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PowerEdge M420 Blade Server

intel® xeon™

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 quarter-height blade.

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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.

Processor

  • 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

    Cache
    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®

Chipset

  • Intel C602

Memory*

  • 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

     

Storage

  • 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)

    InfiniBand:
    Mellanox® ConnectX®-3 SFF FDR10

RAID Controllers

  • Internal controller: PERC H310

Power

  • Supplied by Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e Blade Enclosure

Chassis

  • 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

Management

  • 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

Regulatory

Flexibility refedined

Only Dell M-Series provides complete, snap-in FlexIO scalability down to the switch interconnects. FlexIO technology is the foundation of the M1000e I/O subsystem that has the flexibility you need to design today’s solution and the scalability you require to add or change data center options to meet future demands.


Ethernet

Ethernet


The M-Series enclosure supports a broad set of modular gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10GbE and Enhanced Ethernet blade switches.

Dell's fully modular PowerConnect™ and Dell Force10™ switches provide great flexibility, with choices of 1Gb to 10Gb speeds, flexible modular uplinks of varying media types, and many other valuable features. The PowerConnect and Dell Force10 portfolio offers a selection of switches that can meet even the most extreme networking demands.

For Cisco Catalyst customers, Dell provides models that span from simple, no frills GbE to more capable models with stacking or even 10GbE uplinks. The more advanced switches feature Cisco's Virtual Blade Switch functionality, enabling you to interconnect up to nine switches to create a single logical switch, thereby simplifying data center management.


Fibre Channel


Brocade 8Gb Fibre Channel Switches provide powerful connectivity to Fibre Channel SANs, such as those offered by Dell/EMC. The M5424 includes 12-port and 24-port configurations as well as a performance pack for enhanced features and management.

For heterogeneous integration into any Fibre Channel network, the Brocade M5424 Fibre Channel switch can even be enabled in Access Gateway mode. Based on N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) functionality, Access Gateway mode delivers the cable aggregation benefits and cost savings offered by Dell’s M-Series blade solutions without separate management or configuration requirements.

Fibre Channel

InfiniBand

InfiniBand


For high-performance computing (HPC) or other environments requiring the highest bandwidth and lowest latency available, the M-Series offers InfiniBand™ switches and adapter cards. Dell offers chassis-integrated quad data rate (QDR) and fourteen data rate (FDR) InfiniBand switches from Mellanox, with speeds of up to 56Gbps. Each switch features 16 internal ports and 8 external ports to ensure the availability and redundancy needed for the most demanding applications.

 

FlexIO for M-Series: Delivering the speed you need, when you need it.

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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