PowerMax 2500

PowerMax 2500


PowerMax 2500

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The PowerMax 2500 is the entry-point into next-generation, mission-critical storage. As the world’s most secure mission-critical storage, it is designed for Zero Trust security environments. Not only does PowerMaxOS 10 software update in under 6 seconds, it is also designed for 99.9999% data availability and 65M secure snaps for a single array. The 2500 has fully automated performance optimization (AI/ML) and is the industry’s first automated end-to-end NVMe/TCP deployment solution powered by the breakthrough dynamic fabric architecture.


The PowerMax 2500 provides organizations with an attractive entry point into mission-critical storage with up to 7x1 more storage capacity (8PBe) packaged in half the footprint vs. previous models. Combined with the industry’s richest data services, the 2500 offers flexibility and agility to support demanding mixed workloads of block, file, and mainframe storage with the highest levels of availability and cyber resiliency. Both models come with a 5:1 data reduction guarantee for Open Systems and 3:1 for Mainframe.

Based on the powerful Dynamic Fabric architecture and Flexible RAID, PowerMax offers a powerful yet flexible design to independently grow nodes and storage capacity in increments of a single drive. The PowerMax 2500 utilize Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and today’s most advanced storage technologies including end-to-end NVMe, InfiniBand 100Gb/s, dual-ported NVMe flash drives, NVMe/TCP connectivity, and hardware-based data reduction. Each PowerMax model is designed for 6 nines of availability, ships with new intelligent PDUs that provide real time power consumption monitoring and alerting, and delivers continuously modern storage throughout its product lifecycle with Dell’s Future-Proof program.

Scale up and Scale out
PowerMax is built from modular storage components for compute and storage media. The compute modules are packaged as node pairs. Each node pair contains two PowerMax compute nodes, complete software and licensing, cache memory, redundant power, and connectivity modules. These are combined with 48-slot Dynamic Media Enclosures (DMEs) to configure NVMe flash drives. PowerMax arrays are delivered with the Inclusive Software package. NVMe drive capacity can be added to the system to scale up to a total effective capacity of 8 PBe on the PowerMax 2500.

PowerMax 2500
PowerMax 2500
PowerMax 2500

Any workload
PowerStore’s single architecture for block, file, and VMware vVols leverages the latest technologies to support an enterprise-class variety of traditional and modern workloads – from relational databases, to ERP and EMR apps, cloud native applications, and file-based workloads such as content repositories and home directories. DC, low-line power and NEBS-ready solutions are available. The ability to accommodate application, multi-protocol network and multi-format storage diversity (physical and virtual volumes, containers, traditional files) within a single 2U appliance provides business-enabling flexibility and helps IT simplify and consolidate their infrastructure.

Performance optimized
Designed to leverage next-gen innovations such as end-to-end NVMe (both FC and Ethernet) and dual-port Intel Optane solid state drives (SSDs) as Storage Class Memory (SCM), PowerStore delivers up to 7x more IOPs3 and 3x lower latency4 for real-world workloads compared to our previous storage generation, giving you all the headroom you need to ensure long-term value through multiple solution lifecycles.

Tech Specs

Node Pairs

Number of Node Pairs 1 to 2
Node Pair Module 3U
CPU PowerMax 2000
- Memory Config 1-3 Intel Xeon Gold 5218 2.8 GHz, 16 core
- Memory Config 4 Intel Xeon Gold 6240L
Core Number per CPU/Per Node Pair/Per System Memcfg 1-3: 16/64/128
  Memcfg 4: 18/72/1445
Dynamic Fabric Direct Connection InfiniBand: 100 Gbps/port


Cache-System Min (Raw) 896GB
Cache-System Max (Raw) 15.36TB
Cache-Per Node Pair Options 896GB, 1.792TB, 3.584TB, 7.680TB


Vault Strategy Vault to Flash
Vault Implementation 2 to 4 NVMe SED Flash Module/Node Pair

Front End I/O Modules

Max. Front-End I/O Modules/Node Pair 8
Front-End I/O Modules and Protocols Supported
- 4 x 32Gbs (FC, NVMe/FC, FICON, SRDF) Yes
- 4 x 25GbE (iSCSI, SRDF, NVMe/TCP) Yes
- 4 x 10GbE (iSCSI, SRDF, NVMe/TCP) Yes
- 1 x zHyperlink Port (MF, zHyperlink) Yes

Poweramx File Modules

Max File I/O Modules/Software Nodes 4
File I/O Modules Supported Supported
- 10 GbE: 4 x 10GbE File Yes
- 25 GbE: 4 x 25GbE File Yes

Capacity , Drives

Max Capacity per Array (Open)1,7 8PiBe / 8.8 PBe
Base Capacity (Open) 15.36TBu
Max Capacity per Array (Mainframe)7, 8 3.8PiBe / 4.1PBe
Base Capacity (Mainframe) 15.36TBu
Incremental Flash Capacity Upgrades 3.84TB, 7.68TB, 15.36TB, 30.72TB3
Maximum Drives per Array 96
Maximum Drives per System Bay 96/192/2882
Minimum Drive Count per System 10