Dell PowerEdge M915
The Dell™ PowerEdge™ M915 is a 4-socket full-height blade server ideal for mission-critical
applications needing maximum I/O scalability and performance.
Maximum workload performance
Input, process, analyze and report data on the same
platform; consolidate servers; and scale during peak
workloads. With up to 64 processor cores, the Dell
PowerEdge M915 offers you the performance you need to
run your important business applications and workloads.
Get the ability to run robust virtual machines (VMs),
maximize the number of virtual machines being run per
server, and reap all the benefits of consolidation. The M915
can also help increase database performance by taking
advantage of the high processor core count to run more
tasks simultaneously.
Boost business performance
The PowerEdge M915 offers robust AMD Opteron™
processors designed to:
• Deliver up to 64 processor cores for optimal 4-socket
performance with 2-socket value and provide the
essential features needed to operate your consolidated
infrastructure efficiently.
• Give you the ability to monitor power and thermals at
the processor level and assist with platform efficiency.
• Offer vast pools of processor cores to be deployed,
which is ideal for assignment to virtualized servers. A
fully loaded M1000e chassis with eight PowerEdge
M915 blade servers running up to 16-core AMD Operton
6100 and 6200 series processors can yield up to 512
processor cores per chassis or 51.2 cores per U.
Throughput, throughput, throughput
Unleash the potential of your consolidated VMs with more
I/O throughput.
• Maximizing both 10GbE and GbE port counts provides
your virtualized applications the dedicated bandwidth
they need in I/O-intensive environments.
• Enabling the choice of fabric and vendor can enhance
your flexibility to adopt and deploy networks at your
own pace.
• Using up to six dual-port 10GbE network cards can
bring the total aggregate throughput into a single server
to an amazing 120 Gbps.
An integrated, flexible network daughtercard enables a
choice of embedded network adapters. Select either GbE
network interface cards (NICs) or 10Gb converged network
adapters (CNAs) to attach to M1000e I/O modules, such as
the PowerConnect M8428-k converged network switch.
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I/O traffic can then flow to your existing Dell or third-party
switching infrastructure.
Enterprise-class manageability and
efficiency
Spend more time creating business value and less on
planning, deploying and managing IT. Spend less money
keeping the lights on and cooling servers, reclaiming more
resources for strategic business needs.
• One-to-many updating: The Chassis Management
Controller and Lifecycle Controller simplify the
update process for BIOS, firmware and drivers on a
one-to-many basis without additional software.
Multi-chassis management provides one console
access to several blade enclosures.
• Industry leading power and cooling: Efficient power
supplies (fully redundant up to 92+%) utilize minimal
power without compromising productivity. Highefficiency fans and intuitive chassis airflow ducting drive
enterprise-class power consumption draw.
• Enterprise-class high-availability: Dual optional
failsafe embedded hypervisors and hard drive fault
tolerance through the hardware RAID controller (PERC)
offer data-protective redundancy that safeguards your
organization from IT loss or corruption.
Maximized
performance and
bandwidth for
mission-critical
workloads and
applications
Feature
PowerEdge M915 technical specification
Processors
AMD Opteron™ 6100 and 6200 series processors
Chipset
AMD (SR5670 and SP5100)
Memory1
Up to 512GB (32 DIMM slots): 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB DDR3 up to 1333MHz
Drive bays
Two 2.5” SAS/solid state hot-swappable drives
Storage1
Hot-plug hard drive options:
2.5” SATA SSD, SATA SSD, SAS (15K, 10K)
Maximum internal storage:
Up to 1.8TB per blade
External storage:
For information about Dell external storage options, visit Dell.com/Storage.
RAID controller options
PERC H200 (6Gb/s)
PERC H700 (6Gb/s) with 512MB battery-backed cache; 512MB, 1GB non-volatile battery-backed cache
I/O mezzanine card options
Fully populated mezzanine card slots and switch modules will yield 3 highly available, redundant I/O fabrics per blade.
Ethernet:
Dual-Port Broadcom® Gb Ethernet with TOE (BCM-5709S)
Dual-Port Intel® 10Gb Ethernet
Dual-Port Broadcom 10Gb Ethernet (BCM-57711)
10Gb Enhanced Ethernet:
Dual-Port Intel 10Gb Enhanced Ethernet (10Gb Enhanced Ethernet—FCoE Ready)
Dual-Port QLogic® CNA QME8142 (10Gb Enhanced Ethernet + FCoE)
Brocade® BR1741M-k Dual-Port Mezzanine CNA
Fibre Channel:
Dual-Port QLogic FC8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) (QME2572)
Dual-Port Emulex® FC8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) (LPe1205-M)
Emulex 8 or 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel Pass-Through Module
Infiniband:
Dual-Port Mellanox® ConnectX Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V v2)
Microsoft Windows® HPC Server 2008
Novell® SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
Operating systems
Virtualization options:
Citrix® XenServer™
Microsoft Hyper-V through Microsoft Windows Server 2008
VMware® vSphere™ 4.1 (including VMware ESX® 4.1, VMware ESXi™ 4.1, or ESXi 5.0)
For more information on the specific versions and additions, visit Dell.com/OSsupport.
Featured database
applications
Microsoft SQL Server® solutions (see Dell.com/SQL)
Oracle® database solutions (see Dell.com/Oracle)
Power supply
Supplied by Dell PowerEdge™ M1000e Blade Chassis
Video
Integrated Matrox® G200eW with 8MB memory
Remote management
iDRAC6 Enterprise (standard)
Systems management
BMC, IPMI 2.0 compliant
Dell™ OpenManage™
Unified Server Configurator
Lifecycle Controller
iDRAC6 Enterprise with optional vFlash media
Chassis Management Controller
Embedded hypervisor
Optional Dual-Media Redundant Hypervisor
For more information about the Dell blade solution, see the PowerEdge M1000e Technical Guide or the M1000e Blade Chassis Specification Sheet.
1
GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.
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