AMD Makes Its PowerEdge Debut…

first_imgDell EMC announces the launch of a series of three exciting new AMD-based PowerEdge serversWe shared news with you in December of the development of a brand new range of AMD-based Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. Now, they’re ready for their global launch…We spoke to Jonathan Seckler, Director of Product Marketing for Dell EMC Server Solutions, about this exciting development – and what it will mean for partners selling PowerEdge solutions.Q: Jonathan, what exactly is the ‘hot off the press’ news?A: Ever since June, when AMD unveiled its EPYCTM processor for the server enterprise environment, we’ve been talking with them about how the EPYCTM platform would be beneficial to Dell EMC customers, and what we could potentially do together. Now, we’re announcing the global launch of a series of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers based on AMD technology.Q: We understand the first PowerEdge 14G servers to feature this cutting edge AMD technology started shipping in December. What’s so exciting about the EPYCTM platform?A: It really opens up options – for our partners and their end customers, too. We’re using the EPYCTM technology to help us solve some interesting challenges for our end users, especially in some of the new emerging workloads everyone is talking about, like software-defined storage and edge computing.Q: And what does that bring to the PowerEdge server portfolio?A: It makes our offer deeper and richer, and gives our partners (and their customers) better choices in terms of the absolute ability to tailor a server system to meet their specific needs. Dell EMC is all about doing the right thing for our customers. Being able to deliver innovation as part of our portfolio lets our customers innovate and be successful as well. It gives them the tools to help rise above their competition and get ahead of the game. AMD is the next innovation to offer in that sense.Q: What’s special about PowerEdge servers based on AMD technology?A: What makes these servers unique is that they have features and capabilities that are ideal for software-defined storage and virtualization type environments. Rather than simply offering an alternative chip in some PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC has actually built three new rack server models around the architectural advantages of the AMD processor, to optimally enhance the performance benefits that the AMD EPYCTM processor is able to deliver when combined with pioneering PowerEdge technology. The result is that these servers have unique features and capabilities that are not only ideally suited to, but also optimized for, data intensive workloads, which require quicker processing and increased capacity for calculation.Q: What are the top benefits of PowerEdge and AMD for our partners and their customers?A: The brand new single- and two-socket AMD EPYCTM PowerEdge servers offer a solution for edge computing, software-defined storage and certain HPC workloads. There are a couple of key benefits of these AMD-based PowerEdge servers that make them especially relevant for software-defined storage. The first is incredible expansion of PCI Express bandwidth, which really expands the storage capacity of a server based on AMD. It means we can offer a single-socket server with 128 lanes of PCI express – almost three times the bandwidth you would normally expect. And because this will be able to connect the hard drive to the CPU directly, with no additional obstructions, we also believe that it will not only deliver more bandwidth, but also lower latency storage. The second real advantage that AMD is going to give our customers is that it has expanded memory capacity for the CPUs. Each CPU can support up to 2TB of memory – about a 33% increase over previous servers  – resulting in quicker processing and increased capacity for calculation.To put that into context, in the top-end model, for example, customers will be able to benefit from up to 64 cores (that’s 45% more than before) to optimally handle today’s data intensive workloads, up to 24 NVMe drives (4x what was previously available) for extreme performance storage requirements, plus up to 4TB memory capacity optimized for database and analytics workload flexibility.Q: In a nutshell, that means what for customers?A: Combining these two key areas means that PowerEdge with AMD delivers a great deal of capability. So our partners will effectively be able to do some interesting things for their customers, in a way they may not have been able to do previously.Q: What impact is that likely to have on cost?A: A very positive one! With servers based on AMD technology, the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio will be able to deliver some very compelling solutions that will have really good price performance. In particular, with VMware, which is licensed on a socket basis, the single socket PowerEdge servers will deliver some really interesting economic benefits.Q: That sounds like great news for partners and their customers!A: Indeed – and that’s not all! We’ve also announced that we’re certifying these servers as vSAN Ready Nodes. As a matter of fact, these PowerEdge servers will be the first AMD-based certified vSAN Ready Nodes available on the market.Q: How will that benefit our partners?A: For partners who are reselling VMware, it makes for an even more compelling proposition. It means they’ll be able to expand their offer to smaller customers by providing a suitable solution at a lower price point, or to move into higher growth markets like Brazil, China or other areas where cost constraints are often an obstacle to success. It also gives partners the opportunity to layer their solutions on top of ours and provide a very compelling total package from a price performance standpoint.Q: This all sounds like a great development for end customers too…A: That’s right. It delivers benefits for both partners and their customers. From a Dell EMC perspective, the addition of the AMD EPYCTM platforms to our portfolio really means that our partners have the opportunity to tailor their solutions to the specific needs that their customers are trying to address – in a way that differentiates them from their competition and also delivers the exact set of capabilities that helps meets their customers’ unique and specific needs. In this case, the AMD platforms are really well tailored for superior price performance, especially in software-defined storage and virtualized environments.Q: Which PowerEdge AMD servers will be available?A: We’ve announced three server models that will be based on AMD technology: the Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415, the R7415 and the R7425.Q: And they’re ready to quote and ship now?A: The new AMD-based PowerEdge servers have been available to quote since December. Quick Reference Guides and sales Battlecards are available to partners on all three of these rack servers and can be downloaded from SalesEdge for Channel (SE4C).Q: Okay, to summarise then, why should partners and customers be excited about AMD?A: Adding AMD to specific models within the PowerEdge server portfolio at this point gives partners even more opportunity to really tailor solutions to meet specific customer needs. It’s important to understand that these AMD models are not in direct competition with our Intel-based products. Whether you choose a server based on Intel or AMD technology, each platform offers specific benefits for particular types of applications. In this context, we expect AMD to be very strong in software-defined storage, in certain virtualization configurations and to be particularly interesting in areas that would benefit from EPYC memory and IO advantages– so in instances where you only need a single processor but need more storage or capacity, or need a two processor system with the absolute most in core density, memory capacity, or IO capabilities.Check out SalesEdge for Channel for further information about the new AMD-based PowerEdge servers.last_img read more

IFA 2018: Bringing the Bold to Berlin

first_imgStraight off the heels of Gamescom 2018, where Dell announced its new 24-inch and 27-inch gaming monitors and the refresh of its Alienware desktops, the excitement continues at IFA 2018.  We’re back in Berlin showcasing the latest additions to Dell’s expanding consumer portfolio. In a world filled with constant innovation – gadgets, wearables, smart cars and outlandish consumer technology, we’re excited to see what IFA has to offer this year. For Dell, we remain committed to transformation in the PC space and know it is still the center of everyday computing. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce new advancements across our consumer and small business portfolios at IFA 2018. From new laptops and 2-in-1s to Windows and Chrome operating systems, and beautiful monitors to complement the PC experience, we have something for every user this year.What are we most excited about? Well, that is a tough question as we’ve hit the ground running with a variety of solutions built for numerous scenarios – be it the busy millennial, the entrepreneur, the casual Internet-surfer and beyond. To highlight a few products we’re revealing at IFA, we’re delivering an entirely new Inspiron portfolio of 2-in-1s, specifically our 7000 series is redesigned from the ground up to deliver sophistication with a cool brushed aluminum exterior and sleek design in 13-, 15- and 17-inch models. With the latest Intel® Core™ Generation U Series processors and 3-sided narrow borders in the 13- and 15-inch versions, the 2-in-1s offer combined performance with a beautiful viewing experience. Alongside, we’re revealing a 5000 series of Inspiron 2-in-1s that bring many of the same features of the 7000 series with a lower price point to truly provide an option for every audience.Inspiron 7000 2-in-1We’re also supplementing the Chrome ecosystem with the launch of our first-ever Inspiron premium consumer Chromebook. The Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is a perfect option for someone who wants upscale features, thoughtful design, roomy 14-inch FHD IPS pen-enabled display and seamless integration with Google apps and ecosystem. This sleek new system features a narrow side bezel aluminum design that looks sleek and minimizes footprint to make a great mobility story with up to 15 hours* of battery life. The 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-8130U CPU and up to 128GB of onboard eMMC storage ensure quick, responsive performance, while the USB Type-C ports, standard backlit keyboard and standard EMR pen deliver the latest in convenience. Combined with the speed, simplicity and security of the Chrome OS and access to millions of Android apps on the Google Play, the new Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is built with style and power for today’s mobile consumer, including students who grew up with Chrome in the classroom and want an enhanced device to carry them forward through the next stages of their life.Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1At IFA, we’re eager to highlight our new Vostro laptops and Small Business advisor program – a product line dedicated to the small business owner, and packed with the productivity and security features small businesses need to perform. Our small business customers have told us they want a device that truly fits their identity and we’ve delivered with the new Vostro 14 and 15 5000 laptops. With commercial-grade protection and storage for encryption keys and Bitlocker to configure security settings, small businesses can be content their data is safe.Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor – S2719DCIn addition, our new Dell 27 USB Type-CTM Ultrathin Monitor is the world’s brightest 27” USB-C ultrathin monitor in its class* with VESA-certified DisplayHDR600 and integrated with Corning IrisTM Glass light-guide plate (LGP) technology. See vivid colors in any light thanks to a peak brightness of 600 nits.Thinner than an iPhone at its thinnest point—a mere 5.5mm, this beautifully-designed ultra-thin monitor transmits power, video and data through a single USB Type-C port while reducing cable clutter at the same time.If this is catching on, you can learn more about our announcements at IFA 2018 here as well as check us out onsite at the show. We’ll be at the #DellExperience highlighting new offerings, demos and interactive experiences along with product experts that can answer any questions.The #DellExperience is located in Stand 101 in Hall 16 and is open to press and analysts on Aug. 29 – 30 and to all IFA badgeholders Aug. 31 – Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Follow the Dell news and updates from IFA at #IFA18 and #DellExperience.*Battery life is based on Google Chrome Power LoadTest available at http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/testing/power-testing . Test results are for comparative purposes only. Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.**Source: April 2018 internal analysis comparing brightness (cd/m²) on competitive 27-inch QHD USB-C monitors.last_img read more

9 retired nuns in Michigan die of COVID-19 in January

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Nine Roman Catholic nuns in southern Michigan have died in January due to a COVID-19 outbreak at their retirement home. The women lived at the headquarters campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, 75 miles southwest of Detroit. The Adrian Dominican Sisters went for months without a single case among residents. Sister Patricia Siemen is the leader of the religious order. She says “hearts are breaking” over the losses. Two weeks ago, an outbreak was announced. More than 200 sisters who are retired from active ministry live in Adrian. COVID-19 has been cited in the deaths of dozens of retired or infirm nuns living in congregate settings.last_img read more

Hate groups migrate online, making tracking more difficult

first_imgThe Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based organization that tracks racism and xenophobia, says it identified 838 active hate groups operating across the U.S. in 2020. That’s a decrease from the 940 documented in 2019 and the record-high 1,020 in 2018, according to an annual report the law center released Monday. The number of white nationalist groups saw a noticeable decline after posting huge growth during the previous two years, as in-person organizing was hampered by the coronavirus pandemic. But the law center’s president said the decrease in active hate groups should not be interpreted as a decline of hate and bigotry in America.last_img read more