PowerMax configurations consist of modular building blocks called PowerMax bricks, as shown in the following figure. The modular brick architecture reduces complexity and allows for easier system configuration and deployment.
Figure 2. PowerMax 2000 and PowerMax 8000 bricks
The initial PowerMax brick includes a single engine consisting of two directors, two system power supplies (SPS), and two 24-slot 2.5” NVMe Drive Array Enclosures (DAEs). The PowerMax 2000 comes with an initial capacity of 11 or 13 TBu, depending on the RAID configuration. The PowerMax 8000 comes with an initial capacity of 53 TBu for open systems.
The brick concept allows PowerMax storage systems to scale up and scale out. Customers can scale up by adding Flash Capacity Packs. Each Flash Capacity Pack for the PowerMax 8000 storage system has 13 TBu of usable storage and the PowerMax 2000 storage system has 11 TBu or 13 TBu of usable storage (depending on the RAID protection type).
The PowerMax storage system scales out by aggregating up to two bricks for the PowerMax 2000 storage system, and up to eight bricks for the PowerMax 8000 storage system in a single system with fully shared connectivity, processing power, and linear scalability.
For more information about the PowerMax architecture and features, see the following: