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Dell PowerEdge R730xd Gen13 - System Overview

Description

The R730xd offers a significant increase in performance over the previous generation R720xd and significantly more storage and storage configuration options than the R730. While the R730 can handle up to 16 2.5-inch or 8 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs the R730xd supports nearly twice as much storage with up to 24 2.5-inch or 16 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs and even offers a Hybrid configuration featuring 1.8-inch SATA SSDs.

Performance

The R730xd features Intel's C610 chipset and supports both Xeon E5-2600 v3 and v4 series processors. Two processors, and massive amounts of storage and memory, help deliver impressive performance. Embedded PCIe lanes also provide for faster IOPS. Several different chassis options are available depending on your needs for performance or storage. The R730xd is extremely flexible and can quickly scale-out if you start with a single processor.

Memory

The system supports DDR4 memory, and when used with certain E5-2600 v4 processors can operate at 2400Mhz. With the E5-2600v3 processors the system will only support memory speeds of up to 2133MHz but the speed will default to the slowest performer between CPU and memory module. Each processor supports 12 of the 24 sockets with three DIMMs per channel of either Registered or Load reduced DIMMs. In a two processor configuration up to 1.5 GBs of memory is available using 64GB DIMM modules.

Storage

SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSDs, HDDs and PCIe SSDs are supported. There are several different chassis options to choose from, but for maximum storage, twelve 3.5-inch 8TB Nearline SAS HDDs offer up to 131.6 Terabytes of storage. An optional Hybrid chassis supports 18 1.8-inch front accessible SATA SSDs for fast access, and up to eight 3.5-inch SAS SSDs for high capacity storage and a total capacity of 81TB. Internal dual-SD modules provide hypervisor redundancy for the optional embedded hypervisors using Dell's Failsafe Virtualization technology. Several RAID controllers are available supporting a full the range of RAID options. This system is also compatible with SDS (software Defined Storage) solutions like VMware and vSAN and OpenStack.

Expansion

Six PCIe 3.0 slots offer a variety of options for external devices including additional GPUs, NICs, HBAs or NAS and DAS solutions.

Management

Management of the system is handled by iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller and Dell's OpenManage portfolio of systems management solutions, including the OpenManage Essentials console. The iDRAC controller embedded on the motherboard enables out of band system management even when the system is powered off. Upgrading to iDRAC8 enterprise enables remote access using a browser. An optional Quick Sync bezel lets administrators quickly gather system information on site using a hand held tablet or device outfitted with NFC technology.

Summary

Dell's R730xd is a powerhouse suitable for a number of different compute applications. For a 2U chassis this system supports impressive storage and memory. Several different chassis give Administrators options when it comes to maximizing performance or storage. In a nut shell this server is very affordable in a minimal single processor configuration and can quickly scale to meet your changing needs.

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Dell PowerEdge R730xd Gen13 - Specifications

Form Factor
    2-U
Processor
  • Intel® Xeon® E5 2600 v3 processors
  • or
  • Intel® Xeon® E5 2600 v4 processors

  • Both processors must be the same generation and model
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
  • VMware® ESX®
  • Chipset
  • Intel C610 series chipset
Memory
  • DDR4 DIMMs at up to 2133MT/s (v3 processors)
  • or
  • DDR4 DIMMs at up to 2400MT/s (v4 processors)
  • Maximum RAM: Up to 1.5TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32/64GB DDR4
Embedded Hypervisor (Optional)
  • Supported optional hypervisors:
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008, with Hyper-V
  • VMware® vSphere® ESXiTM
  • Citrix® XenServer®
Storage
  • SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD, PCIe SSD:
  • Up to 81TB with 18 x 1.8" 960GB SATA SSD = 8 x 3.5" SATA/nearline SAS HDD
  • Up to 46.8TB with 24 x 2.5" 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD + 2 x 2.5" 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD
  • Up to 131.6TB with 12 x 3.5 8TB nearline SAS HDD = 4 x 3.5 8TB nearline SAS + 2 x 2.5 1.8TB SAS HDD or SSD able using 64GB DIMM modules
Chassis Options
  • Chassis with up to 12, 3.5" Hard Drives
  • Chassis with up to 12, 3.5" Hard Drives and 2, 2.5" Flex Bay Hard Drives
  • Chassis with up to 12 + 4 Internal, 3.5" Hard Drives and 2, 2.5" Flex Bay Hard Drives
  • Chassis with up to 24, 2.5" Hard Drives
  • Chassis with up to 24, 2.5" Hard Drives and 2, 2.5" Flex Bay Hard Drives
  • Chassis with up to 24, 2.5" Hard Drives, 4 PCIe SSD and 2, 2.5" Flex Bay Hard Drives
  • Chassis with up to 12 + 12, 2.5" Hard Drives and 2 Controllers
  • Chassis with up to 18, 1.8" Hard Drives, up to 8, 3.5" Hard Drives and 2, 2.5" Flex Bay Hard Drives
PCIe
    Up to 16 x 3.5" + 2 x 2.5" HDD: SAS, SATA, Near-line SAS SSD: SAS, SATA

    Slots
  • Slot 1: Half Length, Half Height, PCIe Gen3 x8 (x16 connector) low profile bracket
  • Slot 2: Half Length, Half Height, PCIe Gen3 x8 (x16 connector) low profile bracket
  • Slot 3: Half Length, Half Height, PCIe Gen3 x8 (x16 connector) low profile bracket
  • Slot 4: Full Length, Full Height, PCIe Gen3 x16 (x16 connector)
  • Slot 5: Full Length, Full Height, PCIe Gen3 x8 (x16 connector)
  • Slot 6: Full Length, Full Height, PCIe Gen3 x16 (x16 connector)
  • Dedicated RAID card
RAID Controllers
    Internal:
  • PERC H330
  • PERC H730
  • PERC H730P

  • External:
  • PERC H830
Network Controller
    4 x 1Gb, 2 x 10Gb
Communications
  • Broadcom® 5719 quad-port 1Gb NIC
  • Broadcom 5720 dual-port 1Gb NIC
  • Broadcom 57810 dual-port 10Gb DA/SFP+ CNA
  • Broadcom 57810 dual-port 10Gb Base-T network adapter
  • Intel® Ethernet I350 dual-port 1Gb server adapter
  • Intel Ethernet I350 quad-port 1Gb server adapter
  • Intel Ethernet X540 dual-port 10GBASE-T server adapter
  • Mellanox® ConnectX®-3 dual-port 10Gb Direct Attach/SFP+ server network adapter
  • Mellanox ConnectX-3 dual-port 40Gb Direct Attach/QSFP server network adapter
  • Emulex® LPE 12000, single-port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA
  • Emulex LPE 12002, dual-port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA
  • Emulex LPe16000B, single-port 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA
  • Emulex LPe16002B, dual-port 16Gb Fibre Channel HBA
  • Emulex OneConnect OCe14102-U1-D 2-port PCIe 10GbE CNA
  • QLogic® 2560, single-port 8Gb Optical Fibre Channel HBA
  • QLogic 2562, dual-port 8Gb Optical Fibre Channel HBA
  • Qlogic 2660, single-port 16GB, Fibre Channel HBA, full height
  • Qlogic 2662, dual-port 16GB, Fibre Channel HBA, full height
Power
  • 1100W AC, 86 mm 13G (Platinum+)
  • 1100W DC, 86 mm 12G (Gold)
  • 750W AC, 86 mm 12G (Platinum)
  • 750W AC, 86 mm 12G (Diamond)
  • 495W AC, 86 mm 12G (Platinum)
Availability
  • ECC memory
  • Hot-plug hard drives
  • Hot-plug redundant cooling
  • Hot-plug redundant power
  • iDRAC8
  • Internal Dual SD Module
  • Single Device Data Correction (SDDC)
  • Spare Rank
  • Support for high availability clustering and virtualization
  • Proactive systems management alerts
  • iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller
Chassis
    H: 8.73 cm (3.44 in.) x W: 44.40 cm (17.49 in.) x D: 68.40 cm (26.92 in.)
Management
  • Dell OpenManage portfolio of systems management solutions, including:
  • OpenManage Essentials console
  • iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller

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