Hacking our Standard PowerEdge Servers to Meet Unique OEM Customer Needs

Pivot3, a Dell OEM customer, is quite the veteran when it comes to working with the Dell OEM custom engineering team.  They have been utilizing our services for a few years now.  Last year, Zac showed how we customized a PowerEdge R510-12 for them by adding a flash DOM boot device that also required designing custom cabling & bios modifications.

This year they came back with some new requirements and Zac and our team produced some outstanding work.   In fact, he had so much to show that I broke it up into two videos.

In the first video, Zac showed how we replaced the optical drive location of a PowerEdge R320 with a MO297A flash device mounted on a custom bracket.  He also demonstrates how we had to change out the normal power-cable and design a custom power cable.  Also, for their specific application Pivot3 wanted to use a different storage controller than what is offered on the standard R320 which also required another custom cable.

The second customization video focuses on our 12th Generation PowerEdge R720. Pivot3 had a few customization requests here.  First, they wanted a new custom bezel which we delivered in 3 colors and in 3 months.  They also requested a different controller than what was offered in

the standard R720 server and needed a separate boot device so all the drives in the front could be used for storage. For the boot device, his team decided on a PCI adapter using an mSATA flash device which did require some custom bios configurations.


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  1. Tremendous example of what Dell OEM is capable of doing.

    By: Corbin Moore on October 12th, 2012 at 9:35 am
  2. Corbin, I agree. I plan on releasing several more posts to illustrate the many ways OEM Engineering can help build custom solutions!

    By: Zac Cravens on October 12th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
  3. Watching those videos I am reminded of how easy to work with the PowerEdge servers are. The usability of adding and removing devices, cables, and component brackets is as elegant and easy to learn as I can imagine. Wow!

    Great work!

    By: Franklin Flint on October 12th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
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