A disk storage enclosure contains multiple disk drives so that additional capacity can be added to a server whenever it is needed. Disk storage enclosures can be directly attached to a single server or server cluster. In the case of Fibre Channel, a disk storage array can be connected to multiple host servers configured in a SAN.
Dell offers three types of disk storage enclosures or arrays:
Dell OpenManageTM software is used to configure and manage RAID protection on the enclosure. This software also reports the status and environmental conditions of various components within the chassis.
Dell offers the following SCSI/SAS and SAS/SATA storage enclosures:
A disk array often provides more management capability than a simple storage enclosure. Optional data protection features include the ability to take periodic snapshots or Virtual Disk Copies (VDCs) of your critical data - if a file is accidentally altered it is easily recovered by reverting back in time to a previous, trouble-free state.
Dell offers the following SAS storage arrays:
Dell offers the following iSCSI storage array:
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