Enhanced Speed Drives Better Results with PowerEdge and 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Whenever I get the chance, I talk to customers about what excites them about technology. The conversation often leads back to how they can use data in a meaningful way across their organization.

This is not surprising since data is now collected everywhere. Fifty billion intelligent devices have created a flood of edge data. Data analysis has advanced with different flavors of artificial intelligence to provide significant impact on your business. It is natural to assume that data is the critical factor in meeting your customers’ requirements.

But in truth we have been collecting and assimilating data throughout history from libraries of papyrus rolls to the first computers. It just took us a long time to find it, understand it and see a pattern. So, while these additional access points are driving analysis today, they require fast processing to bring value to your business and customers. When you stop and consider it, the need for edge devices is related to speed as well as data. For example, one use case at the edge may be reporting weather at various locations. Quick analysis would not only ensure accuracy but also peoples’ safety.

Our customers have told us the speed that they deliver, and process information is critical to their business. Last year, we introduced 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with Intel Deep Learning Boost to our PowerEdge portfolio and saw large performance leaps in a variety of workloads. Intel Optane™ Persistent Memory enhanced these benefits by placing large memory capacity right next to the processors. Our customers have already expressed excitement about the performance results from these new technologies.

“Not only are we excited about 2nd Gen Intel Xeon processors and the performance improvements, but adding persistent memory in large capacities offers a full array of benefits. We can definitely see space and cost savings potential by supporting more databases or VMs per Dell EMC PowerEdge server with Intel Optane Persistent Memory. We have already seen faster transactions per second with SQL Server 2019 and Intel Optane Persistent Memory and having the ability to recover quickly is critical for our business,” said Antony Messerli, Principal Engineer of Global Infrastructure Engineering at Rackspace.

Of course, the nature of modern business demands more and more rapid results. So just this week we are adding the latest 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors to select PowerEdge servers. These enhanced processors drive everyday workloads to AI, with up to 33 percent improved performance with a less than three percent price increase.[1] They include Intel Xeon Gold, Silver or Bronze processor options that let you balance energy-efficiency and cost while delivering improved speed to meet increasing demands. Service customers more quickly with up to 33 percent more cores,[2] up to 28 percent faster frequencies[3] and up to 62 percent more memory cache.[4] Plus, faster data analysis can help you deliver benefits for your customers and business more effectively.

“Building upon decades of close collaboration with Dell Technologies, it’s exciting to deliver these latest innovations and the foundation for our customers’ AI-infused, data-centric infrastructure.  Dell EMC PowerEdge systems fueled by the latest 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors extend customer value through workload-optimized performance enhancements, built-in AI acceleration, hardened security and other unique platform capabilities including Intel Optane persistent memory, enabling unprecedented results and amazing digital experiences,” according to Lisa Spelman, corporate vice president and general manager of the Xeon and Memory Group, Intel.

Essentially, the speed of the data processing and transmitting is what is changing our world — not the just the data itself. We need to be able to process data in any location — in a way that it is instantly useful while making it secure and easy to manage. Talk to your Dell representative about how to improve performance for your workloads and get more value from your data. And feel free to reach out on Twitter to tell us about your journey from the edge to the core and the cloud.


[1] Preliminary results are based on Dell EMC internal testing January 2020 comparing a PowerEdge R740 with 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold 6242R processor vs PowerEdge R740 with 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold 6242 processor running SPECcpu2017 int_rate_base. Actual results will vary. Dell internal analysis Feb 2020 based on Dell US list price comparisons of 6242R and 6242 CPUs, does not include variables like heatsinks or PSUs, pricing subject to change and may vary by region.

[2] Based on published data from Intel® for the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6246R vs. the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6246 processor.

[3] Based on published data from Intel® for the Intel® Xeon® Bronze 4215R vs. the Intel® Xeon® Bronze 4215 processor.

[4] Based on published data from Intel® for the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6242R vs. the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6242 processor.

About the Author: Ravi Pendekanti

Ravi Pendekanti is Senior Vice President of Server Solutions Product Management at Dell, Inc. His organization is responsible for developing and bringing Dell’s flagship line of PowerEdge Servers and Converged Infrastructure systems to market, covering a broad spectrum of global customers from cloud service providers and small businesses to large enterprises and organizations, all running a wide range of workloads. Most recently, Ravi served as the Vice President of the Platform Business Group at Oracle where he looked after GTM activities including Product Marketing and Sales Enablement related to the platform business that included Engineered Systems (Exadata, Exalogic, OVCA and SuperCluster), Servers, Solaris and Networking. With over two decades of extensive global experience in the enterprise and SMB segment in both hardware (servers, storage and networking) and software, Ravi has also held leadership roles at Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics. He holds a MS in Computer Science and BS in Electrical Engineering.