Dell PowerEdge VRTX

PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform

Redefine office ITcheck it here: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-vrtx/pd

I usually do not make comment on HW infrastructures or platforms but I have to admit that today, after a chat with my neighbourhood, I fall in love with this one.

When thinking about SMB market and IT we always face a dualism between computational and storage needs and, on the other side, strict budgets and low resources. Low resources also means space, energy, people constrains and so on.

So here we are a small object, that contains all the HW needed for a SMB or a branch, flexible and easy to manage.

Drive Bays

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

An cheap solution that can easily provide 40 TB of space is quite a good start for a small business or a branch office.

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)

RAID Controllers

Shared PERC8

Power

Redundant power supply units:

100V-240V auto-sensing redundant power supplies support 2+2 (AC redundancy), and 3+1, 2+1, and 1+1 (power supply redundancy) modes

What you need more 🙂 i would like it in my home

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-generation fan technologies to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure

And, really, it does not make the horrible noise we usually associate to those stuffs, means it can really be a desktop DataCenter 🙂

Chassis 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, that can provide enough power for most of smb needs

Rack Support

ReadyRails™ II sliding rails for 4-post racks with square, round, or threaded holes

Price is competitive so I wish this thing a lot of success 🙂

Antonio Ieranò
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