Intel and EPYC processor powered servers review

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Published 29-Jan-2020 15:00:16

Datacentre workloads are changing fast. Companies need greater performance. And the prospect of savings of up to 40% is proving irresistible.

New year, new workloads

Increasingly, datacentres need to play a different role — because companies are looking for new ways to gain a competitive advantage by becoming more innovative and agile. Just witness the growing use of artificial intelligence, HPC, big data analytics, virtualisation and cloud-native deployment models.

Dell EMC noticed some intriguing trends: 93% of customers are deploying their workloads across two or more clouds. What's more, businesses are purchasing new equipment for emerging workloads 67% of the time. The pace of change is astonishing.

Inside the datacentre, platforms are becoming more mixed and complex. IT teams need to handle new and demanding deployments and changing workloads, accessing system resources simply and cost-effectively. And that's where Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers are making a massive impact.

Smashing world records

Before diving into the big advantages of Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers, it's essential to understand they contain 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. Hailed as the 'comeback kid' by Computer Weekly, the success of AMD and its latest EPYC processors in recent months has been outstanding.

With a groundbreaking design, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC claims to represent a new breed of server processors. According to AMD, these are the first x86 server processors featuring 7nm hybrid-multi-die design and PCIe® Gen4, and they also offer the most I/O and memory bandwidth in their class.

AMD backed up its claims with an array of world records — setting more benchmarks than we're even likely to see notched up at this summer's Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The company raised the bar a dizzying 140-plus times in areas from application throughput to energy efficiency, big data analytics to rendering media.

So it's no surprise that Dell EMC and others have wanted to arm their servers with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, especially when more companies increasingly need something different from datacentres over coming months.

Explore the Performance of Servers Powered by Intel and EPYC Processors



Radical rethink

Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, the Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers bring innovation within easy reach for customers of all sizes. They are ideal for demanding and emerging workloads, whether you deploy bare metal, virtualised, or in the cloud.

"We leaned on our server market leadership and engineering excellence to re-imagine a new kind of server," says Ravi Pendekanti, Senior VP, Server Solutions Product Management and Marketing at Dell EMC in his blog.

This radical rethink has delivered three clear benefits:

#1: Accelerated performance:

Dell EMC recorded 100% more processing cores and faster data transfers, 20% faster memory speed to reduce latency and deliver faster response, and 2X PCIe performance with Gen4 at 16GT/s to overcome bottlenecks (when compared to its earlier PowerEdge Servers).

#2: Effortless management:

The new Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers offer up to 96% reduction in deployment time with OpenManage system management solutions. Meanwhile, there's easy BIOS tuning with workload-optimised server configuration profiles and a 56% improvement in datacentre cooling efficiency. These findings are based on Dell EMC internal analysis.

#3: Integrated security:

You can secure data at rest with OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager and AMD Secure Memory Encryption. There's also enterprise-wide security with automated firmware and compliance drift detection available, plus 509 unique keys via Secure Encrypted Virtualization.

#4: Flexibility:

With AMD EPYC™, you have the agility to choose the processor your application requires without worrying about whether an important feature or capability is included. Whatever the number of cores you choose, you’ll have the I/O, memory, and memory bandwidth to accomplish what you need.

Virtually everything runs better on AMD EPYC™ 7002 Series powered servers.

Did we mention pricing?

What makes Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers doubly attractive is the price. Not only are you getting processing power to outperform Intel's similar specs, but you could save up to 40%. In addition, the single socket servers are a strong entry level proposition.

Take a peek and discover more

Why not take a look for yourself? Simply request a free demo from our experts today. We'll provide you with an exclusive demo, showcasing the full capabilities Dell EMC and AMD's technology has to offer you and your business, plus an in-depth update on the benefits of Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors.


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