Dell EMC Announces 14th generation of its PowerEdge Server Portfolio

dellemc poweredge serversAt Dell EMC World 2017 in Las Vegas, Dell EMC has announced the launch of its newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio. As a “secured, scalable compute platform,” the new PowerEdge servers would form an ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives.

“In today’s 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, Dell EMC. “With our leadership in server technology innovations, the newest generation of PowerEdge servers are the bedrock of the modern data center.”

The new PowerEdge server portfolio would deliver 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

The new scalable business architecture of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers would enable customers to meet dynamic business needs with performance optimized for traditional and cloud-native workloads. To sum up, 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 include:

  • 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 would provide 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%”
  • 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 server”

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 would quickly and securely erase user data from drives or wipes all non-volatile media when a server is retired
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“The combination of the new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and VMware solutions will accelerate this IT transition with reliable infrastructure that is less complex to deploy while reducing total cost of ownership,” said Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware.

“I totally love the new iDRAC 9,” said Joe Wiese, systems design engineer, Rackspace Hosting. “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.”

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

“Adopting modern data center technology, such as hyper-converged infrastructure, is key to enabling IT transformation that supports the new demands of today’s digital business,” said Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware. “The combination of the new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and VMware solutions will accelerate this transition with reliable infrastructure that is less complex to deploy while reducing total cost of ownership.”

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