PowerMax configurations consist of modular building blocks called PowerMax bricks, as shown in the following figure. The modular brick architecture reduces complexity and facilitates simpler system configuration and deployment.
Figure 3. PowerMax 2000 and PowerMax 8000 bricks
The initial PowerMax 2000 or 8000 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).
PowerMax storage arrays can scale up and scale out. Customers can scale up by adding Flash Capacity Packs. For PowerMax 2000, Flash Capacity Packs are available in increments of 13.2 TBu for RAID5 (7+1) or 11.3 TBu for RAID5 (3+1). For PowerMax 8000, Flash Capacity Packs are available in increments of 13.2 TBu.
PowerMax storage arrays scale out by aggregating up to two bricks for the PowerMax 2000 storage array, and up to eight bricks for the PowerMax 8000 storage array in a single system with fully shared connectivity, processing power, and linear scalability.
The PowerMax update of Q3, 2019 includes several new capabilities:
For more information about the PowerMax architecture and features, see these documents: