Dell EMC SC All-Flash Storage Arrays

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Welcome to a better flash architecture

Smart AFA choice for modern workloads provides self-optimizing performance, federated scale and mobility, all-inclusive software value

Dell EMC SC All-Flash Storage Arrays


Welcome to a better flash architecture

Welcome to a better flash architecture

Bring the power and speed of Dell EMC all-flash storage to bear on your toughest business challenges. Whether your goals include general-purpose workload consolidation, a new VDI deployment, high-volume OLTP systems or an all-flash private cloud, SC All-Flash storage delivers modern SSD performance with simplicity, flexibility and value. Why compromise with less complete solutions? These arrays have everything you need to get started with all-flash faster – and see all-flash results sooner.
Transformational performance

Transformational performance

End-to-end flash helps you do things you thought were impossible, taking your business to new levels of productivity and success. Active/active, performance-centric design keeps IOPS high as you scale up and out, while ensuring every storage dollar spent is targeted directly on application acceleration.
Dynamic intelligence

Dynamic intelligence

Purpose-built to adapt to constant change and growth, SC All-Flash powers workloads even as environments evolve unpredictably. The days of saying “no” to business opportunity because of rigid storage infrastructures are over. You now have unprecedented flexibility to test new ideas and shift strategies on the fly.
Efficiency and value

Efficiency and value

Automate cost savings with innovative self-optimization features, including Intelligent Deduplication and Compression. Pervasive “thin methods” and intuitive management tools maximize resources – and best of all, every advanced SC software feature is enabled by default. No extra licenses to buy or maintain!
Federate the performance and capacity of up to 10 arrays

Federate the performance and capacity of up to 10 arrays

Built-in “storage hypervisor” lets you move workloads seamlessly between arrays, making storage changes without impacting hosts. The enterprise-proven SC Operating System automates and manages time-consuming, error-prone management tasks, including server/LUN mappings and RAID provisioning. Increase both deployment velocity and configuration agility to help your business compete in today’s volatile markets.
Easy migrations

Easy migrations

Data mobility within a federation is fast and transparent to hosts. Need to move a volume to another array? Live Migrate makes it click-simple, keeping workloads online and preserving snapshot and replication relationships throughout the move.
Load balancing wizards

Load balancing wizards

Included Volume Advisor even offers ongoing load balancing guidance, suggesting the best initial data locations, then alerting you with optimization recommendations as time goes by.
Always available storage

Always available storage

Included Live Volume also keeps workloads running during unexpected outages and disasters. Non-disruptive auto-failover between synchronized volumes on local and remote arrays protects your vital business operations.

All-Flash value – everything’s included!

Exclusively with SC All-Flash, every advanced feature in the SC Series line-up is enabled at no extra cost, making this the most value-intensive, future-proof SC product ever. All features are licensed to the full capacity of the array. You get:

  • Intelligent Deduplication & Compression
  • Live Migrate federation
  • Live Volume auto-failover
  • Volume Advisor
  • Data Progression
  • RAID tiering
  • Dynamic Controllers
  • Dynamic Capacity
  • Thin snapshots
  • Thin clones
  • Replication (single-hop, multi-hop, 1-to-many)
  • Remote Instant Replay (sync/async replication across IP networks)
  • Multi-protocol networks
  • Native application recovery tools
  • Unisphere for SC, Unisphere Central HTML Web UI
  • CloudIQ web-based analytics and monitoring
  • Dell Storage Manager client app interface
  • Self-encrypting drive support (SEDs)
  • Integration with PS Series (EqualLogic™) arrays
  • Chargeback
  • Multi-VLAN tagging
  • QoS
  • VVOLs support
  • More…
Trusted, enterprise-class solution

Trusted, enterprise-class solution

And of course SC All-Flash is backed by the #1 market leader in all-flash arrays, and the #1 leader in storage overall*. Dell EMC products are ubiquitous in data centers around the world -- and you get the benefit of all that technology and business expertise!

  • World-class services options – Choose from a range of comprehensive deployment and support options, including ProSupport, ProDeploy, and new Optimize Services
  • Dell EMC hardware/software support – SC All-Flash supports popular Dell EMC products including PowerPath, ViPR, VPLEX, RecoverPoint, Connectrix, Data Domain and more
  • Broad 3rd-party integration – VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, OpenStack and more. Dell EMC has deep relationships with the ecosystem and application leaders that matter to you

Future-Proof Program

Unrivaled buying assurance programs includes 3-Year Satisfaction Guarantee, 2:1 Data Reduction Guarantee, Never-Worry Data Migration, Tech Refresh & Recycle, and All-Inclusive Software offers.

See Future-Proof details

Powerful platform options

Take the inside track to great storage with two SC All-Flash array model options – and an interchangeable expansion enclosure that can be used with either array.
SC7020F array

SC7020F array

  • (4) 8-core Intel processors per array
  • (30) 2.5” drive slots, 3U chassis
  • 606 drive max expansion
  • 6 PCIe slots (3 per controller)
  • 100/25/10Gb iSCSI and/or 32/16Gb FC
  • 16,000 snapshots
  • 29,000MB/sec front-end bandwidth
  • Supports intermixed SSD formats
  • All premium software features included
SC5020F array

SC5020F array

  • (2) 8-core Intel processors per array
  • (30) 2.5” drive slots, 3U chassis
  • 222 drive max expansion
  • 2 PCIe network slots (1 per controller)
  • 100/25/10Gb iSCSI and/or 32/16Gb FC
  • 8,192 snapshots
  • 19,000MB/sec front-end bandwidth
  • Supports intermixed SSD formats
  • All premium software features included
SC420F expansion enclosure

SC420F expansion enclosure

  • (24) 2.5” drive slots
  • 2U chassis
  • Supports multiple intermixed SSD formats
  • 12GB SAS back-end
  • Non-disruptive expansion, workloads remain online

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.

Data Mobility and Migration

  • Replication
    Replicates with other SC Series arrays*
    Synchronous/Asynchronous via FC or iSCSI
    Per-volume QoS bandwidth prioritization
    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)

    Volume mobility
    Live Migrate (included in base product) enables host-transparent data movement among arrays; see also Federation section

    Federated multi-array systems
    Live Migrate (included in base product) enables host-transparent movement of volumes among arrays
    Snapshots maintained/preserved during migration

    Thin Import
    Space-efficient, non-disruptive data migration from PS Series (EqualLogic) and MD3 arrays

    Thin Clones
    Clone standalone volumes with zero duplication of data
    Clones maintain independent snapshots and replication
    Ideal for VDI, test/dev, other applications that require discrete instances of common data
    More efficient than dedupe for database copies

Data Optimization

  • Auto-tiering method
    Policy-based migration based on real-time data usage, customizable 512KB-4MB page size.

    Auto-tiering structure
    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
    Compression-only option also available

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating temperature: 50 - 95°F (10 - 35°C)
    Non-operating temperature: -40 - 149°F (-40 - 65°C)
    Operating humidity ranges (non-condensing): 10% to 80% with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum dew point
    Non-operating humidity (non-condensing): 5% to 95% with 33°C (91°F) maximum dew point
    Inlet type: NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42

Expansion Capacity

  • Supported expansion enclosures
    Dell EMC SC420F: 24 x 2.5” drive bays (12Gb SAS)

    Maximum drive count
    SC7020F: 606 drives per array, more in federated systems*
    SC5020F: 222 per array (with optional expansion enclosures), more in federated systems*

    Max raw capacity
    SC7020F: 4PB per array, more in federated systems*
    SC5020F: 2.16PB per array, more in federated systems*

    Storage media
    SSD: write-intensive and read-intensive drives (can be mixed in single system), SED SSDs


  • Array configurations
    All-flash arrays only

    Storage format
    Block (SAN)*

    Max SAN hosts: 500

    Max initiator ports: 1000

    Max LUN size: 500TB

    Max number of LUNs: 2000

    Max number of snapshots:
    SC7020F: 16,384
    SC5020F: 8,192

    Max IOPS:*
    SC7020F: 1,200,000
    SC5020F: 1,025,000

    Max IOPS (with latency less than 1ms):*
    SC7020F: 1,050,000
    SC5020F: 818,000

    Max IOPS:*
    (80% reads, 20% writes)
    SC7020F: 346,000
    SC5020F: 330,000

    Max throughput (reads):*
    SC7020F: 29,000 MB/s
    SC5020F: 19,000 MB/s

    Max throughput (writes):*
    SC7020F: 14,000 MB/s
    SC5020F: 9,500 MB/s


  • 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)


    Create large multi-array systems under unified management, with seamless workload migration between arrays via included Live Migrate feature. Add like or unlike arrays non-disruptively, efficiently utilizing their combined capacity and performance. Volume Advisor monitors federated arrays to suggest optimal data placement and load balancing. Volume movement does not impact snapshots or replication data protection.*

    Scripting support
    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®, Veeam®, Docker™ -- see SC Series Management spec sheet for more details

    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

    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

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

    Workload management
    QoS, VVOLs
    Rack size:
    Height: 13.33 cm (5.25 inches)
    Width: 44.5 cm (17.52 inches)
    Depth: 78.5 cm (30.9 inches)
    Weight at maximum configuration: 24.22 kg (53.4 lb)
    Weight empty: 15.15 kg (33.4 lb)

Network and Expansion I/O

  • Front-end-network protocols
    FC, iSCSI (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)

    Max 32Gb FC ports
    SC7020F: 24 per array (SFP+)
    SC5020F: 8 per array (SFP+)

    Max 8/16Gb FC ports
    SC7020F: 24 per array (SFP+)
    SC5020F: 8 per array (SFP+)

    Max 100Gb iSCSI ports

    SC7020F: 16 QSFP28 per array
    SC5020F: 8 QSFP28 ports per array

    Max 25Gb iSCSI ports
    SC7020F: 16 SFP28 per array
    SC5020F: 8 SFP28 ports per array

    Max 10Gb iSCSI ports
    SC7020F: 32 SFP+ (10Gb) or BaseT ports per array
    SC5020F: 16 SFP+ (10Gb) or BaseT ports per array

    Management ports
    2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)

    Back-end expansion protocols
    12Gb SAS

    Max back-end expansion ports
    SC7020: 24 per array
    SC5020: 8 per array
    Up to 16 expansion enclosures per array


  • Power/wattage:
    SC7020F: 2 hot-swappable 1485W power supplies
    SC5020F: 2 hot-swappable power supplies (1378W or 1485W options available, wattage type not interchangeable after point of sale)

    Maximum output power:
    SC7020F: 1485 W
    SC5020F: 1378 W (1378W supply option) or 1485 W (1485W supply option)

    Maximum input power:
    SC7020F: 1688 W
    SC5020F: 1584 W (1378W supply option) or 1688 W (1485W supply option)

    Maximum input current:
    SC7020F: 8.8 A
    SC5020F: 16 A (1378W supply option) or 8.8 A (1485W supply option)

    Maximum inrush current:
    55A for 10 ms or less

    Nominal input voltage operating range:
    SC7020F: 200-240 VAC
    SC5020F: 100-240 VAC (1378W supply option) or 200-240 VAC (1485W supply option)

    Nominal input frequency: 50/60 Hz

    Maximum thermal output/heat dissipation:
    SC7020F: 5,760 BTU per hour
    SC5020F: 5,770 BTU per hour (1378W supply option) or 5,760 BTU per hour (1485W supply option)
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