Dell EMC PowerEdge R540

    PowerEdge R540 Rack Server

    The PowerEdge R540 delivers the ideal balance of resources and affordability to adapt to a variety of application demands.



    Power your applications with the versatility of the R540


    The PowerEdge R540 delivers the versatility and flexibility to power a variety of applications. With a balanced set of resources, expandability and affordability the R540 adapts to the demands of the modern data center with the ideal value optimized design. Automatically optimize performance with one button application tuning and scale for future demands with up to 14 3.5” drives.

    • Scale compute resources with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and tailor performance based on your unique workload requirements.

    • Automatically optimize application performance with one-button tuning.

    • Flexible storage with up to 14 3.5” drives.

    • Free up storage with boot optimized M.2 SSDs.

    Intuitive systems management with intelligent automation


    Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are optimized for top efficiency and uptime, with intelligent automation that decreases time spent on the most common IT tasks. Combined with the agent-free management of the embedded iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller, the R540 is easily and effectively managed.

    • Simplify data center management with OpenManage Essentials to intelligently automate the entire server life cycle management process – from bare-metal deployment, through configuration and updates, to ongoing maintenance.

    • Use the OpenManage Mobile app to take advantage of new wireless Quick Sync 2 capabilities to efficiently perform management procedures at-the-server, across multiple servers within the data center, or monitor server status and respond to alerts, anytime, anywhere.


    Rely on PowerEdge with built-in security


    Every PowerEdge server is made with a cyber-resilient architecture, building security into all parts of a server’s life cycle. The R540 uses these new security features so you can reliably and securely deliver the right data to where your customers are, no matter where they are. Dell EMC considers each part of system security, from design to end of life, to ensure trust and deliver worry-free, secure systems.

    • Rely on a secure supply chain that protects servers from factory to the data center.

    • Maintain data safety with cryptographically signed firmware packages and Secure Boot.

    • Prevent unauthorized or malicious change with Server Lockdown.

    • Wipe all data from storage media including hard drives, SSDs and system memory quickly and securely with System Erase.

    PowerEdge R540 Spec Sheet



    Technical Specification


    Up to two 2nd  Generation Intel® Xeon®  Scalable processors, up to 20 cores per processor


    16 DDR4 DIMM slots, Supports RDIMM /LRDIMM, speeds up to 2666MT/s, 1TB max1

    Storage controllers


    Internal Boot


    Software RAID: S140

    SAS Host Bus Adapters: HBA350i, HBA330

    Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem (BOSS):HWRAID 2 x M.2 SSDs 240GB or 480GB

    Internal Dual SD Module²


    Front drive bays: Up to 12 x 3.5” SAS/SATA HDD max 192TB

    Rear drive bays: Up to 2 x 3.5 SAS/SATA HDD max 32TB

    Optional DVD-ROM, DVD+RW

    Power supplies


    Platinum 495W, 750W, 750W 240V HVDC3 , 1100W, 1100W 380V HVDC3

    Hot plug power supplies with full redundancy option

    Up to six fans


    Form factor: Rack (2U)

    Height: 86.8mm (3.41”)

    Width*: 434mm (17.08”)

    Depth*: 703.76mm (27.71”)

    Weight: 29.68kg (65.43lbs.)

    *Dimensions do not include bezel.


    Optional LCD or security bezel

    Embedded / At-Server


    iDRAC Direct

    iDRAC RESTful API with Redfish

    Quick Sync 2 BLE/wireless module

    Consoles & Mobile

    OpenManage Enterprise

    OpenManage Mobile

    OpenManage Power Manager


    OpenManage integrations: Microsoft®  System Center, VMware® vCenter™,

    BMC Truesight, Red Hat® Ansible® Modules


    Nagios®  Core and Nagios® XI, IBM Tivoli®  Netcool/OMNIbus

    Micro Focus Operations Manager I


    Dell EMC Repository Manager

    Dell EMC Update Package

    Dell EMC System Update

    Dell EMC Server Update Utility

    iDRAC Service Module

    OpenManage Server Administrator

    OpenManage Storage Services


    TPM 1.2/2.0, TCM 2.0 optional

    Cryptographically signed firmware

    Silicon Root of Trust

    Secure Boot

    System Lockdown(requires OpenManage Enterprise)

    System Erase

    I/O & Ports

    Network options: 2 x 1GbE LOM + (optional) LOM Riser 2 x 1GbE or 2 x 10GbE SFP+

    or 2 x 10GbE BaseT

    Front ports: 1 x Dedicated iDRAC Direct USB, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Video

    Rear ports: 1 x Dedicated iDRAC network port, 1 x Serial, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Video

    With Optional Riser: Non-rear storage config: 1xFH/FL + 1xHH/HL (2U Right riser) slots 

    +3 HH/HL slots

    Rear storage config: 1xHH/HL (1U Left Riser) + 1xHH/HL (1U Right risers) slot or 1xHH/HL (1U Left Riser) + 1x FH/HL (1U Right riser)

    Supported operating systems

    Canonical®  Ubuntu®  Server LTS; Citrix®  Hypervisor

    Microsoft Windows Server®  LTSC with Hyper-V

    Red Hat®  Enterprise Linux; SUSE®  Linux Enterprise Server; VMware®  ESXi

    OEM-ready version available

    From bezel to BIOS to packaging, your servers can look and feel as if they were

    designed and built by you.

    Recommended support

    and services

    Choose Dell ProSupport Plus for critical systems or Dell ProSupport for premium

    hardware and software support for your PowerEdge solution.

    Consulting and deployment offerings are also available.

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