Partner Perspective: Workloads demand a new generation of server technology
As a trusted partner, you understand that application performance, not infrastructure, is the lifeblood of your customers’ operations. But for those applications to deliver at optimal levels of efficiency, your customers need an IT infrastructure that is flexible and scalable enough to respond to changing pressures like demand, growth, security, and compliance. Dell took that increasing complexity into consideration when designing its 12th generation of Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, providing you with a robust platform that will meet the escalating demands of your customers’ business applications and workloads.
Innovations built directly into the new servers, like increased IO flexibility and memory density, will allow customers to get the most out of their applications and usage environments. Strategic partnerships with industry leading application providers, like Microsoft, Oracle, and VMware, not only allow for hardware and software compatibility, but make it possible to tune these applications for better performance on Dell servers.
The 12th generation of PowerEdge servers is worth consideration for any customer, but here’s how the platform is especially tailored for those using the following applications or environments:
Exchange Server: Organizations using Microsoft Exchange Server can select between different form factors of PowerEdge servers to effectively manage their email and integrate with other collaboration tools. Exchange operates best with local storage, so the high-density storage in PowerEdge servers is ideal, whether deploying on internal storage or simplified storage area networks. PowerEdge 12th generation servers also provide increased memory, processing, and storage capabilities to optimize Exchange 2010 features for compliance and security.
Lync Server: Many of your customers may be using Microsoft Lync™ Server to integrate multiple communications services -- including audio and video conferencing, telephony, instant messaging, and email – into a single interface. The PowerEdge 12th generation portfolio has the range of servers needed to fit the various roles in a unified communication environment. For example, PowerEdge 4-socket servers are an excellent choice for database roles where high availability is crucial—as in phone and messaging databases. PowerEdge 2-socket servers are suited for audio and video conferencing because they incorporate high memory and bandwidth capacities.
SharePoint: In Microsoft® SharePoint® environments where the key functions are data and web serving, large amounts of memory and IO flexibility are most important. The PowerEdge portfolio provides this with scalable memory and PCIe slot density.
HPC and research computing have an insatiable appetite for increased performance, and Dell’s PowerEdge 12th generation servers deliver outstanding performance for customers with compute-intensive environments. The servers are built with the latest generation of Intel ® Xeon ® processors, more GPU options, more internal solid-state storage options, and ultra-dense designs, making them able to support demanding workloads like computational chemistry, weather forecasting, financial modeling, and academic research.
The PowerEdge 12th generation portfolio was built with virtualization in mind, whether customers are consolidating operations from several legacy servers or implementing a large virtual desktop infrastructure. The robust platform provides increased memory densities to allow customers to run more virtual machines on every server. Faster, more balanced IO options, including increased PCIe slots and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, provide increased application speeds and better performance. Switch-independent technology provides more flexible allocation of resources, and automatic failover maximizes uptime.