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Dell announces next generation Dell PowerEdge servers
Fri, 11th Nov 2022
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Dell Technologies has announced the next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers with 4th Generation AMD EPYC processors.

With their highest application performance to date, these new systems are designed to help customers more effectively power today's demanding, compute-centric workloads such as data analytics.

Designed for efficiency and security in mind, the new PowerEdge Servers are equipped with Dell's Smart Cooling technology to help reduce CO2 emissions and a built-in cyber resilient architecture to help reinforce customers' security efforts.

Rajesh Pohani, Vice President of Portfolio and Product Management for PowerEdge, HPC and Core Compute at Dell Technologies, says, "Customers demand uncompromised compute performance delivered in the most sustainable manner possible. Our latest PowerEdge servers are purpose built-to meet the needs of today's demanding workloads with efficiency and resiliency.

"With up to double the performance of the previous generation, combined with the latest in power and cooling innovations, these servers are designed to meet the growing demands of our customers."

Building on performance and storage

The next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers with 4th generation AMD EPYC processors provides performance and storage advancements while integrating into existing customer environments, Dell states.

The servers are well-suited for organisations with advanced workloads such as data analytics, AI, high performance computing (HPC) and virtualization. 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.

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, the company states.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Ram Peddibhotla, Corporate Vice President, EPYC product management, AMD, says, "AMD and Dell Technologies are committed to delivering leadership products that help organisations improve the performance and efficiency of their data centres while also working toward a more sustainable future.

"With the launch of Dell PowerEdge servers, powered by 4th Gen AMD EPYC processors, we continue to break performance records while delivering on the most stringent environmental goals and business outcomes our joint customers demand."

Extending sustainability advancements

Built with sustainability in mind, the servers offer advancements in Dell Smart Cooling technology that allow for more airflow through the systems than previous generations, keeping them cool while performing at the highest levels for long periods of time, the company states.

With greater core density, organisations can replace older, less efficient servers with next generation PowerEdge servers designed to reduce heat generated, energy consumed and the burden on other resources required to power the systems.

In particular, the PowerEdge R7625 delivers up to 55% greater processor performance efficiency compared to previous models.5 The new servers reinforce Dell's commitment to source recycled or renewable materials in more than half of Dell product content by 2030.

In addition, when shipping multiple servers at once with Dell's multipack option, these servers are delivered more sustainably, reducing the number of boxes and materials it takes to ship the systems.

Ensuring modern, scalable and secure IT

As cybersecurity threats evolve, so have the built-in security features in PowerEdge servers, Dell states. Anchored with Dell's cyber resilient architecture, the servers include features like system lockdown, drift detection and multifactor authentication.

The next-generation systems enable a more secure operation with end-to-end boot resilience, helping to establish a data centre with safety at its core.

With a dedicated, fully integrated on-die security processor, the 4th generation AMD EPYC processors help enable innovative technologies like confidential computing, according to the company.

In addition, AMD's "Security by Design" approach includes an embedded security subsystem to help protect data and expand on the AMD Infinity Guard security feature set, continuing to add layers for both physical and virtual security.

Coupled with Dell iDRAC, these servers record details of the server hardware and firmware build at the time of manufacturing. Using Dell's Secured Component Verification (SCV) supply chain assurance, organisations can verify the PowerEdge server arrived as ordered and built from the factory.

Kuba Stolarski, Vice President within IDC's Enterprise Infrastructure Practice, comments, "Continued innovation in server performance is critical to ensuring companies have the tools they need to address an increasingly data-centric and real-time world.

"With advanced security features designed directly into the platform, Dell's new PowerEdge servers can help organisations keep pace with data proliferation in a growing threat environment. The improvements in performance can enable customers to implement AI, HPC and other modern workloads to extract the most value from their data and IT investment."

The Dell PowerEdge R7625 server is available globally in limited configurations in November 2022. The next generation servers have planned full global availability in February 2023.