In June 2014, Nutanix announced that it had signed an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Dell to offer a new family of converged infrastructure appliances based on Nutanix Webscale technology (Read about it here). That family is referred to as the Dell XC Converged Appliance and is essentially a modified PowerEdge 630/730 server housing the Nutanix platform/NDFS.

Now it’s important to know that these servers have specific firmware/BIOS/Configuration to support the Nutanix platform, so please don’t go ahead taking your existing PowerEdge servers and trying to convert them to Nutanix. 

In late March 2015, Dell/Nutanix announced a revision to the Dell XC offering (formally known as XC 2.0), which includes some exciting updates:

  • 3 flavours to choose from: XC630, XC730-12 or XC730-24
  • Configure to order – Specify the Processor, ram, SSD, HDD’s Nics etc 
  • Intel’s Haswell Processor Architecture 
  • Support: 1-, 3- or 5-year co-terminus ProSupport (4 hr. and NBD)

Dell XC 2.0 Powered by Nutanix Webscale specifications and options: 

  XC630-10 XC730-10 XC730-24
Best Suited for: Compute Intensive Storage Intensive Cold Tier IOPS
Form Factor 1 RU 2 RU 2 RU
Processor Options (Dual)

E5-2620 v3 – 6 core 2.4/3.2GHz,

E5-2630 v3 – 8 core 2.4/3.2GHz, 

E5-2650 v3 – 10 core 2.3/3.0GHz,

E5-2680 v3 – 12 core 2.5/3.3GHz,

E5-2690 v3 – 12 core 2.6/3.5GHz,

E5-2698 v3 – 16 core 2.3/3.6GHz

E5-2620 v3 – 6 core 2.4/3.2GHz,

E5-2630 v3 – 8 core 2.4/3.2GHz,

E5-2650 v3 – 10 core 2.3/3.0GHz,

E5-2680 v3 – 12 core 2.5/3.3GHz 

E5-2690 v3 – 12 core 2.6/3.5GHz,
E5-2698 v3 – 16 core 2.3/3.6GHz
SSD Options

200GB, 400GB and 800GB,

HDD Options

1TB

minimum of 4,
maximum of 8 

2TB, 4TB,

minimum of 4,
maximum of 8 

1TB

minimum of 4,
maximum of 20

Nic Options

Intel X540-T2 (Dual Port 10GBASE-T + I350 1GBASE-T)

Intel X520 Dual Port 10Gb DA/SFP+È

Note: Maximum of 2

 

The following applies to all XC 2.0 Series configurations:

Hypervisor boot:
64GB SATADOM

Hypervisor options:

Each Dell XC Appliance comes loaded with the hypervisor of choice. Pick from either:

VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 U2 (trial version)

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2 with Hyper-V® Dell OEM Standard or Datacenter Edition Factory Installed

License options:

Nutanix Starter, Pro and Ultimate License

Software maintenance:

Nutanix 1-, 3- or 5-year Software Maintenance/Assurance

Support:

1-, 3- or 5-year co-terminus ProSupport (4 hr. and NBD) comprehensive XC Series support with Nutanix assist

Data storage controller:

PERC H730

DIMM:

4 to 24 DIMMs DDR4, installed in pairs, 16GB and 32GB RDIMMS

Memory configuration:

64GB to 768GB