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Dell Compellent SC280 Dense Enclosure
Available with either 42 or 84 x 4TB1 7200 rpm drives

Dell Compellent SC280 Dense Enclosure

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Maximize your rack density

High-density storage takes on a whole new meaning with the Dell Compellent SC280 dense enclosure. With the best rack unit density of any major storage solution, the SC280 is up to 2.8 times denser compared to traditional 2U 3.5" disk-drive enclosure solutions. You can easily add capacity for your SAN and NAS environments.

  • Up to 336TB1 of storage in a 5U chassis
  • Up to 2PB1 (usable) storage per 48U rack with two Dell Compellent Storage Center systems
  • Available with either 42 or 84 x 4TB1 7200 rpm drives
  • 6Gbps SAS connectivity

Optimize storage economics

As an all-in-one, fast-write bulk storage solution, the SC280 can help deliver a low total cost of ownership. It is an ideal solution for:

  • Large-scale enterprise deployments
  • Co-location environments where you may have to pay separately for your rack space
  • File workflows, such as radiology, life sciences and media archival
  • Replication-intensive environments

Global services and support

Dell Services can help reduce IT complexity, lower costs and eliminate inefficiencies by making IT and business solutions work harder for you. The Dell Services team delivers distinctive capabilities, including Copilot support and optimization as well as full data migration solutions to facilitate consolidation from multiple file systems. Dell takes a holistic view of your needs and designs solutions for your environment and business objectives, and uses established delivery methods, local talent and in-depth domain knowledge to help lower your total cost of ownership.


High capacity, cost-optimized storage for your data center

Store more data, increase efficiency, and help reduce the cost of storage per terabyte with the Dell™ Compellent™ SC280 dense enclosure - the densest storage enclosure from any major storage vendor in its class.1 Multiple SC280 and two Storage Center™ systems can scale to provide a 2PB SAN and NAS solution in a single 48U rack. Plus, Dell Compellent can help you tier data from high-performance, flash-optimized storage to the high-capacity, cost-optimized SC280 enclosure, all within a single array.

Efficiency that drives your data center

The high-density Dell Compellent SC280 enclosure is up to 2.8 times denser than traditional 2U 3.5" disk-drive enclosure solutions, offering 67.2TB of storage per rack unit. Easily increase storage capacity for your Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN and Compellent FS8600 NAS environments with the scalable SC280 enclosure, and optimize your IT budget. The SC280 is equipped with spare drives to help ensure business continuity as part of a resilient, highly available solution that's backed by industry-leading support. Compellent's automated tiering technology places less frequently accessed data on the cost- and space-efficient SC280 enclosure to help you lower your infrastructure costs without compromising the performance of your frequently accessed data storage.

Designed for extreme density

The SC280 provides extreme density within a small footprint enclosure, and has the best rack unit density of any major storage solution. The dense form factor of the SC280 helps reduce operating expenses by storing up to 336TB in a 5U footprint to help maximize floor space utilization in your data center. The SC280 has two power supplies, five hot-swappable fans for power and cooling, and redundant hot-swappable 6Gb SAS I/O modules for availability. With a two-drawer drive bay design, with each drawer holding up to 42 hot-swappable drives, the enclosure offers two configurations for its 4TB 7.2K SAS HDDs - either partially populated with 42 drives or fully populated with 84 drives.

Scale on demand

Deploying and managing your data center is challenging - the sheer amount of data that has to be stored, backed up and archived is growing exponentially. As an all-in-one, fast-write bulk storage solution, the SC280 provides an ideal solution for your large-scale enterprise and co-location deployments, as well as file workflows including radiology, life sciences and media archival. You can have two SC280 enclosures per loop, five enclosures per Storage Center system with 400 active drives, and up to 1.6PB of raw capacity. The SC280 enclosure is compatible with the Dell Compellent SC200, SC220 and Flash-optimized solutions2. Address your data center growth challenges with the ultra-dense Compellent SC280 enclosure to provide high-capacity, low-cost storage for your SAN and NAS unified storage requirements.

Technical Specifications:

Compellent SC280 Dense Enclosure
Height 22.230 cm (8.8 inches)
Width 48.260 cm (19 inches)
Depth 91.44 cm (36 inches)
Weight 130.7 kg (287.5 lbs) when full
Wattage 2184 power supply rating
Heat Dissipation 7,455 BTU/hr (at 2184W) 6,144 BTU/hr (at max power of 1800W)
Voltage 208-240 VAC
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Amperage 7.4A at 241V
Operating Temperature 5˚ to 35˚C (41˚ to 95˚F)
Non-operating Temperature -40˚ to 70˚C (-40˚ to 158˚F)
Controller hardware Dell Compellent SC8000
Software Dell Compellent Storage Center 6.4 or later
Scalability Can hold either 84 or 42 SAS HDD 3.5" 4TB drives per enclosure
Capacity Up to 336TB per 5U enclosure
Drives SAS HDD 3.5" 4TB drives


Dell Compellent SC280 Dense Enclosure Datasheet (.PDF)

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