New Dell PowerEdge Servers Offer Enhanced Performance, New Capabilities

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I attended the regional launch of the new PowerEdge servers at Dell Singapore yesterday, where Dell executives were present to talk about the company's latest generation of server hardware. The new portfolio of servers makes use of the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family and is the 12th generation of PowerEdge servers.


Designed for deployment scenarios ranging from small businesses to data center deployments, the new servers are an important component that complete Dell's portfolio of storage, networking and professional IT services.


The various models being offered are as follows:

  • PowerEdge R820, R720, R720xd and R620 rack servers
  • PowerEdge M620 blade server
  • PowerEdge T620 tower server
  • PowerEdge C6220 rack server (for building private clouds)


In the official statement, Ho Chye Soon, general manager, Commercial Business, Dell Singapore, said:

Dell designed the new PowerEdge servers with input gathered from more than 7,700 customer interactions in 17 countries across four continents. Our customers told us that they need end-to-end solutions to handle the complex workload problems they face every day.

While the various computer manufacturers release new products all the time, the new series of Dell servers caught my attention for a number of unique features. For example, the new servers are designed with enhanced Fresh Air technology to operate at up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). With the ability to run at room temperature, this is significant as it allows SMBs to do away with capital expenditure associated with cooling solutions and a higher power bill. Taking this further, Dell says that cooling fans used in the R720 and T60 uses less energy than it takes to power a nightlight.


Another significant improvement would be the incorporation of automated storage-tiering that allows up to 86 percent better performance in terms of Oracle database application response time. In addition, the new servers allow for customization not available in the previous generation, with the option of a network adapter of up to 10GbE that can be preconfigured before delivery of the server. Note that the SSD option is not available for the R720xd server.


The design of the new PowerEdge servers extends beyond the hardware. It is evident that the company has placed a heavy emphasis into offering an end-to-end solution. On the system management front, for example, the new servers now come with embedded lifecycle management capabilities such as iDRAC7 capabilities for agent-free monitoring. Dell also announced OpenManage Essentials, a new management console for proactive hardware management for managing servers, storage and switches, as well as integrate with the Dell Kace K1000 appliance.


Ultimately, the new server hardware incorporates capabilities that deliver compelling value over earlier offerings. However, whether SMBs are able to fully tap into the various features depends on individual businesses. For example, server closets that are already packed with older servers certainly won't be able to operate at room temperature, curtailing the energy-saving aspects of Dell's Fresh Air tech.


All servers mentioned above are currently available, with the exception of the C6220, which will be available later this month.