In many of today’s businesses, IT is at the heart of productivity and revenue generation.

Scaling to deliver compute capacity for applications and business services that increase productivity, efficiency and return on IT investments has a direct impact on the business bottom line.

However, many organizations find themselves caught in the gap between the strategic vision and the everyday reality. End users are continuing to generate and process massive amounts of data, and powerful business applications are pushing infrastructures to the limits of capacity. While virtualization and cloud computing approaches offer the scalability to increase capacity on demand, IT organizations also must consider ramifications of increased infrastructure management complexity.

To meet intensifying service-level requirements within the confines of flat IT budgets, decision makers need to leverage technologies in the following ways:

• Heighten systems performance to help improve workload and applications output

• Optimize resource utilization and operational efficiency

• Increase flexibility and reliability of supporting infrastructure to enhance throughput capacity, data access, and security

Built for innovation

The latest Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers reflect inputs from more than 7,700 customers around the world on what they need to power their business. The result is a portfolio of systems designed to address the biggest challenges IT faces today— and the flexibility to evolve with upcoming technological advancements.

Dell PowerEdge servers introduce important innovations designed to improve system performance, increase throughput capacity, and speed data access. Read more details about PowerEdge performance features in our associated article.

At the heart of it all, 12th-generation PowerEdge servers are powered by the latest processors from Intel—the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. Designed to deliver the optimal combination of performance, functionality, and cost effectiveness, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family can power environments ranging from virtualization and cloud computing to design automation and real-time financial transactions. Even demanding workloads typically get a big performance boost compared to prior generations at consistent power levels. Moreover, peak workload demands can break through the performance ceiling with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which is designed to enable up to two times more performance than the previous generation Intel Turbo Boost Technology. To maximize throughput gains, Intel integrated IO is designed to dramatically reduce latency by providing more lanes and higher bandwidth than previous generation Intel processors, with support for PCIe 3.0.

Streamline operational tasks

Under constant fiscal pressure, IT departments must heighten resource efficiency, streamline and automate operational tasks, and leverage existing investments to optimal advantage. Twelfth-generation PowerEdge servers contribute to this goal.

The latest PowerEdge servers are equipped with the Dell OpenManage™ systems management portfolio, which includes the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC7). Dell OpenManage is designed to simplify the life cycle of deploying, updating, monitoring, and maintaining PowerEdge servers. In addition, it enables IT administrators to manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local, and remote environments, operating in band or out of band, with or without a systems management software agent.

Dell OpenManage integrates and connects to leading third-party systems management approaches, enabling administrators to introduce additional infrastructure while maintaining their existing systems management investment. It also accelerates the deployment and provisioning of systems cost-effectively and efficiently. Moreover, administrators can automate the reconfiguration of replacement parts and streamline many day-to-day operations through the easy-to-use Dell OpenManage Essentials interface.

Advance virtualization

Virtualization is an important design focus for 12th-generation PowerEdge systems. Utilizing powerful processors, large memory footprints, and big IO pipes, the latest PowerEdge servers provide an outstanding platform for organizations that are looking to consolidate the inevitable server sprawl that results from explosive growth. These servers also offer an optimized platform for organizations that want to centralize operations with a virtual desktop approach, or increase the number of virtualized applications running on a single server.

Optimize energy management

Energy efficiency is a key consideration for data centers, and 12th-generation PowerEdge servers offer exceptional efficiency in terms of power and energy. These servers include components optimized for efficient operation and they are engineered for minimum power consumption. Moreover, 12th generation PowerEdge servers continue to grow the recently introduced Fresh Air program.

Fresh Air servers are designed to operate at ambient temperatures that are higher than typical—enabling organizations to save substantially on data center cooling costs. Dell OpenManage Power Center is another tool enabling 12th-generation PowerEdge servers to heighten data center efficiency. Power Center enables IT organizations to control power at the server, rack, row, or room level. It also allows administrators to collect and aggregate power usage and implement policies for power reduction in response. In addition, Intel Node Manager technology offers fast, proactive power capping—at the millisecond level—to help prevent outages.

Because power efficiency and standards-based innovation are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, Intel and Dell are working together to develop and deliver standards-based power management. Dell is the first enterprise server vendor to offer broad support for Intel Node Manager technology across its server portfolio.

Security at the server level

Security in the virtual age is a complex, multifaceted challenge. PowerEdge servers help protect data from accidental loss or malicious intrusions by incorporating innovative security technology.

At the hardware level, the latest Dell PowerEdge servers are designed to protect data with self-encrypting disks (SEDs), an essential piece of strong infrastructure security. Protection from intrusion is also critical to security and 12th-generation PowerEdge servers provide signed firmware updates to help prevent accidental introduction of a virus during systems maintenance operations, for example. These servers also provide a way to clear any infrastructure changes or inventory information from the Lifecycle Controller to reset them to the factory configuration.

Intel Xeon processors provide security functions as well, with Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) encryption technology for fast encryption, and with Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), which helps protect against the introduction of malware. In addition, data is protected against accidental loss with best-in-class RAID options and leading-edge backup solutions. What’s more, administrators can authenticate the integrity of updates using digitally signed firmware, safeguard access to passwords and certificates with the iDRAC Credential Vault device, and protect access to data at rest with automatic encryption and self-encrypting disks.

--Paul Steeves and Matt McGinnis are marketing professionals in the Dell server platform group.