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Dell PowerEdge C2100 Server - System Overview


dell C2100 blade server front elevation

The compact 2U chassis and energy efficient processors enable the Dell PowerEdge C2100 to help Administrators maximize space and server density while reducing cost and energy requirements. The system is highly adaptable to accommodate a variety of different workloads and can support either 24 x 2.5-inch SFF, or 12 x 3.5-inch LFF high-capacity storage devices.


Intel's 5500 chipset supports either one or two Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 processors with four to six cores per processor. With dual processors the system can host up to 18 DDR3 DIMM modules. Power is provide by high-efficiency single or dual, redundant 750W power supplies.


With a single processor installed, the system will support a maximum of nine DDR3 memory modules with each processor supporting three memory channels with three memory slots each. With a two processor configuration and all 18 slots outfitted with 8GB DDR3 memory modules, the system will support up to 144GB of memory. Memory modules of different capacities can be mixed in specific configurations, and 8GB low-voltage memory modules are also supported.


Hot plug SAS, SATA, and nearline SAS HDDs and SSDs are supported on the Dell C2100 server. Configurations include a 24-bay 2.5-inch SFF drive chassis, and a 12-bay 3.5-inch LFF chassis. A cooling shroud inside the system directs fresh air over the CPUs and memory modules but also supports two optional SFF storage devices. Using SATA storage devices, the system will support a maximum capacity of 25TB. Or 24TB using nearline SAS drives. Flexible backplane options are available to support different workloads.


poweredge C2100 server back perspective detail showing QPI

There are four PCI express slots, including two x8 PCIe 2.0 slots and a dedicated PCIe slot for a 10GbE daughter card, and another to support an LSI 2008 SAS daughter card.


Management is provided by the Base Management Controller (BMC) with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for access to the system independent of the OS.


The Dell PowerEdge C2100 server offers high-density memory and storage to make short work of complex data sets and can be adapted to satisfy a variety of workloads. In general, the PowerEdge C server line is designed to be energy efficient and provide the most compute power in the least amount of space for a quicker ROI. With a purpose-built chassis, Administrators can use this platform as a building block to rapidly scale to meet increased business demands. This platform is ideal for applications in high-performance computing (HPC), Web 2.0, data analytics, and cloud.

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Dell PowerEdge C2100 Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® Xeon® 5500/5600 processor series with L2/L3 cache: 4MB/8MB/12MB
    4 or 6 cores per processor
Operating System
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server 11 SP1 x64
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 6.1
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 and HPC Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1
    Intel® 5500
    2GB/4GB/8GB DDR3 (1333 MHz), 16GB DDR3 (1066MHz), 18 DIMM slots for up to 192GB SDDC, ECC
    Maximum internal storage: 26TB SATA or 38TB NL SAS
Drive bays and hard drives
    12 x 3.5” or 24 x 2.5” hot-plug hard drives
    2 additional internal 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD (optional)

  • 2.5” 6GB SAS (15K): 146GB
  • 2.5” 6GB SAS (10K): 300GB, 600GB, 900GB
  • 2.5” NL SAS (7.2K): 500GB, 1TB
  • 2.5” SATA II (7.2K RPM): 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
  • 2.5” SSD (SLC NAND): 50GB, 100GB
  • 3.5” SATA (7.2K): 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • 3.5” SAS (15K): 300GB, 450GB, 600GB
  • 3.5” NL SAS (7.2K): 1TB, 2TB, 3TB
    Onboard: Intel 82576 – 2 x Gb Ethernet and 1 x 100Mb Ethernet dedicated management port
    Add-in: 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet card options
    QDR InfiniBand card options
USB ports
    2 USB ports (rear)
I/O slots
    4 PCIe G2 slots:

  • 2 x 8 PCI Express Gen2 slot
  • 1 proprietary mezzanine for dual port 10GbE daughtercard
  • 1 proprietary mezzanine for LSI 2008 SAS daughtercard
Drive controller
    Internal Controllers:

  • LSI® 2008 SAS daughtercard
  • LSI MegaRAID® SAS 9260-8i
  • PERC H200
  • PERC H700
  • External Controllers:

  • PERC H800
Power supplies
    Dual hot-plug redundant high-efficiency 750W power supplies or single high-efficiency 750W power supply
    2 x 80mm speed detectable with PWM control, 1 x 60mm speed detectable with PWM control
  • Citrix® XenServer® 5.6
  • VMware® ESXi v5.0
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V
    Integrated AST2050 with 8MB VGA memory
Front Side Bus
    Intel QuickPath Interconnect
    Form factor:
    2U rack mount
  • Embedded BMC with IPMI 2.0 support
  • Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager compliant

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