The new Dell PowerEdge range of servers available from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) offers enhanced performance, maximum operational efficiency and greater versatility. Available in 1U and 2U rack server, rackable tower server and blade server models, the new PowerEdge range is ideal for a wide variety of applications from the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) to the large Enterprise.

“The new Dell PowerEdge range offers improved performance due to a number of enhancements. These include the latest DDR4 Random Access Memory (RAM), instead of previous generation DDR3, along with new Intel chipsets featuring the latest E5-2600 v3 Intel CPU range. Certain models offer bezel options that utilise Near Field Communication (NFC), which enables users to communicate with the server and change settings on a management level on their mobile phone using the Dell Open Manage Mobile (OMM) application, simply by being in proximity of the system. In addition, management capabilities have been enhanced and performance monitoring is now integrated rather than requiring Operating System (OS) plug-ins,” says Jaco Erasmus, Dell Enterprise Division Manager at DCC.

The new Dell PowerEdge server range is available in several different models for a variety of applications:

* R430 – two socket 1U rack server;
* R530 – two socket 2U rack server;
* R630 – two socket 1U rack server;
* R730 – two socket 2U rack server;
* R730xd – two socket 2U rack server;
* R930 – four socket 4U rack server;
* T430 – two socket 5U tower server;
* T630 – two socket 5U tower server; and
* M630 – ultra-efficient half height blade server.

The PowerEdge R430 is a powerful, compact rack server delivering peak 2-socket performance to space-constrained data centres. It is a short-depth (24-inch) entry rack server that is ideal for a wide range of workloads, including High-performance computing (HPC), web serving, infrastructure scale-out, surveillance and site security. It is also well suited for use as a dedicated backup or development server. Specs include the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor, DDR4 memory and 12 DIMM slots to expand memory capacity, up to 10 high-IOPS 2.5-inc hard drives and two PCIe Gen3 slots.

The PowerEdge R530 is designed for data centres needing an affordable, virtualisation-ready, 2-socket rack server. It is an excellent platform for a wide range of common business applications, including mail and messaging, file and print, workgroup collaboration, web serving and video streaming. It is also ideal as a dedicated development or backup server. The R530 features the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor, 12 DIMM slots and DDR4 memory, and five PCIe slots, including three PCIe Gen3 slots.

The PowerEdge R630 is the ideal solution for virtualisation environments, large business applications or transactional databases. It features the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors up to 18 cores, and is versatile and highly configurable with up to 24 DIMMs high-capacity DDR4 memory, HDD configurations ranging from 24 1.8-inch Solid State Drives (SSDs) for 23 Terabytes (TB) of storage to 10 2.5-inch SAS configurations, up to three PCIe 3.0 expansion slots and up to four Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs.

The PowerEdge R730 offers impressive processor performance, a large memory footprint, extensive Input / Output (I/O) options and a choice of dense, high- performance storage or low-cost, high-capacity storage. It is ideal for a wide range of very demanding workloads for midsized and large enterprises, such as data warehouses, e-commerce, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), databases and High-Performance Computing (HPC) as a data node. When configured with 3.5-inch drives, the R730 provides up to 48TB of rapidly accessed storage for databases, Business Intelligence (BI) and HPC applications. The PowerEdge R730 features the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family with up to 18 cores, up to 24 DIMMs of high- capacity DDR4 memory, up to seven PCIe 3.0 expansion slots and up to four internal GPU accelerators.

The PowerEdge R730xd is exceptionally flexible and scalable, delivering high-performance processing and a broad range of workload-optimised local storage possibilities, including hybrid tiering. It features the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors up to 18 cores and supports up to 24 DIMMs DDR4 memory, six distinct storage configurations, up to six PCIe 3.0 expansion slots
and up to four Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs.

The PowerEdge R930 is specifically designed for the most demanding enterprise applications and features industry-leading internal storage and memory scalability to optimise application performance. It features the latest Intel Xeon E7-8800 v3 and E7-4800 v3 processors with up to 96 DIMMS DDR4 memory. The R930 supports up to eight Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs and up to 10 PCIe 3.0 slots.
The PowerEdge T430 tower server offers an expandable design and quiet acoustics in a powerful 2-socket server, making it ideal for office environments and small businesses. It is well suited for a wide range of office workloads, including workgroup collaboration and productivity, mail and messaging, file and print serving and web serving. It features the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor, DDR4 memory, 12 DIMM slots for expandable memory, and six PCIe Gen3 slots.

The PowerEdge T630 delivers ultimate two-processor performance, versatility and availability for a wide range of demanding workloads in SME environments as well as large enterprise remote and branch offices. These include collaboration and productivity applications such as mail and messaging, file and print, web serving, video serving, Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), record retention and management and more. Featuring up to two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, the T630 supports up to 24 DDR4 DIMMs, massive internal storage capacity with up to 32 x 2.5-inch or 18 x 3.5-inch hard drives, up to four optional hot-plug Express Flash PCIe SSDs and up to four optional GPUs .

The PowerEdge M630 is an ultra-efficient blade server that offers a dense, easy-to-manage platform ideal for data centre workloads. Designed for use with the PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure and PowerEdge VRTX converged infrastructure, the M630 offers exceptional scalability in environments ranging from IT as a service provider and private clouds to remote and branch offices. It features up to 58 cores per U with the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, 24 DIMMs of DDR4 memory and up to four 1.8-inch SSDs with double the storage bandwidth. These features enable the M630 to deliver more, larger and higher-performing virtual machines with help from more cores and up to 15 percent greater memory bandwidth.

All server models feature Dell OpenManage systems management through OME (OpenManage Essentials), which provides innovative solutions that simplify and automate essential server lifecycle management tasks and support features. This helps to ensure the efficiency of IT operations and ensures that Dell servers are productive, reliable and cost effective. In addition, integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (IDRAC) offers native performance monitoring with streamlined server deployment, configuration and updates as well as Lifecycle Controller technology. Data centre hardware management is enabled through the OpenManage portfolio, including anywhere mobile access with OpenManage Mobile, and through integration with third-party management solutions.

“In addition, OpenManage Essentials now also delivers Server Configuration Management capabilities that automate one-many PowerEdge bare-metal server and Operating System (OS) deployments, quick and consistent replication of configurations and ensure compliance to a predefined baseline with automated drift detection,” Erasmus concludes.