Dell vFlash Cards
Dell vFlash SD Cards
vFLash is an SD card on the server’s front panel and it is connected to and controlled by the iDRAC. It emulates USB flash storage to the operating system (OS), but its content can be updated remotely through the iDRAC network. Some of the applications of vFlash include:
Back up and restore the platform in case you need to replace the motherboard.
Download a custom image, and instruct the BIOS to boot to it.
Store data for the local OS user. The vFlash SD card can be up to 16 GB and can be divided into multiple partitions.
You can use Dell provided SD cards or your own as long as you have the iDRAC Enterprise license.
vFlash is a function of Dell Life-Cycle controller of Dell PowerEdge 11th- and 12th-generation servers that provides a shared storage space between the server system and its iDRAC. The storage resides on an external vFlash SD card inserted into the system.
The SD card can be up to 16GB. This shared space adds much flexibility to the systems management functions.
Figure 1: A sample repsentation of a Dell vFlash SD card;options we typically stock at Tekmart Africa