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Dell PowerEdge T420
The Dell™ PowerEdge™ T420, a 2-socket tower server, delivers performance,
expandability and reliability in a quiet office setting.
The Dell PowerEdge T420 is a powerful and
reliable 2-socket tower server that delivers
performance and built-in capacity for
non-disruptive growth. The T420’s acoustical
profile allows it to fit unobtrusively into quiet office
environments and data centers alike. This tower
server is an excellent fit for general-purpose small
and medium business workloads such as database,
file and print sharing, retail and email. The T420
also fulfills platform needs in small offices with
the growing trend of virtual desktop infrastructure
(VDI). Hot pluggability of key components,
combined with leading manageability, make
it an excellent server for branch offices and
other remote sites where IT skills might not be
present. Consistent worldwide support makes it
highly appealing to multinational businesses and
organizations with remote offices.
A versatile workhorse
Featuring the extensive performance of two
Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 processors, and
complemented by substantial memory capacity
and broad I/O bandwidth, the T420 provides
high, balanced performance and built-in room for
growth. Its twelve DIMM slots and six PCIe slots
provide memory density and wide I/O bandwidth
to support both memory-intensive and dataintensive applications and databases. Built-in
capacity for up to eight 3.5-inch or sixteen 2.5-inch
hard drives accommodate data storage as your
business or organization grows. These combined
technology features are necessary to support
consolidated and virtualized environments, a role
in which the T420 also shines.
To protect your virtualized workloads, the
PowerEdge T420 offers dual SD media making
your hypervisors redundant and failsafe. Other
reliability and availability features include hot-plug
hard drives, both hardware and software RAID
options, redundant fans and hot-plug power
May 2012
The PowerEdge server line
The PowerEdge family is engineered with the
right combination of features and performance
scalability to handle tough workloads for
businesses and organizations of all sizes.
The Dell OpenManage™ systems management
portfolio includes integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller.
This embedded feature helps IT administrators
manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local
and remote environments, operating in-band or
out-of-band, with or without a systems
management software agent. OpenManage also
integrates and connects to third-party systems
management solutions so you can maintain your
single point of control and capitalize on your
existing investment. OpenManage simplifies the
lifecycle of deploying, updating, monitoring, and
maintaining your Dell PowerEdge servers.
PowerEdge T420
• Powered by Intel Xeon
processors E5-2400
• Up to sixteen 2.5-inch or eight
3.5-inch drive capacity
• Up to twelve DIMMs with RAS
• PCIe Gen3-enabled expansion
• Optional internal GPU
PowerEdge T420 technical specification
Form factor
Tower (5U rackable)
Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2400 product family
Processor sockets
Internal interconnect
Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) link: 6.4GT/s; 7.2GT/s; 8.0 GT/s
2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8
Intel C600 series
Up to 192GB (12 DIMM slots): 2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB DDR3 up to 1600MHz
I/O slots
6 PCIe slots:
• Two x16 slots with x16 bandwidth, full-length, full-height
• Two x8 slots with x4 bandwidth, half-length, full-height
• One x8 slot with x4 bandwidth, full-length, full-height
• One x8 slot with x1 bandwidth, full-length, full-height
GPU options
One NVIDIA® Quadro® 6000 graphics card or up to two NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics cards
RAID controller
Internal controllers:
Drive bays
Choose from four 3.5” cabled, eight 3.5” hot-plug, or sixteen 2.5” hot-plug drive bays
Maximum internal storage1
Up to 24TB
Hard drives
Hot-plug hard drive options:
2.5” SATA, nearline SAS, SAS (15K, 10K), SAS SSD, SATA SSD
3.5” SATA, nearline SAS, SAS (15K)
Self-encrypting drives available
Cabled hard drive options:
3.5” SATA, nearline SAS, SAS (15K)
Embedded NIC
Broadcom® 5720 GbE dual ports
Power supply
Platinum efficiency, hot-plug, redundant 495W, 750W, 1100W power supplies
Silver efficiency, cabled 550W power supply
Auto-ranging power supplies
Optional high-efficiency, hot-plug, redundant power supplies; hot-plug drive bays; TPM; dual internal SD support;
redundant fans; optional bezel; luggage tag; ECC memory; optional interactive LCD screen; extended thermal support;
ENERGY STAR® compliant; switch independent partitioning
Remote management
Basic management (default)
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller
iDRAC7 Express (upgrade option) or iDRAC7 Enterprise (upgrade option)
8GB or 16GB vFlash media (upgrade options)
Systems management
IPMI 2.0 compliant
OpenManage™ Essentials and Dell Management Console
OpenManage Power Center
Dell OpenManage Connections:
• OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft® System Center
• Dell plug-in for VMware® vCenter®
• HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli® Netcool®, and CA Network and Systems Management (NSM)
Rack support
ReadyRails™ sliding rails with optional cable management arm for 4-post racks (optional adapter brackets required for
threaded hole racks; for rackable chassis model only)
Operating systems
External HBAs (RAID):
External HBAs (non-RAID):
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V™ v2)
Microsoft Windows® Small Business Server 2011
SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
Optional embedded hypervisors:
Citrix® XenServer™
VMware vSphere™
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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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