by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces Its All-Flash Array As Low As 65¢-Per-GB

Today at Dell World, Dell Inc. is now offering what they claim to be the industry-leading All-Flash cost-per-gigabyte. Based off of Dell’s 13th generation Poweredge server platform, the arrays combine the new flagship Dell Storage SC9000 storage array controller, new 12Gb SAS expansion enclosures and next generation array software to deliver the lowest cost/GB of flash at 65¢/GB.

The new arrays can be configured as either all-flash or hybrid and single-tier or multi-tier optimized, has over 3PB of raw capacity, and can achieve over 385,000 IOPS. The array also comes with Dell’s newest Dell Storage Center 6.7 array software that boosts support for private clouds for the entire SC Series. Other features include:

  • Live Volume auto-failover for built-in disaster recovery with zero workload downtime and integrated host-side data protection for Oracle, Microsoft, and VMware environments.
  • New active data compression capabilities offer up to 93% flash capacity savings, and innovations, such as the industry-first deployment of TLC 3D NAND technology in a true high-performance, high-endurance setting, provide further cost savings.
  • Thin Import from PS Series – Easy migration for EqualLogic customers
  • Application Protection Manager for Oracle – restore host data from array
  • Software Suite for IBM-AIX – “VIOS Recognized,” enhanced availability
  • Azure Site Recovery – Support for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure platform
  • SSD SED support – Data-at-rest encryption now available on flash

Specifications:

  • Processors: Dual 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon processors per controller
  • Controllers per array: 2 (active/active)
  • Operating system: Dell Storage Center 6.7 or greater
  • Max system memory: 256GB per controller (512GB total per array)
  • Expansion capacity
  • Min/max drives: 6/960 per array, more in federated systems
  • Max raw capacity (SAN): 3PB per array (SSD or HDD), more in federated systems
  • Max raw capacity (NAS):
    • 3PB per array with optional FS8600
    • 4PB in single name space (with FS8600 and multiple SC9000 arrays)
  • Storage media
    • SAS and NL-SAS drives; different drive types, transfer rates and rotational speeds can be mixed in same system
    • SSDs: write-intensive, read-intensive (SLC, MLC and TLC formats)
    • HDDs: 15K, 10K, 7.2K RPM
  • Expansion enclosures
  • Mix and match:
    • SC420 (24 2.5” drive slots, 12Gb SAS)
    • SC400 (12 3.5” drive slots, 12Gb SAS)
    • SC280 (24 2.5” drive slots, 6Gb SAS)
    • SC220 (24 2.5” drive slots, 6Gb SAS)
    • SC200 (12 3.5” drive slots, 6Gb SAS)
  • Network and expansion I/O
  • PCIe Gen 3 slots:
    • 7 per controller
    • 4 full-height (cache card consumes one)
    • 3 low-profile
  • Front-end network protocols: FC, iSCSI, FCoE (supports simultaneous multiprotocol)
  • Max 16Gb FC ports: 20 per array (SFP+)
  • Max 8Gb/4Gb FC ports: 40 per array (SFP+)
  • Max 10Gb iSCSI ports: 20 per array (SFP+ optical or copper card, BASE-T)
  • Max 1Gb iSCSI ports: 20 per array (BASE-T)
  • Max 10Gb FCoE ports: 12 per array (SFP+ optical or copper card, BASE-T)
  • Back-end expansion protocols: 12Gb SAS (auto-negotiates to 6Gb)
  • Max back-end expansion ports: 40 per array
  • Functional
  • Array configurations: All-flash, hybrid or HDD arrays
  • Storage format: Block (SAN) and/or file (NAS) from same pool2
  • 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)
  • Tiering customizations: Default and 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
  • Server-side cache: Supports application acceleration via Dell Fluid Cache for SAN integration6, including unified management and snapshot protection for cache data
  • Thin provisioning: Active by default on all volumes, operates at full performance across all features
  • Compression: Selectable option per volume on lowest tier (SSD or HDD)
  • HDD optimization: FastTrack moves frequently accessed data to outer tracks for quicker response times
  • Data mobility and migration
  • Replication:
    • 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
  • Volume mobility:
    • Host-transparent migration between arrays via Live Volume
    • Maintains snapshots/replication relationships
  • Thin import: Space-efficient, non-disruptive data migration from PS Series (EqualLogic) 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
    • Continuous operations, disaster recovery, disaster avoidance
    • Includes third-site (tertiary) replication options Zero RTO/RPO with customizable site failover SLAs per volume
    • Does not require identical hardware at each site
    • VMware Metro Stretch Cluster support
    • Microsoft Azure Site Recovery support
  • Thin snapshots: Records changes only, snapshots auto-migrate to lower-cost storage
  • Application data protection: Application Protection Manager Suite restores host-side data from array in Oracle, Microsoft or VMware environments
  • Data-at-rest encryption
    • Self-encrypting drives (SED) in SSD or HDD formats
    • Full-disk encryption (FDE) based on AES-256
    • Drives certified to FIPS 140-2 Level 2
  • Key Management Server 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: Enterprise Manager (multi-array, multi-site)
    • Scripting support: SMI-S, Microsoft PowerShell API
  • Host OS support:
    • Microsoft Windows Server, Oracle Solaris, HP-UX, Oracle Linux, IBM
    • AIX, Novell NetWare, SUSE Enterprise Linux, Apple, HPTru64, VMware, Citrix XenServer, RedHat
  • Third-party application integration:
    • VMware, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, OpenStack, Symantec, CommVault, Foglight
    • VMware Metro Stretch Clusters, VMware SRM, IBM VIOS Recognized
  • Physical
    • Power supplies: Dual, redundant 1100W 80 PLUS Platinum certified power supplies
    • Max power: 425W
    • Inlet type: NEMA 5-15/CS22.2, n°42
  • Chassis:
    • Height: 2U/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 lb)
  • Environment:
    • Operating: 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C ) Non-operating: -40° to 149°F ( -40° to 65°C) Humidity
    • Operating: 10% to 80% (non-condensing) Non-operating: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
  • Services: Dell Copilot support with deployment and consulting services. Dell Copilot Optimize available for additional ongoing strategic counsel and guidance from a highly trained system analyst.
  • Diagnostics engine: Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
  • Drive warranty: All SSDs and HDDs are warrantied for full lifetime wear-out replacement with valid service agreement. SSD warranty covers all formats: SLC, MLC and TLC.

Availability

The Dell Storage SC9000, Dell Storage Center 6.7 and Dell Storage SC400 and SC420 enclosures are available globally today.

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