Dell PowerEdge VRTX
In 2011, Dell's PowerEdge C6145 caught our eye with its 96 Opteron cores in a 2U, two-node design. In 2013, Dell doubles the fun with the PowerEdge VRTX, a desktop data center capable of housing up to four server nodes, 48 TB of storage and enterprise-grade network switching in a single cabinet or 5U rack enclosure. Designed specifically for a small office, enterprise branch office or campus department, the PowerEdge VRTX starts with two M620 or M520 Intel-based blade server nodes, which top out at 12 Xeon E5 cores and as much as 768 GB of DDR3 memory. It can accept a third and fourth blade in any combination depending on budget, computing requirements or intended applications. VRTX includes an eight-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and redundant power supplies, and uses many of the same hot-swap components as other Dell systems. Designed for remote, headless operation and management, a color LCD panel displays system status and most vital configuration settings. Pricing starts at $2,015.