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Dell EMC SC5020F Storage Array

Affordable high-performance solution


Self-optimising SSD, HDD or hybrid configuration options provide an affordable high-performance solution for mixed application environments.

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Accelerate your workloads, automate your savings

The Dell EMC SC5020F makes storage cost savings automatic with a modern architecture that optimises your data centre for economics while delivering transformational SSD, HDD or hybrid performance.

SC Series provides the lowest effective £/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 goal with the least expensive mix of storage media, even as your performance needs evolve.
  • Deduplication & Compression - Dramatically reduce the raw capacity required to store data
  • RAID tiering - Eliminate manual RAID provisioning, increase efficiency and utilisation
  • 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 guarantee your project goes right the first time.
  • Persistent Software Licensing - Future-proof your investment, minimise the cost of upgrades and expansions

All-new hardware platform

Designed as the next-generation successor to the popular SC4020, 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 more bandwidth
  • 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 up to 2 PB per array - with even larger scale-out potential in federated multi-array systems.

But the advantages don't stop with fast hardware. SC5020F includes all the Storage Centre Operating System (SCOS) features you've come to expect from SC Series storage.

Intelligent advantage for modern workloads

Based on actual use and applications 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 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.

0-100% Flash Architecture

Target specficic 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

Like many SC services, Deduplication and Compression are applied dynamically at a sub-LUN level to optimise 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

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.

Reliable 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 and matures.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • File and Block in Same Storage Pool - via optional FS8600 scale-out NAS appliance
  • 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.
Manufacturer Dell EMC
Part No. SC5020F
End of Life? No
Width 445
Height 133.3
Depth 785
Weight [Kg] 24.22
Rack Units 3U
CPU Socket(s) 1
Compatible CPU(s) Intel Xeon E5 2530v3
Max CPU Clk Spd 2.4GHz
Max # Core(s) 8 core
Memory Capacity 128GB per array (64GB per controller)
Drive Bays 30x 2.5" drive slots (base)
222 drives per array, more in federated systems
Capacity 2PB per array, more in federated systems
HDD Suitability SSD: write-intensive and read-intensive drives(can be mixed in single system), SED SSDs
RAID Controller Auto-provisions and dynamically restripes multiple RAID levels on the same tier; no need to pre-allocate RAID groups
RAID Options RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, RAID 10, and RAID 10 DM (Dual Mirror); any combination of RAID levels can exist in single array

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