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Dell announces 13G PowerEdge

Everyone knows I like me some Dell rack mount servers, and the PowerEdge line was updated today it looks like. 

A collection of links if you will:

Dell’s Community TechCenter Wiki:
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/w/wiki/7520.dell-13th-generation-poweredge-server-resources?dgc=SM&cid=259733&lid=5354034

Direct2Dell Blog Update:
http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/direct2dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2014/09/08/today-39-s-the-day-links-to-blogs-videos-and-more-on-the-13th-generation-of-dell-poweredge-servers

Some of the major highlights that I find interesting:

  • Availability of the R630, R730, R730xd, T630, and M630 blade servers.
  • Intel E5 v3 Xeons, with up to 18 cores (up from 12 previously)
  • DDR4, and 24 DIMM slots (still, unfortunately – here’s hoping 32-64GB DDR4 starts becoming more readily available – and affordable)
  • 1.8” SATA SSD’s, providing 2.4x the IOPS compared to the same footprint 2.5” SSD’s.
  • PERC9 storage controllers
  • OEM partnership with SanDisk (FusionIO) for a ton of SSD acceleration software solutions (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/08/dell_stuffing_servers_with_sandisk_caching_software/)
  • iDRAC Direct for USB based updating of servers – previously only really available as a virtual ISO type of solution.
  • iDRAC Automatic Configuration, using a central repository

I’ve been very fond of the R610 and R620 solutions, and it looks like the R630 is a winner.  (More details at http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-r630/pd).  I love to put these up against blade solutions, where density is important.  Yes, R730’s could be used in a 2U form factor, but if your other option is a blade server, truly you’re competing with a 1U highly dense server.  Let’s look at what you can do with an R630:

  • 2x Intel E5-2660 v3 10 Core/ 12 Thread CPU @ 2.6GHz and 105W.  Personally I’d prefer to use the E5-2650L v3 12c/24T, but at 1.8GHz I’ve run into too many pieces of software that ‘care’ about the speed of the CPU (I’m looking at you Cisco, with your WebEx/UC solutions that demand more CPU that it ever actually uses, and is barely supported in a virtual environment) that makes me want to suggest a higher GHz CPU
  • 24x 16GB DDR4 for 384GB total
  • Chassis with up to 24x 1.8” SSD.  Likely I wouldn’t use this, but one with the 10x 2.5” chassis and no optical.  But just imagine 24x 1.8” 200GB SSD’s as a VSAN….
  • 1x 120GB SSD – can’t hurt to have one around for VFRC or PernixData type solutions, and the configurator makes you pick at least one HDD.  At $260, with warranty, why not. 
  • 1x PERC H330 – don’t need anything fancy if we intend to be diskless
  • 4x Broadcom 57840S 10GbE SFP+ onboard, or upgrade to Emulex OneConnect OCm14104-U1-D port for $80 more (here’s hoping they’re better than they are in IBM servers, but I blame the IBM UEFI implementation for that)
  • Dual Hot Plug 750W Power Supply
  • Dual SD with 16GB SD cards and ESXi embedded
  • iDRAC8 Enterprise with vFlash 16GB
  • 3 Year Warranty

Web price comes to $18,162, and I’ve seen customers get 30-40% depending on time of  year, etc.  So let’s suggest 35% – That’s $12,000 or so for 20 cores, 384GB, and 4x 10GbE.  That’s a hell of a server in 1U.  24 months ago, I bought similar R620’s with 16 cores, 256GB, 2x 10GbE LOM for $9700 – and these would get significantly better performance as those weren’t even v2 E5’s vs v1’s.  Also so much better than 12-16 DIMM slot blade servers that just don’t get any real density!

Now if you’re doing any sort of VSAN, or even just have local reasons to want DAS solutions, check out the R730XD server – especially this one:

At first glance, I thought “great, another 8x 3.5” chassis, with wasted space for vents”.  Look closer.  The top 1/3 is 18x 1.8” SSD.  Granted, at some point your PCIe based RAID controller would be your bottleneck, I’m sure, vs PCIe SSD’s – but that’s largely for throughput and not IOPS.  I have no doubt that the above solution could drive a ton of performance.  It is a bit of a shame they can still only drive 2x NVidia K2 Grid cards, but that’s largely a problem with 2U servers in general.  Still, if it could have done 3… that would have been even more amazing.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these, I’m pretty excited to actually get to use some of these features!

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