PowerEdge R900 Rack Server

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Dell PowerEdge R900

The PowerEdge R900 is an Intel processor-based 4-socket, 4U rack server that is ideal for virtualisation, RISC migration and compute-intense, business-critical applications.

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Dell PowerEdge R900






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  • Intel® Xeon® processor 7200, 7300, and 7400 series
    Six-core Intel® Xeon® processor 7400 series
    Four-core Intel® Xeon® processor 7300 and 7400 series
    Two-core Intel® Xeon® processor 7200 series

Operating System

  • Factory installable:

    Microsoft Windows® Server 2008 SP2
    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 R2 with SP2 Enterprise Edition
    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 R2 with SP2 Standard Edition
    Red Hat Linux Enterprise v5.3
    Red Hat® Linux® Enterprise v5, Advanced Platform
    Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
    SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server 10 EM64T SP2


    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Standard
    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Enterprise
    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Datacenter
    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 Standard Edition
    Microsoft Windows® Server 2008 R2
    Red Hat Linux Enterprise v 4.5
    Red Hat® Linux® Enterprise v5, Advanced Platform
    Novell SUSE Linux 9 SP4
    Novell SUSE Linux 10
    VMware ESX 3.5 Standard edition
    VMware ESX 3.5 Enterprise edition
    VMware ESX(R) Server(™) 3.5 and 3.0.2+
    VMware VirtualCenter


  • Up to 256GB (32 DIMM slots): 512MB/1GB/2GB/4GB/ 8GB FBD, 667MHz
    Optional high availability features including memory sparing and mirroring
    Optional 4GB Quad-rank (low power) DIMMs available

Embedded Hypervisor (Optional)

  • VMware ESXi 3.5

    Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition

    Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition


Drive Bays

  • Internal hard drive bays to support five 3.5" SAS hot-plug hard drives
    Internal hard drive bays to support eight 2.5" SAS hot-plug hard drives
    2.5" 500GB* SATA

    Dedicated optical media bay for one Max 8X DVDRW, 8X DVD-ROM or 24X CD-RW/DVD drives


  • 7 PCI-Express slots (four x8, three x4)

    5 slots are full-height, full length, 2 slots are full-height, half length

    Optional integrated RAID controller and remote access controller (no slots required)

Drive Controllers

  • SAS/5E (optional): 8 port SAS non-RAID external controller for MD3000 x8 PCI-e

RAID Controllers

  • Optional add-in PowerEdge Expandable RAID controllers:

    PERC 6/E:SAS 3.0Gb ports with 256MB or 512 battery-backed cache for connectivity to SAS external storage system

    PERC 6/i:SAS 3.0Gb ports with 256MB battery-backed cache for internal storage

    SAS 6/iR


  • Four embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gigabit5 Ethernet NIC with fail-over and load balancing

    TOE (TCP/IP Offload Engine) supported on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, SP1 or higher with Scalable Networking Pack

    Optional add-in NICs:

    Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x4
    Intel PRO/1000 PT Single Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x1
    Intel PRO/1000 VT Quad Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x8
    Intel PRO/1000 PF Single Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Optical, PCI-E x4
    Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC w/TOE, Copper, PCI-E x4
    Broadcom® NetXtreme™ 5722 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC, Copper, PCI-E x1
    Intel Single Port Server Adapter, 10Gigabit, SR Optical, PCI-E x8
    Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
    Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter


Video Card

  • Integrated ATI-Radeon ES1000 with 32MB of SDRAM


  • Form Factor: 4U Rack
    Height: 6.8" (17.27 cm)
    Width: 17.6" (44.70 cm)
    Depth: 27.6" (70.10 cm)
    Weight: 92lbs (41.73 kg), maximum configuration

    Hot-plug, redundant cooling fans
    USB mouse, USB keyboard, USB KVM dongle (optional)


    Rear: Two Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 9-pin serial, video, GbE connection for DRAC, ID push button with blue/amber LED
    Front: Two Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, LCD Panel with system alert scrolling display, 15-pin video, system power on/off button
    Internal: One Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0


  • Integrated Base Management Controller (BMC) with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 allows standards-based management through OpenManage tools or any other IPMI-compliant management tool. The BMC is responsible for monitoring the health of the server and components associated with the system board of the server

    The optional DRAC 5 PCI-based management controller adds even more management capabilities above and beyond the embedded BMC management controller

    Administrative users can use the controller for complete control of the server before, during, and after the operating system is installed and running, providing absolute remote control and potentially improving productivity - just as if they were sitting in front of the system. With Virtual Floppy and CD functionality, removable media is readily available to the user as if they were in front of the server. Remote security and authentication can now be managed through Active Directory integration. Continuous video support allows the administrator to have uninterrupted access to the remote console - even during reboot - helping ensure the quick identification of issues, even if they occur during the boot POST sequence

    Automatic server recovery to restart systems when OS hung conditions occur (Watchdog timer)

    Pre Executable Environment (PXE) Support to allow the system to boot over the network for OS installation

    Wake-on-LAN (WOL) support to allow the server to be powered remotely

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F)
    Storage Temperature: -40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F)
    Operating Relative Humidity: 8% to 85% (non-condensing)
    Storage Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
    Operating Vibration: 0.25G at 3Hz to 200Hz for 15 minutes
    Storage Vibration: 0.50G at 3Hz to 200Hz for 15 minutes
    Operating Shock: 1 shock pulse of 41G for up to 2ms
    Storage Shock: 6 shock pulses of 71G for up to 2ms
    Operating Altitude: -16m to 3,048m (-50ft to 10,000ft)
    Storage Altitude: -16m to 10,600m (-50ft to 35,000ft)
Outstanding Virtualization Performance

Outstanding Virtualization Performance

Dell’s most powerful Intel® server, the PowerEdge R900 is designed and optimized to provide outstanding virtualization performance.

The R900 is an optimum platform for data-demanding enterprise applications in a virtual environment and features:

  • Intel® Xeon® 7400 series 6-core and 4-core processor technology
  • Increased memory and I/O (input/output) capacities over the previous model
  • Broad scalability
  • An embedded hypervisor for simplified virtualization — Choose between VMware® ESXi™ 3.5 or Citrix® XenServer™ and then power up the server and begin migration of virtual machines within minutes with factory-integrated hypervisors.
Ideal Server for RISC Migration

An Ideal Server for RISC Migration

Migrating to an open x86 platform can reduce costs and improve overall management while providing an affordable foundation that scales easily for future needs. Dell’s premium-free systems management helps drive down costs and simplify RISC migration.

With up to 24 cores, the PowerEdge R900 moves well into the enterprise class of RISC/UNIX® proprietary-systems.
Power and Stability for Business-Critical Applications

Power and Stability for Business-Critical Applications

Designed to handle data and compute-intensive applications, the PowerEdge R900 is:
  • Dell’s most powerful Intel-based system to date
  • An outstanding choice for Oracle®, SQL® and other business-critical enterprise-class solutions
  • Stable and efficient with Energy Smart® power supply units that provide 90 percent efficiency for improved performance per watt and maximum value
Simplified Management

Simplified Management

The PowerEdge R900 helps simplify your IT infrastructure with:
  • Improved monitoring capabilities in a single, easy-to-use interface with the Dell OpenManage™ suite of management tools featuring monitoring capabilities for power-sensitive and virtual environments
  • Advanced security features, including the industry-standard Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a locked-down internal USB port and a chassis intrusion sensor to help protect critical data
  • High availability thanks to hot-pluggable redundant power supplies and hard drives and multiple RAID options, including support for RAID-6

Reliable Protection for Your Data

Dell offers storage technology that can enable you to derive maximum value from your information infrastructure.

No other company knows more about storing and protecting information on Dell servers and storage arrays than Dell. Direct feedback from customers drives the design and development of a broad range of storage products for organizations of all sizes.

Storage Area Network (SAN)Storage Area Network (SAN):
A network of shared storage resources



Network Attached Storage (NAS) Network Attached Storage (NAS):
A storage server that connects to a network



Disk Storage ArraysDisk Storage Arrays:
Disk enclosures that connect to a server or network


Tape AutomationTape Automation:
Automated tape systems for consolidated backup



Tape Drives and Removable Disk DrivesTape Drives and Removable Disk Drives:
Tape and Removable Disk Drive devices used to back up and restore information

Virtualization Solutions
Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter™
What if you could manage your physical infrastructure from your virtual console?
What if you could rapidly and consistently provision hardware and deploy virtual machines from within VMware vCenter?
What if you could reduce the number of steps needed to deploy virtual infrastructure?

With the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter installed in your VMware environment, you can:
• Get deep-level detail from Dell servers for inventory, monitoring and alerting — all from within vCenter
• Deploy BIOS and firmware updates to Dell servers from within vCenter
• Build hardware and hypervisor profiles and deploy any combination of the two on bare-metal Dell PowerEdge servers without a preboot execution environment (PXE)
• Automatically perform Dell-recommended vCenter actions based on Dell hardware alerts
• Access Dell hardware warranty information online

And, to give you even more power, we deliver our plug-in as a virtual appliance. That makes it easier to deploy and configure and offers integration directly into the vCenter console, providing more information inside of vCenter itself — unlike many other vendors who provide only "link-and-launch" capabilities to point to their own proprietary consoles.

The combination of the Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter and the revolutionary embedded management features offered by Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller in Dell PowerEdge servers gives you an unmatched level of integration between vCenter and your server hardware.

Dell ProSupport

Faster, more reliable support services designed to address the technology challenges you face today. This new support portfolio is focused on your needs, time demands and budgets.

Need professional support services that take care of both you and your employees’ IT needs 7x24? Choose Dell ProSupport to get access to a certified technician in two minutes or less.

Got an IT staff? Choose Dell ProSupport for IT and get tech-to-tech support with Fast-Track Dispatch, along with 7x24 access to Dell-certified technicians.

 Dell ProSupport Service Model
Dell ProSupportDell ProSupport for IT
Designed for organisations with limited or no dedicated IT staff.

  • 7x24 direct break-fix hardware support for your employees
  • “How-to” support on popular software applications such as Norton AntiVirus, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Small Business Server, Intuit QuickBooks, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Access to a certified technician in two minutes or less
Designed to provide tech-to-tech support for IT Professionals, Database Administrators and internal Service Desks or helpdesks.

  • 7x24 Direct access to Dell Expert Centers
  • Fast-track dispatch for Dell-certified technicians
  • Escalation management through Dell’s Global Command Centers

Next, Dell ProSupport Options align to the way you use technology – rapidly responding to your needs, protecting your investment, your productivity and your sensitive data, and providing enhanced proactive support services to help reduce the risk and complexity of managing your infrastructure.

Mission Critical - Perfect for server and storage environments where avoiding unplanned downtime and reducing recovery time through priority response are a must. The package includes priority 4-hour onsite* service or optional 2-hour response with 6-hour hardware repair, Dell’s proven Critical Situation process, and emergency dispatch.
Data Management and Protection
  • Keep Your Hard Drive* helps you retain control of sensitive data
  • Certified Data Destruction wipes your hard drive clean and destroys data
Proactive Maintenance - Maximises the availability and stability of your infrastructure proactively. The package includes a detailed system assessment and implementation of driver or firmware updates and upgrades for your server or storage systems.

Remote Advisory Options - Provides telephone and Internet access to technical expertise for specialised applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, Virtualization and more.

Basic Hardware Support

Ideal for non-essential application environments. This service offers business-hour, phone-based support* for hardware-only issues with Next Business Day On-Site Service following completion of phone-based troubleshooting.

Customisation and Set-Up

Server Installation Services
Go from factory to deployment with Dell server installation services. Our modular suite of installation services allows you to customise the right package of services needed to rapidly implement your new system.


Comprehensive Training
Get the skills you need to keep pace in today's competitive IT environment with comprehensive training and certification courses. Dell offers a vast array of instructor-led classes and online training courses in a range of topics from server maintenance to in-depth technical overview of specific systems.

Dell Business Solutions

Make the most of your technology with innovative and progressive software solutions available from Dell, a single source for complete end-to-end IT needs.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Optimise for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Dell can provide a complete, integrated and supported solution for SQL Server 2005. Solutions include servers, storage, operating systems, and systems management, all geared toward delivering the performance, manageability, and value required in a database environment.

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Oracle Database  

Optimise for Oracle Database 10g

Dell works in hand-in-hand with Oracle engineers to help ensure compliance with IT best practices. We provide solutions that integrate software, systems management, services, and storage from leaders in the industry: Dell, Oracle® and EMC® . The entire solution stack is pre-engineered, tested and validated. Oracle database solutions are available with Red Hat Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 operating systems.

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Server Consolidation  

Server Consolidation

Dell offers the tools, products and services needed to help address the key stages of server consolidation, including the critical first step of preparing a business analysis to determine an estimated return on investment.

Virtualisation Solutions

Dell and VMware have collaborated to test and certify VMware Infrastructure 3 virtualisation software on Dell PowerEdgeTM server and Dell/EMC storage products to provide a comprehensive virtualisation solution. Built with leading technologies, the PowerEdge R900 delivers the performance required to efficiently host multiple virtualised workloads.

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