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SC9000 array controller and optional FS8600 NAS appliance

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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 3PB per array, plus multi-array federations, 12Gb SAS backend
  • True Flash-optimization for cost-effective all-flash or hybrid deployments
  • Virtualized multiprotocol architecture, SAN and/or NAS support from unified storage pool
  • 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
Dell Storage Manager “Single pane of glass” multisystem monitoring and control, enterprise chargeback and cross-platform replication between PS Series and SC Series arrays
Other Data-at-rest encryption, synchronous/asynchronous replication, FC/iSCSI/FCoE network connections, Support Assist

SC9000

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

Source: Dell internal testing, March, 2016.  Results may vary depending on application and configuration.

Over 360,000 IOPS with less than 1ms of latency

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.
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SC9000 specifications

Processors

Dual 3.2GHz, 8-core Intel® Xeon® processors; 2 per controller, 4 per array, 32 per federated system*

Controllers per array

2 (active/active); 8 arrays and 16 controllers per federated system**

Operating system

Dell Storage Center 6.7 or great

Max system memory

256GB per controller (512GB total per array, 4096GB per federated system)**

Min/max drives

6/1024 per array, 8,192 per federated systems**

Max raw capacity (SAN)

3PB per array (SSD or HDD), 24PB per federated systems**

Max raw capacity (NAS)

3PB per array with optional FS860024PB per federated systems**
6PB in single name space (with FS8600 and multiple SC9000 arrays)

Storage media

SAS and NL-SAS drives; different drive types, transfer rates and rotational speeds can be mixed in same system:
• SSDs: write-intensive, read-intensive (SLC, MLC and TLC formats)
• HDDs: 15K, 10K, 7.2K RPM

Expansion enclosures

Mix and match from the following options:
• SC420 (24 2.5” drive slots, 12Gb SAS)
• SC400 (12 3.5” drive slots, 12Gb SAS)
• SC280 (84 3.5” drive slots, 6Gb SAS)
• SC220 (24 2.5” drive slots, 6Gb SAS)
• SC200 (12 3.5” drive slots, 6Gb SAS)

PCIe Gen 3 slots

7 per controller:
• 4 full-height (cache card consumes one)
• 3 low-profile
Any slot may be used for either front-end network or back-end expansion capacity connections

Front-end network protocols

FC, iSCSI, FCoE (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)

Max 16Gb FC ports

32 per array (SFP+), 320 per federated system**

Max 8Gb/4Gb FC ports

24 per array (SFP+), 192 per federated system**

Max 10Gb iSCSI ports

20 per array (SFP+ optical or copper card, BASE-T, iSCSI DCB, IPv6), 160 per federated system**

Max 1Gb iSCSI ports

20 per array (BASE-T), 160 per federated system**

Max 10Gb FCoE ports

12 per array (SFP+ optical or copper card, BASE-T), 96 per federated system**

Back-end expansion protocols

12Gb SAS (auto-negotiates to 6Gb)

Max back-end expansion ports

32 per array, 320 per federated system**

Array configurations

All-flash, hybrid or HDD arrays

Storage format

Block (SAN) and/or file (NAS) from same pool***

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)

Tiering customizations

Default and user-defined profiles, option to “pin” volumes to any tier

RAID support

RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, RAID 10, and RAID 10 DM (dual mirror); any combination of RAID levels can exist on a single array

RAID tiering

Auto-provisions and dynamically restripes multiple RAID levels on the same tier; no need to pre-allocate RAID groups

Thin provisioning

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

Deduplication and compression

Selectable option per volume on lowest tier (SSD or HDD)
Compression-only option also available

HDD optimization

FastTrack moves frequently accessed data to outer tracks for quicker response times

Replication

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)(4)

Volume mobility

Live Migrate (included with base product) enables host-transparent data movement between arrays;* see also Federation section
Maintains snapshots/replication relationships

Thin import

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

Business continuity

Live Volume bi-directional auto-failover, auto-repair
Continuous operations, disaster recovery, disaster avoidance
Includes third-site (tertiary) replication options
Zero RTO/RPO with customizable site failover SLAs per volume
Does not require identical hardware at each site
VMware Metro Stretch Cluster support
Microsoft Azure Site Recovery support

Thin snapshots

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

Application data protection

Application Protection Manager Suite protects and restores host-side data from array in Oracle, Microsoft or VMware environments

Data-at-rest encryption

Self-encrypting drives (SED) in SSD or HDD formats
Full-disk encryption (FDE) based on AES-256
Drives certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2
Key Management Server 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 interface

Dell Storage Manager (DSM), formerly Enterprise Manager
Multi-array, multi-site, cross-platform management from single interface

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: SC9000, SC8000, SC7020, SC4020.**

Scripting support

Microsoft PowerShell API, RESTful API

Host OS support

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

Third-party application integration

VMware, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack™, Symantec™, CommVault®, Foglight™ — see the SC Series Management spec sheet for additional integrations and details

Coexistance with PS Series (EqualLogic) 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

Power supplies

Dual, redundant 1100W 80 PLUS® Platinum certified power supplies

Max power

425W

Inlet type

NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42

Chassis

Height: 2U/87.3 mm (3.44 inch)
Width: 482.4 mm (18.98 inch) with rack latches; 444 mm (17.08 inch) without rack latches
Depth: 755.8 mm (29.75 inch) with bezel
Weight: 19.73 kg (43.5 lb)

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

Environmental

Temperature
Operating: 41°F to 104°F ( 5°C to 40°C )
Non-operating: -40°F to 149°F ( -40°C to 65°C)
Humidity
Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)
Non-operating: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Services

Dell Copilot support with deployment and consulting services. Dell Copilot Optimize 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 Performance Analysis Collection Kit (DPACK) tool

Drive warranty

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

using the optional Live Volume feature. Max drives - 1024 with 4-port 16Gb SAS card.
***NAS support requires optional Dell Storage FS8600 NAS appliance."
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FS8600

  • Scale up or scale out NAS with SC Series operational efficiencies and advanced features
  • Multi-tenancy support with independent administrators
  • Independent capacity and performance expansion
  • Policy-based block level data reduction technology
  • Based on the Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) version 6
  • Unified block and file management through Dell Storage Manager 2016 R3 with automated reporting
  • Up to four FS8600 appliances (eight controllers) in a single NAS cluster
  • Up to 4PB NAS pool per cluster, plus linear performance expansion up to 494,000 SPECsfs file OPS and 11.9GB/sec throughput
  • SMB 3.0, SMB 3.1 and NFS v3, v4 and v4.1 file protocol support

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Tech Specs
Feature Description
Front-end and interconnect traffic (two options) 2 Intel 1GbE quad-port NICs per controller, copper only, RJ-45 or 2 Intel 10GbE dual-port NICs per controller, Twinax or fiber-optic, SFP+ standards
Storage arrays supported SC40, SC8000, SC9000 controllers; SCOS 6.5.3 or newer; Dell Storage Manager
FC switch Required; direct connect to SAN not supported
Connection 8Gb Fibre Channel and 1Gb/10Gb iSCSI configuration options
FS8600 with FluidFS v6 specifications

Cluster scalability

Up to 4 FS8600 appliances (8 controllers) and up to 8 Storage Center systems in a single NAS cluster

Capacity scalability

Up to 4PB usable file capacity per NAS cluster (requires 2 or more Storage Centers to reach max capacity) 20PB capacity using FluidFS global namespace with discrete FS8600 systems

8Gb Fibre Channel
connectivity options

Frontend and interconnect traffic (2 options):
1GbE: 2 Intel 1GbE quad-port NICs per controller, CAT6 only, RJ-45
10GbE: 2 Intel 10GbE dual-port NICs per controller, Twinax or fiber-optic, SFP+ standards
Backend: 1 QLogic dual-port FC HBA per controller, SFP+ standards
Fibre Channel switch is required; direct connect to the SAN is not supported

10Gb iSCSI connectivity options

Frontend: 1 Intel 10GbE dual-port NIC per controller, Twinax or fiber-optic, SFP+ standards
Backend and interconnect: 1 Intel 10GbE dual-port NIC per controller, Twinax or fiber-optic, SFP+ standards
Ethernet switch is required; direct connect to the SAN is not supported; upgrades from FC to iSCSI or vice versa is not supported

Storage arrays supported

SC9000, SC8000, SC4020, SCv2080, Series 40 controllers
SCOS 6.5.3 or newer

Management

Dell Storage Manager 2016 R3 with automated reporting, FluidFS v6 CLI, PowerShell, RESTful API, SNMP, MMC

NFS v3 file protocol support

NFS over UDP and TCP, Kerberos 5 security options, UTF8 and ASCII support, NLM

NFS v4 file protocol support

Core features Kerberos 5 security options, UTF8 and ASCII support, pseudo file system, locking, share modes and access control lists (ACLs)

NFS 4.1 file protocol support

Core features Kerberos 5 security options (pNFS not supported)

SMB file protocol support

SMB 3.0, SMB 3.1, SMB BranchCache, SMB sparse files, persistent file handles, continuous availability, SMB signing and encryption (MD5, HMAC-SHA-256, SMB 3 AES), large MTU, file leases and oplocks

Network protocols

Full support for client IPv6 and IPv4 connections, including load balancing mechanism, LACP

NAS volumes

Max NAS volumes per NAS cluster: 1,024
Max NAS volume size: as large as the file system/namespace

Shares/exports

Max number of SMB shares per system: 1,024
Max number of NFS mounts/exports per system: 1,024

Concurrent active SMB connections

Max for single appliance: 30,000
Max for a 4-appliance cluster: 20,000 ("active" defined as clients engaging in I/O in the last 15 minutes)

User authentication

For SMB clients: Kerberos 5 and NTLM v2 on Microsoft Active Directory Server
For NFS v4, 4.1 clients: Kerberos 5

Directory and name services

Windows SMB and NFS clients: Microsoft® Active Directory® 2003, 2003R2, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2
Linux/UNIX clients: NIS, LDAP, DNS

Quotas

Quotas at user, group and directory level:
Max user/group quota rules per volume: 1,024
Max user quotas per system: 1,024

Local users

Max number of local users per cluster: 100
Max number of local groups per cluster: 100

Directories

Max number of directories per appliance: 32 billion
Max number of directories per 4-appliance cluster: 128 billion
Max number of files in a directory: 1 million
Max directory depth: 255

Files

Max file size: 16TB
Max number of files per appliance: unlimited
Max number of files per 4-appliance cluster: unlimited
Max file name length: 255 bytes

Snapshots and clones

Redirect-on-write snapshots and thin NAS volume read/write clones
Max number of snapshots per NAS volume: 10,000
Max number of snapshots per cluster: 100,000
Max number of snapshot policies per system: 1,024

Replication

Asynchronous to peer FS8600 clusters
Max number of replication partners (or destinations): 100
Max number of replication policies per FS8600 cluster: 1,024
Max number of simultaneous volume replications: 10 outgoing, 100 incoming
Max volumes enabled for replication: 1,024

NDMP backup

Remote or three-way NDMP over Ethernet ports
Direct or two-way NDMP over Fibre Channel ports
Refer to FluidFS v5 support matrix for a list of supported backup vendors

Antivirus

Supported for SMB shares via ICAP protocol
Refer to FluidFS v5 support matrix for a list of supported Antivirus vendors

Auditing

Auditing using SACLs and third party auditing softwares. Refer to FluidFS v5 support matrics for details

Thin provisioning

Thin provisioning at file, file system or NAS volume level to oversubscribe the file system capacity visible to users

Data reduction

Post-process policy-based variable block (128KB +/- 64KB) data deduplication and LZPS compression configured per NAS volume

Processor per controller

Dual Intel® Xeon® E5620, 4-core, 12MB, L3, 80W, 2.4GHz

Memory

48GB DDR3 1066MT/s per controller (96GB per appliance)
24GB DDR3 1066MT/s per 1Gb controller (48GB per appliance)

Power

Primary power supply: 2 PSUs per appliance
Backup power supply: 1 battery per controller, 2 batteries per appliance
Input voltage: 90-264 VAC
Output wattage: 717W
Heat dissipation: 2446 BTU/hr
Line frequency: 47-63 Hz
Current: 10.5Amp at 90 VAC steady state

Dimensions

2U
Height: 8.64 cm (3.4 in)
Width: 44.63 cm (17.6 in) (does not include rack flange)
Depth: 81.30 cm (32.0 in) (includes bezel and controllers installed)
Weight: 69.5 lb (31.5 kg)

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SC400, SC420, SC280 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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SC280

  • Multiple SC280 and two Storage Center systems can scale to provide a unified solution with over 3PB SAN and/or NAS capacity with the FS8600
  • Up to 2.8 times denser than traditional 2U 3.5” disk drive enclosure solutions, offering over 100TB of storage per rack unit
  • Automated tiering technology places less frequently accessed data on the cost- and space-efficient SC280
  • 2 power supplies, 5 hot-swappable fans for power and cooling, and redundant hot-swappable 6Gb SAS I/O modules
  • Optional configurations using a two-drawer drive bay design and up to 84 drives
Tech Specs
Feature Description
Drives 4TB, 6TB, 10TB 7.2K SAS HDDs
Drive capacity Up to 504TB per 5U enclosure
Power 1800W maximum power
SC280 specifications

Supported controllers

SC9000, SC8000, SC7020, SC4020

Form factor

5U

Controller-enclosure connection (dual modules)

6Gb SAS

Drive size

3.5"

Maximum drives per enclosure

84

Maximum capacity per enclosure

840TB

Intermixed drive capacities

7.2K HDD only

SAS drive support

3.5” 7.2K HDD: 4TB*, 6TB*, 10TB

Chassis

H: 22.23 cm (8.8 in) x W: 48.26 cm (19 in) x D: 91.44 cm (36 in)
Weight at max: 130.7 kg (287.5 lb)
Weight at empty: 62 kg (136.68 lb)

Rack

Built-in rack support

Power/wattage

Two 2184W hot-swappable, redundant power supplies; 1800W maximum power

Heat dissipation

7,455 BTU/hr (at 2184W)
6,144 BTU/hr

Voltage

208-240 VAC, auto sensing

Frequency

50/60 Hz

Amperage

7.4 A at 241V Max

Operating temperature

5˚C to 35˚C (41˚F to 95˚F)

Non-operating temperature

-40˚C to 70˚C (-40˚F to 158˚F)

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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