We are an aircraft parts design and manufacturing company, and we bought five units of the C6100, for use as remote workstations. Each C6100 houses four workstation nodes operating on Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, and each node has two six-core processors and 192GB of DDR3 1066MHz ECC RAM.
We have achieved the rack density of two workstation nodes per unit of rack space, i.e. a total of 20 workstation nodes for the entire team in just 10U of rack space. An thus we have been able to fit all of our equipment, with space left over for expansion, in a single Dell 19-inch rack.
The PowerEdge C6100 has a significant advantages over its Hewlett-Packard counterpart, the ProLiant SL2x170z, in that each of the C6100's nodes can have up to three LFF or six SFF hard disk drives. This is as opposed to the SL2x170z, each of the nodes of which are only able to accomodate one LFF or two SFF hard disk drives.
The PowerEdge C6100 also consumes a maximum of 1.1 kilowatts, compared to the ProLiant SL2x170z, which requires a maximum of 1.2 kilowatts. In addition, with the exception of Hewlett-Packard, no other manufacturer has a counterpart to the Dell PowerEdge C6100. The Dell PowerEdge C6100 is also cheaper than the Hewlett-Packard ProLiant SL2x170z for a similar congfiguration.
Each node of the C6100 has a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 full-height half-length Slot, while the SL2x170z is only able to accomodate proprietary mezzanines.
The capability to mix LFF and SFF hard disk drives in the same chassis, which is not currently present in the C6100, would make this product perfect. Other than that, the C6100 has no cons.
Whether you are seeking a high-density remote workstation solution or a high-performance computer cluster, the Dell PowerEdge C6100 is the right product at the best possible price. You will not be disappointed by this machine, no matter what your expectations are.