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Introduction

The 13th generation of Dell rack servers offer large storage options and are ideal for high performance computing for your data center. The Dell PowerEdge R630 comes in a dense, compact 1u rack model, perfect for businesses with limited rack space. The Dell PowerEdge R730 boasts incredible amounts of memory and storage, able to handle very demanding workloads such as virtualization, exchange servers, medical imaging, and high performance computing. Both models come with additional storage options, as well as Dell’s new iDRAC 8 with Lifecycle Controller for remote management from a tablet or smartphone.

While the Dell PowerEdge R630 and R730 share many of the same specifications, there are major differences between the two. Use the table below to find out which server is the right fit for your business.

Specs Comparison

ModelR630R730
Product Image
Form Factor1u rack server2u rack server
Dimensions24 x 1.8" and 10 x 2.5" drive configuration: H: 4.28 cm (1.68 in), W: 48.23 cm (18.98 in), D: 75.51 cm (29.72 in)
8 x 2.5" drive configuration: H: 4.28 cm (1.68 in), W: 48.23 cm (18.98 in), D: 70.05 cm (27.57 in)
H: 8.73 cm (3.44 in), W: 44.40 cm (17.49 in), D: 68.40 cm (26.92 in)
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3/v4 product family. Up to 22 cores per processor.Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3/v4 product family. Up to 22 cores per processor.
Processor Sockets22
ChipsetIntel C610 series chipsetIntel C610 series chipset
Maximum Memory1.5TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB DDR4 up to 2400MT/s3TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB DDR4 up to 2400MT/s
Drive Bay Configurations24 x 1.8" - SATA SSD
10 x 2.5" - HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA, Up to 4 NVMe PCIe
8 x 2.5" - HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
16 x 2.5" HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
8 x 3.5" HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
Max Internal Storage24 x 1.8" – 23TB via 0.96 TB SATA SSD
10 x 2.5" – 18TB via 1.8TB SAS HDD
8 x 2.5" – 14TB via 1.8TB SAS HDD
16 x 2.5" – 29TB via 1.8TB SAS hard drives
8 x 3.5" – 64TB via 8TB NL SAS hard drives
I/O Slots3 x PCIe 3.0 slots plus dedicated PERC slot7 x PCIe 3.0 plus dedicated PERC slot
RAID ControllersInternal controllers: PERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P
External HBAs (RAID): PERC H830
External HBAs (non-RAID): 12Gbps SAS HBA
Internal controllers: PERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P
External HBAs (RAID): PERC H830
External HBAs (non-RAID): 12Gbps SAS HBA
Power Supplies 750W AC power supply; 1100W power supply; Platinum 495W, 750W, 1100W 750W AC power supply; 1100W power supply; Platinum 495W, 750W,
1100W AC power supply;
Operating SystemsMicrosoft Windows Server® 2008/2012 SP2, (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V®)
Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008/2012 SP2 (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
Systems ManagementIPMI 2.0 compliant
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Mobile
Dell OpenManage Power Center
IPMI 2.0 compliant
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Mobile
Dell OpenManage Power Center
Dell OpenManage Integrations:
• Dell OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft®
System Center
• Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware®
vCenter™
Remote ManagementiDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller, iDRAC8 ExpressiDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller, iDRAC8 Express

Size

It’s important to factor in the size  Businesses that only have one or two rackmounts may want to consider the R630 for its 2u performance packed into a 1u chassis. While the R730 is a performance powerhouse, it takes up 2 units on your rackmount. It’s a good idea to think about how much computing power and storage you are getting per unit on your rackmount.

Memory

One of the major differences between the R630 and the R730 is the amount of memory each server can hold. In its compact design, the R630 can hold up to 1.5TB of RAM using 24 DIMM slots, up to 64GB per slot. If 1.5 TB isn’t enough, the R730 can be configured for up to 3TB of memory using 24 DIMM slots, up to 128 GB per slot.

Drive Bay Configurations & Storage

The R630 and the R730 each come with their own set of drive bay configurations that offer different storage options. The R630 has the following drive bay configurations:

  • 24 x 1.8″ – up to 23TB via 0.96 TB hot-plug SATA SSD
  • 10 x 2.5″ – up to 18TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD
  • 8 x 2.5″ – up to 14TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD

If you need more storage, the R730 can deliver. Dell’s R730 can be configured in one of two ways:

  • 16 x 2.5″ – up to 29TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS hard drives
  • 8 x 3.5″ – up to 64TB via 8TB hot-plug NL SAS hard drives

I/O Slots

Both servers come with additional PCIe slots that can increase the computing power of your device. The R630 has PCIe three slots while the R730 has seven. Customize your server with additional GPUs, RAID cards, Wi-Fi cards, or SSDs. Each model also comes with a dedicated PowerEdge Raid Controller (PERC) slot to increase performance, efficiency, and uptime of your server.

Operating Systems

The 13th generation of Dell servers support the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server® 2008/2012 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V®), Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V®), Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux. Only the R730 can support Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008. If you need a server that supports high power computing, the R730 is the right choice.

Virtualization

R630s and R730s can use VMWare or Hyper-V® to achieve virtualization. Virtualization can increase the efficiency of your data center by offloading large workloads to virtual machines, saving businesses money on server hardware and energy costs. Virtualization can reduce the number of servers your company needs, reducing the amount time your IT staff spends on configuring and managing your server.

Remote Management

Both the R630 and R730 come standard with the Dell iDRAC 8 express, which allows for remote management of the server without any additional software needed. iDRAC 8 allows for administrators to connect to the server from a smartphone, tablet, or another computer using a web browser. Take control of your server, no matter your location.

Dell's 13th Gen Rack Servers

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.

Making the Right Choice

Which server is the right fit for your business? With over twice the computing power of the previous generation, the R630 offers 2u performance in a 1u rack, which can increase the efficiency of your data center. The R630 is an ideal server for running transactional, analytical, and enterprise-level applications and can also be used for virtualization.

The R730, on the other hand, is a performance powerhouse. Boasting up to 3 TBs of memory and up to 64 TB of storage, the R730 is ideal for larger applications, such as medical imaging and email servers. The R730 can also support high performance computing applications using Microsoft Windows HPC server 2008.

So which one should you pick? The R630 is a great choice for its compact design and affordability. For business with large applications that demand higher computing power, such as hosting exchange servers and virtualization, both the R730 and 630 will be the perfect fit. Because both servers can be configured to very high levels of performance, be sure to compare how much memory and storage you are getting per rack unit. Here at SourceTech, we staff knowledgeable IT experts who can walk you through a custom server configuration for an R630 or an R730.