Taking Up The Rear
Around back, the VRTX enclosure employs four 1100-watt hot-swap power supplies, four hot-swap fan modules and a pair (primary and secondary) of out-of-band gigabit Ethernet management ports. There are also three full-height PCIe expansion slots, five "low-profile" slots and an eight-port gigabit Ethernet switch, all of which are shared among the blades. Street pricing for blades starts at around $1,200 for the M520 plus processor, memory and storage. The tested unit came with two M620 blade servers, each with two Intel Xeon E5-2650 2.0GHz eight-core processors running Windows Server 2012 Datacenter on 96 GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory. List price for each was $3,696 plus $4,749 for the enclosure. Total list price for the tested system was $12,175.
For the small and medium-sized business, branch office or campus, the Dell PowerEdge VRTX is a powerful, remotely manageable, reasonably priced system that can expand along with need. The Dell PowerEdge VRTX is a recommended product.