- Dell PowerEdge server portfolio expansion offers more performance, including up to 2.9x greater AI inferencing
- Dell Smart Flow design and Dell Power Manager software advancements deliver greater energy efficiency
- Dell Secured Component Verification helps secure the supply chain with cryptographic verification
- Dell APEX portfolio to offer a modern compute as-a-Service experience, helping companies improve IT operations while making the most of their resources
Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) expands the industry’s top selling server portfolio[i], with an additional 13 next-generation Dell PowerEdge servers, designed to accelerate performance and reliability for powerful computing across core data centres, large-scale public clouds and edge locations.
Next-generation rack, tower and multi-node PowerEdge servers, with 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, include Dell software and engineering advancements, such as a new Smart Flow design, to improve energy and cost efficiency. Expanded Dell APEX capabilities will help organisations take an as-a-Service approach, allowing for more effective IT operations that make the most of compute resources while minimising risk.
“Customers come to Dell for easily managed yet sophisticated and efficient servers with advanced capabilities to power their business-critical workloads,” said Richard Jeremiah, general manager, Data Center and Compute Solutions, South Asia, Dell Technologies. “Our next-generation Dell PowerEdge servers offer unmatched innovation that raises the bar in power efficiency, performance and reliability while simplifying how customers can implement a Zero Trust approach for greater security throughout their IT environments.”
“Organizations in Thailand are increasingly presented with more data and decisions to grow their business and transform their operations. Our next-generation Dell PowerEdge portfolio is designed to address our customers’ evolving workload needs and will provide enhanced scalability, automation, cyber-resilience, and energy efficiency,” said Thitaphon Boonprasit, managing director, Thailand, Dell Technologies. “Moreover, our new software and services advancements will enable seamless integration and simplification of IT management systems as much as possible and yet allow customers to maintain full control of their IT environments.”
Besides these 13 models, Dell has also announced expanded next generation server portfolio that are designed to efficiently meet the needs of a range of demanding workloads from artificial intelligence and analytics to large-scale databases, as well as with security in mind. Announced in November 2022, the PowerEdge XE family of servers with NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs and the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software suite for a full stack, production AI platform builds on advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Meanwhile, the next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers with 4th generation AMD EPYC processors provides performance and storage advancements while integrating into existing customer environments.
New servers for cloud service providers
The introduction of Dell PowerEdge HS5610 and HS5620 servers delivers optimised solutions tailored for cloud service providers managing large-scale, multi-vendor data centres. Available in both 1U and 2U form factors, these new, two-socket servers include cold aisle serviceable configurations and are available with Dell Open Server Manager, an OpenBMC based systems management solution to simplify multi-vendor fleet management.
Greater performance and simpler management
Next-generation PowerEdge servers provide improved performance, including the Dell PowerEdge R760, which delivers up to 2.9x greater AI inferencing on 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel Deep Learning Boost and Intel Advanced Matrix Extensions.[ii] The PowerEdge R760 also offers up to a 20% increase in VDI users[iii] and over 50% more SAP Sales & Distribution users on one server, compared to the previous generation.[iv] PowerEdge systems may be ordered with NVIDIA Bluefield-2 data processing units to provide additional offload, acceleration and workload isolation capabilities idea for power efficiency for private, hybrid and multicloud deployments.
Enhancements to Dell monitoring software and new services make server management even easier:
- Dell CloudIQ — Dell software combines proactive monitoring, machine learning and predictive analytics while offering a comprehensive view of servers wherever they reside. Updates include advancements to server performance forecasting, select maintenance operations and new visualisation.
- Dell ProDeploy services — The Dell ProDeploy Factory Configuration service delivers PowerEdge servers ready to install and preconfigured with the customer’s preferred operating system, hypervisor software and settings for RAID, BIOS and iDRAC. The Dell ProDeploy Rack Integration service delivers and installs production-ready racked and networked PowerEdge servers, ideal for companies expanding their data centre environments or undergoing an IT modernisation.
- Dell iDRAC9 — As customers seek increased server automation and intelligence, Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) makes Dell systems easier to deploy and diagnose, equipped with updated features such as Certificate Expiry Notice, Telemetry for Dell Consoles and GPU monitoring.
Designed for sustainability
Dell PowerEdge servers are designed with sustainability in mind, offering customers a 3x performance improvement, compared to 14th Generation PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon Scalable processors launched in 2017, resulting in less floor space required and more powerful and efficient technology across all next-generation systems.[v] Key highlights include:
- Dell Smart Flow design — A new feature within the Dell Smart Cooling suite increases airflow and reduces fan power by up to 52% compared to previous generation servers.[vi] The Smart Flow design supports greater server performance with less power required to cool systems for more efficient data centres.
- Dell OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager 3.0 software — Customers can better manage efficiency and cooling goals, monitor carbon emissions and set power caps up to 82% faster to limit overall energy usage. With the enhanced sustainability target tool, customers can determine overall server use, virtual machine and facility energy consumption, leak detection for liquid cooling systems, and more.
- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) — Four next-generation Dell PowerEdge servers will be available with the EPEAT silver designation, and 46 systems will be designated EPEAT bronze. The EPEAT ecolabel is a leading global designation, covering products and services from the technology sector that demonstrate a responsible purchasing decision.
Champion of advanced modelling and datasets
New Dell PowerEdge servers help organisations embrace AI and HPC initiatives to generate faster, smarter outcomes. Designed in collaboration with Intel and NVIDIA, the new systems use Smart Cooling technology and enable organisations to harness AI for model training, HPC modelling and simulation, core-to-edge inferencing and data visualisation.
- PowerEdge XE9680 – Dell’s first high performance 8x GPU server leverages eight NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs or NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs, resulting in optimal performance, in an air-cooled design. The server combines two upcoming 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and eight NVIDIA GPUs, to help deliver maximum performance for AI workloads.
- PowerEdge XE9640 – Next-generation 2U performance optimised 4x GPU PowerEdge server, combining Intel Xeon processors and Intel Data Center GPU Max Series. With fully direct liquid cooling, the system is designed to reduce energy cost with greater rack density.
- PowerEdge XE8640 – Air-cooled 4U performance optimised 4x GPU server featuring four NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs and NVIDIA NVLink technology, along with two upcoming 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Designed to help businesses develop, train and deploy machine learning models to accelerate and automate analysis.
More performance and storage options for the data centre of the future
The next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers with 4th generation AMD EPYC processors provides performance and storage advancements while integrating into existing customer environments. The servers are well-suited for organisations with advanced workloads such as data analytics, AI, high performance computing (HPC) and virtualisation.
Available in one- and two-socket configurations, with support for as much as 50% more processor cores compared to the previous generation, the latest systems offer the highest performance to date for AMD-powered PowerEdge servers.[vii] Customers can expect up to a 121% performance improvement, up to 33% more front drive count for 2U servers and up to 60% higher front drive count for 1U servers.[viii]
- PowerEdge R7625 offers increased application performance and data storage. With the performance of dual 4th generation AMD EPYC processors, this server is designed to be the backbone of a data centre. This 2-socket, 2U platform has proven to accelerate in-memory databases by over 72% surpassing all other 2- and 4-socket SAP Sales & Distributions submissions, achieving a new world record.[ix]
- PowerEdge R7615 is a one-socket, 2U server with a faster memory bandwidth than previous generations. Improved drive density is designed to complete multiple jobs faster with a smaller data centre footprint. This platform accelerates AI workloads with maximum accelerated expansion capabilities, achieving an AI benchmark world record.[x]
- PowerEdge R6625 is a two-socket, 1U server delivering the optimal balance in performance, flexibility and density. The system is suited for HPC workloads or running multiple virtual desktop infrastructure instances.
- PowerEdge R6615 is a one-socket, 1U server that offers more virtual machine density than previous generations. The thin design offers increased compute power in a dense form factor, limiting data centre footprint expansion without losing performance.
Reliability and security at the core
Next-generation PowerEdge servers help accelerate Zero Trust adoption within organisations’ IT environments. The devices constantly verify access, assuming every user and device is a potential threat. At the hardware level, silicon-based hardware root of trust, with elements including the Dell Secured Component Verification (SCV), helps verify supply chain security from design to delivery. Additionally, multifactor authentication and integrated iDRAC verifies users before granting access.
A secure supply chain also enables customers to advance their Zero Trust approach. Dell SCV offers cryptographic verification of components, which extends supply chain security to the customer’s site.
Delivering a scalable, modern compute experience
Customers looking for OpEx flexibility can consume PowerEdge servers as a subscription through Dell APEX today. Using advanced data collection and processor-based measurement by the hour, customers can take a flexible approach to avoid the costs associated with over-provisioning their compute needs.
- Dell PowerEdge R760 is available today.
- Dell PowerEdge HS5620, HS5610 are available globally in April 2023.
- Dell PowerEdge XE9680, XE8640 and XE9640 availabilities are planned in the first half of 2023
- Dell PowerEdge R7625, R7615, R6625 and R6615 are available today
- Additional next-generation Dell PowerEdge servers will be global availability throughout the first half of 2023.
- ProDeploy Factory Configuration is globally available today.
[i] Based on the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for Q3 2022, released December 6, 2022.
[ii] Testing commissioned by Dell in December of 2022 and performed by Scalers AI, which delivers greater AI inferencing for object detection using INT8 on 4th Gen Intel Xeon. PowerEdge R760 includes a fourth-generation Xeon SP CPU with updated Deep Learning Boost instructions. Actual results will vary.
[iii] Based on internal Dell testing where the R760 with (2) Intel® Xeon® Gold 6454S Processors hosted 220VDI sessions compared to an R750 with (2) Intel® Xeon® Gold 6348 Processors that was able to host 183VDI sessions
[iv] Based on test results approved by SAP under certification number: 2023005 where the R760 with (2) Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8480 Processors with a total of 112 cores, 224 threads and 2,048 GB DRAM hosted 72,250 SD users using SUSE SLES15 compared to published results for the R750 with (2) Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8380 Processors with a total of 80 cores, 160 threads and 1,024GB DRAM which demonstrated support for up to 48,000 SD Users using RedHat RHEL8.2 under certification number 2021026 . SAP Standard Application Benchmarks
[v] Based Dell SPEC.org benchmark published results on R760 with (2) Intel® Xeon® 8480+ Processors as compared to a R740 with (2) Intel® Xeon® 8180 Processors Published results as of Jan 2023 https://www.spec.org/cpu2017/results/
[vi] Based on internal Dell testing conducted in the Thermal & Efficiency lab evaluating power draw and airflow of PowerEdge R760 Smart Flow chassis configuration vs PowerEdge R760 standard chassis configuration on Nov 2022
[vii] Based on Dell analysis of submitted SPECFPRate score of 1410 achieved on a Dell PowerEdge R7625 with AMD EPYC 9654s compared to the previous high score of 636 on a Dell PowerEdge R7525 with AMD EPYC 7763 processors as of 11/3/2022. Actual performance will vary
[viii] Based on Dell analysis of submitted SPECFPRate score of 1410 achieved on a Dell PowerEdge R7625 with AMD EPYC 9654s compared to the previous high score of 636 on a Dell PowerEdge R7525 with AMD EPYC 7763 processors as of 11/3/2022. Actual performance will vary. Storage Capacity on Dell internal analysis of available front drive slots going from a maximum of 24 drives in prior generation configurations to 32 E3.S drives config option in the latest gen 2U platforms and 10 to 16 drives for 1U platforms. Available storage will depend on configuration and drives chosen
[ix] Based on Dell analysis of the submitted world record score of 148000 benchmark users on the Dell PowerEdge R7625 compared to the previous world record score of 86000 Benchmark for PowerEdge R7525 users recorded on the SAP-SD page as of 11/3/2022. Actual results will vary
[x] Based on Dell analysis of submitted TPCx-AI scores for scale factors 3 and 10 as of 11/10/2022. Actual performance might vary