The Dell Precision R7910 Rack Workstation comes in a 2U form factor and offers performance, ISV certification, and supports professional graphics cards just like the tower version. A rack workstation also provides higher levels of security for your data, a central location to manage the hardware, and Dell’s outstanding server management tools like iDRAC8 and OpenManage.
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Why would you want a rack workstation instead of a tower workstation? A rack workstation offers greater levels of security for local and remote users. The server room is also usually one of the more secure spaces in any office, typically under lock and key. A rack workstation can be used locally but can also be accessed remotely from any location with one to one access or virtualized for one to many environments. As a rack system, IT Administrators have more control over the system with access to powerful out of band systems management including iDRAC8 and Dell OpenManage with Lifecyle Access Controller. In other words, you get the performance of a tower workstation with a bunch more options for deployment, usage, and security. Outstanding!
The Dell R7910 is ISV certified to perform effortlessly running intensive software applications used by design engineers, financial analysts, and geologists. ISV is an acronym for Independent Software Vendor and means these independent software vendors have tested the software, hardware, and components to ensure stable and reliable performance. The new Dell workstations are also optimized for the creation of VR content. Contrary to a Mac, which is not powerful enough to run VR content, you can create and actually watch the results of your labors on your Dell workstation. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR solutions are supported on this system.
Dell’s 7910 rack workstation features the Intel C612 chipset, just like the tower version, to support dual Xeon E5-2600 v4 and E5-2600 v3 processors. That means up to 44 cores using E5-2600 v4 processors. With two processors, up to 1TB of DDR4 ECC memory modules can be installed. The system is highly expandable. Users can start out with just a single processor, and add another as work needs change.
The R7910 supports an abundance of storage with room for eight 2.5-inch SATA/SAS drives and up to four 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDs. 3.5-inch drives are not supported on this system. SAS drives require an optional miniPERC PCIe controller but the system comes with two integrated 6GB/s SATA controllers with four ports each. The miniPERC controller installs in a miniPCIe slot leaving the riser card PCIe slots for other expansion cards. The system also supports additional PERC controllers, including the H330 and H730P supporting transfer rates of up to 12GB/s SAS with RAID of 0, 1, 5, and 10.
Quad-channel memory supports up to 1TB with two CPUs. There are 24 DIMM slots total, with 12 slots allocated to each CPU. Both DDR4 RDIMMs and LRDIMMS are supported but cannot be mixed. Memory modules of different capacities and ranks can be mixed but populated channels must have the same configuration. Memory speeds of up to 2400MHz are supported but must be paired with an appropriate Xeon E5 v4 processor. Speed of processing defaults to the slowest performer between the memory modules and CPUs.
The R7910 has a total of seven full-length PCi 3.0 slots in a two processor configuration. Users can install up to three riser cards and a maximum of two double-width x16 cards. With 600W allocated to graphics support, users can install up to four single width Gen2/Gen3 graphics cards (4 x 150W) or the two double-width cards (2 x 300W) as mentioned above but that does require dual processors. The system also comes with an integrated Network Daughter card. Clearly there are options for additional performance and connectivity, including PCIe remote access host cards, optional network daughter cards, and graphics cards. High-end graphics cards including the Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro are supported. There’s also an optional Nvidia Grid K2a for one to many shared graphics, virtualized workstations. Powering all of this hardware is one, or two redundant hot-pluggable 1100W 90% efficient 80PLUS PSUs.
The system supports Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, in addition to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. For workstation virtualization, users can install VMware ESXi or Citrix XenServer. Also supported, is Dell’s outstanding iDRAC with Lifecycle controller. An optional WiFi Link WLAN enables advanced remote management features. Dell’s Precision Optimizer takes the guesswork out of customizing the settings for specific supported programs and helps autotune application setting to maximize performance by up to 121%—free with the system. Patented Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) also helps manage your system by working in conjunction with ECC memory to detect and correct errors in real time. The system also supports several security features including an intrusion sensor and data protection, advanced authentication, and malware protection.
There are advantages to purchasing a rack workstation over a tower workstation and it really depends on your work style and needs. In many ways the rack system offers more flexibility with the ability to create VMs, and much greater security. Like the tower version, users can start out with just one processor and scale to two processors as work needs change, or to support additional VMs. Offering Dell’s tool-less access to components also makes switching out or upgrading components a breeze.
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