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Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 Review

Introduction

The Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 is one of Dells 1RU, compact and powerful entry level servers targeted at Small office / Remote Offices and it really hits the mark. Normally you spend your time working out what trade off you are willing to accept and how to make things work, while there are trade-offs with the R340, they are not show stoppers and you have a range of options and flexibility to let you choose.

Tech Specs

With a single Intel E-2100 Series CPU’s, Expandability through two PCIe Gen 3.0 slots and up to 64GB RAM. This little Server can be powered with either a single or dual 350W or 550W hot-plug redundant power supplies. These servers support four 3.5″ or 8 2.5″ drive bays, This empowers you with a range of flexible storage options that give you flexibility to tackle different workloads and a wide range of uses.

If you need a highly capable and compact server this one might just tick all of your boxes, with 64GB DDR4 RAM and an Intel E-2186G 3.8GHz, 12M cache, 6C/12T CPU driving one of these, you get a lot of bang in a very small box, not to mention up to four x 14 TB 3.5″ Drives providing a huge amount of capacity, or eight x 3.84TB SSD providing raw speed and capacity.

This CPU, RAM and Storage capacity is backed up by 2 expansion slots for high speed networking allowing for both High speed networking (i.e. dual 10Gb) and Fibre Channel Cards allowing for high speed SAN connectivity, expanding out the storage capabilities beyond what can be catered for internally.

Processor

  • 1 processor from the following:
  • Intel® Xeon® E-2100 product family,
  • Intel Pentium®,
  • Intel Core i3®,
  • Intel Celeron®

Bezel

  • Optional security bezel

Chassis

  • Form Factor: Rack (1U)

Dimensions:

  • Chassis width: 434.00mm (17.08″) 
  • Chassis depth: 595.63mm (23.45″) (3.5″ HHD config)
  • Chassis depth: 544.836mm (21.45″) (2.5″ HHD config)
    • Note: These dimensions do not include: bezel, redundant PSU
  • Chassis weight: 13.6 kg (29.98 lb)

Memory*

  • DIMM Speed: Up to 2666MT/s DDR4 DIMMs
  • Memory Type: UDIMMs
  • Memory Module Slots: 4
  • Maximum RAM: Up to 64GB

Hard Drive

  • Up to 8 x 2.5 hot-plug SAS, SATA, or SSD
  • Up to 4 x 3.5 hot-plug SAS, SATA, or SSD

Management

Embedded / At-the-Server

  • iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller 
  • iDRAC Direct
  • iDRAC RESTful API with Redfish

Consoles

  • OpenManage Enterprise
  • OpenManage Essentials
  • OpenManage Power Center

Mobility

  • OpenManage Mobile

Tools

  • iDRAC Service Module
  • OpenManage Server Administrator
  • Dell EMC Repository Manager
  • Dell EMC System Update
  • Dell EMC Server Update Utility
  • Dell EMC Update Catalogs
  • Dell EMC RACADM CLI
  • IPMI Tool

OpenManage Integrations

  • Microsoft® System Center
  • VMware® vCenter™
  • BMC Truesight (available from BMC)
  • Red Hat Ansible

OpenManage Connections

  • Nagios Core & Nagios XI
  • Micro Focus Operations Manager i (OMi)
  • IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus

Network Controller

  • 2 x 1GbE LOM Network Interface Controller (NIC) ports

Power Supplies

  • Single or dual 350W or 550W hot-plug redundant power supplies

Storage Controllers

  • Internal controllers: PERC H730P, H330, HBA330 (non-RAID)
  • Software RAID: PERC S140 
  • External HBAs: 12Gbps SAS HBA (non-RAID)
  • Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem: 2x M.2 240GB (RAID 1 or No RAID), 1x M.2 240GB (No RAID only)

I/O Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe Gen 3.0 slots

  • One x8 slot low-profile, half length with x4 slot width
  • One x16 slot low-profile/full-height, half length with x8 bandwith

Ports

Front:

• One USB 2.0

• Micro USB 2.0 compliant for iDRAC Direct

Rear:

• Two USB 3.0

• VGA

• Serial connector

Internal port:

• One USB 3.0

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • VMware® ESXi
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Ubuntu Server
  • Certify XenServer

Rack Support

ReadyRails™ sliding rails with optional cable management arm for 4-post racks (optional adapter brackets required for threaded hole racks).

Remote Management

For a small box it doesn’t slack off when it comes to remote management, the iDRAC controller provides enterprise grade remote management and security capabilities. This can be included with a dedicated NIC, or it can utilise one of the onboard NICs for connectivity.

Closing thoughts

For a lot of customers, this box could be considered laughably small, with a single Socket, only 64 GB RAM, and only limited internal storage, however those customers are looking at the wrong server and they know it, for customers looking for small office, remote office, remote campus, departmental servers or even physically isolated or segregated workloads This is a little power house is great. I could easily see these being deployed out to dozens of remote offices to run an Office in a Box style solution, possibly backed by a IPDA 4400 or small DataDomain for backups.

Depending on your requirements, it could be almost impossible to go past the PowerEdge R340 Server, I would highly recommend it for a wide range of use cases!

Links

https://www.dell.com/en-au/work/shop/povw/poweredge-r340

PowerEdge R340 Spec Sheet

PowerEdge R340 Technical Guide

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation 1-socket servers

PowerEdge Rack Servers Quick Reference Guide

PowerEdge Server Solutions Brochure