As businesses and organizations continue to build out their data centers and cloud computing architectures, they are prioritizing server platforms that offer the right balance of computational performance, energy efficiency and virtualization capabilities. To address these needs, Dell today updated 17 PowerEdge servers with new technology from AMD and Intel that provide businesses with an ideal platform to accelerate the deployment of cloud computing infrastructures, more efficiently manage virtualized data centers, and consolidate mission-critical application workloads – all on an open, capable and affordable x86 architecture. Dell today also introduced the PowerEdge C6145, one of the highest performing servers on the market based on industry leading benchmarks.
“Organizations have been steadily migrating business critical applications to x86 servers, and they are the IT backbone of many data center operations today,” states Matthew Eastwood, group vice president of IDC’s Enterprise Platform Group. “Dell offers a wide range of servers to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes. This is about enabling customers to build out agile server infrastructures that empower IT managers to be more strategic in the way they allocate and provide IT resources for a wide variety of workloads in the datacenter.”
Setting a New Performance Standard—Dell’s New PowerEdge C6145 Server
Dell has built a leadership position delivering innovative technology to the high performance computing (HPC) market, and today adds to that position with the introduction of the new PowerEdge C6145 server. As the latest addition to Dell’s PowerEdge C line, the PowerEdge C6145 is a number-crunching “power house” that leverages Dell’s experience as a custom design infrastructure partner to some of the world’s leading providers of hyperscale data center and cloud solutions.
The server is specifically designed to handle HPC applications, video rendering, virtualization, and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) workloads which demand massive computational power such as large core count, high memory density, and massive I/O expansion. Customers can take advantage of up to two independent 4-socket server nodes in a 2U chassis with the latest AMD Opteron 6000 processors, which enables greater performance per node while reducing space, weight and consuming less energy. Further, customers can scale up to 96 cores, up to 1TB memory, and expanded I/O to quickly compile data and results, and connect to other resources.
In recent benchmarks the PowerEdge C6145 ranked as the highest performing x86 2U shared infrastructure server on the market based on SPECfp_rate2006 results. In addition, the PowerEdge C6145 can deliver up to a 534 percent better price per performance at a fifth of cost and a quarter of the rack space when compared to HP’s ProLiant DL980 G7. The PowerEdge C6145 is available starting at the end of the month.
Boosting Virtualization and Optimizing Workloads
Dell is offering the new Intel Xeon 5600 series Westmere-EP processors across its entire line of two-socket PowerEdge servers, including blade servers (M610, M710, M610X and M710HD blades), rack servers (R710, R610, R510, R410, C1100, C2100, C6100) and tower servers (T710, T610, T410) with new Intel Xeon 5600 series processors. With the new Intel Xeon 5600-based series 4 and 6 core processors, PowerEdge customers experience up to a potential 33.9 percent boost on integer computing throughput over current Xeon 5600 processors, and can achieve as much as a 67 percent gain in performance compared to Dell PowerEdge servers with the previous generation of Intel Xeon 5500 series processor. In addition, using the new Intel Xeon 5600 series Westmere-EP processors, Dell PowerEdge servers have gained the top benchmark scores in both SPECint_base2006 and SPECfp_base2006, industry-standard measures of integer and floating point performance. This means the servers can help tackle the toughest database and computational workloads.
Dell also offers the latest AMD Opteron 6000 processors with its PowerEdge R715 and R815 servers as well as the PowerEdge C6145. With these new AMD processors, users can expect to see better overall system performance increases of up to eight percent and greater energy efficiency compared to a Dell AMD PowerEdge server with a previous generation AMD Opteron processor.
These performance gains across Dell’s mainstream PowerEdge servers make them ideal for workload consolidation and rapid IT Infrastructure deployments. Both the new Intel and AMD processor based servers are available immediately.
Dell Services Helps Accelerate Time-to-Value
Dell also offers services that help consolidate and optimize resources, reduce costs, risks, and time to production in order to meet customers’ business goals. Dell Services provides high impact engagements, business ready configurations and reference architectures for Data Center capabilities including: Planning and Management, Facilities Efficiency, RISC Migration, Virtualization, Data Management, Cloud Computing, and Remote Virtualization Readiness Assessment to help growing businesses maximize their IT investments.
In addition, Dell is offering competitive financing options to help customers preserve capital, maximize IT investments and drive innovation including deferred payments, rotation leasing and low rate financing for large enterprises and public entities on all EqualLogic and KACE solutions.
“These powerful new server technologies help customers to do more with less and achieve better business results,” said Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager, Server Platforms, Dell. “PowerEdge servers help improve business productivity while prioritizing technology spending within decreasing budgets. The workload these systems can handle is outstanding.”