Private Cloud-in-a-Box


At a glance

What is it?

Our Private Cloud-in-a-Box is a pre-engineered, pre-assembled, complete virtualization solution, build on Dell Active Systems and Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Validated, for small and medium businesses and a remote office/branch office solution for mid to large organizations. It is optimized for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and includes Dell’s 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers, Dell EqualLogic Storage, Dell PowerConnect Networking and Dell management software.


  • Delivered pre-engineered and pre-built. Pre-sized, pre-tested, pre-assembled complete configurations, available to order based upon your existing capacity and compute needs.
  • Everything included. Provides the entire infrastructure – servers, storage, networking, power, cabling, rack, management tools and deployment services.
  • Accelerates Time-to-Value.Eliminates need for design, test, procure and configure. Gets you up and running in days, not months.
  • Integrated management software simplifies management of the underpinning infrastructure and lets you build on existing skills.
  • Minimizes Risk. Build on Dell’s industry best practices accumulated over thousands of successful deployments. Provides you with a single point of accountability.
  • By connecting to your existing technologies, it can minimize training needs.
  • Designed to accommodate your growing needs.Can be scaled vertically (by adding additional capacity on existing rack) or horizontally (by adding additional vStart racks).
  • Pooled Resources. In a private cloud, your key hardware resources—compute, storage, and networking—are pooled and abstracted into units that enable you to dynamically provision and scale applications and resources.
  • Self-Service. Deliver applications and resources as services. Your customers can request, configure, and manage IT services through an interactive portal that allows for automated provisioning.
  • Elasticity. Resources can quickly be expanded or contracted through automation or workflow, so IT services can be scaled up or down almost instantly to meet business requirements.


  • Starting or expanding virtual environments
  • Infrastructure for small business companies, remote offices, branch office departments
  • Projects with unpredictable computing resources need, requiring data center-like infrastructure
  • Hosting specific mission critical applications
  • Quickly launch new, virtualize or upgrade existing business applications – often migrated from a proprietary, legacy infrastructure
  • No trust in the Public Cloud services

What includs?

Function Details
Hardware Compute Dell PowerEdge Server R620 (x2)
Networking PowerConnect 7024 (x4)
Storage Dell EqualLogic PS4100XV iSCSI SAN
Rack 24 U Rack with required PDU
Dedicated Management Server (Optional) Dell PowerEdge Server R410
Keyboard Video Monitor (Optional)
Uninterruptible Power Supply (Optional)
Software Virtualization Management Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter (licensed with unlimited virtualization rights)
Infrastructure Management Dell Management Software and System Center 2012 R2 (includes SQL Server 2012 Standard license)
Services Deployment Initial deployment services are included
Other consulting (Optional) Additional services are optionally available
Support Solution Level Support 3 year ProSupport from Dell
Optional add-ons Dell PowerEdge Server R410, Keyboard Video Monitor, Uninterruptible Power Supply

Where is it available?


More about Active Systems

Dell Active Systems are a pre-engineered and tested solution that can dramatically accelerate virtualization adoption by dynamically provisioning resources to support the deployment of multi-hypervisor, virtual or physical workloads. With Active Systems, your entire virtual infrastructure is provided, consisting of a bundle of PowerEdge 12th generation servers, EqualLogic storage, PowerConnect networking, and deployment services. The result is a single management environment required to run 50, 100 or 200 virtual machines. The pre-packaged infrastructure rack comes as a single unit, wired and cabled and ready to deploy directly from the Dell factory. Available with a choice of either Microsoft Hyper-V or Vmware vSphere, plus included management software and initial deployment services, Active Systems provides a solution that is up and running right away.


  • One rack, wired ready to deploy from the Dell factory for 50, 100 or 200 VMs
  • One tool to manage entire virtualized solution, routine maintenance, storage, and operations
  • One point of contact across server, storage, networking, management and services
  • vStart deployment services included


  • Pre-engineered, pre-optimized, pre-tested and predictable: Balanced, certified, sized, configured, fully tested and certified – virtualized infrastructure in days
  • VMware or Hyper-V ready: Already includes plug-ins for servers and storage for vCenter (50, 100 or 200) or Microsoft Server 2008 Rx2 (50)
  • Future-proof scalability & extensible to enable private cloud


  • Scalable & modular: Grow from one solution & one vendor
  • No need for specialized training, skills or processes
  • Expertise built in: Industry-standard management processes, industry best practices and real-world designs included

Every Active System includes

  • Microsoft Server 2012 Datacenter Edition with Hyper-V or VMware vSphere & vCenter (Trial licenses)
  • Management Software
  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Toolkit
  • Dell OpenManage
  • Dell Management Plug-In for VMware vCenter (vSphere version only)
  • Initial Deployment Services

Active System 50

  • Dell PowerEdge R620 (x2)
  • Dell EqualLogic PS4100 Series (x 1)
  • Dell PowerConnect 7024 (x4)
  • 24U Rack with PDU

Active System 100

  • Dell PowerEdge R620 (x1)
  • Dell PowerEdge R720 (x3)
  • Dell EqualLogic PS6100 Series (x 1)
  • Dell PowerConnect 7048 (x4)
  • 42U Rack with PDU, UPS, KVM

Active System 200

  • Dell PowerEdge R620 (x1)
  • Dell PowerEdge R720 (x6)
  • Dell EqualLogic PS6100 Series (x 2)
  • Dell PowerConnect 7048 (x4)
  • 42U Rack with PDU, UPS, KVM

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