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Dell EMC SC5020F All-Flash Storage Array
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Dell EMC SC5020 All-Flash Storage Array

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Take the inside track to great storage with two SC All-Flash base array options. Both models feature a 3U “all-in-one” format, including active/active dual controllers with 8-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 256GB memory and multi-protocol flexibility with 32Gb FC, 16Gb FC, 10Gb iSCSI and new 100Gb and 25Gb iSCSI I/O options. 5 With SC All-Flash, your infrastructure will be ready for tomorrow’s network speeds!

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 allflash 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. SC All-Flash’s active/active, performance-centric design keeps IOPS and throughput high as you scale up and out, while ensuring every dollar you spend is targeted directly on application acceleration.

Dynamic intelligence

Dynamic intelligence

Purpose-built to adapt to constant change and growth, SC All-Flash boosts workloads without interruption, 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, helping your data center become a key competitive enabler for your company.

Efficiency and value

Efficiency and value

Automate your cost savings with innovative self-optimization features, including Intelligent Deduplication and Compression. Pervasive “thin methods” and intuitive management tools maximize and extend critical resources - and best of all, the entire suite of advanced SC Series software features is enabled by default. No extra licenses to buy or maintain!

Fully mobilize your data

Everything about SC All-Flash is fast (over 1 million max IOPS fast1 ) - but IOPS-crunching performance is just the beginning. These dependable arrays also provide deployment velocity and configuration agility to help your business compete in today’s dynamic markets. The enterprise-proven SC Operating System automates and manages the most time-consuming, error-prone aspects of change, including server/LUN mappings, allowing you to freely migrate, rebalance and consolidate data without interrupting workloads or reconfiguring hosts.

FEDERATE the combined performance and capacity of up to 10 arrays
Thanks to their built-in “storage hypervisor” capability, multiple SC All-Flash arrays can be grouped in federated systems under unified management. Data mobility within a federation is easy 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. 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
Included Live Volume also keeps workloads running during unexpected outages and disasters. Non-disruptive autofailover between fully-synchronized volumes on local and remote arrays protects your vital business operations with no need for extra hardware or software purchases. Live Volume helps you achieve ZERO RTO/RPO, and even autorepairs your high-availability environment when a downed array comes back online.

Always available storage
Change storage configurations quickly without impacting your workloads. Federated architecture with built-in auto-failover makes SC All-Flash the smart choice to deliver consistent value in volatile business environments.

Aggressive cost savings

Despite these advanced capabilities, SC All-Flash arrays are remarkably affordable - and they don’t wait around for you to figure out how to reduce lifecycle expense. Proactive self-optimization features such as Intelligent Deduplication and Compression, RAID tiering, and a host of others work constantly in the background to auto-tune your environment to respond to real-world usage patterns. Data is placed, migrated and space-reduced at just the right time to maximize cost savings while minimizing performance impact - yet you always maintain policy-based, system-wide control.


All-new hardware platformFederate 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.

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 SC product ever. All features are licensed to the full capacity of the array. Key items include:

  • Powerful management tools - New Unisphere HTML5 Web UI lets you configure SC All-Flash quickly with no software installation required. Just point your browser from any mobile device to accomplish most day-today 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.
  • Intelligent Deduplication & Compression - Low-impact data reduction reduces raw capacity needs.
  • Live Migrate Federation - Simplify multi-array environments with quick and seamless data movement among SC All-Flash arrays, or in heterogeneous environments with other SC Series hybrid arrays.
  • Live Volume - Auto-failover between fully synchronized volumes on local and remote arrays.
  • Volume Advisor - Monitors federation in background, makes proactive policy-based data placement recommendations.
  • Data Progression - Achieve IOPS goals with the least expensive mix of storage media.
  • RAID tiering - Eliminates manual provisioning. RAID levels change dynamically to optimize for reads/writes separately. Provides great performance at low cost.
  • 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 - Single-hop, multi-hop (chained), 1-to-many mixed topology. Works with all SC arrays.
  • Remote Instant Replay - Sync/async replication across IP networks, deduped for efficiency.
  • Multi-protocol network support - Flexible Fibre Channel and iSCSI connections, up to 29,000 MB/s bandwidth.
  • 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.
  • Encryption - 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 cross-platform replication lets you combine two platforms in a single solution.
  • Chargeback - Simplifies budgeting by calculating storage costs for individual applications and departments.
  • Multi-VLAN tagging - Provides segmented, controlled access for up to 64 VLANs per port, great for service providers, large corporations and others with multi-tenancy needs.
  • Quality of Service (QoS) - Prioritize storage resources to match your business goals, eliminate “noisy neighbour” problems. User defined alerts, scriptable via REST.
  • VVOLs support - Apply advanced SC array services to individual VMs using familiar vSphere tools.

Reliable SC Series investment protectionTrusted, 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.2 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.3 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 All-Flash supports 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.

Dell EMC Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program
Dell EMC Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program

Get an extra level of investment protection with Dell EMC’s 4:1 Efficiency Guarantee, 3-year Satisfaction Guarantee, “Never-worry” Data Migration, Hardware Investment Protection and All-Inclusive Software offers. The Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program offers an unmatched set of assurances that your SC All-Flash array will provide lasting value for the lifetime of your applications. Unlike our competitors’ programs, this offer is available at no additional cost - either in terms of higher product price or higher maintenance price.

Technical Specifications:

  SC5020F SC7020F
Chassis Overview
Chassis format All-in-one (dual controllers, internal drive bays, networking) with expansion options
Rack size 3U 3U
Controllers 2 hot-swappable per chassis (active/active)
Processors Single Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630 v3, 2.4GHz, 8 cores Dual Intel Xeon Processors, E5-2628 v3 2.5GHz, 8 cores
Internal storage capacity 30 x 2.5” drive bays
System memory 128GB per array (64GB per controller) 256GB per array (128GB per controller)
Operating system Dell Storage Center OS (SCOS) 7.2 or greater Dell Storage Center OS (SCOS) 7.2 or greater
Expansion Capacity
Max raw capacity 2.16PB per array, more in federated systems 4PB per array, more in federated systems
Maximum drive count 222 per array (with optional expansion enclosures), more in federated systems 606 drives per array, more in federated systems
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
Storage media support SSD: write-intensive and read-intensive drives (can be mixed in single system), SED SSDs
Network and Expansion I/O
Front-end-network protocols FC, iSCSI (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)
Max 32Gb FC ports 8 per array (SFP+) 24 per array (SFP+)
Max 16/8Gb FC ports 8 per array (SFP+) 24 per array (SFP+)
Max 100Gb iSCSI ports 8 per array (SFP28) 16 per array (SFP28)
Max 25Gb iSCSI ports 8 per array (SFP28) 16 per array (SFP28)
Max 10Gb/1Gb iSCSI ports Up to 16 SFP+ (10Gb) or Base-T ports per array Up to 32 SFP+ (10Gb) or Base-T ports per array
Management ports 2 per array (1Gb BASE-T)
Back-end expansion protocols 12Gb SAS
Max back-end expansion ports 8 per array 24 per array
  SC5020F SC7020F
Functional & Performance
Array configurations All-flash arrays only
Storage format Native block (SAN)
Max SAN hosts 500 500
Max initiator ports 1000 1000
Max LUN size 500TB 500TB
Max number of LUNs 2000 2000
Max number of snapshots 8,192 16,384
Max IOPS 1,025,000 1,200,000
Max IOPS (with latency <1ms) 818,000 1,050,000
Max IOPS (80% reads, 20% writes) 330,000 346,000
Max throughput (reads) 19,000 MB/s 29,000 MB/s
Max throughput (writes) 9,500 MB/s 14,000 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 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 in 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 “Deduplication + Compression” and “Compression only” modes available
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
Does not require identical hardware at each site
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 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
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 integrationt VMware, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack, Symantec, CommVault, Foglight, Docker
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
Rack size 3U 3U
Height 13.33 cm (5.25 inches) 13.33 cm (5.25 inches)
Width 44.5 cm (17.52 inches) 44.5 cm (17.52 inches)
Depth 78.5 cm (30.9 inches) 78.5 cm (30.9 inches)
Weight at max configuration 24.22 kg (53.4 lb) 24.22 kg (53.4 lb)
Weight empty 15.15 kg (33.4 lb) 15.15 kg (33.4 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
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
Maximum output power 1378 W (1378W supply option) or 1485 W (1485W supply option) 1485 W
Maximum input power 1584 W (1378W supply option) or 1688 W (1485W supply option) 1688 W
Maximum input current 16 A (1378W supply option) or 8.8 A (1485W supply option) 8.8 A
Maximum inrush current 55A for 10 ms or less 55A for 10 ms or less
Nominal input voltage operating range 100-240 VAC (1378W supply option) or 200-240 VAC (1485W supply option) 200-240 VAC
Nominal input frequency 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz
Thermal output/heat dissipation (maximum) 5,770 BTU per hour (1378W supply option) or 5,760 BTU per hour (1485W supply option) 5,760 BTU per hour
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 (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

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Dell Storage Products
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Dell EMC SC5020F All-Flash Storage Array
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