Dell takes the wraps off EPYC server lineup

New Dell EMC PowerEdge suite feature latest AMD chips, with new Ready Solutions for HPC also revealed

Dell EMC PowerEdge R7515 server

Dell Technologies has launched a clutch of new PowerEdge servers and accompanying services under its Dell EMC brand.

As disclosed to IT Pro at Dell Technologies World in April, the five new PowerEdge servers feature 2nd-generation AMD EPYC processors and will, the company claimed "address the complex and varied demands of traditional, emerging and multi-cloud workloads".

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New capabilities include, greater bandwidth with up to 26% more PCIe lanes and 60% faster interconnect fabric, enabled by PCIe 4.0; workload-optimised system designs offering "substantial" improvements in performance in use cases like high performance computing (HPC), databases and VDI. This in thanks largely to the new EPYC chips, and built-in security at the chip level with AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization and Secure Memory Encryption technology.

The company also made a slew of performance-related claims about the new servers, including 280% greater single-socket virtualised database performance on the Dell EMC PowerEdge 7515 with AMD EPYC 7742 CPU, and the industry's "top dual-socket performance result" in the SAP Sales and Distribution (SAP SD) benchmark on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6525 with AMD EPYC 7742 CPU.

Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president and general manager of server and infrastructure systems at Dell Technologies said: "The modern data center must embrace traditional and multi-cloud approaches, helping organisations become more agile, deliver new insights from data, and ultimately achieve results faster.

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"The all-new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers maximize the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor performance to address these needs."

The launch of the new servers also means an expansion of three of its pre-configured Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC portfolios. The Life Sciences, Digital Manufacturing and Research lines now include the five new servers and offer enhancements including liquid-cooling and GPU-enablement. This, the company claims, can improve the performance of compute-intensive workloads like artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning

There are also three OpenManage updates, including OpenManage Integration for VMware, as well as integrations for Windows Admin Centre and ServiceNow.

Two of the new PowerEdge servers the R6515 and R7515 are available immediately, as are the new OpenManage offerings. The R6525 and C6525 servers, along with the Ready Solutions for HPC Digital Manufacturing, Research and Life Science, with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC-based PowerEdge servers, are expected to be available in October. The R7525 servers, meanwhile, will be available in 2020.

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