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D3 Fibre Channel SAN Storage Array

D3 Fibre Channel SAN Storage Array

The D3 Fibre Channel SAN Storage array has numerous standard features with support for NEC’s enterprise-class storage software. The D3 array can scale from just 300 GB to 288 TB capacity via up to eleven 2U 12-drive bay expansion arrays.

Aggregate throughput of over 1,100 MB/s to hosts provided via up to twelve 4 Gbps Fibre Channel ports. Connected into a switched fabric SAN or direct-connected as a simple and low-cost DAS configuration. (iSCSI model also available.) Disk enclosures are connected to the controller through a SAS wide-link connection allowing for 24 Gbps bandwidth to each disk enclosure.

A fully redundant system  protects against any single-point-of-failure, with a BBU (battery backup unit) protecting the cache. Failed componentry is reported via alerts through either email or SNMP traps, as well as in the management software.

D3 Fibre Channel SAN Storage Array
Download D3 Fibre Channel SAN Storage Array product brochure for detailed specifications

Download D-Series Software product brochure for detailed specifications


Feature D3
Controllers 2 active-active
Host Interface 4 Gbps Fibre Channel
Host Ports 4, 8, or 12
Capacity (max) 288 TB
Modules 1 to 12
Capacity per module 12 HDDs
HDD support SAS, SATA , and SAS + SATA intermix
Cache 4 GB (2 GB per controller)
Cache Battery 24 hours standard; 72 hours with optional 1U battery backup unit
Supported OS
  •  Windows Server® 2003 (x86, x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 (x86, x64)
  • HP-UX
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
  • Solaris™
  • VMware®
  • Citrix® XenServer™


The software-driven capabilities below are available on the D3:

Software Objective Software Function NEC Storage Software
Simple Operation Storage & access control Storage Manager
Data Protection Replication within same array Dynamic DataReplication
Replication between arrays Remote DataReplication
On-demand snapshots Dynamic SnapVolume
Transaction-consistent protection for MS SQL Server Replication Control SQL Option
Performance Management Performance monitoring & alerts Performance Monitor
Analysis and trending of performance data over time Performance Navigator
Automates performance tuning Performance Optimizer
Energy Conservation Turn off HDDs when not needed (more than MAID) Power Conserver
Compliance Prevent unauthorized modification of data (more than WORM) Volume Protector
High Availability Multi-pathing for failover and load balancing Path Manager
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