.
With small-scale-to-hyperscale flexibility, the MD3060e dense enclosure is an ideal solution for:
  • Hosting companies that need affordable and dense storage
  • Work groups within a large IT organization, such as an R&D department
  • Universities or government agencies with high performance computing (HPC) deployments that require high-density storage
  • High-bandwidth or modular infrastructures, such as manufacturing, oil and gas, and video surveillance
  • Financial institutions that need to process volumes of data without increasing their data center footprint
Form Factor (HxWxD) 4U Chassis

177.80mm x 482.60mm x 85.50mm
7.0" x 19.0" x 32.5"
Weight 105.23kg
(232 lbs.) (maximum configuration)
Management (2) Hot-swappable enclosure management modules (EMMs)
Storage (Drives) (60)

3.5" drive capacity
7.2K RPM NL-SAS: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB
SSDs: 200GB and 400GB; read-intensive
SSDs: 800GB and 1.6TB (available with 3.5” HDD carriers)
2.5”drive capacity
15K RPM SAS: 146GB and 300GB
10K RPM SAS: 300GB, 600GB, 900GB and 1.2TB
7.2K RPM NL-SAS: 500GB and 1TB
SSDs: 200GB and 400GB; read-intensive SSDs: 800GB and 1.6TB
3.5” 10K and 15K HDDs are not supported on the dense model
Expansion Support Up to 4 dense enclosures behind a single server (240 HDDs)
Power AC: 1755W
Three Year Basic Hardware Warranty Repair: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite
Having the right backup solution is key to protecting your critical information. So is having the right support. Dell™ ProSupport™ is a portfolio of globally consistent, customer-driven support services that provides businesses of all sizes with flexible, reliable and easier support solutions.

Dell ProSupport starts with the Dell ProSupport for IT service model designed for IT professionals like you. Dell ProSupport for IT provides:
  • 24x7 Direct access to Dell Expert Centers
  • Fast-track dispatch for Dell-certified technicians
  • Escalation management through Dell’s Global Command Centers
Next, Dell ProSupport Options align to the way you use technology — rapidly responding to your needs, protecting your investment, productivity and sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.
Speed of response
Premium proactive

Mission Critical — Perfect for server and storage environments where avoiding unplanned downtime and reducing recovery time through priority response are a must. The package includes priority 4-hour on-site service or optional 2-hour response with 6-hour hardware repair, Dell’s proven Critical Situation process and emergency dispatch.


Keep your hard drive — Enables you to control your sensitive data by retaining your hard drive and helps you comply with current data privacy regulations to help mitigate risks associated with regulatory or civil liabilities.


Enterprise-wide contract — Provides enhanced proactive capabilities through:

  • Designated Service Delivery Manager
  • Performance benchmarking and custom reporting
  • Planning and assessments

Proactive maintenance — Maximizes the availability and stability of your infrastructure proactively. The package includes a detailed system assessment and implementation of driver or firmware updates and upgrades for your server or storage systems.

Remote advisory options — Provides telephone and internet access to technical expertise for specialized applications and solutions such as Microsoft® Exchange, Virtualization and more.

Basic Hardware Warranty
Basic support
deal for nonessential application environments. This service offers business-hour, phone-based support* for
hardware-only issues with Next Business Day On-Site Service following completion of phone-based troubleshooting.
Additional Service Offerings

Comprehensive storage training and certification
Through comprehensive storage training courses, Dell provides expertise in implementing Dell storage into an existing IT infrastructure. If you are interested in validating or maintaining your skill set for company compliance, the Dell-certified Network Storage Networking Professional Certification path is available.

Backup and recovery
To sustain the continued operation of your storage solution, you should engineer availability, security and reliability into every process from the outset. Dell can provide backup and recovery solutions that help ensure adequate procedures are in place to minimize or avoid data loss.

Storage consolidation
Our storage experts analyze existing infrastructure, operational practices and technical readiness to develop a roadmap for conducting a storage consolidation. They will also develop a detailed consolidation deployment plan as well as a validated and refined solution design.


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Last updated 4/11/2016