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We have used Dell Servers for clients over the last 15 years and believe they are the best option for our clients. Even though there are many Dell Server Options we have found the Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2900 server to be the most reliable and durable system still available for a large selection of refurbished units. These systems are not only the most reliable, durable in harsh environments, with multiple redundant systems for no down time, they are also very cost effective and fast.



Dell’s Innovative 9th Generation PowerEdge Server

We have always recommended Dell IT equipment for it reliability and competitive pricing. For rugged environments we have found that the Dell PowerEdge 2900 Server provides the most reliable setup at a very competitive price. 

This PowerEdge 2900 Server helps reduce the complexity involved in managing data, whether you are a large enterprise or a small business. These servers are designed to a Dell™-developed Behavioral Specification that defines consistent hardware layout and user interaction across all server models in this and future PowerEdge generations.

Plus, a shared master system image with 1950 and 2950 enables updates to BIOS, system drivers, firmware, operating systems and applications from one easy-to-copy template for simplified software management. Featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, the 9th generation. PowerEdge servers offer the power and performance you expect from Dell.

Flexibility and Expandibility for Growing Environments

The Dell PowerEdge 2900 server is built with flexibility in mind. It offers the widest variety of configuration options available in a Dell two-socket server. You can choose from tower or rack chassis options with hot plug SAS or SATA hard drives and several optical devices and tape products for up to 3.0TB of internal storage. What’s more, the system features six I/O slots.

And because Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) and PERC 5/i integrated controller utilize dedicated daughtercard slots, all six I/O slots are available for expandability. You have the option of adding up to four dual embedded Gigabit Network Interface Cards (NICs) and two dual channel storage interface devices providing incredible growth potential.

Dell PowerEdge 2900 Delivers Enterprise-Level Performance

The Dell PowerEdge 2900 server is designed to deliver exceptional performance in a tower chassis or a 5U rackable option with next generation dual core Intel Xeonprocessors, Fully Buffered Dimm memory technology and Serial Attached SCSI hard drives. It also supports twelve memory slots for 48GB of memory capacity for memory-intense workloads and applications.

And the TCP/IP Offload Engine functionality in the embedded Gigabit NIC‘s helps further to improve cpu performance andutilization by moving the TCP/IP protocol processing to the NIC.

Dependable Availability to Maximize Uptime

With high availability features such as hot plug hard drives and redundant power supplies/fans, the Dell PowerEdge 2900 helps keep data dependably moving through your organization. It also provides support for multiple RAID options including integrated RAID with 256MB of battery-backed cache so you know that your valuable information is reliably accessible.

Manageability for Reduced Complexity

The Dell PowerEdge 2900 server is equipped with a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that includes a complete set of tools that monitors server hardware, alerts you when server faults occur and enables basic remote operations. For environments with servers located in secure data centers or in sites with no IT staff, Dell offers an optional feature for PowerEdge servers, the Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC). Operated through a Web-based graphic user interface, DRAC can enable remote access, monitoring, troubleshooting, repair and upgrades independent of the operating system status.

Common software with the same family of PowerEdge 9th generation servers further helps simplify management. Plus, the Dell Behavioral Specification means one familiar platform for less complex deployment, management and serviceability as Dell PowerEdge 2900 well as lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over multiple generations of PowerEdge servers.


Dell brings pure execution to IT Services. The planning, implementation and maintenance of your IT infrastructure deserves nothing less. Variability in execution can compromise user productivity, IT resources and ultimately, your reputation.

By leveraging our heritage of process driven excellence, Dell Services can deliver a smarter way.

We don’t claim to do everything. We focus on IT infrastructure services. And we take a customer led approach, grounded in the philosophy that you know your business better than anyone. That’s why Dell does not try to take key business decisions out of your hands, or lock you into more than you need. Instead, we apply our world-class process management and “no excuses” culture to deliver what customers today most need – flexibility and repeatable quality. That’s pure execution. That’s Pure Dell.

Assessment, Design and Implementation Services

IT departments are continually challenged to evaluate and implement new technologies. Dell’s assessment, design and implementation services can restructure your IT environment to enhance performance, scalability and efficiency while helping to maximize your return on investment and minimize disruption to your business.

Deployment Services

System deployment is a necessary evil that plagues nearly every organization. You must deploy new systems to help improve performance and meet user demand. With Dell’s deployment services, we help simplify and speed up the deployment and utilization of new systems to maximize uptime throughout your IT environment.

Asset Recovery and Recycling Services

Proper disposal, reselling and donation of computer equipment is a time-consuming task that typically falls to the bottom of many IT to-do lists. Dell simplifies the end of life processes for IT equipment in a way that can maximize value for customers.

Training Services

Arm your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to be as productive as possible. Dell offers comprehensive training services which include hardware and software training, as well as PC skills and professional development classes. With Dell training you can help improve system reliability, maximize productivity and reduce end user requests and downtime.

Enterprise Support Services

With Dell, you can get maximum performance and availability of your Dell server and storage systems. Our Enterprise Support services offer proactive maintenance to help prevent problems as well as rapid response and resolution of problems when they do occur. We have built a robust global infrastructure that offers multiple levels of enterprise support for systems throughout your infrastructure.


Form factorWe typically recommend the Tower, but this unit can be configured to a rack system as well.
ProcessorsUp to two Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5000 sequence processors with up to 3.73GHz clock frequency
or up to two Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5100 sequence processors with up to 3.0GHz clock frequency
Front side bus5000 Sequence: 667MHz or 1066MHz
5100 Sequence: 1066MHz or 1333MHz
Cache5000 Sequence: 2x2MB L2 cache per processor
5100 Sequence: 4MB L2 cache per processor
ChipsetIntel 5000X
Memory256MB/512MB/1GB/2GB/4GB Fully Buffered DIMMs (FBD) in matched pairs;
533MHz or 667MHz; 12 FBD DIMM sockets for support up to 48GB.

Typically we recommend either 16GB or 32GB Total Memory.
I/O SlotsSix total: Two x64bit/133MHz PCI-X® slots on a single PCI bus; one x8 PCI Express® slot;
three x4 (x8 connector) PCI Express slots
Integrated controllersPERC 6/i is used to achieve Raid 10 setups on both banks.
Add-in RAID controllerWe recommend PERC 6 for the highest standard of data protection - Raid 10
Drive baysStandard internal hard drive bays support up to eight 3.5" SAS or SATA hot plug hard drives;
Flexbay support for up to two 3.5" hot-plug drives or full height tape device; Peripheral bay
support for two half-height devices (tape drive plus one optional CD-ROM, optional DVDROM or Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM); optional 3.5" floppy drive bay
Maximum internal storageUp to 3.0TB**

We generally set up the top bank with 4 146GB Hot Swapable Drives for the OS and Programs and the bottom bank with 4 300GB Hot Swapable Drives for the Data and Archives.
Hard drives*3.5" SAS (10K rpm) 146GB or 300GB hot-plug hard drives are standard.
Tape backup optionsThe PowerEdge can be equipted with Tape Backup, but we prefer to setup an automatic online critical data backup service.
Network interface cardDual embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Gigabit2 Ethernet NIC with fail-over and load
balancing. TOE (TCPIP Offload Engine) supported on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, SP1
or higher with Scalable Networking Pack. Optional add-in NICs: Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port
Server Adapter, Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x4; Intel® PRO/1000 PT Single Port Server Adapter,
Gigabit, Copper, PCI-E x1; Intel® PRO/1000 PF Single Port Server Adapter, Gigabit, Optical,
PCI-E x4; Broadcom® NetXtreme™ 5721 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC, Copper, PCI-E x1;
Broadcom® NetXtreme II™ 5708 Single Port Gigabit Ethernet NIC w/TOE, Copper, PCI-E x4
Power supply930W, optional hot-plug redundant power
AvailabilityFor the most part if service is needed, the unit does not require shut down. With Hot-plug hard drives; 2 hot-plug redundant power; redundant cooling fans; ECC memory; Spare
Row; Single Device Data Correction (SDDC); PERC 6/i integrated daughtercard w/ battery-backed
cache; high availability failover cluster support; DRAC5; tool-less chassis; cluster support
VideoEmbedded ATI ES1000 with 16MB memory
Remote managementStandard Baseboard Management Controller with IMPI 2.0 support; optional DRAC5
for advanced capabilities
Systems managementOpenManage™
Rack support4-post (Dell rack), 2-post and 3rd party Versa rails, sliding rails and Cable Management Arm
Operating systemsThis PowerEdge supports all 64bit Server Operating Systems. Depending on your needs we will advise your best options.
* For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes, actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.
** This term does not connote an actual operating speed of 1GB/sec. For high speed transmission, connection to a Gigabit Ethernet server and network infrastructure is required.

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