Dell XC720xd-B5 Optimizes XC Clusters

 

 

The Dell XC 720XD Web-scale Converged Appliance integrates Dell’s proven x86 server platform and Nutanix web-scale software to provide an enterprise-class converged appliance for virtualized environments. As a highly differentiated infrastructure solution, the XC 720XD consolidates compute and storage into a single appliance enabling applicationand virtualization teams to quickly and simply deploy new workloads. This solution enables data center  capacity to be easily expanded one node at a time delivering linear and predictable scale-out with pay-as-you-grow flexibility.

The XC Series Appliance incorporates many of the advanced software technologies that power leading web-scale and cloud infrastructures but is engineered for all enterprises, regardless of size.

Key features include:

• Software defined – Delivers all services through software using proven Dell hardware
• Server-attached flash – Merges flash-based storage with compute 
• Scale-out – Increases performance linearly by adding capacity one node at a time
• Hybrid – Unified data fabric supporting industry-standard hypervisors and clouds

The XC Web-scale Converged Appliance drastically simplifies the deployment of virtual machines in any environment. The Nutanix Distributed File System (NDFS) runs on each appliance, aggregating direct attached storage resources (hard disk drives and
flash) across all nodes. This pooled storage is made available to all hosts, replacing the need for traditional centralized storage. With an unrivaled ability to run VMs out of the box, Nutanix delivers an easy, modular approach to building modern data centers.

The Dell XC solution can be installed in a fraction of the time required for traditional server and storage infrastructure and Dell’s worldwide Services team is available to further reduce the burden on IT staff.


The XC Appliance is an ideal solution for nearly any virtualized workload. Multiple appliance choices with different price-performance profiles, coupled with multi-hypervisor support, make it perfect for running different workloads at high performance, in a unified Dell XC cluster. It can be easily integrated into any data center and can support multiple virtualized, business-critical workloads including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Oracle and SAP database applications, desktop virtualization, big data, and private cloud deployments. IT and storage administrators no longer have to manage LUNs, volumes or RAID groups. System Administrators can manage their virtual environments at a VM level using policies based on the needs of each workload.

Each model and specifications:

XC720xd-A5

  • Workload: ROBO, VDI, Test/Dev, Web, Middleware
  • Dual Intel Xeon CPU: E52620v2
  • Data SSDs: 3.5" Value SATA: 2 x 200GB
  • Data HDDs: 3.5" 7.2K: 4 x 1TB
  • DIMMs: 16GB RDIMM, 1866MT/s
  • Memory configuration: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

XC720xd-B5

  • Workload: VDI, Test/Dev, Web, Middleware
  • Dual Intel Xeon CPU: E52650v2
  • Data SSDs: 3.5" Value SATA: 2 x 400GB
  • Data HDDs: 3.5" 7.2K: 4 x 1TB
  • DIMMs: 16GB RDIMM, 1866MT/s
  • Memory configuration: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

XC720xd-B7

  • Workload: VDI, Test/Dev, Web, Middleware
  • Dual Intel Xeon CPU: E52680v2
  • Data SSDs: 3.5" Value SATA: 2 x 400GB
  • Data HDDs: 3.5" 7.2K: 4 x 1TB
  • DIMMs: 16GB RDIMM, 1866MT/s 32GB LRDIMM, 1866 MT/s, Low Volt
  • Memory configuration: 128GB, 256GB, 384GB, 512GB, 768GB (UI)

XC720xd-C5

  • Workload: Lite DB: SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, Oracle
  • Dual Intel Xeon CPU: E52690v2
  • Data SSDs: 3.5" Value SATA: 2 x 800GB
  • Data HDDs: 3.5" 7.2K: 10 x 2TB
  • DIMMs: 16GB RDIMM, 1866MT/s 32GB LRDIMM, 1866 MT/s, Low Volt
  • Memory configuration: 128GB, 256GB, 384GB, 512GB, 768GB (UI)

XC720xd-C7

  • Workload: DB with larger working set
  • Dual Intel Xeon CPU: E52690v2
  • Data SSDs: 3.5" Value SATA: 4 x 800GB
  • Data HDDs: 3.5" 7.2K: 8 x 2TB
  • DIMMs: 16GB RDIMM, 1866MT/s 32GB LRDIMM, 1866 MT/s, Low Volt
  • Memory configuration: 128GB, 256GB, 384GB, 512GB, 768GB (UI)

Shared features and specifications:

  • Dell PowerEdge server: R720xd with 12 x 3.5”+ 2 x 2.5”
  • Hypervisor boot: PERC H310 with 2 x 160GB Read Intensive SATA SSDs in rear drive bays
  • Data Storage Controller: LSI9207 SAS Controller Attached to 12x3.5” Front Drive Bays
  • Network Daughter Card options:
    • Intel X540T2 (Dual Port 10GbaseT + I350 1GbaseT) NDC
    • Intel X520 Dual Port 10Gb DA/SFP+ NDC
  • Hypervisor options: VMware ESXi 5.5; Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard OEM or Data Center OEM Edition
  • License options: Starter, Pro, and Ultimate License for each specific configuration
  • Software maintenance: Nutanix 3- or 5-year software Maintenance/Assurance
  • Support: 3- or 5-year ProSupport (4 hour and NBD) comprehensive XC Series support with Nutanix assist