Optimize the core of your business.
Turbocharge your data center and lower TCO with the fast, highly scalable Dell Storage SC9000.
- Storage controller
SC9000 (2U chassis)
Controllers per array
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)*
- Array configurations
All-flash, hybrid or HDD arrays
Policy-based migration based on real-time data usage, customizable 512KB-4MB page size
Up to 3 primary (media-based) tiers total, up to 2 SSD tiers (write- and read-intensive SSDs)
User-defined profiles, option to “pin” volumes to any tier
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, RAID 10, and RAID 10 DM (Dual Mirror); any combination of RAID levels can exist on a single array
Auto-provisions and dynamically restripes multiple RAID levels on the same tier; no need to pre-allocate RAID groups
Active by default on all volumes, operates at full performance across all features
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
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
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
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
- Management interface
Dell Storage Manager, formerly Enterprise Manager
Multi-array, multi-site, cross-platform management from single interface*
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
- Power supplies
Dual, redundant 1100W 80 PLUS® Platinum certified power supplies
NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42
100 to 240 VAC, 50-60Hz, 12A-6.5 Amp
Power supply heat dissipation
Max 4,100 (at 1100W)
6 hot-swappable fan modules
- Storage format
Block (SAN) and/or file (NAS) from same pool*
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
- 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)
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
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
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)
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
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)
Scale, streamline and accelerate your enterprise data centerThe 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® Xeons®, 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.
Manage storage at the data center levelAlthough 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.
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.
Always available storage
Modular, enterprise-grade platformRedundant, 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
Dell Storage SC Series expansion enclosuresWith 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 SC420
Dell Storage SC200
|Dell Storage SC220 |
Dell Storage SC280
A new level of Storage Center OS efficiencySCOS 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 storageBased 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 centerSC 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
Advanced data mobility, business continuity and securityThe 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 fingertipsDell 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 integrationsSC 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).
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
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.
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