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Dell PowerEdge R720xd Server - System Overview


The Dell R720xd server offers a substantial increase in storage over the PowerEdge R720. The R720 comes in two chassis configurations, one with up to eight 3.5-inch drives and another that supports up to sixteen 2.5-inch drives. In comparison, the Dell R720xd also has two chassis configurations, one with up to twenty-six 2.5-inch drives and another that supports twelve 3.5-inch drives. Two more 2.5-inch drives can be installed in drive cage on the back of the chassis. This platform excels in data-intensive applications like medical imaging and use as an email server.


24-bay chassis image front

The PowerEdge R720xd features Intel's C600 chipset supports and a maximum of two E5-2600 or E5-2600 v2 processors. Powering the system are either hot plug redundant 495W, 750W, or 1100W power supplies. Hot plug fans are standard equipment.


A range of hard drive options are supported on the R720xd and include: 2.5-inch SAS and SATA SSDs and HDDs, and 2.5-inch nearline SAS. 3.5-inch drive options include: SAS, nearline SAS, and SATA self-encrypting drives (SED). 2.5" Express Flash PCIe drives are only supported on the R720. There are options for 12 and 24 drives on the PowerEdge R720xd with an option for two more 2.5-inch drives mounted in back—available on both the 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch chassis. Supported internal HD/RAID controllers include the PERC H310, H710, and H710P. For direct attached storage (DAS) applications, a PERC H810 HD/RAID controller is optional. Keep in mind, storage cannot be reconfigured or upgraded after purchase, so choose your storage needs carefully.


Using two processors, this system supports a maximum of 24 DIMM modules for a total of 768GB using 32GB DDR3 memory modules. Unbuffered (UDIMM), registered (RDIMM), and load-reduced (LRDIMM) memory modules are supported but cannot be mixed.


R720xd back of system detail image PSU and optional hds

The R720xd has six PCIe slots total, including two x16 FLFH slots, one x8 FLFH slot, and three x8 HLHH slots. Dell Select Network Fabric Adapters give Administrators choices with the embedded NICs and can choose from 1GbE, 10GbE and 10GbE SFP+ with dual and quad port options available. Additional NICs and HD/RAID controllers are supported in the PCIe slots for increased throughput and storage density.


The OpenManage management portfolio includes an integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC7) with LifeCycle controller. iDRAC helps Administrators provision, deploy, and manage Dell servers from local and remote locations using a standard browser. OpenManage gives administrators a single point of management when dealing with third-party systems management solutions already active. A dedicated iDRAC7 port located on the back of the system is only active with the Enterprise license.

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Dell PowerEdge R720xd Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family
    2 x Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) links; 6.4 GT/s; 7.2 GT/s; 8.0 GT/s

  • 2.5MB per core
  • Core options: 2, 4, 6, 8
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V® v2)
  • Microsoft Windows® Small Business Server 2011
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
  • Virtualization options:

  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • VMware vSphere® including ESX™ and ESXi™
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization®
    Intel® C600
    Up to 768GB
    Up to 1600MT/s DDR3
    24 DIMM Slots: 2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB
    Maximum internal storage:

  • Up to 50TB
  • Hot-plug hard drive options:

  • 2.5" SAS SSD, SATA SSD, SAS (15K, 10K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K)
  • 3.5" SAS (15K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K)
Drive Bays
  • Up to twenty-six 2.5" drives
  • Up to twelve 3.5" drives plus two 2.5" drives
  • Note: Both chassis support two optional 2.5-inch drives in back
    6 PCIe slots:

  • Two x16 full-length, full-height
  • One x8 full-length, full-height
  • Three x8 half-length, half-height
    Internal controllers:

  • PERC H310
  • PERC H710
  • PERC H710P
  • External HBAs (RAID):

  • PERC H810
Embedded NIC
  • Broadcom® 5720 Quad Port 1GbE BASE-T (no TOE or iSCSI offload)
  • Intel I350 Quad Port 1GbE BASE-T (no TOE or iSCSI offload)
  • Intel X540 Dual Port 10GbE BASE-T with 2 x 1GbE (FCoE capability enabled on the 10GbE ports)
  • Broadcom® 57800S Dual Port 10GbE Base-T with 2 x 1GbE (TOE and iSCSI offload available on 10GbE ports
  • Broadcom 57800S Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ with 2 x 1GbE (TOE and iSCSI offload available on 10GbE ports
  • Auto-ranging Titanium efficiency, hot-plug redundant 750W AC power supply
  • Auto-ranging Platinum efficiency, hot-plug redundant 495W, 750W or 1100W AC power supply
  • 1100W DC power supply
  • High-efficiency, hot-plug, redundant power supplies
  • Hot-plug drive bays
  • TPM
  • Dual internal SD support
  • Hot-plug, redundant fan
  • Optional bezel
  • Information tag
  • ECC memory
  • Extended thermal support
  • ENERGY STAR® compliant
  • Switch independent partitioning
    2U Rack
    Remote management:

  • iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller
  • iDRAC7 Express (default)
  • iDRAC7 Enterprise (upgrade option)
  • 8GB or 16GB vFlash media (upgrade options)
  • Systems management:

  • IPMI 2.0 compliant
  • Dell OpenManage™ Essentials and Dell Management Console
  • Dell OpenManage Power Center
  • Dell OpenManage Connections:
    • Dell 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
Rack Support
    ReadyRails™ II sliding rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded hole racks, with support for optional tool-less cable management arm
    ReadyRails static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded and 2-post (Telco) racks

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