Wednesday, 17 March 2021 15:36

Dell EMC unleashes tsunami of PowerEdge servers


Dell EMC has released 17 – count 'em, 17! – new PowerEdge servers targeting various types of workloads.

According to Dell Technologies senior vice president of server and networking portfolio management Ravi Pendekanti, that makes it the biggest PowerEdge announcement ever. These new servers are optimised for specific use cases, and feature the latest Intel and AMD CPUs: "the latest technology... as soon as it is available," he said.

The AMD Epyc 7003 series was announced yesterday, and the third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors have yet to be formally revealed.

Other features of the new PowerEdge servers include PCIe Gen 4.0 and multiple GPUs.

Security is enhanced through Dell Technologies Secured Component Verification within the company's secure supply chain assurance process, and features such as PowerEdge UEFI Secure Boot Customization help reduce opportunities for attack.

CPUs and other components are dissipating more energy in the form of heat, so the new PowerEdge servers feature ducted fans and adaptive cooling for improved energy efficiency. Some models include direct liquid cooling, incorporating Dell's proprietary leak-sensing technology that can respond by raising an alert or shutting down the server.

Autonomous compute is a key part of Dell EMC's roadmap, and the combination of Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise, PowerEdge servers and systems management is said to deliver up to 85% time savings on average and eliminate dozens of steps with automation.

This is Dell's "stake in the ground" for autonomous compute, said Pendekanti.

The 17 new PowerEdge servers are:

Dell EMC PowerEdge C6525, R7525, R6525, R7515 and R6515 servers with 3rd Generation AMD Epyc processors (available now).

Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545 servers with 3rd Generation AMD Epyc processors and Nvidia A100 GPUs (expected availability: 29 March 2021).

Dell EMC PowerEdge C6520, MX750c, R750, R750xa, R650 servers with 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (planned availability: May 2021).

Dell EMC PowerEdge R750xs, R650xs, R550, R450, and the ruggedised PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 (planned availability: 2Q21).

The PowerEdge R6515 is said to accelerate Hadoop performance by up to 60%, while the PowerEdge R750 provides up to 43% greater performance when solving massively parallel linear equations.

The PowerEdge XE8545 and R750xa are aimed at applications including machine learning training and inferencing, analytics and other advanced computing workloads.

The XR11 and XR12 are positioned as edge servers for the telecommunications, government and military, and retail and restaurant markets, and can operate in harsh environmental conditions.

"As both the volume and velocity of data continues to accelerate and businesses try to gain actionable insights from multiple sources of data, they are faced with fresh IT challenges. Now more than ever, organisations need a compute capability that meets their unique requirements. Our next-generation PowerEdge portfolio is designed specifically to meet these changing customer needs," said Dell Technologies APJ data centre and compute vice president Chris Kelly.

"This is the broadest PowerEdge portfolio ever announced. Our new platforms have been engineered to deliver truly adaptive compute capabilities and enable intelligent systems that will create an autonomous compute infrastructure optimised for modern applications – however demanding or complex those may be. These advancements will enable our customers to maximise productivity, become more agile, and accelerate innovation within their organisations."

Dell Technologies APJ senior vice president and general manager for channel Tian Beng Ng said "Our channel partners are integral to our overall success in leading digital transformation journeys. The new Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio allows our partners to drive profitable growth in their business by delivering an end-to-end, flexible technology for customers looking to innovate and grow in the era of disruption. Together with the unique structure of our Dell Technologies partner program and availability of flexible consumption solutions, we are confident that we can help our partners capture new and sustainable business opportunities."

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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