Being Deliberate with PowerEdge and AMD’s New High-Frequency CPUs

When we designed this generation of Dell PowerEdge with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC, we made sure that our servers would be able to use the full performance of the EPYC processors. We wanted our customers to feel comfortable handling any workload. This involved creating a server that can handle high throughput, faster I/O, and versatile memory configurations. Our customers deserve the flexibility to decide their data center needs, including workloads that require high-frequency processors.

We are excited to offer all three of AMD’s new high-frequency (HF) CPUs in each of the PowerEdge with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC platforms (R6515, R7515, R6525, R7525, and C6525). Putting the new AMD HF CPUs into the PowerEdge platforms empowers relational databases, HPC, and virtualization workloads, while keeping your critical business systems[1] up and running. PowerEdge with the new AMD HF chips are designed to handle workloads that require high throughput on a single thread.

These chips enable the performance of our servers particularly in database, hyper-converged infrastructure, and HPC. The R6525 holds a world record 2P Four-Node Benchmark Result on VMmark® 3.1 with VMware vSAN®. This world record equates to 47.4 percent higher VMmark 3.1 vSAN score. [2]

Even though these are specialized chips, we designed our servers to handle the full capabilities that AMD brings to the table. The chips require large L3 cache, high I/O and memory to run at maximum effectiveness. That is why PowerEdge’s flexible configurations with the options for direct connect NVMe and PCIe are a great match for handling any new virtualization and HCI requirements. With higher clock speed and fewer cores think high-frequency trading, custom single thread applications, and database workloads. Database applications especially benefit with the proper balance of cores and performance, lowering licensing costs on core counts.

Dell is also running a special promotion. When customers select PowerEdge servers with 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors the second half of their licenses are free. Windows Server 2019 OEM licensing costs are free beyond the first 32 cores for 1-socket servers and the first 64 cores for 2-socket servers. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact your sales representative or visit this link to explore Dell’s data center solutions for Microsoft.

There is always the option to optimize your workloads and servers to run a more efficient data center, and these high-frequency, low core systems provide a unique configuration to help balance your data center costs. We are hearing many stories about customers implementing the first wave of PowerEdge with AMD in their data center. These new servers will help run your single-thread workloads effectively and move with new technology development.

The addition of these new AMD HF chips into the PowerEdge portfolio will help you stay lean and efficient and enable changes in your digital operating model.

[1] Critical business system – IT operations that keep your company running as well as your competitive advantage

[2] Based on Dell analysis. Results achieved comparing Dell PowerEdge R6525 published VMmark 3.1 benchmark performance score against the second highest available score for 4-node 2-socket systems with VMware vSAN storage on April 14, 2020. For benchmark results click here.

About the Author: Roger Stewart

Roger is a technologist turned marketing professional. He uses his experience and passion for technology to create successful marketing strategies and content for the PowerEdge brand. Prior to working at Dell EMC, Roger studied at the University Texas and graduated with an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. Before graduate school, he worked in statistics and data analytics, building expertise in finance, economics, and systems engineering. Roger grew up in the mid-Atlantic area but now calls Austin his home. He enjoys going on world adventures with his wife and spending time outdoors with his dog.