Dell PowerEdge R730 review

A 2U powerhouse with lots of options to play with

Dell PowerEdge R730
Dell PowerEdge R730

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We liked

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.

We disliked

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.

Final verdict

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.