Dell PowerEdge VRTX is a new shared infrastructure product focused on remote, branch, and small offices. The solution combines servers, shared storage, I/O in the form of PCIe slots, and networking into a 5U tower chassis that is suitable for the small and remote offices.

Dell PowerEdge VRTX combines Blade servers with new Mezzanine boards, planar, I/O and storage on to a single converged infrastructure. It also incorporates a suite of redundant subsystems such as dual PCIe switches, CMC, PERC, and SAS expanders into a compact package that can hold up to four server nodes and up to 25 x 2.5” hot-swap drives offering up to 3TB of RAM, 64 processing cores and 48TB of storage.

A deployment guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to implement this reference architecture is available at: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20441318

This solution provides a reference architecture to deploy a Microsoft Hyper-V based branch office on the converged hardware to reduce the hardware foot-print (server, storage, and network) to optimize the resource utilization and the centralized management.

The Virtualization Reference Architecture is intended to provide customers with an example of virtualization solution configurations that can be considered when designing a remote office solution on Dell PowerEdge VRTX chassis.  This white paper is not intended to be an exhaustive study of specific architectures for every environment.