Height: 2U/87.3 mm (3.44 inches)
Width: 482.4 mm (18.98 inches) with rack latches; 444 mm (17.08 inches) without rack latches
Depth: 755.8 mm (29.75 inches) 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
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 32Gb FC ports
32 per array (SFP+)
Max 16Gb FC ports
40 per array
Max 8GbFC ports
12 per array
Max 100Gb iSCSI ports
20 QSFP28 per array
Max 25Gb iSCSI ports
20 SFP28 per array
Max 10Gb iSCSI ports
32 SFP+ or BaseT per array
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
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)
Browser-based (HTML 5):
Unisphere for SC (element manager)
Unisphere Central (multi-array management)
CloudIQ (cloud-based analytics and monitoring)
Dell Storage Manager (multi-array, multi-site, cross-platform management)
SMI-S, Microsoft PowerShell API, RESTful API
Host OS support
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)*
Power/wattage: 2 hot-swappable 1100W 80 PLUS® Energy Star Platinum-certified power supplies
Maximum output power: 1100 W
Maximum input power: 1200 W
Maximum input current: 12 A
Maximum inrush current: 25A for 10 ms or less
Nominal input voltage operating range: 100-240 VAC
Nominal input frequency: 50/60 Hz
Maximum thermal output/heat dissipation: 4,760 BTU per hour (per controller)
6 hot-swappable fan modules
6/1024 per array, more in federated systems*
Max raw capacity (SAN)
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 and read-intensive
HDD: 15K, 10K, 7.2K RPM
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
Replicates with other SC Series arrays*
Synchronous/asynchronous for SAN 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)
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
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
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:
Although a single SC9000 provides quick, modular expansion to over 6PB 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.*
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
With SC9000, flash becomes practical and cost-effective at any scale, extending its proven competitive advantages to more aspects of your data-driven business.
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.
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:
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:
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.
SC Series delivers unprecedented levels of platform efficiency, plus the most comprehensive data reduction.*
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.
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.
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).
With up to 1024 total drives and 6PB* 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.
Editor’s Choice Award: Dell EMC Storage SC9000
“Sets the standard for midmarket storage performance and functionality, and it does so at an affordable price and with a comprehensive support package.” — StorageReview
Dell Storage SC9000 : 9.4/10 Rating
"The lowest all-flash storage costs around." — Simply Reviews
2017 Flash Storage and NVMe Brand Leader
"All Flash FC Array, Market Leader Award" — IT Brand Pulse
2017 Flash Storage and NVMe Brand Leader
"All Flash iSCSI Array, Market Leader Award" — IT Brand Pulse
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