Engineered to unlock the full potential of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, Dell EMC ‘s latest addition to its PowerEdge server portfolio would offer customers improved performance and easier server management. Five all-new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers have been designed from the ground-up to address the complex and varied demands of traditional, emerging and multi-cloud workloads.
These new PowerEdge servers, designed to optimize the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor capabilities, are engineered to offer the compute performance, manageability and integrated security required for multi-cloud environments and a wide range of new and emerging workloads. For example, the new servers enable improved Dell EMC vSAN Ready Node deployments. According to AMD, these servers come with an up to 51% increase in input/output per second (IOPS) over previous generation AMD EPYC processor-based PowerEdge systems.
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“The unparalleled performance leadership of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor family opens up a world of possibilities for Dell Technologies customers by addressing critical workloads in the cloud, high-performance computing and the enterprise,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. “AMD and Dell Technologies have a long-standing history of providing customers with high performance data solutions. The breakthrough design of the new Dell EMC PowerEdge systems continues that collaboration and takes full advantage of the AMD Infinity Architecture and leading security features of AMD EPYC to deliver exceptional performance and TCO to our customers.”
According to Dell EMC, these new PowerEdge servers being launched “have set world records including 280% greater single-socket virtualized database performance and the industry’s top dual-socket performance result in the SAP Sales and Distribution (SAP SD) benchmark.”
“The modern data center must embrace traditional and multi-cloud approaches, helping organizations become more agile, deliver new insights from data, and ultimately achieve results faster,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president and general manager, Server and Infrastructure Systems, Dell Technologies. “The all-new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers maximize the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor performance to address these needs. We also continue to deliver enhancements to OpenManage, giving customers the power to work more seamlessly with leading software and public cloud vendors. Our research and development investments are designed to offer the industry’s best platforms for AMD EPYC processors with the performance, security and flexibility customers have come to expect from PowerEdge.”
To sum up, key “innovations” and capabilities of these new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers would include:
- Workload-Optimized System Designs – Built from the processor architecture up to support all aspects of the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, the new PowerEdge designs offer substantial performance improvements for a variety of workloads, including HPC, databases and VDI.
- Efficient TCO – With high core counts and balanced configurations, the new, “powerful” single-socket designs would be capable of workloads that often require two sockets. An efficient performance can offer hardware and software cost savings for improved total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Greater Bandwidth – Featuring “up to 26% more PCIe lanes with 60% faster interconnect fabric,” enabled by PCIe 4.0, the new servers would offer industry-leading capabilities for demanding network needs.
- Security – The new servers offer built-in security from below the chipset and BIOS to the processor. With AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization and Secure Memory Encryption, the all-new servers would offer robust integrated security that spans virtual machines and system memory.
High Performance Computing
Dell EMC is expanding the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC portfolio based on these new PowerEdge servers. New designs for ‘Ready Solutions for HPC’ for digital manufacturing, research and life sciences would offer benefits of liquid-cooling and GPU-enablement – to further enhance performance for compute-intensive workloads, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning.
The Ready Solutions for HPC, with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, would offer improved performance for workloads such as computational fluid dynamics, climate and weather modeling. According to Dell EMC, in recent testing, the PowerEdge C6525 delivered weather modeling results in half the time as previous generation AMD EPYC processor-based servers for faster severe storm notification.
Dell EMC OpenManage
To further ease management across traditional and multi-cloud workloads, Dell Technologies is introducing several Dell EMC OpenManage advancements and “strengthening” integrations across an ecosystem of leading software vendors. Portfolio-wide additions include:
- VMware Integrations – The new release of OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter would offer increased management scalability for more efficient management of VMware clusters in large environments. This also provides native support for the vCenter HTML5 interface – to streamline management and reduce training time.
- Microsoft Windows Admin Center Integration – Through new integration, Dell EMC would bring enhanced management to Microsoft environments, providing “deep” control of PowerEdge servers, as well as “full-stack” visibility and control of Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.
- ServiceNow Integration – Leveraging OpenManage FlexSelect, the new ServiceNow integration automates service management for PowerEdge servers. As incidents occur, automation between OpenManage Enterprise and ServiceNow would deliver a consistent view, allowing for remediation directly through ServiceNow.
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- Dell EMC PowerEdge R6515 and R7515 servers are available worldwide now.
- Dell EMC PowerEdge R6525 and C6525 servers have planned availability worldwide in October 2019.
- Dell EMC PowerEdge R7525 servers have planned availability in early 2020.
- Dell EMC OpenManage advancements are now available worldwide.
- Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC Digital Manufacturing, Research and Life Science, with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC-based PowerEdge servers, will be available worldwide in October 2019.
At the European launch in Rome, Italy AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today highlighted the growing adoption of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors across cloud, enterprise and HPC customers. Other adopters of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors include:
- OVHcloud – this large global cloud provider has announced a new “high-end” hosting instance based on the AMD EPYC 7402P processor. This instance will be available at the end of 2019.
- IBM Cloud – the vendor has detailed how 2nd Gen EPYC processors can support IBM Cloud customer needs in specific areas including helping improve cloud security, better memory bandwidth for big data and analytics workloads and “core scaling and high performance” for container workloads. IBM plans to have more to share in 2020 about its performance offerings for clients.
- ATOS – a global leader in “digital transformation,” has announced that Genci is using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to expand the use of supercomputing for the benefit of French scientific communities. Genci and ATOS are using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor due to its “breakthrough” performance, efficiency and TCO, according to AMD.
“Today, we are proud to have new platforms from Dell and new customers adopting 2nd Gen AMD EPYC for cloud, enterprise computing and HPC,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. “We continue to take the AMD EPYC processor to new heights and are thrilled to have the ecosystem supporting us across hardware, software and cloud providers as we face the challenges of the modern data center head-on.”
New Additions by AMD
AMD has also announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC customers and workloads, using liquid cooling to deliver leadership supercomputing performance.
In an ATOS testing on their BullSequana XH2000, the new AMD EPYC 7H12 processor achieved a LINPACK score of ~ 4.2 TeraFLOPS, ~11% better than the AMD EPYC 7742 processor.
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