May 8th, 2017 by Adam Armstrong
Dell EMC Announce 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers
Today at Dell EMC World 2017, Dell EMC announced and previewed the latest rollout of its PowerEdge server family, the fourteenth generation. Dell EMC intends to continue as a leader in the server market with this newly designed server line. The 14th generation will be focused on scalability, automation, and integrated security while providing the agility, flexibility, and efficiency companies need through their digital transformations.
Dell EMC’s new PowerEdge 14G servers aim to tackle a lot of jobs including embedded in storage arrays, data protection, hyper-converged appliances and racks, ready nodes, bundles and other industry-leading Dell EMC solutions. They will be both highly scalable and performance optimized so they would be a good fit for both traditional and cloud-native workloads. The new PowerEdge servers will features automation to increase productivity and simplify lifecycle management. Along with this automation to make things easier, the new PowerEdge will be able to use Quick Sync 2 to manage the servers through mobile devices (Android and iOS). Dell EMC will be increasing security both at the hardware and system-level.
New features and capabilities include:
- 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
- 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 provides up to 4 times better systems management performance over the prior generation
- Enable faster remediation - PowerEdge servers with iDRAC parts replacement capability and ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist can reduce time to resolve parts failure by 91%, using up to 21 fewer steps to resolution
- Improve power efficiency and compute density – Automatic multi-vector cooling enables more GPUs and SSDs in a single configuration increasing more users per server, lowering cost per user while delivering a faster response time
- 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 quickly and securely erases user data from drives or wipes all non-volatile media when a server is retired
Dell is also redesigning the PowerEdge line. This new design is supposed to reflect how customers interact with their servers. The design includes improved airflow for more efficient power usage. Dell EMC has implemented hemmed edges to cut down on the need for paint (and fewer sharp edges), thus lightening the server construction’s negative impact on the environment. And as mention above, through the Quick Sync 2 feature, users can configure and monitor the server on their mobile devices.
One thing the Dell EMC did not get into is hardware specifics; there is a reason for that. Dell EMC has partnered with Intel for use of its new CPUs. As Intel isn’t quite ready to reveal its new gear, Dell EMC won’t be able to either. However when Intel comes out with new information, Dell EMC will most likely follow suit.
Dell EMC is also offering a handful of services with the new PowerEdge line. These services are designed to help the adoption and optimization of digital technologies. Services include:
- In an IT Transformation Workshop, Dell EMC consultants help customers compare their efforts to best-in-class peers and identify key priorities to accelerate their transformation to a modern, cloud-enabled infrastructure and IT model
- Award-winning ProDeploy Enterprise Suite accelerates technology adoption, saving time and money with up to 91% less IT effort and 39% faster deployments than in-house resources
- ProSupport Enterprise Suite, services which are fully integrated with the PowerEdge 14th generation server’s intelligent management and automation features, include ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist, Dell EMC’s automated, proactive and predictive technology that can resolve issues up to 90% faster
More information on the new Dell EMC PowerEdge severs are expected to be available later this year.