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Dell PowerEdge Server Product Comparison

Choosing the right server requires a lot of homework. There are just so many options and finding the right server to fit your needs can be a bit confusing. In an effort to help you narrow down some options quickly, here’s a simple comparison guide for several ServersDell PowerEdge server series. We will highlight the primary hardware differences between R600, R700 and R800 series and help you narrow down a few of your seemingly endless options.

PowerEdge R600 Series

The biggest identifier for the R600 series is that they are all 1U rack servers. While some argue that the smaller form factor limits power, the R600 series still offers plenty of computation. Hardware includes the following:

  • (2) Xeon Processors
  • Up to (24) DIMM Slots
  • Up to (6) 2.5" drive bays
  • Up to (3) PCIe slots

R600 servers offer a variety of configurations that enable enough customization to fit a large array of functions. If a smaller footprint or lower overall budget are top concerns, the R600 series shines.

PowerEdge R700 Series

The R700 series is the first on the list utilizing the 2U rack height. Obviously this comes with additional configurations and hardware options, and it also requires more space, power and cooling to optimize. Despite the larger form factor, the R700 servers still have a number of component options that are similar to the R600:

  • (2) Xeon processors
  • Up to (24) DIMM slots
  • Up to (6) 3.5" or (2) 2.5" drive bays
  • Up to (4) PCIe slots

One of the other major differences between the R600 and R700 series is in hard drive configurations. Simply put, the 700s offer a much larger variance on storage.

PowerEdge 800 Series

Also utilizing the 2U height, the R800 series elevates hardware options on every level. This is the first series to offer more than two CPU sockets. R800s also supply a wider variety of processors for you to choose. The full list would be quite long, so we can use the R810 as an example of potential configurations:

  • Up to (4) Xeon processors
  • Up to (32) DIMM slots
  • Up to (6) 2.5" drive bays
  • Up to (8) PCIe slots

Despite the differences between the different servers, PowerEdge devices are designed for similar functions and configurations. They are all rack servers; they all run on the same operating systems; and they all utilize the same RAID controllers. While the hardware variations will enable plenty of optimization the different generations are still made with backwards compatibility and the goal of working together with relative ease.

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