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Dell EMC Drives IT Transformation with the New 14th Generation of PowerEdge Servers
Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 04:29:47 PM
 

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New servers power a diverse range of applications as the bedrock of the modern data center

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • New, award-winning 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable up to 50% more VDI users per server>1
  • Easy-to-use, next-generation OpenManage Enterprise console engineered to unify system management experience
  • New security features for enhanced protection against malicious threats and unwanted internal changes

    ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist can reduce time to resolve hardware issues by up to 90%2

DELL EMC WORLD 2017, LAS VEGAS , MAY, 8, 2017 - Dell EMC is previewing its most cutting-edge portfolio of PowerEdge servers ever to help customers drive IT Transformations. The newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a secure, scalable compute platform that is the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives. The new portfolio delivers innovation in three key areas:

  • Scalable business architecture optimizes data centers for a wide variety of new and emerging workload requirements
  • Intelligent automation via expanded APIs and the all-new OpenManage Enterprise console enable IT to spend more time on higher priority work
  • Integrated security protects customers businesses and data for the life of the server

In todays digital economy, technology must transform at the speed of business to develop and deploy new applications, optimize resources and deliver an ideal customer experience, said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, Server Solutions Division at Dell EMC. With our leadership in server technology innovations, the newest generation of PowerEdge servers are the bedrock of the modern data center.

Legacy data center technologies are not agile, flexible or efficient enough to meet the needs of businesses undergoing a Digital Transformation. In fact, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study, commissioned by Dell EMC, showed that only 5% of survey respondents are currently prepared to meet the IT requirements of digitally transformed businesses with modern platforms.

PowerEdge 14th generation servers will be embedded in storage and data center appliances, hyper-converged appliances and racks, ready nodes, bundles and other industry-leading Dell EMC solutions.

The new scalable business architecture of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable customers to meet dynamic business needs with performance optimized for traditional and cloud-native workloads. The new Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio is enhanced to:

  • Increase application performance and response time With 19X more Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) low latency storage than the prior generation, Dell EMC leads the industry in driving industry standards in NVMe via Express Flash
  • Get results from PowerEdge faster One-click BIOS tuning enables quick-and-easy deployment of many processing-intensive workloads
  • Access to the right data at the right time With enhanced storage capacity and flexibility, customers can tailor their storage configurations to their application needs, this is especially critical in a software-defined-storage (SDS) environment

Newly enhanced systems management features embedded in the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio uniquely automate productivity and simplify lifecycle management from server deployment to retirement. These new management features:

  • Unify the server management experience and provide full data center monitoring OpenManage Enterprise is a new virtualized enterprise system management console with application plug-ins, an easy-to-use interface and customizable reporting
  • Speed troubleshooting and maximize server uptime The enhanced iDRAC 9 provides up to 4 times better systems management performance over the prior generation
  • Enable faster remediation - ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist can reduce time to resolve parts failure by up to 90%2
  • Improve power efficiency and compute density Automatic multi-vector cooling enables more GPU accelerators in a single configuration, increasing up to 50% more VDI users per server1

The Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio embeds new hardware and system-level security features to protect the infrastructure with a deep layer of defense and quick detection in order to recover to a trusted base, if breached. The differentiated security features in the server:

  • Prevent unauthorized or inadvertent changes System Lockdown, an industry-first feature, prevents configuration changes that create security vulnerabilities and expose sensitive data
  • Secure data center through a cyber-resilient architecture Features such as SecureBoot, BIOS Recovery capabilities, signed firmware and iDRAC RESTful API (compliant with Redfish standards) provide enhanced protection against attacks
  • Ensure privacy System Erase quickly and securely erases user data from drives or wipes all non-volatile media when a server is retired

The new design of the Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation server portfolio has already won a user-experience design award, with a completely reimagined portfolio identity to mirror how customers interact with servers:

  • Improve airflow A new streamlined front profile moves air efficiently, optimizing power for application performance
  • Deliver an intuitive user experience Server configuration and monitoring is now possible via a handheld smart device with Quick Sync feature
  • Be eco-friendly Introduction of hemmed edges as a structural element, eliminates the use of paint on the server reducing environmental impact

Services are a critical component of the Dell EMC next generation server strategy. Dell EMCs services drive the rapid adoption and optimization of digital technologies. Services include:

  • Our IT Transformation Workshop, where Dell EMC consultants help customers compare their efforts to best-in-class peers and identify key priorities to accelerate their transformation to a modern, cloud-enabled infrastructure and IT model
  • Award-winning ProDeploy Enterprise Suite accelerates technology adoption, saving time and money with up to 91% less IT effort and up to 39% faster deployments than in-house resources3
  • ProSupport Enterprise Suite, services which are fully integrated with the PowerEdge 14th generation servers intelligent management and automation features, include ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist, Dell EMCs automated, proactive and predictive technology that can resolve hardware issues up to 90% faster2

AVAILABILITY:

In collaboration with Intel, Dell EMC is bringing the upcoming Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family to Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers. Intels technology will include many advancements that complement Dell EMC PowerEdge server performance, efficiency and security. Additional details and pricing information on the Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation servers are expected to be available in mid-2017.

CUSTOMER QUOTES:

Joe Wiese, systems design engineer, Rackspace Hosting I totally love the new iDRAC 9. The new version is quite comprehensive and can be used to configure most everything for managing and maintaining the servers. The web front-end can view and edit the iDRAC, the PERC, the NICs and the BIOS all through a single web interface that is also Redfish compliant for scripting via API calls. It is hands-down the single greatest addition to PowerEdge that I have encountered.

Vishvas Chitale, director, Chitale Dairy, India With a massive growth in operations, we wanted to apply technology to automate the milk production process and monitor dairy cow habits and health via an Internet of Things (IoT) solution. As a long-time Dell EMC customer, we had confidence in scaling our mission-critical application on PowerEdge servers using VMware. As a result, we have automated a manual process with complete lifecycle management of cows via the cloud.

ANALYST QUOTES:

Matt Eastwood, SVP, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter, IDC Dell continues to grow its server business as a combined company with EMC. Its Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio addresses a broad set of customer needs from traditional business use cases to cloud-native applications while offering a strong foundation to support future IT and business needs. Dell EMC has continued to invest in innovative technology combinations, which has resulted in a secure, scalable infrastructure and comprehensive solutions portfolio.

Michelle Bailey, chief research officer, 451 Research The next transition in enterprise architecture will increasingly be built on flexible hyper-converged infrastructures, those that simplify procurement and ongoing operations with a single supplier, lowering risks of implementation while helping speed time to delivery. Dell EMCs new generation servers is geared toward addressing many of these issues with intelligent management and automation capabilities.

1Dell EMC Engineering has tested and approved a maximum of 3 NVIDIA GPUs in the 14G R740xd server compared to 2 GPUs in 13G R730 server. The NVIDIA Tesla M10 GPU Accelerator supports up to 64 Users per GPU board. For more information: http://images.nvidia.com/content/tesla/pdf/188359-Tesla-M10-DS-NV-Aug19-A4-fnl-Web.pdf.

2Based on September 2015 Principled Technologies report, Resolving Server Problems with Dell ProSupport Plus and Support Assist Automated Monitoring and Response, commissioned by Dell. Testing conducted in the United States. Actual results will vary. Full report: http://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/ProSupport_Plus_with_SupportAssist_for_servers_0915.pdf

3 Based on September 2015 Principled Technologies report, Deploying New Dell Solutions with Dell ProDeploy, commissioned by Dell. Testing conducted in the United States. Actual results will vary. Full report: http://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/Deploying_new_solutions_with_ProDeploy_unabridged_1015.pdf

 
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