PowerEdge M605 Blade Server


The world’s first fully modular, most power-efficient blade solution

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Expect high-performance in a dual processor blade server — now with up to Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors, and up to six times more I/O (input/output) paths for improved output and flexibility.

  • Up to six-core AMD Opteron™ processors
  • Up to 64 GB 667/800 MHz Double Data Rate (DDR2)
  • Two embedded Gigabit network interface cards (NICs) with support for two additional dual-port mezzanine cards for up to six times more I/O paths per blade


PowerEdge M605 Server

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PowerEdge M605 Blade Server



The Dell Blade Advantage

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ M605 blade server, featuring the latest Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors, removes complexity to help your servers run better, use space smarter and cost less over time. Dell PowerEdge blades address data center server sprawl and complexity by delivering one of the most energy efficient, flexible and manageable blade servers on the market.

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AMD Opteron™ Processor
PowerEdge M605 Blade Server with Streamlined Virtualization

Streamlined Virtualization

Dell’s most energy efficient Blade solution, the PowerEdge M605 offers outstanding virtualization performance in a 2-socket blade server combined with factory integrated virtualization capabilities. Dell continues to simplify virtualization by streamlining virtualization deployment and providing ease of use in virtual infrastructures. By factory integrating VMware® ESXi 3.5, customers receive VMware capabilities and migration of virtual machines within a few clicks of a mouse.
Our virtualization-ready server configurations provide an easy path to virtualization through factory-integrated hypervisors and recommended hardware configurations that support an ideal virtual infrastructure.
Use Energy Optimally

Energy efficiency that can’t be beat

Designed for energy efficiency and density, blade servers address the growing power and space constraints of your data center. The M605 blade server is one of the most energy efficient blade products on the market, and has a 60% greater density than traditional 1U servers. Energy efficiency and density that can’t be beat.

Power-saving innovations are built into all AMD Opteron™ processors, from the ultra low-power AMD Opteron™ EE processors to the highest performing processors in the product family, the AMD Opteron™ SE processors.

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Easy Expandability and Manageability

Easy Expandability and Manageability

With blade servers expanding your data center has never been easier. Once you have installed a blade enclosure, adding an additional server is as simple as sliding in a new blade and powering it up. Coupled with the Altiris® Deployment Solution for Dell servers, and Dell Management Console, Dell blades are one of the easiest to deploy and manage in the industry.

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Optimized Solution

Optimized Solution

The M605 blade server is paired with the M1000e modular blade enclosure for an optimized blade solution. The M1000e is designed from the ground up to combat IT complexity to deliver unbeatable levels of energy efficiency and flexibility. Designed to support future generations of Dell blade servers and technologies, your M1000e investment is protected for the future.

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  • Up to Six-core AMD Opteron™ Processors

Operating System  (Dell recommends Windows 10 Pro.)

  • Microsoft® Windows® Essential Business Server 2008
    Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V™)
    Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V™ v2)*
    Microsoft® Windows® HPC Server 2008
    Novell® SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server
    Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
    Sun® Solaris™

    Virtualization Options:
    Citrix® XenServer™
    Microsoft® Hyper-V™ via Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008
    VMware® vSphere™ 4.1 (including VMware ESX® 4.1 or VMware ESXi™ 4.1)

    For more information on the specific versions and additions, visit www.dell.com/OSsupport.




  • Up to 8x DIMMs (DDR2) at 800MHz

    Up to 64GB of memory with 8GB DIMMs

Embedded Hypervisor (Optional)

  • VMware ESXi 3.5
    Hard drive implementation
    Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition
    Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition
    Microsoft HyperV via Microsoft Windows Server 2008


  • Up to two Hot-Swappable Internal Drives:

    2.5" SAS (10K rpm): 73GB*,146GB*,300GB* or 600GB*
    2.5" SAS (15K rpm): 36GB*, 73GB* or 146GB*
    25GB* or 50GB* Solid State Drive (SSD) 

    Maximum Internal Storage

    Up to 600GB* per blade via two 2.5" 300GB* hot-swappable SAS (10k rpm) hard drives

    External Storage Options:

    Dell/EMC fibre channel and/or iSCSI external storage, including Dell/EMC AX150, AX150i, CX300, CX3-10c , CX3-20, CX3-40, and CX3-80, PowerVault MD3000i

Drive Bays

  • Two 2.5” Hot-Swappable SAS/SATA/Solid State Drives
    2.5" 500GB SATA

I/O Mezzanine Card Options

  • Fully populated mezz card slots and switch modules will yield 3 highly available, redundant I/O fabrics for each blade.

    Available options:

    1Gb & 10Gb Ethernet:

    Dual-Port Broadcom Gb Ethernet w/ TOE (BCM-5709S)
    Quad-Port Intel Gb Ethernet (82576)
    Quad-Port Broadcom Gb Ethernet (BCM-5709S)
    Dual-Port Broadcom 10Gb Ethernet (BCM-57711)

    10Gb Enhanced Ethernet & Converged Network Adapters (CEE/DCB):

    Dual-Port Qlogic® Converged Network Adapter (QME8142) - Supports CEE/DCB 10GbE + FCoE

    Fibre Channel:

    Dual-Port QLogic FC8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) (QME2572)
    Dual-Port Emulex FC8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) (LPe1205-M)


    Dual-Port Mellanox ConnectX Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand
    Dual-Port Mellanox ConnectX Dual Data Rate (DDR) InfiniBand

RAID Controllers

  • CERC6i RAID 1, 2 HDD (SAS only)

    SAS6ir (H/W based) with RAID 0/1 support


  • Dual Port 10GB Enhanced Intel Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2 (FcoE Ready for Future Enablement)
    Dual-port embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gb Ethernet NIC with TCP/IP Offload and optional iSCSI Offload
    Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
    Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
    Brocade® BR1741M-k Dual-Port Mezzanine CNA
    Emulex® 8 or 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module

Video Card

  • Embedded ATI RN50 video controller with 32MB memory


  • Two bootable USB 2.0 ports on front panel for floppy, CD/DVD, memory key, keyboard/mouse


  • Dell OpenManage™ software tools
    OpenManage Server Administrator- monitoring agents and 1:1 management utilities
    OpenManage Storage Services – RAID management
    OpenManage Deployment Toolkit- utilities for remote, unattended configuration
    Dell Server Assistant- local, simplified OS installation utility
    Microsoft® System Center Essential (SCE) 2010 v2

    Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with:
    Out of Band alerting, status, inventory, and troubleshooting via Secure Web GUI/CLI (telnet/SSH)
    Remote Virtual Media (vMedia) and Virtual KVM (vKVM)

    VMedia- Map media from remote workstation/network to the blade
    vKVM- out of band remote console, supports Java or ActiveX plug-ins
    IPMI 2.0 support

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 10º C to 35º C (50º F to 95º F)

    Storage Temperature: -40º C to 65º C (-40º F to 149º F)

    Operating Relative Humidity (non-condensing twmax=29C): 8% to 80% non-condensing

    Maximum humidity gradient: 10% per hour, operational and non-operational conditions

    Storage Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing (twmax=38C)

    Operating Vibration: 0.26Grms at 10Hz to 350Hz for 15 minutes

    Storage Vibration: 1.54Grms Random Vibration at 10Hz to 250Hz 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: -16 to 3,048m (-50 ft to 10,000 ft)

    Storage Altitude: -16m to 10,600m (-50 ft to 35,000 ft) 

Flexibility Redefined

Only Dell M-Series provides complete, snap-in FlexIO scalability down to the switch interconnects. FlexIO technology is the foundation of the M1000e I/O subsystem and delivers the flexibility to design the solution to meet your requirements today, and the scalability to add or change options as warranted by your data center or future technologies in the future.



The M-Series enclosure supports a broad set of modular Ethernet blade switches including PowerConnect and Cisco Catalyst.

Dell's fully-modular PowerConnect switches provide great flexibility with choices in models from 1Gb to 10GbE speeds, flexible modular uplinks of varying media types, and many other valuable features. The PowerConnect portfolio, including the M6220 and M8024, offers a selection of switches for a variety of needs.

Spanning entry-level GbE to GbE with stacking and 10GbE uplinks – Cisco models include the Catalyst 3032, 3130G, and 3130X. The 3130 switches feature Cisco's Virtual Blade Switch functionality, enabling customers to interconnect up to 9 switches to create a single logical switch, thereby simplifying the manageability of their data center.

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Fibre Channel

Brocade 4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel Switches provide powerful connectivity to fibre channel SANs, such as those offered by Dell/EMC. Models currently available include the M4424 and M5424.

For heterogeneous integration into any Fibre Channel network, these Brocade FC Switches can be configured as in Access Gateway mode. Based on NPIV functionality, Access Gateway mode delivers the cable aggregation benefits and cost savings offered by Dell’s M-Series blade solution.

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Fibre Channel


For High-Performance Computing (HPC) or other environments requiring the highest bandwidth and lowest latency available, the M-Series offers two levels of InfiniBand switches. The industry’s first chassis-integrated Quad Data Rate IB switch is available in the Mellanox M3601Q, with speeds of up to 40Gbps. For Dual Data Rate (DDR) InfiniBand infrastructures, the M-Series can be equipped with Cisco M7000E or Mellanox M2401G switches. Each switch features 16 ports in and 8 ports out to ensure the availability and redundancy needed for the most demanding applications.

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Cisco InfiniBand


FlexIO for M-Series: Delivering the speed you need, when you need it

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Support Services

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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 ProSupport

Designed for organizations 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

Dell ProSupport for IT

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 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 – Maximizes 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 specialized applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, Virtualization, virus remediation 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

Customization 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.
Reliable Protection for Your Data

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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
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A storage server that connects to a network
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Disk enclosures that connect to a server or network
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