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14th Generation PowerEdge Servers @ Dell EMC Forum 2017

Dell EMC just announced the worldwide availability of the 14th Generation PowerEdge servers, as well as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) advancements, at the Dell EMC Forum 2017 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Join us for the media briefing on these two new developments at the Dell EMC Forum 2017, with KT Ong and William Tan from Dell EMC Malaysia!


The Dell EMC Business Update For 2H 2017

The media briefing kicked off with a business update on Dell EMC by KT Ong, Country Manager of Dell EMC Malaysia. He also briefed us on the maturity of the industry’s digital transformation process.

Some key points from his presentation :

  • Dell EMC is the market leader in Converged Infrastructure.
  • They recorded 17 consecutive quarters of gain in the PC market.
  • Their PowerEdge server business continues to deliver double-digit growth.
  • Their Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) business is growing in triple digits, and they expected to be the market leader by the next quarter.
  • Only 5% of organisations that responded to the Dell EMC survey had fully completed their digital transformation, with 12% of organisations still stuck with legacy IT.
  • Transformed organisations are more than twice as likely to report exceeding their FY2016 revenue goals than those still stuck with legacy IT.


The 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers

The bedrock of the modern data center, and Dell EMC’s infrastructure solution strategy is their PowerEdge servers. In this video, William Tan, Director of Compute & Marketing, Dell EMC Malaysia, details their server strategy and how the new 14th Generation PowerEdge servers fit into it all.

The new 14th Generation PowerEdge servers are now optimised for NVMe storage, software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), promising :

  • Accelerated database performance and lower latency – up to 12X more database IOPS, and up to 98% less database latency in a VMware vSAN cluster
  • Faster and seamless live migration of virtual machines – up to 58% faster migrations, with up to 75% less CPU usage when using 25 GbE with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA).
  • Faster storage performance – with up to 6X more NVMe drives, and up to 5X more flash storage, 30% more I/O slots and 25% increase in density.
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The 14th Generation PowerEdge Line-Up

The 14th Generation PowerEdge servers are powered by the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors. With 27% more CPU cores and 50% more memory bandwidth, they will offer more compute performance than ever before. Here is the current line-up as announced at the Dell EMC Forum 2017 :

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 – ideal for dense scale-out datacenter computing and storage in a 1U / 2-socket platform.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 – workhorse 2U / 2-socket  platform with 50% more VDI users per server, and up to 50% more GPU accelerator support for Hadoop analytics.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740XD – this 2U / 2S platform has best-in-class storage performance and density for software-defined storage.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 – this 3U / 4S platform handles extremely demanding, mission-critical workloads like ERP, e-commerce and very large databases. The PowerEdge R940 can save up to US$600,000 in Oracle licensing fees, and performs up to 44% faster in an SAP SD Sybase Environment.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge M640 & FC640 – these are modular servers with best-in-class storage density in a blade / modular platform.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 – ideal for high-performance computing, with maximum density, scalability and energy-efficiency in a 2U / 8S modular platforms.

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Dell EMC Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Advancements

Dell EMC just announced the worldwide availability of the 14th Generation PowerEdge servers, as well as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) advancements, at the Dell EMC Forum 2017 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Join us for the media briefing on these two new developments at the Dell EMC Forum 2017, with KT Ong and William Tan from Dell EMC Malaysia!


Dell EMC Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Advancements

At the Dell EMC Forum 2017, Dell EMC announced that they will be integrating their Dell EMC PowerEdge servers into the Dell EMC VxRail Appliances Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).

VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge servers deliver 40% more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations, all-flash nodes equipped with double the storage capacity and a new 3-node entry point that is more than 25% less expensive.

This allows Dell EMC to address new workloads or use cases like :

  • Storage heavy workloads including Big Data Analytics and Microsoft Exchange can take advantage of VxRail Appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd platform that has highly dense storage nodes coupled with the latest Intel processors to provide high-performance processing.
  • Graphics-heavy client virtualisation workloads that require increasing levels of performance found in the latest operating systems including Microsoft Windows 10, as well as productivity applications and graphics-intensive CAD/CAM, research and development applications based on the PowerEdge R730.
  • Remote Office/Branch Office environments can leverage the low-end 3-node entry option based on the PowerEdge R630 with a starting priced as low as US $25,000 for a three-node cluster, allowing customers to cost-effectively deploy HCI to simplify IT management at multiple remote sites.

In addition, Dell EMC announced the availability of Dell EMC VxRail Appliances 4.5 that delivers these new enterprise features :

  • Enhanced enterprise deployment features – Streamlined installation and implementation experience designed to help enterprise customers manage VxRail Appliances at scale. The VxRail Appliance deployment experience, which is optimised to deploy a single appliance in only 20 minutes, now can be applied to larger cluster sizes, allowing customers to add and manage 10 or more appliances as easily as a single appliance.
  • Additional hardware flexibility lowers total cost of ownership – New single processor options, reduce the cost of deploying processor-based licensed software for scaling up to 64 nodes. New network options, including up to 12 additional ports, allow VxRail Appliances to be deployed in environments requiring physical network segmentation of workloads.
  • Support for the latest VMware technologies – New VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSAN 6.6 support adds optimised data service algorithms to accelerate flash performance, software-defined data-at-rest encryption to protect against unwanted access to data, and enhanced protection for stretched clusters.
  • Improved interoperability with Dell EMC technologies – Customers deploying VxRail Appliances now can leverage a centralised Dell EMC Secure Remote Services (ESRS) gateway to provide a single point of secure, two-way remote support for their entire Dell EMC infrastructure.
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Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge Availability

  • VxRail Appliances powered by PowerEdge servers is now available for order in Singapore, India, and Korea starting 14 August 2017.
  • VxRail Appliances powered by PowerEdge servers have planned available in October 2017 in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Guam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

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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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