Dell PowerEdge 2900 III
Released January, 2006
The Pros:Massive power handling is suitable for most independent business applications - easily handles different machines and memory modules for true versatility. Tower chassis offers lots of room for expansion - easily customizable for further business capabilities. Has the ability to last a very long time - many business owners report 10+ years of problem-free functionality.
The Cons:LCD is virtually useless - display is tiny and therefore very difficult to read. Dual power supply is very noisy - not suitable for in-office server configurations. Slowly being phased out as more and more servers go to virtual platforms - not likely to serve a purpose within one or two years.
The Dell PowerEdge 2900 III is a mainstream 2-socket server that is a step up from the PowerEdge 1900 from Dell's PowerEdge tower server series. The server is available in both 5U rack or tower forms and is recommended by Dell as a high performance server for large-sized businesses and remote offices.
The server offers better expandability, security, and manageability than the PowerEdge 1900, making it suitable for handling file/print sharing, LAN, Group messaging, and database applications.
The standard specifications of the PowerEdge 2900 II include dual 2.0Ghz Intel Quad Core Xeon processors, 8GB of fully-buffered DIMM memory, and eight 73GB SAS hard drives. It also has an integrated PERC 6 controller card, PCI-Express expansion, embedded Gigabit ethernet network card, 16x DVD-ROM drive, and an integrated ATI ES1000 graphics card with 16MB of internal SDRAM. Most of the specifications of the server can be upgraded or downgraded based on the buyer's needs and additional options such as external storage, removable disk and tape drive, and visualization offerings are also available. The PowerEdge 2900 III can house up to 10 hard drives and is compatible with both SAS and SATA drives allowing it to potentially hold a total of 10TB of storage. The server offers a variety of ports including a total of 6 USB ports and includes a Trusted Platform Module to support a variety of security software and features. It has a starting price of $6904 and is covered by a 3 year limited warranty.
- Dual Quad Core Intel® Xeon® X5405 processors, 2x6MB Cache, 2.0GHz,1333MHz FSB
- 8GB (4x2GB) Fully-buffered DIMM memory, upgradeable up to 48GB
- Visible LCD display
- 8 x 73GB 15K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 3.5-in HotPlug Hard Drives
- Compatible with up to 10TB (10 x 1TB each) Serial-Attached SCSI or SATA drives
- Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 5, PERC 6/i Integrated
- PERC 6/i Integrated Controller Card
- Embedded Broadcom NetXtreme II 5708 Gigabit Ethernet Network Card
- 16x DVD-ROM Drive
- PCI Express expansion
- Front Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x video
- Rear Ports: 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x video, 1 x serial, 1 x PCI video, 1x RJ45
- Integrated ATI ES1000 controller graphics card with 16MB of SDRAM
- Available in 5U rack of tower form
- Trusted Platform Module
- Electronic Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit Included
- Additional option of VMware or Citrix XenServer visualization offerings
- Additional option for removable disk and tape drive
- Additional option for external storage interconnect
- Dimensions: 18.85"H x 8.92"W x 26.55"D
- 3 year limited warranty and support
User Reviews (4)
Massive power handling is suitable for most independent business applications - easily handles different machines and memory modules for true versatility
Tower chassis offers lots of room for expansion - easily customizable for further business capabilities
Has the ability to last a very long time - many business owners report 10+ years of problem-free functionality
Driver/firmware updates are easily obtainable via Dell's web service - customer support is fantastic
Very scalable - hard drive hot-swapping and multiple drive bays offer non-stop, unabridged functionality
LCD is virtually useless - display is tiny and therefore very difficult to read
Dual power supply is very noisy - not suitable for in-office server configurations
Slowly being phased out as more and more servers go to virtual platforms - not likely to serve a purpose within one or two years
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