February 6th, 2018 by Adam Armstrong
Dell EMC Adds AMD EPYC CPU-Based PowerEdge Servers To Its Portfolio
Today Dell EMC announced new 14th generation PowerEdge serves with the AMD EPYC processors instead of Intel. The three new servers, PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415, and PowerEdge R7425, are designed for software-defined environments, the edge, and high-performance computing (HPC). The company states that the new servers can offer up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge.
AMD launched its new EPYC data center CPU last June. The company said its new EPYC processors combine security features, enterprise class reliability, and support a full feature-set. AMD goes on to claim that at "every targeted price point for two-socket processors, EPYC outperforms the competition, with up to 70% more performance in the eight hundred dollar price band and up to 47% more performance at the high-end of the market of four thousand dollars or more."
AMD is now combining the promise of performance with Dell EMC’s proven PowerEdge server Technology. The CPUs offer up to 32 cores (64 threads), 8 memory channels and 128 PCIe lanes lending even more flexibility, performance and security features found in the PowerEdge line. The three new EPYC-powered servers will come with scalable business architecture and intelligent automation PowerEdge are know for as well as iDRAC9 and Quick Sync 2 management support.
The three main use cases include:
- Edge Computing deployments – The highly configurable, 1U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415, with up to 32 cores, offers ultra-dense and scale-out computing capabilities. Storage flexibility is enabled with up to 10 PCIe NVMe drives.
- Software-defined-Storage deployments – The 2U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is the first AMD EPYC-based server platform certified as a VMware vSAN Ready Node and offers up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge. With 128 PCIe lanes, it offers accelerated east/west bandwidth for cloud computing and virtualization. Additionally, with up to 2TB memory capacity and up to 24 NVMe drives, customers can improve storage efficiency and scale quickly at a fraction of the cost of traditional-built storage
- High performance computing – The dual-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425 delivers up to 24% improved performance versus the HPE DL385 for containers, hypervisors, virtual machines and cloud computing and up to 25% absolute performance improvement for HPC workloads like computational fluid dynamics (CFD). With up to 64 cores, it offers high bandwidth with dense GPU/FPGA capability. On standard benchmarks, the server with superior memory bandwidth and core density provided excellent results across a wide range of HPC workloads.
The Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425, R7415, R6415 and the vSAN Ready Nodes for the same servers are available today.