PowerEdge 2970 Rack Server

Intel® Xeon™
 All Dell Outlet PCs and tablets come with same as new limited hardware warranty.
 All Dell Outlet purchases include FREE SHIPPING.
 Plus discover additional savings with Dell Outlet Coupons.

Simplify your IT infrastructure

The PowerEdge 2970 is an AMD processor-based 2-socket, 2U rack server for general business applications and is well-suited for customers seeking excellent security, manageability, and energy efficiency.

Sorry, this item is not available anymore for purchase online. Please see our recommended replacement product.
PowerEdge 2970 Rack Server


Drive Bays

  • 8 x 2.5" Hard Drive Option
    6 x 3.5" Hard Drive Option
    Peripheral bay options: Floppy Drive, PowerVault 100T Tape Drive
    Slim optical drive bay with choice of DVD-ROM or DVD-R/W
    2.5" 500GB* SATA


  • 2U Rack-mountable chassis
    29.31" (74.4cm) D x 17.5" (44.43cm) W x 3.4" (8.64cm) H with bezel attached
    Rack Weight 52.5 lbs (23.8 Kg), maximum configuration

    Rack Support:

    4-post (Dell rack), 3rd party Versa rails, sliding rails and Cable Management Arm


  • Hot-plug hard drives
    Hot-plug redundant power
    Hot-plug redundant cooling
    ECC memory
    Spare Row
    Single Device Data Correction (SDDC)
    PERC5/i integrated daughtercard w/ battery-backed 256MB DDR2 cache
    High availability failover cluster support
    DRAC 5
    Support for internal tape device or internal disk drive backup unit
    Tool-less chassis
    Cluster support


RAID Controllers

  • Optional PERC 5/E or PERC 6/E

    SAS 5/E

    Optional integrated PERC 5/i or 6/i


  • Broadcom HT-2100 and HT-1000 Server I/O Controllers



  • Three total:

    Three PCI Express slots (1 x 8 full length, full height; 1 x 8 half length, full height, 1 x 4 half length, full height)


  • OpenManage™
    Standard Baseboard Management Controller with IPMI 2.0 support
    Optional DRAC 5/i for advanced capabilities
    Microsoft® System Center Essential (SCE) 2010 v2


  • Dual embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gigabit* Ethernet NIC with fail-over and load balancing.
    TOE (TCP/IP Offload Engine) supported on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, SP1 or higher with Scalable Networking Pack.

    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 PF Single Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Optical, PCI-E x4
    Intel PRO/1000 Quad Port PCI-E x4
    Intel 10GBASE-T
    Intel 10Gigabit SFP+
    Broadcom® NetXtreme™ 5721 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™ 5709 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC w/TOE only IPv6
    Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5709 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC w/TOE IPv6, iSCSI boot, with iSCSI Offload
    Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 57710 Dual Port 10Gigabit 10GBase-T NIC
    Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
    Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
    Broadcom 10GbE NIC
    Brocade® CNA Dual-port adapter
    Brocade® FC4 and 8 GB HBAs
    Emulex® CNA iSCSI HBA stand up adapter OCE10102-IX-D
    Brocade® CNA BR1020

Graphics Card

  • Embedded ATI ES1000 with 16MB memory

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): 20% 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: 0.26G at 5Hz to 350Hz for 2 minutes
    Storage Vibration: 1.54Grms Random Vibration at 10Hz to 250Hz for 15 minutes
    Operating Shock: 1 shock pulse of 31G 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)
PowerEdge 2970 Rack Server
Balance of Features and Size

Balance of Features and Size

The highly versatile AMD-based Dell PowerEdge 2970 2-socket 2U rack server provides the optimal balance of server features and size. It gives businesses the ability to maximize server performance while keeping space and energy needs to a minimum. Designed to support almost any type of enterprise application — including database, email and network infrastructure — it has the versatility that businesses require.

Use Energy Optimally

Use Energy Optimally

Power infrastructure and consumption already account for nearly half the cost of a typical data center and could soon cost half of the typical overall IT budget. That said, Dell offers the PowerEdge Energy Smart 2970 for customers seeking a highly energy-efficient server — Dell is the only major server vendor to offer a complete lineup of these energy-optimized servers.

Due to its smart design, the PowerEdge Energy Smart 2970 version provides up to 27 percent greater performance per watt when compared to the HP DL385 G2 and up to 18 percent when compared to the IBM x3655*.
Protect Your Information

Protect Your Information

Since 2005, over 165 million personal information data records have been compromised in the US alone*. Dell recognizes the growing importance of information security and is committed to ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. Today’s PowerEdge servers are the most secure servers that Dell has ever produced.

The PowerEdge 2970 physically and logically locks down internal components, thus preventing unauthorized access. For example, customers deploying USB tokens can securely install them on the internal USB port. Hardware tokens and supporting software are available from many vendors and are often used to improve security through authentication and encryption.
AMD Opteron™ Processor

Enhance Performance

As your business grows, the requirements for reliable and responsive server performance increase as well. The PowerEdge 2970 server helps you meet ever-expanding application and data requirements. It includes the latest generation of AMD Opteron 64-bit dual processor, as well as support for 8 GB DIMMs allow enhanced performance as well as improved data and application consolidation.

In addition to providing great all-around performance, the Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors* particularly excel at floating-point intensive applications, such as those used by design and engineering departments.
Simplify Management

Simplify Management

Complex IT environments mean higher IT costs. The PowerEdge 2970 includes features which help to streamline and ease server deployment and consolidation tasks. Dell delivers fully assembled and highly tested machines that don’t require expensive integration services.

The PowerEdge 2970 also helps ease system administration with its choice of 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch drives, internal USB port, and an optional internal DVD.
Support Services

Dell ProSupport — Faster, more reliable support services designed to address the technology challenges you face today. This new support portfolio is focused on your needs, time demands and budgets.

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 ProSupportDell ProSupport for IT

Designed for organizations with limited or no dedicated IT staff.
Designed to provide tech-to-tech support for IT Professionals, Database Administrators and internal Service Desks or helpdesks.
  • 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
  • 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 help 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 after Remote Diagnosis 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
  • Hard Drive Data Recovery provides unlimited attempts to recover data from a failed hard drive
  • 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

Go from factory to deployment with Dell server installation services. Our modular suite of installation services allows you to customize the right package of services needed to rapidly implement your new system.


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.

Virtualization Solutions
Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter
What if you could manage your physical infrastructure from your virtual console?
What if you could rapidly and consistently provision hardware and deploy virtual machines from within VMware vCenter?
What if you could reduce the number of steps needed to deploy virtual infrastructure?

With the Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter installed in your VMware environment, you can:
• Get deep-level detail from Dell servers for inventory, monitoring and alerting— all from within vCenter
• Deploy BIOS and firmware updates to Dell servers from within vCenter
• Build hardware and hypervisor profiles and deploy any combination of the two on bare-metal Dell PowerEdge servers without a preboot execution environment (PXE)
• Automatically perform Dell-recommended vCenter actions based on Dell hardware alerts
• Access Dell hardware warranty information online

And, to give you even more power, we deliver our plug-in as a virtual appliance. That makes it easier to deploy and configure and offers integration directly into the vCenter console, providing more information inside of vCenter itself — unlike many other vendors who provide only "link-and-launch" capabilities to point to their own proprietary consoles.

The combination of the Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter and the revolutionary embedded management features offered by Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller in Dell PowerEdge servers gives you an unmatched level of integration between vCenter and your server hardware.