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Dell EMC SC8000 (Compellent) Technical Specifications

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The Dell EMC SC8000 offers high performance for midsize to large deployments with enterprise processing power scaling up to 960 SAS drives in multiple enclosures (SC400, SC420, SC460). The SC8000 can dynamically scale to meet a wide range of business requirements while offering all the efficiencies of the SC Series line.


The Dell™ Compellent™ Storage Center™ SAN is an all-in-one storage array that allows organizations to actively manage data at a highly granular level using built-in intelligence and automation. This ultra-efficient, easy-to-manage storage solution optimizes drive utilization, dynamically moves data between storage tiers and RAID levels, continuously protects data against downtime and disaster, scales on demand, and quickly adapts to ever-changing business needs. Storage Center enables organizations to cut the time, cost and risk of managing enterprise storage—today and in the future.

Table 1: Dell Compellent SC8000 Tech Specs
Product Operating System Storage Center 6.1 or later
OS Support Microsoft® Windows® Server, Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, IBM AIX, Novell NetWare, Apple, Tru64, VMware®
Processor Two 2.5 GHz Six-Core (Sandy Bridge) Intel™ processors per controller
Storage Capacity     
Each system supports up to 960 SAS drives. The maximum usable capacity supported by a system varies based on configuration. Each 3.5" SAS enclosure holds up to 12 SAS drives. Each 2.5" SAS enclosure holds up to 24 SAS drives.
Drive Interfaces SAS and NL-SAS drives. Also backwards compatible with existing Compellent Fibre Channel and SATA drives. Different drive types, transfer rates and rotational speeds can be mixed in same system.

Table 2: Disk Drives:
SAS SSD (2.5-inch) 200GB SAS

400GB SAS (will be supported with SC200/SC220)
Fibre Channel HDD (3.5-inch) 300GB 15K RPM

450GB 15K RPM

600GB 15K RPM
SAS HDD (2.5-inch) 146GB 15K RPM

300GB 15K RPM

600GB 10K RPM

900GB 10K RPM

1TB 7.2K RPM
SAS HDD (3.5-inch)     
450GB 15K RPM

600GB 15K RPM

1TB 7.2K RPM

2TB 7.2K RPM

3TB 7.2K RPM
RAID  Supports RAID 0, 5, 6 and 10. Any combination of RAID levels can exist on a single Storage Center. Multiple RAID levels can exist on the same storage tier within an array.

Table 3: Connectivity
Front-End Connectivity Fibre Channel (4Gb, 8Gb), iSCSI (1Gb, 10Gb), FCoE (10Gb)

Simultaneous interface support
Maximum Front-End Ports 16 (Fibre Channel), 10 (1Gb iSCSI), 10 (10Gb iSCSI), 10 (FCoE) per controller

NOTE: SC8000 controller can support up to 16 FC front-end ports with 4-port low-profile SAS back-end IO option.
Back-end Connectivity SAS (6Gb, 3Gb), Fibre Channel (2Gb, 4Gb, 8Gb)
Maximum Back-End Ports 16 (FC), 10 (SAS) per controller

NOTE : No SATA ports, FC and SATA enclosures are connected to FC8 IO card.

Table 4: Chassis
Storage Controller Rack size: 2U

Height: 87.3 mm (3.44 inch)

Width: 482.4 mm (18.98 inch) with rack latches

444 mm (17.08 inch) without rack latches

Depth: 755.8 mm (29.75 inch) with bezel

Weight: 19.73 kg (43.5 lbs)

Table 5: Environmental Operating Conditions
SC8000 Controller Power: Dual, Redundant 750W power supplies with Platinum efficiency

Heat Dissipation: 2891 BTU/hr rated Power Supply

Operating Temperature: 50 - 95°F (10 - 35°C)

Non-Operating Temperature: -40 - 149°F (-40 - 65°C)

Operating Humidity Ranges (non-condensing): Operating, 20% to 80%

Non-Operating Humidity (non-condensing): 5% to 95%

Inlet Type: NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42

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21 Feb 2021



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