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Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation Servers Launched

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 July 2017Dell EMC is announcing worldwide availability for its next generation of the world’s bestselling server to help customers of all sizes fuel their IT transformation initiatives. Recently previewed at Dell EMC World 2017, the award-winning design of the new 14th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a scalable, automated and secure compute platform for traditional and cloud-native applications, designed for new Intel Xeon Scalable processors.


Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation Servers

With its scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security, the new Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation server portfolio delivers on these desired benefits. PowerEdge servers, the bedrock of the modern data centre, enable customers to push innovation further and faster to achieve their IT transformation goals.

The scalable business architecture of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers helps customers efficiently meet their changing business needs with enhanced performance capabilities for traditional, virtualised and cloud-native workloads in a software-defined data centre. The new Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio, highly optimised for non-volatile memory express (NVMe), helps customers accelerate deployment of software-defined data storage and hyper-converged infrastructure stacks with:

  • Accelerated database performance and lower latency with up to 12 times more database IOPS1 and up to 98% less database latency in a VMware vSAN cluster
  • Faster and seamless live migration of virtual machines now up to 58% faster with up to 75% less CPU usage when using 25GbE with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)
  • Faster storage performance in compute to maximise application performance with up to six times more NVMe drives, up to five times total flash storage, 30% more input/output slots and 25% density improvement

Intelligent automation in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable IT professionals to focus on mission-critical tasks that drive greater customer and business value. Specifically, OpenManage Enterprise with a powerful RESTful API offers tools for automating deployment, updates, monitoring and maintenance. The new, more powerful OpenManage Enterprise management console offers users:

  • Easy server lifecycle management from deployment to retirement and repurposing with enhanced Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC9). It gives up to four times more improved performance in user interface and experience and a 30% time reduction to set up iDRAC with QuickSync 22 mobile-based management
  • Up to 90% faster PowerEdge server issue resolution using ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist proactive and predictive technology

Dell EMC believes that integrated security is integral to compute and should not require extra licensing fees. Dell EMC pioneered root of trust within its PowerEdge servers for the past two generations. A robust cyber-resilient architecture enables customers to protect, detect, recover and retire PowerEdge servers via:

  • Cryptographically trusted booting that anchors end-to-end server safety and overall data centre security. It includes features like silicon-based root of trust, Intel Boot Guard protection, signed firmware and automatic BIOS recovery and the new OpenManage Enterprise as a virtual console delivers enhanced server safety while offering customers operational flexibility
  • System Lockdown, a capability unique to PowerEdge, helps secure any system configuration from malicious or unintended changes while alerting users to any attempted system changes
  • System Erase, which allows users to easily retire or repurpose their 14th generation PowerEdge servers by securely and quickly wiping data from storage drives and other embedded non-volatile memory

In collaboration with Intel, Dell EMC is bringing Intel Xeon Scalable processors to Dell EMC PowerEdge14th generation servers. With 27% more CPU cores and 50% more memory bandwidth6, Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation server customers can accelerate performance of business critical applications and workloads. Dell EMC’s most advanced line-up of PowerEdge servers includes rack and blade form factors.

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 – Ideal combination for dense scale-out data centre computing and storage in a 1U/2-socket platform
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 – Workhorse for demanding environments providing the ideal balance between storage, I/O and application acceleration and with superior configuration flexibility in a 2U/2S platform. R740 enables up to 50% more VDI users per server8 and up to 50% more GPU accelerator support for Hadoop analytics9
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740XD – This 2U/2S platform is best-in-class storage performance and density for applications like software-defined storage and with the versatility demanded by cloud service providers, Hadoop/Big Data users and co-location hosting
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 – This 3U/ 4S platform handles extremely demanding, mission critical workloads like enterprise resource planning (ERP), e-commerce and very large databases. The PowerEdge R940 can save up to US $600,000 in Oracle Licensing costs10 and performs up to 44% faster in a SAP SD Sybase Environment11
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge M640 and FC640 – Unparalleled modular serves designed for high performance with best-in-class density for exceptional scalability in a Blade and Modular platform
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 – Ideal for high performance computing. Maximises density, scalability and energy efficiency per unit in a 2U/8S Modular platform
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PowerEdge servers are also the bedrock of Dell EMC solutions. Dell EMC’s industry-leading solutions and platforms also will benefit from the power and security of this new generation of PowerEdge servers. The servers will be embedded in storage and data centre appliances, hyper-converged appliances and racks, hybrid cloud platforms, ready nodes, bundles and other Dell EMC solutions.

These integrations go deeper than simply running software on hardware. With industry-leading hardware and software in its broader enterprise portfolio, Dell EMC is able to allow the software management stack insight into the hardware to optimise performance, as well as deeply test and validate them together.

The new servers will be the foundation of Dell EMC solutions that used the previous generation of PowerEdge such as VxRail Appliances, VxRack Systems, XC Series, vSAN ReadyNodes, ScaleIO Ready Nodes, IsilonSD Edge and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage). Additionally, it will be available in many new Dell EMC solutions and platforms, including Data Domain Appliance, CloudArray, Ready Bundles, Ready Systems, Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud and Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack.


Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Gen Server Availability

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940, R740, R740xd, R640, and C6420 are now available worldwide.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge FC640 and M640 will be available later in 2017.
  • Dell EMC solutions based on new PowerEdge servers will become available worldwide throughout the second half of 2017.

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Dell PowerEdge FX2 Updates Announced

22 July 2016 – Dell has announced updates to the systems management portfolio for the Dell PowerEdge FX2 modular infrastructure to help customers further maximise IT productivity and business continuity. The new features enhance provisioning and infrastructure visibility, plus add support for Nagios users and open source applications.

Dell’s overall blade server growth is bolstered by the PowerEdge FX2, which is significantly outpacing industry blade server growth. The PowerEdge FX2 has demonstrated triple-digit percentage growth year-over-year in unit and revenue over the previous four quarters, contributing substantially to PowerEdge blade server gains, since its launch in 20141. According to IDC, Dell PowerEdge blade servers experienced 34 percent year-over-year revenue growth and grew 17 percent faster than the industry in the first quarter of 2016.2

“Our customers are interested in making their IT infrastructure more flexible and efficient to address evolving business and workload demands in real-time,” said William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia. “With strong systems management capabilities, the PowerEdge FX2 can help customers meet their goals by supporting traditional applications and new workloads driven by social, mobile, analytics and cloud computing in a modular infrastructure. These attributes combined with recent customer successes is driving unprecedented growth.”


Improved Management and Industry Software Integration for Dell PowerEdge FX2

Dell has enhanced its systems management software to take advantage of the unique engineering of the Dell PowerEdge FX2 and is designed to simplify and automate critical hardware management tasks. New capabilities and updates enhance the user experience with improved ease of provisioning for virtualised workloads, plug-ins for Nagios users, and comprehensive infrastructure visibility and flexibility to run open source applications.
This includes:

  • Dell OpenManage Essentials 2.2 enables fast provisioning of I/O aggregators with template-based processes that easily and uniformly replicate the assignment of vLANs during the blade port mapping process, which ensures simplicity and accuracy in network set-up. The new geographic view feature enables quick, easy location access to PowerEdge FX2 systems onsite or across the globe with manageability across 5500 devices. Additionally, seamless integration with SupportAssist3 provides proactive, predictive support and automated case creation to resolve hardware issues up to 90 percent faster with ProSupport Plus4
  • The new OpenManage plug-in for Nagios XI 1.0 extracts detailed PowerEdge FX2 infrastructure information from the Dell Chassis Management Controller and server embedded intelligence, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller, delivering a unified set of alerts and health monitoring details to Nagios XI administrators. As a result, customers can continue using their Nagios XI console to monitor Dell hardware without additional tools or training while achieving a higher return on their investment.
  • New Active System Manager (ASM) 8.2 capabilities enable fast and easy on-boarding and deployment of IT services across multiple chassis, server, storage and networking devices. The port view provides a visual mapping of physical and virtual infrastructures and any connectivity issues to allow for quick troubleshooting to help IT teams maintain business continuity and deliver more consistent, reliable IT services. Additionally, a new software developer kit (SDK) simplifies creating and deploying complex applications using readily available open source modules.
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Customers and Partners Choose PowerEdge FX2 to Revolutionise Data Centers

With the Dell PowerEdge FX2 and Dell system management software, customers across 70 countries, including China and Australia, are taking advantage of the integrated building blocks of servers, storage and networking that help them achieve data center flexibility and efficiency without having to overhaul their existing infrastructure. Examples include:

MEIZU, in China, is a smartphone manufacturer that was looking to switch from a traditional desktop environment to a virtualised desktop infrastructure to increase customer service productivity. MEIZU deployed six Dell PowerEdge FX2 chassis and 24 Dell PowerEdge FM120x4 micro servers to replace a disparate environment where previously applications and data were run locally across multiple desktops. With instant access to data, MEIZU enhanced customer service satisfaction while reducing the time needed for IT management at a cost-efficient rate.

“The converged infrastructure is a hit with the IT team as it helps them reduce the management burden, is simpler to scale, and supports growth,” said Li Kechen, R&D and IT Director at MEIZU. “With the FX2 solution, MEIZU expects developers will gain faster and more reliable access to their testing environments while delivering significant savings that can be reinvested in other areas of the organisation. The Dell ProSupport Plus agreement helps maximise reliability over the long term.”

a micro commerce site in China, was looking for a highly scalable infrastructure to support the organisation’s rapid growth. At the center of its marketplace infrastructure, the company deployed the Dell PowerEdge FX2 converged architecture powered by Intel technology, as well as Dell Storage PS Series arrays, Dell Storage NAS technology and Dell Networking switches.

The company reduced total cost of ownership by 9 percent for its micro commerce online marketplace compared with other micro commerce sites that it controls. Compared with other sites, IT efficiency also improved by 30 times. Through the support of the Dell end-to-end solution, Qbao.com has guaranteed an environment for the micro commerce marketplace to continue to grow and flourish.

Liaocheng University,
in China, wanted to improve desktop services to the China Smart City Research Institute, located in the university’s central lab building. Its goal was to devise Smart City solutions with commercial potential to export to the rest of the world as well as support China’s own development. To maximise the creative potential of the 120 institute staff and focus its attention on enhancing the desktop experience, the university implemented a converged VDI from Dell, featuring Dell PowerEdge FX architecture. It also deployed Dell Storage with Intel Xeon processors and Dell Networking at the back end, as well as a SonicWall next-generation firewall and Wyse endpoints.

As a result, there was enhanced innovation with 30 percent faster mathematical modelling, energy consumption was down by 40 percent, and IT management time was halved. “Because the design was based on the Dell FX2 converged architecture instead of rack servers, we increased the density of our IT by 300 percent. We estimate the savings to be RMB 1.6 million (US$245,000),” said Yu Bo, Information Center director, China Smart City Research Institute. “In essence, we have created a platform to really drive our Smart City research, so I think our relationship with Dell will be a long one.”

Rising Sun Pictures, in Australia, wanted to have a future-ready IT environment to stay at the forefront of the movie industry with cutting-edge movie visual effects. By teaming up with Dell partner Vlnet Solutions, Rising Sun Pictures deployed a compact, high-density and high-performance computing solution with 40 Dell PowerEdge FC630 servers across 10 Dell PowerEdge FX2 chassis with Dell ProSupport for Enterprise. These artists now have the tools they need to focus on visual effects innovation.

“The Dell PowerEdge FX2 solution was a great fit because the technology is modular and very flexible, which allowed us to protect our investment with the option of changing the server modules down the line as Dell brings new servers on stream,” said Mark Day, director of engineering at Rising Sun Pictures. “Now we can play a greater role in the storytelling process because our artists have reliable Dell technology that opens up new opportunities for movie visual effects.”

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Dell PowerEdge R930 & R830 4-Socket Servers Announced

7 June 2016Dell today announced performance and capability updates to its 13th generation PowerEdge four-socket server portfolio, engineered for enterprise customers with large scale server deployments to solutions requirements for remote and branch offices. Designed to optimize performance for big data and real-time analytics and dense virtualization deployments the updated PowerEdge servers enable the flexibility, scalability and manageability of customers’ demand for the future-ready enterprise.

“Customers today are looking for highly virtualized data centers that can easily manage evolving workloads; this coupled with a growing demand for big data analytics will drive the growth of the four-socket server market.” said William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia. “Dell’s customer-inspired four-socket servers are designed to offer world-class performance that accelerate core enterprise application performance while increasing density and workload consolidation.”


Drive faster business results with the Dell PowerEdge R930

Shipping today and utilizing the power and unique hardware-enhanced capabilities of the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 family like Intel Run Sure Technology, the Dell PowerEdge R930 server helps customers quickly deploy database intensive applications, easily scale up and better manage infrastructure and mission-critical workload delivery.

The PowerEdge R930 enables customers :

  • Industry-leading in-memory database performance: The Dell PowerEdge R930 with Intel Xeon E7-8890 V4 processors recently set three new world-record benchmarks:
    • A world-record result on the standard benchmark for the SAP HANA platform, SAP BW advanced mixed load (BW-AML) with 2 billion records. This new record is a 24.77 percent improvement over the previous 4-socket world record, which was set by the Dell PowerEdge R930 with E7v3 processors
    •  A world-record result on the standard benchmark for SAP HANA platform, SAP BW advanced mixed load (BW-AML) with 4 billion records. This new world record is a 23.06 percent improvement over the previous 4-socket world record, which was set by the Dell PowerEdge R930 with E7v3 processors
    • A new world record result on the SAP sales and distribution (SD) standard application benchmark. This new world record is a 33.09 percent increase over the previous 4-socket world record, which was set by the Dell PowerEdge R930 with E7v3 processors
  • Optimized data base performance: The PowerEdge R930 with MSFT SQL Server 2016, as well as its built-in high performing data warehouse, have processing power required for virtualization and memory-intensive application workloads for database. PowerEdge R930 with the Dell Compellent SC9000 All Flash Array, MS SQL Server 2016 data-warehousing and Emulex’s latest fiber channel 16G Gen 6 delivered 99.4 percent greater storage throughput and 44% faster IOPs than the legacy Emulex 8G Gen 5 fiber channel solution
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Greater flexibility and scalability with the new Dell PowerEdge R830

PowerEdge R830 is a foundational four-socket rack server designed for database applications, scale-out virtualization and VDI environments. With a 2U rack server form factor it is ideal for mainstream and mid-market customers standardized on a rack form factor. The Dell PowerEdge four-socket server portfolio is now the company’s most comprehensive with the addition of the PowerEdge R830 featuring Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v4 product family.

With four processors and up to 48 DIMMS the PowerEdge R830 provides:

  • An optimum combination of scalability, flexibility and density for both scale-out virtualization deployments as well as VDI deployments
  • A great balance across compute, memory and overall cost for customers running computational or transactional Microsoft SQL or Oracle databases standardized on rack form factors

This four-socket extension of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family gives customers more options and greater flexibility for scaling their infrastructure and growing business in a hardware-enhanced security environment.


Dell PowerEdge modular four-socket servers

Dell’s four-socket server portfolio is engineered to provide customers with platform choice to best support their data center density, scalability, manageability and flexibility needs. In addition to the PowerEdge R930 and R830 rack servers, Dell is updating its PowerEdge FX2 and PowerEdge M1000e converged platforms with the PowerEdge FC830 and the PowerEdge M830 blade servers featuring the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v4 family.

The PowerEdge FC830 is a full-width, four-socket compute node for the PowerEdge FX architecture that helps organizations quickly configure complete workloads using modular building blocks of IT resources. This converged platform provides twice the four-socket density of any solution in the industry, making it ideal for Oracle RAC or dense four-socket deployments .

The PowerEdge M830 blade server is a full-height, four-socket blade server that offers maximized data-center consolidation delivering vast amounts of compute.



The PowerEdge R930, 4S/4U rack server is available today, with the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 family. The PowerEdge R830 rack server and PowerEdge FC830 and M830 blade servers will be aligned to Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v4 availability later in June.

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New 13th Generation Dell PowerEdge Servers Launched

Today, we were privileged to be invited to the Dell’s media appreciation lunch where Dell launched its latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers. KT Ong, the General Manager of the Commercial Business at Dell Malaysia was there to give the media some insights into some of the developments within Dell Malaysia as it ends the challenging financial year.

Let’s begin with the new PowerEdge servers. Dell is introducing several new servers including the PowerEdge R330, R230 rack servers and the PowerEdge T330 and T130 tower servers.

The theme of the presentation today was all about Dell’s commitment to be an enabler of SMB and alot was shared on Dell’s initiative to support the SMB in today’s challenging economic condition. For the first time, Dell’s entry-level server T130 feature’s Dell’s leading OpenManage systems portfolio which according to a report by Principled Technologies can boost the deployment speed by up to 40%.


The 13th Generation Dell PowerEdge Servers

  • Dell PowerEdge R330 – a versatile rack server ideal for small businesses, remote offices of large institutions and OEM customers who are seeking enhanced hardware availability and serviceability. The PowerEdge R330 provides up to 56 percent more internal storage capacity than the previous generation server.
  • Dell PowerEdge R230 – a powerful and efficient rack server excellent for distributed applications in SMBs, hosting companies and OEM customers. This server has 100 percent more memory capacity, three times the maximum internal storage capacity and two times the I/O expansion compared to the previous generation server
  • Dell PowerEdge T330 – an expandable, rack able tower server for SMBs and departments and remote offices of large corporations that need greater internal storage. The PowerEdge T330 is designed for future growth, with up to four DDR4 memory slots and up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives.
  • Dell PowerEdge T130 – a powerful and reliable tower servers for driving collaboration and productivity applications in small offices/home offices (SOHO). The PowerEdge T130 provides two times the memory capacity compared to the previous generation server.

All of the Dell PowerEdge servers above are available worldwide today.

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Developments Within Dell Malaysia

KT Ong shed some light into its journey as it embarked towards the end of its 2nd year since the privatisation of Dell. It’s recorded a relatively better performance owing to spike in purchases pre-GST. However the weakening of the MYR has resulted in many corporations holding back on its purchases.

Citing an example, KT shared that some organisations had to hold back on its IT expenses as the price of the servers has increased. Among the temporary measures introduced by Dell to assist the SMBs were the offering of an additional year of warranty for 3 year old PCs which would allow the SMBs to delay IT equipment upgrade for another year, which hopefully would allow them sufficient time to manage their cash flows.

Next, William Tan, Head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia shared some light into its market position in the server segment. According to data obtained from IDC, it remains the market leader in the 1-socket rack server segment with an 11 point advantage over the closest competitor. In the 1-socket tower server unit share, Dell is closely trailing the market leader being just 1.6 points below the market leader from a 12 point gap 3 years ago.

He also pointed out that there are more than 600,000 SMEs in Malaysia which contributes to 35.9% of the nation’s GDP. This number is estimated to grow to 42% by 2020. As SMEs contribute more towards the GDP, their growth will need to be supported by the usage of ICT as a tool to support its strategic direction. On that note, Dell sees huge opportunity in this segment.

During lunch, I discussed with KT Ong about the impact of cloud solutions on the traditional server solutions. He shared that some organisations which migrated to the cloud platform finds that it is not as cost effective as the organisations grow larger. Then, there is also the issue with data sovereignty with data that are hosted on overseas cloud servers.

Furthermore, if an organisation decides to host with a cloud solutions provider which houses its datacenters locally, these servers would probably come from Dell as well so as far as he is concerned, the emergence of cloud does not pose a great threat to Dell Malaysia. In fact, Dell has embraced the cloud system recently as evident by the introduction of Dell’s industry first Hybrid Cloud Solution.

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