Dell unveils high-performance PowerEdge C-Series platform
By Digital News Asia July 7, 2015
- Optimised for high-performance computing, web and cloud environments
- Also ideal for hyper-converged solutions and appliances, company says
DELL Inc has unveiled the PowerEdge C6320 high-performance computing (HPC) platform, the latest addition to its 13th generation Dell PowerEdge server portfolio.
The PowerEdge C6320 delivers up to two times performance improvement on the leading HPC performance benchmark, the company said in a statement.
It also has the right mix of cost-efficient compute and storage in a compact, 2U chassis for HPC and hyper-converged solutions and appliances, allowing customers to meet demanding workload needs.
“As organisations continue to be inundated with information, there’s an increasing correlation between data analytics and high performance computing,” said William Tan (pic), head of Enterprise Solutions at Dell Malaysia.
“From powering the revolutionary discoveries being made by top research organisations to helping accelerate product and service deployment for leading IT organisations, the PowerEdge C6320 is the latest example of Dell’s commitment to helping organisations future-proof their business while enabling companies to leverage information for competitive advantage,” he added.
The notion of aligning HPC and big data has steadily gained traction over the past few years, Dell said in its statement.
As analytics and big data continue to be top of mind for organisations of all sizes and industries, traditional IT departments are considering HPC solutions to help provide rapid and reliable information to business owners so they can make more informed decisions, it added.
Additionally, as hyper-converged systems such as Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL and Dell’s XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances now make up the fastest growing part of the overall converged infrastructure market, the PowerEdge C6320 – along with its embedded management software – is an ideal platform for these appliances, Dell claimed.
According to IDC, sales of hyper-converged systems are expected to increase 116.2% in 2015 over the previous year to US$806.8 million.
The market is expected to experience a 59.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019, when it will generate more than US$3.9 billion in total sales.
Purpose-built for HPC
The PowerEdge C6320 (pic above) is designed to offer four independent server nodes in a 2U chassis. Compared to the previous generation, it provides up to two times the performance improvement on the LinPack spec, up to 45% improvement on the SPECint_rate benchmark and up to 28% better power efficiency on the Spec_Power benchmark.
This allows customers to optimise application performance and productivity while conserving energy use and saving traditional data centre space.
The PowerEdge C6320 features the latest generation of Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and provides up to 18 cores per socket (144 cores per 2U chassis), up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and up to 72 terabytes of flexible local storage.
In addition, the PowerEdge C6320 now comes integrated with iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller. By leveraging iDRAC8, customers can automate many routine management tasks and reduce the time and number of steps to deploy, monitor and update their servers throughout their lifecycle, Dell said.
For the most demanding HPC and big data workloads, customers can pair the PowerEdge C6320 with the accelerator-optimised PowerEdge C4130.
As organisations are increasingly turning to GPUs (graphics processing units) for workload acceleration, the PowerEdge C4130 is a GPU-dense and flexible rack server purpose-built to speed the most demanding workloads, Dell said.
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