Dell evolves PowerEdge C-Series platform with a 2X performance boost and automated management capabilities

High Performance Computing (HPC) is becoming democratized, and Dell is powering this trend forward by helping all organizations leverage high performance information technology for competitive advantage. While HPC continues to power the most advanced scientific data processing, research simulation and supercomputing environments – the power of HPC is now being extended to support smaller research efforts with flexible self-service access environments. This is the democratization of HPC, and it is real!

Today Dell introduces the Dell PowerEdge C6320 server to help power the discoveries and insights being made by top research organizations and enterprises around the world. These performance-optimized servers deliver 2X performance improvement on the Linpac benchmark1 and are purpose-designed for the most demanding HPC, Web 2.0, hosting, and data analytics use cases.

For example, project Comet, deployed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is leveraging 46,656 cores in more than 1,940 PowerEdge C6320 servers to deliver HPC to researchers who previously were unable to access HPC environments. Learn more about their partnership with Dell in today’s blog from Ravi Pendekanti.

As analytics and big data continue to be top of mind for organizations of all types, IT departments are now considering HPC solutions for rapid, seamless and reliable information processing to support real time data-driven decision making. HPC is no longer the sole purview of advanced academic and super computer research and simulation environments, and the PowerEdge C6320 is the ideal platform to power this evolution out of the research lab and into the corporate data center.

Leveraging information is one of the most powerful advantages an organization can have over its competitors, and Dell continues to introduce new future-ready HPC solutions. The PowerEdge C6320 server joins Dell’s award-winning and groundbreaking PowerEdge C server line and is designed to bring the most compute power in the least amount of space with the least energy draw to lower operational costs. C6320 provides an optimized compute and storage platform with up to four independent two-socket servers with flexible 24 x 2.5-inch or 12 x 3.5-inch high-capacity storage in a compact 2U shared infrastructure platform.

Powering hyper-converged appliances including EVO:Rail

In addition to evolving our C-Series servers to help democratize HPC, we have taken the PowerEdge C6320 design even further – making it ideal for powering advanced hyper-converged solutions and appliances.

PowerEdge C6320 now leverages the scale and cost efficiencies of iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller, proven by operation in millions of servers worldwide. Integrations with the Dell OpenManage portfolio provide additional options for extending management with Microsoft System Center and VMware vCenter in hyper-converged solutions.

The PowerEdge C6320 provides the right mix of processor performance, compute  and local storage options with leading agent-free management tools in Dell iDRAC and Dell OpenManage, so our customers can quickly deploy, maintain and manage systems such as Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL and Dell’s XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances. With the PowerEdge C6320 as its foundation, Dell hyper-converged solutions can deploy VMs in only minutes and scale quickly to meet growing user and business needs.

We are excited about the new capabilities provided in this platform and the new opportunities this opens up to make HPC and hyper-converged solutions available to solve an expanding set of customer challenges.

About the Author: Brian Payne

Brian Payne leads a team responsible for defining the portfolio strategy as well as the detailed definitions for each offer in the portfolio. In his role, Brian collaborates across the Dell Technologies portfolio inclusive of the full line of Dell EMC infrastructure products as well as the software products such as the VMware Virtual Cloud Foundation portfolio.  Brian and members of his organization regularly engage with customers around the world to better understand their challenges and help them better understand how Dell can help them achieve their goals.  The insights gathered from our customers through these engagements coupled with primary research fuel the innovation engine for new offer development. Brian has over twenty years of product development experience at Dell.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.