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Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array

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Overview:

Self-optimizing SSD, HDD or hybrid configurations provide an affordable high-performance solution for mixed application environments.

Accelerate your workloads, automate your savings

SC Series Hybrid arrays take the guesswork out of storage economics with a modern architecture that optimizes your data center for cost-savings while delivering transformational SSD, HDD or tiered performance.

SC is an integrated portfolio of array models that work together to give companies of all sizes the technology advantage they need to compete in today’s volatile markets. From affordable entry solutions offering the lowest effective $/GB1 , to large arrays providing over 2 million maximum IOPS and 6PB raw capacity2 , SC has the power to take you from where you are now to where you want to go.

Highlights include:

  • Advanced auto-tiering – Achieve IOPS goals with the least expensive mix of storage media, even as performance needs evolve. Data Progression and RAID tiering eliminate manual provisioning and help your storage adapt to the unique requirements of each workload.
  • Deduplication & Compression – Dramatically reduces the raw capacity required to store your data
  • Multi-array Federation – Gives you freedom to make fast changes without interrupting applications and users
  • World-class deployment & support options – From intuitive customer-installable solutions, to expert onsite and remote professional services, SC Series has what it takes to ensure your installation goes right the first time.

Respond to changing requirements

Self-optimizing SC arrays auto-tune your environment for day-to-day and long-term success, helping you stay agile in an unpredictable future. Based on real-time usage monitoring and application performance demands, patented SC Data Progression continually adjusts multiple drive tiers and RAID levels for maximum efficiency.

By default, all new data is written to the fastest Tier 1 drives at RAID 10 speeds, 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.


FEDERATE the combined performance and capacity of up to 10 arrays

Thanks to a built-in “storage hypervisor” capability, multiple heterogeneous SC Series models can be grouped in federated clusters under unified management. Need to move a volume to another array? Included Live Migrate makes it click-simple, keeping workloads online and preserving snapshot and replication relationships throughout the move. Volume Advisor offers ongoing load balancing guidance, suggesting the best initial data locations, then alerting you with optimization recommendations over time.

Always available storage

SC Series Live Volume also keeps workloads running during unexpected outages and disasters with non-disruptive autofailover between synchronized volumes on local and remote arrays. This service guards vital business operations 24/7, helps you achieve “Zero RTO/RPO” goals, and even auto-repairs your high-availability environment when a downed array comes back online.

Always available storage

Rich feature set protects your investment

Despite remarkably low entry and lifecycle costs, SC Series offers a comprehensive range of advanced features and integrations to ensure your array continues to add value, even as the business grows and matures.

  • Powerful native management tools – New Unisphere HTML5 Web UI lets you configure SC quickly with no software installation required. Just point your browser from any mobile device to accomplish most day-to-day tasks. Popular DSM (Dell Storage Manager) client application is still available for advanced management.
  • CloudIQ – Free cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) suite provides predictive analytics, categorized alerts, remediation recommendations and a convenient dashboard to monitor the health of your SC environment.
  • Dynamic Capacity – Pervasive “thin methods” allocate capacity exclusively on demand.
  • Thin snapshots – Records changes only, preserved automatically when you move data within a federation.
  • Thin clones – Create virtually unlimited volume copies for VDI or Test/Dev, without consuming additional space.
  • Replication – Sync/async, single-hop, multi-hop (chained), 1-to-many mixed topology, deduped for efficiency.
  • Multi-protocol network support – Flexible FC and iSCSI connections, up to 33,000 MB/s bandwidth per array.
  • Native application recovery tools – Replay Manager ensures reliable application consistent snapshots of Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) enabled applications (Exchange, SQL Server and Hyper-V) and VMware virtual machines (VMs). Recover more quickly from farther back in time, with lower risk of human error.
  • Chargeback – Simplifies budgeting by calculating storage costs for individual applications and departments.
  • Distributed sparing – 500% faster rebuilds,5 eliminates need for dedicated spares, use all drives for I/O
  • Persistent software licensing – Never pay twice for the same software, minimizes cost of upgrades
  • PS Series (EqualLogic) integration – Unified management and cross-platform replication lets you combine two array platforms in a single solution.
  • QoS (Quality of Service), Multi-VLAN tagging, SED Encryption, VVOLS, and more…

Trusted, enterprise-class solution

And of course SC Series is backed by the #1 market leader in flash, 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. Our renowned team can reduce deployment costs, accelerate time to completion, and even monitor your environment to fix problems before they occur.
  • Dell EMC hardware/software support – SC Hybrid arrays support popular Dell EMC products including PowerPath, ViPR, VPLEX, AppSync, RecoverPoint, Connectrix, Data Domain and more.
  • Broad 3rd-party integration – Dell EMC has deep relationships with the ecosystem and application leaders that matter to you. VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, OpenStack, IBM, CommVault, VERITAS, Foglight and more.

Features:

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 platformAll-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

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.

Reliable SC Series investment protectionReliable 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, VERITAS, Foglight 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.*

Technical Specifications:


SC Hybrid SCv3000 Series SC5020 SC7020 SC9000
Chassis Overview
Rack size 3U 3U 3U 2U
Format All-in-one unit (dual controllers, internal drive bays, network I/O) Additional capacity via optional expansion enclosures Controller unit (includes network I/O, no internal drive capacity)
Internal storage capacity 30 x 2.5” drive bays SCv3000: 16 x 3.5” bays
SCv3020: 30 x 2.5” bays
Controllers Dual hot-swappable per chassis (active/active) Single controller per chassis, deploy in active/active pairs
Processors 1 per controller
Intel Xeon E5-2603v4, 1.7GHz, 6 cores
1 per controller
Intel Xeon E5-2630v3, 2.4GHz, 8 cores
2 per controller
Intel Xeon E5-2628v3 2.5GHz, 8 cores
2 per controller
Intel Xeon E5- 2667v3, 3.2GHz, 8 cores
System memory   64GB per controller
128GB per array
128GB per controller
256GB per array
256GB per controller
512GB per array
Operating system SCOS 7.2 or higher SCOS 7.2 or higher SCOS 7.1 or higher SCOS 6.7 or higher
Expansion Capacity
Max raw capacity 1PB 2.16PB 4PB 6PB
Maximum drive count 222 222 606 1024
Supported expansion enclosures 12Gb SAS
SC400: 12 x 3.5” bays
SC420: 24 x 2.5” bays
SC460: 60 x 3.5” bays
12Gb SAS
SC400: 12 x 3.5” bays
SC420: 24 x 2.5” bays
SC460: 60 x 3.5” bays
12Gb SAS
SC400: 12 x 3.5” bays
SC420: 24 x 2.5” bays
SC460: 60 x 3.5” bays

6Gb SAS
SC200: 12 x 3.5” bays
SC220: 24 x 2.5” bays
SC280: 84 x 3.5” bays
12Gb SAS
SC400: 12 x 3.5” bays
SC420: 24 x 2.5” bays
SC460: 60 x 3.5” bays

6Gb SAS
SC200: 12 x 3.5” bays
SC220: 24 x 2.5” bays
SC280: 84 x 3.5” bays
Storage media support SAS, NL-SAS (different drive types, transfer rates and rotational speeds can be mixed in same system)
SSD: Write-intensive and read-intensive drives
HDD: 15K, 10K, 7.2K RPM
Network and Expansion I/O
Front-end-network protocols FC, iSCSI, SAS (supports simultaneous multiprotocol: iSCSI + FC or iSCSI + SAS) FC, iSCSI (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)
Max 32Gb FC ports NA 8 per array (SFP+) 24 per array (SFP+) 32 per array (SFP+)
Max 16Gb FC ports 8 per array (SFP+) 8 per array (SFP+) 24 per array (SFP+) 40 per array (SFP+)
Max 100Gb iSCSI ports NA 8 per array (QSFP28) 16 per array (SFP28) 12 per array (QSFP28)
Max 25Gb iSCSI ports NA 8 per array (QSFP28) 16 per array (SFP28) 20 per array (SFP28)
Max 10Gb iSCSI ports 16 per array (SFP+ or BASE-T) 16 per array (SFP+ or BASE-T) 32 per array (SFP+ or BASE-T) 32 per array (SFP+ or BASE-T)
Max 12Gb SAS (front-end) 8 per array 8 per array NA NA
Management ports 2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)
Back-end expansion protocols 12Gb SAS 12Gb SAS (also supports 6Gb expansion)
Max back-end expansion ports 8 8 24 40
SC Hybrid SCv3000 Series SC5020 SC7020 SC9000
Functional & Performance
Array configurations All-flash, all-HDD, or hybrid mix
Storage format Native block (SAN)
Max SAN hosts 250 500 500 500
Max initiator ports 500 1000 1000 1000
Max LUN size 500TB 500TB 500TB 500TB
Max number of LUNs 1000 2000 2000 2000
Max number of snapshots 4096 8192 16,384 32,000
Max IOPS 665,000 1,025,000 1,200,000 2,220,000
Max IOPS (with latency <1ms) 540,000 818,000 1,050,000 2,085,000
Max IOPS (80% reads, 20% writes) 231,000 330,000 346,000 502,000
Max throughput (reads) 19,000 MB/s 19,000 MB/s 29,000 MB/s 33,000 MB/s
Max throughput (writes) 9,500 MB/s 9,500 MB/s 14,000 MB/s 19,000 MB/s
Data Optimization
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)
RAID tiering Auto-provisions and dynamically restripes multiple RAID levels on the same tier; eliminates need to pre-allocate RAID groups
Tiering customizations User-defined profiles, option to “pin” volumes to any tier or RAID level
RAID support RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, RAID 10, and RAID 10 DM (Dual Mirror); any combination of RAID levels can exist in single array
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 Compression only, selectable option per volume Selectable option per volume “Deduplication + compression” mode “Compression-only” mode
Data Mobility and Migration
Replication Heterogeneous arrays (SC Series any-to-any)
Synchronous/Asynchronous 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)
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 Protection, Disaster Recovery, Security
Business continuity Live Volume bi-directional auto-failover, auto-repair
Heterogeneous arrays (SC Series any-to-any, except SCv2000)
Continuous operations, disaster recovery, disaster avoidance
Includes third-site (tertiary) replication options with Live Volume Managed Replication
Zero RTO/RPO with customizable site failover SLAs per volume
VMware Metro Stretch Cluster, VMware Site Recovery Manager support
Thin snapshots Records changes only, snapshots auto-migrate to lower-cost storage
Replay Manager Application-consistent snapshots in Microsoft, VMware, Oracle environments
Data-at-rest encryption Supports self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
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
Management
Management interface Browser-based (HTML 5)
  • CloudIQ (cloud-based storage monitoring and analytics)
  • Unisphere for SC (single-array element manager, no software installation required)
  • Unisphere Central for SC (multi-array management)

Client application

  • Dell Storage Manager – Advanced multi-array, multi-site and cross-platform (PS Series) management
Federation Create large multi-array systems under unified management, with seamless workload migration between arrays via included Live Migrate feature. Add 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. Federate like or unlike arrays, all SC models supported.
Scripting support Microsoft PowerShell API
RESTful API
Host OS support Microsoft Windows Server, SLES, VMware, Citrix XenServer, RedHat Microsoft Windows Server, Oracle Solaris, HP-UX, Oracle Linux, IBM AIX, Novell NetWare, SLES, Apple, HPTru64, VMware, Citrix XenServer, RedHat
Third-party application integrationt VMware, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack, Symantec, CommVault, Foglight, Docker
Data-in-place upgrades NA Transfer drives from SC4020 head unit and any expansions enclosures directly to new SC5020 or SC7020 system. Transfer drives from SC4020 head unit and any expansions enclosures directly to new SC5020 or SC7020 system. NA
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
Certifications 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
Reporting/alerts 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
SC Hybrid SCv3000 Series SC5020 SC7020 SC9000
Physical
Rack size 3U 3U 3U 2U (single controller only)
Height 13.33 cm (5.25 inches) 13.33 cm (5.25 inches) 13.33 cm (5.25 inches) 8.73 cm (3.44 in)
Width 44.5 cm (17.52 inches) 44.5 cm (17.52 inches) 44.5 cm (17.52 inches) 8.73 cm (3.44 in)
Depth 78.5 cm (30.9 inches) 78.5 cm (30.9 inches) 78.5 cm (30.9 inches) 8.73 cm (3.44 in)
Weight at max configuration 24.22 kg (53.4 lb) 24.22 kg (53.4 lb) 24.22 kg (53.4 lb) 8.73 cm (3.44 in)
Weight empty 15.15 kg (33.4 lb) 15.15 kg (33.4 lb) 15.15 kg (33.4 lb) 8.73 cm (3.44 in)
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
Power
Power/wattage 2 hot-swappable power supplies
(1378W or 1485W options available, wattage type not interchangeable after point of sale)
2 hot-swappable
1485W power supplies
2 hot-swappable 1100W 80 PLUS Energy Star Platinum-certified power supplies
Maximum output power 1378W supply option: 1378 W
1485W supply option: 1485 W
1485 W 1100 W
Maximum input power 1378W supply option: 1584 W
1485W supply option: 1688 W
1688 W 1200 W
Maximum input current 1378W supply option: 16 A
1485W supply option: 8.8 A
8.8 A 12A
Maximum inrush current 55A for 10 ms or less 55A for 10 ms or less 25A for 10 ms or less
Nominal input voltage operating range 1378W supply option: 100-240 VAC
1485W supply option: 200-240 VAC
200-240 VAC 100-240 VAC
Nominal input frequency 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz
Thermal output/heat dissipation (maximum) 1378W option: 5,770 BTU per hour 1485 option: 5,760 BTU per hour (all-in-one base appliance, no expansion enclosures) 5,760 BTU per hour (all-in-one base appliance, no expansion enclosures) 4,100 BTU per hour (per controller)
Environmental Operating Conditions
Operating temperature 50 - 95°F (10 - 35°C) 41 - 104°F (-5 - 40°C)
Non-operating temperature -40 - 149°F (-40 - 65°C) -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 (noncondensing) 5% to 95% with 33°C (91°F) maximum dew point
Inlet type NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42
Services, Warranties
Services Dell ProSupport with deployment and consulting services. Optional ProSupport Plus is available offering proactive and preventative services to improve performance and stability. Dell Optimize is available for additional ongoing strategic counsel and guidance from a highly trained system analyst.
Diagnostics engine Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
System sizing Dell EMC Live Optics
Drive warranty All SSDs are warrantied for full lifetime wear-out replacement with valid service agreement. SSD warranty covers all formats: SLC, MLC an d TLC

Solutions & Services:

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


ProDeploy

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.

Training


Training

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


Consulting

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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