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Dell PowerVault ME5084
ME5 Series SAN/DAS Storage Array
Dell PowerVault ME5084

The PowerVault ME5084 is part of Dell's ME5 Series of storage arrays, which can be deployed in either SAN or DAS configurations. The ME5 Series is optimized to run a variety of mixed workload applications – physical and virtual – for small businesses. Whether you need to consolidate your block storage, support applications without the need for low latency flash and NVMe, take advantage of intelligent data management or scale capacity to keep pace with data growth, then PowerVault ME5 is ready to meet your growing business needs. The flexibility of PowerVault ME5 offers multiple protocols, supports a wide range of drive types and capacities, scales up to 8PB capacity, validated with Dell PowerEdge Servers (16G ready) and is delivered to you with all-inclusive software – so you’ll have the needed data services to store, manage, and protect your data. 

Using fast Intel Xeon processors, Dell PowerVault ME5 storage implements a dual-active controller architecture, 12GB/sec read and 10GB/sec write throughput and uses a 12Gb SAS backend protocol for rapid capacity expansion.  The two non-dense ME5 base arrays start at 2U and the dense ME5 array starts at 5U. The base models all support dual-active controllers with each controller including 16GB of memory.  Optional ME5 expansion enclosures let you scale up to 336 drives or 8PB.  PowerVault ME412 and ME424 expansion enclosures can only be used with either ME5012 or ME5024 base arrays. The ME484 dense expansion enclosure is supported behind any of the ME5 base arrays. A variety of SSD, 10K and NLSAS drives (including FIPS-certified SEDs) are available.

Dell PowerVault ME5 Storage Array Series
Technical Specifications
Chassis Format:
All-in-one: dual controllers, internal drive bays, networking and with expansion options
Rack Size:
2U or 5U
Controllers:
2 hot-swappable per chassis (dual active)
Single/dual controller support for 2U
Dual controller support for 5U
Processor:
Intel® Xeon Processor
Internal Storage:
ME5012: 12 x 3.5” drive bays (2.5” drive carriers supported)
ME5024: 24 x 2.5” drive bays
ME5084: 84x 3.5” drive bays (2.5” drive carriers supported)
System Memory:
16GB per controller (32GB total)
Expansion:
Enclosures:
ME5012: 12 x 3.5” drive bays (12Gb SAS)
ME5024: 24 x 2.5” drive bays (12Gb SAS)
ME5084: 84 x 3.5” drive bays (12Gb SAS)
Min/Max drive count:
ME5012: 2/264
ME5024: 2/276
ME4084: 28/336
Max Raw Capacity:
ME5012: 2.40PB (with 9xME412 expansion) | ME5012: 1.89PB (with 9xME424 expansion)
ME5024
: 2.34PB (with 9xME412 expansion) | ME5012: 1.83PB (with 9xME424 expansion)
ME5012
: 5.28PB (with 3xME484 expansion) | ME5024: 5.22PB (with 3xME484 expansion)
ME5084
: 6.72PB (with 3xME484 expansion)
NAS Support:
Supported with NX Series Windows NAS appliance
Storage media:
SAS and NL-SAS drives; different drive types, transfer rates, rotational speeds can be mixed in the same system:
• NLSAS 7.2K 3.5” – 4TB, 8TB, 12TB, 16TB, 16TB FIPS, 20TB
• SAS 10K 2.5” – 1.2TB, 2.4TB, 2.4TB FIPS
• SSD – 960GB RI, 1.6TB MU, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 3.84TB FIPS, 7.68TB RI
• SDD and HDD: FIPS-certified SEDs
Network and Expansion I/O:
Host Interface: FC, iSCSI (optical or BaseT), SAS
Max 32Gb FC ports: 8 per array (support auto-negotiate to 16Gb)
Max 25Gb iSCSI ports: 8 SFP+ or SFP28 ports per array
Max 10Gb iSCSI ports: 8 BaseT ports per array (only support auto negotiate to 1Gb)
Max 12Gb SAS ports: 8 12Gb SAS ports
Max management ports: 2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)
Disk expansion protocol: 12Gb SAS
Disk interface expansion ports:
2 x 12Gb SAS (wide-Port) per array (1 port per controller)
Up to 9 2U expansion enclosures per 2U base array
Up to 3 5U expansion enclosures per 2U base array
Up to 3 5U expansion enclosures per 5U base array  
Functional:
Array configurations: All-flash, hybrid or all HDD arrays
Storage format: Native block-level SAN or DAS
Data Optimization
Auto-tiering: Up to 3 primary (media-based) tiers
RAID support: RAID 1, 5, 6, 10, or ADAPT RAID; any combination of RAID levels can exist in single array
Adapt: Distributed erasure coding that reduces rebuild times when drive failures occur
Thin provisioning: Active by default on all volumes, operates at full performance across all features
Snapshots: 1024 maximum re-direct-on-write snapshots per array
Data Mobility and Migration
Replication: Asynchronous replication via FC or iSCSI – ME4 to ME5; ME5 to ME4; ME5 to ME5 Target/source relationships may be one-to-many or many-to-one
Volume copy: Copy complete standalone volumes
Data Protection, Recovery, Security
Business continuity: VMware Site Recovery Manager
Data-at-rest encryption:
Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in SSD or HDD formats
Full Disk Encryption (FCE) based on AES-256
Drives certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2
Key manager: Internal controller key management
Management:
PowerVault Manager HTML5 GUI element manager, CLI, OpenManage Enterprise 3.9
VMware vCenter: VMware vCenter plugin to manage ME5 arrays through vCenter
Scripting: CLI API, Redfish/Swordfish REST API
Supported host OS:
Windows 2022, 2019 and 2016
RHEL 8.2 and 7.8
SLES 15.2 and 12.5
VMware 7.0 and 6.7
Citrix XenServer 8.x and 7.x 
Virtualization integration:
VMware vSphere (ESXi)
vCenter; SRM
Microsoft Hyper-V
Physical Base System
Rack size
ME5012:
(2U)
ME5024: (2U)
ME5084: (5U)

Base system height

ME5012: 8.79 cm (3.46 inches)
ME5024: 8.79 cm (3.46 inches)
ME5084: 22.23 cm (8.75 inches)


Base system width
ME5012:
48.30 cm (19.01 inches)
ME5024: 48.30 cm (19.01 inches)
ME5084: 48.30 cm (19.01 inches)

Base system depth
ME5012: 61.87 cm (24.36 inches)
ME5024: 54.78 cm (21.56 inches)
ME5084: 98.1 cm (38.62 inches)

Weight (max configuration)
ME5012: 32.00 kg (71.00 lbs)
ME5024: 30.00 kg (66.00 lbs)
ME5084: 135.00 kg (298.00 lbs)

Weight (empty)
ME5012: 4.80 kg (10.56 lbs) without drives
ME5024: 4.80 kg (10.56 lbs) without drives
ME5084: 64.00 kg (141.00 lbs) without drives

Base System Power
Power/wattage
ME5012:
580W
ME5024: 580W
ME5084: 2200W


Heat dissipation
ME5012:
1980 BTU
ME5024: 1980 BTU
ME5084: 7507 BTU

Voltage
ME5012:
100-240 VAC
ME5024: 100-240 VAC
ME5084: 200-240 VAC

Frequency: 50/60 Hz

Amperage
ME5012:
7.6-3.0A (x2)
ME5024: 7.6-3.0A (x2)
ME5084: 11.07-9.23A (x2)

Environmental Operating Conditions
Operating temperature: 41 - 95°F (5 - 35°C)
Non-operating temperature: -40 - 149°F (-40 - 65°C)
Operating humidity ranges (non-condensing): -12C dew point minimum, 8% to 85% maximum, non-condensing
Non-operating humidity (noncondensing): 21°C dew point maximum, 5% to 100% maximum, non-condensing

More information can be found on the official Dell PowerVault ME5 Storage Array Data Sheet PDF.

PowerVault ME5084

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