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Dell unveils four new PowerEdge servers with AMD EPYC processors

The company claimed that customers can expect a 121% performance improvement

Dell has unveiled the next generation of its PowerEdge servers with 4th Generation AMD EPYC processors, designed for AI and high performance (HPC) computing workloads.

The company said the new hardware provides performance and storage advancements, suitable for businesses that perform advanced workloads including data analytics, AI, HPC, and virtualisation.

Dell underlined that customers can expect up to 121% performance improvement, up to 33% more front-drive count for two rack (2U) servers, and up to 60% higher front-drive count for one rack (1U) servers.

“Our latest PowerEdge servers are purpose-built to meet the needs of today’s demanding workloads with efficiency and resiliency,” said Rajesh Pohani, vice president of portfolio and product management for PowerEdge, HPC and Core Compute at Dell Technologies.

“With up to double the performance of the previous generation, combined with the latest in power and cooling innovations, these servers are designed to meet the growing demands of our customers.” 

There are four different servers available in the new PowerEdge series:

  • PowerEdge R7625 is designed for data centres through its dual 4th generation AMD EPYC processors. This is a 2-socket, which means two slots for CPUs, 2U platform that Dell claimed accelerates in-memory databases by over 72%.
  • PowerEdge R7615, a one-socket, 2U server with a faster memory bandwidth than previous generations. This is designed for smaller data centres and can speed up AI workloads.
  • PowerEdge R662, a two-socket, 1U server. Dell said this is suited for HPC workloads or running multiple virtual desktop infrastructure instances.
  • PowerEdge R6615, a one-socket, 1U server that offers more virtual machine density than previous generations. The server is smaller than the other but still offers increased compute power, and helps limit data centre footprint expansion.

The R7625 is currently available in limited configurations, while the rest of the servers are expected to become available in February 2023.

Dell has also boosted the security features that are built-into its servers. This includes system lockdown, drift detection, and multi factor authentication (MFA). Dell underlined this is extremely important for data centres, with its systems providing a more secure operation. AMD has also included an embedded security subsystem in the new processor to help protect data.

The servers also record details of the server hardware and firmware build at the time of manufacturing. Organisations can then verify that their server arrived as ordered and built from the factory.

How are the new servers sustainable?

The servers come with Dell’s cooling technology, Smart Cooling, to allow for more airflow through the systems than in previous generations. It said this will keep them cool while performing at the highest levels for long periods of time.

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Additionally, the servers are designed to reduce heat generated, energy consumed, and the burden on other resources needed to power the systems. For example, the PowerEdge R7625 delivers up to 55% greater processor performance efficiency compared to its previous models, said the company.

Lastly, Dell said that the new servers will be part of its commitment to source recycled or renewable materials in over half of Dell product content by 2030. Also, when the company ships multiple servers at once, they will be delivered more sustainably by reducing the number of boxes and materials it takes to ship the systems.

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