Next-generation servers put to the test
Dell recently released 13 models as part of its Dell ™ PowerEdge ™ 12th-generation server portfolio. These next-generation servers introduced a number of innovative features that were inspired by input from IT professionals driven by specific organizational requirements to support a wide range of workloads. In addition, Dell engineered these features to help simplify the complexities of today’s IT environments and manage converging resources efficiently — enabling organizations to achieve desired outcomes quickly and easily. (See the sidebar, “Inspired innovation at work.”)
Because IT environments continue to grow in complexity — particularly as every level of the infrastructure becomes virtualized — PowerEdge 12th-generation servers are designed to give organizations the power to do more with large memory footprints and flexible I/O options. They help bolster compute operations for a broad spectrum of high-performance, I/O-intensive applications, and they enable faster processing of surging data volumes and, when needed, scaling of more virtual machines than previous Dell server generations. Plus, they readily upgrade to next-level technologies such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), and the visionary engineering behind them is in step with continuous efforts by Dell to enhance energy efficiency.
In July 2012, the CRN Test Center, running Geekbench 2.3 cross-platform benchmark software from Primate Labs, tested the performance of a Dell PowerEdge R720 server and an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server. Both servers were powered by two Intel ® Xeon ® E5-2690 processors and ran nearly identical configurations.
CRN ran five separate tests and reported the PowerEdge R720 server performance score at 40,250 — nearly 11 percent higher than the ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server score of 36,295.1
The CRN Test Center result corroborates in-house testing of these same two servers at Dell. Using the standard SPECpower_ssj benchmark test at Dell Labs in June 2012, the Dell Solutions Performance Analysis team found that the PowerEdge R720 server is more energy efficient than the ProLiant DL380p server. Testing showed the PowerEdge R720 server to be 15 percent more efficient overall, 28 percent more efficient under load, and 10 percent more efficient at idle than the ProLiant DL380p server. For an IT organization, these results can translate to a significant reduction in energy costs.2
In the short time following their launch, Dell PowerEdge 12th-generation servers have garnered considerable attention from industry media. The PowerEdge R715 server received an InfoWorld 2012 Technology of the Year award,3 and innovative features in other PowerEdge servers in the portfolio have received the following accolades:
- In an IT Pro review, the PowerEdge R820 server received a five-stars-out-of-six rating for showcasing the latest Intel Xeon E5-4600 processor in a feature-packed system.4
- A V3.co.uk review issued the PowerEdge R620 server a five-star rating along with the statement that this 1U rack server can be an excellent choice for organizations looking for a high-density server.5
- The InfoWorld data center site gave the PowerEdge C6220 server an 8.7 out of 10 score, and the server received an InfoWorld.com Editor’s Choice designation.6
- InfoWorld also gave an Editor’s Choice award to the PowerEdge M1000e. With a 9 out of 10 overall rating, the review says “Dell’s M1000e blade system wows with novel new blades, improved management, modular I/O and 40G out the back.”
Outstanding management agilityDesign principles inspired by IT professionals around the world have resulted in a next-generation server portfolio that features many innovative technologies. Among them, these next-generation servers utilize the embedded Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller to manage the entire life cycle of servers without the need for software agents. They deploy energy-efficient, cost-saving Fresh Air–compliant configurations that enable data centers to run at high temperatures worry-free, and they upgrade the networking fabric with advanced I/O capabilities through deployment of Dell Select Network Adapter technology. These and other exceptional features, including integration of the Dell OpenManage™ systems management suite, enable enterprises to achieve unprecedented efficiency gains that can change the economics of their business and organizational success.
To learn more about Dell PowerEdge servers: dell.com/poweredge
1 “Battle of the titans: HP’s ProLiant DL380p versus Dell’s PowerEdge R720,” by Edward J. Correia, CRN, July 12, 2012. Based on benchmark tests performed by the CRN Test Center in July 2012. Each rack server was configured with two Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors and 128 GB RAM. The ProLiant DL380p server was configured with eight 600 GB, 10,000 rpm Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives, and the PowerEdge R720 server was configured with six 300 GB SAS drives. For complete details, visit qrs.ly/xz24yk3.
2 Based on SPECpower_ssj2008 benchmark tests performed by the Dell Solutions Performance Analysis team at Dell Labs in June 2012. Each rack server was configured with two Intel Xeon E5-2660 processors; four 8 GB dual-ranked Low Voltage Registered Dual In-line Memory Modules (LV RDIMMs) RAM; and two 73 GB, 15,000 rpm SAS drives. For complete details, visit qrs.ly/1324ykj.
3 “InfoWorld’s 2012 Technology of the Year award winners,” InfoWorld, January 9, 2012, qrs.ly/xq24yk4.
4 “Dell PowerEdge R820 review,” by Dave Mitchell, IT Pro, Dennis Publishing, May 14, 2012, qrs.ly/9224yk8.
5 “Dell PowerEdge R620 review,” by Alan Stevens, V3.co.uk, Incisive Media, July 17, 2012, qrs.ly/z624ykd.
6 “Review: Dell simplifies the blade server,” by Brian Chee, InfoWorld, April 26, 2012, qrs.ly/ge24ykg.
Inspired innovation at work
Positive reviews and impressive performance numbers tell a compelling story, as do advanced data center technologies that heighten data center IQ and efficiency. But first and foremost, invaluable insights derived from the wants and needs of IT professionals guided the design of Dell PowerEdge 12th-generation servers.
The following outlooks capture some of the many ways in which customer-inspired innovations enable these PowerEdge servers to increase performance, improve productivity and optimize power and cooling efficiency in compute-intensive, high-performance business and scientific sectors.
“The agent-free monitoring capabilities available with the Dell PowerEdge 12th-generation servers will let us dedicate 100 percent of our CPU cycles to the scientific applications so we can maximize performance.”
Director, advanced computing systems at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), February 2012
“These servers can deliver outstanding performance for data processing while using very little power. This means we can accommodate company growth by running more servers in our data center while staying within our power envelope and controlling our energy costs.”
CTO at HotSchedules, February 2012
“With these new server, processor and networking technologies, we will be able to help researchers spend less time transporting data and more time testing scientific ideas.”
Professor of Physics at California Institute of Technology, February 2012