Dell PowerEdge 13th Generation

Dell recently released their 13th generation of its PowerEdge server range, PowerEdge FX architecture. PowerEdge FX enables you to scale your data center resources incrementally, as required to meet workload demands. Its modular architecture is scalable, to fit any IT environment and support legacy or modern IT infrastructure on a single platform. IT building blocks can be added and swapped including servers, DAS storage and IO modules with various processors, memory sizes and storage characteristics. This results in a flexible and agile data centre environment.

The FX2’s flexible design allows FX servers to efficiently handle a variety of storage traffic including: SAN, DAS and NAS.  In addition you can choose to Manage FX servers individually with traditional rack servers to integrate easily into server-level processes. Or you may choose to manage FX servers collectively using the Dell Chassis Management Controller.

In addition, operations and productivity can be improved by automating server lifecycle management tasks, with the agent-free Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller which is added to every server node.

FX2 Model comparision:

FM120x4FC630
Processor4 x Intel Atom processor C2000 product familyIntel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family
Processor sockets: 2
Cache: 2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18
Operating SystemMicrosoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 SP1, (includes Hyper-V®), Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (includes Hyper-V), Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, Red Hat® Enterprise LinuxMicrosoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 SP1, (includes Hyper-V®), Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (includes Hyper-V), Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
ChipsetSoCIntel C610 series
Memory2 x DIMMs DDR3 memory per SOC, UDIMM only, 8 per sledUp to 768GB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 up to 2133MT/s
Hypervisor SupportCitrix® XenServer, Red Hat Enterprise VirtualizationCitrix® XenServer®, VMware vSphere® ESXi™
Storage1 x 2.5″ SATA HD/SSD or 2 x 1.8″ uSATA SSD per Intel Atom processorHot-plug hard drive options:
PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSD, SATA HDD/SSD or SAS HDD/SSD
Up to 8 x 1.8” SSD or 2 x 2.5”
SlotsN/AAccess to 2 x PCIe 3.0 (x8) expansion slots
RAID ControllersSW RAIDPERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P
Communications2 x 1Gb Ethernet ports per server, via 1Gb pass-through module only.Blade NDC: 2 x 10GbE, 4 x 10GbE, 4 x 1GbE NDC Mezzanine cards supported in FX2s chassis configuration: Broadcom 4 x 1GbE, Intel 4 x 1GbE, Mellanox ConnectX-3 2 x 10GbE, Emulex 2 x 10GbE, Broadcom 2 x 10GbE, Intel 2 x 10GbE, Mellanox ConnectX-3 IB 2 x FDR1, Mellanox ConnectX-3 IB 2 x FDR10, Qlogic FC8, Emulex FC8
No PCIe card support.
No FN IOA Aggregator support.
Power1100W power supply via FX2 chassisChassis level – PowerEdge FX2 hot-plug PSUs: 1600W in 1+1 redundant or 2+0 non-redundant configurations
ChassisHalf-width – supports up to four (4) sleds per PowerEdge FX2 enclosureForm factor: Half-width – supports up to 4 sleds per PowerEdge FX2 enclosure

 

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