Dell Compellent: Fluid Storage

Explore Dell Compellent storage and find out why Dell's strategy is to sell fewer disks. Now get flash for the price of disk.


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Self-optimized, intelligent storage for a dynamic data center

Dell Compellent continues to power the data center with the Storage Center array software release 6.4. This latest release supports Flash-optimized solutions that reduce costs up to 80% as compared to other competitive flash solutions, the new SC280 dense enclosure and the FS8600 NAS appliance with FluidFS v3. Compellent boosts performance, enhances efficiency while lowering TCO, and scales easily to adapt to your business need.


Compellent drives down the cost of the data center with a range of technologies that automatically seeks your best interest, eliminating excess capacity, consolidating data silos and saving time on storage administration.


Compellent adapts without artificial limits, restrictions or complexities, easily scaling up and out across block and file without disruption or costly rip and replace migrations.

High performance

Compellent Storage Center 6.4 software helps you optimize your platform for high-speed storage with minimized application latencies and exceptionally low TCO.

Flash storage at the price of disk

With a SC220 enclosure and improved Storage Center 6.4 firmware, Dell Compellent Flash-optimized Solutions can deliver all-flash or hybrid-flash storage. They are designed to provide high-performance, low-latency storage to:

  • Enhance performance for Oracle, SQL and other enterprise applications
  • Accelerate OLTP, ERP systems and other I/O-intensive workloads
  • Improve quantity and latency for virtual desktops
  • Lowers data center power consumption and cooling requirements
  • Reduces reduce latency by up to 90% and rack space by up to 84%
  • Achieve up to 300,000 IOPS

Storage Center Operating System 7

Compellent: Flash-optimized storage

What separates Dell Compellent Flash-optimized Solutions from other all-flash and hybrid-flash solutions? With an enhanced SCOS 7 firmware, Dell Compellent Flash-optimized Solutions are provided with deeper intelligence and data efficiency. SCOS 7 provides excellent capabilities including:

  • Lower acquisition costs across flash and hybrid arrays
  • Reduced lifecycle costs
  • Increased flexibility
  • Enhanced support for virtualization and cloud strategies
  • Increased portfolio-level investment protection

SCOS 7 delivers granular management targeting and control with new Quality of Service features and VMware VVOLS support to simplify management of multi-tenancy and cloud environments. As the industry leader for price on cost-per-gigabit, Dell's SCOS 7 offers all-flash tiers under $0.45/GB and hard drive tiers under $0.10/GB net effective capacity.


SC200/SC220 enclosure

With flexible, efficient next-generation SC200 and SC220 enclosures extend the capacity of your storage.

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SC280 enclosure

From any major storage vendor in its class store more data in a smaller footprint with the densest storage enclosure.

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SC4020 all-in-one array

The SC4020 provides an all-flash or hybrid storage at an exceptional value, and supports up to 10,000 MS-Exchange mailboxes in just 2U of rack space.

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SC8000 controller

With the next-generation Dell Compellent™ SC8000 Storage Center Controller boost your storage flexibility, resiliency and performance.

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SC9000 enclosure

Optimize the core of your business with the Dell storage SC9000 that is highly scalable and lowers TCO.

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FS8600 Network-Attached Storage

Put more data in less space with FluidFS v3

With the enhanced Fluid File System v3 (FluidFS v3) and FS8600 network-attached storage (NAS) appliance lower Dell Compellent Storage Center TCO.

  • Achieve up to 494,000 SPEC OPS with a true scale-out architecture that helps drive better performance
  • Scale performance linearly as your FS8600 system grows by transparently adding nodes and automatically load balancing.
  • Optimize stability and concurrent connection scalability with enhanced protocol support (SMB 2.1, NFS v4).
  • Add flexibility with a 10Gb iSCSI backend connectivity option to the Storage Center array.

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Intelligently manage and protect your data

Dell™ Compellent™ enables enterprises of all sizes to move beyond simply storing data to actively, intelligently managing data with an integrated software feature set. Powerful storage software with built-in automation optimizes the provisioning, placement and protection of data throughout its lifecycle. Dell Compellent flash-optimized solutions have the ability to tier across write-intensive SLC SSDs and lower-cost, high-capacity, read-intensive MLC SSDs in a single solution, which can reduce costs up to 80 percent compared to other flash-optimized solutions offering flash for the price of disk. Receive comprehensive monitoring and customizable reporting for capacity and performance of all local and remote Storage Center systems with an intuitive management console. This interface minimizes administration time by automating repetitive tasks and providing wizards for configuration and administration functions.

  • Optimize data placement — Using real-time system intelligence for each block, Storage Center moves data where it’s needed, when it’s needed, based on actual use and performance needs. Dell Compellent is the first solution in its class to automatically tier data from single-level cell (SLC) SSDs to lower cost read-intensive, multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs and traditional rotating disks.
  • Maximize storage utilization — Built into every Compellent system, Dynamic Capacity thin provisions volumes for ultra-efficient storage utilization.
  • Provide dynamic business continuity — In an environment with multiple arrays, Live Volume acts as a storage hypervisor, actively mapping volumes between systems.
  • Enhance data protection — Compellent delivers continuous data protection with advanced snapshot and disaster recovery functionality.
  • Simplify management — Manage data intuitively—and automatically—through a single pane of glass with the advanced provisioning and reporting capabilities of Enterprise Manager.
  • Unify block and file storage — Expand the capabilities of a traditional file architecture with non-disruptive scaling for both block and file, robust data protection and a single-interface to manage them both.

Storage Virtualization: Pooling Your Storage Resources into One Central SAN

Ensures Continuously Available System Resources to All Servers – Physical or Virtual

Dell Compellent Storage Center is able to create a pool of continuously available, shared storage resources by virtualizing enterprise network storage at the block level. By spreading read/write operations across all of the drives, it enables multiple requests to be simultaneously processed - enhancing system performance and becoming an advantage to the users. Storage virtualization allows the user to create hundreds of virtual volumes, which are then used to support virtual server platforms and to optimize virtual application placement, all within a matter of seconds.

How Storage Virtualization Can Enhance Your System Performance:

  • Create any-sized virtual volumes – Eliminating the need to allocate drives to specific servers or perform complicated tasks such as capacity planning or performance tuning
  • Simplified storage provisioning – Able to present network storage to servers without drive allocation, since Storage Center will intelligently provision storage for you
  • Eliminates the limitations of physical ports – Instead treats multiple virtual ports as a single port for increased port capacity, disk bandwidth, I/O connectivity and more.
  • Minimized disruptions and downtime - Able to dynamically scale your storage pool and upgrade your system without interruption
  • RAID virtualization - Eliminate the need to have a single RAID type for a volume or disk group. Storage Center can intelligently applies RAID policies to individual pages, not the volume. A single volume can contain blocks with RAID10, RAID5, and RAID6 policies.