by Mark Kidd

Dell Announces Three XC Series SDS Appliances with Nutanix and 13G PowerEdge Technology

Dell today published details for three new web-scale converged storage appliances that will be joining the company’s XC Series. The new appliances are built with 13G PowerEdge servers as the foundation and are equipped to handle applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure, private cloud storage, and big data. The new appliances can be configured with more than a 50% increase in storage capacity and double the rack density of previous XC offerings.

In comparison to the five appliances which comprised the XC Series when it was launched in 2014, these new offerings also allow customers more options for drive types and sizes, processors, and memory. As with prior entries in the XC Series, the new appliances are integrated with Nutanix in order to manage converged environments at the VM level. One highlight of the new appliances is the 1U XC630 appliance, which according to Dell can support more virtual desktop users than the XC720xd, its 2U predecessor.

Dell XC630-10 Specifications

  • Form factor: 1U, 1 node
  • Dell PowerEdge server platform: R630
  • Data drive options (TCG Enterprise SED):
    • 10 x 2.5” drive slots
    • SSD: 200GB, 400GB and 800GB, minimum of 2, maximum of 4
    • HDD: 1TB, minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Dell XC730xd-12 Specifications

  • Form factor: 2U, 1 node
  • Dell PowerEdge server platform: R730xd
  • Data drive options (TCG Enterprise SED):
    • 12 x 3.5” drive slots
    • SSD: 200GB, 400GB and 800GB, minimum of 2, maximum of 4
    • HDD: 4TB, minimum of 4, maximum of 8

Dell XC730xd-24 Specifications

  • Form factor: 2U, 1 node
  • Dell PowerEdge server platform: R730xd
  • Data drive options (TCG Enterprise SED):
    • 24 x 2.5” drive slots
    • SSD: 200GB, 400GB and 800GB, minimum of 2, maximum of 4
    • HDD: 1TB, minimum of 4, maximum of 20

Common Specifications

  • Hypervisor boot: 64GB SATADOM
  • Hypervisor options: VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 (trial version), Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V (Dell OEM Standard or Datacenter Edition Factory Installed)
  • License options: Nutanix Starter, Pro and Ultimate License
  • Software maintenance: Nutanix 1-, 3- or 5-year Software Maintenance/Assurance
  • Support: 1-, 3- or 5-year co-terminus ProSupport (4 hr. and NBD) comprehensive XC Series support with Nutanix assist
  • CPU Platform: Dual Intel Xeon processors
  • Data storage controller: PERC H730
  • DIMM: 4 to 24 DIMMs DDR4, installed in pairs, 16GB and 32GB RDIMMS
  • Memory configuration: 64GB to 768GB
  • Network Daughter Card options (2 per appliance): Intel X540-T2 (Dual Port 10GBASE-T + I350 1GBASE-T), Intel X520 Dual Port 10Gb DA/SFP+

Dell’s XC appliances are designed for incremental scaling with a “pay-as-you-grow” model and are managed using the Nutanix Prism management framework. In addition to managing XC Series appliances, Prism can define and manage a hyper-converged infrastructure from other devices which implement REST APIs for integration with third-party management systems.

Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances

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