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[July 11, 2017]

Dell EMC Launches Next Generation of the World's Best-Selling Server Portfolio

HOPKINTON, Mass., July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- �

Dell EMC PowerEdge: The Bedrock of the Modern Data Center

News Summary

  • Scalable business architecture, optimized for software-defined data center, delivers up to 12x database IOPs1 for accelerating cutting-edge applications
  • Intelligent automation speeds up administration up to 4x with iDRAC9 and 30% fewer steps to set up iDRAC with QuickSync 22
  • Integrated security capabilities offer cyber-resilient architecture and secure supply chain for end-to-end protection

Dell EMC is announcing worldwide availability for its next generation of the world's bestselling server3 to help customers of all sizes fuel their IT transformation initiatives. Recently previewed at Dell EMC World 2017, the award-winning design of the new 14th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a scalable, automated and secure compute platform for traditional and cloud-native applications, designed for new Intel� Xeon� Scalable processors.

"The Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers improve upon the world's best-selling server portfolio, designed to drive our customers' IT transformations," said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, Server Solutions Division at Dell EMC. "Our modern infrastructure solutions are a game changer in today's digital economy. With our cyber-resilient architecture and performance innovations, we will enable our customers to unleash their business potential."

In a recent ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study commissioned by Dell EMC, organizations furthest along in their IT transformation initiatives are seven times more likely to view IT as a competitive differentiator.�To achieve this, the priority for many IT transformation initiatives is a modern infrastructure that can securely deliver improved efficiencies while driving innovation that enables new business models.

With its scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security, the new Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation server portfolio delivers on these desired benefits. PowerEdge servers, the bedrock of the modern data center, enable customers to push innovation further and faster to achieve their IT transformation goals.

The scalable business architecture of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers helps customers efficiently meet their changing business needs with enhanced performance capabilities for traditional, virtualized and cloud-native workloads in a software-defined data center. The new Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio, highly optimized for non-volatile memory express (NVMe), helps customers accelerate deployment of software-defined data storage and hyper-converged infrastructure stacks with:

  • Accelerated database performance and lower latency with up to 12 times more database IOPS1 and up to 98 percent less database latency in a VMware vSAN cluster4
  • Faster and seamless live migration of virtual machines now up to 58 percent faster with up to 75 percent less CPU usage when using 25GbE with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)5
  • Faster storage performance in compute to maximize application performance with up to six times more NVMe drives, up to five times total flash storage, 30 percent more input/output slots and 25 percent density improvement6

Intelligent automation in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable IT professionals to focus on mission-critical tasks that drive greater customer and business value. Specifically, OpenManage Enterprise with a powerful RESTful API offers tools for automating deployment, updates, monitoring and maintenance. The new, more powerful OpenManage Enterprise management console offers users:

  • Easy server lifecycle management from deployment to retirement and repurposing with enhanced Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC9). It gives up to four times more improved performance in user interface and experience and a 30% time reduction to set up iDRAC with QuickSync 22 mobile-based management
  • Up to 90 percent faster PowerEdge server issue resolution using ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist proactive and predictive technology7

Dell EMC believes that integrated security is integral to compute and should not require extra licensing fees. Dell EMC pioneered root of trust within its PowerEdge servers for the past two generations. A robust cyber-resilient architecture enables customers to protect, detect, recover and retire PowerEdge servers via:

  • Cryptographically trusted booting that anchors end-to-end server safety and overall data center security. It includes features like silicon-based root of trust, Intel Boot Guard protection, signed firmware and automatic BIOS recovery and the new OpenManage Enterprise as a virtual console delivers enhanced server safety while offering customers operational flexibility
  • System Lockdown, a capability unique to PowerEdge, helps secure any system configuration from malicious or unintended changes while alerting users to any attempted system changes
  • System Erase, which allows users to easily retire or repurpose their 14th generation PowerEdge servers by securely and quickly wiping data from storage drives and other embedded non-volatile memory

In collaboration with Intel, Dell EMC is bringing Intel� Xeon� Scalable processors to Dell EMC PowerEdge14th generation servers. With 27 percent more CPU cores and 50 percent more memory bandwidth6, Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation server customers can accelerate performance of business critical applications and workloads. Dell EMC's most advanced line-up of PowerEdge servers includes rack and blade form factors.�

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 � Ideal combination for dense scale-out data center computing and storage in a 1U/2-socket platform
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 � Workhorse for demanding environments providing the ideal balance between storage, I/O and application acceleration and with superior configuration flexibility in a 2U/2S platform. R740 enables up to 50 percent more VDI users per server8 and up to 50 percent more GPU accelerator support for Hadoop analytics9
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740XD � This 2U/2S platform is best-in-class storage performance and density for applications like software-defined storage and with the versatility demanded by cloud service providers, Hadoop/Big Data users and co-location hosting
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 � This 3U/ 4S platform handles extremely demanding, mission critical workloads like enterprise resource planning (ERP), e-commerce and very large databases. The PowerEdge R940 can save up to US $600,000 in Oracle Licensing costs10 and performs up to 44% faster in a SAP SD Sybase Environment11
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge M640 and FC640 � Unparalleled modular serves designed for high performance with best-in-class density for exceptional scalability in a Blade and Modular platform
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 � Ideal for high performance computing. Maximizes density, scalability and energy efficiency per unit in a 2U/8S Modular platform

PowerEdge servers are also the bedrock of Dell EMC solutions. Dell EMC's industry-leading solutions and platforms also will benefit from the power and security of this new generation of PowerEdge servers. The servers will be embedded in storage and data center appliances, hyper-converged appliances and racks, hybrid cloud platforms, ready nodes, bundles and other Dell EMC solutions.

These integrations go deeper than simply running software on hardware. With industry-leading hardware and software in its broader enterprise portfolio, Dell EMC is able to allow the software management stack insight into the hardware to optimize performance, as well as deeply test and validate them together.

The new servers will be the foundation of Dell EMC solutions that used the previous generation of PowerEdge such as VxRail Appliances, VxRack Systems, XC Series, vSAN ReadyNodes, ScaleIO Ready Nodes, IsilonSD Edge and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage). Additionally, it will be available in many new Dell EMC solutions and platforms, including Data Domain Appliance, CloudArray, Ready Bundles, Ready Systems, Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud and Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack.

Availability

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940, R740, R740xd, R640, and C6420 are now available worldwide.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge FC640 and M640 will be available later in 2017.
  • Dell EMC solutions based on new PowerEdge servers will become available worldwide throughout the second half of 2017.

Additional Resources

Customer Quotes

On the 14G portfolio:

Dr. Paul Calleja, Deputy Director, Research & Institutional Services,�University of Cambridge
"Our vision is a software-defined data center. PowerEdge is definitely leading the way with its new design, intelligent automation, and integrated security."

Prof. Antonio Cisternino, CIO, University of Pisa
"We are using PowerEdge R730 and R630, I believed it was impossible to improve such an excellent design. I was clearly wrong, the new generation of Power Edge is better in all possible aspects."

Mark Burkels, product manager, Leaseweb. EMEA, NL.
"Wow... 18x 3.5" disks in a 2U server, PowerEdge is epic!" - About the R740XD.

On intelligent automation:

Stefan Ideler, CTO, i3D.net
"Not all servers are the same and PowerEdge continuously reminds us why � with advancements in management, automation, and security."

Analyst Quote

Matt Eastwood, Senior VP, Enterprise Infrastructure and Data Center Group, IDC
"Dell EMC has executed well over the past year and has grown their server business nicely. We attribute this to a well-rounded portfolio that has evolved to address today's customer needs, while providing a strong foundation to support future IT and business needs. The new PowerEdge14th generation platform is reflective of how the company continues to invest in innovative technology combinations, which has resulted in a secure, scalable infrastructure and comprehensive solutions portfolio."

Partner Quotes

Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware
"Today's most successful companies use IT as a competitive advantage.� They are modernizing infrastructure with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to accelerate the pace of development and reduce total cost of ownership. The jointly-developed VxRail appliance is an excellent example of how Dell EMC and VMware are leveraging new Dell EMC PowerEdge server technology.� The extraordinary growth of the VxRail product line demonstrates how easy installation, integrated life-cycle management, and unified support for customers dramatically increases business velocity, simplifies operations and can reduce costs."

Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon Products and Data Center Marketing
"Intel� Xeon� Scalable processors are reflective of the monumental leap that data centers have taken in the past decade.��With uncompromising security, and a modern, multi-cloud-ready infrastructure built on industry-leading technologies from Intel, Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable customers to move their IT Transformation forward faster." to advanced analytics and artificial intelligence �the Intel� Xeon�

Rajneesh Gaur, Vice President and General Manager, Ethernet Adapter Group, Cavium, Inc.
"Cavium FastLinQ� 41000 Series 10/25Gbps Ethernet NICs with�Universal RDMA deliver groundbreaking performance combined with the intelligent offload capabilities that enable enterprise, cloud and Telco platforms to deliver exceptional levels of service and application processing. Combined with�the 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms,�FastLinQ NICs extends the scalability of virtual workloads by significantly reducing server CPU utilization with concurrent offloads for iWARP and RoCE stacks."

About Dell EMC
Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries � including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 � with the industry's most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

Copyright � 2017 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Dell, Dell EMC and Dell Inc. are trademarks of Dell Technologies in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.



1

Principled Technologies (PT) report commissioned by Dell EMC, "Faster, more powerful handling of database workloads," June 2017, using the DVDStore2 benchmark comparing R720 servers with HDD-based EqualLogic shared storage versus R740xd servers with Internal NVMe and SAS SSD disks in a 2-node vSAN cluster. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. Full Report: http://facts.pt/7PjXq2

2

Principled Technologies (PT) commissioned by Dell EMC tested and documented the steps and time required to change IP address, comparing 14G Quick Sync 2 to using the LCD panel. Full Report: http://facts.pt/YaZXCm

3

IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide server market when there is a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more vendors. Based on Units. Data from IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, 2017Q1

4

Principled Technologies (PT) report commissioned by Dell EMC, "Faster, more powerful handling of database workloads," June 2017, using the DVDStore2 benchmark comparing R720 servers with HDD-based EqualLogic shared storage versus R740xd servers with Internal NVMe and SAS SSD disks in a 2-node vSAN cluster. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. Full Report: facts.pt/7PjXq2

5

Cavium/QLogic� commissioned by DELL EMC tested R740xd servers with Windows Server 2016 and measured how iWARP RDMA acceleration reduces migration time for VMs vs. Standard TCP/IP. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability

6

Based on Sep 2015 Principled Technologies Test Report commissioned by Dell, "Resolving Server Problems with Dell ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist".� Actual results will vary. Full report: http://facts.pt/1P56lW0

7

Based on Dell internal analysis, June 2017.

8

Dell EMC Engineering tested and approved a maximum of 3 NVIDIA GPUs in the 14G R740xd server compared to 2 GPUs in 13G R730 server. The NVIDIA TeslaM10 GPU Accelerator supports up to 64 Users per GPU board. For more information: http://images.nvidia.com/content/tesla/pdf/188359-Tesla-M10-DS-NV-Aug19-A4-fnl-Web.pdf.

9

Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, April 2017

10

Dell EMC internal lab testing showed that a single R940 Oracle 12c InMemory database setup with 18-core processors performed equal or better with OLAP/TPC-H workload when compared to a R930 setup with 22-core processors. Based on cost for Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition using Processor License cost model as found in http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/technology-price-list-070617.pdf . Cost calculated based on delta in CPU core counts between per-R940 and per-R930. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage, and manufacturing variability.

11

Based on Dell EMC internal testing using the SAP Sales & Distribution benchmark test , June 2017. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage, and manufacturing variability.�

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation

Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation

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