EX series appliance models are based on standard Dell servers and switches. The offerings in the series are:
- EX500 - The EX500 is the latest edition appliance which aims to provide economy with density. With options for 12 or 24 drives, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB, 12TB, 16TB, and 20TB disk options (all same in the node). Clusters range from 120TB to 7.68PB per rack. This series provides a versatile option for midsize enterprises looking to support modern application and/or deep archive use cases.
- EX5000 – Is the next generation of ECS dense appliance that refreshes the EX3000. The EX5000 has a maximum capacity of 14 PB of raw storage per rack using the 16TB and 20TB disks and can grow into exabytes across several sites, providing a deep and scalable solution. The EX5000 is a 5U system that can hold up to 100 drives per system. These nodes are available in two different configurations known as EX5000S and EX5000D. The EX5000S is a single-node chassis with options for 25, 50, 75 and 100 drives, and the EX5000D is a dual-node chassis with 50 and 100 drives. The EX5000 is designed with 192GB memory and Intel® Xeon™ Gold 6230R 26core CPUs, making it up to 3x faster than the EX3000. The EX5000 can be used to expand an existing EX3000 VDC, however, it requires a new rack due to higher power needs. To add EX5000 to an existing rack, have your sales account team submit a Request for Product Qualification (RPQ).
EXF900 – The EXF900 is an all flash object storage solution of hyper-converged nodes for low latency and high IOPs ECS deployments. With options for 12 or 24 drives, 3.84TB, 7.68TB, and 15.36TB NVMe SSD drive options. This platform starts at 230TB RAW minimum configuration and scales to 5.89PB RAW per rack. The following figure shows a node of EXF900.
Note: SSD Read Cache feature does not apply for EXF900; Cloud DVR is not supported on EXF900; Tech Refresh is not supported with EXF900.
The EX-Series starting capacity options allow customers to begin an ECS deployment with only the capacity needed, and to easily grow as needs change in the future. Refer to the ECS Appliance Specification Sheet for more details on the EX-Series appliances which also details the previous Gen2 U- and D- series appliances.
Post deployment updates to EX-Series nodes are not supported. These include:
- Changing the CPU.
- Upgrading hard drive size.
Note: EX300 and EX3000 were in EOL (end of sales life) in July 2022.