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The previous model (the R720) was already a substantial and well-engineered server with lots of configuration options, but support for the latest Haswell Xeons and DDR4 memory takes the R730 to a new level of performance, with good networking and remote management to go with it.
On the storage front, too, there are lots of choices enabling the R730 to be put to use hosting a wide range and number of applications without the need for extra rack space.
The fixed drive bay configurations could trip up customers needing to quickly boost storage capacity. Some care is also needed when it comes to selecting processors and memory as these can be expensive and very easy to over-specify.
The PowerEdge R730 takes Dell's Intel-based 2U rack-mount series to another level with processor, memory, storage, networking and management options all getting a makeover. The end result? A solid, workmanlike and very powerful platform that will help keep Dell and the PowerEdge brand at the top of the tree as far as data centre servers are concerned.