Power Vault ME5012 Storage Array

    Power Vault ME5012 Storage Array

    The affordable, simple, and fast Dell EMC PowerVault ME5012 SAN/DAS Storage Array is optimized to run a variety of mixed workload applications – physical and virtual – for small businesses.



    Greater Performance and Scalability for a Diverse Set of High-value Small to Medium-sized Business Workloads.

    PowerVault ME5 is a block-level entry storage platform with a dual-active controller architecture — optimized for SAN and DAS — ideal for high-performance computing, databases, small-scale VDI, security workloads and much more.


    All-inclusive Software Simplicity

    PowerVault ME5 provides features that simplify tasks such as system installation, configuration, and serviceability enabling IT generalists to manage resources more efficiently and focus on the bigger picture.


    Simplified Management

    Easily configure, provision and manage PowerVault ME5 from anywhere, anytime with an intelligent, HTML5 web-based GUI. PowerVault Manager also helps alert you to identify problems and identify and resolve issues quicker.


    CloudIQ Storage Analytics

    CloudIQ is Dell’s cloud-based AIOps application that uses telemetry, machine learning, and predictive analytics to provide PowerVault ME5 proactive health notifications, remediation advice, capacity projections, reclaimable storage identification, and more. CloudIQ is available with Dell ProSupport and ProSupport Plus services for Dell infrastructure systems at no additional cost.

    Tech Specs


    General Array Details:


    HDD: 12 x 3.5” drive bays (2.5” drive carriers supported)

    Memory: 16GB per controller (32GB total)

    Controller: 2 hot-swappable per chassis (dual active), Single/dual controller support for 2U models

    IO: FC, iSCSI (optical or BaseT), SAS

    Power: Redundant 580W



    PowerVault ME5012 Storage Array

    Chassis Format:
    All-in-one (single/dual controllers, internal drive bays, networking) with expansion options

    Rack Size:

    H: 8.79 cm (3.46 inches)
    W: 48.30 cm (19.01 inches)
    D: 61.87mm (24.36 inches)

    32.00 kg (71.00 lbs)
    Empty: 4.80 kg (10.56 lbs) without drives

    2 hot-swappable per chassis (dual active)
    Single/dual controller support for 2U
    Dual controller only support for 5U

    Intel® Xeon Processor

    Internal Storage:
    12 x 3.5” drive bays (2.5” drive carriers supported)

    System Memory:
    16GB per controller

    Min/Max Drive Count:

    Max Raw Capacity:
    ME5012: 5.28PB (with 3xME484 expansion)
    ME5012: 1.83PB (with 9xME424 expansion)
    ME5012: 1.89PB (with 9xME424 expansion)
    ME5012: 2.40PB (with 9xME412 expansion)

    NAS Support:
    Supported with NX Series Windows NAS appliance

    Storage Media:
    SAS and NL-SAS drives; different drive types, transfer rates, rotational speeds can be mixed in the same system:
    NLSAS 7.2K 3.5”: 4TB, 8TB, 12TB, 16TB, 16TB FIPS, 20TB
    SAS 10K 2.5”: 1.2TB, 2.4TB, 2.4TB FIPS
    SSD: 960GB RI, 1.6TB MU, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 3.84TB FIPS, 7.68TB RI
    SDD and HDD: FIPS-certified SEDs

    Host Interface:
    FC, iSCSI (optical or BaseT), SAS

    Max 32Gb FC Ports:
    8 per array (support auto-negotiate to 16Gb)

    Max 25Gb iSCSI Ports:
    8 BaseT ports per array (only support auto negotiate to 1Gb)

    Max 12Gb SAS Ports:
    8 12Gb SAS ports

    Max Multi-Protocol Ports:
    4 ports 16Gb FC SFP+
    4 ports 10Gb iSCSI SFP+

    Max Management Ports:
    2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)

    Disk Expansion Protocol:
    12Gb SAS

    Disk Interface Expansion Ports:
    2 12Gb SAS (wide-Port) per array (1 port per controller)
    Up to 9 2U expansion enclosures per 2U base array
    Up to 3 5U expansion enclosures per 2U base array
    Up to 3 5U expansion enclosures per 5U base array

    Array Configurations:
    All-flash, hybrid flash, HDD only arrays

    Storage Format:
    Native block-level SAN or DAS

    Up to 3 primary (media-based) tiers

    RAID Support:
    RAID 1, 5, 6, 10, or ADAPT RAID; any combination of RAID levels can exist in single array

    Distributed erasure coding that reduces rebuild times when drive failures occur

    Thin Provisioning:
    Active by default on all volumes, operates at full performance across all features

    1024 maximum snapshots per array

    Asynchronous replication via FC or iSCSI – ME4 to ME5; ME5 to ME4; ME5 to ME5
    Target/source relationships may be one-to-many or many-to-one

    Volume Copy:
    Copy complete standalone volumes

    Business Continuity:
    VMware Site Recovery Manager

    Data-At-Rest Encryption:
    Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in SSD or HDD formats
    Full Disk Encryption (FDE) based on AES-256
    Drives certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2

    Key Manager:
    Internal controller key management

    Management Support:
    PowerVault Manager HTML5 GUI elementmanager, CLI, OpenManage Enterprise 3.9

    VMware vCenter:
    Support VMware vCenter plugin to manage ME5 arrays through vCenter

    Redfish/Swordfish REST API

    Supported Host OS:
    Windows 2022, 2019 and 2016
    RHEL 8.2 and 7.8
    SLES 15.2 and 12.5
    VMware 7.0 and 6.7
    Citrix XenServer 8.x and 7.x

    Virtualization Integration:
    VMware vSphere (ESXi)
    vCenter; SRM
    Microsoft Hyper-V


    Heat Dissipation:
    1980 BTU

    100-240 VAC

    50/60 Hz

    Amperage:7.6-3.0A (x2)

    Operating Temperature:
    5°C - 35°C (41°F - 95°F, derated by 1°C per 300mm above 900m)

    Non-Operating Temperature:
    -40°C to 70°C (-40 to 158°F) Maximum temperature changes in an hour: 20°C

    Operating Humidity Ranges (Non-Condensing):
    -12°C dew point minimum, 8% to 85% maximum, non-condensing

    Non-Operating Humidity Ranges (Non-Condensing):
    21°C dew pointmaximum, 5% to 100% maximum, non-condensing

    Dell ProSupport Enterprise Suite and Dell ProDeploy Enterprise Suite. Optional ProSupport Plus is available offering pro-active and preventative services to improve performanceand stability.

    System Sizing:
    Dell Power Sizer

    PowerVault ME5012 Video



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