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PowerEdge VRTX Chassis

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Redefine office IT.

PowerEdge VRTX modular infrastructure platform integrates servers, storage, networking and management together in a single compact chassis.

 
 
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Enhanced capabilities for PowerEdge VRTX

As the first integrated IT solution designed specifically for remote-office and small-office environments, the award-winning* PowerEdge VRTX integrates servers, storage, networking and management together in a single, compact chassis with office-optimized dimensions, acoustics and security.
PowerEdge VRTX - New, enhanced capabilities  for PowerEdge VRTX
Key features introduce even more functionality with enhanced versatility and improved efficiency, including:
  • Additional server node choices: Drive Tier 1, back-end workloads with 4-socket, full height M830 server nodes featuring huge memory capacity, wide network bandwidth and low-latency Express Flash storage.
  • New next-level data protection inside the chassis: Optional redundant PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) provides high-availability RAID controller failover inside the chassis. Now available with FIPS-certified self-encrypting drives (SED) to avoid data loss and physical security breaches.
  • Enhanced system management: Continued feature set parity between the Chassis Management Controller (CMC) in the data center and the CMC on VRTX ensures system management consistency and simplicity.
  • Expanded resources for VDI: Support for optional general-purpose computing on graphics processor units (GPGPU) enables virtual desktop infrastructure in remote office/branch office environments.
  • JBOD expansion: chassis storage can be expanded even further by connecting up to four MD1200 (12 x 3.5″ drive) or MD1220 (24 x 2.5″ drive) disk arrays in redundant or capacity based configurations.
Rapidly deploy VRTX to consolidate and manage business applications in up to four server nodes with shared storage and integrated networking. Ideal for remote offices and branch offices of large enterprises and organizations as well as small- and medium-business offices, it offers:

  • Huge internal capacities that support extensive growth
  • Office-level acoustics, quieter than a hallway conversation so it can operate non-disruptively, even in quiet office environments
  • Fresh Air validated configurations that allow you to avoid the need for special cooling or worry when you turn off the AC during non-business hours
  • Standard power requirements found in most offices(110V-220V), which allows users to avoid the cost of rewiring for high-line power (typically required for servers and storage)
  • Front-access KVM, USB, LCD display and optional DVD-RW
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

PowerEdge VRTX delivers 26 percent lower TCO over five years compared to using a local configuration of tower servers and external storage, saving you over $21,300 with a payback period of just 33 months.* In addition, if you are instead storing data and running applications in the cloud, VRTX can bring you a 63.9 percent lower TCO over five years, with a payback period of just 13 months and total savings of $172,000.*
PowerEdge VRTX - No compromise on performance

No compromise on performance

Employing the latest PowerEdge technology and high-availability features, VRTX can help you gain fast application response times, run multiple applications that need performance or low latency, power through peak processing periods and scale for future business growth.

Performance and availability features include:
  • Up to four hot-plug PowerEdge server nodes with flexible configurations that can mix and match 4-socket M830 and 2-socket M630 blade options to meet your specific needs
  • Support for future-generation PowerEdge M-Series blades
  • Dual SD cards for redundant hypervisors
  • Hot-plug and swappable HDDs
  • Many RAID options tailored to specific needs, including optional PERC for RAID controller failover inside the chassis
  • Optional hot-plug and swappable power supply units and fans
PowerEdge vrtx - Versatile shared storage

Versatile shared storage

All server nodes have access to the low-latency internal shared storage, which is essential for clustering and virtualization, including vMotion. This also helps enable efficient processing through peak periods and can improve server-use flexibility.

VRTX allows:
  • Each server node to see the storage as its own singular storage pool
  • Assigning virtual disks to single server nodes or across server nodes
  • Live migration of virtual machines within the VRTX chassis without the expense of cabling, powering and managing a SAN
  • Choice of up to 12 x 3.5" HDDs/SSDs (120TB* max.) to scale for capacity or up to 25 x 2.5" HDDs/SSDs (96TB max.) to scale for performance with optional 2.5” self-encrypting drives (SED)
  • External JBOD connectivity with up to four MD1200 (12 x 3.5″ drive) or MD1220 (24 x 2.5″ drive) disk arrays in redundant or capacity based configurations

Integrated networking and flexible I/O

The integrated network switch eliminates the need to acquire, cable, power and manage an external networking switch. Users requiring higher networking performance can choose from multiple networking options for PowerEdge VRTX, including:
PowerEdge VRTX - Integrated networking and flexible I/O
  • 1GbE internal switch module
  • Optional Pass-Thru Modules
  • Optional 10GbE switch and optional dual port or quad port 10GbE NIC on each server node
For efficient, cost effective I/O, VRTX features eight industry-standard PCIe Gen 2 slots which can be shared across the server nodes:

  • Three full-height/full-length slots that support graphics processing units (GPUs)
  • Five small form factor (SFF) low-profile/half-length slots

Simple, efficient and versatile systems management

Full-functioned unified system management takes much of the time and effort out of systems administration and control. Deploy, monitor, update and maintain through a unified browser-based console that covers servers, storage and networking. OpenManage Essentials together with Chassis Management Controller (CMC) and Geographic View for VRTX enables you to keep an eye on everything in your VRTX platforms, anywhere on your network, allowing:

  • Consistency with CMC in the data center
  • Deploying new systems locally or across a network
  • Support for more than 1,000 devices with the ability to launch an application that takes you into the CMC
  • Rapid, at-a-glance, map-based identification of remote system location and health status via color-coded icons
  • Installing updates to firmware, BIOS settings and drivers
  • Performing systems maintenance tasks and problem remediation
  • Updating up to 36 servers in nine VRTX platforms simultaneously with only a single system reboot
 

Seamless management integration

VRTX systems management is integrated with major third-party management tools, protecting your installed investments and allowing you to use what you already know. This allows you to:

  • Avoid the time and cost of training on new management solutions
  • Deepen and extend management capabilities beyond the chassis to, for example, hypervisor management
  • Install VRTX into infrastructures already managed by OpenManage or third-party management solutions, such as Microsoft® System Center and VMware vCenter™
PowerEdge vrtx - Seamless management integration

Drive Bays

  • Up to 12 x 3.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives or
    Up to 25 x 2.5in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
    Optional FIPS 140-2 certified self-encrypting drives (SED), up to 25 x 2.5 NLSAS, SAS or SAS SSD

    Integrated Ethernet Switch

    • Internal 1GbE 8-port pass-through module
    • Internal 1GbE 24-port switch
    • Internal 10GbE switch

Chassis

  • Form factors:
    Tower or 5U rack enclosure

    Tower configuration:
    48.4cm (19.1in) H with system feet x 31.0cm (12.2in) W with system feet opened x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
    Weight (empty) = 31.7kg (69.7lb)
    Weight (maximum) = 74.8kg (164.9lb)

    Rack configuration:
    21.9cm (8.6in) H x 48.2cm (19.0in) W x 73.0cm (28.7in) D
    Weight (empty) = 24.7kg (54.5lb)
    Weight (maximum) = 68.7kg (151.5lb)

    Server node options
    PowerEdge M630 and M830 server nodes

Power

  • Redundant power supply units:

    100V-240V auto-sensing redundant power supplies support 2+2 (AC redundancy), and 3+1 and 2+1 (power supply redundancy) modes


    Cooling

    VRTX comes standard with six hot-pluggable, redundant fan modules and four blower modules:

    Based on Dell Energy Smart Technologies, VRTX fans and blowers are a breakthrough in power and cooling efficiency. Fans and blowers deliver low-power consumption and use next-generation fan technologies to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure.

RAID Controllers

  • Single shared PERC8 with optional second redundant shared PERC8 available

Rack Support

  • ReadyRails™ II sliding rails for 4-post racks with square, round, or threaded holes


I/O Expansion Slots

  • 8 flexible PCIe slots:
    • 3 full-height/full-length slots (150W) with double-wide card support (225W)
    • 5 low-profile/half-length slots (25W)

Systems Management

  • Delivers comprehensive functionality yet simple and easy to use:
    • Uses Chassis Management Controller (CMC) to manage all resources (server nodes, storage,networking, and power) with a unified management tool, presented in a single console
    • Monitors up to nine VRTX chassis from a single, consolidated CMC console
    • Offers both Local and Remote management
    • Is available with either Enterprise or Express CMC licensing for CMC
    • Redundant Chassis Management Controller is available
    • Server nodes each contain proven iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller for agent-free systems
    • management that are fully supported within the OpenManage product portfolio

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