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Dell PowerEdge FX2s Converged Architecture (with PCIe) - System Overview

Description

The converged architecture of the FX2S means management, power, and cooling of the IT resources are centralized, consolidating resources and reducing cost. The chassis features eight hot-swap PCIe modules to support combinations of quarter-width, half-width, and full width compute and storage modules. Compute, storage, and networking are shared in the 2U space and expansion is easily accomplished by adding more compute and storage nodes or additional FX2 enclosures. It's ideal for data centers and highly virtualized environments.

The FX2s supports the following compute modules including the quarter-width FC430, the half-width FC630, the full-width FC830, and the quarter-width FD332 storage module. The FX2s, does not support the half-width FM120x4 server nodes featuring four discrete servers in each node.

Performance

The compute modules supported on the FX2 are powered by the latest generation Intel Xeon v3 and v4 processors and support DDR4 memory modules. Processors, memory, and storage are handled by the compute and storage modules while power, cooling, and networking are handled by the FX2 or FX2s chassis. The backplane automatically maps the compute modules to the PCIe 3.0 hot-swap modules located on the FX2s chassis. The FC430 and FC630 support up to two CPUs, and the FC830 supports up to four CPUs.

Expansion

There are eight PCIe 3.0 expansion modules on the FX2s chassis that automatically map to the installed compute modules through the backplane. Two FN I/O modules or aggregators can be installed on the system for enhanced network connectivity and support up to eight 10GbE ports. The aggregators replace the standard network interface, simplifying cable management and optimizing "east/west" server to server traffic within the FX2s chassis and LAN/SAN convergence. There are three different aggregator modules to choose from. Two that support four ports with either copper or fiber optic cables, and a third aggregator module that offers a combination of four 10GbE ports and two fiber channel 2 plus 2 ports of SFP with 10GbE. Up to 20 FX2 chassis can be daisy-chained together and managed from a single console using Dell's Chassis Management Controller (CMC).

Management

The FX2 uses the Chassis Management Controller to manage nodes and system resources from a web interface. Two RJ-45 ports on the back of the system above the aggregator modules connect to the external management network and also allow up to 20 FX2 chassis to be daisy-chained together for access to more shared resources. The OpenManage portfolio supports local and remote management for the FX2 system. All compute modules supported on the FX2 chassis feature Dell’s iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller. Both iDRAC8 and CMC are available with Express and Enterprise licensing depending on your management needs.

Summary

Featuring dense storage, and capable of supporting up to 16 processors, the FX2s offers powerful performance in a 2U space. The FX2s is a highly scalable, and flexible platform suitable for a number of different workloads depending on your choice of compute modules and storage.


Supported Compute & Storage Modules

FC430 Compute Module

The FC430 is a quarter-width compute module that can support two Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors or a single E5-1600 v3 processor. Up to eight FC430 compute modules can be installed in the FX2s chassis for a maximum of 2TB of memory. The FC430 can also be used with the other compute modules or the FD332 storage sled supporting 16 additional drives. Two 1.8-inch bays up front supports either two 1.8-inch uSATA drives or an optional low-latency configuration that combines a 1.8-inch drive with two QSFP+ compact, hot-pluggable transceiver connectors for Ethernet or Infiniband connectivity. Each sled has access to one PCIe 3.0 slot on the FX2s chassis. With an optimal balance of memory and storage, this module is perfect for high-speed I/O for mainstream enterprise workloads, including mid-sized virtualization and database environments. The low-latency Infiniband configuration is ideal for High Frequency Trading and High Performance Computing.

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FC630 Compute Module

The FC630 is a half-width, two socket compute module that can support two Xeon E5-2600 v3 or E5-2600 v4 processors. Up to four FC630s can be installed in the FX2s chassis. The FC630 can also be used in conjunction with other compute modules or the FD332 storage module for dense direct attached storage. 24 DIMM slots provide up to 1.5TB of memory. With four FC430 sleds installed in the FX2s, a maximum of 6TB of memory is available. Up front there's room for two 2.5-inch drives or a version that supports up to eight 1.8-inch SSDs. Each sled can access two PCIe 3.0 slots on the FX2s chassis. This unit is deal for large databases or highly virtualized environments.

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FC830 Compute Module

The FC830 is a four socket, full-width compute module that supports the Xeon E5-4600 v3 or E5-4600 v4 processors. It can be used in conjunction with the other compute modules or with the FD332 for Direct Attached Storage. The FX2s chassis can support two of the full-width FC830 compute sleds or a single node with four FC430s, two FC630s, or two FD332 storage modules. Each FC830 has 48 DDR4 DIMM slots, 12 slots per processor, for 1.5TB of memory per sled with transfer speeds of up to 2400 MT/s. The FC830 also features generous, scalable on-board storage with either eight 2.5-inch drives or an optional configuration with 16 1.8" SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs. The FC830 is ideal for the database tier of web tech, HPC environments or large-scale virtualization.

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FD332 Storage Module (This module cannot be used with the FM120x4 miniservers)

Each compute module features its own hot-plug storage, either SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs. For more storage, Administrators can install up to three FD332 storage modules for dense, scalable DAS. Each FD332 supports up to 16 hot-plug direct attached SFF drives either SAS or SATA SSDs or HDDS. An optional dual RAID controller provides split access to the supported drives. Depending on configuration, up to three FD332s can be installed on the system with either two FC430s or a single FC630 compute sled.

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FM120x4 Compute Module (for the FX2 chassis with no PCI module slots)

The FM120x4 is a half-width compute module designed specifically for the FX2 enclosure without any PCIe slots and is not compatible with the FX2s.

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Dell PowerEdge FX2s Converged Architecture (with PCIe) - Specifications

Form Factor
    2U rack server
Server node options
  • PowerEdge FC830: Full-width: up to 2 FC830 per FX2 chassis
  • PowerEdge FC630: Half-width: up to 4 FC630 per FX2 chassis
  • PowerEdge FC430: Quarter-width: up to 8 FC430 per FX2 chassis
  • PowerEdge FM120x4: Half-width: up to 4 FM120 per FX2 chassis (NOTE: The FM120X4 is not supported on the FX2s chassis, only on the FX2)
  • PowerEdge FD332 storage block: Half-width, 16 x SFF storage drives per module: up to 3 FD332 per FX2 chassis for support of up to 48 x SFF 2.5” storage devices (NOTE: the FD332 storage module is not compatible with the FM120X4 miniserver module.)
Power supplies
    Hot-plug PSUs: 2000W, 1600W or 1100W AC in 1+1 redundant or 2+0 non-redundant configurations
Cooling
    8 hot-swappable fans provide cooling to the I/O components in the system
Communications
    2 pass-through module or choice of 3 FN I/O Modules

  • Dell PowerEdge FN410s 4-ports SFP+ provides 4 ports of SFP+ 10GbE connectivity. Supports optical and DAC cable media.
  • Dell PowerEdge FN410t 4-port 10Gb Base-T provides 4 ports of 10GBASE-T connectivity. Supports cost effective copper media up to 100 meters.
  • Dell PowerEdge FN2210s 4-port Combination Fibre Channel/Ethernet delivers up to 2 ports of 2/4/8Gbps Fibre Channel bandwidth (NPG mode and full fabric services and 2 ports of SFP+10GbE.) Also delivers up to 4 ports SFP+ 10GbE (with reboot)
Slots
    Up to 8 x PCIe 3.0 I/O expansion slots (low profile/half-length)
Systems management
  • FX uses Chassis Management Controller (CMC) to manage all resources (server nodes and shared infrastructure) in a single web console
  • OpenManage portfolio for FX supports local and remote management, consistent with other PowerEdge products
  • CMC and iDRAC are available with either Enterprise or Express licensing to best suit specific management needs
  • Server nodes each contain proven iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller for agent-free, automated systems management
Dimensions
  • H: 8.68 cm (3.41 in)
  • W: 43.35 cm (17.06 in) without rack ears; 48.19 cm (18.97 in) with rack ears
  • D: 85.16 cm (33.52 in)

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