Dell Compellent FS8600


Enhanced scalability and performance.

Enterprise-class scale-out NAS with competitive TCO, up to 4PB in a single file system & over 20PB in a single global namespace.

Dell Compellent FS8600 Storage


Dell Compellent FS8600 - Optimized platform for high speed, low TCO

Optimized platform for high speed, low TCO

With the Dell Fluid File System version 6 (FluidFS v6), the enterprise-class FS8600 is one of the most competitive price-per-performance scale-out NAS solutions available, cost-effectively delivering high file operations per second (OPS). This efficient combination works together to scale performance and capacity, achieving:
  • Linear performance expansion reaching 494,000 file opens with SPEC SFS 2008 and 11.9 GB/sec max throughput*
  • Improved performance through mirrored cache and automated load balancing, even as you add more data
  • Up to four FS8600 NAS appliances and eight SC series storage arrays in a single scale-out storage solution
Dell Compellent FS8600 - Flexible architecture for multiple workloads

Flexible architecture for multiple workloads

Scale up or scale out to accommodate a variety of use cases, whether high-performance, high-capacity or both:
  • Enterprise file sharing: Consolidate shares on a single unified storage solution with data protection and governance features.
  • Video surveillance: Combine scale-out architecture with high-density Dell storage arrays for a cost-effective, density-optimized Fluid File Video solution.
  • Online archival storage: Economize storage costs by moving old files to lower-cost archive storage with Fluid File Archive solution.
  • Media and entertainment: Enable post-production and visual effects rendering workflows with high-performance scale-out NAS storage.
  • Healthcare and life sciences: Provide medical imaging and life sciences with PACS-application-certified unified NAS storage.

High rack density and low cost per GB

Dell Storage Center with FS8600 and SCv2080 storage arrays offer ideal rack density for storage-intensive workloads, providing:

• Best storage density compared to the top five storage vendors, storing 1PB of raw capacity in 14U rack space*
• Low cost per GB
of USD $0.18/GB for 1PB of raw capacity
• Increased efficiency
with scale-out architecture, flash optimization, automated tiering and built-in policy-driven, block-level deduplication and compression
• Unencumbered capacity with NAS thin provisioning and space reclamation


Dell Compellent FS8600 - High rack density and low cost per GB
Dell Compellent FS8600 - Scale-out performance and capacity on the fly

Scale-out performance and capacity on the fly

Expand file storage performance and capacity within your existing infrastructure, transparently adding and managing drives, storage enclosures or NAS appliances as needed:

  • Scale easily to 4PB in a single file system and over 20PB in a single namespace
  • Enhance flexibility with multiple protocol support, including SMB, NFS and FTP
  • Protect data locally using snapshots, NDMP backup, remote replication and snapshot archiving
  • Simplify data management with Dell Storage Manager for managing SAN and NAS; file system quotas; file extension filtering; enhanced reporting and CLI, Powershell and REST management APIs
  • Improve data security and governance with rich integration via Active Directory/LDAP, network isolation and support for file-system auditing like Change Auditor
  • Multitenancy support to securely manage and deploy solutions for up to 100 tenants. Each tenant will have separate NAS access and management capabilities.

Global services and support

Global services and support Dell Services can help reduce IT complexity, lower costs and eliminate inefficiencies by making IT and business solutions work harder for you. The Dell Services team delivers distinctive capabilities, including Copilot support for FS8600 with SC4020, SC8000 and SC9000, and ProSupport for FS8600 for SCv2080, as well as optimization and full data migration solutions to facilitate consolidation from multiple file systems. Dell takes a holistic view of your needs and designs solutions for your environment and business objectives while using established delivery methods, local talent and in-depth domain knowledge to help lower your total cost of ownership.*

Product Configurations

  • FS8600 with FluidFS version 6 Specifications

    Storage arrays supported
    SCv2080, SC4020, SC7020, SC8000 and SC9000 controllers
    SCOS 6.5.3 or newer; Dell Storage Manager 2016 R3.1 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, share modes and access control lists (ACLs)

    NFS 4.1 file protocol support
    Core features (no pNFS support), Kerberos 5 security options

    SMB file protocol support
    SMB 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 and 3.1
    Persistent file handles, 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 and access control for NFS exports, LACP

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

    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: 30,000 (for 48GB appliances)
    Max for a 4-appliance cluster: 120,000
    ("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 Multitenancy support for different Active Directory forests per tenant

    Directory and name services
    Windows SMB and NFS clients: Microsoft® Active Directory® 2003, 2003R2, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2, 2016; Linux/UNIX clients: NIS, LDAP, DNS

    Max quotas
    Max 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

    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: 128TB
    Max number of files per appliance: Unlimited
    Max number of files per 4-appliance cluster: Unlimited
    Max file name length: 255 bytes

    Redirect-on-write snapshots and thin volume cloning
    Max number of snapshots per NAS volume: 10,000
    Max number of snapshots per FS8600 system: 100,000
    Max number of snapshot policies per system: 1,024

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

    Support for 1:N and cascading replication

    NDMP backup
    Certified Remote or three-way NDMP over Ethernet ports; direct or two-way NDMP over Fibre Channel ports. Quest NetVault Backup 9; CommVault Simpana 9.x; 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 configured per NAS volume    


  • Dell Storage Manager, FluidFS v5 CLI, PowerShell, RESTful API, SNMP, MMC

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 4PB usable file capacity per NAS cluster, regardless of controller cluster size (requires multiple 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


  • 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


  • 48GB DDR3 1066 MHz per controller (96GB per appliance)

End-to-end services

Dell offers a wide range of professional services to simplify the assessment, design, implementation, management and maintenance of your SC Series environment, including 24x7 Dell Copilot support with over 94 percent customer satisfaction*. Dell Services storage experts go beyond everyday administration to help you improve the performance and utilization of your Dell Storage Center system. The SC Series Services portfolio provides system installation and implementation as well as training. From disaster recovery planning to physical relocation, the Dell Services team is available to provide professional assistance when you need it.

Comprehensive, integrated support

Operating out of state-of-the-art global call centers, Dell Copilot engineers continuously monitor system performance and alert customers of potential issues. Dell Copilot Support provides:
  • 24x7 access to highly trained Dell Copilot Support engineers
  • Priority or next business day on-site response by certified technicians
  • Priority, next business day or UPS ground delivery of replacement parts
  • Storage system monitoring via integrated SupportAssist technology

Support Type

Dell Copilot Support enables you to choose the right level of phone support, on-site* support and parts delivery for your unique business needs.
  • Call center: Perfect for enterprise storage environments that need immediate phone assistance. Every call is answered by a highly trained Copilot engineer who takes ownership of the entire storage infrastructure, including third-party technology partner products. 
  • On-site: Choose from priority (4/8/24-hour, depending on location) or next business day on-site* response by a certified technician.
  • Parts delivery: Choose from priority (4/8/24-hour, depending on location) or next business day parts delivery. UPS ground shipping also available.


For your data management and protection, Dell Copilot Support offers warranty* protection for hardware components. The Software Subscription includes perpetual software licensing for patches, updates and releases, so the only additional fees you incur are when adding new functionality or more capacity.

Premium Support

Additionally, Dell Copilot SupportAssist provides enhanced proactive support capabilities through:

  • Remote monitoring of system capacity and performance
  • Automatic capacity threshold alerts
  • Proactive calls from Copilot engineer to notify customer of possible issues

Optimize your storage performance

Through the personal assistance of a dedicated support expert, Dell Copilot Optimize can help you improve system utilization and performance with proactive reviews, health checks and evaluations. It includes proactive IT planning to ensure your Storage Center systems evolve with your changing data center requirements. Daily system performance monitoring helps ensure a highly available and optimal performing storage area network (SAN). Ongoing best practice guidance from your storage expert helps minimize diagnostic troubleshooting and reduce service calls. Should an issue arise, your support expert will work with Copilot to ensure a timely resolution.

Implement fast. Implement correctly. Implement once.

Dell ProDeploy Enteprise Suite* can reduce costs and relieve your IT department of time-consuming implementation tasks that otherwise divert valuable IT resources from business-critical activities. We bring two unmatched values to every implementation: deep knowledge of our products and broad experience from performing thousands of deployments every year, in just about every type of customer environment. You can be confident that your new SC Series storage system is installed properly, configured per the design specifications and that your data is migrated safely from your legacy storage system without disruption.

Start on the right path

Decrease downtime, improve utilization and ensure business continuity with storage training from Dell Education Services. With SC Series training from Dell, SC Series Administrators will learn to perform key administrative tasks for Storage Center and effectively manage all tools associated with Storage Center operations.

Transform your data center

Dell Storage Consulting Services can help you develop transformational strategies to meet your complex data management business needs while freeing up valuable resources, budget and time. Consulting services can help with:

 • Storage infrastructure consolidation within one/multiple data centers
 • Storage infrastructure optimization for virtual environments
 • Data protection process development or improvement of backup operational processes
 • Classification and categorization of data for storage tiering
 • IT Disaster Recovery planning, design and implementation or simply Data Disaster Recovery