PowerEdge FX2 Enclosure
The Dell PowerEdge FX2 enclosure is the uniquely small modular foundation for the PowerEdge FX architecture, an extremely flexible and efficient platform for building an IT infrastructure that precisely fits your computing needs.
The PowerEdge FX2 is a 2U hybrid rack-based computing platform that combines the density and efficiencies of blades with the simplicity and cost benefits of rack-based systems. With an innovative modular design that accommodates IT resource building blocks of various sizes — compute, storage, networking and management — the FX2 enables data centers to construct their infrastructures with greater flexibility.
Flexible configurations, more choice
The initial release of the FX2 enclosure can be configured to hold four 1U half-width resource blocks, the PowerEdge FC630 server node or PowerEdge FM120x4 microserver. Future releases will support quarter- and full-width servers and a halfwidth storage block. There are two versions of the FX2 chassis — the “switched” configuration, PowerEdge FX2s, supports up to eight low-profile PCI Express® (PCIe) 3.0 expansion slots, and the “unswitched” FX2 configuration, a lower-cost alternative that does not offer expansion slots.
The FX2 enclosure also offers I/O modules to several I/O aggregators that can simplify cabling, improve East/West traffic within the server, and enable LAN/SAN convergence — reducing cost and complexity.
The efficiencies of shared infrastructure
The FX2 enclosure allows servers and storage to share power, cooling, management and networking. It houses redundant power supply units (either 2000W, 1600W or 1100W) and eight cooling fans. With a compact highly flexible design, the FX2 chassis lets you simply and efficiently add resources to your infrastructure when and where you need them, so you can let demand and budget determine your level of investment.
Innovative management with intelligent automation
The Dell OpenManage systems management portfolio simplifies and automates server lifecycle management — making IT operations more efficientand Dell servers the most productive, reliable and cost effective. Dell’s agent-free integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller makes server deployment, configuration and updates automated and efficient. Using Chassis Management Controller (CMC), an embedded component that is part of every FX2 chassis, you’ll have the choice of managing server nodes individually or collectively via a browser-based interface.
OpenManage Essentials provides enterprise-level monitoring and control of Dell and third-party data center hardware, and works with OpenManage Mobile to provide similar information on smart phones. OpenManage Essentials now also delivers server configuration management capabilities that automate bare-metal server and OS deployments, replication of configurations, and ensures ongoing compliance with set system configurations.