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Dell PowerEdge R715 Rack Server - System Overview

Description

Dell's PowerEdge R715 can be configured to meet a variety of workload requirements and offers plenty of punch with AMD's powerful Opteron processors. This server is an outstanding value offering the performance, scalability, and reliability and is comparable to HP's DL385 rack server, which also supports the AMD processors.

Performance

Powered by up to two AMD's Opteron 6100, 6200, or 6300 series processors with up to 16 cores, the Dell R715 also supports significant memory and storage. The AMD processors are not as expensive as their Intel 5500 and 5600 Xeon processor counterparts while still delivering powerful performance and more cores, which can only be matched by Intel's hyper-threading technology. The system is powered by either an 1100W Gold 80Plus power supply or an energy smart 750W power supply for configurations that don't require maximum power.

Memory

There are a total of 16 memory module slots, with each processor handling eight memory slots. Up to 512GB of memory is available in a two processor configuration using 32GB Registered DDR3 memory. Transfer speeds of up to 1600MT/s are available depending on the type of memory, buffered or unbuffered, and the installed processor(s). DDR3 UDIMMs (unbuffered) and Low voltage DIMMs (DDR3L DIMMs) are also supported offering enhanced energy efficiency.

Storage

Up to six 2.5-inch SAS, SATA and nearline SAS HDDs and SSDs are supported. A maximum of 6TB of storage is available on the system with hot-plug a standard option. The system also supports NVMe storage with an Enterprise license-enabled SD card for the iDRAC6 module for a custom boot or preboot for ease of deployment, and an optional internal dual SD module for redundant failsafe hypervisor support for virtualization. A maximum of two external storage controllers are supported on the system (PERC H800) in addition to the integrated storage controller.

Expansion

Six PCIe slots total, and one dedicated internal storage card slot are included on the system board. Two PCIe risers must be connected for the system to power up. Two embedded Broadcom 5709C dual-port LAN controllers are installed on the system board and offer Gigabit Ethernet. Administrators can choose from Assorted PERC RAID controllers and additional NICs and HBAs to support enhanced I/O or faster storage mediums. The iDRAC6 module supports an integrated Matrox G200 for video.

Management

Management of the system is handled by Dell's OpenManage and iDRAC6 providing on-site and remote access with an updated license key.

Summary

The Dell R715 offers the performance to address a variety of common business applications at an affordable price and is an excellent choice for highly-virtualized environments.

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Dell PowerEdge R715 Rack Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Socket
  • AMD Opteron™ 6100, 6200 and 6300 series processors
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
  • Microsoft Windows® Small Business Server 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V)
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
  • Virtualization options:

  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft Hyper-V through Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • VMware® vSphere® ESXi™
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization®
Chipset
    AMD (SR5650, SR5670 and SP5100)
Memory
    Up to 512GB
    Up to 1600MT/s DDR3
    16 DIMM slots: 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB
Storage
    Hot-plug Hard Drive Options:

  • 2.5” SAS SSD, SAS (15K, 10K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K), SAA 512e (15K)
  • Maximum Internal Storage:

  • Up to 6TB
Drive Bays
    Hot-Swap options available:

  • Up to six 2.5” SAS, SATA or SSD drives
Slots
    6 PCIe G2 slots + 1 storage slot:

  • Five x8 slots
  • One x4 slot
  • One x4 Storage slot
RAID Controller
    Internal:

  • PERC
  • H200PERC
  • H700
  • External:

  • PERC H800
  • SAS 5/E with 512MB battery backed cache
  • PERC 6/E with 512MB battery backed cache
  • 6GBs SAS HBA
  • LSI2032 PCIe SCSI HBA
Network Controller
    Two Dual-Port Broadcom 5709C Gigabit NICs (Total of 4x 1GbE ports)
Communications
    Optional NICs:

  • Broadcom® BMC57710 10Base-T Copper Single-Port NIC, PCIe x8
  • Broadcom 5709 IPV6 Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC, Copper, with TOE PCIe x4
  • Broadcom 5709 IPV6 Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC, Copper, TOE/iSCSI PCIe x4
  • Broadcom NetXtreme® II 57711 Dual Port 10Gb Ethernet SFP+
  • Broadcom NetXtreme II 5709 Gigabit Copper Quad-Port NIC with TOE and iSCSI offload, PCIe x4
  • Intel® 10GBase-T Copper Single-Port NIC, PCIe x8
  • Intel 10GB, Dual-Port SFP+, PCIe x8 NIC
  • Intel Gigabit ET Dual-Port Server Adapter
  • Intel Gigabit ET Quad-Port Server Adapter
  • Brocade CNA BR1020
  • Optional add-in Fibre Channel HBAs and CNA:

  • QLogic® QLE2462 FC4 Dual-Port HBA
  • QLogic QLE220 FC4 Single-Port HBA
  • QLogic QLE2460 FC4 Single-Port HBA
  • QLogic QLE2562 FC8 Dual-Port HBA, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE2560 FC8 Single-Port HBA, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE2660 FC16 Single-Port HBA, PCIe 3.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE2662 FC16 Dual-Port HBA, PCIe 3.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE8152 Dual-Port 10 Gbps FCoE CNA
  • Emulex® LPe-1150 FC4 Single-Port HBA, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • Emulex LPe-11002 FC4 Dual-Port HBA, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • Emulex LPe-12000 FC8 Single-Port HBA, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • Emulex LPe-12002 FC8 Dual-Port HBA, PCIe 2.0 x4
Power
  • One hot-pluggable non-redundant 750W power supply
  • One hot-pluggable non-redundant 1100W power supply
  • Two hot-pluggable redundant 750W power supplies
  • Two hot-pluggable redundant 1100W power supplies
Availability
  • Hot-pluggable hard drives
  • Hot-pluggable redundant power supply
  • Internal dual SD module
  • ECC memory
  • Interactive LCD screen
Graphics Card
    Matrox G200eW w/ 8MB
Chassis
    2U Rack
    Height: 8.64cm (3.40”)
    Width: 48.24cm (18.99”)
    Depth: 71.75cm (28.25”)
Management
  • Dell™ OpenManage™
  • BMC, IPMI 2.0 compliant
  • iDRAC6 Express, with optional upgrade to iDRAC6 Enterprise and vFlash
Rack Support
    Sliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post racks and optional support for cable management arm

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