Updated: January 11, 2017
Dell PowerEdge ServersThe PowerEdge R710 was released in the middle of 2009 and was intended to compete against HP’s Proliant DL380. This model is similar to the R610, which garnered rave reviews when it was released in the same year. Fortunately, Dell has taken the same care with its 2U rackmount server, providing the same standout features and design that give system administrators a lot of flexibility in how they manage their infrastructure.
What are the technical specifications on the PowerEdge R710?
This server is a 2U model, so it packs more punch and expandability into a larger frame. Still, it is small enough at 2U to offer excellent scalability in a standard 42U cabinet, and when maxed out, a bank of these servers can do just about anything. This includes data-intensive enterprise applications, such as those found at medical or financial institutions.
It can be fitted with a pair of Intel Xeon processors from the 5520 chipset, which can accommodate up to 12 logical cores. The server comes with 18 DIMM slots for up to 288 GB of RAM, and like its smaller counterpart, it is also designed with four Gigabit Ethernet ports that are TOE ready as long as the iSCSI upgrade is in place. This frees up a lot of room for the CPU to handle other tasks and can make a marked boost in system performance. Finally, the PowerEdge R710 is built with a pair of risers that can each accommodate a pair of slots for PCI-e expansions.
This model is another smart design from Dell. Cooling and energy efficiency are the top priorities here, and a system admin can see both thermal and energy ratings from an LCD display set in the front of the server. This panel also comes with a keypad that allows an admin to set a network address for remote access. For cooling, the hardware is designed with five modules that allow hot swapping when a fan needs to be replaced. This efficient design means the server produces minimal noise pollution. And Dell has made a concerted effort to keep energy expenditures down, as during testing, the onboard power supply remains comfortable under 300W even when both CPUs are pushed to their limits.
What management firmware is available with the PowerEdge R710?
Dell didn’t mess with the award winning formula it put in place with the 610. This model also comes with the unique Lifecycle Controller, a black box attached to the motherboard that contains 1GB of NVRAM. From this box, an admin can boot the server and bring up a GUI that makes it easy to deploy an operating system.
And for comprehensive monitoring of the server’s components, Dell has included the iDRAC6 controller, which is connected via its own port behind the server. Through the iDRAC6, an admin can check the server’s status through a web browser and keep an eye on essential components.
The PowerEdge R710 is a worthy addition to any enterprise initiative or datacenter, and remains an ideal option for companies looking for a refurbished server model.