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Dell PowerEdge R530 Rack Server - System Overview

Description

Dell’s R530 2U rack server is virtualization ready for data centers and SMBs. Along with more cores courtesy of the Xeon E5 processors, other technologies such as DDR4 memory and PCIe 3.0 offer further improvements to I/O performance while reducing power consumption by up to 30%. This can add up to significant savings when used in a Data Center application with multiple server deployments.

Performance

The R530 supports Xeon E5-2600 v3 and Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors and DDR4 memory. On a performance scale the R530 falls somewhere between the 1U R420 and the 2U R720 and offers some serious storage density. The R530 is a preferred platform for dedicated development or as a backup server.

Memory

The R530 gives administrators options. In a single processor configuration, the R530 supports up to 192 GB of memory. In a two processor configuration the system can support 384GB with all 12 DIMM slots fitted with 32GB ECC RDIMM modules. Using Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and compatible memory modules up to 2133MT/s is supported, With Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors transfer speeds of up to 2400MT/s is available but transfer speeds will default to the slowest performer between memory and CPU, so choose wisely.

Storage

Eight 3.5-inch hot-plug drive bays are accessible from the front of the system. With only a single chassis configuration Administrators still have options. Choose from 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SAS, SATA, NL-SAS HDDs or SSDs. If you plan on using the smaller 2.5-inch drives you will need the 3.5-inch hard drive adapters. Using 6TB 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hard drives provides up to 48TB of storage. The R530 is a highly adaptable, mid-range server with options that enable you to balance budget and performance needs. This system is virtualization ready with an integrated PERC 100 RAID controller offering limited RAID configurations. For more RAID options choose the PERC 500 or PERC 700 RAID controller which offers the full range of RAID options and increased data protection and redundancy.

Expansion

5 half-height PCIe slots are standard equipment, 3 PCIe 3.0 and two PCIe 2.0 for application accelerators, HBAs, and more. With the optional mezzanine riser installed in slot 2 the system will support 2 full-height PCie cards and three half-height PCIe cards. Compared to the R520 you get an additional PCIe slot and an upgrade to gen 3.0 for three slots. The gen 3 PCIe slots are a nice addition and feature twice the throughput compared to the Gen 2 PCIe slots.

Management

Managing the system is simple and intuitive with Dell’s integrated iDRAC8 with lifecycle controller. iDRAC8 is standard equipment on all Gen 13 servers and functions out-of-band or in-band with or without system management software. iDRAC8 provides, alerts, configuration, and simplifies deployment of a single server or multiples. Opting for the enterprise license on iDRAC8 opens more management features including iDRAC8 direct which uses NFC technology to provide up to the moment server status updates using the optional iDRAC bezel. iDRAC 8 is part of Dell’s comprehensive OpenManage system management portfolio, freely available for download from Dell, and provides another level of accessibility through the OpenManage mobile app and a hand-held mobile device. Hypervisor redundancy has also been addressed with Dell’s Failsafe Hypervisor which provides another layer of data protection.

Summary

The R530 is a solid general purpose performer for SMBs interested in a reliable and easy to manage server with the ability to adapt to your changing business needs. Embedded virtualization-ready features provide administrators with simplified RAID configurations that can be expanded with optional RAID controllers that support the full range of RAID options enhancing reliability and data protection. The new processors, memory and PSU’s also provide greater performance than the earlier generation while consuming much less energy, lowering your cost of operation. For more performance and storage options take a look at Dells R730 or R730xd.

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Dell PowerEdge R530 Rack Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 and E5-2600 v4 product families
Operating System (Dell recommends Windows 10 Pro)
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V®
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
  • VMware® ESX®
Chipset
    Intel C610 series chipset
Memory
    DDR4 DIMMs at up to 2400MT/s
    12 DIMM slots: 4GB, 6GB, 16GB, 32GB
Hypervisor Support
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008, with Hyper-V®
  • VMware vSphere ESXi
Storage
  • SAS
  • SATA
  • Nearline SAS
  • SSD
Drive Bays
    Up to 8 x 3.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD drives
Slots
    Support for up to 5 x PCIe slots, half-length low-profile:

  • 3 x PCIe 3.0
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0
RAID Controllers
    Internal:

  • PERC S130
  • PERC H330
  • PERC H730
  • PERC H730P
  • External:

  • PERC H830
Network Controller
    4 x 1 GbE LOMs
Communications
    Optional add-in NICs, HBAs
Power
  • 495W AC, 750W AC, 1100W AC hot-plug PSU
  • 1100W -48V DC hot-plug PSU
  • 450W AC cabled PSU
Availability
  • ECC memory
  • Single Device Data Correction (SDDC)
  • Spare Rank
  • Hot-plug hard drives
  • Hot-plug redundant power
  • iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller
  • Support for HA clustering
  • Virtualization-ready
  • Internal Dual SD Module (Failsafe Hypervisor)
  • TPM 1.2
Graphics Card
    Video Type :

  • Integrated Matrox G200 with iDRAC8
  • Video Memory:

  • 16 MB shared with iDRAC8 application memory
Chassis
    2U Rack

    H: 8.68cm
    W: 48.24cm
    D: 66.8cm
Management
    Systems management:

  • IPMI 2.0 compliant
  • Dell OpenManage Essentials
  • Dell OpenManage Mobile
  • Dell OpenManage Power Center
  • Remote management:

  • iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller
  • iDRAC8 Express (default)
  • iDRAC8 Enterprise (upgrade)
  • 8GB vFlash media (upgrade)
  • 16GB vFlash media (upgrade)
  • iDRAC Quick Sync
  • Dell OpenManage Integrations:
    • Dell OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft® System Center
    • Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware® vCenter™
    • HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli® Netcool®, and CA Network and Systems Management (NSM)
  • Dell OpenManage Connections:
    • HP Operations Manager
    • IBM Tivoli® Netcool®
    • CA Network and Systems Management
    • Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle® Database Manager

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