Dell has lifted the lid on a new generation of servers based on Intel's upcoming Xeon E5-2600 processor family, along with new storage and network hardware, plus more turnkey solutions for virtual desktops and data warehousing.
Dell announced its 12th generation of PowerEdge servers at an event in London, with systems ranging from the PowerEdge R820 (pictured above) aimed at scale-out datacentre deployments, to the ‘workhorse' PowerEdge R720 and new blade servers for dense deployments.
However, detailed specifications of the new systems have yet to be disclosed, as Intel has yet to push the button on the Xeon E5-2600 line, widely expected to launch next month.
Instead, Dell talked up the management and power efficiency improvements enterprise customers can expect to see from the new systems, as well as extending its Fluid Data Architecture into servers via optional PCIe Flash solid state drives (SSDs) connected directly to the server, forming a new high-speed storage tier.
The latter consists of hot-swappable Dell Express Flash drives, accessible from the front of the system, which can deliver a 10 times performance boost in Microsoft SQL Server transactions and make Oracle database queries an impressive 28 times faster, Dell claimed.
The new PowerEdge systems debut version 2.0 of Dell's embedded Lifecycle Controller, which now offers an "agent-free" environment for monitoring, updating and deploying servers, said Brian Payne, executive director of PowerEdge marketing.
Dell offers plug-ins for third-party consoles, enabling users to manage systems running virtual machines atop VMware ESXi within Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager, while the Lifecycle Controller also links to Dell's Kace 1000 management appliance.
Another important feature is the ability to run the servers at a higher temperature than earlier models, reducing the need for power-draining cooling systems, according to Dell.
This move can reduce energy costs by up to 15 per cent, by allowing servers to operate at up to 24 degrees instead of 15 degrees.
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