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Dell PowerEdge C5220 Server - System Overview


dell C5220 blade server front elevation

The Dell PowerEdge C5220 system consists of the C5000 chassis and the Dell PowerEdge C5220 compute sled. There are two options, a single-width form factor that supports two 3.5-inch drives for the 12 compute sled version, and a double-width platform supporting four 2.5-inch drives for the 8 compute sled version. A minimum of four compute nodes can be installed in the C5000 chassis with the remaining slots occupied by blank sleds. The 3U C5000 chassis features six fans and redundant 1400w hot plug power supplies, also with two fans, are shared by the servers to keep everything cool, enhancing energy efficiency.

The Dell C5220 microserver is designed for scale-out and easy maintenance within the C5000 chassis. Each microserver is individually serviceable and can be configured independently of the other servers in the same chassis. With 12 sleds the system features four times the density of three traditional 1U chassis.


Administrators can choose from a single Intel Xeon E3-1200 series processor or one of two Core i3 2120 or 1220L processors.


Each node supports four memory slots and a maximum of 32GB. Administrators can choose from 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB unbuffered (UDIMM) memory modules supporting speeds of up to 1333MHz.


This microserver will support either 4TB SATA or 6TB SAS. Using SATA drives in all 12 slots provides up to 48TB of storage with all microservers hosting 4TB. Controlling the hard drives is an integrated Intel C204 or an optional LSI 2008 SAS mezzanine card option.


poweredge C5220 server back perspective detail showing QPI

There is a single 1 x8 PCIe mezzanine card slot that is only present on the 8-sled chassis version. Network communications are handled by an embedded NIC/LAN on motherboard (LOM) with each C5220 supporting two Intel 82580 DB Dual 1GbE controllers for independent Ethernet.


Management of each server is provided by the embedded Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). Administrators can connect to the system either directly from the shared NIC port on the front of one of the compute sleds or through the RJ45 connector on the chassis.


The hyperscale design is extremely efficient providing 4x the density of three traditional 1U servers and reducing cooling costs by 75%. It also packs some serious processing power with up to 12 Intel Xeon processors in a 3U chassis.

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Dell PowerEdge C5220 Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 socket
    1-socket, 2 or 4 cores per processor supporting up to 65W TDP for the 12-sled
    1-socket, 2 or 4 cores per processor supporting up to 95W TDP for the 8-sled
    Intel® Xeon™ E3-1200 series or Core i3-2120
    Core i3-2120 & E3-1220L L2/L3 cache: 3MB, E3-12xx L2/L3 cache: 8MB
Operating System
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server 11 SP1
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 6.1
  • Windows® Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1
    Intel C204
    2GB/4GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM (1333 MHz)
    8GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM (1333 MHz)
    4 DIMM slots for up to 32GB
    Maximum internal storage: 4TB SATA or 6TB SAS
Hard Drives
    4 x 2.5" or 2 x 3.5" hard drive options

  • 2.5" SATA (7.2K RPM): 500GB
  • 2.5" SAS (10K): 300GB, 600GB
  • 2.5" SAS (15K): 146GB
  • 3.5" SATA (7.2K RPM): 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • 3.5" NL SAS (7.2K RPM): 3TB
  • 3.5" SAS (15K): 450GB, 600GB
    Embedded Intel 82580DB
USB ports
    Option: Y-cable featuring 2 x USB ports
I/O slots
    1 x8 PCIe mezzanine card slot – only available on the 8-sled version
    Intel 82580DB dual-port 1GbE adapter (optional)
Drive controller
    Onboard Intel C204 or LSI® 2008 SAS (mezz. card option)
RAID controller
    Intel C204 RAID: 0, 1, 5, 10, LSI 2008 SAS RAID: 0, 1, 1E, 10
  • Citrix® XenServer® 5.6
  • Microsoft® Server 2008 Hyper-V™
  • VMware® ESX 5.0
  • VMware ESXi 5.0
    3U rack mount supporting up to 12 sleds
  • Embedded BMC with IPMI 2.0 support with 1 x 10/100 Mbps RJ45 connector via the chassis (dedicated)
  • 1 x NIC port (shared) on the invididual sled

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