Dell Active System 200

windows 10 pro
Intel® Core™

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Easily managed pre-built converged system with servers, storage and networking for midsize data center needs.

Active System 200 Converged Infrastructure Solution

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Accelerate time to value
Accelerate time to value
  • Rapidly deploy a pre-configured virtualization infrastructure for your midsize business. Everything you need can be provided in one package, including a standard Dell rack with Dell 12th-generation PowerEdge servers, Dell Networking switches, EqualLogic storage and Active System Manager software.
  • Delivered ready-to-run, Active System 200 is preracked, precabled, pretested and preconfigured for quick deployment without extensive design and configuration cycles that require specialized IT skills.
  • Deployment services help ensure that installation is done right the first time.
  • Automated infrastructure discovery, inventory and onboarding coupled with intelligent workload provisioning help deliver what the business needs quickly.
Drive efficiency and help lower risk
Drive efficiency and help lower risk.
  • Host demanding workloads with the improved performance of Dell 12th-generation PowerEdge servers and the intelligent management features of Active System Manager.
  • Rely on Dell’s extensive experience and expertise in delivering virtualization solutions.
  • Automate workload provisioning and infrastructure management, and help improve the utilization of available infrastructure resources using Active System Manager.
  • Choose an optional path to private clouds with the Hyper-V® version of Active System 200, validated against Microsoft® Private Cloud Fast Track reference architecture for those who wish to standardize on Microsoft.
  • Depend on Dell ProSupport* services, an outstanding support organization that provides a single point of accountability.
Provide uncomplicated scalability.
Rely on a solution designed to scale with your growing and changing needs. Easily plan for the future with virtualization building blocks that offer you the same sizing, performance and cost for simplified data center expansion.
  • Simplify capacity and performance growth and easily scale virtual machines (VMs) by adding servers, storage arrays or additional storage racks while maintaining control through a centralized, role-based management platform.
  • Dynamically change system configuration and initiate new capacity online without disrupting operations or interrupting data access.
Leverage Microsoft or VMware virtualization platforms
Leverage Microsoft or VMware virtualization platforms.
Choose Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware® vSphere® virtualization platforms for full-virtualization infrastructure and application hosting.

The Microsoft platform features:
  • Microsoft Windows® Server 2012 Datacenter Edition with Hyper-V
  • Dell Management Software, including Active System Manager
  • Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track validation
The VMware vSphere platform features:
  • Trial licenses for VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter™
  • Dell Management Software, including Active System Manager
The Active System pre-integrated advantage
Begin operations faster with fewer headaches, less risk and lower cost than a custom-built solution. Manage your data center efficiently through centralized workload automation and infrastructure management. Take full advantage of additional Active System features as you deploy Active System 200, whether you are initiating a new data center or building onto your established infrastructure.
  • Benefit from Dell 12th-generation server technology to help maximize application uptime with automatic failover of redundant hypervisors.
  • Automate workload provisioning and manage infrastructure efficiently with Active System Manager.
  • Rely on two tested paths to build your own private clouds. Choose from Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESXi hypervisors.
Dell ProSupportDell ProSupport
Choose Dell’s premium support service, ProSupport, for 24X7* direct telephone access to advanced-level technicians based in your region. Whether you have one office or hundreds around the world, protect your investments with this simple yet flexible approach.
Collaborative SupportCollaborative Support
ProSupport’s Collaborative Support feature provides assistance even if you have a problem with non-Dell hardware or software. We will leverage our relationships with over 75 top third-party vendors to act as your single point of contact to help resolve your issue.
Workloads summary
Dell pretests and validates specific workloads for its Active System portfolio. The following workloads have been validated to run on the Active System 200.
  • Active System 200 for Citrix® XenDesktop®
  • Active System 200 for VMware® View™
  • Active System 200 for Microsoft® VDI
  • Active System 200 for Microsoft SharePoint®
Software summary
  • Hypervisor (options)
    • VMware vSphere® 5.x
    • Microsoft Windows Server® Hyper-V® 2012
  • Management
    • Dell Active System Manager
    • VMware vCenter™ (VMware edition)
    • Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter (VMware edition) — optional
    • Dell iDRAC 7 Enterprise
    • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware (HIT/VE) Plug-in for vCenter (VMware edition) — optional
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Microsoft edition)
    • EqualLogic SAN Headquarters
    • Dell OpenManage Server Essentials
Management Summary
Active System Manager provides an intuitive, automated, template-based experience for the deployment, orchestration and management of physical and virtual converged infrastructure. It streamlines management across the entire infrastructure and workload lifecycle, from discovery and inventory through provisioning, ongoing maintenance and decommissioning of infrastructure and workload resources.

Active System Manager enables organizations to:
  • Speed discovery, configuration and deployment of physical and virtualized converged infrastructure
  • Quickly and easily deploy application workloads using pre-built and customizable templates
  • Efficiently allocate, optimize and manage converged infrastructure utilization through pooling and centralized control of server, storage and networking resources
  • Lower workload and infrastructure administrative time and costs through automated workflow orchestration and streamlined, template-based deployment
  • Consistently deliver quality IT services as the data center grows through resource scheduling and highly reliable automated provisioning
  • Enable repeatable, extensible and flexible deployment and management of physical and virtual elements as new infrastructure and workloads are added
Additional tools, including Dell OpenManage Essentials, EqualLogic SAN Headquarters and iDRAC 7 are included for more detailed element management. Optional tools, including the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter and Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware Plug-in for vCenter are also available for customers requiring alternative management capabilities.

Server summary
A Dell PowerEdge R720 rack server provides the core virtualization platform for the Active System 200, offering concentrated computing power in a 2-socket, 2U form factor. With high memory density and balanced I/O (input/output) it provides the ideal platform for the Active System 200 virtual environment.
  • Active System 200 solution configuration ranges from three to seven hypervisor hosts and, depending on the configuration, offers between 48 and 112 processor cores (Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2660) and 384 to 672GB* of memory.
  • Dual network interface cards (NICs) provide full redundancy and highly available interconnect for Active System 200. Each NIC offers impressive I/O capabilities with balanced, scalable features, including integrated PCIe Gen3-enabled expansion slots and choice of embedded NIC technology
  • Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC 7) Enterprise Edition provides out-of-band server management
An included Dell virtualized PowerEdge R620 rack server functions as a host for the management tools.

For more information on Dell PowerEdge R720 servers, click here.
For more information on Dell PowerEdge R620 servers, click here.

Storage summary
Dual Dell EqualLogic PS6110 series storage arrays provide virtualized 10GbE iSCSI storage area network (SAN) storage that combines intelligence and automation with fault tolerance to offer simplified administration, rapid deployment, seamless scalability and enterprise performance and reliability.
  • Standard starting configuration includes 24 hot-pluggable 2.5” 600GB* 10,000 rpm SAS hard drives, with total system capacity of up to 14.4TB*, scalable to 43.2TB* of raw storage. The system also supports 15,000 rpm SAS drives and 7,200 rpm NL-SAS drives.
  • Fault-tolerant capabilities are supported through fully redundant and hot-swappable components (dual 10GbE controllers, disk drives with hot spares and dual power supplies).
  • Dual controllers with multipathing offer high availability (SPF+ and 10GBASE-T port options)
For more information on Dell EqualLogic PS6110 Series storage, click here.

Networking summary
Dell’s Networking S4810, 10/40GbE top-of-rack switch delivers Ethernet and storage connectivity for the Active System 200. Its nonblocking, cut-through switching architecture offers ultralow latency and line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding capacity to help maximize network throughout for high-performance data center environments. The space-saving compact design includes 48 dual-speed 1/10GbE (SFP+) ports as well as four 40GbE QSFP+ uplinks. The S4810 incorporates multiple architectural features that optimize data center network flexibility, efficiency and availability, including IO-panel-to-PSU airflow or PSU-to-IO-panel airflow for hot/cold aisle environments and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans.
  • Active System 200 comes standard with two Dell Networking 10/40GbE S4810 switches with a 1.28 Tbps (full-duplex) nonblocking, cut-through switching fabric that provides line-rate performance under full load with 800ns latency.
  • Open Automation Framework adds VM-awareness as well as automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of virtual network environments.
  • Modular Dell FTOS software offers inherent stability as well as advanced monitoring and serviceability functions.
One Dell Networking S55 switch is used for server connectivity management.

Summary of other required integration elements
  • Database compatible with VMware vCenter or Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Network routing
Support services

Dell ProSupport is included with every Active System 200
  • Dell ProSupport* offers Next Business Day On-Site Service After Remote Diagnosis* on each server and switch during the Limited Hardware Warranty* period.
Optional Remote Advisory Service
  • Phone- and internet-based consultation, configuration and management support from Dell specialists. Installation, configuration and deployment services are Included with Every Active System 200
Installation of individual components (servers, storage, network, UPS) into the rack
cabling of all components as per specifications
  • Installation, configuration and knowledge transfer provided for VMware® ESX; VMware vCenter™ and the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter; Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware Plug-In for vCenter; or Microsoft® Windows Server® Hyper-V® and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
  • Installation, configuration and knowledge transfer provided for Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters
IT consulting

Active System 200 Assistance and Consulting Service (available for both VMware and Microsoft versions)
  • Design service driven by categorization of source workloads
  • Health check of existing virtualization platform
  • Workload-migration planning and execution
  • Virtualization Operational Readiness Assessment
Efficient Architecture Workshop
  • One-to-one presale consulting with a Dell representative
  • Outlines Dell strategy and reviews your needs
Cloud Strategy Workshop
  • One-to-one presale consulting with a Dell representative
  • Outlines Dell strategy and reviews your needs
Virtualization Readiness Assessment
  • On-site server inventory and infrastructure assessment for virtualization
P2V (physical-to-virtual) Accelerator Lite
  • One week on-site training to help reduce platform total cost of ownership (TCO), simplify service administration and increase system availability
  • Includes up to 15 physical-to-virtual migrations
Cloud Roadmap Accelerator (VMware version only)
  • Comprehensive review of your journey to the cloud
Networking Assessment
  • Inventory of networking element asset report
  • Identifying out-of-date network devices and resources
  • Network infrastructure scorecards based on industry best practices, utilization statistics and alternative consolidation scenarios. Also includes a blueprint of your current environment in relation to best practices
  • Recommendations founded on industry trends in data center networking standards and application performance improvement
Customer training

For Virtualization
  • Training for VMware software components, where available
  • Training for Microsoft software components, where available
For EqualLogic
  • Dell EqualLogic administration and advanced management training