Dell EMC’s latest entry-level shelf server asserts to use a great mix of functions, efficiency as well as worth and targets a variety of usage situations consisting of local business plus remote or branch workplaces. The Dell PowerEdge R340 seeks to load a whole lot into its slim-line 1U shelf chassis as it brings Xeon E-2100 CPU power right into the formula together with surprising expansion capacity.
Selection is king as Dell EMC, in fact, provides two different 1U rack mount models with the budget-priced PowerEdge R240 restricted to four hot-swap drive bays and a taken care of 350W power supply. The R340 provides extra flexibility as it supports four LFF or eight SFF hot-swap bays and twin redundant PSUs.
CPU alternatives are extensive as you can cut expenses as well as opt for a Pentium G5500 or Celeron G4900 dual-core chip or a quad-core Core i3-8100. However, to increase your financial investment, we suggest a Xeon E-2100 CPU as the quad-core 3.5 GHz Xeon E-2134 in our evaluation system only costs $234 greater than the fundamental Celeron G4900 as well as is considerably much more powerful.
Various other benefits of Xeon E-2100 CPUs are their assistance for 64GB of fast 2,667 MHz DDR4 memory. Future BIOS upgrade will be made available by all server suppliers that include support for 32GB ECC UDIMMs, permitting maximum memory to be raised to 128GB.
Storage space decisions
Base systems start with the four-bay LFF drive backplane cabled to the motherboard’s embedded four-port SATA connector. It utilizes the ingrained PERC S140 controller, which brings software-managed hot-swap mirrors, red stripes, and RAID5 selections right into play.
Next up is the eight-bay SFF chassis, which still leaves adequate room on the front panel for an optical drive. This is the optimum variety of drives supported, so if you want ten SFF drives you ought to think about 1U shelf servers such as Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SR250 or Fujitsu’s server Primergy RX1330 M4.