Dell PowerEdge VRTX

Description

The PowerEdge VRTX is a shared infrastructure platform offering extensive performance and capacity with office-level acoustics in a single, compact tower chassis. It is an ideal solution for small and midsize businesses as well as remote and branch offices of large enterprises. Employing the latest PowerEdge technology and high-availability features, VRTX can help you gain fast application response times, run multiple applications that need performance or low latency, power through peak processing periods and scale for future business growth. Find Out More All four server nodes have access to the low-latency internal shared storage that is ideal for virtualization and clustering. Local storage is also available in the chassis, which is highly economical and easier to manage than traditional SAN.

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Product Reviews

Spiciest Positive Review
"For the price we could not find anything that came close to the power we are getting from this syste..."
Spiciest Critical Review
"Update your firmware!!! We deployed one of these for a client, initially for 2 web servers on ESXi (..."
  • Overall
    Recommends this product
    Excellent system with no issues to report so far. We have been using it for just past 2 years now.
    What are the pros?
    Not missed a beat since we had it installed other that a single disk failure which it handled the replacement of with a hot spare without issue. It performs regular weekend checks on all disks and sends detailed email reports.
    What are the cons?
    No cons to report yet after it's first 2 years of operation
  • Overall
    Purchased this in 2014. There were lots of bugs and it always seemed that it was a CMC firmware update that fixed the issue. The midplane gave out very fast which disconnected our shared storage. All that considered I am happy with it but had to go through some growing pains before it was trusted enough to run mission critical application.
  • Overall
    We have owned this VRTX ever since I started here Dec 2013. I have been heavily involved in maintaining, configuring and setting up this System. Our most recent upgrade was upgrading to a 10 GB Network switch. Updating our firmware is key to maintaining this system well. We originally deployed Windows 2012 Server on three of the 4 blades and at the beginning of this year purchased the final blade adding it to our Cluster. Microsoft's Fail Over Management makes managing these Hyper-V blades quite simple, but the core console web GUI is easy to understand and pick up on as well. I have to say I'm happy with the decisions to use this in our environment for the ease and movement of multiple servers as well as all the redundant aspects of clustering and storage. There have been a few issues with RAM and other Hardware issues but mostly a firmware update resolved these issues. My advice is to be sure to configure the logs and notifications to keep up to date on issues prior to using this in production. We had a few hard drives go bad but were replaced under warranty and one Memory Module. I have to say Dell's Customer service is top notch and has been a pleasure to work with.

Questions & Answers

  • Q

    Windows Licensing on VRTX

    This is actually not a VRTX question (maybe it is) but Windows server licensing seems like it will get very thorny IF you were to use HyperV as the virtualization hypervisor. Bear with me, I know HyperV is not as common but I have a particular vendor requirement. Let's say I have two VRTX chassis, each with 4 blade servers, three for hosting and one for a domain controller. Now, each blade is running Windows Server. Each blade for hosting has about 5 VM windows servers on it (for a total of 30 VM servers). The VMs are set for live migration, i.e. can bounce to another blade on the same chassis, and are being replicated to the opposite VRTX so they can be run if their VRTX fails. The hosting blades are dual 8 core, while the dc blades are single 8 core. As I understand it, we can't use Data Center, as the break even is when your run 13 or more VMs on a single host (in this case on a single blade). We are never going to run that many unless there is a catastrophe, but as I understand maybe we should plan for this). We would need to license each hosting blade (which worst case would run double the expected load of VMs, so 10) with 40 two packs of core licenses (2 proc X 8 core = 16 cores X 10 VMs = 160 divided by 2 VMs per license = 80 core licenses divided by 2 cores per license pack = 40 two packs). The DC blades would then require 8 two packs as well, since the minimum is 16 core licenses (and we flush the 2 VM licenses down the drain?). This totals (40 two-packs x 6 hosts = 240 two packs) + (8 two packs x 2 DCs = 16 two packs) = grand total 256 two packs. Is this correct in order to run a total of 32 functional servers?

    A

    I think you are correct. If it were me, I would have used only two (more powerful) blades/hosts per physical box. Maybe you still could. Datacenter would almost be worth it then.

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