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Table of contents
1 System overview ..................................................................................................................................................................5
Introduction .........................................................................................................................................................................5
Specifications ...................................................................................................................................................................... 7
2 System features .................................................................................................................................................................. 9
3 Processors ..........................................................................................................................................................................14
4 Memory ............................................................................................................................................................................... 15
5 Storage ................................................................................................................................................................................16
Infrastructure .....................................................................................................................................................................16
Supported hard drives ...................................................................................................................................................... 17
PERC8 storage controller................................................................................................................................................ 17
6 Networking .........................................................................................................................................................................18
Fabric A system management ........................................................................................................................................18
Fabric A pass-through cards ...........................................................................................................................................18
Fabric A switches ..............................................................................................................................................................19
7 PCIe Infrastructure ........................................................................................................................................................... 20
Supported PCIe cards ..................................................................................................................................................... 20
8 Power, thermal and acoustics ........................................................................................................................................ 21
Power consumption and energy efficiency ................................................................................................................. 21
Power supply units .......................................................................................................................................................... 22
Thermal ............................................................................................................................................................................. 23
Acoustics ........................................................................................................................................................................... 23
9 Rack, rails and cable management ............................................................................................................................... 26
Cable management ......................................................................................................................................................... 27
10 Operating systems and virtualization ........................................................................................................................... 28
Supported operating systems........................................................................................................................................ 28
Supported virtualization ................................................................................................................................................. 28
11 Dell OpenManage systems management .................................................................................................................... 29
Systems management solutions ................................................................................................................................... 29
OpenManage systems management ........................................................................................................................... 30
Dell server management operations ............................................................................................................................ 38
Appendix A.
Additional specifications .......................................................................................................................... 40
Chassis dimensions and weight .................................................................................................................................... 40
Environmental specifications ........................................................................................................................................ 40
USB peripherals ................................................................................................................................................................ 42
Appendix B.
Standards compliance ............................................................................................................................. 43
Appendix C.
Additional resources................................................................................................................................. 44
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Tables
Table 1.
Table 2.
Table 3.
Table 4.
Table 5.
Table 6.
Table 7.
Table 8.
Table 9.
Table 10.
Table 11.
Table 12.
Table 13.
Table 14.
Table 15.
Table 16.
Table 17.
Table 18.
Table 19.
Table 20.
Table 21.
Key technologies .................................................................................................................................................. 6
Technical specifications ....................................................................................................................................... 7
VRTX chassis features ......................................................................................................................................... 11
VRTX security features ........................................................................................................................................ 12
Supported hard drives ........................................................................................................................................ 17
Power tools and technologies .......................................................................................................................... 21
1100W PSU specifications................................................................................................................................. 22
1100W PSU efficiency ........................................................................................................................................ 23
Supported rack rail system ............................................................................................................................... 26
Rail adjustability range ....................................................................................................................................... 26
Primary operating systems support ................................................................................................................ 28
Virtualization support ........................................................................................................................................ 28
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller functions and benefits ........................................................................... 30
Detailed feature comparison for iDRAC7 Enterprise and iDRAC7 Express for VRTX .............................. 31
Enterprise and Express CMC licensing for VRTX .......................................................................................... 35
One-to-one and one-to-many operations .................................................................................................. 39
VRTX tower form factor dimensions .............................................................................................................. 40
VRTX rack form factor dimensions ................................................................................................................. 40
Environmental specifications ............................................................................................................................41
Industry standards documentation ................................................................................................................. 43
Additional resources .......................................................................................................................................... 44
Figures
Figure 1.
Figure 2.
Figure 3.
Figure 4.
Figure 5.
Figure 6.
Figure 7.
Figure 8.
Figure 9.
Figure 10.
Figure 11.
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VRTX tower with 3.5-inch drives ....................................................................................................................... 9
VRTX tower with 2.5-inch drives ..................................................................................................................... 10
VRTX rack with 3.5-inch (top) and 2.5-inch (bottom) drives ..................................................................... 10
VRTX back view ................................................................................................................................................... 11
PowerEdge VRTX block diagram ...................................................................................................................... 13
CMC Virtual Disks tab .........................................................................................................................................16
Fabric A Ethernet pass-through card configuration .....................................................................................18
Fabric A Ethernet switch configuration ...........................................................................................................19
VRTX acoustics ................................................................................................................................................... 24
Dell systems management solutions .............................................................................................................. 29
Systems management server lifecycle ........................................................................................................... 38
PowerEdge VRTX Technical Guide
1 System overview
Introduction
The Dell™ PowerEdge™ VRTX platform brings order to chaos, redefines IT operations and allows
users to deploy performance anywhere. PowerEdge VRTX is a powerful, scalable and easy-tomanage solutions platform, optimized specifically for office environments. Clear up the complexity
of disparate hardware, multiple management tools and hardware sprawl with an optimized platform
that integrates up to four PowerEdge M-series server nodes, storage, networking and management
into a compact 5U chassis.
With extensive scalability available inside the chassis, additional servers and hard drives can be
inserted without the need for more floor space or rack space, and without any additional cables.
VRTX’s feature-rich, two-socket, half-height Dell PowerEdge M520 and M620 server nodes are
proven platforms and technologies that deliver exceptional flexibility and scalable performance.
With a choice of up to 12 3.5-inch or 25 2.5-inch hot-plug hard drives delivering up to 48TB, VRTX is
equipped with massive internal shared storage, keeping you ahead of the pace of data growth.
Integrate networking through the 1GbE internal switch module or an optional Ethernet
pass-through module with eight 1GbE ports. Take advantage of flexible, expandable I/O with eight
PCI Express® (PCIe) slots — three full-height/full-length and five low-profile/half-length. Capitalize
with redundant 1100W AC power supplies, fans, blower modules and chassis management
controllers.
Simplified systems management, without compromise
VRTX’s Chassis Management Controller (CMC) resolves the problems of systems management tool
proliferation and complexity by providing converged management of server nodes, shared storage,
networking and power in a unified tool, all managed through a single console.
The CMC’s intuitive, easy-to-use GUI can be accessed from a web browser, and works together with
a variety of Dell OpenManage™ tools including the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller
version 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller embedded in each server node. Embedded
management in the VRTX platform allows IT administrators to manage this Dell hardware in physical,
virtual, local and remote environments, and gives the choice of managing the system out-of-band,
completely agent-free, or in-band with or without a systems management software agent installed.
CMC’s unified management console for VRTX server nodes, storage and networking can reduce
complexity, enhance productivity and help to enable maximum uptime, which in turn can reduce
administration time and the cost of ownership.
For remote management, OpenManage Essentials, a free software download from
Dell.com/Support, monitors and manages multiple VRTX platforms in different locations. Exclusive
to VRTX systems with Enterprise-licensed CMC, the geographical mapping feature of OpenManage
Essentials can be configured to show each system’s location as well as system and component
health status.
OpenManage iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller integrates and connects to leading third-party
systems management solutions (such as those from Microsoft, VMware and BMC Software), so users
can maintain a single point of control and capitalize on an existing systems management investment.
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Flexibility within a stable platform
VRTX is both flexible and stable. Flexible in its extensive hardware configurability and scalability,
while consistent and uniform in performing systems management operations. These characteristics
give users confidence that VRTX can readily adapt to accommodate new workload requirements,
while protecting existing investments in hardware, software, management tools and skills.
Key technologies
VRTX shared storage provides a massive amount of local storage within the chassis — up to 48TB
with the 3.5-inch hard drive chassis. The storage is shared among the server nodes and is managed
through the VRTX CMC. Using the CMC, you can create and assign virtual disks to single or multiple
server nodes.
You can also use the CMC to flexibly assign PCIe slots to server nodes — up to four PCIe slots to a
single server node. The assignments are flexible during initial setup in that any PCIe slot may be
assigned to any server node, and the assignment may then be reassigned.
Table 1 summarizes other key technologies offered on the Dell PowerEdge VRTX platform.
Table 1.
Key technologies
New technologies
Detailed descriptions
Intel Xeon processor
E5-2400, E5-2600 and
E5-2600 v2 product
families
New Intel processors that work with the Intel C602 series chipset. These
processors are more advanced than the previous generation and have embedded
PCIe lanes that improve I/O performance.
Intel C602 series chipset
New Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chip that replaced the ICH.
1866MT/s DDR3 memory
Advanced Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors support 1600MT/s memory; Intel Xeon
E5-2600 v2 processors support 1866MT/s memory.
LRDIMM
This new memory option, load reduced DIMM (LRDIMM), is designed with a buffer
chip (or chips) to replace the register to help minimize loading. LRDIMMs can
increase overall server system memory capacity and speed.
Flexible LOM
The Dell Select Network Adapter options allow you to customize your LAN port
combinations from your choice of controller vendors.
PERC S110 software RAID
Solution
This new software RAID solution supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10; supports maximum
of four hot-plug SATA hard drives or SATA solid-state drives.
Dell PowerEdge RAID
Controller (PERC)
options
VRTX supports the new PERC8 controller cards with improved functionality and
faster performance.
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller
The second-generation embedded systems management solution for Dell servers
provides agent-free hardware and firmware inventory and alerting, in-depth
memory alerting, faster performance, a dedicated gigabit port, and many more
features.
Advanced power
management
VRTX supports advanced power monitoring and power capping tools that can
help manage power consumption.
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Fresh Air cooling
Dell has tested and validated an integrated data center solution that enables you
to operate at higher temperatures or even chiller-less.
Failsafe hypervisors
The internal dual SD module enables Dell's unique failsafe virtualization
architecture, ensuring uptime by providing failover capability for embedded
®
®
®
®
hypervisors, such as VMware vSphere ESXi™ and Microsoft Windows Server
®
2012 with Hyper-V .
Specifications
Table 2 lists the technical specifications for the PowerEdge VRTX platform. For the latest information
on supported features, visit Dell.com/PowerEdge.
Table 2.
Feature
Technical specification
Form factor
5U rackable tower chassis
Tower configuration:
 H: 48.4 cm (19.1 in) with system feet
 W: 31.0 cm (12.2 in) with system feet opened
 D: 73.0 cm (28.7 in)
 Weight (empty) = 31.7 kg (69.7 lb)
 Weight (maximum) = 74.8 kg (164.9 lb)
Rack configuration:
 H: 21.9 cm (8.6 in)
 W: 48.2 cm (19.0 in)
 D: 73.0 cm (28.7 in)
 Weight (empty) = 24.7kg (54.5 lb)
 Weight (maximum) = 68.7kg (151.5 lb)
Server node options
Up to 4 hot-plug, serviceable Dell PowerEdge M620 and M520
Storage
Shared PERC8
Power supplies
Redundant power supply units
 110/220V auto-sensing
 Redundant power supplies support 2+2 (AC redundancy), and 3+1, 2+1 and
1+1 (power supply redundancy) modes
Cooling
VRTX comes standard with six hot-pluggable, redundant fan modules and 4
blower modules
 Based on Dell Energy Smart Technologies, VRTX fans and blowers are a
breakthrough in power and cooling efficiency
 The fans and blowers deliver low-power consumption, but also use nextgeneration fan technologies to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air
is consumed to cool the enclosure

Front control panel with interactive graphical LCD
— Supports initial configuration wizard
— Local server blade, enclosure, and module information and
troubleshooting

Two USB keyboard/mouse connections and one video connection for local
front “crash cart” console connections
Input devices
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Technical specification
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Optional DVD-RW
Drive bays and hard
drives
Up to 12 x 3.5 in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives or
Up to 25 x 2.5 in NLSAS, SAS, or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
Embedded NIC
1GbE internal switch module (standard) with 16 internal 1GbE ports and 8 external
ports
Ethernet pass-through module with 8 external ports (optional)
I/O slots
Eight flexible PCIe slots
 Three full-height/full-length slots (150W) with double-wide card support
(225W)
 Five low-profile/half-length slots (25W)
Systems management
Chassis Management Controller (CMC), a unified management tool, manages all
resources — server nodes, storage, networking and power — inside the chassis
 Delivers comprehensive functionality that is easy to use
 Monitors up to nine VRTX systems (up to 36 servers) from a single,
consolidated CMC console
 Provides local and remote management
 Enterprise or Express CMC licensing
 Optional redundant Chassis Management Controller
 Server nodes each contain proven iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller for
agent-free systems management fully supported within the OpenManage
product portfolio and select third-party management solutions
Rack support
ReadyRails™ II sliding rails for 4-post racks with square, round or threaded holes
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2 System features
The Dell PowerEdge VRTX integrates compute and storage capabilities through a 5U rackable tower
chassis. VRTX supports up to four 12th-generation, hot-plug PowerEdge M520 or PowerEdge M620
blade servers. The M620 is a half-height blade server that supports up to 24 DIMMs and two
processors. The M520 is a half-height blade server that supports up to 12 DIMMs and two
processors.
VRTX can be configured into four different chassis types:

Tower form factor supporting up to 12 3.5-inch drives (Figure 1)

Tower form factor supporting up to 25 2.5-inch drives (Figure 2)

5U rack form factor supporting up to 12 3.5-inch drives (top of Figure 3)

5U rack form factor supporting up to 25 2.5-inch drives (bottom of Figure 3)
Figure 1.
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VRTX tower with 3.5-inch drives
Figure 2.
Figure 3.
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VRTX rack with 3.5-inch (top) and 2.5-inch (bottom) drives
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The chassis design of the VRTX is optimized for easy access to components and for airflow for
effective and efficient cooling. Figure 4 shows components on the back of the VRTX chassis
including the PCIe expansion cards, CMC ports, blower modules and I/O modules.
Figure 4.
VRTX back view
VRTX provides the features and components listed in Table 3.
Table 3.
VRTX chassis features
Feature
Description
Power button
Powers on the system
LCD panel
Provides system information and status or messages
Drives
Up to 24 front-accessible, hot-plug, 2.5-inch drives or up to 12 frontaccessible, hot-plug, 3.5-inch drives; see the Storage section for details
USB connectors
2 ports for keyboard and mouse connection
Information tag
Slide-out label panel for system information including the Express Service
tab, embedded NIC and MAC address
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Feature
Description
Video connector
Connects a monitor to the system
Optical drive
Optional SATA DVD-ROM drive or DVD+/-RW drive
Vents
Vents for the temperature sensor
Server modules
Up to 4 PowerEdge M520 or M620 server modules specifically configured
for the enclosure
Power supply units
Up to 4 1100W AC
PCIe expansion card slots
Connects up to 3 full-height and 5 low-profile PCIe expansion cards
I/O module ports
Network interface for I/O modules
Serial connector
DB-9 serial connector for local CMC configuration
CMC ports
2 ports; connects the primary CMC
Blower modules
4 modules provide cooling for the server modules
Quick Resource Locator
(QRL)
Use a smartphone application to scan this code on the chassis to access
additional information and resources for the server, including videos,
reference materials, service tag information and Dell contact information
VRTX offers the features listed in Table 4 to help ensure the security of your data center.
Table 4.
VRTX security features
Security feature
Description
Cover latch
A tooled latch is integrated on the top cover with a coin key lock to secure the
system.
Bezel
An optional metal bezel is mounted to the chassis front to provide the Dell ID. A
lock on the bezel is used to protect unauthorized access to hard drives. System
status is viewable on the LCD screen when the bezel is installed.
TPM
The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is used to generate/store keys,
protect/authenticate passwords, and create/store digital certificates. It
also supports the Intel Xeon TXT functionality. TPM can also be used to
enable the BitLocker™ hard drive encryption feature in Windows Server
2008. TPM 1.2 is supported. No TPM version is available for China or Russia.
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Power-off security
BIOS has the ability to disable the power button function.
Intrusion alert
When the cover is opened, the intrusion alert switch circuit closes to indicate
intrusion to CMC. When enabled, the software will provide notification that the
cover has been opened.
Secure mode
For the server nodes, BIOS has the ability to enter a secure boot mode through
Setup. This mode includes the option to lock out the server node power and
server node NMI switches on the control panel or set up a system password.
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Figure 5 illustrates the underlying architecture of VRTX.
For more detailed information on features and descriptions for VRTX, see the Dell PowerEdge VRTX
Systems Owner's Manual on Dell.com/Support/Manuals.
Figure 5.
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PowerEdge VRTX block diagram
3 Processors
See the Dell PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide and the Dell PowerEdge M620 Technical Guide at
Dell.com/PowerEdge for detailed information on supported processors.
For more information on the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family, visit Intel.com.
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4 Memory
See the Dell PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide and the Dell PowerEdge M620 Technical Guide on
Dell.com/PowerEdge for detailed information on supported memory.
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5 Storage
The PowerEdge VRTX platform provides comprehensive, shared internal storage options, including
several drive types to choose from. VRTX supports up to 48TB of internal, low-latency storage.
All four server nodes have access to the full storage space. Each server node sees the storage as its
own singular storage pool. You can assign virtual disks to single server nodes or across server nodes
(with clustering) using the CMC.
Infrastructure
One of the key differentiators for VRTX is the integrated shared storage. Virtualization support at
remote sites requires shared storage for VM migration. To date, shared storage solutions have been
too expensive for these applications; however VRTX is able to leverage existing PERC technology to
deliver a low-cost 6Gb/s direct-attached storage (DAS) solution and virtualization support.
The PERC provides multiple channels of virtual I/O. PCIe switches provide the ability to map virtual
functions to multiple servers through virtual PCIe hierarchies. CMC has a web interface you can use
to create maps to the servers, and create and assign corresponding virtual drives. Figure 6 shows the
Virtual Disks tab on the CMC web interface.
Figure 6.
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CMC Virtual Disks tab
Supported hard drives
The VRTX shared storage supports the internal drives listed in Table 5.
Table 5.
Form
factor
2.5"
3.5"
Supported hard drives
Type
Speed
(rpm)
Capacities
Nearline SAS (6Gb)
7.2K
500GB, 1TB
SAS (6Gb)
10K
600GB, 900GB, 1.2TB
SAS (6Gb)
15K
146GB, 300GB
SSD (SLC)
N/A
200GB, 400GB
Nearline SAS (6Gb)
7.2K
1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB
SAS (6Gb)
10K
600GB, 900GB, 1.2TB
SAS (6Gb)
15K
300GB, 450GB, 600GB
For the latest information on supported hard drives, visit Dell.com/PowerEdge.
PERC8 storage controller
The shared PERC8 card is located between the storage array and the power distribution board on
the VRTX planar. The shared PERC8 slot routes SAS to the nearby planar miniSAS connectors, which
are used to internally cable SAS from the PERC to the SAS expander cards in the storage array.
The VRTX shared PERC8 card has additional features, beyond a standard monolithic PERC-mini card,
at the driver and firmware level to support shared storage. A unique PCIe ID is used to indicate
shared storage capability and compatibility in the VRTX system.
For more information about the latest PERC offerings, see Dell.com/PERC.
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6 Networking
VRTX supports up to eight Ethernet connections on the back of the system. The Fabric A
infrastructure supports either a pass-through or a switch card installed in the back of the chassis.
These cards plug directly into the midplane.
Fabric A is limited by the following physical restraints:

Fabric A internal connections limited to four server nodes times four lanes, or 16 lanes total

Fabric A bulkhead space for external connection is limited to eight RJ45 connectors
 Fabric A is limited to a single cold service card
For Fabric A, the M520 uses a quad-port 1GbE LOM. The M620 has a network daughtercard (NDC)
option for Fabric A that includes Broadcom and Intel cards.
Fabric A system management
The system management paradigm for Fabric A is non-redundant. A single SMBus, serial port or
Ethernet management fabric is presented to the CMC for Fabric A, including the pass-through mode
which is fabric redundant.
Fabric A pass-through cards
The 1GB Ethernet pass-through card is defined as having no single points of failure at the Ethernet
signal level. Maximum Ethernet signal pass-through is limited to eight lanes due to the bulkhead
limit of eight RJ45 connectors.
Ethernet,
or 10GE A Ethernet pass-through card configuration
Figure
7. GEFabric
Server
Midplane
Server 1
LOM A1
LOM A2
Ethernet Fabric A Passthrough Card
Ethernet
Connection
Server 1 A1
LOM A3
LOM A4
Server 2
LOM A1
Server 2 A1
Server 3 A1
Quad
Ethernet
Transceiver
LOM A2
LOM A3
Ethernet
Connection
Ethernet
Connection
Server 4 A1
Ethernet
Connection
Server 1 A2
Ethernet
Connection
LOM A4
Server 3
LOM A1
LOM A2
LOM A3
LOM A4
Server 4
LOM A1
Server 2 A2
LOM A4
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Ethernet
Connection
Server 3 A2
Ethernet
Connection
Server 4 A2
Ethernet
Connection
LOM A2
LOM A3
Quad
Ethernet
Transceiver
Fabric A switches
A single switch is implemented for all I/O, and allows maximum signal consolidation without forcing
bifurcation of the Ethernet fabric. Switches accept up to 16 lanes from Fabric A and output up to
eight lanes at the external ports. A switch is the only Fabric A card that can support the full four-lane
count from Fabric A. When equipped with four M520 servers and quad-port LOMs, VRTX can take
full advantage of all 16 internal ports (four per server node).
Figure 8.
Ethernet, GE or 10GE
Fabric A Ethernet switch configuration
Server
Midplane
Server 1
Ethernet Fabric A Switch Card
LOM A1
LOM A2
LOM A3
LOM A4
Ethernet
Connection
Server 1 A1
Server 1 A2
Ethernet
Connection
Server 1 A3
Server 1 A4
Server 2
Server 3
Server 4
LOM A1
Server 2 A1
LOM A2
Server 2 A2
LOM A3
Server 2 A3
LOM A4
Server 2 A4
LOM A1
Server 3 A1
LOM A2
Server 3 A2
LOM A3
Server 3 A3
LOM A4
Server 3 A4
Ethernet
Connection
Ethernet
Switch
Ethernet
Connection
Ethernet
Connection
Server 4 A1
LOM A1
Server 4 A2
LOM A2
Server 4 A3
LOM A3
Server 4 A4
LOM A4
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Ethernet
Connection
Ethernet
Connection
7 PCIe Infrastructure
Instead of using traditional I/O modules for Fabric B or Fabric C, Dell has designed the PowerEdge
VRTX to use PCIe slots using two PCIe switches — one for Fabric B and one for Fabric C. Each PCIe
switch ties into one of the two mezzanine cards on the server nodes.
The Fabric B PCIe switch provides connectivity to the following:

PCIe slot 3

PCIe slot 5

PCIe slot 6

PCIe slot 7

PCIe Slot 8

Shared PowerEdge RAID Controller (SPERC)
The Fabric C PCIe switch provides connectivity to the following:

PCIe slot 1

PCIe slot 2

PCIe slot 4

PCIe slot 5
The PCIe slots are non-shared and thereby dedicated to one server node within the PowerEdge
VRTX system. The PCIe slots can be reassigned to a different server through the CMC as needed.
Each slot is capable of being exclusively assigned to any server node, although it does require
powering the server node off. You can assign up to four PCIe slots to one server node.
Supported PCIe cards
VRTX supports the following PCIe expansion cards.

AMD FirePro™ W7000

6Gb/s SAS HBA (low-profile and full-height)

Broadcom® dual-port 1Gb (low-profile and full-height)

Intel dual-port 1Gb (low-profile and full-height)

Intel dual-port 10Gb Base-T (low-profile and full-height)

Intel dual-port 10Gb Base-SFP+ (low-profile and full-height)

Intel quad-port 1Gb (low-profile and full-height)

Broadcom dual-port 10Gb Base-SFP+ (low-profile and full-height)
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8 Power, thermal and acoustics
Lower overall system-level power draw is a result of Dell’s breakthrough system design. The
PowerEdge VRTX chassis maximizes performance-per-watt through a combination of power and
cooling, energy-efficient technologies, and tools. Additionally, VRTX has an extensive collection of
sensors that automatically track thermal activity, which helps regulate temperature thereby reducing
server noise and power consumption.
Power consumption and energy efficiency
With the rise in the cost of energy coupled with increasing data center density, Dell provides tools
and technologies to help you realize greater performance with less energy cost and waste. More
efficient data center usage can reduce costs by slowing the need for additional data center space.
Table 6 lists the tools and technologies Dell offers to help you achieve your data center goals by
lowering power consumption and increasing energy efficiency.
Table 6.
Power tools and technologies
Feature
Description
Power supply units (PSU)
portfolio
Dell’s PSU portfolio includes intelligent features such as dynamically
optimizing efficiency while maintaining availability and redundancy.
Tools for right-sizing
Energy Smart Solution Advisor (ESSA) helps you determine the most
efficient configuration possible. With Dell’s ESSA, you can calculate the
power consumption of your hardware, power infrastructure and storage.
ESSA can help you determine exactly how much power your server will use
at a given workload, and the PSU Advisor can help you choose the best,
most efficient PSU for your workload. Learn more at Dell.com/ESSA.
Industry compliance
Dell’s servers are compliant with all relevant industry certifications and
®
guidelines, including 80 PLUS, Climate Savers, and ENERGY STAR .
Power monitoring
accuracy
PSU power monitoring improvements include:
 Dell’s power monitoring accuracy is currently 1%, whereas the industry
standard is 5%
 More accurate reporting of power
 Better performance under a power cap
Power capping
Use OpenManage systems management to set the power cap limit for your
systems to limit the output of a PSU and reduce system power consumption.
Dell is the first hardware vendor to leverage Intel Node Manager for circuitbreaker fast capping.
Systems management
iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller provides server-level
management that monitors, reports and controls power consumption at the
processor, memory and system level.
Dell OpenManage Power Center delivers group power management at the
rack, row and data center level for servers, power distribution units (PDUs)
and uninterruptible power supplies.
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Feature
Description
Active power management
Intel Node Manager is an embedded technology that provides individual
server-level power reporting and power limiting functionality. Dell offers a
complete power management solution comprised of Intel Node Manager
accessed through Dell iDRAC7 Enterprise and OpenManage Power Center
that allows policy-based management of power and thermals at the
individual server, rack and data center level.
Hot spare reduces power consumption of redundant power supplies.
Thermal control of fan speed optimizes the thermal settings for your
environment to reduce fan consumption and lower system power
consumption.
Idle power enables Dell servers to run as efficiently when idle as when at full
workload.
Dell Fresh Air cooling
Rack infrastructure
With the thermal design and reliability of Dell products, certain
configurations have the capability to operate at excursion-based
temperatures beyond the industry standard of 35°C (95°F) up to 45°C (113°F)
for excursionary periods of time and up to a 26°C dew point at 90% relative
humidity without impacting your availability model. Find more details at
Dell.com/FreshAir.
Dell offers some of the industry’s highest-efficiency power infrastructure
solutions, including:
 Power distribution units
 Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
 Energy Smart containment rack enclosures
Find additional information at Dell.com/Rack Infrastructure for the Efficient
Data Center.
Find additional information at Dell.com/PowerAndCooling and Power.com/PowerCenter.
Power supply units
VRTX is powered by two to four Dell 1100W PSUs. VRTX uses these PSUs to support both low-line
(115 VAC) and high-line (220 VAC) power sources. Dell 1100W PSUs support a maximum of four
PSUs with the current sharing circuitry. The low-line and high-line power capabilities are roughly
equivalent, with only slightly more power available in high-line power sources.
VRTX PSUs support three power supply redundant options (1+1, 2+1, or 3+1) or one AC redundancy
mode (2+2).
Due to the strict acoustic requirements for VRTX, it is preferred to always run four PSUs in the
system for best distribution of the power loading and lowest fan speed for the PSU fans. PSU fans
exhibit an exponential increase in noise based upon fan speed.
Table 7.
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1100W PSU specifications
Attribute
Value
80 Plus
Platinum Plus
Power factor correction
Active
FCC classification
Class A
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Attribute
Value
Max output current
108.0 Amps
Input voltage range
90–264V AC, 47–63Hz
Iin (100–240V AC) for rating on safety label
12.0 Amps–6.5 Amps
Initial in-rush current
55 Amps (peak)
Secondary in-rush current
25 Amps (peak)
Table 8.
1100W PSU efficiency
10% load
20% load
50% load
100% load
Power supply efficiency at 115VAC
87%
91%
92.5%
90%
Power supply efficiency at 230VAC
89%
93%
94.5%
92%
Thermal
Four blower modules with dual blowers are located on the back of the VRTX chassis. Six fans are
located between the SAS backplane and expander cards and the system planar components. You
can check fan status using the control panel LCD or the systems management interfaces.
In chassis standby mode, all components are unpowered except the CMC, the LCD control panel,
and two fans for cooling the CMC components. For chassis standby mode, the system needs to run
one or two fans at low RPM to ensure that the CMCs are properly cooled.
Acoustics
PowerEdge VRTX has been consciously designed with an open office layout in mind, including its
acoustical design. Acoustic intensity has been minimized as a function of delivered airflow, and
tones (buzzes, hums, whistles) have been removed. The result is a smooth sound generally masked
by that of normal office air conditioning or conference room conversations. Certain configurations
and utilizations are quieter than others — if your environment is acoustically sensitive, Dell can help
you choose the right configuration.
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Figure 9.
VRTX acoustics
Value measured at
your ears
PowerEdge VRTX with
standard M620s
PowerEdge VRTX with all
“enhanced acoustics” M620s
and/or all M520s
Equivalent familiar
noise experience
LpA, dBA,
re 20 µPa
Loudness,
sones
90
80
Loud concert
75
39
Data center, vacuum cleaner, voice
must be elevated to be heard
60
10
Conversation levels
45
4
Whispering, open office layout,
normal living room
35
2
Quiet office
30
1
Quiet library
20
0
Recording studio
For background information on Dell Enterprise acoustics, such as metrics and operating conditions,
see the Dell white paper Dell Enterprise Acoustics.
Data summary for VRTX acoustics
Acoustical data for a typical configuration1 2.5-inch hard drive version of the VRTX platform with
three sample blade configurations and utilizations in 23 ± 2 °C ambient (per ISO acoustical
standards) are as follows:

All M520 server nodes at idle and operating2
— LwA-UL3 = 5.5 bels
— LpA4 = 37 dBA
— No prominent tones5
— What this means: These levels would be masked by most open office environments, such as
air-conditioning noise and conference room conversation. For this configuration, the system
at 50% workload sounds the same as at idle.

One or more M620 server nodes with the enhanced acoustics processor and heatsink option
— Idle2
3
> LwA-UL = 5.5 bels
4
> LpA = 37 dBA
— Operating2
3
> LwA-UL = 5.8 bels
4
> LpA = 38 dBA
5
> No prominent tones
— What this means: These levels would be masked by most open office environments, such as
air-conditioning noise and conference room conversation. For this configuration, the system
at 50% workload is 30% louder than at idle. The enhanced acoustics option uses fewer
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balanced DIMMs; 16 balanced DIMMs versus 24 balanced DIMMs with a standard M620 blade
server.

One or more M620 server nodes with the standard processor and heatsink option
— Idle2
3
> LwA-UL = 5.5 bels
4
> LpA = 37 dBA
— Operating2
2
> LwA-UL = 6.2 bels
3
> LpA = 41 dBA
4
> No prominent tones
— What this means: Operating values would begin to compete with normal conference room
environments or conversation levels depending upon proximity to PowerEdge VRTX chassis.
For this configuration, the system at 50% workload is 50% louder than at idle.
Other acoustical information includes the following:

TurboBoost mode: Acoustical levels can be further reduced during operating mode by choosing
to turn TurboBoost mode off for the processor.

Utilization: As workload on the processor increases, acoustical levels also increase. The M520
and the enhanced acoustics M620 are less sensitive to utilization changes, but the standard
M620 exhibits significant acoustical change with utilization. As utilization exceeds 50% workload,
acoustical output exceeds those values listed for operating above for the respective
configuration.

Transients: As utilization changes, such as from moderate to high workloads, blower module
speeds may temporarily exceed the steady-state values causing the acoustics to temporarily
increase.

Background noise levels vary from office to office and around the world, affecting what we hear.
For example, some offices may not use air conditioning and not experience the associated
broadband ambient background noise. If you are in a quiet open office area, you may wish to
choose one of the quieter acoustical configurations, such as the enhanced acoustics option for
the M620.
Data summary footnotes
1
Typical configuration:
— Three M520 or M620 server nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2660 processors
— Six 8GB DIMMs
— Sixteen 10k 2.5-inch hard disk drives
— Four 1100W power supplies
2
Test conditions follow sections 3.1 and 5.3 of ISO 7779 (2010) for idle and operating, where
operating is simulated by exercising processor at 50% of the thermal design power (TDP.)
3
LwA – UL: Upper limit sound power levels (LwA) calculated per section 4.4.1 of ISO 9296 (1988)
and measured in accordance to ISO 7779 (2010).
4
LpA: Front bystander position A-weighted sound pressure level calculated per section 4.3 of ISO
9296 (1988) and measured in accordance with ISO 7779 (2010). The system is placed at a deskside
location next to the standard ISO 7779 table.
5
Prominent tone: Criteria of D.6 and D.11 of ECMA-74 11th edition (2010) are followed to determine
if discrete tones are prominent; system is placed in deskside location next to ISO 7779 table and
acoustic transducer is at front bystander position, ref ISO 7779.
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9 Rack, rails and cable management
VRTX supports ReadyRails II sliding rails for 4-post racks and cable management arm (CMA) options:

Support for toolless installation in 19-inch EIA-310-E compliant square or unthreaded round
hole 4-post racks including all generations of Dell racks

Support for tooled installation in 19-inch EIA-310-E compliant threaded hole 4-post racks

Support full extension of the system out of the rack to allow serviceability of key internal
components

Support for optional CMA

Minimum rail mounting depth without the CMA: 714 mm

Minimum rail mounting depth with the CMA: 845 mm

Square-hole rack adjustment range: 608–915 mm

Round-hole rack adjustment range: 594–908 mm
 Threaded-hole rack adjustment range: 608–930 mm
The rails ship in the toolless mounting configuration but can be converted to the tooled
configuration very quickly and easily. Table 9 lists the rack rail system that the VRTX system supports.
Note that static rail mounting in 2-post racks is not supported.
Table 9.
Supported rack rail system
Rack Types Supported
Product
VRTX
Rail
Identifier
C3
Mounting Interface
ReadyRails II
Rail Type
4-Post
Sliding
2-Post
Square
Round
Thread
Flush
Center



x
x
Other factors to consider when deploying the VRTX system include the spacing between the front
and back mounting flanges of the rack, the type and location of any equipment mounted in the back
of the rack such as PDUs, and the overall depth of the rack. See Table 10 for more information.
Table 10.
Rail adjustability range
Rail adjustability range (mm)
Product
VRTX
Rail
identifier
C3
Rail type
Sliding
Square
Round
Rail depth (mm)
Threaded
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
without
CMA
608
915
594
908
608
930
756
with
CMA
845
Note that the adjustment range of the rails is a function of the type of rack in which they are being
mounted. The minimum and maximum values listed above represent the allowable distance
between the front and rear mounting flanges in the rack. Rail depth represents the minimum depth
of the rail as measured from the rack front mounting flanges when the rail rear bracket is positioned
all the way forward.
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Cable management
The optional CMA can be mounted on either the left or right side of the rails without the use of tools
for fast and easy deployment.
The optional CMA for the VRTX organizes and secures the cords and cables exiting the back of the
server and unfolds to allow the server to extend out of the rack without having to detach the cables.
Key features of the VRTX CMA include:

Large U-shaped baskets to support dense cable loads

Open vent pattern for optimal airflow

Mounting on either side by simply swinging the attachment housings from one side to the other

Simple and intuitive snap-in mounting design eliminates the need for tools for both the CMA and
tray

Hook-and-loop straps, rather than plastic tie wraps, to eliminate the risk of cable damage during
cycling

Low-profile fixed tray to both support and retain the CMA in its fully closed position
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10 Operating systems and virtualization
The Dell PowerEdge VRTX supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and
virtualization software. For the latest information on supported operating systems, see
Dell.com/OSsupport.
Supported operating systems
Table 11 lists the operating systems supported on the VRTX platform.
Table 11.
Primary operating systems support
Operating system
Platform
Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
x64
Standard
Enterprise
Datacenter
x64
Standard
Enterprise
Datacenter
HPC
x32
Standard
Enterprise
x64
Standard
Enterprise
Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
Supported virtualization
Table 12 lists virtualization support on the VRTX platform.
Table 12.
Virtualization support
Operating system
Install version
Factory
options
Internal dual SD
module install support
VMware
vSphere v5.1
ESXi
FI/DIB
Yes
Hyper-V
Integrated in Windows Server
operating system
2008, 2008 R2,
2012
FI/DIB
No
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11 Dell OpenManage systems management
Whether your IT environment consists of a few servers or a few thousand servers, the
Dell OpenManage systems management portfolio provides comprehensive management for
evolving IT environments. OpenManage is based on open standards and offers both agent-free and
agent-based server lifecycle management functionality for Dell PowerEdge servers. OpenManage
solutions help you automate and streamline essential hardware management tasks.
The advanced management capabilities of Dell OpenManage also integrate and connect with thirdparty systems management solutions that you may already use, making Dell platforms easy to
manage and deploy in any IT environment. If you have already standardized on offerings from
industry leaders, such as BMC Software, Microsoft, VMware or other vendors, you can leverage
OpenManage integration and connections developed for use with your existing systems
management framework to efficiently manage Dell servers, storage, business-client PCs and
network devices.
OpenManage systems management solutions consist of a combination of embedded management
features and software products that help you automate and simplify the entire server lifecycle:
deploy, update, monitor and maintain. OpenManage solutions are innovatively designed for
simplicity and ease of use to help you reduce complexity, save time, achieve efficiency, control
costs and empower productivity.
Systems management solutions
Dell systems management solutions include a wide variety of tools, products, and services that
enable you to leverage an existing systems management framework. As shown in Figure 10, Dell
systems management solutions are centered on the OpenManage embedded server management
feature iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
Figure 10. Dell systems management solutions
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OpenManage systems management
The Dell OpenManage systems management portfolio includes powerful hardware and software
management tools and consoles.
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller is the heart of the
second generation of Dell PowerEdge embedded management functionality. In addition to enabling
agent-free management, iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller provides remote access to the
system — whether or not there is a functioning operating system or hypervisor running on the server.
These embedded features help simplify and automate all aspects of server lifecycle management:
deployment, updates, monitoring and maintenance. Table 13 describes the functions and benefits of
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
Table 13. iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller functions and benefits
Feature
Function
Benefit
Out-of-band
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller offers
real-time, out-of-band discovery,
inventory, deployment, monitoring,
alerting and updates for server nodes and
internal storage
Single code base
All Dell PowerEdge 12 generation servers
use the same embedded management
hardware and firmware
Simplified, consistent and uniform
maintenance across server platforms
Dedicated
GigE port
(PowerEdge
rack and tower
systems)
Gigabit Ethernet replaces 10/100 on
predecessor iDRAC6
Fast throughput for better performance;
compatibility with setup for switches
Email alerts
Simplified, informative, and actionable
messaging including key information on
systems and components, warranty and
service tag
More detail allows IT administrators to be
more efficient in diagnosing and remediating
if an issue occurs; alerts include a direct,
embedded URL in the email notification to
further speed resolution
vFlash media
Enabled with iDRAC7 Enterprise
Allows for use of a non-Dell SD card
To obtain a software license key for
iDRAC7 Express or iDRAC7 Enterprise
after server purchase, submit a request to
purchase a software license key through
the Dell Licensing Portal or with a Dell
sales representative.
If iDRAC7 Express or iDRAC7 Enterprise is
ordered at the time of purchase, a license
key will be factory installed. For customers
who purchase a key after the point of
purchase, Dell electronic licensing enables
license upgrades and accompanying feature
enhancements that will not require
installation of additional hardware or system
downtime.
Manage servers independent of the
OS/hypervisor type or status — even if an
OS/hypervisor is not installed or operational
th
Electronic
licensing
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iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller for VRTX configuration options
iDRAC7 Enterprise is the standard offering for VRTX as it is designed for optimal remote
management. iDRAC7 Express is optional and offers a reduced feature set for cost-conscious
customers. iDRAC7 Enterprise and Express are available for PowerEdge VRTX M620 and M520 server
nodes. Table 14 compares the features available with iDRAC7 Express or iDRAC7 Enterprise.
Table 14. Detailed feature comparison for iDRAC7 Enterprise and iDRAC7 Express for VRTX
Interface and
Standards Support
Connectivity
Security and
Authentication
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Feature
iDRAC7 Express
iDRAC7 Enterprise
IPMI 2.0
Yes
Yes
Web-based GUI
Yes
Yes
SNMP and IPMI discovery
Yes
Yes
WS-MAN
Yes
Yes
SMASH-CLP (SSH)
Yes
Yes
RACADM command line (SSH and local)
Yes
Yes
RACADM command line (remote)
Yes
Yes
NTP and time zone support
Yes
Yes
DNS
Yes
Yes
VLAN tagging
Yes
Yes
IPv4
Yes
Yes
IPv6
Yes
Yes
Dynamic DNS
Yes
Yes
Role-based authority
Yes
Yes
Local users
Yes
Yes
SSL encryption
Yes
Yes
Active Directory
No
Yes
Generic LDAP support
No
Yes
Two-factor authentication1
No
Yes
Single sign-on
No
Yes
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Feature
Remote
Management
and Remediation
Monitoring and
Power
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iDRAC7 Enterprise
Public key authentication (for SSH)
No
Yes
Embedded diagnostics
Yes
Yes
Remote firmware update
Yes
Yes
Server power control
Yes
Yes
Serial-over-LAN (with proxy)
Yes
Yes
Serial-over-LAN (no proxy)
Yes
Yes
Last crash screen capture
Yes
Yes
Last crash video capture/playback
Yes
Yes
Boot video capture/playback
No
Yes
Virtual Media2
Yes
Yes
Virtual Console2
Yes
Yes
Virtual Console sharing
No
Yes
Remote Virtual Console launch
No
Yes
Virtual folders
No
Yes
Virtual Console chat
No
Yes
Remote file share
No
Yes
Virtual Flash
No
Yes
Virtual Flash partitions
No
Yes
Sensor monitoring and alerting
Yes
Yes
SNMP Alerts (v1, v2)
Yes
Yes
SNMPv3 Gets
Yes
Yes
Email alerts
Yes
Yes
DIMM ranking
Yes
Yes
Historical power counters
Yes
Yes
Power budgeting
Yes
Yes
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Feature
Logging
Lifecycle Controller
iDRAC7 Express
iDRAC7 Enterprise
Real-time power monitoring
Yes
Yes
Real-time power graphing
Yes
Yes
Real-time power capping
No
Yes
System event log
Yes
Yes
RAC log
Yes
Yes
Trace log
Yes
Yes
Lifecycle Controller Log
Yes
Yes
Remote sysLog
No
Yes
Local updates
Yes
Yes
Driver packs
Yes
Yes
One-to-many hardware configuation
(WS-MAN or RACADM)
Yes
Yes
Asset inventory export
Yes
Yes
Remote services (via WS-MAN)
Yes
Yes
Settings restoration for replaced parts
Replacement Reconfiguration
Yes
Yes
System backup and restore
No
Yes
1 Two-factor authentication is available via ActiveX and therefore only supports Internet Explorer®.
2 Virtual Console and Virtual Media are available via both Java and ActiveX plug-ins.
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Upgrade options after point of sale (APOS)
You can evaluate and purchase upgrades from Dell from your iDRAC web interface with no need to
install additional hardware. You have a choice of ordering either the software-only license, or
ordering an Enterprise license that includes an 8GB or 16GB vFlash SD card. The vFlash is factory
installed, but requires a license key for activation. You may also purchase and use a non Dellsupplied SD card if you need more memory. You can create multiple partitions on the SD card, but
individual partition size is limited to 4GB.
Agent-based systems management
Most systems management solutions require software agents to be installed on each compute node
in order to be managed within the IT environment. Additionally, the systems management agent is
often used as a local interface into the hardware health and may be accessed remotely as a
management interface, typically referred to as a one-to-one interface. For customers that prefer to
use agent-based management solutions, Dell provides OpenManage Server Administrator software
as an alternative to embedded, agent-free systems management.
OpenManage Server Administrator
The Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) agent provides a comprehensive, one-to-one
systems management solution for both local and remote servers and their storage. OMSA can help
simplify single-server monitoring with a secure CLI or web interface. It can also be used to view
system configuration, inventory, health and performance.
Agent-free embedded systems management
Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers include embedded server management via the onboard
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller, so in many cases there is no need to install an OpenManage
systems management software agent into the operating system running on a Dell PowerEdge VRTX
system. This greatly simplifies and streamlines monitoring and management for these platforms.
Dell OpenManage consoles
Chassis Management Controller console
As mentioned previously, the Dell CMC is a systems management hardware and software solution
for managing multiple VRTX server nodes and chassis. The CMC is a hot-pluggable module inserted
inside the VRTX chassis. Dell also offers an option to install a second redundant CMC module within
the VRTX chassis. The CMC provides a secure interface that allows an IT administrator to inventory,
perform configuration and monitoring tasks, remotely power on/off server nodes, and enable alerts
for events related to the VRTX chassis, server nodes and components, shared storage and
networking within the VRTX system. The CMC uses iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller to perform
management functions, such as opening a remote console session from the CMC interface.
As Table 15 shows, additional advanced functionality is available with the default Enterprise CMC
license as opposed to an Express license for CMC. CMC licensing is required in addition to iDRAC7
with Lifecycle Controller licenses. Each Dell PowerEdge server module within the VRTX platform
must have an iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller license, either Enterprise or Express, in the equivalent
level (Enterprise or Express license) for the CMC. The CMC is used to manage the VRTX platform,
not just the server modules, so separate licenses are required.
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Table 15.
Enterprise and Express CMC licensing for VRTX
Feature
Express
Enterprise
CMC network
Yes
Yes
CMC serial port
Yes
Yes
CMC stacking port
Yes
Yes
RACADM (SSH, Local and Remote)
Yes
Yes
WS-MAN
Yes
Yes
SNMP
Yes
Yes
Telnet
Yes
Yes
SSH
Yes
Yes
Web-based interface
Yes
Yes
Email alerts
Yes
Yes
LCD deployment
Yes
Yes
CMC settings restore and backup
No
Yes
Remote sysLog
No
Yes
Directory services
No
Yes
Single sign-on support
No
Yes
Two-factor authentication
No
Yes
Public key authentication
No
Yes
Remote file share
No
Yes
Enclosure level power capping
No
Yes
Dynamic power supply engagement
No
Yes
Multi-chassis management
No
Yes
FlexAddress enablement
No
Yes
PCIe adapter mapping
No
Yes
Virtual adapter-to-slot mapping
No
Yes
Virtual adapter-to-slot unmapping
Yes
Yes
One-to-many server firmware update
No
Yes
One-to-many configuration
No
Yes
OME VRTX Geographic View
enablement
No
Yes
For more information on these and other features, see the VRTX CMC User Guide at
Dell.com/EnterpriseManagement and go to the Dell Tech Center page for CMC at Dell.com/omcmc. For the
Dell online License Management portal, go to Dell.com/Support/Retail/lkm.
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Dell OpenManage Essentials v1.2 console
OpenManage Essentials (OME) provides a comprehensive view of Dell systems, devices and
components in an enterprise network. It is used to discover, inventory and monitor Dell PowerEdge
servers, Compellent, EqualLogic™ and PowerVault™ storage, Dell Networking switches, and
business client PCs; to perform agent-free updates and configuration for Dell 11th–12th-generation
servers; and to create asset reports including service tag and warranty information.
OpenManage Essentials also communicates health status alerts for Dell servers, storage and network
devices to the Dell KACE™ K1000 service desk and enables automated hardware monitoring and
support functionality through integration with the Dell SupportAssist proactive remote support
service.
Exclusive to enterprise-licensed VRTX systems, OpenManage Essentials provides Geographic View
for VRTX to map, monitor and manage geographically dispersed VRTX systems across town or
around the globe. IT administrators and service providers can instantly locate and access remote
VRTX systems, drill down on component and warranty information, and perform agent-free
monitoring and updates to the VRTX Chassis Management Controller (CMC), shared hardware
components in the chassis, the server nodes, and components on the server nodes. OpenManage
Essentials is available as a no-charge software download from Dell.com/Support.
OpenManage systems management tools and utilities
Dell Repository Manager
The Dell Repository Manager (RM) is a standalone GUI-based productivity tool that helps simplify the
process of managing downloads and baseline BIOS, firmware and driver updates. Repository
Manager can create deployment disks as well as create and manage customized repositories.
Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility
The Dell Server Update Utility (SUU) is a DVD-based application for identifying and applying BIOS
and firmware updates to Dell PowerEdge servers.
Dell OpenManage Systems Build and Update Utility
The Dell System Build and Update Utility (SBUU) provides one-to-one and one-to-many
deployment and single-server update capabilities in the pre-operating system environment.
Dell Update Packages
The Dell Update Packages (DUPs) are self-contained executables in standard package format that
update software elements on Dell PowerEdge servers, such as the BIOS, drivers, firmware and other
software updates.
Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit
The Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK) is a CLI-based tool that includes a set of utilities
for configuring and deploying Dell PowerEdge systems, and can be used to build scripted,
unattended OS installations to deploy quantities of Dell servers in a reliable fashion.
RACADM
The RACADM command-line utility provides a scriptable interface that allows local or remote
configuration iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
IPMITool
The IPMITool includes scriptable console application programs used to control and manage remote
systems using IPMI version 1.5 and later protocol versions.
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OpenManage Integration with third-party consoles
Dell OpenManage integrates iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller functionality with several leading thirdparty consoles, including Microsoft System Center, VMware vCenter, BMC Software BladeLogic and
ProactiveNet Performance Management.
Microsoft System Center offers management of applications, services, physical resources,
hypervisors, software defined networks, configuration and automation in a single comprehensive
platform. For customers with existing investments in MS System Center, Dell offers the OpenManage
Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center, a portfolio of software tools that streamline and
optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of managing Dell hardware with System Center.
Dell OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center includes:
Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations
Manager (SCOM)
This suite of Dell Server Management Packs enables several functions through System Center
Operations Manager, including agent-free and agent-based in-band and out-of band discovery and
monitoring of PowerEdge racks, towers, blades and VRTX systems,
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
(SCCM)
This tool provides DLCI, within SCCM to manage Dell PowerEdge servers agent-free, including
auto-discovery, operating system deployment and configuration of hardware elements, (RAID, NIC,
BIOS, iDRAC), OS and hypervisor agnostic updates, firmware management, and system viewer
utilities.
Dell Server Deployment Pack and Dell Hardware Update Catalogs
Dell Server Deployment Pack automates bare-metal configuration and deployment of a variety of
Microsoft Windows operating system and application versions from a central location to Dell
PowerEdge servers across a network.
Dell Server Update Catalogs scan and update BIOS, firmware and drivers for PowerEdge servers,
blades and VRTX.
Dell Server PRO Management Pack with PRO-Tips for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine
Manager (SCVMM)
This pack integrates Dell PowerEdge server knowledge with Microsoft SCVMM and Operations
Manager (SCOM). Dell Server PRO Management Pack provides effective management of Dell
physical servers that host virtual workloads running on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V by
monitoring the health of the host system and enabling recommendations and remedial actions
(PRO-Tips) when a compromised system is identified.
Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter
This plug-in allows IT administrators to monitor, provision, and manage the physical PowerEdge
server, blade and VRTX hardware and firmware from a dedicated Dell menu accessed through the
VMware vCenter console. IT administrators use the same role-based, access-control model within
vCenter to combine physical and virtual server management
BMC Software
BMC offers best-in-class integration of OpenManage iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller technology
within select BMC Enterprise Systems Management (ESM) portfolio products.
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OpenManage Connections with third-party consoles
Dell OpenManage Connections are designed specifically for monitoring Dell server and storage
platforms within infrastructures managed by HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus
or Computer Associates (CA) Network and Systems Management (NSM). OpenManage Connections
improve operational efficiency and flexibility in managing Dell hardware in large heterogeneous data
center environments.
Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and Systems Management
This connection enables monitoring of PowerEdge servers and PowerVault storage arrays in
environments managed by Computer Associates Network and Systems Management (CA NSM) with
no installation of the CA agent required on the Dell hardware.
Dell OpenManage Connection for HP Operations Manager
This connection enables several functions through HP Operations Manager, including autogrouping, SNMP trap reception, global health monitoring and a context-sensitive launch of
OpenManage Server Administrator.
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIBus
This connection provides event monitoring capabilities to monitor Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell
EqualLogic systems. It allows event monitoring, automatic event correlation, and launching device
consoles from the Netcool/OMNIbus console.
Dell server management operations
Dell OpenManage systems management automates the most essential hardware management
tasks — deploy, update, monitor and maintain. Figure 11 illustrates systems management operations
that are performed more efficiently, and with fewer tools, through utilization of the Dell PowerEdge
embedded management feature iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
Figure 11.
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Table 16 lists the products that are available for one-to-one and one-to-many operations, and when
they are used in the server’s lifecycle:
Table 16. One-to-one and one-to-many operations
Operation
One-to-one



iDRAC with Lifecycle
Controller GUI
DTK
SBUU
Deploy
One-to-many






Update







iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller GUI
Repository Manager
DUP
SUU
SBUU
OpenManage
Integration for VMware
vCenter


iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller
OMSA


Monitor



IPMI
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller GUI
Maintain

Symantec Deployment
Server
OpenManage Integration for
VMware vCenter
KACE K1000 Appliance
Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
BMC BladeLogic integration
with Lifecycle Controller

Dell Server Deployment Pack
(DSDP) for Microsoft System
Center Configuration Manager
and Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services

Dell Update Catalogs for
Microsoft System Center
Configuration Manager
Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
Dell OpenManage Essentials
BMC ProactiveNet
Performance Management
integration with Lifecycle
Controller
Dell OpenManage Power
Center

Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
Remediate:
 Dell Server PRO Management
Pack for Microsoft System Center
Virtual Machine Manager
(SCVMM)
Automated configuration of replaced
parts to preexisting settings:
 Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager



OpenManage Integration for
VMware vCenter
BMC ProactiveNet Performance
Management integration with
Lifecycle Controller
Dell Server Management Pack
Suite for Microsoft System Center
Operations Manager (SCOM)
For additional detailed information on Dell’s systems management portfolio, see the Dell Systems
Management Overview Guide on Dell.com/Support/Manuals.
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Appendix A. Additional specifications
Chassis dimensions and weight
The VRTX chassis dimensions for the tower and rack form factors differ due to chassis feet and rack
ears. Also, while chassis depth measured at the base chassis sheet metal is less than 26 inches,
server handles and power supply handles increase the depth slightly.
Table 17.
VRTX tower form factor dimensions
VRTX tower variations
Dimensions
Height with system feet
48.4 cm (19.1 in)
Height without system feet
46.4 cm (18.3 in)
Width without system feet
21.9 cm (8.6 in)
Width with system feet open
31.0 cm (12.2 in)
Depth with or without bezel
73.0 cm (28.7 in)
Weight (empty)
31.7 kg (69.7 lb)
Weight (maximum)
74.8 kg (164.9 lb)
Table 18.
VRTX rack form factor dimensions
VRTX tower variations
Dimensions
Height
21.9 cm (8.6 in)
Width without rack ears
44.6 cm (17.6 in)
Width with rack ears
48.2 cm (19.0 in)
Depth with or without bezel
73.0 cm (28.7 in)
Weight (empty)
24.7 kg (54.5 lb)
Weight (maximum)
68.7 kg (151.5 lb)
Environmental specifications
Table 19 details the environmental specifications for VRTX. For additional information about
environmental measurements for specific system configurations, see
Dell.com/environmental_datasheets.
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Table 19.
Environmental specifications
Dell Fresh Air: temperature, humidity, altitude de-rating
Expanded
operation
Expanded operating temperature ranges are supported for fresh air environments.
≤10% of annual operating hours: 5°C to 40°C at 5% to 85% RH with 26°C dew point.
≤1% of annual operating hours: –5°C to 45°C at 5% to 90% RH with 26°C dew point.
Outside the standard operating temperature (10°C to 35°C), the system can operate down to
5°C or up to 40°C for a maximum of 10% of its annual operating hours. For temperatures
between 35°C and 40°C, de-rate maximum allowable dry bulb temperature by 1°C per 175
m above 950 m (1°F per 319 ft).
Outside the standard operating temperature (10°C to 35°C), the system can operate down to
–5°C or up to 45°C for a maximum of 1% of its annual operating hours.
For temperatures between 40°C and 45°C, de-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature by 1°C per 125 m above 950 m (1°F per 228 ft).
When operating in the expanded temperature range, system performance may be impacted.
When operating in the expanded temperature range, ambient temperature warnings may be
reported on the LCD and in the System Event Log.
Various configuration limitations will apply to systems eligible to run in the expanded
operating temperature ranges.
Continuous
operation
10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F) at 20% to 80% relative humidity with 26°C (78.8°F) maximum
dew point (maximum wet bulb temperature). De-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature at 1°C per 300 m above 900 m (1°F per 547 ft above 2953 ft).
Temperature
Operating
See Dell Fresh Air for temperature information
Storage
–40 C to 65 C (–40 F to 149 F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20 C per hour
o
o
o
o
o
Relative humidity
Operating
See Dell Fresh Air for relative humidity information
Storage
5% to 95% at a maximum wet bulb temperature of 33°C (91°F); atmosphere must be noncondensing at all times
Maximum vibration
Operating
0.26 Grms at 5Hz to 350Hz for 15 minutes
Storage
1.54 Grms at 10Hz to 250Hz for 15 minutes
Maximum shock
Operating
1 shock pulse in the positive z axis (one pulse on each side of the system) of 31G for up to
2.6ms
Storage
6 consecutively executed shock pulses in the positive and negative x, y and z axes (one
pulse on each side of the system) of 71G for up to 2ms
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Altitude
Operating
–15.2 m to 3048 m (–50 ft to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2 m to 10,668 m (–50 ft to 35,000 ft)
Airborne contaminant level
Class G1 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985
USB peripherals
VRTX supports USB peripherals through the front USB ports, which are USB 2.0 compliant.
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Appendix B. Standards compliance
VRTX conforms to the industry standards in Table 20.
Table 20.
Industry standards documentation
Standard
URL for information and specifications
ACPI
Advance Configuration and Power Interface
Specification, v2.0c
acpi.info
Ethernet
IEEE 802.3-2005
standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.3.html
HDG
Hardware Design Guide Version 3.0 for
Microsoft Windows Server
microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/pcdesign/desguide/serv
erdg.mspx
IPMI
Intelligent Platform Management Interface,
v2.0
intel.com/design/servers/ipmi
DDR3 Memory
DDR3 SDRAM Specification, Rev. 3A
jedec.org/download/search/JESD79-3C.pdf
LPC
Low Pin Count Interface Specification, Rev.
1.1
developer.intel.com/design/chipsets/industry/lpc.htm
PCI Express
PCI Express Base Specification Rev. 2.0 and
3.0
.pcisig.com/specifications/pciexpress
SAS
Serial Attached SCSI, v1.1
t10.org
SATA
Serial ATA Rev. 2.6; SATA II, SATA 1.0a
Extensions, Rev. 1.2
sata-io.org
SMBIOS
System Management BIOS Reference
Specification, v2.7
dmtf.org/standards/smbios/
TPM
Trusted Platform Module Specification, v1.2
trustedcomputinggroup.org
UEFI
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
Specification, v2.1
uefi.org/specs
USB
Universal Serial Bus Specification, Rev. 2.0
usb.org/developers/docs
Windows Logo
Windows Logo Program System and Device
Requirements, v3.10
microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/hwrequirements.mspx
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Appendix C. Additional resources
Table 21 provides a list of documents and websites that provide for more information about VRTX.
Table 21.
Additional resources
Resource
Description of contents
Location
Dell PowerEdge
VRTX Systems
Owner’s Manual
This manual, available in PDF format, provides the
following information:
Dell.com/Support/Manuals
Dell PowerEdge
VRTX Getting
Started Guide

Chassis features

System setup program

System messages

System codes and indicators

System BIOS

Remove and replace procedures

Troubleshooting

Diagnostics

Jumpers and connectors
This guide ships with the system, and is also available in
PDF format on the Dell support site. This guide provides
the following information:

Initial setup steps

Key system features

Technical specifications
Dell.com/Support/Manuals
Rack Installation
Instructions
This document ships with the rack kits, and provides
instructions for installing a system in a rack.
Dell.com/Support/Manuals
Cable
Management Arm
Installation
Instructions
This document ships with the rack kits, and provides
instructions for installing the cable management arm on
a rack.
Dell.com/Support/Manuals
System
Information Label
The system information label documents the system
board layout and system jumper settings.
On the system
Quick Resource
Locator (QRL)
This code on the chassis can be scanned by a phone
application to access additional information and
resources for the server, including videos, reference
materials, service tag information and Dell contact
information.
On the system
Information
Update
This document ships with the system, and is also
available in PDF format on the Dell support site. This
document provides system update information.
Dell.com/Support/Manuals
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Resource
Description of contents
Location
Energy Smart
Solution Advisor
(ESSA)
This Dell online advisor enables easier and more
meaningful estimates to help you determine the most
efficient configuration possible. Use ESSA to calculate the
power consumption of your hardware, power
infrastructure and storage.
Dell.com/ESSA
OpenManage
Advisor
Use this simple web-based utility to assist in determining
systems management requirements for IT environments
of all sizes. Enter end-user information in the tool to
determine a recommended systems management
solution bases upon user-specified criteria.
Dell.com/openmanageadvis
or
Power and
cooling
technologies
Provides details for improving energy efficiency in the
data center.
Dell.com/PNC
Energy
management
Provides information on Dell Fresh Air cooling solutions.
Dell.com/FreshAir
Operating system
matrix for Dell
PowerEdge
systems
Provides updated information on which operating
systems are available on which PowerEdge systems.
Dell.com/OSsupport
WS-MAN Script
Library
Web Services for Management (WS-MAN) is a standardsbased protocol for managing servers, devices and
applications. The Dell WS-MAN Script Library helps
simplify development of customized scripts.
delltechcenter.com/page/Sc
ripting+the+Dell+Lifecycle+
Controller
Processor and
chipset
Provides more information about system processors and
chipset.
Intel.com
Dell PowerEdge
RAID controllers
Provides more information on Dell PERC cards.
Dell.com/PERC
Power distribution
unit
Provides help selecting a PDU.
DellPDU.com
Uninterruptible
power supply
Provides help selecting a UPS model.
DellUPS.com
Volatility
information
Contact your Dell Sales Representative.
Dell Enterprise
Acoustics
White paper that explores the mechanisms of, people’s
reaction to, language of, and Dell’s work to control noise
from Enterprise products.
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Dell.com/downloads/global/
products/pedge/en/acoustic
al-education-dellenterprise-white-paper.pdf