Dell Technologies ushers in the next generation of computing with its most powerful and secure Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio. With the new servers, Dell Technologies is charting the path toward autonomous infrastructure to offer greater IT efficiency, embrace AI and address the demands of IT at the edge.
The world's best-selling server portfolio provides the power needed to gain and act on real-time insights from data wherever it may reside—from core data centres to public clouds and edge locations. Reimagined with 17 new PowerEdge servers and bolstered by 1,100 Dell-owned or filed U.S. patents, the new servers deliver their highest performance to date.
"Data is being created and used in more places than ever before, and organisations are challenged to act on it as quickly as possible," said Jeff Boudreau, president and general manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell Technologies. "As we innovate for the future of IT, advanced automation is a must, no matter where infrastructure resides. Our new PowerEdge servers offer next-level performance to help customers accelerate data insights and the move toward autonomous compute."
Autonomous compute helps customers fully realise self-deployed, self-provisioned and self-managed infrastructure in the future. Today, through Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise, PowerEdge servers and systems management can deliver up to 85% time savings on average and eliminate dozens of steps with automation.
Highest performance to date helps businesses reach goals faster
Optimizing the latest technologies from AMD and Intel, new PowerEdge servers deliver the compute power needed for customers' most critical workloads and applications. Example advancements include:
"With the virtualised environment we've deployed on PowerEdge servers, we have the agility to shift workloads as needed," said Joel Weight, chief technology officer at Overstock.com. "Whether it's an email, an increase in customer traffic or a machine learning workload that needs to be completed quickly, we're able to adjust with the business' needs with PowerEdge's flexibility and performance."
AI-optimised to tackle the most data-intensive workloads
PowerEdge servers now feature PCIe Gen 4.0 – doubling throughput performance over the previous generation – and up to six accelerators per server to support the most challenging, data-intensive workloads. These technologies, coupled with PowerEdge's autonomous intelligence, make this the most AI-enabled PowerEdge portfolio to date, enabling organisations to anticipate and more quickly respond to their needs.
This latest portfolio features two all-new, accelerator-optimised servers:
Ruggedised and short-depth servers take IT to the edge
Built to thrive in remote and harsh environments, the portfolio now includes the new PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 ruggedised servers that bring enterprise performance and security to a durable form factor. With a hardened chassis, minimal footprint and support for multiple accelerators, the Intel-based XR11 and XR12 short-depth servers are built for the growing demands of edge-based workloads.
"Infrastructure has long been evolving beyond the data centre, and workloads at the edge are only becoming more complex," said Patrick Moorhead, founder and president, Moor Insights & Strategy. "Dell's servers and intelligent management solutions give organisations the compute options and tools to run even the most complex workloads from the data centre to the edge or wherever they need to be."
Security that's built-in, not bolted on, for end-to-end protection
Organisations around the world report their top concern on the path to digital transformation is data privacy and cyber security. Built with cyber-resilient architecture and a well-established silicon Root of Trust, the new portfolio's comprehensive approach ensures PowerEdge servers are secure at throughout their lifecycle, from manufacturing, deployment and beyond.
Security starts before deployment with Dell Technologies Secured Component Verification, a first-of-its-kind offering for servers and an extension to Dell's Secure Supply Chain assurance process. With unique features, such as PowerEdge UEFI Secure Boot Customisation, boot security can be more closely managed to better thwart attacks.
Energy-efficient cooling, designed with sustainability in mind
Energy-efficient products are important to the environment and to our customers and our commitment to sustainability is embedded into everything we do. With a uniquely designed chassis, the new servers feature ducted fans and adaptive cooling for more efficient power consumption that improves energy efficiency by up to 60% over previous generation. Coupled with multi-vector cooling, PowerEdge automatically directs airflow to the hottest part of the server for optimised cooling. Direct Liquid Cooling, available on select servers, features a proprietary leak-sensing technology to find and resolve issues faster.
Flexible ways to consume compute
With Project APEX, Dell Technologies is reinventing how customers acquire and consume IT. The Dell Technologies Cloud Console will provide the foundation for Project APEX, delivering a single, seamless experience for businesses to manage their cloud and as-a-Service journey.
Through the Dell Tech Cloud Console, customers today can subscribe and configure compute instances in private or hybrid cloud environments to finetune infrastructure capabilities to match their workloads. In the future, companies will be able to provision instances for virtual machines and container-based workloads, have them delivered to data centre or at the edge, all with pay-as-you-go pricing.
Additionally, the new line up of PowerEdge servers are available with Flex On Demand that allows customers to acquire the technology they need with payments that scale to match actual usage.