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Dell PowerEdge M915

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Processor-dense, cost-effective blade server with outstanding bandwidth

Help increase your data center efficiency, performance and flexibility with the PowerEdge™ M915 full-height blade server, with AMD processing, maximized bandwidth and enterprise-class manageability.

  • Starting Price $691400
  • Total Savings $201670
  • Dell Price $489730
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Processor

  • AMD Opteron™ 6100, 6200 and 6300 series processors

Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (includes Hyper-V®)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V)
    Microsoft Windows® HPC Server 2008
    Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
    Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
    Oracle® Solaris™
    Virtualization options:
    Citrix® XenServer®
    Microsoft Hyper-V, a server role in Microsoft Windows Server operating systems
    VMware® vSphere® and ESXi™
    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization®

Chipset

  • AMD (SR5670 and SP5100)

Memory*

  • Up to 1TB (32 DIMM slots) 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR3 up to 1600MT/s

Storage

  • Hot-plug hard drive options:
    2.5" SATA SSD, SAS (15K, 10K)

    Maximum internal storage:
    Up to 2.4TB per blade with 2 x 2.5” SAS (10K) 1.2TB hard drives

Drive Bays

  • Hot-Plug options available:
    Two 2.5” SAS/Solid State hot-swappable drives

I/O Mezzanine Card Options

  • Fully populated mezzanine card slots and switch modules will yield 3 highly available, redundant I/O fabrics per blade.
     
    Ethernet:
    Broadcom® Dual Port Gb Ethernet with TOE (BCM-5709S)
    Intel® Dual Port 10Gb Ethernet
    Broadcom Dual Port 10Gb Ethernet (BCM-57711)

    10Gb Enhanced Ethernet:
    Intel Dual Port 10Gb Enhanced Ethernet (10Gb Enhanced Ethernet—FcoE Ready)
    QLogic® Dual Port CNA QME8142 (10Gb Enhanced Ethernet + FCoE)
    Broadcom Dual Port 57712-k Converged Network Daughter Card (NDC)—Supports CEE/DCB 10GbE + NPAR + FCoE + iSCSI-TLV
    Brocade® BR1741M-k Dual Port Mezzanine CNA

    Fibre Channel:
    QLogic Dual Port FC16 HBA (QME2662)
    Emulex® Dual Port FC16 HBA (LPm16002B-D)
    QLogic Dual Port FC8 HBA (QME2572)
    Emulex Dual Port FC8 HBA (LPe1205-M)
    Emulex 8 or 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module

    InfiniBand:
    Mellanox® ConnectX®- 3 Dual Port FDR10
    Mellanox ConnectX-2 Dual-Port QDR

RAID Controllers

  • PERC H200 Modular (6Gb/s)
    PERC H700 Modular (6Gb/s) with 512MB battery-backed cache

Communications

    • 2 x 1GbE dual Broadcom BCM5709S
    • 2 x 10GbE Broadcom BCM57712
    Optional add-in NICs and HBAs: See I/O Mezzanine Card Options

Power

  • Supplied by Dell’s M1000e Blade Chassis

Graphics Card

  • Integrated Matrox G200eW w/ 8MB memory

    Availability

    Hot-plug hard drives, ECC memory, redundant embedded hypervisor

Chassis

  • The PowerEdge M915 blade server fits in the PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure. A total of 8 full-height or 16 half-height blades can fit into every M1000e enclosure. Full-height and half-height blades can be mixed in M1000e enclosures with no limitations.

    M915 Dimensions and Weight (blade only):
    Height: 38.5 cm (15.2 in)
    Width: 5 cm (2 in)
    Depth: 48.6 cm (19.2 in)

    Rack Support

    Supplied by Dell’s M1000e Blade Chassis

Management

  • Remote Management

    iDRAC6 Enterprise (standard)

    System Management

    BMC, IPMI 2.0 compliant
    Dell™ OpenManage™
    Unified Server Configurator
    Lifecycle Controller
    iDRAC6 Enterprise with optional vFlash
    Chassis Management Controller

Maximum workload performance

Input, process, analyze and report data on the same platform. Consolidate servers and scale-up during peak workloads. The PowerEdge™ M915 has the high-density core power you need for your most demanding tasks.
PowerEdge M915 - powerhouse computing

Powerhouse computing

Enhance your data center performance with the PowerEdge M915 blade server. Up to 64 processor cores per blade give you the power to:
  • Quickly and confidently execute your mission-critical business applications
  • Run robust virtual machines (VMs) to help reap all the benefits of consolidation
  • Help increase database performance by running more tasks simultaneously

Boost business performance

Consolidate your data center with powerful AMD technology that is designed to:

  • Deliver 64-processor cores for optimal 4S performance with 2S value and provide the essential features needed to operate your consolidated infrastructure efficiently 
  • Allow you to monitor power and thermals at the processor level to assist with platform efficiency
Deploy vast pools of processor cores that can be directly assigned to virtualized servers. A PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure, fully loaded with eight PowerEdge M915s, employing up to 16-core AMD Opteron™ 6100, 6200 and 6300 series processors, can help achieve an impressive 512 cores per chassis or 51.2 cores per U.
PowerEdge M915 - throughput, throughput, throughput

Throughput, throughput, throughput

Unleash the potential of your consolidated VMs with more I/O throughput.
  • Maximizing both 10GbE and 1GbE port counts provides your virtualized applications with the dedicated bandwidth they need in input/output (I/O)-intensive environments.
  • Enabling a choice of fabric and vendor can enhance your flexibility to adopt and deploy networks at your own pace.
  • Up to six dual-port 10GbE network cards can bring the total aggregate throughput into a single server to an amazing 120 Gbps.
An integrated, flexible network daughter-card enables a choice of embedded network adaptors. Select either 1GbE network interface cards (NICs) or 10GB converged network adaptors (CNAs) to attach to M1000e I/O modules, such as the Dell™ M8428-k converged network switch. I/O traffic can then flow to your existing Dell or 3rd-party switching infrastructure.

Enterprise-class manageability and efficiency

Spend more time creating business value and less time planning, deploying and managing IT. You can also cut your power and cooling costs without forfeiting any performance.

PowerEdge M915 - enterprise-class manageability and efficiency

One-to-many updating

Chassis Management Controller and Lifecycle Controller simplify the update process for BIOS, firmware and drivers on a one-to-many basis, without additional software. Multi-chassis management provides one-console access to several blade enclosures.

Industry-leading power and cooling

Up to 92+ percent efficient*, fully redundant power supplies utilize minimal power without compromising productivity. High-efficiency fans and intuitive chassis airflow ducting drive enterprise-class cooling with minimal power draw.

Enterprise-class availability

Safeguard your organization from IT loss or corruption with data-protective redundancy through optional dual fail-safe embedded hypervisors and hard-drive fault tolerance, which is enabled by a hardware RAID (PERC) controller.

Flexibility refedined

 
Features by modelW-620W-650W-3200W-3400
Target MarketSmall or Branch OfficesSmall or Branch OfficesMedium to Large EnterprisesMedium to Large Enterprises
Max LAN-connected APs8163264
Max Remote Access Points3264128256
Max Users2565122,0484,096
Firewall throughput800 Mbps2 Gbps3 Gbps4 Gbps
Maximum VLANs128128128256
GbE Ports (GBIC or SFP)1644
10/100/1000Base-T Ports (auto-neg)0844
10GbE Ports0000
Power-over-Ethernet ports
(802.3af/802.3at)
44n/an/a
USB ports for 3G/4G failover14NoneNone
Form factor/footprintDesktop/RackDesktop/Rack1RU1RU
Active firewall sessions8,19216,384128,000128,000
Concurrent IPSec sessions2565122,0484,096
Encrypted throughput
(3DES, AES-CBC)
400 Mbps1.6 Gbps1.6 Gbps4 Gbps
Encrypted throughput (AES-CCM)320 Mbps800 Mbps800 Mbps2 Gbps
Redundant power and fansn/an/an/an/a
Max power consumption115 W126 W35 W45 W
Certifications802.11 a/b/g/n certified. FIPS/TAA certified products available for government use.802.11 a/b/g/n certified. FIPS/TAA certified products available for government use.802.11 a/b/g/n certified. FIPS/TAA certified products available for government use.802.11 a/b/g/n certified. FIPS/TAA certified products available for government use.
Optics availableSFP-LX, SFP-SX, SFP-TX, XFP-LR, and XFP-SRSFP-LX, SFP-SX, SFP-TX, XFP-LR, and XFP-SRSFP-LX, SFP-SX, SFP-TX, XFP-LR, and XFP-SRSFP-LX, SFP-SX, SFP-TX, XFP-LR, and XFP-SR
Encryption typesWEP, TKIP, DES, AES-CCMP, 3DES, AES-CBC, xSecWEP, TKIP, DES, AES-CCMP, 3DES, AES-CBC, xSecWEP, TKIP, DES, AES-CCMP, 3DES, AES-CBC, xSecWEP, TKIP, DES, AES-CCMP, 3DES, AES-CBC, xSec
Authentication typesWPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-PSK, 802.1X, MAC address, captive portalWPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-PSK, 802.1X, MAC address, captive portalWPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-PSK, 802.1X, MAC address, captive portalWPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-PSK, 802.1X, MAC address, captive portal
ManagementDell AirWave Management Suite or Dell OpenManage Network Manager. Also supports SNMP, Web, CLI using SSH, Telnet & console port.Dell AirWave Management Suite or Dell OpenManage Network Manager. Also supports SNMP, Web, CLI using SSH, Telnet & console port.Dell AirWave Management Suite or Dell OpenManage Network Manager. Also supports SNMP, Web, CLI using SSH, Telnet & console port.Dell AirWave Management Suite or Dell OpenManage Network Manager. Also supports SNMP, Web, CLI using SSH, Telnet & console port.
Hardware and software warranty1 year hardware, 90 day software1 year hardware, 90 day software1 year hardware, 90 day software1 year hardware, 90 day software
Optional Dell servicesDell offers a variety of services ranging from product support to installation and complete IT outsourcing. Get a free consultation at dell.com/networkconsultingDell offers a variety of services ranging from product support to installation and complete IT outsourcing. Get a free consultation at dell.com/networkconsultingDell offers a variety of services ranging from product support to installation and complete IT outsourcing. Get a free consultation at dell.com/networkconsultingDell offers a variety of services ranging from product support to installation and complete IT outsourcing. Get a free consultation at dell.com/networkconsulting
Optional controller functionality (Optional licenses)• Wireless Intrusion Protection (WIP) - Safeguard against wireless security threats, provide visibility into sources of RF interference, and eliminate the need for separate
RF sensors and security appliances.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) - Provide identity-based controls to enforce application-layer security, prioritization, traffic forwarding, and network performance
policies for wired and wireless networks.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall with VPN (PEFV) - Create a secure tunnel and allow your VPN (Virtual Private Network) traffic to enter the controller.
• Advanced Cryptography (ACR) - Deliver military-grade cryptography and enable secure access to networks that handle classified information.
• Wireless Intrusion Protection (WIP) - Safeguard against wireless security threats, provide visibility into sources of RF interference, and eliminate the need for separate
RF sensors and security appliances.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) - Provide identity-based controls to enforce application-layer security, prioritization, traffic forwarding, and network performance
policies for wired and wireless networks.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall with VPN (PEFV) - Create a secure tunnel and allow your VPN (Virtual Private Network) traffic to enter the controller.
• Advanced Cryptography (ACR) - Deliver military-grade cryptography and enable secure access to networks that handle classified information.
• Wireless Intrusion Protection (WIP) - Safeguard against wireless security threats, provide visibility into sources of RF interference, and eliminate the need for separate
RF sensors and security appliances.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) - Provide identity-based controls to enforce application-layer security, prioritization, traffic forwarding, and network performance
policies for wired and wireless networks.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall with VPN (PEFV) - Create a secure tunnel and allow your VPN (Virtual Private Network) traffic to enter the controller.
• Advanced Cryptography (ACR) - Deliver military-grade cryptography and enable secure access to networks that handle classified information.
• Wireless Intrusion Protection (WIP) - Safeguard against wireless security threats, provide visibility into sources of RF interference, and eliminate the need for separate
RF sensors and security appliances.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) - Provide identity-based controls to enforce application-layer security, prioritization, traffic forwarding, and network performance
policies for wired and wireless networks.
• Policy Enforcement Firewall with VPN (PEFV) - Create a secure tunnel and allow your VPN (Virtual Private Network) traffic to enter the controller.
• Advanced Cryptography (ACR) - Deliver military-grade cryptography and enable secure access to networks that handle classified information.
Management and VPN• AirWave Wireless Management System (AWMS) - AirWave management software is an intuitive interface that delivers a consolidated view of: the RF environment, controllers, APs, and the infrastructure. AirWave can manage all Dell W-Series products and provide visibility and troubleshooting for your entire network, including support for many third-party devices.
• Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) - Create a secure Virtual Private Network for remote users that intelligently configures connection settings on their mobile device and transparently authenticates without complicated logins.
• AirWave Wireless Management System (AWMS) - AirWave management software is an intuitive interface that delivers a consolidated view of: the RF environment, controllers, APs, and the infrastructure. AirWave can manage all Dell W-Series products and provide visibility and troubleshooting for your entire network, including support for many third-party devices.
• Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) - Create a secure Virtual Private Network for remote users that intelligently configures connection settings on their mobile device and transparently authenticates without complicated logins.
• AirWave Wireless Management System (AWMS) - AirWave management software is an intuitive interface that delivers a consolidated view of: the RF environment, controllers, APs, and the infrastructure. AirWave can manage all Dell W-Series products and provide visibility and troubleshooting for your entire network, including support for many third-party devices.
• Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) - Create a secure Virtual Private Network for remote users that intelligently configures connection settings on their mobile device and transparently authenticates without complicated logins.
• AirWave Wireless Management System (AWMS) - AirWave management software is an intuitive interface that delivers a consolidated view of: the RF environment, controllers, APs, and the infrastructure. AirWave can manage all Dell W-Series products and provide visibility and troubleshooting for your entire network, including support for many third-party devices.
• Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) - Create a secure Virtual Private Network for remote users that intelligently configures connection settings on their mobile device and transparently authenticates without complicated logins.
.Controller-based Wireless Access Points & Instant Access PointsThe Dell W-Series Controller-based Ecosystem is ideal for organizations that seek maximum security, functionality and centralized management features. This architecture can enforce policies and security from one console and meets stringent government and military encryption certifi cations. Controller-based ecosystems can also serve as a termination point for your Virtual Private Network. Dell W-Series Instant Access Points (IAPs) combine enterprise capabilities with entry-level simplicity. These intelligent 802.11n devices have a built-in virtual controller and firewall, and require no additional licenses. IAPs can be setup
in minutes: simply configure the first device and the other IAPs automatically form a unified cluster. You can add more capacity by simply plugging in more IAPs. The devices can even migrate to a controller-based ecosystem if you ever decide to expand to a centralized wireless network. The Instant AP portfolio offers several Wired + Wireless IAPs that are ideal for remote APs for teleworker and branches. Easily deploy, configure and grow your network with Dell.
The Dell W-Series Controller-based Ecosystem is ideal for organizations that seek maximum security, functionality and centralized management features. This architecture can enforce policies and security from one console and meets stringent government and military encryption certifi cations. Controller-based ecosystems can also serve as a termination point for your Virtual Private Network. Dell W-Series Instant Access Points (IAPs) combine enterprise capabilities with entry-level simplicity. These intelligent 802.11n devices have a built-in virtual controller and firewall, and require no additional licenses. IAPs can be setup
in minutes: simply configure the first device and the other IAPs automatically form a unified cluster. You can add more capacity by simply plugging in more IAPs. The devices can even migrate to a controller-based ecosystem if you ever decide to expand to a centralized wireless network. The Instant AP portfolio offers several Wired + Wireless IAPs that are ideal for remote APs for teleworker and branches. Easily deploy, configure and grow your network with Dell.
The Dell W-Series Controller-based Ecosystem is ideal for organizations that seek maximum security, functionality and centralized management features. This architecture can enforce policies and security from one console and meets stringent government and military encryption certifi cations. Controller-based ecosystems can also serve as a termination point for your Virtual Private Network. Dell W-Series Instant Access Points (IAPs) combine enterprise capabilities with entry-level simplicity. These intelligent 802.11n devices have a built-in virtual controller and firewall, and require no additional licenses. IAPs can be setup
in minutes: simply configure the first device and the other IAPs automatically form a unified cluster. You can add more capacity by simply plugging in more IAPs. The devices can even migrate to a controller-based ecosystem if you ever decide to expand to a centralized wireless network. The Instant AP portfolio offers several Wired + Wireless IAPs that are ideal for remote APs for teleworker and branches. Easily deploy, configure and grow your network with Dell.
The Dell W-Series Controller-based Ecosystem is ideal for organizations that seek maximum security, functionality and centralized management features. This architecture can enforce policies and security from one console and meets stringent government and military encryption certifi cations. Controller-based ecosystems can also serve as a termination point for your Virtual Private Network. Dell W-Series Instant Access Points (IAPs) combine enterprise capabilities with entry-level simplicity. These intelligent 802.11n devices have a built-in virtual controller and firewall, and require no additional licenses. IAPs can be setup
in minutes: simply configure the first device and the other IAPs automatically form a unified cluster. You can add more capacity by simply plugging in more IAPs. The devices can even migrate to a controller-based ecosystem if you ever decide to expand to a centralized wireless network. The Instant AP portfolio offers several Wired + Wireless IAPs that are ideal for remote APs for teleworker and branches. Easily deploy, configure and grow your network with Dell.
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.

Dell Enterprise Deployment Services
Our end-to-end deployment services ensure your Dell PowerEdge installation, configuration and implementation is completed accurately and quickly—anytime, anywhere—with proven processes based on best practices acquired from thousands of deployments by our highly skilled experts.

Dell ProSupport
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.
Dell OpenManage Systems Management portfolio
The Dell OpenManage systems management portfolio, including Dell PowerEdge server embedded management feature integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller, helps IT Administrators efficiently manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local and remote environments, operating in band or out of band, with or without a systems management software agent. Irrespective of the operating system or hypervisor you deploy, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller automates the most essential and frequently performed server management tasks to help your IT resources become more productive and your IT environment more cost-effective and well-maintained. Dell OpenManage also integrates and connects to leading third-party systems management solutions you may already own, so you can maintain your single point of control and capitalize on your existing investment. 

Solutions and Systems Management

  
Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions
You face an expanding set of challenges for provisioning, managing and supporting end-user computing across your enterprise. Your IT team is not growing, but support requirements are more complex as you plan how best to migrate and update client systems, and secure new “smart” mobile devices.

With Dell DVS you can create a centralized end-user computing environment that streamlines desktop management and reduces maintenance burden on your IT staff. Now you can focus on important projects to improve IT services. Dell DVS solutions are completely integrated and tested solutions that are powered by advanced Dell PowerEdge rack and blade servers.

Dell’s purpose-built DVS solutions combine the performance, memory capacity and embedded hypervisor options in Dell PowerEdge servers with desktop virtualization software in optimized configurations. DVS solutions simplify deployments and accelerate your time-to-value. Dell DVS solutions deliver:
 
  • Simplified management: Centralized desktop management so you can support a wider range of end-user devices without incurring additional cost or complexity
  • Streamlined operations: Decoupling the operating system, applications and user data from devices reduces complexity and streamlines desktop maintenance and updates
  • Secure IP and data: Intellectual property and business data is secured and centralized reducing your vulnerabilities for data loss and unauthorized access to your network
  • Support for mobility: Provide secure access for smartphones and personal devices across your organization and externally to your contractors and partners


Dell DVS solutions are informed by more than 50,000 hours of testing and validated by implementations in organizations like yours so you can deploy with confidence.

Storage Options
With Dell Compellent, Dell EqualLogic and Dell PowerVault, we have created a comprehensive and innovative portfolio of storage products, all of which are easy to deploy, manage and grow. Whether you use network attached storage (NAS), direct attached storage (DAS), internet SCSI (iSCSI) or Fibre Channel (FC), Dell has a product that can meet your business needs and reduce the cost and complexity of storage.


The Value of Dell StorageThe Value of Dell Storage:
Dell’s open, standards-based solutions let customers of all sizes integrate new technologies without sacrificing performance or their existing IT investments.



Direct Attached StorageDirect-Attached Storage:
The Dell PowerVault MD storage family offers easy and economical expansion for Dell PowerEdge servers enabling high availability and scalability for demanding business applications.
 

Disk to Disk BackupDisk-to-Disk Backup
Due to expanding volumes of data that must be backed up and protected along with shrinking backup windows, many IT departments have moved to or added disk-based backups.
 

Network Attached StorageNetwork-Attached Storage
NAS is a specialized storage server with its own IP address that is made available to multiple clients and servers on a local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN).



Object Based StorageObject-Based Storage
The Dell DX Object Storage Platform is designed to intelligently access, store, protect and distribute fixed digital content.



Storage Area NetworkStorage Area Network
A storage area network (SAN) is a network of shared storage devices, such as disk storage arrays and tape automation



Tape BackupTape Backup
Considered the first and last line of defense against data loss, tape and removable disks can be used for long-term data storage and backup.
 

Unified StorageUnified Storage
Unified Storage is a term that describes the ability to manage both file- and block-level data.
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