IT & Network Infrastructure : Dell PowerEdge R415 Is 1U Workhorse

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-04-28 Print this article Print


The 1U Dell PowerEdge R415 is intended for price conscious IT buyers who are also considering a step to the cloud. I tested the basic, cabled, not hot-swappable R415 chassis.
The Dell PowerEdge R415 rack mount server is a general purpose server system that is a worthwhile choice for cost-conscious organizations. The PowerEdge R415 is a basic 1U, AMD processor-based pizza box with enough system options to fit nicely in an organization that is ready to take a step into server virtualization. Dell stepped up the design over the previous generation SC1435 by vastly increasing the maximum configuration to 128GB and up to 12 cores using AMD's Lisbon-based 4100 series Opteron processors. Price sensitive IT managers who are evaluating 2-socket systems with available, enterprise-class management features should consider the Dell PowerEdge R415. With a base starting price of $819, the R415 is in line to replace the Dell SC1435. However, where the SC1435 was a fairly simple system, the R415 has much more configuration flexibility. New hardware options including Qlogic and Emulex HBAs (host bus adapter) for storage and 10GbE network adapters join memory and processor choices in having the biggest impact on ultimate system cost. IT managers will need to more carefully consider compute, network, memory and storage options when considering the PowerEdge R415.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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