Dell PowerEdge R630 & R730 Server Review

Dell's 13th generation servers including the R630 and R730 provide cost-effective compute power in a modular package for standalone or aggregated use. Both models are customizable with diverse storage options and include Dell's new iDRAC NFC local management for app-based smartphone and tablet server access.

Powerful, Versatile Server Building Blocks

The R730 2U rack mount system is an excellent building block for scalable activities including web servers, enterprise applications, and startup-to-global fast growth hyper-scale data centers. The R630 is a powerful 1U configuration for small- to medium-sized businesses and corporate outposts, ideal for virtualization and database servers. Both have sockets for 2 Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family CPUs and up to 768GB of DDR4 memory.

Agent-Free Remote or Local NFC Management

Oversight of each PowerEdge server is available using bezel-based local iDRAC Quick Sync NFC management and configuration using the Open Manage Mobile app, plus remote management using iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller which provides comprehensive system monitoring and upkeep from outside the operating system.

Putting PowerEdge to Use

Alone at your startup's new offices or scaling to fill your growing datacenters, the R630 and R730 servers handle large volumes of data in Oracle or other database systems, VDI and server virtualization using software such as VMware or Hyper-V, and low-latency website or e-commerce hosting. The R730, with increased power and performance including increased GPU capability, shines in advanced VDI, HPC, and imaging environments.

Ample On-Board Storage

R730 includes 7 PCIe 3.0 slots plus a dedicated PERC (PowerEdge Raid Controller) slot. R630 offers 3 PCIe slots and PERC. Onboard storage supports a variety of internal drive bay and hot-pluggable devices including 8 or more SAS, SATA, SSD and other types in varying form factors, with up to 32 2.5" devices in the R730.

With an eye to high-performance data handling applications, Dell supports 24 bays of flash drives in the R630, and options can increase cache and lower latency for performance-sensitive external data access applications such as for financial markets and e-commerce. Total onboard storage capacity in the R630 can be up to 24TB, providing a powerful, ultracompact 1U system with plenty of room for databases and virtualization storage.

The R730 steps up the data-transfer speeds and supports ultra-quick NVMe Express Flash PCIe drives. 12GB/s storage subsystem speeds are complemented by optional SAN cache enhancements.

Expanding Your Options

For responsive in-house application use, fast website and e-commerce use, or VDI to serve call centers and other large-scale client populations, the R630 and R730 can meet and exceed your requirements either standalone or in scalable configurations. Both allow your IT systems to grow as quickly as your company's needs do. XaaS providers can scale their offerings to customers using these flexible server offerings.

Use the PowerEdge R630 for compact versatility when needed, or harness the focused power of the R730 to meet demands. Company SharePoint, Hadoop, Lync, Exchange and other critical services run comfortably on Dell PowerEdge R630 servers, while the R730's additional power allows demanding applications such as medical imaging to run smoothly.

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Published at: 16-02-2017
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