Dell PowerEdge C6220 review

Dell’s cloud server squeezes four Xeon E5-2600 systems into 2U of rack space. Dave Mitchell finds out if the PowerEdge C6220 can be used as a high density alternative to individual blade servers.

Remote management

Remote management features are basic as the C6220 doesn't support Dell's iDRAC7 controllers. The nodes have an embedded IMPI controller which links up with the dedicated Fast Ethernet port at the rear.

Its web interface provides a simple set of management and monitoring tools. You can view temperatures, voltages plus fan speeds and link these values with thresholds. Alerts can be issued if they are exceeded or you can set the node to be automatically powered down or rebooted.

No power usage monitoring tools are provided but you can remotely switch the node on and off, reset it or gracefully power it down. Whereas the iDRAC7 requires an upgrade to get KVM-over-IP remote control and virtual media services, the C6220 provides these as standard.

Overall

The C6220 doesn't save you much cash over a quartet of standard 1U rack servers as we rustled up four 1U PowerEdge C620s from Dell's web site with the same specification for a similar price. Build quality and features of the C6220 aren't as good either so it doesn't meet the objective it sets out to achieve.

Verdict

The C6220 offers a high density rack with plenty of E5-2600 Xeon muscle under the covers. It comes with impressive power to processing ratio, but is not much cheaper than a set of standard 1U rack servers. Remote management features and build quality are also basic, which makes it hard to recommend.

Chassis: 2U rack Power: 2 x 1200W hot-plug supplies Storage: 12 x hot-swap LFF SATA II drive bays Four hot-swap nodes each with the following: CPU: 2 x 2.6GHz Xeon E5-2670 Memory: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 RDIMM expandable to 256GB Storage: 1 x 500GB Dell SATA II hard disk in hot-swap carrier (max 3 per node) Storage controller: Intel C600 RAID: RAID0, 1, 10, 5 Expansion: 1 x PCI-e Gen 3 slot, mezzanine slot Network: 2 x Gigabit, dedicated 10/100 IPMI port Management: Embedded Dell IPMI controller Warranty: 3yrs on-site NBD

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Recommended

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
To manage or not to manage
Sponsored

To manage or not to manage

6 Oct 2021
Dell Inspiron Small Desktop 3881 review: Keep it simple
Hardware

Dell Inspiron Small Desktop 3881 review: Keep it simple

29 Sep 2021
Moving away from the overprovisioning mind-set
Sponsored

Moving away from the overprovisioning mind-set

23 Sep 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Network & Internet

HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

15 Oct 2021
What is cyber warfare?
Security

What is cyber warfare?

15 Oct 2021