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Centralising multiple blades in a single enclosure for provision of power, cooling, management and other functions.

PowerEdge M1000e Modular Blade

PowerEdge M1000e

The PowerEdge™ M1000e blade chassis enclosure is the robust foundation for the PowerEdge M series blade solution, enabling significant data center density with an easy to deploy and manage platform that maximizes power and cooling efficiency.


The PowerEdge™ M1000e blade chassis enclosure is the robust foundation for the PowerEdge M series blade solution, enabling significant data center density with an easy to deploy and manage platform that maximizes power and cooling efficiency.


External Storage Options:
For information about Dell external storage options, visit Dell.com/Storage.

Enclosure I/O Modules

Up to 6 total blade I/O modules for 3 fully redundant fabrics that take advantage of a fully passive midplane that can scale up to 8.4Tbps with current technologies featuring 1/10Gb Ethernet to servers, 40Gb Ethernet to top-of-rack switches, Fibre channel 8Gb, and InfiniBand QDR/FDR10/FDR. Dell’s blade Ethernet devices also have FlexIO technology, providing on-demand uplink scalability and investment protection unrivaled in the blade server market.

Dell™ PowerEdge™ M I/O Aggregator
Supports Active System Manager and CMC Aggregator GUI. 1/10Gb Ethernet connectivity with zero touch FCoE and converged iSCSI deployment. 32 internal 10GbE ports provide full redundancy to the M420 blade on fabric A.
Dell Networking MXL 10/40Gb Ethernet Switch
Converged 1/10/40Gb Ethernet switch with up to 56-10GbE ports (32 internal), converged iSCSI and FCoE (transit to ToR), 320Gb stacking of up to 6 switches, FlexIO technology, and PVST+ industry standard spanning tree. 32 internal 10GE ports provide full redundancy to the M420 blade on fabric A.
Dell Networking M8024-k 10Gb Ethernet Switch
Converged 1/10Gb Ethernet switch with up to 24 10GbE ports (16 internal), converged FCoE (transit to ToR), stacking of up to 6 modules, FlexIO technology, and simple mode.
Dell Networking M8428-k 10Gb Converged Network Switch
Converged 1/10Gb Ethernet switch with 24 10GbE Ethernet ports (16 internal) and 4 native fibre channel ports, converged iSCSI and FCoE (FC breakout at blade switch). fibre channel ports support 2Gb, 4Gb and 8Gb.
Dell Networking M6220 Gigabit Ethernet Switch
1Gb Ethernet switch with up to 24 ports (16 internal), stacking of up to 12 switches, simple mode, and 4 fixed copper 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet uplinks and FlexIO technology for up to 4 additional 10GbE uplinks.
Dell Networking M6348 Gigabit Ethernet Blade Switch
1Gb Ethernet switch with up to 48 ports (32 internal), stacking of up to 12 modules, simple mode and 16 external fixed 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet RJ-45 ports to support 32 internal server GbE connections supplied by quad-port Gigabit Ethernet adapters plus up to 4 10Gb uplink ports.
Dell 10GbE Pass-Through -k Module
Supports 16 10Gb connections only
Cisco® Nexus™ B22DELL Fabric Extender (FEX)
16 internal 10GbE ports and 8 external 10GbE ports; provides 10GbE connectivity to Cisco Nexus 5500 series infrastructure.
Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch M 3130G
Includes 4 fixed copper 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet uplinks, 64Gb (full duplex) StackWise® Plus stacking ports plus 2 optional module bays, each can support either 2 1Gb copper or optical SFPs.
Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch M 3130X
Includes 4 fixed copper 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet uplinks, 64Gb full duplex StackWise Plus stacking ports, and support for 2 x2 modules for up to a total of 2 10Gb CX4 or SR/LRM uplinks.
Brocade® M5424 8Gb Fibre Channel Switch
Includes 8 external SAN ports.
Dell 8Gb/4Gb Fibre Channel SAN Module NPIV Port Aggregator
Emulex® 8Gb or 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module
Mellanox® M4001Q QDR, M4001T FDR10, M4001Q FDR InfiniBand® Switches
16 internal ports and 16 external QSFP+ ports in a single wide form factor.
Brocade M6505 16Gb Fibre Channel SAN I/O Module
24 16Gbps fibre channel ports (16 internal server ports and 8 external fabric ports). Zero footprint, hot-pluggable design with no additional fans or power supplies. Dynamic Ports on Demand (PoD) and “pay-as-you-grow” port upgrades for 12-port configurations.


Up to six 3000W high-efficiency power supplies, six 2700W high-efficiency power supplies or up to six -48V DC 2700W power supplies.
Based on Dell’s Energy Smart technologies, the M1000e power supplies deliver greater levels of efficiency, even at low levels of utilization. Supported power supply configurations include:
• 3+3 and 2+2 (grid redundancy)
• 2+1, 3+1, 4+2, and 5+1 (power supply redundancy)
• 2+0 and 3+0 (non-redundant mode)
The M1000e chassis supports dynamic power supply engagement (DPSE) mode, which if enabled, puts lightly loaded power supplies into standby mode, driving up the utilization and the efficiency of the active supplies. Dell supports either 110–120V or 208–240V AC power supply input and supports a wide range of power distribution options. Dell recommends 208–240V AC for all production environments.


Form Factor: 10U modular enclosure holds up to sixteen half-height blade servers

44.0cm(17.3”)H x 44.7cm(17.6”)W x 75.4cm(29.7”)D


Empty Chassis only – 98lbs (44.5kg)    
Chassis w/ all rear modules (IOMs, PSUs, CMCs, KVM) - 176lbs (79.8kg)    
Max Fully loaded w/ blades and rear modules - 394lbs (178.7kg)

Cooling Fans:

M1000e Chassis comes standard with 9 hot pluggable, redundant fan modules

Based on Energy Smart Technologies, M1000e fans are a breakthrough in power and cooling efficiency.
The fans deliver low power consumption, but also use next generation “low flow” technology to ensure the
lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure

Input Devices:

Front Control Panel with interactive Graphical LCD

Supports initial configuration wizard
Local server blade, enclosure, and module information and troubleshooting

Two USB Keyboard/Mouse connections and one Video connection (requires the optional Avocent iKVM switch
to enable these ports) for local front “crash cart” console connections that can be switched between blades


1 (standard) or optional 2nd (redundant) Chassis Management Controller(s) (CMC) that provide:
Single secure interface for inventory, configuration, monitoring, and alerting for the chassis and all components 
Multi-chassis management capability allows up to nine chassis and 288 servers to be managed from a single, embedded, agent-less interface
Enables automated and embedded one-to-many blade BIOS and firmware updates, independent of the OS through iDRAC
Allows one-to-many blade server BIOS capture and replication
Real-Time Power/Thermal Monitoring and Management
Real-Time System AC Power Consumption with resettable peak and minimum values
System-level power limiting and slot-based power prioritization
Manages Dynamic Power Engagement functionality that can help to lower overall system power consumption by ensuring power supplies run at their optimal efficiency points
Manages fan speed control using Dell’s enhanced efficiency technologies to ensure fans are delivering optimal cooling while minimizing power consumption and airflow
Secure Web (SSL) and Command Line (Telnet/SSH) interfaces
Supports multiple levels of user roles and permissions, including integration into Microsoft® Active Directory® Services and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) services for authentication
2 x 10/100/1000Mb Ethernet ports + 1 serial port
Provides single point of connection from management network to iDRAC on each of the blades and the management interfaces on the integrated I/O modules
2nd Ethernet port supports daisy chaining of CMCs for improved cable management

Optional Integrated Avocent
® keyboard, video and mouse (iKVM) switch
Enables USB keyboard/mouse and video port on front control panel


Dell OpenManage™ Systems Management
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator—monitoring agents and 1:1 management utilities
Dell OpenManage Essentials—discover, inventory, monitor, and update M1000e chassis and blades
Integration with third-party management solutions through Dell’s Certified Partner Program
Remote Management


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