Dell EMC Expands Server Capabilities for Software-defined, Edge and High-Performance Computing
Industry-leading 14th generation PowerEdge servers, the bedrock of the modern data centre, adds AMD EPYC processor-based systems to its portfolio
Singapore– Feb. 7, 2018
· Launches highly capable enterprise-class single- and dual-socket servers
· Breaks down the cost barrier for deployment of emerging workloads
· Offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge and are now available as vSAN Ready Nodes
Dell EMC announced three new servers designed for software-defined environments, edge and high-performance computing (HPC). The PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415 and PowerEdge R7425 expand the 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio with new capabilities to address the demanding workload requirements of today’s modern data centre. All three rack servers with the AMD EPYC™ processor offer highly scalable platforms with outstanding total cost of ownership (TCO).
“As the bedrock of the modern data centre, customers expect us to push server innovation further and faster” said Eric Goh, managing director and vice president, Singapore Enterprise Business, Dell EMC. “As customers deploy more IoT solutions, they need highly capable and flexible compute at the edge to turn data into real-time insights; these new servers are engineered to deliver that while lowering TCO.”
The combined innovation of AMD EPYCTM processors and pioneering PowerEdge server technology deliver compute capabilities that optimally enhance emerging workloads. With up to 32 cores (64 threads), 8 memory channels and 128 PCIe lanes, AMD’s EPYCTM processors offer flexibility, performance, and security features for today’s software defined ecosystem.
“We are pleased to partner again with Dell EMC and integrate our AMD EPYC processors into the latest generation of PowerEdge servers to deliver enhanced scalability and outstanding total cost of ownership,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacentre and Embedded Solutions Business Group (DESG), AMD. “Dell EMC servers are purpose built for emerging workloads like software-defined storage and heterogeneous compute and fully utilise the power of AMD EPYC. Dell EMC always keeps the server ecosystem and customer requirements top of mind, this partnership is just the beginning as we work together to create solutions that unlock the next chapter of data centre growth and capability.”
Technology is at a relentless pace of scale and record adoption, which has resulted in emerging workloads that are growing in scale and scope. These workloads are driving new system requirements and features that are, in turn, advancing development and adoption of technologies such as NVMe, FPGAs and in-memory databases. The PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415 and PowerEdge R7425 are designed to scale-up as customers’ workloads increase and have the flexibility to support today’s modern data centre.
Like all 14th generation PowerEdge servers, the new servers will continue to offer a scalable business architecture and intelligent automation with iDRAC9 and Quick Sync 2 management support. Integrated security is always a priority and the integrated cyber resilient architecture security features of the Dell EMC PowerEdge servers protects customers’ businesses and data for the life of the server.
These servers have up to 4TB memory capacity enhanced for database management system (DBMS) and analytics workload flexibility and are further optimised for the following environments:
· Edge computing deployments – The highly configurable, 1U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415, with up to 32 cores, offers ultra-dense and scale-out computing capabilities. Storage flexibility is enabled with up to 10 PCIe NVMe drives.
- Software-defined Storage deployments – The 2U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is the first AMD EPYCTM-based server platform certified as a VMware vSAN Ready Node and offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge1. With 128 PCIe lanes, it offers accelerated east/west bandwidth for cloud computing and virtualisation. Additionally, with up to 2TB memory capacity and up to 24 NVMe drives, customers can improve storage efficiency and scale quickly at a fraction of the cost of traditional-built storage.
- High performance computing – The dual-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425 delivers up to 24% improved performance versus the HPE DL385 for containers, hypervisors, virtual machines and cloud computing2 and up to 25% absolute performance improvement for HPC workloads like computational fluid dynamics (CFD)3. With up to 64 cores, it offers high bandwidth with dense GPU/FPGA capability. On standard benchmarks, the server with superior memory bandwidth and core density provided excellent results across a wide range of HPC workloads.
The new line of PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC™ processor will be available to channel partners across the globe, so they can cover a broad spectrum of configurations to optimise diverse workloads for customers.
· Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425, R7415, R6415 are available now in Singapore.
· vSAN Ready Nodes are available now with the PowerEdge R7425, R7415 and the R6415.
Jacob Smith, senior vice president, Engagement, Packet Hosting Inc.
“Packet is committed to bringing the latest and greatest infrastructure solutions to market, meeting the demands of performance-hungry SaaS platforms and Enterprise users around the world. We’re thrilled to collaborate with AMD and Dell EMC to introduce the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 which will power the first bare-metal cloud solution running AMD EPYC™ on the #1 server platform4 and a foundation of both our scale-out and edge deployments.”
David Chaffin, director of HPC, University of Arkansas –Fayetteville
“The Advanced High-Performance Computing Centre at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville runs Molecular Dynamics simulation the open-source code: LAMMPS (Large-Scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator). We found the Dell EMC PowerEdge 7415 single socket server with the AMD EPYC processor runs faster than existing dual socket servers, allowing us to support our continued need for more bandwidth and additional cores, but using less power in a smaller space.”
HPC and Research Team, Nikhef (Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics)
“The Dell EMC servers with AMD’s new EPYC processor have proven to be excellent for multi-core applications. Performance scales out very nicely for parallel code as well as OpenMP-based code. With the availability of the massive amount of PCI-e lanes, these servers provide us with a lot more storage and network throughput per socket. Also, the fact that the new EPYC processor contains hardware support for both AES encryption and SHA-2 encoding makes it a good candidate for hosting VPN services.”
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Charlie Bellord, Chief Commercial Officer, Hardware Group
“Today’s modern data centre demands an infrastructure than can handle a variety of workloads, and these new servers provide the capabilities for their servers to grow with their data centre needs. Also, the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415 and R7415 single socket servers speaks to the innovation and partnership of Dell EMC and AMD, and how they work together to bring enterprise class solutions to market.”
· Direct2DellEMC blog by Ashley Gorakhpurwalla: Where Change Meets Its Match: PowerEdge Servers with AMD EPYC Processors Have Arrived
· Direct2DellEMC blog by Ravi Pendekanti: Watch Out! Edge Computing Is Sharper Than You Think: 3 Key Requirements to Consider
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1Based on Dell internal analysis in January 2017, comparing the projected list price cost of a similarly configured Dell PowerEdge R7415 single-socket server versus the actual list cost of a traditional dual-socket server. Actual costs will vary.
2Based on Dell EMC internal testing using the SPECjbb2015MultiJVM (critical-jOPS) benchmark in November 2017, compared to HPE testing submission to the SPEC.org committee. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
3Based on Dell internal testing using the ANSYs Fluent benchmark test in November 2017, comparing a Dell PowerEdge R7425 configured with an AMD 7601, 32-core processor to a traditional 2-socket server with an Intel 6148, 20 core processor. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
4 Footnote: Dell and HPE were statistically tied for the #1 position in the worldwide server market due to a difference of one percent or less in their 3Q17 revenues and units. Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, 3Q17.