Dell’s Innovative 9th Generation PowerEdge Servers

Through innovative hardware design, software commonality and continued focus on fewer system updates, Dell’s 9th generation PowerEdge servers help reduce the complexity involved in managing data, whether you are a large enterprise or a small business. These servers are designed to a Dell™-developed Behavioral Specification that defines consistent hardware layout and user interaction across all server models in this and future PowerEdge generations. Plus, a shared master system image with 1950 and 2900 enables updates to BIOS, system drivers, firmware, operating systems and applications from one easy-to-copy template for simplified software management. Featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, the 9th generation PowerEdge servers offer the power and performance you expect from Dell.

Dell PowerEdge 2950 Packs Flexibility and Storage Capacity in 2U Format­­

The Dell PowerEdge 2950 Server offers configuration flexibility in a 2U chassis for organizations that require space-conscious internal storage capacity rather than an external storage system. Six internal hard drive bays provide up to 4.5TB1 of internal storage helping to conserve valuable data center space while supplying enough storage space to accommodate growing applications. Designed to help organizations keep up with changing requirements, the server includes several embedded functions, like dual Gigabit NIC‘s and integrated SAS storage controller, which allows three available PCI Express™ slots. These enable flexible expansion to support a wide variety of data center workloads.

High Performance and Availability to Maximize Uptime

The Dell PowerEdge 2950 server supports up to two of the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors and the Intel 5000X chipset. These latest processors provide increased performance and performance/watt2 . With the new capability to support eight 2.5” SAS drives, the 2950 also provides enough room to stripe data onto multiple drives for high performance in demanding environments.­Additionally, exceptional memory throughput and capacity is achieved with as much as 32GB of fully-buffered DIMM memory. The server includes PCI Express technology for excellent I/O throughput, and TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) which offloads the TCP/IP processing to a dedicated processor on the embedded NIC‘s for CPU performance gains. And with features like hot plug power supplies/fans, RAID configurations with battery backed cache, and an internal tape drive option for local data backup, the Dell PowerEdge 2950 helps ensure your data is protected and accessible.

Manageability for Reduced Complexity

The Dell PowerEdge 2950 server is equipped with a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that includes a complete set of tools that monitors server hardware, alerts you when server faults occur and enables basic remote operations. For environments with servers located in secure data centers or in sites with no IT staff, Dell offers an optional feature for PowerEdge servers, the Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC). Operated through a Web-based graphic user interface, DRAC can enable remote access, monitoring, troubleshooting, repair and upgrades independent of the operating system status. Common software with the same family of PowerEdge 9th generation servers further helps simplify management. Plus, the Dell Behavioral Specification means one familiar platform for less complex deployment, management and serviceability as well as lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over multiple generations of PowerEdge servers.


FEATURES Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 Server
Form factor 2U rack height
Processors Up to two Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 sequence processors at up to 3.0GHz; Up to two Quad-Core Intel Low Volt Xeon 5300 sequence processors at up to 2.0 GHz; Up to two Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5100 sequence processors at up to 3.0GHz; Up to two Dual-Core Intel Low Volt Xeon 5100 sequence processors at 2.33GHz; or Up to two Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5000 sequence processors at up to 3.0GHz
Front side bus Intel Xeon 5300 Sequence: Dual Independent 1066MHz or 1333MHz; Intel Xeon 5100 Sequence: Dual Independent 1066MHz or 1333MHz; Intel Xeon 5000 Sequence: Dual Independent 667MHz
Cache ntel Xeon 5300 Sequence: 2x4MB; Intel Xeon 5100 Sequence: 4MB; Intel Xeon 5000 Sequence: 2x2MB
Chipset Intel 5000X
Memory Up to 32GB (8 FBD DIMM slots): 256MB/512MB/1GB/2GB/4GB Fully Buffered DIMMs (FBD) in matched pairs, 533MHz or 667MHz
I/O slots Three PCI slots, either PCIe riser with three PCI Express slots (one x4 (x8 connector) and two x8) or two PCI-X 64-bit/133MHz and one PCI Express x8 slot
Drive controller 4 port SAS 5/i integrated SAS controller (no RAID)
RAID controller Optional PERC 5/i integrated SAS/SATA daughtercard controller with 256MB cache, PERC 4e/DC, PERC 5/e adapter
Drive bays 3 hard drive base options: 8 x 2.5” Hard Drive Option: 2.5” HD Option: up to 8 SAS HDs (10K); 4 x 3.5” Hard Drive Option: 3.5” HD Option: up to 4 SAS (10K/15K) or SATA (7.2K) drives; 6 x 3.5” Hard Drive Option: 3.5” HD Option: up to 6 SAS (10K/15K) or SATA (7.2K) drives; Peripheral bay options; Floppy Drive, DAT72 Tape Drive (not available with 6 x 3.5” hard drive base); Slim optical drive bay with choice of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Maximum internal storage Up to 4.5TB: six 750GB hot-plug SATA (7.2 K RPM)
Hard drives 2.5” SAS (10K RPM): 36GB, 73GB; or 3.5” SAS (10K RPM): 73GB, 146GB, 300GB, or 400GB; or 3.5” SAS (15K RPM): 36GB, 73GB, 146GB; or 3.5” SATA (7.2K RPM): 80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB SATAu
External storage SAS, SCSI and fibre channel storage systems
Tape backup options Internal: PV100T (DAT 72) with multibay External: PowerVault DAT 72, 110T, 114T, 122T, 124T, 132T, 136T, 160T and ML6000
Network interface card Dual embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gigabit2 Ethernet NIC with fail-over and load balancing. TOE (TCPIP Offload Engine) supported on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, SP1 or higher with Scalable Networking Pack
Power supply AC configuration with standard single or redundant 750W hot-plug auto-switching universal 110/220V AC power supplies DC configuration with single or redundant hot plug -48 to -60 V20 A DC power supplies
Availability ECC FBD memory, SDDC, Spare Bank; hot-plug hard drives; optional hot-plug redundant power supplies; dual embedded NICs with failover and load balancing support; optional PERC5/i integrated daughtercard controller with battery-backed cache; hot-plug redundant cooling; tool-less chassis; fibre and SCSI cluster support; validated for Dell/EMC SAN
Video Embedded ATI ES1000 with 16MB memory
Remote management Standard Baseboard Management Controller with IMPI 2.0 support; optional DRAC5 for advanced capabilities
Systems management Dell OpenManage™
Rack support 4-post (Dell rack), 2-post and 3rd party Versa rails, sliding rails and Cable Management Arm
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows Server 2003 R2, Standard, Enterprise and Web Edition, x64, Standard and Enterprise Edition; Microsoft® Windows® Storage Server 2003 R2, Workgroup, Standard, Enterprise Edition; Red Hat® Linux® Enterprise v4, ES and ES EM64T; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 EM64T
1 For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes, actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less. 2 This term does not connote an actual operating speed of 1 Gb/sec. For high speed transmission, connection to a Gigabit Ethernet server and network infrastructure is required. Dell is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. Dell, the Dell logo and PowerEdge are trademarks of Dell Inc. Intel is a registered trademark and Xeon is a trademark of Intel Corporation. PCI Express is a trademark and PCI-X is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell disclaims proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. © Copyright 2007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. For more information contact Dell. July 2007. Kolar. A2G.