Dell EMC SC9000 Array Controller

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Dell EMC SC9000 Array Controller



  • Max SAN hosts: 500
    Max initiator ports: 1000
    Max LUN size: 500TB
    Max number of LUNs: 2000
    Max number of snapshots: 32,000
    Max IOPS: 2,220,000*
    Max IOPS:(with latency less than 1ms) 2,085,000*
    Max IOPS (80% reads, 20% writes): 502,000*
    Max throughput (reads): 33,000 MB/s*
    Max throughput (writes): 19,000 MB/s*


  • 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

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/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


  • Management interface
    Browser-based (HTML 5):
    Unisphere for SC (element manager)
    Unisphere Central (multi-array management)
    CloudIQ (cloud-based analytics and monitoring)

    Client application:
    Dell Storage Manager (multi-array, multi-site, cross-platform management)

    Firmware updates
    Online, non-disruptive* Firmware may be set to download automatically, with option to trigger installation manually if desired.

    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 vSphere Metro Storage Cluster, VMware SRM, Veritas Storage Foundations Suite, IBM VIOS Recognized, Oracle Validated Infrastructure (OVI); see Dell Storage Support Matrix for additional certifications and details

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


  • Storage format
    Block (SAN)*

    Storage media
    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


  • Dimensions
    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)

    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
    6/1024 per array, more in federated systems*


    Max raw capacity
    6PB* per array (SSD or HDD), more in federated systems*

    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

    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

    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 EMC 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. 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 EMC 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 6PB raw SAN 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 EMC 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 EMC 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 and customize I/O connections to multi-protocol SANs (FC and/or iSCSI)

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 more)
  • 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 attributes 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
  • Thin snapshots solve tradeoff issues between 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 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.
Dell SC400

Dell Storage SC400

  • (12) 3.5" drive slots 
  • 2U rack size
  • 120TB 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 SC420

Dell Storage SC420


  • (24) 2.5" drive slots
  • 2U rack size
  • 368TB 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 EMC SC460

Dell EMC SC460

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

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