Dell Storage SC9000 Array Controller

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Dell Storage SC9000 Array Controller



  • 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
    20 per array 

    Max 8Gb/4Gb FC ports
    40 per array 

    Max 10Gb iSCSI ports
    20 per array (SFP+ and BASE-T)

    Max 1Gb iSCSI ports
    20 per array (SFP+ and BASE-T) 

    Max 10Gb FCoE ports
    12 per array 

    Back-end expansion protocols
    12Gb SAS (auto-negotiates to 6Gb) 

    Max back-end expansion ports
    40 per array

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 41º to 104ºF ( 5º to 40ºC )
    Non-operating: -40º to 149ºF ( -40º to 65ºC )

    Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)
    Non-operating: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)


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

    Max power

    Inlet type
    NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42

    Operating voltage
    100 to 240 VAC, 50-60Hz, 12A-6.5 Amp 

    Power supply heat dissipation
    Max 4,100 (at 1100W) 

    6 hot-swappable fan modules


  • Management interface
    Dell Storage Manager, formerly Enterprise Manager
    Multi-array, multi-site, cross-platform management from single interface*

    Workload management
    QoS, VVOLs

    Scripting support
    SMI-S, 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, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack™, Symantec™, Commvault®, Foglight™, Docker™ -- see SC Series Management spec sheet for more details 

    VMware Metro Stretch Clusters, VMware SRM, IBM VIOS Recognized 

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


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

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


  • Dimensions
    Height: 2U/87.3 mm (3.44 in)Width: 482.4 mm (18.98 in) with rack latches; 444 mm (17.08 in) without rack latches
    Depth: 755.8 mm (29.75 in) 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


  • Min/max drives
    6/960 per array, more in federated systems*

    Max raw capacity (SAN)
    3PB per array (SSD or HDD), more in federated systems*

    Max raw capacity (NAS)
    3PB per array with optional FS8600
    6PB in single name space (with FS8600 and multiple SC9000 arrays)  

    Expansion enclosures

    Mix and match from the following options:
    Dell SC400: 12 x 3.5" drive bays, 12Gb SAS
    Dell SC420: 24 x 2.5" drive bays, 12Gb SAS
    Dell SC460: 60 x 3.5” drive bays, 12Gb SAS
    Dell SC280: 84 x 3.5" drive bays, 6Gb SAS
    Dell SC200: 12 x 3.5” drive bays, 6Gb SAS
    Dell SC220: 24 x 2.5” drive bays, 6Gb SAS

Technical Highlights

  • Array configurations
    All-flash, hybrid or HDD arrays

    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
    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

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

    Intelligent deduplication and compression
    Selectable option per volume on SSD and/or HDD tiers
    Compression-only option also available

    Standard replication
    Synchronous/Asynchronous via FC or iSCSI

    Federated multi-array systems

    Live Migrate (included in base product) enables host-transparent data movement among arrays
    Volume Advisor continually monitors federation to suggest optimal data placement based on customizable capacity or performance load balancing policies
    Dell Storage Manager provides data center-level viewpoint and control

    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

    Business continuity
    Live Volume auto-failover, auto-repair, VMware Metro Stretch Cluster support, Microsoft® Azure Site Recovery

    Application data protection
    Restore host-side data from array in Oracle, Microsoft or VMware environments 

    Data-at-rest encryption
    Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in SSD or HDD formats
    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

Product Configurations

  • Storage controller
    SC9000 (2U chassis)

    Controllers per array
    2 (active/active)

    Operating system
    Dell Storage Center 6.7 or greater

    Dual 3.2GHz, 8-core Intel® processors per controller

    Maximum system memory
    256GB per controller (512GB total per array)*
Dell Storage SC9000 - Scale, streamline and accelerate your enterprise data center

Scale, streamline and accelerate your enterprise data center

The SC9000 provides an ideal solution for large-scale storage, high-end workloads and distributed enterprise environments. Our latest flagship array offers all the industry-leading capabilities of the SC Series line in a fully upgraded, more scalable system leveraging Dell’s 13G server platform. Enhancements include:
  • 40% more IOPS,* over 110% more throughput* 
  • Dual 8-core Intel® Xeon®, 4x system memory
  • Intelligent deduplication and compression 
  • Multi-array federation and auto-failover
  • Enhanced virtualization and encryption
  • Cross-platform replication and shared management with PS Series arrays 

The SC9000 is backed by Dell Copilot Services, which combines centralized support, education and sales resources with 24x7 active system monitoring to help improve performance and stability.
Dell Storage SC9000 - Massively expandable to scale up and out

Manage storage at the data center level

Although a single SC9000 provides quick, modular expansion to over 3PB raw SAN and/or NAS capacity per array, it can also be interconnected with other SC Series arrays in larger federated systems, elevating and abstracting data control across your environment.
  • Included Live Migrate “storage hypervisor” feature lets you move volumes non-disruptively between arrays without remapping hosts. 
  • Included Volume Advisor proactively monitors all arrays for the optimal volume placement, based on customizeable policies.

Flash and hybrid performance powerhouse

Innovative all-flash and hybrid SC9000 solutions can revolutionize the speed and impact of your applications. Intelligent multi-tier SSD capability,* new 12Gb SAS backend, and a wide range of HDDs and ultra-dense expansion options give SC9000 the power, throughput headroom and ultimate flexibility to meet ever-changing workload demands.

With SC9000, flash becomes practical and cost-effective at any scale, extending its proven competitive advantages to more aspects of your data-driven business.

Dell Storage SC9000 - Flash and hybrid performance powerhouse

Always available storage

SC9000 is ideal for non-stop environments such as private cloud deployments. Live Volume provides native business continuity, enabling transparent auto-failover to synchronized backup volumes on another SC series array. Live Volume keeps workloads running during unplanned outages and repairs your high-availability environment automatically when an array comes back online.

  • Deeper intelligence and efficiency drives real cost savings you can reinvest in your business, with  intelligent compression and deduplication for all drive types, dynamic RAID tiering and pervasive “thin” methods.
  • Enhanced storage virtualization and control lets you map resources to business priorities, meeting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for mission-critical apps, even in multi-tenancy environments, with QoS and VVols support.
  • Unprecedented levels of flexibility and investment protection allows SC arrays to coexist and replicate in PS Series environments. PS Series customers can now add SC arrays if and when they choose.
Dell Storage SC9000 - Modular, enterprise-grade platform

Modular, enterprise-grade platform

Redundant, hot-swappable components make the SC9000 a resilient, easy-to-deploy and highly available solution. Add capacity quickly with any of five supported expansion enclosures. Customize I/O connections to multi-protocol SANs (FC, iSCSI and FCoE) and support file storage from the same pool via the optional FS8600 NAS appliance.

SC9000 customers can scale with confidence knowing they are deploying a true future-ready solution. Additional investment protection includes:
  • Extensive third-party integrations (VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and so forth)
  • Lifetime SSD warranty with comprehensive coverage against wear-out*
  • Tiering flexibility to assimilate new technologies faster
  • Optional FIPS-certified self-encrypting SSDs and HDDs
  • Simplified, evergreen software licenses
A new level of Storage Center OS efficiency

A new level of Storage Center OS efficiency

SCOS 7 is a ground-breaking leap forward in the evolution of Dell’s SC platform, offering diverse environments the ideal access point to deploy uniquely adaptable, future-ready storage solutions. New capabilities include:

  • Over 10:1 capacity savings with intelligent deduplication and compression*
  • Federated data control with Live Migrate
  • Seamless business continuity with Live Volume auto-failover between arrays
  • Unified management and cross-platform replication between SC and PS Series arrays
  • Quality-of-Service (QoS), VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) support, iSCSI Datacenter Bridging (DCB)* and more…

Key SC Series OS and software advantages are summarized below. See individual spec sheets and product documentation for additional features and specific platform support.
Self-optimizing, automated storage

Self-optimizing, automated storage

Based on actual use and application performance requirements, SC Series Data Progression automatically optimizes your drive tiers and RAID levels for performance and cost savings. By default, all new data is written to fastest Tier 1 drives at RAID 10 performance levels, then converted to economical RAID 5/6 for subsequent reads.

As data ages, it’s moved to less expensive storage until it becomes more active again. All-flash and hybrid arrays can leverage the unique attibutes of write- and read-intensive SSDs in combination. Data is precisely where it’s needed, when it’s needed – the perfect combination of high IOPs and cost savings.

Space savings in the data center

SC Series delivers unprecedented levels of platform efficiency, plus the most comprehensive data reduction.*
  • Intelligent deduplication* and compression for all storage tiers and drive types
  • Dynamic Capacity (thin provisioning) completely separates storage allocation from utilization, enabling you to allocate any size volume up front yet only consume physical capacity on write
  • Data Instant Replays solves tradeoff issues between snapshot granularity and capacity cost savings
  • Remote Instant Replay (“thin replication”) offers a cost-effective disaster recovery solution
Space savings in the data center
Advanced data mobility, business continuity and security

Advanced data mobility, business continuity and security

The SC Series Live Migrate “storage hypervisor” feature, included with the base product, allows you to move data seamlessly between arrays without remapping your hosts, optimizing utilization of available capacity and cache across federated multi-array systems.

Live Volume auto-failover offers a native business continuity solution, providing volume-level protection from unplanned outages with no need for additional hardware or software.

And, to avoid data loss or compromise from physical security breaches, the SC Series offers a complete range of FIPS 140-2 certified self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in both SSD and HDD formats, plus support for leading third-party key managers.
Intuitive management at your fingertips

Intuitive management at your fingertips

Dell Storage Manager (DSM, formerly known as Enterprise Manager) provides comprehensive monitoring and management of all local and remote SC Series arrays. With DSM you can streamline administration and reduce operating costs with advanced features like volume-level QoS, VVols support and departmental “charge-back” reporting, allowing instant visibility and control of a multi-terabyte, multi-location environment.

DSM also allows you to perform day-to-day tasks across SC and PS Series arrays from a single management interface. Easy-to-use data replication and migration between platforms gives PS customers flexibility to add SC arrays to their environment, if and when they choose.

Data center automation with leading technology partner integrations

SC Series features a vast array of integration points with VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, OpenStack, IBM, CommVault, Symantec, Foglight and more. VMware® vSphere™ plug-in, vCenter™ SRM adapter and VAAI support help you manage storage and virtual machines together.

With the introduction of Application Protection Manager for Oracle and now enhanced for the Linux environment, you can create application-consistent Replays for Oracle databases. Combined with Storage Center Data Instant Replay (DIR), it will ensure reliable application, consistent backup and recovery of Oracle and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) enabled applications (Exchange, SQL and Hyper-V) and VMware virtual machines (VMs).

Data center automation with leading technology partner integrations

Dell Storage SC Series expansion enclosures

With up to 960 total drives and 3PB raw capacity in a single array, the SC9000 is massively scalable. All data is managed through the primary storage controller, deployed in redundant pairs. To expand capacity, you can mix and match from any of the five supported expansion enclosures, depending on your specific performance, cost or density needs.

Options are available for ultra-dense (84 drives in 5U) and new high-performance 12Gb SAS enclosures. Adding a new enclosure is simple – the new drives can be automatically assimilated into the existing virtualized pool, or set up as their own standalone pool. Data-in-place upgrades* make it easy to change controllers and other key components, or migrate from legacy SC Series arrays.
Dell Storage SC400

Dell Storage SC400

  • (12) 3.5" drive slots 
  • 2U rack size
  • 96TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 12Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports intermixed drives
  • SSDs: 1.6TB/3.84TB
  • HDDs: 4TB/6TB/8TB/10TB 7.2K
  • Compatible with SC9000 and SC7020 controller
Dell Storage SC420

Dell Storage SC420


  • (24) 2.5" drive slots
  • 2U rack size
  • 68.64TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 12Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports intermixed drives
  • SSDs: 400GB/480GB/800GB/960GB/1.6TB/1.92TB/ 3.84TB/7.68TB/15.36TB
  • HDDs: 600GB 15K and 1.2TB/1.8TB 10K
  • Compatible with SC9000 and SC7020 controller
Dell Storage SC460

Dell Storage SC460

  • (60) 3.5-inch drive slots
  • 4U rack size
  • 600TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 12Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • HDDs: 3.5" NL SAS 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, and 10TB SED FIPS
  • Compatible with SC9000, SC7020 and SC5020 controller
Dell Storage SC200

Dell Storage SC200

  • (12) 3.5" drive slots
  • 2U rack size
  • 96TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 6Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports intermixed drives
  • SSDs: 400GB/1.6TB
  • HDDs: 2TB/3TB/4TB/6TB/8TB/10TB 7.2K
  • Compatible with SC9000, SC8000, SC7020 and SC4020 controllers
Dell Storage SC220

Dell Storage SC220

  • (24) 2.5" drive slots
  • 2U rack size
  • 368.64TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 6Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports intermixed drives
  • SSDs: 400GB/480GB/800GB/960GB/1.6TB/1.92TB/ 3.84TB/7.68TB/15.36TB
  • HDDs: 300GB/600GB 15K, 600GB/900GB/1.2TB/1.8TB 10K and 1TB 7.2K
  • Compatible with SC9000, SC8000, SC7020 and SC4020 controllers
Dell Storage SC280

Dell Storage SC280

  • (42 or 84) 3.5" drive slots
  • 5U rack size
  • 504TB max capacity per enclosure
  • 6Gb SAS (dual modules) controller-enclosure connection
  • Supports HDDs: 4TB/6TB 7.2K
  • Compatible with SC9000, SC8000, SC7020 and SC4020 controllers

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