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