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What is Dell PowerEdge VRTX?

What is Dell PowerEdge VRTX?

Dell PowerEdge VRTX is a computer hardware product line from Dell. It is a mini-blade chassis with built-in storage system. The VRTX comes in two models: a 19″ rack version that is 5 rack units high or as a stand-alone tower system.

Why Dell VRTX?

The PowerEdge VRTX modular infrastructure solution offers “under your desk” dimensions, ease of management and quiet acoustics so you can operate non-disruptively. Features such as Fresh Air validated configurations and standard power options help keep your operating expenses in check.

How much does a Dell VRTX cost?

What users are saying about Dell PowerEdge VRTX pricing: “Fully configured, it costs about $50,000 or $55,000.

How do I setup my Dell VRTX?


  1. Install the server module(s).
  2. Connect the network cable to the I/O module to provide network connection to the server.
  3. Connect the power supply units to a PDU or electrical outlet using the power cables.
  4. Optionally, connect the keyboard, video, and mouse to the enclosure.

How many SSD’s are in Dell PowerEdge VRTX?

The Dell PowerEdge VRTX features a tower form factor and delivers primary storage via as many as 25 SFF or 12 LFF drives and implements four server nodes with two SFF drives each. The server nodes are Dell PowerEdge M620 or M520s, and with either option, the VRTX can deliver up to 64 physical processing cores (128 logical cores).

What kind of controller does Dell VRTX use?

And lastly there’s the usual Dell management facilities, with iDRAC controllers on the blades plus an independent Chassis Management Controller (CMC) to provide oversight and management of all the VRTX components.

Can a PowerEdge VRTX be used as a rack?

The PowerEdge VRTX is available as a tower model as shown above, but it can also be racked (5U in size) with the addition of the optional rack mount kit. The server nodes used with the PowerEdge VRTX are modeled from the PowerEdge M520 and M620 blade servers offering you the following choices:

How does Dell PowerEdge VRTX connect to fabric B?

Instead of using traditional I/O modules for Fabric B or Fabric C, Dell has designed the PowerEdge VRTX to use PCIe slots. This is done via two PCIe switches – one for Fabric B and one for Fabric C. Each PCIe switch ties into one of the two mezzanine cards on the server nodes as shown in the diagram below.