Architected for performance, virtualization-ready
The PowerEdge R905 is an AMD processor-based 4-socket, 4U rack server built for virtualization, database and other memory-intensive applications.
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- AMD Opteron™ Processors Options
Up to Six-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors
- 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®
Optional Embedded Hypervisor:
VMware® vSphere™ 4.1 (including VMware ESX® 4.1 or VMware ESXi™ 4.1)
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- Broadcom HT-2100 and HT-1100 server
- Up to 256GB (32 DIMM slots): 512MB/1GB/2GB/4GB/ 8GB ECC DDR2 SDRAM
Single or Dual-Rank DIMM support
ECC and SDDC technologies for system data integrity help prevent single or multi bit errors on DIMMs
Embedded Hypervisor (Optional)
- Microsoft HyperV via Microsoft Windows Server 2008
VMware® vSphere™ 4.1 (including VMware ESX® 4.1 or VMware ESXi™ 4.1)
Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition
Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition
- Hard Drives:
2.5 6Gbs SAS (10K): 300GB, 600GB
2.5 inch SAS (10K rpm): 73GB, 146GB*
2.5 inch SAS (15K rpm): 36GB, 73GB, 146GB*
3.5 inch SAS (10K rpm): 73GB, 146GB, 300GB, 400GB*
3.5 inch SAS (15K rpm): 73GB, 146GB, 300GB*
Maximum Internal Storage:
Up to 2.0TB* via five x 3.5" 400 GB hot-plug SAS hard drives
Disk Storage Options
Dell/EqualLogic PS5000 Series
PowerVault RD1000 disk-based backup system
PowerVault MD3000 Modular Disk Storage Array
PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI Disk Storage Array
PowerVault MD1000 SAS external storage system
External Backup Options:
PowerVault TL2000 and TL4000 Compact Tape Libraries
PowerVault ML6000 Modular Tape Libraries
PowerVault 124T Autoloader
PowerVault LTO Tape Drives
PowerVault Rackable Tape Drives
Backup and Recovery Software:
Symantec® Backup Exec™ 11d
Symantec Backup Exec Quickstart
Yosemite® Backup 8.1
CommVault® Galaxy® Express 6.1
- 2 hard drive base options:
8 x 2.5” Hard Drive Option: up to 8 SAS HDs(10K/15K)
5 x 3.5” Hard Drive Option: up to 5 SAS HDs(10K/15K)
2.5" 500GB* SATA
Peripheral bay options:
Slim optical drive bay with choice of DVD-ROM, Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM, or DVD + RW
- 7 PCIe G1 slots:
Two x8 slots
Five x4 slots
- PERC 6/I with 256MB of battery-backed cache
PERC 6/E with 256MB or 512MB of battery-backed cache
- Four embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gigabit Ethernet NICs with failover and load balancing TOE (TCPIP Offload Engine) supported on Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003, SP1 or higher with Scalable Networking Pack. iSCSI Offload supported on Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1 or higher, Red Hat® Linux® Enterprise 5, and SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10. Scalable Networking Pack for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is not required.
Optional add-in NICs:
Dual Port 10GB Enhanced Intel Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2 (FcoE Ready for Future Enablement)
Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x4
Intel PRO/1000 PT Single Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x1
Intel PRO/1000 VT Quad Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x8
Intel PRO/1000 PF Single Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Optical, PCI-E x4
Broadcom® NetXtreme™ 5722 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC, Copper, PCI-E x1
Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC w/TOE, Copper, PCI-E x4
Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC w/TOE and iSCSI Offload, Copper, PCI-E x4
Intel Single Port Server Adapter, 10Gigabit, SR Optical, PCI-E x8
Broadcom® NetXtreme® II 57711 Dual Port Direct Attach 10Gb Ethernet PCI-Express Network Interface Card with TOE and iSCSI Offload
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Broadcom 10GbE NIC, Broadcom Dual Port 10GbE SFP+
Brocade® CNA (1020) Dual Port Server Adapter
Optional add in HBAs:
Qlogic QLE 2462 Dual Port 4 Gbps Fiber Channel HBA
Qlogic QLE 220 Single Port 4 Gbps Fiber Channel HBA
Qlogic QLE 2460 Single Port 4 Gbps Fiber Channel HBA
Emulex LPe-1150-E PCI-e Single Port 4 Gbps Fiber Channel HBA
Emulex LPe-11002-E PCI-e Dual Port 4 Gbps Fiber Channel HBA
Emulex® OCE10102-IX-D CNA iSCSI HBA stand-up adapter
Brocade® FC4 and 8 GB HBAs
- Hot-plug hard drives
Hot-plug redundant power
Hot-plug redundant cooling
Single Device Data Correction (SDDC)
- Embedded ATI ES1000 video controller
- 4U Rack-mountable chassis
27.6" (70.1cm) D x 17.6" (44.70cm) W x 6.8" (17.27cm) H
Rack Weight 92lbs (37Kg), maximum configuration
4-post (Dell rack), 3rd party Versa rails, sliding rails and Cable Management Arm
Standard Baseboard Management Controller with IPMI 2.0 support
Optional DRAC 5 for advanced capabilities
Environmental Operating Conditions
Operating 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 10°C per hour
Note: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1ºF/550 ft.
Storage –40° to 65°C (–40° to 149°F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20°C per hour
Operating 20% to 80% (noncondensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Storage 5% to 95% (noncondensing) with a maximum humidity gradation of 10% per hour
Operating 0.26 Grms at 5–350 Hz in operational orientations
Storage 1.54 Grms at 10–250 Hz in all orientations
Operating - One shock pulse in the positive z axis (one pulse on each side of the system) of 31 G for 2.6 ms in the operational orientation
Storage - Six consecutively executed shock pulses in the positive and negative x, y, and z axes (one pulse on each side of the system) of 71 G for up to 2 ms
Operating –16 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)
NOTE: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum operating temperature is derated 1ºF/550 ft.
Storage –16 to 10,600 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)
Architected for Virtualization PerformanceThe Dell PowerEdge R905 rack server was designed for architected performance and streamlined virtualization deployment. It’s fine-tuned to provide virtualization performance with an ideal formula of processor technology, memory capacity and I/O (input/output) scalability. Featuring up to twice the memory and I/O scalability of the previous-generation, standard 4U four-socket servers, the PowerEdge R905 helps remove the barriers to running memory and I/O-bound applications like VMware® ESX Server. The PowerEdge R905 also allows you to start migrating real virtual machines within a few clicks of a mouse, streamlining deployment in virtualized environments.
Dell’s virtualization strategy is to help you manage your infrastructure with the tools you already have, which is why we work with industry leaders to deliver an integrated solution for managing physical and virtual infrastructures.
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Smarter Path to VirtualizationA smart foundation is designed to deliver exceptional performance that the competition can’t beat. From initial design and deployment to ongoing support, Dell is focused on eliminating unnecessary steps in managing your virtual infrastructure. Dell offers fixed-scope services that can deliver the expertise you need when and where you need it to help you quickly and efficiently deploy an optimized virtual infrastructure.
Dell’s server and storage platforms are engineered for virtual environments to help provide an optimal balance between performance and cost. We also partner with the leading providers of virtualization solutions to give you choice and flexibility in your virtualization deployments.
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An Energy-Efficient Virtualization SolutionDell’s approach to optimization emphasizes energy efficiency at every level of the infrastructure. Boasting high energy-efficient power supplies and memory, plus the latest AMD™ processors*, the PowerEdge R905 is designed for businesses that want a combination of virtualization performance and low energy consumption. Together, the PowerEdge R905 and Dell’s PS5000 family of storage area network (SAN) arrays — built on EqualLogic™ virtualization technology — are engineered to provide an energy-efficient virtualized Internet SCSI (iSCSI) solution.
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