Dell PowerEdge 2900 Server Details

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PowerEdge 2900 Server

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Drive Bays

  • Standard internal hard drive bays support up to eight 3.5" SAS or SATA hot plug hard drives
    Flexbay support for up to two 3.5" hot-plug drives or full height tape device
    Peripheral bay support for two half-height devices (tape drive plus one optional CD-ROM, optional DVDROM or Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM); optional 3.5" floppy drive bay.


  • 930W, optional hot-plug redundant power

RAID Controllers

  • Optional PEC 4e/DC (dual-channel PCI Express RAID controller);
    Optional PERC 5/E Adapter for external RAID storage


  • Intel 5000X


  • Hard Drives:
    73GB* , 146GB* and 300GB* (3.5") 10K RPM hot-plug SAS hard drives
    36GB* , 73GB* and 146GB* (3.5") 15K RPM hot-plug SAS hard drives
    80GB* , 160GB* , 250GB* and 500GB* (3.5"), 7.2K RPM SATA Hard Drive

    Maximum Internal Storage:

    Up to 3.0TB*

    External Storage Options:

    Dell PowerVault™ 22xS SCSI, PowerVault MD1000, Dell/EMC products

    Tape Backup Options:

    Internal: PowerVault 100T and 110T
    External: PowerVault 114T, 122T, 124T, 132T, 136T and ML6000


  • Six total: Two x133MHz PCI-X® slots on a single PCI bus
    One x8 PCI Express® slot
    Three x4 PCI Express slots


  • OpenManage™
    Standard Baseboard Management Controller with IMPI 2.0 support
    Optional DRAC 5/i for advanced capabilities


  • Dual embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gigabit* Ethernet NIC with fail-over and load balancing
    TOE (TCPIP Offload Engine) supported on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, SP1 or higher with Scalable Networking Pack
    Optional add-in: 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
    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
    Optional Conexant V.92 internal modem
    Broadcom 10GbE NIC

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 41G 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)
High performance in a rackable 2-socket tower, now with Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processors.The PowerEdge 2900 is designed with next generation performance features,large memory capacity and exceptional expandability,availability and manageability to reliably drive your business applications.
Reduce Complexity

Increased Commonality = Reduced Complexity

Only Dell delivers next-generation servers specifically designed to reduce complexity. Hence, it’s easier than ever to manage Dell servers through innovative design changes and increased management functionality, including a new Behavioral Specification that helps ensure consistency is maintained over future generations. Plus, Dell’s industry-leading software commonality takes steps to help reduce software complexity and drive down the number of updates. You can even break down the new servers and service without tools.
Flexibility & Expandability

Flexible and Expandable

The Dell PowerEdge 2900 server is built with flexibility in mind. You can choose from tower or 5U rack chassis options with hot-plug SAS or SATA hard drives and several optical devices and tape products, for up to 6.0TB* of internal storage. The system also features six I/O slots. Because Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) and PERC 5/i integrated controller utilize dedicated daughtercard slots, all six I/O slots are available for expandability. You have the option of adding up to four dual-embedded Gigabit Network Interface Cards (NICs) and two dual-channel storage interface devices for maximum growth potential.
64-bit Intel Xenon Processor63% Performance Gains

High Performance for Today...and Tomorrow

Dell goes the distance to increase price/performance and performance-per-watt* in its newest generation of servers. The latest 64-bit Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processors deliver performance gains of up to 63%* over the previous generation.

The Dell 9G PowerEdge servers using the Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 series processors have up to 40% greater performance per watt than the 9G PowerEdge servers using Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5100 series (Woodcrest) processors*.

1333MHz FSB facilitates great speed. 64-bit memory addressability provides scalability for large memory footprint applications.

A TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) helps deliver greater network throughput and efficiency by offloading the TCP/IP processing to a dedicated processor, freeing up the main system processor in web-based applications or when using iSCSI.


The PowerEdge 9th Generation servers offer up to 48GB of fully-buffered DIMM memory, as much as three times the memory capacity of the previous generation. This allows for simultaneous reads/writes of memory and can help improve performance in virtualized workloads.
6.0TB 7200RPM SATA


Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives deliver the next generation of SCSI performance and reliability for critical business applications, while SATA options provide excellent value for systems that rely on external storage and fibre-channel storage.


PCI Express I/O expansion can facilitate greater I/O throughput and support for high-bandwidth I/O peripherals such as Infiniband, 4Gb fibre channel and future 10Gb Ethernet.

Availability Without Compromise

Dell addresses the need for high availability in the new PowerEdge 9th Generation by providing hot-plug redundant power supplies and hard drives, plus multiple SAS RAID options - without sacrificing expandability, and including support for High Availability Clustering and deployment in SANs. Redundant NICs and redundant cooling fans help keep the servers running smoothly.

Setting the Standard for Manageability

SAS hard drive carriers and memory options are common across the entire line of PowerEdge 9th Generation servers. The PowerEdge 1950, 2900 and 2950 feature standardized drivers and BIOS.

All servers include an Integrated Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 management controller (with SMASH Command Line Protocol), plus an optional DRAC 5 remote management card with continuous video and Active Directory integration for robust remote server management.