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  • H17118.2

    Technical White Paper

    Dell EMC PowerMax: Family Overview

    Abstract This document provides an overview of the Dell EMC™ PowerMax family, an

    NVMe-based, mission-critical data storage offering. It details the theory of

    operation, packaging, and features which make PowerMax an ultra-performing,

    all-flash storage product.

    September 2020

  • Revisions

    2 Dell EMC PowerMax: Family Overview | H17118.2

    Revisions

    Date Description

    April 2018 Initial release

    October 2018 Updated for 5978 Service Release

    September 2019 Incorporated major Q3 2019 platform updates

    September 2020 Incorporated major PowerMaxOS Q3 2020 platform updates

    Acknowledgments

    Author: James Salvadore

    The information in this publication is provided “as is.” Dell Inc. makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the information in this

    publication, and specifically disclaims implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

    Use, copying, and distribution of any software described in this publication requires an applicable software license.

    Copyright © 2018–2020 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell, EMC, Dell EMC and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its

    subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners. [11/2/2020] [Technical White Paper] [H17118.2]

  • Table of contents

    3 Dell EMC PowerMax: Family Overview | H17118.2

    Table of contents

    Revisions............................................................................................................................................................................. 2

    Acknowledgments ............................................................................................................................................................... 2

    Table of contents ................................................................................................................................................................ 3

    Executive summary ............................................................................................................................................................. 5

    1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................... 6

    1.1 Primary PowerMax benefits ................................................................................................................................ 6

    1.2 PowerMaxOS Q3 2020 release .......................................................................................................................... 7

    1.3 Terminology ........................................................................................................................................................ 8

    2 PowerMax overview ................................................................................................................................................... 11

    2.1 Background ....................................................................................................................................................... 11

    2.2 The PowerMax family ....................................................................................................................................... 11

    3 PowerMax architecture overview ............................................................................................................................... 12

    3.1 Designed for NVMe .......................................................................................................................................... 12

    3.2 Expandable modular architecture: PowerMax Brick ......................................................................................... 12

    3.2.1 Engines ............................................................................................................................................................. 13

    3.2.2 Drive array enclosures ...................................................................................................................................... 16

    3.2.3 Drive options and configurations ...................................................................................................................... 16

    3.2.4 Flash optimization ............................................................................................................................................. 26

    3.2.5 Director slot layout and connectivity options .................................................................................................... 28

    4 Reliability, availability, and serviceability .................................................................................................................... 32

    5 PowerMax Data Services ........................................................................................................................................... 34

    5.1 Advanced Data Reduction ................................................................................................................................ 34

    5.1.1 Data reduction using the Adaptive Compression Engine ................................................................................. 34

    5.1.2 Data reduction using inline deduplication ......................................................................................................... 35

    5.2 Enterprise Grade Security ................................................................................................................................ 35

    5.3 Remote replication with SRDF ......................................................................................................................... 36

    5.4 Local replication with TimeFinder SnapVX ....................................................................................................... 37

    5.5 Cloud Mobility for Dell EMC PowerMax ........................................................................................................... 38

    5.6 PowerMaxOS Quality of Service features ........................................................................................................ 39

    5.7 Consolidation of block and file storage using eNAS ......................................................................................... 39

    5.8 Non-Disruptive Migration .................................................................................................................................. 40

    5.9 Embedded Management using Unisphere for PowerMax ................................................................................ 41

    5.10 Advanced data analytics with CloudIQ ............................................................................................................. 41

    5.11 PowerMax storage integration with IT automation tools................................................................................... 42

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    4 Dell EMC PowerMax: Family Overview | H17118.2

    5.11.1 PowerMax Plugins for VMware vRealize Orchestrator ................................................................................ 42

    5.11.2 VMware vRealize Automation ...................................................................................................................... 42

    5.11.3 Ansible Modules for PowerMax .................................................................................................................... 42

    5.11.4 Docker, Kubernetes, and the Container Storage Interface driver specification ........................................... 43

    6 Streamlined software packaging ................................................................................................................................ 44

    7 PowerMax system deployments ................................................................................................................................. 46

    7.1 PowerMax 2000 system configurations ............................................................................................................ 46

    7.1.1 PowerMax 2000 configurations ........................................................................................................................ 46

    7.2 PowerMax 8000 system configurations ............................................................................................................ 47

    7.2.1 Single-rack PowerMax 8000 configurations ..................................................................................................... 47

    7.2.2 Dual-rack PowerMax 8000 configurations ........................................................................................................ 48

    7.3 Dell EMC PowerOne with PowerMax ............................................................................................................... 50

    8 Summary .................................................................................................................................................................... 51

    A Technical support and resources ............................................................................................................................... 52

    A.1 Related resources .................

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