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  1. Platforms – Modular Infrastructure
  2. Platforms – Rack and Tower servers
  3. AI, ML/DL, GPU’s, Accelerators
  4. Systems Management
  5. Power, Cooling, Acoustics
  6. Quality, Reliability
  7. Testing, Factory Process
  8. Server Security
  9. Server Storage
  10. Innovation
  11. Server Strategy

Platforms – Modular Infrastructure

Direct from Development - PowerEdge MX7000 Direct Orthogonal Connectors
3-page tech note explains that the new MX7000 modular platform eliminates the midplane of traditional server architectures and instead uses Direct Orthogonal Connectors for internal interconnection of compute, storage and switch modules. Elimination of the midplane greatly optimizes airflow and enhances cooling, while signal transmission and power delivery are also improved by this new, innovative design.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX-Series Fabric Management
2-page tech note describing the networking options offered for the PowerEdge MX-Series, enabling users to scale from a single chassis to many. Users wanted to stick with traditional management can configure the networking elements of the MX-Series infrastructure using Full-Switch mode or Open Networking, but for those looking for ease of use, self-healing technologies, automated configuration of VLAN and QoS as well as the convenience and cost savings of reduced administration, SmartFabric Services is the ideal solution.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX-Series Storage Options and Use Cases
This 2-page tech note explains that a broad range of workloads are now optimized for storage technologies, creating the need to provide customers with flexibility in the server infrastructure to meet these diverse needs. The new PowerEdge MX-Series has been designed specifically to reduce storage option complexity while at the same time delivering the robust, agile storage architecture needed to optimize for various workloads and environments.

Direct from Development - PowerEdge MX7000 Chassis Thermal Airflow Architecture
This 3-page tech note describes how the Multiple Airflow Architecture of the new MX7000 chassis enables enhanced energy efficiency in the cooling of higher power and denser system configurations, extends the lifecycle of the chassis to accommodate multiple generations of future IT technology, and delivers excellent investment protection.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX-Series Optimizations for the Software Defined Data Center
This 2-page tech note describes how the Software Defined Data Center is emerging as one of the leading architectural approaches for customers who wish to cut costs, increase agility and improve reliability without incurring vendor lock-in. The new PowerEdge MX-Series Modular solutions were designed specifically to enable SDDC by integrating key optimizations for Software Defined Storage and Software Defined Networking with the industry leading Dell EMC PowerEdge Server family.

Direct from Development - PowerEdge MX7000 Acoustical Baffle
This 2-page tech note describes the MX7000 Acoustical Baffle, which brings temporary or permanent acoustical mitigation to noise-sensitive installations. Installation of the baffle can be performed quickly in the field, no tools required.

Direct from Development - PowerEdge MX7000 Acoustical Options
This 3-page tech note explains that for the majority of MX7000 deployments, the acoustical experience meets customer expectations. For customers deploying in noise-sensitive areas, a three-pillar strategy of Configuration selection, Software settings, and Acoustical hardware can reduce acoustical noise output to meet expectations for those deployments.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX and Intel QAT – Sept 2018
This 3-page tech note outlines how Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) on PowerEdge MX provides a software-enabled foundation for security, authentication, and compression, and significantly increases the performance and efficiency of standard platform solutions.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX Power Redundancy - Sept 2018
This 4-page tech note provides core details associated with the PowerEdge MX redundant power features. Specifically called out in detail and explained are the grid power options and associated redundancy features.

Direct from Development – Troubleshooting with Extract Logs on PowerEdge MX -- Sept 2018
This 4-page tech note describes a method of collecting Extract Logs that can be later used by Technical Support to troubleshoot any hardware or firmware issues.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX7000 Reset to Default -- Sept 2018
This 3-page tech note discusses the "Reset to Default" feature found in Dell’s new PowerEdge MX7000 chassis, Also outlined are the front panel configuration storage options.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX Secure Chassis Management -- Sept 2018
This 3-page tech note describes the innovative new security features that are built into the PowerEdge MX7000 for single and multi-chassis deployment. Including secure boot features built into the Management Modules and iDRAC, the ground-up security design incorporating SELinux and least-privilege processes, and our new mechanisms that ensure the security of all management traffic inside the chassis by authenticating and authorizing every component in the chassis, as well as the encryption for all internal management network traffic.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX7000 At the Box Serial Access -- Sept 2018
This 3-page tech note outlines the step by step process for "At the box" serial access ensuring secure chassis management and efficient troubleshooting when remote access to the management firmware is not available.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX7000 LED Device Status -- Sept 2018
This 4-page tech note provides comprehensive status information for LED behaviors on PowerEdge MX7000. The MX7000 chassis and modular devices in a MX7000 chassis are equipped with multipurpose LEDs which can indicate the current health state of the device, provide identification or implement device specific features.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX7000 LED Control Panel -- Sept 2018
This 3-page white paper describes the features and capabilities provided by the control panels, specifically the LED Options.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX vSAN Ready Nodes-- Sept 2018
3-page tech note discusses the multiple vSAN Ready Node options available on the PowerEdge MX as well as select BIOS configurations for optimal performance.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge MX7000 Chassis Management Network Cabling - Sept 2018
This 3-page tech note describes the new and improved features of the MX7000 chassis management network, provides recommended network cabling diagrams, and shows the fault tolerant capabilities of the new network design in the new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 chassis.

Direct from Development – Configuring PowerEdge FX2 for FCoE with VMware
5-page Tech Note outlines the simplicity of configuring an FX2 system for FCoE operation, providing users the benefit of cable reduction while at the same time delivering the performance and security of Fibre Channel-based storage.

Direct from Development – The PowerEdge FX2 Unique Solution Design – Sept 2017
2-page Tech Note describes how the FX2 takes advantage of the best attributes of both rack servers and blade servers, and delivers them in a unique hybrid solution. Key benefits include: small initial investment; outstanding data center flexibility; extensive integrated storage capacity; choice of PCIe slots or integrated switching; ability to manage FX2 as rack servers or as blade servers; and workload optimization.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge FX2 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Comparison – Sept 2017
2-page Tech Note with detailed example showing how FX2 delivers 22% better TCO over a 4-year lifecycle compared to rack servers. Excellent sales support document to encourage customers to move to FX2.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge FX2 Optimized Fault Zone Design – Sept 2017
4-page Tech Note describing how FX2 offers greater workload density than blade servers while also resolving the traditional trade-off between probability of failure and severity of failure. Includes detailed example of how with FX2, in the same 10u space as an M1000e and 16 blade nodes, customers can benefit from 25% more compute capacity while at the same time significantly reducing fault zone severity.

Direct from Development – Augmenting QoS using NPAR with PowerEdge FX2 – Sept 2017
This 2-page Tech Note discusses quality of service (QoS) and the importance of network bandwidth prioritization. Contains clear description of how to set up NPAR in both un-constrained and constrained environments, including prioritization of vMotion and FCoE over lower-priority functions in case of server emergency.

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Platforms – Rack and Tower servers

Direct from Development – PowerEdge R840 Boosts Performance and Delivers Competitive Advantage – June 2018
Author: Tad Walsh
This 3-page Tech Note summarizes performance benchmarking between the new PowerEdge R840 and an earlier-generation PowerEdge R820, both running a compute-intensive workload (Monte Carlo simulations). The results help users to understand the importance of upgrading to new technology, not only for the obvious performance benefits but also for gaining (or maintaining) competitive advantage.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge R740 Accelerates Microsoft SQL Server Performance – Sept 2017
The 2-page Tech Note reports recent benchmark results showing that the new 14th-generation PowerEdge R740 significantly out-performs the previous-generation R730, both running Microsoft SQL Server 2016: 41% higher transactions per second, 50% increase in user load, and 50% decrease in average query response time. This is an excellent sales support document to encourage install-base users to refresh with new 14G technology.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge R740 SQL Server Performance with NVDIMMs – Sept 2017
3-1/2 page Tech Note explains that while the R740 without NVDIMMs delivers impressive high performance, data centers wanting the utmost out of their R740’s can implement NVDIMMs to boost transactions per second by 42% and batch requests per second by 43%, compared to the same R740 without NVDIMMs. Excellent sales support document to encourage users to implement NVDIMMs.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge T640: Workhorse Server for Demanding Workloads – Sept 2017
This 2-page Tech Note gives an overview of the powerful, efficient and versatile PowerEdge T640 rackable tower server, including key workloads. Describes main benefits that result in better business outcomes for our customers.

Direct from Development – PowerEdge NUMA Configurations with AMD EPYC Processors – Jan 2018
Author: Jose Grande
5-page Tech Note explains how the new AMD EPYC design establishes Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) domains across dies and sockets, and how PowerEdge BIOS settings leverage these domains for optimal performance.

Direct from Development – Configuring Low-Latency Environments on PowerEdge 14G Servers – Oct 2017
4-page tech note provides guidelines for tuning PowerEdge servers for low-latency applications and workloads, e.g. High Frequency Trading, chemical process control, manufacturing workflow, signal processing, etc. This brief non-NDA tech note links to a full-length NDA white paper (see next item below) that contains the actual Dell EMC Confidential information. The NDA white paper "Configuring Low-Latency Environments on Dell 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers" is available to customers only under NDA through their Dell EMC Sales Representative (see links below).

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AI, ML/DL, GPU’s, Accelerators

Building the Optimal Machine Learning Platform – Sept 2018
Authors: Austin Shelnutt, Paul Steeves
This 5-page tech note provides a brief overview of some of the basic principles of Machine Learning and describes the challenges and trade-offs involved in constructing the optimal Machine Learning platform for different use cases.

Direct from Development - Elastic AI Infrastructure using Dell EMC PowerEdge and Bitfusion FlexDirect
Authors: Ramesh Radhakrishnan (Dell EMC) and Subbu Rama (Bitfusion)
3-page tech note describes how typical deployments of GPU-accelerated servers are operated as silo-ed, stand-alone assets. By instead consolidating multiple CPU clusters into a single shared pool, significant improvements can be attained across performance, productivity, CAPEX, OPEX, and the pace of data center modernization. PowerEdge servers running Bitfusion FlexDirect enables this consolidation, offering a seamless way for any machine in the network to access any arbitrary fraction of GPU or multiple GPU’s, anytime.

Direct from Development – Deep Learning Inferencing with Intel Programmable Acceleration Card on Dell EMC Infrastructure – June 2018
Authors: David Ojika, Bhavesh Patel
9-page tech note evaluates the performance and efficiency of Deep Learning inference on Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) FPGA on Dell EMC PowerEdge R740/R740xd server. The objective is not only to report on real-world inferencing performance but also examine the end-to-end use case of the Intel PAC FPGA solution.

Direct from Development – FPGA’s: Some Use Cases in the Data Center
This 5-1/2 page Tech Note explains that Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA’s) are not a panacea for all compute problems, but when applied selectively and appropriately, they can deliver significantly better business outcomes. Includes use cases and extensive description of capabilities.

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Systems Management

Direct from Development – Configuration Compliance Baseline Management in OpenManage Enterprise – Jan 2018
Author: Matthew Maze
2-page Tech Note summarizes the new configuration compliance baseline feature in OpenManage and describes best-practice methods to get the most out of the feature.

Direct from Development – Device Onboarding with OpenManage Enterprise – Jan 2018
Authors: Ashwani Arora, Pushkala Iyer
This 3-page Tech Note describes the new Device Onboarding feature of OpenManage Enterprise and explains the straightforward steps to set up administrator privileges for full management. Users wanting to simply monitor their servers can instead implement reduce, non-administrator privileges.

Direct from PowerEdge Development – Building Intelligent Server Management – Point of View – Feb 2017
This 2-page Point of View describing how PowerEdge servers are designed with management intelligence in mind, with a focus on simplicity, efficiency and availability, that results in tangible and significant real-world benefits.

Direct from PowerEdge Development – Simplify Server Management using Dell EMC’s Agent-free Architecture – Tech Note – February 2017
This 2-page Tech Note describes agent-based vs. agent-free server management and why Dell chose its agent-free strategy

Direct from PowerEdge Development – The Future of Systems Management Automation – Point of View – February 2017
This 2-page Point of View describes the evolution of systems management automation and DellEMC’s role in charting the future

Direct from PowerEdge Development – Best practices for performing firmware updates on PowerEdge servers - February 2017
This 2-page Tech Note describes various methods for performing firmware updates

Direct from Development – OpenManage Power Center (OMPC) – July 2017
OMPC monitors, reports, alerts and caps power consumption in the data center, for users of all sizes. This 3-page Tech Note describes how OMPC enables better visibility, improved control, greater rack density, faster power capping, and greater accuracy, all of which leads to better decision making for data center operators.

Direct from PowerEdge Development - VM Power Mapping with OpenManage Power Center (OMPC) 4.0
2-page Tech Note explains how VM Power Mapping, new with OMPC 4.0 (coming Summer 2017), overcomes current limitations with tracking power consumption and enables metering at the level of individual VM’s. This allows Systems Administrators to better balance workloads, gain deeper insight into power issues or spikes, and provide more accurate power consumption chargebacks to users.

Direct from Development – Workload Profile based Automated Server Configuration
This 2-page Tech Note describes the functionality and proper use of Dell EMC’s new Workload Profile Optimization tools.

Direct from Development – Proactive High Availability with OMIVV – Sept 2017
3-1/2 page Tech Note describes how the newly introduced VMware Proactive HA functionality, in combination with the OMIVV virtual appliance, can detect potential hardware issues and act upon them proactively, before they result in actual downtime.

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Power, Cooling, Acoustics

Direct from Development – Enabling Sound Cap in PowerEdge 14G Servers – Oct 2017
2-page Tech Note describes how Sound Cap can effectively limit acoustical output in noise-sensitive environments, e.g. when re-deploying data center rack servers to lab or office environments, or when limiting noise is consciously prioritized over CPU performance.

Direct from Development - Thermal Design Tenets of PowerEdge 14G Servers – Oct 2017
1-page tech note explaining how the task of cooling PowerEdge 14G servers builds on the features and capabilities of previous PowerEdge servers and now expands support for higher power processors, enhanced PCIe cooling capability, and increased GPU and NVMe count. Includes table of "Six key tenets of PowerEdge 14G Thermal Design".

Direct from Development - Power Estimation: The New Dell Enterprise Infrastructure Planning Tool (EIPT)
2-page Tech Note describing Dell EMC’s new power estimation tool, EIPT. EIPT provides precise outputs for data center planning purposes, enabling users to effectively size their compute infrastructures by determining the most efficient system configurations based on a range of workloads and scenarios.

Direct from PowerEdge Development – Dell EMC Blade Server Delivers Energy Cost Savings – Tech Note – February 2017
This 2-page competitive Tech Note describes the superior design of the PowerEdge M630 vs. the HPE ProLiant BL460 and the resulting OPEX cost savings. Dell Legal AD# G17000027

Direct from Development – PowerEdge Multi-Vector Cooling – July 2017
This 3-page Tech Note describes Dell EMC’s multi-faceted approach to server thermal control, which addresses and resolves not only cooling but also power consumption, airflow consumption and acoustics.

Direct from Development – 14 FAQs about 14G Thermals – July 2017
4-page aggregation of the most frequently asked questions about PowerEdge 14G thermal design, behavior and capabilities. Consult these FAQs first, before sifting through multiple white papers and sourcebooks.

Direct from Development – Server Exhaust Considerations for Thermal Efficiency - July 2017
Servers consume immense amounts of energy and create thermal challenges in the datacenter. In this 3 page paper we discuss the thermal trends of the server infrastructure specifically the ∆T between intake and exhaust. Outlined in detail, PowerEdge servers minimize fan speed and airflow to enable best in class efficiency without sacrificing system or component reliability.

Direct from Development – Liquid Cooling in the Data Center is on the Rise - 2017
This 2-page Tech Note covers the topic of liquid cooling in the data center and why it is becoming more prevalent. It also talks about the Dell EMC point-of-view on this subject from a technology standpoint and what we are doing to implement a liquid cooling solution for our customers.

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Quality, Reliability

Direct from PowerEdge Development - PowerEdge Quality from Concept to End-of-Life - Point of View - February 2017
This 3-page POV provides background and Dell EMC's point of view on PowerEdge quality

Direct from Development – Designing for Any Data Center: The Dell Development Process – July 2017
2-page Tech Note describing the Dell EMC process of designing new servers, which results in platforms and solutions providing users with new capabilities and data center cost savings. Calls out the PowerEdge FX2 as an example.

Direct from Development – What it takes to develop a PowerEdge Server – July 2017
2-page Tech Note describing the multi-stage, multi-year development cycle of PowerEdge servers, which ensure the quality, performance, manageability and investment protection expected of a PowerEdge.

Direct from Development – Reliability in Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers – July 2017
For PowerEdge servers, reliability is the quality of performing well, over time. This 2-page Tech Note describes the PowerEdge design and reliability process, with focus on three key areas: Component, Subsystems, and System. This Tech Note also explains how PowerEdge servers are tested in a variety of environmental conditions, to ensure that PowerEdge servers meet and exceed customer expectations.

Direct from Development – Simulation and Signal Integrity in PowerEdge Servers – April 2017
2-page Tech Note describing how DellEMC ensures signal integrity through a sophisticated, simulation-driven process in which we run millions of simulations for each server generation.

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Testing, Factory Process

Direct from PowerEdge Development – Understanding Our Unique Factory Process – Point of View – February 2017
This 2-page Point of View provides a look at Dell EMC’s factory testing and product design process

Direct from Development – DELL EMC Testing Maturity Model: Why Testing Matters – Tech Note – March 2017
2-page Tech Note explaining how extensive, rigorous testing of PowerEdge servers delivers quality and customer value, and earned DellEMC the TMMi Level 3 certification.

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Server Security

Direct from Development – AMD CPU Security Features in PowerEdge 14G Servers – Jan 2018
Author: George Mathew
1-page Tech Note describing key security features in PowerEdge 14G servers configured with AMD CPU’s, including the AMD Secure Processor and hardware encryption capabilities (Secure Memory Encryption (SME) for non-virtualized environments), and Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) for virtualized ones).

Direct from Development - Secure Boot and Secure Operation for VDI Environments with PowerEdge R6415, R7415, R7425 Servers – Aug 2018
Author: Sonja Hickey
This 2-page tech note explains that adequately securing a VDI environment goes beyond implementing just end-point and software-based security solutions. Implementing security at the hardware level, with capabilities such as Secure Boot and Secure Operation, should also be seriously considered for servers that support VDI environments.

Direct from Development – Security in Server Design – July 2017
This 4-page Tech Note emphasizes that to protect, detect and recover from cyber attacks, security must be built into servers (as it is with PowerEdge servers), not bolted on after the fact. It also describes the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) model; covers some innovative security features of PowerEdge 14G servers, and includes key actions that users can take to provide additional server security.

Direct from Development - Cyber-Resiliency at the Chipset and BIOS
2-page Tech Note covering new BIOS features introduced with PowerEdge 14G servers, offering unique resiliency to malicious intent or user error. The two features highlighted, BIOS Recovery and integration of Intel Boot Guard, respectively, are further demonstration of PowerEdge engineering commitment to ensuring the security and stability of enterprise infrastructures.

Direct from Development – System Erase on PowerEdge 14G Servers – July 2017
1-page Tech Note describing how IT Administrators can simplify the process of erasing data with System Erase, a new capability of iDRAC9 and PowerEdge 14G servers. When servers are re-purposed from workload to workload, or as they change ownership from one organization to another, or as they are retired/decommissioned, all data should be removed from internal storage devices and non-volatile stores.

Direct from Development – Rapid Operating System Recovery July 2017
Having a secure server platform should include quick OS recovery in case of corruption. In this 3-page technical paper we discuss a new features and commands found in our 14G PowerEdge Servers which ensures customers have the ability to set up a physical recovery disk and perform remote disk recovery in case of OS Corruption or hard drive failure.

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Server Storage

Direct from Development – PowerEdge Enterprise HDD Overview – Jan 2018
Authors: Prim Li, Tad Walsh
4-page Tech Note gives an overview of PowerEdge hard drive technologies, including form factor, rotational speed, sector format and bus interface. These factors can be used in conjunction with trade-offs between performance, capacity and budget to help users in appropriate HDD selection.

Direct from Development – The Modern Data Center Needs a Modern Network – Oct 2017
2-page Point of View jointly written by Dell EMC and Brocade explains that upgrading IT infrastructures with new PowerEdge servers and flash storage can deliver significant improvements to workload performance but to fully realize the benefits of these upgrades and to avoid performance bottlenecks, the network connecting servers to storage should also be upgraded.

Direct from Development – Dell EMC Offers a Seamless Transition to NVMe over Fibre Channel
This 3-page Tech Note describes how NVMe over Fabrics represent the next storage transition to "faster flash". With Dell EMC NVMe over Fibre Channel-enabled adapters available now for PowerEdge servers, users can implement these technologies currently, gaining the benefits of lower latency, higher performance, investment protection, and the flexibility to move to NVMe storage at the pace of their own business.

Direct from Development - PowerEdge Boot Optimized Storage Solution (BOSS)
2-page Tech Note describing the motivation for developing BOSS as well as its benefits and key features.

Direct from Development – The Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Unique NVMe Implementation – July 2017
1-page Tech Note explaining how the new PowerEdge R640 takes advantage of an increase in PCI lanes to optimize the performance of up to 8 NVMe drives. This implementation lowers latency, decreases power consumption and reduces cost for workloads needing up to 8 NVMe drives.

Direct from Development - Direct from Development – Innovative Carrier Design - 2017
Hard Drive carriers as a critical components to our PowerEdge 14th Generation of servers. This innovative design increased airflow and enabled more server configurations and won a 2017 Red Dot award for product design.

Direct from Development – Why choose DellEMC Enterprise-class Drives? – April 2017
1-page Tech Note describes the very stringent manufacturing and quality processes that DellEMC-branded drives go through to ensure customer satisfaction.

Direct from Development – Why Choose DellEMC PERC Adapters? – July 2017
1-page Tech Note describing four key differences and benefits of DellEMC-branded PERCs compared to standard 3rd Party cards.

Direct from Development - Batteries vs. Supercapacitors: Why DellEMC PERC Controllers Use Batteries – April 2017
2-page Tech Note overview of critical differences between Li Ion batteries vs. Supercaps, and why DellEMC chose batteries for the newest PERC controllers.

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Direct from Development – PowerEdge Innovation: Solving More Pain Points, Sooner – April 2017
2-page Point of View describing three main categories of DellEMC innovation and how they accelerate customer success.

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Server Strategy

Direct from Development - Server-Centric IT
1-page Tech Note describing how users can choose to run PowerEdge Servers as servers, storage, networking or converged/hyperconverged infrastructure, and how a server-centric IT paradigm can dramatically simplify IT infrastructure and management.

Direct from Development – Realizing the Value of Open Compute vs Extreme Scale Infrastructure - July 2017
The Open Compute Project (OCP) was founded on the promise of server cost reduction and increased efficiency. Often however, customers are faced with a lot more than they expected in deploying such solutions. In this two page discussion, we outline how Dell EMC guides customers through these considerations to realize the benefits of open computing & hyperscale design in modern IT.

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Last Date Modified: 12/12/2018 03:49 PM

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