Redefine Efficiency with Converged Infrastructure

  • Dell debuts 15 new blade, rack and tower servers optimized for mission-critical applications ranging from collaboration to high-performance computing; and for workloads in traditional, virtual, public cloud, and private cloud environments
  • New energy efficiency, scalable storage, networking and security features in Dell’s most innovative servers ever helps customers deliver business results faster
  • PowerEdge 12th generation servers enable customers to maximize benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Dell Enhances Enterprise Solution Portfolio with PowerEdge Servers Designed to Deliver Unprecedented Performance and Manageability

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Sept. 27, 2012 – Dell today announced a portfolio of blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers optimized for use in demanding enterprise environments. As the only one of the top five server vendors to grow server revenues in Q2 2012 with 5.9 percent year-over-year revenue growth[1], Dell continues to innovate to deliver features that are industry firsts and make the PowerEdge 12th generation servers the company’s highest performing, most manageable servers ever.


Dell also announced innovations in the PowerEdge 12th generation servers that enable customers to take immediate advantage of key advancements in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Server 2012. Dell PowerEdge 12th generation server customers can optimize the dynamic virtualization infrastructure that Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V provides to scale and secure workloads, cost-effectively virtualize their data center, manage infrastructure efficiently, and build cloud environments.

With this new server series, customers ranging from small businesses to hyper-scale data centers can help maximize efficiency by streamlining and automating operations, help achieve better business application performance and business continuity.


Sumir Bhatia, Enterprise Solutions director for South Asia, Dell.
Sumir Bhatia, Enterprise Solutions director for South Asia, Dell.

“Dell designed the new PowerEdge servers with input gathered from more than 7,700 customer interactions in 17 countries across four continents,” said Sumir Bhatia, Enterprise Solutions director for South Asia, Dell. “Our customers told us that they need end-to-end solutions to handle the complex workload problems they face every day. As such, we built our new generation of servers, systems management and workload solutions to address the needs of business end users who require maximum performance to run mission-critical applications and IT departments which demand more efficient, secure and reliable operations.”

PowerEdge 12th Generation Server Portfolio

The new PowerEdge R820, R720, R720xd, R620, R520, R420 and R320 rack servers, M820, M620, M520 and M420 blade servers, T620, T420 and T320 tower servers, and C6220 server based on a shared Dell infrastructure server built on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 product family are the foundation of a complete, flexible IT solution including Dell’s extensive portfolio of storage, networking and client components and professional IT services. The next-generation PowerEdge servers, along with systems management and workload solutions, are designed to deliver performance and management gains to effectively power the most demanding applications, including collaboration, IT and web infrastructure, high performance computing, decision support and business processing.

Maximize Operational Efficiency

The new PowerEdge 12th generation servers are designed to maximize infrastructure efficiency, with innovations including:

  • Increase performance per watt up to 101 times over Dell servers ten years ago, enabling large data centers to save up to $1.8 million per year on server power alone.
  • An expanded Fresh Air offering for all PowerEdge 12th generation servers, based on customer feedback. Operate up to the highest excursion temperature (113° F/45°C) warrantied in mainstream servers in the industry and save up to an estimated (US) $3,000,000 in capital savings.
  • Server fans in the R720 and T620 models that use less energy to cool the system than it takes to power a nightlight.
  • OpenManage Power Center – leveraging Node Manager developed by Dell and Intel – controls and optimizes energy usage at the server, rack, row and room level from a single interface.
  • The industry’s first power supply unit to be awarded the highest level of energy efficiency, the Titanium certification, based on independent testing by 80 PLUS.
  • The PowerEdge 12th generation servers are the world’s only full generation of rack and tower servers to all offer Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller 2.0 for deploying, updating, maintaining and monitoring their systems without a software management agent, regardless of operating system. In addition, industry-leading Chassis Management Controller (CMC) has been updated to support up to 288 independently serviceable blade nodes, all from a single console, using a single IP address.

Take a Practical Path to IT-as-a-Service and Cloud

By pairing Windows Server 2012 with PowerEdge 12th generation server solutions, customers are able to change the economics of how applications and IT services are delivered using cloud computing and IT-as-a-service. This is achieved by leveraging Dell’s established experience building clouds with some of the world’s largest cloud computing providers like Microsoft, Bing Maps and eBay. Dell is able to guide customers to maximum efficiency through cloud usage, with technology and expertise. This includes:

An Enterprise-Class Data Center for Delivering Mission-Critical Microsoft Workloads

The Dell Converged Blade Data Center provides an enterprise infrastructure optimal for Microsoft workloads. Specifically, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V delivers key new features and capabilities that, when combined with end-to-end Dell solutions, offer a high level of value for a virtualized environment. For example:

  • Dell end-to-end 10Gbe networking architecture offers quick migrations when coupled with Hyper-V’s ability to use higher network bandwidths for live migrations in a clustered environment and perform multiple migrations simultaneously.
  • This infrastructure offers an entire enterprise-class data center, complete with converged storage and fabric ideal for delivering mission-critical Microsoft workloads such as Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, SQL Server, and .NET applications.
  • Dell’s Virtual Network Architecture, distributed core leaf-spine architectures, and converged infrastructure solutions complement Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 and network virtualization technologies to enable customers to seamlessly move workloads from private to hybrid and cloud environments.


“Today’s IT organizations are balancing pressures to become more energy efficient and stretch existing manpower further, while supporting ever increasing amounts of data. Customers are looking to make server hardware investments that deliver the best of management and performance. The 12th Generation PowerEdge servers build on Dell’s early lead in introducing embedded systems management into x86 servers with new features designed to streamline and automate data center operations.” – Matt Eastwood, Group Vice President, Enterprise Platform Research, IDC


The Dell PowerEdge servers are available today on or through any of Dell’s Global PartnerDirect Channel Partners.

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[1] From IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker published August 28, 2012.

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