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Dell PowerEdge C6100 Server - System Overview


dell C6100 blade server front elevation

The Dell C6100 server is designed as a building block for cloud applications or for use as a high-density server in a traditional enclosure. Four independent server sleds each support dual processors and 12 memory slots. Storage is handled at the chassis level with an option supporting 12 x 3.5-inch storage devices, or one that supports 24 x 2.5-inch drives. Storage is divided equally among the compute nodes from the midplane. This server is extremely efficient, delivering twice the density of a traditional 1U server.


Each server sled incorporates Intel's 5520 chipset, which supports either one or two Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600, four or six core processors with L2/L3 cache.


Each server sled, or system board, supports 12 memory slots total. Each processor controls three memory channels with two memory slots per channel for a total of six slots.. Administrators can choose from either unbuffered (UDIMM) or registered (RDIMM) DDR3 memory modules operating at speeds of up to 1333MHz. Memory speed is dependent on supported processor and memory speeds along with memory configuration.


Two different chassis configurations include a 12-bay large form factor hard drive version and a 24-bay small form factor hard drive version. The chassis supports two, three or four server sleds with each sled taking a portion of the installed hard drives. In a 24-bay chassis with all four server sleds installed and all bays hosting hard drives, each server node will have access to six hard drives. SAS, SATA and Nearline SAS drives are supported.


poweredge C6100 server back perspective detail showing QPI

Each server node supports a single PCIe x 8 mezzanine daughter card and a single x 16 riser slot. Embedded network connectivity is provided by dual 1GbE ports with a single 100MbE dedicated management port. Optional network interface card (NIC) options include dual port 40Gb/s QDR InfiniBand or a dual port 10GbE adapter. The SAS mezzanine is occupied by an LSI 2008 6GB SAS module. An LSI 9260-8i controller provides optional RAID support.


Management of the system is handled by the embedded Base Management Controller (BMC) with a dedicated RJ-45 port. Each node can also be serviced independently increasing server uptime by as much as 75%. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 along with the BMC provide remote management capabilities.


The Dell PowerEdge C6100 server offers twice the density of a traditional 1U server with its shared infrastructure architecture. With four server nodes and loads of storage, it can easily support a variety of different workloads in the same chassis.

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Dell PowerEdge C6100 Server - Specifications

    Up to four 2-socket servers, 4 or 6 cores per processor
    Intel® Xeon® 5500/5600 processor series, with L2/L3 cache: 4MB/8MB/12MB
Operating System
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server 11 SP1 x64 SP1
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 6.1
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 and HPC Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1
    Intel 5520
    2GB/4GB/8GB DDR3 (1333 MHz), 16GB DDR3 (1066 MHz), 12 DIMM slots for up to 192GB
    Maximum internal storage: 24TB SATA or NL 36TB SAS
Drive bays and hard drives
    24 x 2.5" or 12 x 3.5" hard drive options

  • 2.5" SAS (10K RPM): 146GB, 300GB, 600GB
  • 2.5" SAS (15K RPM): 146GB
  • 2.5" SATA II (7.2K RPM): 500GB, 1TB
  • 2.5" SATA SSD (SLC): 50GB, 100GB
  • 3.5" SATA (7.2K): 250GB, 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 external (rear)
I/O slots
  • 1 PCIe x 8 mezzanine daughtercard slot and x 16 riser slot
  • Mezzanine: Mellanox® ConnectX-2 40Gb/s dual-port QDR IB adapter (optional)
  • Mezzanine: Intel 82599 dual-port 10GbE adapter (optional)
Drive controller
    LSI® 2008 6Gb SAS mezzanine
RAID controller
    In PCIe slot: LSI 9260-8i add-in RAID controller
Power supplies
    Dual hot-plug redundant high-efficiency 470W/750W/1100W/1400W power supplies
    Shared redundant cooling with 4 x 80mm speed fans detectable with PWM control
  • Citrix® XenServer® 5.6
  • VMware® ESXi v5.0
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™
    Integrated AST2050 with 64MB RAM
Front Side Bus
    Intel QuickPath Interconnect
    Form factor:
    2U rack mount
    Embedded BMC with IPMI 2.0 support with 1 x 10/100 Mbps RJ45 connector
    Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager compliant

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