Consider the following factors when ordering PowerEdge servers for Fleet Command:
- NVIDIA T4 GPU—Configure the server with at least one NVIDIA T4 GPU.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM)—Order the server with a TPM module. TPM is a security device that holds computer-generated keys for encryption. It is a hardware-based solution that prevents hacking attempts to capture passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data. Fleet Command uses TPM and secure boot capabilities in the BIOS to securely deploy edge servers.
- Storage adapter and hard drive considerations—The Fleet Command software stack detects all the drives and creates a single logical volume. This volume is used for the Linux operating system, Kubernetes, and applications (both data and executable) running as pods and logs.
Note: To provide redundancy, Dell Technologies recommends that the PowerEdge server is configured with a PERC storage controller and the RAID volume is configured with SSD.
The BOSS controller and non-RAID storage controllers are supported but not recommended. Installing the Fleet Command software stack on the SD card is not supported.
- Network adapter—Configure the PowerEdge server with NVIDIA network adapters based on edge infrastructure requirements. For edge deployments that support 10 Gigabit Ethernet or more, we recommend Mellanox Connect-X network adapters as NVIDIA-Certified Systems are qualified with Connect-X adapters. For edge deployments that require 1 Gigabit Ethernet, we recommend Broadcom network adapters.
- Dell EMC iDRAC Enterprise—The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is a hardware device connected to a server motherboard that allows systems administrators to update and manage Dell systems. The iDRAC is available to administrators even when the server is powered off. We recommend that the PowerEdge server is configured with iDRAC Enterprise to enable virtual console and virtual media capabilities. Systems administrators managing edge locations can use the capabilities to deploy and manage the Fleet Command stack. For more information about licensing options, see Support for Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 9 (iDRAC9).