PowerEdge M420 Blade Server

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Up to 32 blades in just 10U of rack space

Help improve efficiency and business continuity, and finish work fast with the exceptional computing density of the PowerEdge™ M420 Intel® Xeon® processor quarter-height blade.

  • Starting Price $245300
  • Total Savings $72109
  • Dell Price $173191



  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2400 and E5-2400 v2 product families

    Internal interconnect
    Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI): 6.4 GT/s; 7.2 GT/s; 8.0 GT/s

    2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8 ,10

Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (includes Hyper-V®)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V)
    Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
    Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
    Virtualization options:
    Citrix® XenServer®
    VMware® vSphere® ESXi ™
    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization®


  • Intel C602


  • Up to 192GB (6 DIMM slots) 2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR3 up to 1600MT/s

Embedded Hypervisor (Optional)

  • Two internal SD cards dedicated for hypervisor or one SD card dedicated for vFlash media support



  • Hot-plug hard drive options:

    Up to two 1.8” uSATA SSD drives (50GB and 200GB)

Enclosure I/O Modules

  • M1000e Blade Enclosure

I/O Mezzanine Card Options

  • Ethernet:
    Broadcom 5719 quad-port 1Gb
    Intel I350 quad-port

    1Gb1Gb/10Gb adapters:
    Brocade® BR1741M-k dual-port 10Gb CNA
    QLogic® QME8262-k dual-port 10Gb KR CNA
    Broadcom 57810S-k dual-port 10Gb KR
    Intel Ethernet X520-x/k dual-port 10Gb
    Intel I350 quad-port 1Gb
    Broadcom 5719 quad-port 1Gb
    Mellanox ConnectX-3 dual-port 10GbE KR blade

    Fibre channel:
    QLogic QME2662 (FC16)
    Emulex® LPm16002B-D (FC16)
    QLogic QME2572 (FC8)
    Emulex LPe1205-M (FC8)

    Mellanox® ConnectX®-3 SFF FDR10

RAID Controllers

  • Internal controller: PERC H310


  • Supplied by Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e Blade Enclosure


  • Form factor
    Quarter-height blade

    USB ports
    2 front

    I/O slots

    One PCIe 3.0 x8 fully populated mezzanine card slot and switch modules yields 2 redundant I/O fabrics per blade


  • Remote management
    iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller for Blades (default), iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller (upgrade option)

    Systems management
    IPMI 2.0 compliant
    Dell OpenManage™ Essentials
    Dell OpenManage Power Center
    Dell OpenManage integrations and Connections:
    • OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft® System Center
    • OpenManage Integration for VMware® vCenter™
    • HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli® Netcool®, and CA Network and Systems Management


First of its kind for Dell

Take full advantage of every square inch of your data center with Dell’s first quarter-height blade.
PowerEdge M420 Server - First of Its Kind for Dell
Exceptional density
Redefine processing density for your data center with the Dell™ PowerEdge™ M420, Dell’s first quarter-height blade server. Powered by the next-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2400 and E5-2400 v2 product families with up to ten cores per processor, the two-socket M420 offers extremely high-performance density when deployed in the Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure.
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Consistently dependable
Help ensure long-term reliability with uninterrupted functionality through Dell’s no-compromise enterprise-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features.
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Outstanding operational efficiency
Simplify deploying, updating, monitoring and maintaining your PowerEdge servers with the Dell OpenManage™ portfolio that includes Dell’s exclusive Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller.
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Built for agile businesses

Use the M420’s capacity and interconnect flexibility to help you better apply high-node-count density to a wide number of environments.
Intelligent data management
Build your high-density data center with the kind of asset flexibility that enables you to intelligently manage your intellectual property and other critical business resources.
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Workload flexibility
Combining the M420’s outstanding performance, density and efficiency into an individually serviceable quarter-height blade gives you an exceptional opportunity to build the ideal data center for your needs.
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Versatile M1000e blade enclosure
Take advantage of the shared power, cooling and networking infrastructure of the M1000e blade enclosure coupled with the Dell™ Chassis Management Controller to manage your M420 blades.
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The new generation PowerEdge experience

Make IT the engine for your business success. The newest generation of PowerEdge™ family is engineered with the right combination of features and performance scalability to handle tough workloads for both large and small data center environments.

Improve operational efficiency with enhanced systems management

Streamline operations and help boost productivity to get the most out of every dollar spent. Manage your Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers in complex IT environments by automating the most essential server life cycle management tasks: deploy, update, monitor and maintain. For more information, visit dell.com/openmanage.

Global Services and Support

Dell™ Services can help reduce IT complexity, lower costs and eliminate inefficiencies by making IT and business solutions work harder for you. The Dell™ Services team takes a holistic view of your needs and designs solutions for your environment and business objectives while using established delivery methods, local talent and in-depth domain knowledge to help you lower your total cost of ownership.

Flexibilidad redefinida

Solo la serie M de Dell proporciona escalabilidad completa de complementos con FlexIO, hasta las interconexiones de conmutador. La tecnología FlexIO es la base del subsistema de E/S de M1000e que posee la flexibilidad que usted necesita para diseñar las soluciones de hoy en día y la escalabilidad que requiere para agregar o cambiar las opciones del centro de datos y así cumplir con las demandas futuras.



El gabinete serie M admite un amplio conjunto de conmutadores Blade de Ethernet Gigabit modular (GbE) y de Ethernet de 10 Gb mejorada.

Los conmutadores PowerConnect™ y Dell Force10™ completamente modulares de Dell proporcionan una gran flexibilidad, con opciones de velocidad de 1 Gb a 10 Gb, enlaces ascendentes modulares flexibles de tipos de medios variados y muchas otras valiosas características. La gama de productos de PowerConnect y de Dell Force10 ofrece una selección de conmutadores que puede satisfacer incluso las demandas más grandes de red.

Para los clientes de Cisco Catalyst, Dell proporciona modelos que van desde el sencillo y básico de 1 GbE hasta modelos de mayor capacidad con apilamiento o incluso enlaces ascendentes de 10 GbE. Los conmutadores más avanzados incluyen la funcionalidad Virtual Blade Switch (conmutador blade virtual) de Cisco, que permiten interconectar hasta nueve conmutadores para crear un solo conmutador lógico, lo que simplifica la administración del centro de datos.

Canal de fibra

Los conmutadores de canal de fibra Brocade de 8 Gb proporcionan una sólida conectividad a SAN de canal de fibra, como las ofrecidas por Dell/EMC. El M5424 incluye configuraciones de 12 y 24 puertos, así como un paquete de rendimiento para brindar mejores características y una mejor administración.

Para una integración heterogénea con cualquier red de canal de fibra, el conmutador de canal de fibra Brocade M5424 puede incluso activarse en modo de puerta de enlace de acceso. Con base en la funcionalidad de virtualización de identificadores de puertos de red (N_Port ID, NPIV), el modo de puerta de enlace de acceso brinda los beneficios de la agregación de cables y el ahorro de costos que ofrecen las soluciones de blades de la serie M de Dell sin administración independiente o requisitos de configuración.

Canal de fibra



Para la informática de alto rendimiento (HPC) u otros entornos que requieran el mayor ancho de banda y la latencia más baja disponible, la serie M ofrece conmutadores y tarjetas adaptadoras InfiniBand™. Dell ofrece conmutadores InfiniBand de velocidad de datos cuádruple (QDR) integrada en el chasis y de velocidad de datos completa (FDR) de Mellanox, con velocidades hasta de 56 Gbps. Cada conmutador cuenta con 16 puertos internos y 8 puertos externos para garantizar la disponibilidad y la redundancia necesarias para las aplicaciones más exigentes.


FlexIO para la serie M: Brinda la velocidad que necesita, cuando la necesita.

Dell offers a wide range of professional services to simplify the assessment, design, implementation, management and maintenance of your IT environment and to help you transition from platform to platform.

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Dell ProSupport offers a suite of support services that enable you to choose support models based on how you use technology and where you want to allocate resources. We recommend Dell ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist for mission-critical systems or Dell ProSupport for premium hardware and software support for your PowerEdge solution. For hyper-scale data centers, we also offer ProSupport Flex for Data Center. Contact your Dell representative today for more information*.

Dell Training Services

Dell Education Services offers PowerEdge Server training courses designed to help you achieve more with your hardware investment. The curriculum is designed in conjunction with the server development team, as well as Dell’s technical support team, to ensure that the training delivers the information and practical, hands-on skills you and your team need to confidently deploy, manage and maintain your Dell Server solution. To learn more or register for a class today, click here.
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