Updated: August 1, 2017
Dell PowerEdge ServersThe PowerEdge R610 was released in 2009, and it was much lauded back then. It's still a perfectly viable piece of hardware for nearly any role, and as it is built in a rackmount form factor, so it can scale up quickly to provide the needed level of performance. Dell has always been an industry leader along with HP, but this model was the class of the industry in 2009, and that's because it combines excellent performance, smart construction, and robust management packages.
What are the technical specifications on the PowerEdge R610?
This server is a 1U model, so it designed with performance density in mind. With most racks accommodating up to 42U's worth of hardware, it's easy to see how a company could run their datacenter on Dell's respected line of equipment.
As for this model specifically, it makes use of Intel's Xeon E5640 line of processors, and can accommodate a pair, each of which is built with four cores. It comes with 10 empty DIMM slots and once optimized, it can support 192 GB of RAM. It also comes with three expansion slots for PCI-e cards (two standard and one more with an extra riser), making it a versatile piece of equipment. Finally, Dell has incorporated an impressive four Gigabit Ethernet ports, all of which are TCP Offload Engine compatible with the appropriate upgrade.
Once the case is cracked, an engineer will note right away how well-designed the PowerEdge R610 is, as everything is laid out to maximize longevity and quality of life features. It starts with a front LCD display that allows system admins to set a remote network address for management purposes, as well as provides information regarding system performance and temperature. Inside, the server's motherboard is efficiently laid out, with both processors placed in the front and protected with quality passive heatsinks. With its efficient design, cooling requirements are lessened, which is why the server only requires six small fan placements. This all adds up to a piece of equipment that runs reliably and extremely quietly. It is so quiet that system admins might be fooled into thinking the server has put itself to sleep.
What does the server's management package include?
Dell included a host of new management features with the PowerEdge R610, including the Lifecycle Controller, which is a gigabyte of RAM that can be booted from directly. This means that system admins no longer need to boot from Server Assistant media, and can quickly deploy an operating system without any fuss.
Perhaps the most comprehensive overhaul, though, involved a migration toward Symantec's Altiris management software, which greatly enhances Dell's Management Console. Once launched, it can discover all compatible devices connected to the network, including servers produced by other vendors. With Altiris, admins are given a wealth of monitoring, management and inventorying tools, even allowing admins to set up automated tasks and build scripts with ease.
Dell's PowerEdge R610 has been a favorite since its release, and with its competitive performance and thoughtful design, it's easy to see why.