Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array

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    Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array - Crank up the performance

    Crank up the performance, crank down the cost

    SC5020 makes storage cost savings automatic with a modern architecture that optimizes your data center for economics while delivering transformational SSD, HDD or hybrid performance.

    SC Series provides the lowest effective price/GB for flash and hybrid flash*, giving companies of any size the technology advantage they need to compete in today’s fast-changing markets. Highlights include:

    • Data Progression – Achieve IOPS goals with the least expensive mix of storage media, even as performance needs evolve
    • Deduplication & Compression – Dramatically reduce the raw capacity required to store your data
    • RAID tiering – Eliminate manual provisioning, increase efficiency and utilization
    • Federation – Simplify multi-array environments with quick and seamless data movement, plus proactive load balancing assistance via Live Migrate and Volume Advisor
    • ProSupport Services – Reduce deployment costs with remote installation options that ensure your project goes right the first time.
    • Persistent software licensing – Future-proof your investment, minimize the cost of upgrades and expansions
    All new hardware platform

    All-new hardware platform

    Designed as the next-generation successor to the popular SC4020 array, SC5020 is a performance powerhouse. With dual 8-core Intel processors, 4x more memory and a 12Gb SAS back end, the SC5020 delivers

    • Up to 45% more IOPs*
    • Up to 3X higher bandwidth (GB/sec)*
    • 2X greater max capacity

    The new 3U “all-in-one” chassis includes 30 drive bays plus dual hot-swappable controllers, providing up to 460TB raw capacity in a single compact unit. A variety of expansion enclosures lets you scale over 2PB* per array – with even larger scale-out potential in federated multi-array systems.

    But the advantages don’t stop with fast hardware. SC5020 includes all the Storage Center Operating System (SCOS) features you’ve come to expect from SC Series storage.
    Intelligent advantage for modern workloads

    Intelligent advantage for modern workloads

    Based on actual use and application performance requirements, SC Series Data Progression dynamically tunes multiple drive tiers and manages 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 (on the same drives) for subsequent reads.

    As data ages, it’s moved to less expensive storage until it becomes more active again. Data is precisely where it’s needed, when it’s needed – the perfect combination of high IOPs and cost savings.
    0-100% Flash architecture
    0-100% Flash architecture
    Target specific price/performance ratios with any mix of SSDs and HDDs – then modify the mix as your needs change. Add more flash to boost performance, or “cheap and deep” spinning disk as cold data volumes grow. Hot data will always be written to your fastest drives at the fastest RAID levels.
    Intelligent Data Reduction
    Intelligent Data Reduction
    Like many SC services, Deduplication and Compression are applied dynamically at a sub-LUN level to optimize performance and reduce capacity needs throughout the data lifecycle. Fully integrated with Data Progression, SC data reduction saves money on SSDs, HDDs – or both in hybrid systems.
    Low Cost Business Continuity
    Low-Cost Business Continuity
    Keep mission-critical apps running during unexpected outages and disasters with seamless volume-level auto-failover between local and remote arrays. Innovative Live Volume feature is native to SCOS – no extra hardware or software is required to create your “always available” storage environment.
    Reliable SC Series investment protection

    Reliable SC Series investment protection

    Despite its low initial and lifecycle costs, SC5020 includes all the advanced tools and integrations you need to be sure your array continues to provide value as your business grows.

    • Dell Storage Manager – Intuitive control and monitoring of one or multiple systems with powerful features like multi-hop replication, departmental “chargeback,” QoS, VVols support and more.
    • Unisphere for SC, Unisphere Central – Convenient HTML 5 Web UI lets you manage one or multiple systems from your mobile device.
    • CloudIQ – Cloud-based analytics and monitoring.
    • Thin clones – Easily create thousands of discrete volume copies for VDI, test/dev and other applications, without consuming additional storage space.
    • Data-at-rest encryption – Supports optional FIPS 140-2 certified self-encrypting drives (SEDs), auto-lock on power down or removal.
    • Integration with PS Series (EqualLogic™) arrays — Unified management and bi-directional replication lets you combine two platforms in a single solution.
    • Dell EMC ecosystem support – PowerPath, ViPR, VPLEX, RecoverPoint, Connectrix, Data Domain and more.
    • Broad 3rd-party integration – VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, OpenStack, IBM, CommVault, Symantec, VERITAS, Veeam and more.
    4:1 All Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee

    4:1 All-Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee

    SC Series arrays are efficient in ANY configuration (all-flash, hybrid and HDD) – but we know many businesses are especially concerned about expense when deploying all-flash arrays. That’s why we’re taking the risk out of AFAs by guaranteeing 4:1 efficiency for all-flash SC configurations. Dell EMC promises our all-flash arrays will provide an effective logical storage capacity at least four times the physical capacity of your purchased drives – or we’ll give you more drives at no charge.*

    Dell EMC offers complete end-to-end services

    Optimizing the IT lifecycle is vital. Dell EMC has expert services* for all lifecycle phases that save you time and resources, reduce effort, and improve your IT experience.
    ProSupport Enterprise Suite

    ProSupport Enterprise Suite

    Gain the freedom to focus on your business transformation with the support expertise and insights Dell EMC is known for across the globe. Choose the right support based on the criticality of specific systems with available automated predictive analysis, collaborative third-party assistance and service account management.


    ProDeploy Enterprise Suite helps you get more out of technology starting on day one. Trust Dell EMC experts to lead deployments from basic hardware installations through planning, configuration and complex integrations. Our complete suite of deployment services and professional certifications helps you achieve business outcomes today and tomorrow.


    Education Services offers an expansive suite of training services with multiple delivery methods, including instructor-led, self-paced online and virtual instructor-led training. With comprehensive and flexible training programs, we make it easy to ensure your staff has the skills they need to successfully manage and utilize your new technology to its full potential.


    Consulting services give expert guidance to help you grow, optimize and transform your IT environment at your own pace and budget. We employ a broad range of certified consultants and engineers, backed by program management teams, who can deliver deep technical expertise. We give you the confidence that your project will be done right and on time.

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