PowerVault MD1400 Direct-Attach Storage

PowerVault MD1400 Direct-Attach Storage


PowerVault MD1400 Direct-Attach Storage


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Versatile density and performance.

Meet your storage density and performance requirements with simple, cost-effective 12Gb DAS for the latest generation of PowerEdge servers.



Simplicity in high-performance and high-capacity entry storage.

Consolidate your storage with the PowerVault Series purpose-built and optimized for entry-level SAN and DAS environments. The ME4 Series is ideal for supporting workloads such as HPC, Surveillance/CCTV, Virtualization with VMware and Microsoft, Server Expansion, and many more. Designed for versatility, the ME4 Series supports a variety of drive types (including SEDs), multi-protocols, enterprise-class all-inclusive software features and a choice of two 2U or a high density 5U base systems. Additionally, PowerVault JBOD expansion enclosures are available for PowerEdge Servers that easily add storage capacity to your data center.

Make SAN & DAS storage simple, fast and affordable

The PowerVault Series is a entry-level block storage array that’s purpose-built and optimized for price-sensitive SAN & DAS environments with the simplicity, performance and affordability you expect from Dell EMC.

The Dell EMC PowerVault Series brings the essential features of high-end storage to small-medium businesses — simply and affordably. These storage systems drive application performance higher for a wide range of businesses and applications. With its flexible connectivity options, the PowerVault arrays offer significant advantages for SAN/DAS workloads with outstanding IOPs, bandwidth, scale and latency. An all-inclusive software model helps to reduce OPEX and improve operational efficiencies — making the ME4 Series hard to beat. If you’re looking for raw power and absolute simplicity in a small footprint; if you’re cost-conscious and need storage availability and reliability, then Dell EMC PowerVault Series – starting in either 2U or 5U – is for you. Designed to deliver the performance of flash with the best economics of disk, the PowerVault systems are the perfect fit for small-scale storage consolidation, application acceleration, and business continuity.


The MD Series offers the versatility needed to meet both your storage capacity and performance requirements. The MD1400 and MD1420 models are specifically designed to work with the latest PowerEdge servers using the PERC9 series of RAID controllers with 12Gbps SAS offering unmatched I/O performance for database applications, streaming digital media environments and storage intensive applications.

Meet your high-capacity storage requirements with the MD Series by choosing the drive type and speed that meets your data center specifications. The MD1400 and MD1420 models offer the flexibility to mix and match NL-SAS, SAS and SSD drives within an enclosure to assist with your data tiering initiatives. With the option of either 12 or 24 hard drives in an enclosure, you can scale non-disruptively to meet your application demands.

The MD1400 offers the flexibility of 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives (with specially designed carriers) in a 2U, 12-drive enclosure. This model can expand to 8 enclosures and up to 96 hard drives behind the PowerEdge server. The MD1420 supports 24 2.5-inch hard drives in a 2U form-factor, expanding up to 8 enclosures and up to 192 hard drives supporting high storage capacity requirements.

Tech Specs


Connectivity per EMM 4 mini-SAS HD connector for connection to the host or expansion
Service management USB mini b connector (for factory use only)

Dimensions & Weight

Height x width x depth 8.7 cm (3.43") x 48.2 cm (18.98") x 59.2 cm (23.3") (depth includes PSU handle)
Weight 28.59 kg (63.03 lb) (maximum configuration) 9.0 kg (19.8 lb ) (empty)

Environmental Operating Conditions

Temperature Operating: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour
Storage: -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F) with temperature gradation of 20°C per hour
Relative Humidity Operating: 8% to 85% (non-condensing) with maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Storage: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
Altitude Operating: -16 to 3048 m (-50 to 10,000 ft)
Storage: -16 to 10,600 m (-50 to 35,000 ft)

Expansion Capacity

PERC H830/H840 HBA enables expansion to 8 enclosures, PCIe 3.0, 12Gbps SAS, dual-port, 4 ports per enclosure


Enclosure Management Modules (EMM) 2 EMM provide redundant enclosure management capability


Wattage – also supports DC power AC – 600W; DC – 700W
Host heat dissipation AC – 2047 BTU/hr; DC – 2388 BTU/hr
Input voltage range 100-240 VAC, auto-sensing; 48 V DC
Frequency range 50/60 Hz
Amperage 8.6 A at 100 V, 4.3 A at 240 V
Supported continuous consumption Up to 1.2 A at +5V Up to 0.5 A at +12V

Media Types

Base Dell Storage MD1400, 12 HDs 3.5", Rackmount, 2Us
Hard Drive 4TB HDD SAS ISE 12Gbps 7.2K 512n 3.5in Hot-Plug Hard Drive
Warranty 3YR Basic Hardware Warranty Repair: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Parts
Solutions & Services

Solutions & Services

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