The Hewlett Packard Enterprise D2600 disk enclosure is a member of the HPE D2000 family. And as the Large Form Factor (LFF) model, it’s the gender-neutral big sibling of the series. Providing support for 12 3.5 inch drive bays, the HPE D2600 disk enclosure can support Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) drive types. Not only is this an example of the D2600’s versatility, but the drive type is particularly important to take into consideration because what type of disk drive is used in the HPE D2600 disk enclosure directly affects its maximum storage capacity. For instance, when using SAS drives the HPE D2600 has a maximum storage capacity of 60 Terabytes (TB) while when using SATA drives it features a maximum storage capacity of 192TB – which is a pretty significant difference.
And while the D2600 asserts itself as an individual in the big sibling role for the D2000 family through its LFF, there are many performance features that do more to showcase its similarity to its family than its differences. One example of a D2000 family characteristic that shows up in the HPE D2600 disk enclosure (and there’s some debate on whether this comes from its mom or dad’s side) is its 6 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) host connectivity, which is a newer technology and is double the previous technology of 3 Gb/s host connectivity. Other family characteristics that the HPE D2600 disk enclosure exhibits includes multiple operating system (OS) support, including Microsoft, Red Hat, VMware, HP-UX and more, its rack-mountable 2U form factor, and support for HP Systems Insight Manager (HPSIM). And the main giveaway that the D2700 is part of the D2000 clan is its primary function, which is to act as Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and provide additional storage capacity to HP ProLiant and HPE Integrity server environments.