Dell to Release PowerEdge FX2 to Substitute Conventional Rack Servers

By CIOReview | Friday, November 27, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Dell is going to launch its PowerEdge FX2 Architecture in the form of a 2U rackmounted modular compute and storage platform. With the maintenance of density and performance of blade servers, it serves as a suitable platform for enterprises with a wide range of scales reports Storage Review Labs.

In order to create a scalable storage environment for enterprises, Dell FX based infrastructures can scale direct attached storage (DAS) with FD332 half width 1U storage module. PowerEdge FX2 will be offered in two configurations that will support half width compute nodes including FC630 units and units with the FM120x4.

The first half width FX2 configurations can house four half width sleds supporting four FC630 server blocks or four FM120x4 microserver blocks. It can be deployed with a maximum of two PowerEdge FN 10 aggregator, blocks replacing the standard network interfaces to add network functionality and switching requirements. In addition, it can incorporate quad port pass through 1GbE or 10GbE network interfaces.

 Some of the features of PowerEdge FX2 include Chassis management Controller (CMC) to manage all resources in one web console; OpenManage portfolio to support local and remote management with other PowerEdge products and server nodes containing iDRAC8 with lifecycle controller for automated systems management. The KVM switch in the front of PowerEdge FX2 allows users to toggle sled through the front mount ports. Moreover, some of its chassis configurations will target eight low profile or half length PCle 3 expansion slots that can be assigned and reassigned to installed server and storage blocks.