Dell EMC PowerEdge servers provide a scalable business architecture, intelligent automation, and integrated security for high-value data-management and analytics workloads. The PowerEdge portfolio of rack, tower, and modular server infrastructure, based on open-standard x86 technology, can help you quickly scale from the data center to the cloud. PowerEdge servers deliver the same user experience and integrated management experience across all our product options; thus, you have one set of runbooks to patch, manage, update, refresh, and retire all your assets.
The R640 server is a 1U form factor that houses up to two Intel Xeon Scalable processors, each with up to 28 compute cores. It has support for the most popular enterprise-deployed versions of Linux—Canonical Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The R640 server supports a range of memory configurations to satisfy the most demanding database and analytic workloads. It includes 24 slots for registered ECC DDR4 load-reduced DIMMS (LRDIMMs) with speeds up to 2,933 MT/s and has expandable memory up to 3 TB. Onboard storage can be configured with:
For our use cases, we chose the PowerEdge R640 server. Three R640 servers are used as VxFlex controller nodes and four R640 servers are used as VxFlex customer nodes. In summary, the PowerEdge R640 is a 1U rack server that supports up to:
For details about the PowerEdge server configuration of R640 that the Dell Technologies engineers used for the use cases, see Appendix A Solution Architecture and Component Specifications.
For more details about VxFlex cluster controller node setup and configuration, see the Dell EMC VxFlex OS: Networking Best Practices and Design Considerations White Paper.