by Lyle Smith

Dell PowerEdge Gen13 Servers Released

Dell has unveiled its most advanced portfolio of PowerEdge servers to date, which was designed to help customers address and optimize the evolving spectrum of application and workload requirements. The 13th generation of Dell PowerEdge servers are also built to optimize price performance for the widest range of web, enterprise, and hyper scale applications, and features advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with systems management capabilities.  The new Dell PowerEdge portfolio offers customers a choice in how they tackle industry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined.

PowerEdge R730xd

The PowerEdge R730xd is designed with a focus on configurability to meet the needs of many different workloads with its latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, 24 DIMMs of high-performance DDR4 memory, and a broad range of local storage options.

The PowerEdge R730xd allows users to accelerate application performance with the latest technologies and dynamic local storage. Users will also be able to easily scale their device with its front-accessible design by using drives that range from low-cost SATA hard drives to 1.8” flash, as well as low-latency PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs. The R730xd can be configured under a hybrid storage model in order to tailor to workload needs and implement tiered storage efficiencies. In addition, users can combine its 24-drive capacity with a dual-PERC capability to drive storage performance to leverage Dell’s new caching technologies to boost application performance.

PowerEdge R730xd Specifications:

  • Form factor: 2U rack
  • Processor: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family
  • Processor sockets: 2
  • Dimensions: H: 8.73cm (3.44in.) x W: 44.40cm (17.49in.) x D: 68.40cm (26.92in.)
  • Cache: 2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
  • Chipset: Intel C610 series chipset
  • Memory: Up to 768GB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 up to 2133MT/s
  • I/O slots: Up to 6 x PCIe 3.0 slots plus dedicated RAID card slot
  • Drive bays:
    • Internal hard drive bay and hot-plug backplane:
    • Up to 16 x 3.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD + 2 x 2.5” drives
    • Up to 18 x 1.8” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD drives + 8 x 3.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD drives, + 2 x 2.5” HDD
    • Up to 26 x 2.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD, PCIe SSD drives

PowerEdge R730

The PowerEdge R730 delivers the performance to address a wide range of demanding workloads for midsized and large enterprises, including data warehouses, e-commerce, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), databases and high-performance computing HPC as a data node. The R730 provides up to 48TB of rapidly accessed storage for databases, business intelligence and HPC applications when configured with 3.5” drives.

With the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family and DDR4 memory, users will be able to achieve peak compute performance across a variety workloads as well as the ability to boost data access for applications by leveraging its 16 x 12Gbps SAS drives and high-performance dual RAID. In addition, its advanced accelerators and GPUs are able to maximize performance in HPC, VDI, and imaging environments.

PowerEdge R730 Specifications:

  • Form factor: 2U rack
  • Processor: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family
  • Processor sockets: 2
  • Dimensions H: 8.73 cm (3.44 in.) x W: 44.40 cm (17.49 in.) x D: 68.40 cm (26.92 in.)
  • Cache: 2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
  • Chipset: Intel C610 series chipset
  • Memory: Up to 768GB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 up to 2133MT/s
  • I/O slots: Up to 7 x PCIe 3.0 plus dedicated PERC slot
  • Drive bays:
    • Internal hard drive bay and hot-plug backplane:
    • Up to 16 x 2.5” HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
    • Up to 8 x 3.5” HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA

PowerEdge T630

The PowerEdge T630 is also equipped with latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family and has huge internal storage capacity, extensive configuration flexibility and the most powerful GPU in the PowerEdge server portfolio. The PowerEdge T630 helps to drive business success for small- to medium-sized businesses, as well as large enterprise remote and branch offices with its collaboration and productivity applications (mail and messaging, file and print, web serving, video serving) to Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) in retail environments and its ability to record retention and management in healthcare and education.

The PowerEdge T630 also features up to 768GB of DDR4 memory and can accelerate data performance and throughput with its Express Flash PCIe SSDs, 12Gbps SAS and PCIe 3.0 I/O and storage tiering as well as faster data analytics with support for up to four optional GPUs.

PowerEdge T630 specifications:

  • Form factor: Tower (5U rackable)
  • Processor: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family
  • Processor sockets: 2
  • Internal interconnect: 2 x Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) links; 6.4GT/s, 8.0GT/s, 9.6GT/s
  • Cache: 2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18
  • Chipset: Intel C610
  • Memory: Up to 768GB (24 DIMM slots): 2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB DDR4 up to 2133MT/s
  • I/O slots:
    • 8 PCIe slots:
      • Slot 1: one x16 PCIe 3.0 for FL/FH card from CPU1
      • Slot 2: one x8 PCIe 2.0 for FL/FH card from PCH (x4 lanes)
      • Slot 3: one x16 PCIe 3.0 for FL/FH card from CPU1
      • Slot 4: one x8 PCIe 3.0 for HL/FH card from CPU2
      • Slot 5: one x8 PCIe 2.0 for FL/FH card from CPU2 (x4 lanes)
      • Slot 6: one x16 PCIe 3.0 for FL/FH card from CPU2
      • Slot 7: one x16 PCIe 3.0 for FL/FH card from CPU2
      • Slot 8 (Internal PERC slot): one x8 PCIe 3.0 for HL/FH card from CPU1
  • Drive bays
  • Internal hard drive bay and hot-plug backplane:
    • Up to 8 x 3.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD, PCIe SSD drives with optional flex bay
    • Up to 18 x 3.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD drives
    • Up to 16 x 2.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD, PCIe SSD drives with optional flex bay
    • Up to 32 x 2.5” SAS, SATA, nearline SAS, SSD drives

PowerEdge M630

The PowerEdge M630 blade server is designed for use with the PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure and the PowerEdge VRTX converged infrastructure, offering scalability in environments ranging from IT as a service and private clouds to remote and branch offices. Its Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family offers the processing cycles and threads to help increase virtualization performance, which enables the M630 to deliver more, larger, and higher performing virtual machines aided by more cores and up to 15% greater memory bandwidth.

The PowerEdge M630 also features 24 DDR4 DIMM slots and up to four 1.8” SSDs, which is twice the number of flash drives per server than previous generations. This makes the M630 ideal for workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC).

PowerEdge M630 specifications:

  • Form factor: Half-height blade with up to 16 nodes in a 10U M1000e chassis; up to four nodes in a VRTX chassis
  • Processor: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family
  • Processor sockets: 2
  • Dimensions H: 197.9cm, W: 50.35cm, D: 544.32cm
  • Cache: 2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18
  • Chipset: Intel C610 series chipset
  • Memory: Up to 768TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 up to 1866MT/s
  • I/O mezzanine cards: 2 x PCIe 3.0 (x8) mezzanine cards
  • Primary storage: Hot-plug hard drive options: PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSD, SATA HDD/SSD or SAS HDD/SSD
  • 4 x 1.8” SSD. 2 x 2.5” PCIe SSDs

PowerEdge R630

The PowerEdge R630 server is versatile and highly configurable for a wide range of solutions with 24 DIMMs of high-performance DDR4 memory and a broad range of local storage options.

The R630 can be configured as a 24 bay all-flash server. Users can also combine the density, scalability and performance of 24 1.8” SSDs with dual-PERC capability for a solution that improves performance by storing an entire database. In addition, when combined with the SanDisk DAS Cache solution, the R630 can increase OLTP transactions and concurrent usage for latency-sensitive applications, including e-commerce or financial trading.

PowerEdge R630 specifications

  • Form factor: 1U rack
  • Processor: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family
  • Processor sockets: 2
  • Dimensions:
  • 24 x 1.8” and 10 x 2.5” drive configuration: H: 4.28cm (1.68in.) x W: 48.23cm (18.98in.) x D: 75.51cm (29.72in.)
  • 8 x 2.5” drive configuration: H: 4.28cm (1.68in.) W: 48.23cm (18.98in.) D: 70.05cm (27.57in.)
  • Cache: 2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18
  • Chipset: Intel C610 series chipset
  • Memory: Up to 768GB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 up to 2133MT/s
  • I/O slots: Up to 3 x PCIe 3.0 slots plus dedicated PERC slot
  • Drive bays:
    • Internal hard drive bay and hot-plug backplane:
      • Up to 24 x 1.8” SATA SSD
      • Up to 10 x 2.5” HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA, Up to 4 NVMe PCIe
      • Up to 8 x 2.5” HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
  • Maximum internal storage:
    • HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA, NVMe PCIe
    • 24 x 1.8” SSD – up to 23TB via 0.96 TB hot-plug SATA SSD
    • 10 x 2.5” – up to 18TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD
    • 8 x 2.5” – up to 14TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD

Dell has also released new direct-attached storage offerings specifically developed for the new PowerEdge servers, the Dell Storage MD1400 and MD1420. They provide an affordable storage expansion, double the bandwidth, have improved performance compared to the previous generation, data security with self-encrypting-drives (SEDs), and seamless data management between the server and storage enclosure.

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