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Dell PowerEdge VRTX : Dell’s Introduction into the future of Compute?

I had the pleasure of Attending Dell Enterprise forum this year. If you have not noticed Dell is growing and increasing it’s server market. “In the past three years, Dell has managed to grow its servers and networking sales from $7.6 billion to $9.3 billion” Source http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/dell-inc-dell-cisco-systems-inc-csco-are-growing-in-the-declining-global-server-market-168461/

Further stepping into the compute market, Dell announced the  PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform.

The PowerEdge VRTX is a shared infrastructure platform offering extensive performance and capacity with office-level acoustics in a single, compact tower chassis. It is an ideal solution for small and midsize businesses as well as remote and branch offices of large enterprises. The simple, efficient and versatile platform can be rapidly deployed to consolidate and manage business applications in two or three virtualized servers with shared storage and integrated networking.”

Source http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-vrtx/pd 

Is Dell making a move into the unknown? Lets take a look.

How does it work? I will give you a high level overview, and point you in the right direction for a deep drive. Think of it as a small scale, remote office blade center.

Tech Specs:

Feature
PowerEdge VRTX Technical Specifications
Chassis enclosure
Form factors:
Tower or 5U rack enclosure
Tower configuration:
48.4cm (19.1in) H with system feet x 31.0cm (12.2in) W with system feet opened x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
Weight (empty) = 31.7kg (69.7lb)
Weight (maximum) = 74.8kg (164.9lb)
Rack configuration:
21.9cm (8.6in) H x 48.2cm (19.0in) W x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
Weight (empty) = 24.7kg (54.5lb)
Weight (maximum) = 68.7kg (151.5lb)
Server node options
Dell PowerEdge M620 and M520 servers
Power supplies
Redundant power supply units:
110/220V auto-sensing
Redundant power supplies support 2+2 (AC redundancy), and 3+1, 2+1, and 1+1 (power supply
redundancy) modes
Cooling
VRTX comes standard with 6 hot-pluggable, redundant fan modules and 4 blower modules:
Based on Dell Energy Smart Technologies, VRTX fans and blowers are a breakthrough in power and
cooling efficiency
The fans and blowers deliver low-power consumption, but also use next-genera
tion fan technologies
to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure
Input devices
Front control panel with interactive graphical LCD:
Supports initial configuration wizard
Local server blade, enclosure, and module information and troubleshooting
Two USB keyboard/mouse connections and one video connection for local front “crash cart” console
connections
Optional DVD-RW
Raid controller
Shared PERC8
Drive bays and
hard drives
Up to 12 x 3.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives or
Up to 25 x 2.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
Embedded NIC
1GbE internal switch module (standard) with 16 internal 1GbE ports and 8 external ports
Ethernet pass-through module with 8 external ports (optional)
I/O slots
8 flexible PCIe slots:
3 full-height/full-length slots (150W) with double-wide card support (225W)
5 low-profile/half-length slots (25W)”

 

As you can see, this is a powerful product. I ask my self, is this the first step of many for Dell into a new Future? Will Dell tackle scale computing? We will have to wait to see. I for one, am looking forward to the next lineup of Dell PowerEdge server releases.

As promised, I wanted to share a deep drive post from titled : A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX

Roger L