Dell today announced a portfolio of blade, rack and tower PowerEdge
servers optimized for use in demanding enterprise environments. As the
only one of the top five server vendors to grow server revenues in Q4
2011 with 9.7
percent year-over-year revenue growth1, Dell continues to
innovate to deliver features that are industry firsts and make the
PowerEdge 12th generation servers the company's highest
performing, most manageable servers ever. With this new server series,
customers ranging from small businesses to hyper-scale data centers can
help maximize efficiency by streamlining and automating operations, help
achieve better business application performance and business continuity.
"Dell designed the new PowerEdge servers with input gathered from more
than 7,700 customer interactions in 17 countries across four
continents," said Brad
Anderson, President of Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. "Our
customers told us that they need end-to-end solutions to handle the
complex workload problems they face every day. As such, we built our new
generation of servers, systems management and workload solutions to
address the needs of business end users who require maximum performance
to run mission-critical applications and IT departments which demand
more efficient, secure and reliable operations."
PowerEdge 12th Generation Server Portfolio
The new PowerEdge R820, R720, R720xd and R620 rack servers, the M620
blade server, the T620 tower server and C6220 based on a shared Dell
infrastructure server built on the Intel® Xeon®
processor E5 product family are the foundation of a complete, flexible
IT solution including Dell's extensive portfolio of storage, networking
and client components and professional IT services. The next-generation
PowerEdge servers, along with systems management and workload solutions,
are designed to deliver performance and management gains to effectively
power the most demanding applications, including collaboration, IT and
web infrastructure, high performance computing, decision support and
Dell updated the industry's first embedded systems management tools, the
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6) with Lifecycle
Controller 1.0, which shipped in more than 3.5 million 11th
Generation PowerEdge servers since its introduction in 2009, according
to IDC. Now the second generation, iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2.0,
enables customers to uniformly manage the deployment, updating,
monitoring and maintenance of the server lifecycle. New capabilities
Reclaim time with agent-free monitoring of over 400 sensors, including
memory, RAID, storage and network devices, in multivendor operating
system and hypervisor environments without installing software agents
or drivers, which can save up to $2.5 million in server maintenance.
Deploy servers quickly with new bare-metal deployment and provisioning
that requires up to 86 percent less engineer time and up to 86 percent
fewer manual steps.2
Help improve productivity with the enhanced Lifecycle Controller Log -
significant improvements using Dell's 11th generation
embedded server management features saved Virtacore3 up to
43 days of system administrator time per year.
Remotely enable and configure an extensive selection of network
components delivered with PowerEdge 12th generation servers.
Customize solutions with a new library of more than 65 scripts
leveraging industry standard protocols.
Dell and partners Microsoft, VMware and BMC have integrated iDRAC7
with Lifecycle Controller 2.0 with their systems management frameworks
to provide mutual customers the benefits of automated one-to-many
embedded management features while preserving their existing IT
investments and processes.
Dell also announced OpenManage Essentials, a new management console,
which monitors the health of Dell servers, storage and switches. By
interfacing with the Dell KACE
K1000 Management Appliance, OpenManage Essentials sends user-defined
server, storage and network health status alerts to the K1000 service
The new PowerEdge 12th generation servers are designed to
maximize infrastructure efficiency, with innovations including:
Increase performance per watt up to 101 times over Dell servers ten
years ago, enabling large data centers to save up to $1.8 million per
year on server power alone.
An expanded Fresh Air offering for all PowerEdge 12th generation
servers, based on customer feedback. Operate up to the highest
excursion temperature (113° F/45°C) warrantied in mainstream servers
in the industry and save up to an estimated (US) $3,000,000 in capital
Server fans in the R720 and T620 models that use less energy to cool
the system than it takes to power a nightlight.
OpenManage Power Center - leveraging Node Manager developed by Dell
and Intel - controls and optimizes energy usage at the server, rack,
row and room level from a single interface.
The industry's first power supply unit to be awarded the highest level
of energy efficiency, the Titanium certification, based on independent
testing by 80 PLUS.
The ability to pack in up to 300 percent more SQL Virtual Machines per
rack for higher data center utilization compared to previous
generation Dell servers.4
The unique Select Network Adapter portfolio to protect investments
with a choice of networking I/O, connection speed - including 10GbE,
across the portfolio - and vendor, without using a valuable PCI slot
all deeply integrated with iDRAC7 with Lifecycle controller 2.0.
New all-in-one appliances built on PowerEdge 12th
generation servers. Dell vStart for Dell Private Cloud, including Dell
VIS Creator software, enables IT and business end users to accelerate
application and IT service delivery. The Dell
Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance, which is based on the new
Dell PowerEdge servers, will be the first data warehouse appliance
available on Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and will help mid-market and
departmental users easily organize, access and analyze data, enabling
them to make more informed decisions.
The PowerEdge 12th generation servers enable customers to
increase application performance, availability and scalability,
with new capabilities that:
Improve responsiveness and provide fast customer insights,
delivering up to 18 percent more Microsoft® SQL® Server transactions
per second than HDD storage, with new industry leading technologies
like Dell Express Flash, the first server design with front
accessible, hot swappable PCIe solid state disks.
Deliver up to three times the number of mailboxes with the capacity
and capability for Microsoft Exchange with up to two times more
message processing with Scalable Storage.
Accelerate Oracle database applications with up to 86 percent
reduction in transaction response time performance with Dell
Compellent Data Progression Automated Tiered Storage feature.
Consolidate Oracle RAC database workloads at a rate of up to 8:1, with
up to 84 percent increase in power savings.
Ensure Business Continuity
Customers running PowerEdge 12th generation servers can count
on continual access to the IT services that power the business, with new
Maximize security by authenticating the integrity of updates using
digitally signed firmware, safeguarding access to passwords and
certificates with iDRAC Credential Vault, and using Data Wipe to
remove critical data from retired or repurposed servers.
Ensure redundancy and maximize uptime with an array of reliability,
availability, and serviceability features including hot swappable
fans, disks and spare power supplies, plus unique capabilities such as
Failsafe Hypervisor and Memory Page Retire.
"Today's IT organizations are balancing pressures to become more energy
efficient and stretch existing manpower further, while supporting ever
increasing amounts of data. Customers are looking to make server
hardware investments that deliver the best of management and
performance. The 12th Generation PowerEdge servers build on
Dell's early lead in introducing embedded systems management into x86
servers with new features designed to streamline and automate data
center operations." - Matt Eastwood, Group Vice President, Enterprise
Platform Research, IDC
"Dell's PowerEdge 12th generation servers take advantage of
the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family's leadership performance and
breakthrough I/O capabilities to offer optimized solutions for
customers' most important workloads. In small scale deployments, private
clouds, and enterprise datacenters, customers will also benefit from key
innovations such as Dell OpenManage Power Center, which is built on top
of Intel's Node Manager solution for monitoring and implementing
policies for greater energy efficiency." - Boyd Davis, VP & GM of
Intel's Datacenter Infrastructure Group.
Pricing and Availability
Five new Dell PowerEdge servers are available today on www.dell.com/PowerEdge
or through any of Dell's Global PartnerDirect Channel Partners. The
PowerEdge C6220 will be available later this month. Prices start at
$1,789. Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance is now in beta and will
be available in Q2. vStart for Dell Private Cloud will be available Q2.
R720xd rack server, optimized for collaboration
R720 rack server for demanding workloads, with server fans
that cool with less power than it takes to runs a nightlight
R620 rack server packing in up to 300% more SQL virtual
machines per rack
T620 rackable tower server
M620 2-socket blade server for extreme density and power
PowerEdge C6220 with
optimized performance-focused shared infrastructure
PowerEdge R820 rack server for dense virtualization and scalable
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more
information, visit www.dell.com.
1 From IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker published
February 28, 2012.
2 Results based on February 2012 Principled Technologies,
Inc. and Dell, Inc. testing using Dell PowerEdge R720xd systems compared
to HP DL380-G7 systems.
3 Reference Vitacore Case Study by Dell, dated July 2011.
4 Results based on testing by Principled Technologies in
January 2012 comparing a Dell PowerEdge R620 configured with two Intel
Xeon E5-2680 2.7GHz processors and a Dell R710 configured with two Intel
Xeon X5670 2.93GHz processors. Actual performance will vary based on
configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
Erin Zehr, 512-728-5319
David Mehok, 512-728-4225