Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 Server - System Overview


The Dell R740xd2 server introduces Dell’s cyber-resistant architecture featuring an updated Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 9.0 (iDRAC9) for improved local and remote management of the system.


One or two first or second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors are supported on this system and deliver a 27% increase in processing cores and a 50% increase in throughput. Choose from Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum processors with up to 28 cores per processor for 56 total cores in a two-processor configuration. High-end Nvidia GPUs or FPGAs are supported on this system.


Registered (RDIMM) and load-reduced (LRDIMM) memory modules are supported on the Dell EMC R740xd2 Server. It supports 16 memory slots in a two-processor configuration.


Chassis configuration, one with 24 x 3.5-inch drives. SAS, SATA, and Nearline SAS HDDs and SSDs are supported. Mixing of different drive types is not supported.

A Dell PowerEdge Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem, or BOSS is supported on the Dell R740xd2 Server. BOSS utilizes one or two boot optimized M.2 storage sticks on a PCIe card that can be configured for “pass-thru” mode or with two devices installed can be configured with a hardware RAID 1 in mirror mode for a failsafe boot. This hardware is especially attractive for Administrators running a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), or Software Defined Storage (SDS) allowing the OS to be separated from storage. Configuration of the BOSS is done through the System BIOS (F2), and also integrated with Dell OpenManage.


Six PCIe Gen 3.0 expansion slots are supported on the Dell PowerEdge R740xd2 Server. Network Daughter Card (NDC) options include connection speeds of 1GbE, 10GbE, and 25GbE with dual and quad ports. For additional bandwidth Administrators can install stand-up PCIe cards.


The system features a cyber-resilient architecture and comes standard with iDRAC9 with LifeCycle Controller Express, which offers improved automation and security features. OpenManage also delivers easy integration with VMware vSphere, Microsoft System Center, and Nagios. There’s also an improved Quick Sync 2 bezel with integrated near-field communications (NFC) that can be used with both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets with NFC capabilities to get on the spot server and network status. New and improved security features include Configuration Lock-Down, Embedded Firmware Authentication, Secure Boot, and System Erase.


There are many features to improve performance, throughput, reliability, and security on the new Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd2 Server. A new and improved Bezel design can also add a little bling to your server enclosure while increasing security and management access.