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The Generation of Innovation – The Dell PowerEdge 12G Servers

Dell PowerEdge Servers

The customer is always right

Whilst a server might not be the most exciting piece of IT equipment a business might purchase, it might be the most important and integral part to their success.

It seems Dell shares this view, with them spending over a year gathering nearly eight thousands customer’s thoughts on the previous 11th generation of PowerEdge servers. With all that feedback, Dell is ready to launch a 12th Generation (12G) of PowerEdge Servers that boasts over 150 innovations.

The new Intel Xeon E5 Processor

The big difference between the last generation of Dell servers and the new 12G is the processor which will power the servers.

Dell PowerEdge T620

The Dell PowerEdge T620

The new Intel Xeon E5 processor will allow a server to be more agile and responsive to changing business needs like key cloud requirements, and the new chip is the world’s first server chip to support the PCI Express 3.0 standard.

Up to 28 time quicker

Another feature which is expected to be on the Dell PowerEdge 12G range which can vastly improve the performance of the server is Express Flash, a hot-swappable PCIe SSD that connects directly to the into the PCI slot.

According to Dell this means a server (compared to the previous 11th generation) will be able to run through 10 times more SQL transactions per second and 28 times quicker through queries on an Oracle database.

One Step Ahead of the Game

In a bid to boost automation and reduce down time, server manufacturers are embedding technologies that highlight problems before failure occurs.

HP recently launched their embedded lifecycle management system within the new HP Proliant x86 Gen8 server range however as Dell’s CEO Michael Dell pointed out, the last generation of Dell PowerEdge Servers had this technology in 2009. But according to Dell the second generation of this technology which features on the 12th Generation server will provide major advantages for customers.

You’re fired!

Well not quite, but Dell’s new systems management software, iDRAC7 has be rewritten to be agentless when it comes to deploying, monitoring and updating the servers. Dell has done this because they believe that managing the agents, which manage the servers, can be a costly and time-consuming business.

For example a data centre can spend an extra $2.6 million over a 3-year period on looking after these agents, that’s why Kevin Noreen from Dell has said We look at this as firing the agents”. Whilst the majority of small businesses won’t be seeing a resource saving anywhere near the level of a datacentre, through using the iDRAC7 technology they should see a noticeable benefit.

 

Learn more about the Dell PowerEdge 12G server at BT Business Direct.

 

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