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    [EN] PowerEdge “ver-teks” - data center under a desk

    VRTX enables small and medium businesses to redefine office IT, gaining greater simplicity, efficiency and versatility. You can view a brief animated video introducing PowerEdge VRTX below:

    Meet VRTX - YouTube

    Introducing PowerEdge VRTX - Direct2Dell - Direct2Dell - Dell Community

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    Dell lança cloud in a box

    Maurício Renner // quarta-feira, 05/06/2013

    A Dell deve colocar no mercado até o final do mês o PowerEdge VRTX, definido pela empresa como um “private cloud in a box”, um equipamento que combina servidor, storage e redes com o objetivo de atender a necessidade de pequenas empresas e operações remotas de empresas maiores.

    Com o preço do modelo mais básico faixa dos US$ 10 mil - máquinas mais poderosas na mesma linha poderão custar duas ou três vezes mais - o VRTX tem o tamanho de um gabinete de PC e promete implementação de um sistema com 100 máquinas virtualizadas e 50 TB de storage em um prazo de até três horas.

    “O VTRX funciona numa tomada comum e faz tão pouco barulho que pode ser instalado numa biblioteca”, garante Forrest Norrod, gerente geral de soluções para servidores da Dell, que apresentou a novidade nesta terça-feira, 04, durante o Dell Enterprise Forum, realizado em San José, nos Estados Unidos.

    De acordo com a companhia, o VTRX ocupa 75% menos espaço do que a oferta equivalente da concorrente HP, ao mesmo tempo em que oferecer quatro vezes mais processadores core instalados. A estrutura do hardware é o mesma do resto da linha PowerEdge.

    “A concorrência vai demorar pelo menos um ano para lançar algo parecido”, acredita Marius Haas, presidente de Enterprise Solutions da Dell.

    No entanto, é preciso entender que o lançamento é focado em um uso bastante específico e stand alone. Existe a possibilidade de adicionar storage extra, mas a ideia não é clusterizar a novidade dentro de um data center, frisa Norrod.

    Nos últimos seis meses, 200 clientes usaram o VTRX em fase de testes. Um deles foi na divisão de gerenciamento de processos industriais da multinacional Emerson, dona de um faturamento de US$ 24,4 bilhões em 2012.

    Na empresa, os equipamentos substituíram combinações de storage, switches e servidores que podiam levar até 16h para serem implementadas em plantas industriais de clientes. O VTRX tem 86% menos cabos do que uma estrutura desse tipo, afirma a Dell.

    Outro caso de uso, que demonstra a versatilidade do conceito “cloud in a box”, é em uma grande firma de advocacia americana, que, de acordo com Norrod, leva o VTRX para os quartos de hotel nos quais estabelece escritórios temporários durante julgamentos fora da sede.

    De acordo com projeções do IDC, o gasto de empresas de TI com sistemas convergentes como esse deve crescer mais de 54% durante o período 2011-16.

    * Maurício Renner cobre o Dell Enterprise Forum em San José à convite da Dell.
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    Dell PowerEdge VRTX review

    Dell makes blade servers affordable for SMBs with its unique design.

    All storage can be shared with the server nodes and the chassis provides high levels of redundancy






    Blade servers are ideal for amalgamating IT services onto a single hardware platform but are an expensive option for SMBs. In this exclusive review we look at Dell’s new PowerEdge VRTX which aims to offer a lower-cost and more flexible alternative.

    The VRTX targets SMBs and remote offices that want to consolidate all their IT services onto a single system. It’s designed to operate in normal office environments without the need for additional cooling or sound proofing.

    Blade server aficionados will compare the VRTX to HP’s C3000 ‘Shorty’ and Fujitsu’s Primergy BX400 but these two systems are a lot more expensive. They also employ classic blade server architecture for I/O and storage provisioning and neither can match Dell’s storage and PCI-e sharing design.

    Offered as a floor standing pedestal with wheels or a 5U rack chassis, the VRTX supports up to four hot-plug server nodes. You can choose from the M520 and M620 nodes used by Dell’s PowerEdge M1000e blade server but they aren’t interchangeable as the VRTX models use a different firmware.

    Innovative design

    The chassis uses a passive mid-plane to connect the nodes to networking, power, storage and management services. Each node has an embedded PERC H310 RAID controller and two SFF drives but main storage is provisioned from the drive bays alongside.

    Up to 12 LFF or 25 SFF drive bays can be ordered and these are managed by the shared PERC8 (SPERC8) on the chassis planar. Using the chassis web management interface, you select drives from the pool and create virtual disks each with their own RAID array type. These are then assigned to a virtual adapter which is, in turn, assigned to a node slot.

    When the node is powered up it sees the SPERC8 and the virtual drive as local storage. This makes the VRTX more flexible than blade servers which must rely either on local node storage, additional disk blades installed in the chassis or SAN links using mezzanine cards and proprietary I/O modules.

    Shared PCI-e architecture

    Another clever design feature is the VRTX’s PCI-e architecture. The chassis has eight PCI-e Gen2 slots which can be assigned to any server node using the management interface.

    Advantages over blade servers are obvious as the VRTX doesn’t lock you into proprietary I/O solutions. If you want to connect a node to an FC SAN you just buy a standard FC HBA. A blade server would require an FC mezzanine card fitted to the server blade and an FC SAN I/O module installed at the back.

    Each VRTX node also has a 10GbE mezzanine card which links directly via the midplane to an 8-port switch at the rear. This is a basic L2 Gigabit switch and Dell advised us it plans to offer a 10GbE version as well.

    Power and noise

    The chassis supports up to four redundant 1100W hot-plug PSUs. Cooling is handled by four hot-plug fan modules at the rear plus six more inside and noise levels are impressively low.

    Our review system came with all four PSUs and two M620 dual 2GHz E5-2650 server nodes. We also found power consumption to be low with the chassis drawing 185W.

    One node with Windows Server 2012 in idle increased this to 272W which went up to 338W with the second node. Using SiSoft Sandra, we recorded peak draws of 405W for one server node and 604W for both.

    Remote management

    A small colour LCD panel and keypad at the front provide local access for basic configuration and monitoring. There’s also a KVM module below which can be assigned to any node using the keypad.

    The web interface for the chassis management controller (CMC) is well designed and provides full access to all components. It opens with graphical views of the front and rear of the chassis plus fault alerts and overviews of storage and power usage.

    Quick links for common tasks are provided and we found assigning virtual disks and PCI-e slots to the nodes simple enough. The menu to the left provides access to each node and along with power controls you can directly access their own iDRAC7 controller.


    Pricing

    Pricing has yet to be confirmed but Dell provided us with a guide price of £8,600 ex VAT for a base system. This includes two M520 nodes each with a 1.8GHz E5-2403 Xeon, 8GB of DDR3, a 500GB SATA drive and Dell’s iDRAC7 Express controller.

    The chassis comes with a single CMC, dual 1100W PSUs and three 1TB Near-Line SAS drives. This price also includes Dell’s standard three year NBD warranty for the chassis and nodes.

    Overall

    The PowerEdge VRTX takes blade server technology, adds a few twists of its own and makes it more affordable for SMBs. It’s built like a tank, is easy to manage and its shared storage and PCI-e architecture adds extra levels of versatility you won’t find in blade servers.






    Specifications:

    Chassis: 5U rack or pedestal
    Shared storage: 12 x LFF or 25 x SFF hot-swap hard disk bays
    RAID: Shared PERC8 (max 2)
    Array support: RAID0, 1, 10, 5, 6
    Expansion: 8 x PCI-e Gen2
    Network: 8-port L2 Gigabit switch blade
    Power: 1100W hot-plug PSUs (min 2, max 4)
    Management: Dell CMC Enterprise (max 2 CMCs)
    Server Nodes: Dell PowerEdge M520 or M620 (max 4)
    Warranty: 3yrs on site NBD on chassis and nodes

    Read more: Dell PowerEdge VRTX review | IT PRO

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