We received first batch of our Dell PowerEdge R710 servers today (the old dell 1950 III and 2950 III are going away). These servers are for Vmware virtualization testing environment to simulate various virtual infrastructure configurations. I used the opportunity during initial configuration to take some pictures. We are hoping to get some more servers in the near future, including a decent SAN so we can test storage virtualization as well. I hope certain vendors (HP?) take note and allow us to test virtualization on their products as well, we certainly do not have budget to run multi-vendor environment thus any support from hardware folks would be greatly appreciated!

Let us dive into the hardware details for the Dell R710, the servers are equipped with Intel Xeon 5650, 32GB Ram, here are full specs:

Dell PowerEdge R710 Rack Server Specifications

Processors2x Intel® Xeon® X5650, 2.66Ghz, 12M Cache,Turbo, HT, 1333MHz Max Mem
Memory32GB Memory (8x4GB), 1333MHz Dual Ranked RDIMMs for 2 Processors, Advanced ECC
Operating SystemsVMware ESXi 4.0 (not embedded, installed after delivery)
Hard Drives/Storage3x 146GB 15K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 6Gbps 2.5in Hotplug Hard Drive
Drive Bays-Internal hard drive bay and hot-plug backplane
-Up to eight 2.5” drives with optional flex bay
Peripheral bay options:
Slim optical drive bay with choice of DVD-ROM, Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM, or DVD + RW
Slots2 PCIe x8 + 2 PCIe x4 G2 Or 1 x16 + 2 x4 G2
RAID ControllersRAID 5 on PERC 6/i with 256MB battery-backed cache
CommunicationDUAL Intel Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
PowerEnergy Smart- Two hot plug high efficient 570w PSU OR High Output Two hot-plug 870W PSUs
Availability-Hot-plug hard drives
-Hot-plug redundant power
-Hot-plug redundant cooling
-ECC memory
-Spare Row
-Single Device Data Correction (SDDC)
-iDRAC6 Enterprise
-Tool-less chassis
-Cluster support
GraphicsMatrox G200
ChassisR710 physical dimensions:
-Height: 8.64cm (3.40”)
-Width: 44.31cm (17.44”)
Depth: 68.07cm (26.80”)
-Weight (maximum config): 26.1kg (57.54lb)
ManagementDell OpenManage featuring Dell Management Console
Lifecycle Controller
iDRAC6 Enterprise)
VFlash (Optional)
FansStandard redundant cooling
Rack SupportReadyRailsTM sliding rails for 4-post Racks:
Support tool-less installation in 19” EIA-310-E compliant square or unthreaded round hole 4-post racks including all Dell 42xx & 24xx racks
NOTE: Threaded 4-post racks require the static ReadyRailsTM kit or 3rd party conversion kits available through Dell Software & Peripherals

Support full extension of the system out of the rack to allow serviceability of key internal components
Support optional cable management arm (CMA)
Rail depth without the CMA: 751 mm
Rail depth with the CMA: 840 mm
Square-hole rack adjustment range: 692-756 mm
Round-hole rack adjustment range: 678-749 mm

ReadyRailsTM static rails for 4-post & 2-post Racks:
Support tool-less installation in 19” EIA-310-E compliant square or unthreaded round hole 4-post racks including all Dell 42xx & 24xx racks
Support tooled installation in 19” EIA-310-E compliant threaded hole 4-post and 2-post racks
Rail depth: 608 mm
Square-hole rack adjustment range: 588-828 mm
Round-hole rack adjustment range: 574-821 mm
Threaded-hole rack adjustment range: 592-846 mm
1U/2U Rail Attachment Brackets

Pictures of the Dell R710s in the setup area

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