Dell and Lenovo plan to expand enterprise server portfolio

Dell and Lenovo on Monday announced their plans to expand server portfolio.

The Chinese enterprise IT vendor Lenovo added two rack systems and one tower servers targeting the traditional and software-defined data center data center environments.

Lenovo servers

RD550 can house up to 12 drive bays and up to 26.4TB of internal storage, offering performance and capacity of a 2U system in a 1U form factor — perfect for line-of-business applications and compute-intensive workloads, said Lenovo.

The 2U RD650 houses up to 26 drive bays and up to 74.4TB1 of internal capacity, making it perfect for storage-hungry applications, such as databases, data analytics clusters and video streaming.

Both rack servers are available with hybrid chassis configurations that allow a combination of 2.5- and 3.5-inch drives, ideal for creating a tiered storage environment. Two M.2 solid-state drives (SSDs) are available as an option for booting, as well as SD card options for hypervisor booting.

RD550 supports many combinations of I/O technologies, including up to four 10GB Ethernet ports and four Fibre Channel ports — leaving three PCIe slots available for other uses.

Lenovo’s AnyBay design allows for multiple storage types in the same drive bay ranging from SAS and SATA HDDs to front-accessible PCIe SSDs.

ThinkServer AnyRAID adapters are available to provide advanced data protection and performance-enhancing features without taking up PCIe slots.

The RD550 and RD650 are equipped with next-generation Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 series processors with up to 18 cores each.

Both servers can be configured to support up to 768GB of DDR4 memory, which offers bandwidth increase of up to 50 percent as well as a 50 percent increase in power efficiency over previous-generation DDR3 memory.

TD350 features nearly triple the memory capacity and double the storage capacity of the previous-generation server with up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and 90TB of internal storage capacity with either 2.5- or 3.5-inch drive configuration options —in a condensed 4U package.

Darrel Ward, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Product Group, Lenovo, said: ““Lenovo’s new next-gen ThinkServer systems are the evolution in Lenovo’s expanding commitment to the data center.”

The starting price of TD350 is $1,629 and the RD550 starts at $1,829, while the price of the RD650 starts at $1,929.

Dell servers

Dell with new server

Dell today unveiled its PowerEdge servers is built to optimize price performance for a range of web, enterprise and hyperscale applications, and features advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with systems management capabilities.

More than 80 percent of IT decision-makers report these factors as investment priorities for the next 12 months, according to the Future Ready IT survey, recent research commissioned by Dell and Intel.

Dell PowerEdge servers include the PowerEdge R730xd, R730, and R630 rack servers, the M630 blade server, and the T630 tower server, which are built with the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family.

Dell PowerEdge R630 can deliver customers up to 2.4 times the input / output operations per second (IOPS) in the same amount of space as 2.5-inch SSDs.3

Dell provides up to 100TB of storage for workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, where it delivers up to a 50 percent increase in mailbox size over previous generation servers.

Baburajan K
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