Flash and hybrid performance powerhouse

SC9000 array controller

Turbocharge your data center with the ultimate in storage performance, efficiency and scalability

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SC9000 array controller

  • Ideal for large-scale and distributed enterprise environments – including hybrid cloud, big data analytics, and secure OLTP
  • Massively expandable – up to 6PB per array, plus multi-array federations, 12Gb SAS backend
  • True Flash-optimization for cost-effective all-flash or hybrid deployments
  • World-class services and support options reduce costs, accelerate business outcomes
  • Broad enterprise integrations: VMware® Metro Stretch Cluster, Microsoft® Azure cloud computing, Oracle®, OpenStack™ and more

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Tech Specs Fast Facts
Feature Description
Data progression Intelligent auto-tiering (both physical and RAID tiers) tunes your environment for maximum performance and cost savings based on real-time data usage
Data efficiency Buy fewer drives to meet your application needs with intelligent compression and deduplication for SSDs or HDDs, pervasive thin methods, space-efficient snapshots, disk optimization and more
Live Volume Now includes auto-failover for built-in protection against unplanned outages and disasters ─ move live data seamlessly among arrays with zero workload downtime
Powerful Management Tools "Single-pane-of-glass" multisystem monitoring and control, CloudIQ analytics, enterprise chargeback, cross-platform replication between PS Series and SC Series arrays, and more…
Other Data-at-rest encryption, synchronous/asynchronous replication, FC and/or iSCSI network connections, Support Assist

SC9000

SC Series’ intelligent dedupe and compression features offer up to 10:1 capacity savings.

Source: Dell internal testing, February, 2018.  Results may vary depending on application and configuration.

> 2 million maximum IOPS with latency under 1ms

Source: Internal test performed by Dell in September 2015 with Storage Center 6.7 on dual SC9000 controllers using IOmeter with 100% sequential reads and 8k sector transfer size. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

33,000 MB/s bandwidth

Based on internal tests in February 2018 on all-flash configurations running 100% sequential reads. Tests covered 16Kb-2048Kb sector transfer sizes. Actual performance will vary based on model, configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
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Chassis Overview

Rack size

2U

Format

Controller unit (includes network I/O, no internal drive capacity)

Controllers

Single controller per chassis, deploy in active/active pairs

Processors

2 per controller
Intel® Xeon ® E5-2667v3, 3.2GHz, 8 cores

System memory

256GB per controller
512GB per array(1)

Operating system

SCOS 6.7 or higher

Expansion Capacity

Max raw capacity

6PB

Maximum drive count

1024

Supported expansion enclosures

12Gb SAS
SC400: 12 x 3.5" bays
SC420: 24 x 2.5" bays
SC460: 60 x 3.5" bays

6Gb SAS(15)
SC200: 12 x 3.5" bays
SC220: 24 x 2.5" bays
SC280: 84 x 3.5" bays

Storage media support

SAS, NL-SAS (different drive types, transfer rates and rotational speeds can be mixed in same system)
SSD: Write-intensive and read-intensive drives
HDD: 15K, 10K, 7.2K RPM

Network and Expansion I/O

Front-end-network protocols

FC, iSCSI (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)

Max 32Gb FC ports

32 per array (SFP+)

Max 16Gb FC ports

40 per array (SFP+)

Max 100Gb iSCSI ports(9)

12 per array (QSFP28)

Max 25Gb iSCSI ports(9)

20 per array (SFP28)

Max 10Gb iSCSI ports

32 per array
(SFP+ or BASE-T)

Max 12Gb SAS (front-end)

NA

Management ports

2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)

Back-end expansion protocols

12Gb SAS (also supports 6Gb expansion)

Max back-end expansion ports

40

Functional & Performance

Array configurations

All-flash, all-HDD, or hybrid mix

Storage format

Native block (SAN)(16)

Max SAN hosts

500

Max initiator ports

1000

Max LUN size

500TB

Max number of LUNs

2000

Max number of snapshots

32000

Max IOPS(2)

2220000

Max IOPS(2)
(with latency <1ms)

2085000

Max IOPS(9)
(80% reads, 20% writes)

502000

Max throughput (reads)(11)

33,000 MB/s

Max throughput (writes)(11)

19,000 MB/s

Data Optimization

Auto-tiering method

Policy-based migration based on real-time data usage, customizable 512KB-4MB page size.

Auto-tiering structure

Up to 3 primary (media-based) tiers total, up to 2 SSD tiers (write- and read-intensive SSDs)

RAID tiering

Auto-provisions and dynamically restripes multiple RAID levels on the same tier; eliminates need to pre-allocate RAID groups

Tiering customizations

User-defined profiles, option to "pin" volumes to any tier or RAID level

RAID support

RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, RAID 10, and RAID 10 DM (Dual Mirror); any combination of RAID levels can exist in single array

Thin provisioning

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

Thin snapshots

Records changes only, snapshots auto-migrate to lower-cost storage

Intelligent deduplication and compression

Selectable option per volume
"Deduplication + compression" mode
"Compression-only" mode

Data Mobility and Migration Replication

Heterogeneous arrays (SC Series any-to-any)
Synchronous/Asynchronous via FC or iSCSI
Target/source relationships may be one-to-many or many-to-one
Supports all SC data services on source and target volumes
Change replication types and topologies on demand
Supports cross-platform replication with PS Series/EqualLogic arrays (either direction)

Volume mobility

Live Migrate (included in base product) enables host-transparent data movement among arrays; see also Federation section

Federated multi-array systems

Live Migrate (included in base product) enables host-transparent movement of volumes among arrays
Snapshots maintained/preserved during migration(14)

Thin Import

Space-efficient, non-disruptive data migration from PS Series (EqualLogic) and MD3 arrays

Thin Clones

Clone standalone volumes with zero duplication of data
Clones maintain independent snapshots and replication
Ideal for VDI, test/dev, other applications that require discrete instances of common data
More efficient than dedupe for database copies

Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Security, Business continuity

Live Volume bi-directional auto-failover, auto-repair3
Heterogeneous arrays (SC Series any-to-any, except SCv2000)
Continuous operations, disaster recovery, disaster avoidance
Includes third-site (tertiary) replication options with Live Volume Managed Replication
Zero RTO/RPO with customizable site failover SLAs per volume
VMware Metro Stretch Cluster, VMware Site Recovery Manager support

Thin snapshots

Records changes only, snapshots auto-migrate to lower-cost storage

Replay Manager

Application-consistent snapshots in Microsoft, VMware, Oracle environments

Data-at-rest encryption

Supports self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
Full Disk Encryption (FCE) based on AES-256
Drives certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2
Key Management Server (KMS) options available for FIPS 140-2 Level 1, 2 and 3

External key manager support

Gemalto's SafeNet KeySecure k460, SafeNet KeySecure k250, SafeNet KeySecure k150v
Thales EMS 200

Management

Management interface

Browser-based (HTML 5)
- CloudIQ (cloud-based storage monitoring and analytics)
- Unisphere for SC (single-array element manager, no software installation required)
- Unisphere Central for SC (multi-array management)

Client application
- Dell Storage Manager Advanced multi-array, multi-site and cross-platform (PS Series) management

Federation

Create large multi-array systems under unified management, with seamless workload migration between arrays via included Live Migrate feature. Add arrays non-disruptively, efficiently utilizing their combined capacity and performance. Volume Advisor monitors federated arrays to suggest optimal data placement and load balancing. Volume movement does not impact snapshots or replication data protection. Federate like or unlike arrays, all SC models supported.(13)

Scripting support

Microsoft PowerShell API
RESTful API

Host OS support

Microsoft® Windows Server®, Oracle® Solaris, HP®-UX, Oracle Linux, IBM® AIX®, Novell® NetWare, SLES, Apple, HPTru64, VMware®, Citrix® XenServer®, RedHat®

Third-party application integration

VMware, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack, Symantec, CommVault, Foglight, Docker

Data-in-place upgrades

NA

Coexistence with PS Series arrays

Replication in either direction
Day-to-day management from a single interface
Thin import: space-efficient, non-disruptive data migration from PS Series arrays

Certifications

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster, VMware SRM, Veritas Storage Foundations Suite, IBM VIOS Recognized, Oracle Validated Infrastructure (OVI); see Dell Storage Support Matrix for additional certifications and details

Reporting/alerts

Support assist (phone home), remote diagnostics and performance monitoring, automated alerts, reports and notifications, departmental chargeback

Firmware upgrades

Online, non-disruptive(17). Firmware may be set to download automatically, with option to trigger installation manually if desired.

Workload management

QoS, VVOLs

Physical

Rack size

2U (single controller only)

Height

8.73 cm (3.44 in)

Width

48.24 cm (18.98 in)

Depth

75.58 cm (29.75 in)

Weight at max configuration

19.73 kg (43.5 lb)

Weight empty

NA

Rack support

ReadyRails™ II static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes, or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded-hole racks

Power

Power/wattage

2 hot-swappable 1100W 80 PLUS® Energy Star Platinum-certified power supplies

Maximum output power

1100 W

Maximum input power

1200 W

Maximum input current

12A

Maximum inrush current

25A for 10 ms or less

Nominal input voltage operating range

100-240 VAC

Nominal input frequency

50/60 Hz

Thermal output/heat dissipation (maximum)

4,100 BTU per hour
(per controller)

Environmental Operating Conditions

Operating temperature

41 - 104°F (-5 - 40°C)

Non-operating temperature

-40 - 149°F (-40 - 65°C)

Operating humidity ranges (non-condensing)

10% to 80% with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum dew point

Non-operating humidity (non-condensing)

5% to 95% with 33°C (91°F) maximum dew point

Inlet type

NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°45

Services, Warranties(7)

Services

Dell ProSupport with deployment and consulting services. Optional ProSupport Plus is available offering proactive and preventative services to improve performance and stability. Dell Optimize is available for additional ongoing strategic counsel and guidance from a highly trained system analyst.

Diagnostics engine

Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)

System sizing

Dell EMC Live Optics

Drive warranty

All SSDs are warrantied for full lifetime wear-out replacement with valid service agreement. SSD warranty covers all formats: SLC, MLC and TLC

(1) Net usable capacity of Dell array with 5 years of support, after 4:1 data reduction, vs. major competitors net of data reduction. Street price analysis is based on a variety of sources including analyst data, price sheets when available, and public information as of January 2017.

(2) Based on internal tests performed in February, 2018 on all-flash configurations. 100% sequential reads with 4K sector transfer size. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. See Specifications section for additional Dell EMC performance test results.

(3) Requires optional Live Volume feature

(4) Based on internal tests in February 2018 on all-flash SC9000 configurations running 100% sequential reads. Tests covered 16Kb-2048Kb sector transfer sizes. Actual performance will vary based on model, configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(5) Based on internal tests performed by Dell EMC on SCv3000 array with and without distributed sparing mode active. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(6) Ranking by vendor revenue. IDC Tracker, "Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker." 1Q17.

(7) Availability and terms of Dell Services vary by region. Contact your Dell representative or Authorized Partner for details.

(8) Contact your Dell EMC representative or Authorized Partner for details regarding the Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program. Terms and Conditions apply.

(9) Requires update to SCOS 7.3 for support. Subject to hardware availability (estimated Q218 for 25Gb, Q318 for 100Gb).

(10) Based on internal tests performed in February 2018 on all-flash configurations running OLTP type workloads with 80% reads, 20% writes and 4k sector transfer size. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(11) Based on internal tests in February 2018 on all-flash configurations running 100% sequential reads. Tests covered 16Kb-2048Kb sector transfer sizes for SC9000, and 256Kb-2048Kb sizes for SCv3000, SC5020 and SC7020. Actual performance will vary based on model, configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(12) Based on internal tests in February 2018 on all-flash configurations running 100% sequential writes. Tests covered 64Kb-2048Kb sector transfer size for SC9000 and SC5020, 128Kb-2048Kb for SC7020, and 256Kb-2048Kb for SC7020. Actual performance will vary based on model, configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(13) Multiple SC Series arrays may be deployed in federated configurations using the Live Migrate feature included with firmware version 7.1 and above. Transparent, non-disruptive volume movement among arrays is enabled, allowing the combined capacity and cache of the entire federated cluster to be seamlessly utilized for maximum performance and scalability in expanding data centers. For example, a cluster of 10 SC9000 arrays can provide a total of over 10,000 drives (up to 60PB raw capacity) with over 5TB of system memory.

(14) Available Q218 for SC5020, Q318 for SC7020. Professional Services assistance required, subject to system eligibility requirements. Contact your Dell EMC representative or Authorized Partner for details.

(15) 6Gb SAS expansion options supported but no longer available for purchase

(16) File solution available via optional NX Series NAS appliance.

(17) Although upgrades are non-disruptive in the vast majority of cases, Dell EMC reserves the right to release firmware that requires a reboot if necessary to protect user security or system integrity.
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SC400, SC420, SC460 expansion enclosures

Easily add capacity to the SC9000 with flexible and efficient enclosures

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SC400

  • Simplifies storage expansion
  • Supports a variety of drive types including SAS, NL-SAS and SSD
  • Helps lower data center power requirements with redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, and better protect your data with cooling efficiencies
Tech Specs
Feature Description
Form factor 2U
Controller-enclosure connection 12Gb SAS
Drives 12 x 3.5” or 2.5” with drive carrier
Maximum capacity per enclosure 96TB
SC400 specifications

Supported controllers

SC9000, SC7020, SC5020

Form factor

2U

Controller-enclosure connection (dual modules)

12Gb SAS

Drive size

3.5" or 2.5"*

Maximum drives per enclosure

12

Maximum capacity per enclosure

120TB

Intermixed drive capacities

Yes

SAS drive support

3.5” 7.2K HDD: 4TB, 6TB**, 8TB, 10TB
2.5”* write-intensive SSD: 1.6TB*
2.5”* read-intensive SSD: 3.84TB

Chassis

H: 8.7 cm (3.43 in) x W: 48.2 cm (18.98 in) x D: 59.4 cm (23.39 in)
Weight at max: 28.39 kg (62.6 lb)
Weight at empty: 8.84 kg (19.5 lb)

Rack

ReadyRails™ II static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting

Power/wattage

Two 600W hot-swappable, redundant power supplies; 450W maximum draw

Heat dissipation

2,047 BTU/hr (at 600W)
1,621 BTU/hr

Voltage

100-240 VAC, auto sensing

Frequency

50/60 Hz

Amperage

8.6 A at 100 V, 4.3 A at 240 V
Maximum power draw: 74 amps

Operating temperature

10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with no direct sunlight on the equipment; maximum temperature gradation of 20°C per hour

Non-operating temperature

–40 to 65°C (–40 to 149°F) at a maximum altitude of 12,000 m (39,370 ft)

Operating humidity ranges (noncondensing)

10% to 80% (non-condensing) with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum dew point

Non-operating humidity (noncondensing)

5% to 95% (non-condensing) with 33°C (91°F) maximum dew point

Inlet type

0 to 3,048 m (0 to 10,000 ft) NOTE: Up to 35°C maximum temperature is reduced by 1°C/300 m (1°F/547 ft) above 950 m (3,117 ft)

*Requires 3.5” drive carriers for 2.5” drives.
**Self-encrypting drives (SED) available.
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SC420

  • Simplifies storage expansion
  • Supports a variety of drive types including SAS, NL-SAS and SSD
  • Helps lower data center power requirements with redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, and better protect your data with cooling efficiencies
Tech Specs
Feature Description
Form factor 2U
Controller-enclosure connection 12Gb SAS
Drives 24 x 2.5”
Maximum capacity per enclosure 368.64TB
SC420 specifications

Supported controllers

SC9000, SC7020, SC5020

Form factor

2U

Controller-enclosure connection (dual modules)

12Gb SAS

Drive size

2.5"

Maximum drives per enclosure

24

Maximum capacity per enclosure

368.64TB

Intermixed drive capacities

Yes

SAS drive support

2.5" 15K HDD: 600GB*
2.5” 10K HDD: 1.2TB*, 1.8TB*
2.5” write-intensive SSD: 400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB*
2.5” read-intensive SSD: 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB, 15.36TB

Chassis

H: 8.7 cm (3.43 in) x W: 48.2 cm (18.98 in) x D: 54.1 cm (21.30 in)
Weight at max: 23.31 kg (51 lb)
Weight at empty: 8.61 kg (19 lb)

Rack

ReadyRails™ II static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting

Power/wattage

Two 600W hot-swappable, redundant power supplies; 450W maximum draw

Heat dissipation

2,047 BTU/hr (at 600W)
1,621 BTU/hr

Voltage

100-240 VAC, auto sensing

Frequency

50/60 Hz

Amperage

8.6 A at 100 V, 4.3 A at 240 V
Maximum power draw: 74 amps

Operating temperature

10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with no direct sunlight on the equipment; maximum temperature gradation of 20°C per hour

Non-operating temperature

–40 to 65°C (–40 to 149°F) at a maximum altitude of 12,000 m (39,370 ft)

Operating humidity ranges (noncondensing)

10% to 80% (non-condensing) with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum dew point

Non-operating humidity (noncondensing)

5% to 95% (non-condensing) with 33°C (91°F) maximum dew point

Inlet type

0 to 3,048 m (0 to 10,000 ft) NOTE: Up to 35°C maximum temperature is reduced by 1°C/300 m (1°F/547 ft) above 950 m (3,117 ft)

*Self-encrypting drives (SED) available.
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SC460

  • Ultra-dense expansion option
  • Simplifies storage expansion
  • Supports a variety of drive types including SAS, NL-SAS and SSD
  • Helps lower data center power requirements with redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, and better protect your data with cooling efficiencies
Feature Description
Form factor 4U
Controller-enclosure connection 12Gb SAS
Drives 60 x 3.5”
Maximum capacity per enclosure 600TB
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