What is CMC for VRTX?
The newly announced Dell PowerEdge VRTX is a revolutionary, easy-to-manage, remote and office-optimized platform that converges servers, storage and networking into a compact package. It can hold up to 4 server nodes, up to 48TB of integrated, shared storage, and network switching.
Unique VRTX Features
More than simply a small blade server, the Dell PowerEdge VRTX offers something that no other blade server solution has: the ability to use PCIe slots. By combining the density of blade servers with the flexibility of rack server I/O options with PowerEdge VRTX, Dell gives you the flexibility to use less expensive PCIe cards while still being managed through shared chassis management. Another exciting new feature is VRTX's shared storage and on-board RAID controller. Pulling this all together into one, easy-to-manage platform is where VRTX shines.
Part of each VRTX platform, CMC is a dedicated, hot-pluggable module (a second, redundant unit is optional) within the platform that provides a secure web/browser-based interface that is used to take inventory, perform configuration and monitoring tasks, remotely power on/off blades and enable alerts for events on servers and components in the blade chassis. CMC integrates with each of the VRTX server nodes’ embedded iDRAC module, so users can perform iDRAC functions such as opening a remote console session from the CMC interface. Chief among those configuration tasks is setting up shared storage, creating virtual disks and managing PCI slot assignments. Like iDRAC7, CMC for VRTX is licensed in two different varieties: Express and Enterprise. More details on the difference between what comes with each license for both CMC and iDRAC7 for VRTX is available here.
Can hold up to 4 server nodes
Supports 12 x 3.5"or 25 x 2.5" shared hot-swap drives
Integrated shared RAID controller (SPERC)
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Dual perc is very nice, but with all of these other additions. VRTX 1.3 release hits a home run for the customer with remote and branch offices!
•Ivy Bridge support for M820
•Fault Tolerant (Redundant) PERCs
•Support for Windows Server 2012 R2
•Support for NVIDIA K2 GPGPU
•Broadcom 10GbE quad port NIC
•Emulex SeaHawk (FH) PCIe Adapter
•Emulex 10G NDC