PowerMax 8000

PowerMax 8000

PowerMax 8000

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The PowerMax 8000 resets the bar for storage with new levels of performance and efficiency as well as all the features and data services an enterprise requires – including security, protection, availability, scalability and massive consolidation.


The newest enhancements to the PowerMax family raise the bar again for enterprise storage delivering unmatched levels of performance and consolidation for high-value, high-demand workloads of today and tomorrow. PowerMax supports 32Gb/s FC-NVMe to deliver on the promise of end-to-end NVMe, along with Storage Class Memory Drives (SCM) powered by dual port Intel® OptaneTM drives used as persistent storage. NVMe/FC and SCM can further reduce system latencies by up to 50%. The PowerMax 2000 and 8000 arrays provide all of the features and proven data services demanded of an enterprise active-active controller array including security, protection, availability, scalability, and massive consolidation, now delivered at latencies measured in microseconds, not milliseconds. PowerMax real-time machine learning optimizes storage performance using pattern recognition and automated data placement, without any overhead.

The PowerMax 8000 support end-to-end efficient encryption of data from the host to the PowerMax storage media. Efficient encryption utilizes an encryption agent on the host coupled with a hardware-based encryption option on the array that also preserves our data reduction (compression and inline dedupe) capabilities. Designed to be used in tandem with Data at Rest Encryption, this functionality provides true end-to-end data security. A single PowerMax Brick is architected to provide six nines (99.9999%) of availability in the most demanding, mission-critical environments. Utilizing the powerful family of Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, the PowerMax 2000 and 8000 support both global, inline compression and deduplication for at least a 50% gain in data efficiency over the previous generation of arrays.

The PowerMax 8000 redefines space efficiency with more than doubling the compute density by housing up to four Bricks in a single cabinet and up to eight Bricks in just two floor tiles. PowerMax arrays come fully preconfigured out of the factory to shorten the time to first I/O. Depending on the model, PowerMax arrays can support Open Systems, Mainframe, IBM i, and File all on the same array.


PowerMax 8000
PowerMax 8000
PowerMax 8000

High Efficiency
PowerMax delivers extreme efficiency with global inline deduplication and compression, delivering up to 5:1 data reduction (3.5:1 guaranteed5 ), spaceefficient snaps, and thin provisioning. Its inline deduplication and compression have virtually zero impact on performance, can be used with all PowerMax data services, and are turned on/off by application (storage group).

DevOps Automation and Containers
Dell EMC PowerMax customers can seamlessly consume storage infrastructure as code in a variety of development and automation environments using powerful APIs, SDKs, plugins for VMware automation tools like vRO and vRA and modules for the most popular configuration management tools like Ansible. In addition, PowerMax supports a major shift in software development by being the first major enterprise storage solution to implement the Container Storage Interface (CSI) driver standard to enable containerized storage workloads.

Non-Disruptive Migration
To enable users to take advantage of PowerMax as quickly as possible, built-in migration tools provide seamless, non-disruptive migration from VMAX arrays and simple migration from third-party arrays to PowerMax. Customers can initiate non-disruptive migrations in three simple steps.

Tech Specs


Bricks/zBricks1 to 8
Engine Enclosure4u
CPU Specs2.8 GHz, 18 cores
Cores per CPU/Per Engine/Per System18/72/576
Dynamic Virtual Matrix InterconnectInfiniBand Dual Redundant Fabric 56 Gbps/port


Cache-System Min (Raw)1,024 GB
Cache-System Max (Raw)16 TB (with 2,048 GB engine)
Cache-Per Engine Options1 TB, 2 TB


Vault StrategyVault to Flash
Vault Implementation4 to 8 NVMe Flash SLICs/Engine

Front End I/O Modules

Max Front-End I/O Modules per Brick8
Front-End I/O Modules and ProtocolsSupported
- 4 x 32 Gbps (FC, SRDF)Yes
- 4 x 32 Gbps (FC-NVMe)Yes
- 4 x 16 Gbps (FC, SRDF)Yes
- 10 GbE: 4 x 10 GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)Yes
- 25 GbE: 4 x 25 GbE (iSCSI, SRDF)Yes
- 4 x 16 Gbps (FICON)Yes

eNAS I/O Modules

Max eNAS I/O Modules per Software Data Mover6
eNAS I/O Modules SupportedSupported
- 10 GbE: 2 x 10 GbE OpticalYes
- 10 GbE: 2 x 10 GbE Cu1Yes
- 8 Gbps: 4 x 8 Gbps FC (Tape BU)Yes

eNAS Software Data Movers

Max Software Data Movers8 (7 Active and 1 Standby - 8 Data Movers requires minimum 4 Bricks)
Max NAS Capacity/Array (Terabytes Usable)3584

End-To-End Efficient Encryption Modules

Required to Support End-to-End Efficient Encryption2 per Brick – Maximum 16 per Array

Capacity , Drives

Max Capacity per Array (Open)4.5 PBe
Base Capacity per Brick (NAND, Open)54.0 TBu
Base Capacity per Brick (SCM, Open)21.0 TBu
Base Capacity per zBrick (NAND, Mainframe)13.2 TBu
Base Capacity per zBrick (SCM, Mainframe)21.0 TBu
Incremental Flash Capacity Packs (NAND)13.2 TBu
Incremental Flash Capacity Packs (SCM)5.25 TBu
Max Drives per Brick32 Usable + spare(s)
Max Drives per Array288
Max Drives per System Bay144
Min Drive Count per Brick8 + 1 spare

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