Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs now on sale
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Dell EMC has listed new PowerEdge servers up for orders on its site. The new servers are powered by AMD EPYC processors that are built for datacenter applications. The company is targeting the data analytics, High Performance Computing (HPC), virtualization, and scale up software-defined deployments with these servers. The listed models include R7425, R6415, and R7415.
The PowerEdge R7425 is a 2U dual-socket server with up to 64 high performance Zen cores meant for HPC applications. It can be configured with up to 4 TB RAM in a 16 channel configuration and supports up to 24 NVMe SSDs. The R7415 is a 2U single-socket server, which can be configured with up to 32 Zen cores, 2 TB RAM, and 24 NVMe drives. The R7415 is also the first AMD-powered server to be VMware vSAN certified. The R6415 is a 1U single-socket server with up to 32 Zen cores, 2 TB RAM, and 10 NVMe drives. All three models feature 128 PCIe lanes.
The AMD EPYC CPUs promise dual-socket class performance even in single-socket configurations and have the potential to put pressure on the dual-socket Xeon chips that Intel has been trying to push into this market. The performance per dollar is significantly high in case of EPYC at all price points. The sub-US$4,000 server market, which comprises 90% of all servers, is especially poised to benefit from this increased performance-to-price ratio promised by EPYC.
Combined with the security features inherent to both Dell EMC and AMD, many enterprises can be expected to deploy EPYC-based PowerEdge servers and save significantly on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). All that remains to be seen is how effectively Dell can market these new offerings.
This year, we will also see next-gen EPYC 'Rome' CPUs based on Zen 2 cores. The new 'Rome' CPUs will be based on a 7 nm architecture and will have offerings up to 48 cores and 96 threads along with Higher Order Reasoning capabilities, support for PCIe Gen4, and integrated Vega 20 GPUs. If AMD can court other OEMs as well, it has the potential to make a dent in Intel's coffers in the enterprise.