Product Overview for the Dell 035CTT ISCSI Controller PowerVault
In the ever-evolving landscape of data storage and management, having a reliable and efficient RAID controller is paramount. One such solution is the 035CTT Dell 10GB iSCSI Dual Ports RAID Controller, designed specifically for PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i storage systems. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the features, benefits, and functionality of this RAID controller, shedding light on its role in enhancing the performance and reliability of storage environments.
Understanding RAID Controllers
Before delving into the specifics of the 035CTT Dell RAID Controller, it's essential to grasp the fundamental concept of RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) controllers. These controllers play a pivotal role in managing multiple disk drives, ensuring data redundancy, fault tolerance, and improved performance.
Features of the 035CTT Dell 10GB iSCSI Dual Ports RAID Controller
- High-Speed Connectivity: The 035CTT Dell RAID Controller boasts 10GB iSCSI connectivity, providing a high-speed data transfer interface. This is crucial for meeting the demands of modern storage applications that require rapid access to large volumes of data.
- Dual Ports Configuration: With dual ports, the RAID controller allows for increased flexibility and redundancy. In case one port fails or encounters issues, the other port seamlessly takes over, ensuring continuous data accessibility and minimizing the risk of downtime.
- Compatibility with PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i: The 035CTT RAID Controller is specifically designed for compatibility with Dell PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i storage systems. This ensures optimal performance and seamless integration with these storage solutions.
- RAID Configuration Options: This RAID controller supports various RAID configurations, including RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, and RAID 10. Administrators can choose the most suitable RAID level based on their specific performance, capacity, and redundancy requirements.
- Enhanced Data Protection: Data protection is a top priority in any storage environment. The 035CTT Dell RAID Controller provides features like automatic rebuild and hot-swap capabilities, ensuring that data remains secure and accessible even in the event of disk failures.
- Management and Monitoring Tools: To streamline administration and monitoring tasks, the RAID controller comes equipped with management tools. These tools enable administrators to configure RAID settings, monitor system health, and receive alerts about potential issues.
Benefits of Using the 035CTT Dell RAID Controller
- Improved Performance: The high-speed 10GB iSCSI connectivity of the 035CTT Dell RAID Controller contributes to improved data transfer rates, reducing latency and enhancing overall system performance.
- Fault Tolerance: Dual ports and RAID redundancy options ensure fault tolerance, minimizing the risk of data loss or system downtime due to hardware failures.
- Scalability: As storage needs grow, the 035CTT Dell RAID Controller allows for easy scalability. Administrators can add additional drives and reconfigure RAID settings to accommodate expanding data requirements.
- Simplified Management: The inclusion of management and monitoring tools simplifies the administration of storage systems. This is particularly beneficial for IT professionals tasked with maintaining the health and performance of storage infrastructure.
Performance and Scalability
- 10 Gb/s ISCSI interface: Provides high-speed data transfer for improved performance and efficiency in virtualized and cloud environments.
- Dual-port design: Offers increased availability and redundancy for better data protection and uptime.
- RAID support: Offers a range of RAID levels, including RAID 0, 1, 5, and 6, for optimal data protection and performance.
- Advanced data protection features: Includes Online RAID Level Migration, Automatic RAID Rebuild, and Hot Spare Support.
- Scalable design: Allows for easy expansion and upgrade of storage capacity as needed.
- The controller is designed to support the high-performance and high-availability requirements of virtualized and cloud environments, with advanced data protection features such as online RAID level migration, automatic RAID rebuild, and hot spare support.
- The 10 Gb/s ISCSI interface provides high-speed data transfer, enabling faster data access and improved performance for virtualized and cloud environments.
- The dual-port design offers increased availability and redundancy, ensuring that data remains accessible even in the event of a single-port failure.
- The controller is also compatible with Dell PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i storage arrays, providing a seamless and easy upgrade path for existing Dell customers.
Management and Interface
- Management Interface: The Dell PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i controllers come with a web-based management interface that allows for easy configuration, monitoring, and maintenance of the storage system. The interface is user-friendly and provides real-time status information, alert notifications, and diagnostic tools.
- RAID Management: The controller supports various RAID levels, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and 50, providing a range of data protection and performance options. The RAID management interface allows for easy creation, deletion, and monitoring of RAID arrays.
- ISCSI Interface: The controller features dual 10 Gb/s ISCSI ports that provide high-speed data transfer and connectivity to hosts and storage devices. The ISCSI interface supports various features such as iSCSI CHAP authentication, MPIO, and Multi-path support.
- Firmware Management: The controller's firmware can be easily upgraded through the web-based management interface, ensuring that the system is running the latest software version.
- Part Number: 035CTT
- Compatibility: The Dell PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i storage systems
- Warranty: The controller comes with a 3-year limited warranty
- Remote Management: The controller supports remote management through SNMP and SMI-S.
General Information about this Dell 035CTT
- Manufacturer: Dell
- Part Number or SKU# 035CTT
- Product Name: Controller
- Product Type: ISCSI
Technical Specifications of 10GB Controller
- Device Type: Disk Array Controller (DAC)
- Network Ports: iSCSI
- Interface: iSCSI, SAS
- Product Line: PowerVault
- Number of WAN Ports: 2
- Expansion Connectivity: 1x SFF-8088
- Remote Management: 1x 1GBASE-T
- Connectivity: 2x 10GBASE-T
- Cache Memory: 2GB
- DELL PowerVault MD3600i
- DELL PowerVault MD3620i
In short, the 035CTT Dell 10GB iSCSI Dual Ports RAID Controller stands as a robust solution for enhancing the performance, reliability, and scalability of storage environments, particularly when paired with PowerVault MD3600i and MD3620i systems. Its high-speed connectivity, dual port configuration, and support for various RAID levels make it a versatile choice for IT professionals seeking to optimize their storage infrastructure. By understanding its features, benefits, installation process, and maintenance requirements, administrators can harness the full potential of this RAID controller, ensuring a resilient and efficient storage solution for their organization.
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