Dell launches PowerEdge servers

Dell-PowerEdge-serversBangalore, India, September 9, 2014: Dell today unveiled its most advanced and easy-to-manage portfolio of PowerEdge servers, designed to help customers worldwide address and optimize the evolving spectrum of application and workload requirements. The Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio features customer-inspired engineering builtto optimize price performance forthe widest range of web, enterprise and hyperscale applications, andfeatures state-of-the-art advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with industry-leading systems management capabilities.

The new Dell PowerEdge portfolio– which begins withfive form-factors across blade, rack and tower servers– provides customers with choice in how they address industry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined. More than80 percent of IT decision-makers report these factors as investment priorities for the next 12 months,according to the Future Ready IT survey, recent worldwide research commissioned by Dell and Intel.

A recently conducted survey by Dell and Intel in association with Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) titled the Future Ready IT survey found that IT Decision Makers globally are seeing the importance of the major industry trends – cloud computing, mobility, big data and software-defined networking and its influence on IT. More than 80 percent of IT decision-makers report these factors as investment priorities for the next 12 months.  In India, the survey found that Reliability and Stability features and Hardware based security features were the most important server features seen by over 65% of the IT decision makers. Keeping this in mind, the new Dell PowerEdge portfolio has been designed  in five form-factors across blade, rack and tower servers – providing customers with choice in how they addressindustry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined.

Dell India R&D Center’s contribution to the development of 13th Generation of PowerEdge Servers

The Dell India R&D, Bangalore Center has made significant contributions to the 13th generation of Power Edge server development. Overall, Bangalore Design Center has contributed 60% in overall Server Systems Management Software including Embedded Firmware on Dell Remote Access Controller and 100% on Validation Engineering and product documentation.

“Businesses worldwide today are being impacted by industry trends such as cloud computing, mobility, big data and software defined data centers. These forces have the ability to disrupt the functioning of IT and organizations need to look for new ways to address workload requirements of their customers. Servers today need to be designed to address the varied workloads of customers while accelerating performance and simplifying management,” said Manish Bahl, VP and Country Manager, Forrester.

“90 % of Indian IT Decision Makers feel that there is a need for an IT structure that will tailor infrastructure to specific applications and workloads, according to a global research done by PBS. Additionally 90 % also feel ITDMs are interested in making IT work like hyperscale types. Keeping this in mind, we are launching the 13th Generation of Servers which are focused on three underlying principles– accelerating application performance, empowering workloads in any environment, and simplification of systems management.” – Manish Gupta, Director, Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell India

Executive-Director-&-Head-R&D-Dell-India-Rudramuni B.Commenting on this, Rudramuni B., Executive Director & Head, R&D, Dell India said, “The launch of 13G servers is yet again a show of Dell’s product engineering contribution to unparalleled application performance by crafting specific subsystems. The creative minds at Dell’s India R&D have architected and engineered niche technologies to create differentiation in the market. With the contribution from 70% of the workforce at Bangalore Design Center, we are delighted to move the technology goal post further for the competition. It is heartening to the see the humble accomplishment in the eyes of Dell India engineers as 13G is launched and we start receiving accolades from worldwide customers.” 

Next generation PowerEdge server portfolio

The first of the new Dell PowerEdge servers includes the PowerEdge R730xd, R730, and R630rack servers, the M630 blade server, and the T630 tower server, whichare built with the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family. Combined with Dell’s end-to-end portfolio of enterprise infrastructure offerings, software and services, the new PowerEdge serversenableincreased levels of operational efficiency and flexibility at any scale for the most demanding applications and environments.

Stateoftheart storage speeds application performance

As businesses continue to run more data-intensive applications such as real-time analytics and transactional processinglow-latency access to data becomes even more critical.In fact, the Future Ready IT survey reports that 70 percent of IT decision-makers (ITDMs) have been negatively affected by performance issues whenrunning applications requiring fast access to data.

Dell’s new PowerEdge servers are designed to leverage modern storage technologies that enable customers toaccelerate applications by bringing data closer to the processorfor increased application performance.

  • With cost effective 1.8-inch SATA flash drives, the Dell PowerEdge R630 can deliver customers up to 2.4 times the input/output operations per second (IOPS) in the same amount of space as 2.5-inch SSDs.
  • With the PowerEdge R730xd, Dell also provides upto 100TB of storage forworkloads such as Microsoft Exchange, where it alsodelivers up to a50 percent increase in mailbox size over previous generation servers. 

The new in-server storage technology allows customers to:

  • Accelerate the most important data by offering high performance with NVMe Express Flash storage and deployment of Dell Fluid Cache for SAN and SanDisk DAS Cache.
  • Zone large datasets by doubling the RAID performance with optional dual PERC9 controllers.
  • Support software defined storage and optimized data placement by providing hybrid storage configurations within the compute node that enable tieringcapabilities. 

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

Industry-leading enhancements make systems management easier than ever

Sixty percent of IT managers polled in the Future Ready IT survey say they are prioritizing reductions in operational complexity and simplification of data center management with IT resource allocation.Dell’s updated systems management capabilities featured in its new PowerEdge servers are engineered to address these customer priorities, withhigher levels of automation and by enabling administrators to monitor and remediate data center situations from any hand-held device anywhere in the world. The OpenManagesystems management portfolio also provides:

  • Enhanced at-the-server management, and from anywhere: Dell introduces iDRAC QuickSync, using Near Field Communication (NFC), an industry first, to enable its customers’ mobile workforce by requiring up to 84 percent  less time for collecting inventory. For customers managing at-the-box, this new capability transmits server health information and basic server setup via a hand-held smart device running OpenManage Mobile, simply by tapping it at the server.  OpenManage Mobile also enables administrators to monitor and manage their environments anytime, anywhere with their mobile device.
  • New levels of automation: Administrators can save time and gain efficiency with zero-touch management automation features, such as storing, accessing, and deploying a Server Configuration Profile or firmware update from a central repository. Dell’s Zero-Touch Repository Manager and auto-updates reduce firmware updating time by up to 92 percent. 

Empowering workloads for any scale

With more than 60 percentof ITDMs reporting in the Future Ready IT survey that their company relies on a mix of traditional and emerging business applications, today’s data centers must support a diverse and broad set of workloads and applications. Dell’s new PowerEdge servers offer flexible platforms and innovative architectures that enable customers to tailor systems to meet their unique application and workload requirements including business computing, unified communications and collaboration, virtualization, and technical computing.

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