Dell Compellent FS8600

intel® xeon™

Put more data in less space with FluidFS v3.

Supports up to 2PB in a single namespace and helps cut capacity needed for unified storage and file-intensive workloads by up to 48%.




Product Configurations

  • Storage arrays supported
    Series 40, SC4020 or SC8000 controllers
    SCOS 6.2.2 and newer; Enterprise Manager 2014 R1 or newer

Technical Highlights

  • NFS v3 file protocol support
    NFS over UDP and TCP, Kerberos 5 security options, UTF8 and ASCII support, NLM

    NFS v4 file protocol support
    Kerberos 5 security options, UTF8 and ASCII support, pseudo file system, locking and share modes

    SMB file protocol support
    SMB 1.0, 2.0 and 2.1
    Durable file handles, SMB signing (MD5 and HMAC-SHA-256), large MTU, leasing

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

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

    Concurrent active CIFS connections
    Max for single appliance: 10,000
    Max for a 4-appliance cluster: 40,000
    ("active" defined as clients engaging in I/O in the last 15 minutes)

    User authentication
    For CIFS clients: Kerberos 5 and NTLMv2 on Microsoft Active Directory Server
    For NFS v4 clients: Kerberos 5

    Directory services
    Windows CIFS and NFS clients: Microsoft Active Directory 2003, 2003R2 2008R2, 2012
    Linux/UNIX clients: NIS and LDAP

    Max quotas
    Max quota rules per volume: 512
    Max user quotas per system: 1,000 

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

    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

    Max file size: 10TB
    Max number of files per appliance: 64 billion
    Max number of files per 4-appliance cluster: 256 billion
    Max file name length: 512 bytes

    Redirect-on-write snapshots and thin volume cloning
    Max number of snapshots per NAS volume: 512
    Max number of snapshots per FS8600 system: 10,000
    Max number of snapshot policies per system: 512

    Asynchronous to peer FS8600 appliance(s), like-to-like cluster sizes only (client network speeds and array configurations can vary)
    Max number of replication partners (or destinations): 16
    Max number of replication policies per FS8600 system: 1,024
    Max number of simultaneous volume replications: 10 outgoing, 20 incoming
    Max volumes enabled for replication: 100

    NDMP backup
    Remote and three-way NDMP over Ethernet ports (backup over backend Fibre Channel not supported)
    Certified with Quest NetVault Backup 9; CommVault Simpana 9.x; Tivoli Storage Manager 6.3; Symantec NetBackup 7.x and Backup Exec 2010R3 and 2012, EMC Networker 8.0

    ICAP antivirus
    Certified with Symantec ScanEngine 5.2 and Protection Engine 7.0; McAfee Virus Scan Enterprise 8.8 and Enterprise for Storage 1.0.2; Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 10.0; TrendMicro InterScan Web Security
    Suite 3.1

    Thin provisioning
    File-level and block-level NAS volume- or file system-level thin provisioning to oversubscribe the file system capacity visible to users

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

    Boot option


  • Enterprise Manager 2014 R1 and FluidFS v3 CLI

Notification Methods

  • Compellent Phone Home


  • 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

    Heat dissipation
    2446 BTU/hr

    Line frequency
    47-63 Hz

    10.5Amp at 90 VAC steady state, 5.2Amp at 180 VAC steady state


  • Capacity scalability
    Up to 2PB usable file capacity per NAS cluster, regardless of controller cluster size (requires two Storage Centers to reach max capacity)

    Cluster scalability
    Up to 4 FS8600 appliances (8 controllers) in a single NAS cluster


  • CPU per controller
    Dual Intel E5620 4 core / 12MB L3/ 80W / 2.4GHz

    24GB DDR3 1066 MHz per controller (48GB per appliance)


  • 8Gb FC configuration options
    Frontend and interconnect traffic (two options):
    1GbE: (2) Intel 1GbE quad-port NICs per controller, copper only, RJ-45
    10GbE: (2) Intel 10GbE dual-port NICs per controller, copper/optical, SFP+ standards

    Backend: (1) QLogic dual-port FC HBA per controller, SFP+ standards

    Switch is required; direct connect to the SAN is not supported

    10Gb iSCSI configuration options

    Frontend: (1) Intel 10GbE dual-port NIC per controller, copper/optical, SFP+ standards

    Backend and interconnect: (1) Intel 10GbE dual-port NIC per controller, copper/optical, SFP+ standards

    Switch is required; direct connect to the SAN is not supported; upgrades from FC to iSCSI or vice versa are not supported


  • Form factor

    8.64 cm (3.4 in)

    44.63 cm (17.6 in) (does not include rack flange)

    81.30 cm (32.0 in) (includes bezel and controllers installed)

    69.5 lbs. (31.5 kg)

    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 Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 10° to 40°C
    Non-operating: -40°C to 70°C

    Relative Humidity
    Operating: 8% to 85% non-condensing
    Non-operating: 5% to 95% non-condensing

    Maximum Vibration
    Operating: 0.26 GRMS (5-350Hz @ 0.0002G2/Hz for 5 minutes)
    Non-operating: 1.88 GRMS @ 10-500 Hz
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