Dell PowerEdge T620 review

Dell’s first E5-2600 Xeon pedestal server has versatility high on its agenda. The PowerEdge T620 also has a monstrous expansion capacity with the ability to support up to 32 SFF drive bays.

Price
£5,186

Dell's floor stander wants to cover as many bases as possible as it's aimed at SMBs looking for high expansion along with larger businesses planning server consolidation and virtualisation projects.

It can be set up for a range of duties including server and desktop virtualisation, medical imaging and users can deploy it remotely or on-premise. Educational establishments and schools have an affinity for tower servers so they're also on Dell's agenda tool.

This mighty chassis stands at 45cms high and Dell has put its height to good use. Storage potential is the standout feature as the T620 can be ordered with 16 or 32 SFF hard disk bays.

Two backplanes service the bays and each has integral SAS expanders so you can have the bays split in half with sixteen drives managed by two separate RAID controllers. Alternatively, all 32 bays can be connected to a single PERC controller for one massive RAID array.

Dell PowerEdge T620

The T620 puts its cavernous interior to good use with plenty of room to expand

RAID options

More storage options are on offer as you can go for twelve 3.5in hot-swap bays instead. As with the PowerEdge R720, Dell also offers a special order chassis with four hot-plug PCI-e Express Flash SSDs. RAID options begin with the embedded PERC S110 which provides software managed RAID0, 1 and 5 arrays for up to four SATA II drives.

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The H310 PCI-e card adds support for 6Gb/sec SATA and SAS drives whilst the H710P in the review system brings in RAID-6 and 1GB of NVRAM cache. As the H710P is based on LSI's SAS2208 chip, you also have the option to activate its CacheCade feature which optimises read activity from an SSD based cache.

A small panel above the drive bays presents an LCD display and control keypad for setting the remote management network address along with views of power consumption and temperatures. Next door is an SD card slot for Dell's iDRAC7 Enterprise remote management upgrade.

Dell PowerEdge T620 - 1

Dell's new iDRAC7 provides improved power usage monitoring tools

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