Anyone managing a data center faces the difficult balancing act of delivering on continually increasing performance demands, handling the cooling issues that usually result from that, and yet staying inside already physically constrained energy resources. More and more they are turning toward high density computing as the answer and making it a central tenet of their infrastructure strategy.

While designing the PowerEdge 12th generation servers, we heard from many customers wrestling with this same dilemma. That’s why density is featured throughout the new PowerEdge 12th generation server portfolio - with some particularly dense models – like the 2-socket/ 1U R620 rack server, the new quarter-height M420 blade server and the one I’m writing about today, the new 4-socket/2U R820 rack server.

The PowerEdge R820 is designed in response to customers who told us they wanted the extra performance of a four socket server without compromising on efficient use of space and energy. The R820 is the first-to-market 4-socket server that uses the Intel Xeon E5-4600 product family, which has a 75% performance increase over the E5-2600 product family. Yet it also offers tremendous density with 48 DIMMS (a full 1.5 TB of memory), 7 PCIe Gen3 expansion slots and up to 16 internal drives, all in its compact 2U form factor. And new PowerEdge 12th generation I/O options like a split backplane, dual RAID controllers, Express Flash PCIe SSDs, and the modular Select Network Adapter make it even more powerful.

R820 delivers great performance for data intensive applications and has the ability to rapidly scale to handle the spikes that occur in transaction based workloads.  It makes an excellent database server and is especially well designed for dense virtualization usage. In fact, the R820 optimally supports up to 60% more virtual machine instances in the same space as HP’s closest similar 4-socket offering (the 4S/4U DL580 G7).  Its density allows it to do this – the large memory footprint that supports more VMs and the extensive local storage and expansion slots that give those VMs all the resources they need to run at high levels of efficiency.

The R820 also has what it takes to be a great mainstream database server for mid to large size operations.  It can support 129% more database orders per minute in half the space compared to an HP Proliant DL580 G7. It minimizes query wait times using its 32 processor cores, 1.5 TB of memory and improved CPU performance, and eliminates potential I/O bottlenecks with its Select Network adapter flexibility, split backplane, dual RAID and Flash-based storage (which lets it rapidly process in-memory data without “fetching” from an external disk).

“Using these servers, researchers will be able to generate research results faster than before.” MICHAEL FENN, High-Performance Computing Systems Administrator, Penn State University

And lastly, the R820 is an excellent option for High Performance Computing (HPC) shops looking for performance with density. It has both 216%  better SPECfp  performance and 269% better LINPACK performance than previous generation Dell 2 socket/2U servers.

And the R820 does all of this while delivering 50% better power usage per core (47W) than the previous generation PowerEdge R710 and 106% lower annual operational costs compared to the 2-socket/2U PowerEdge R720.  Like all the servers in the PowerEdge 12th generation portfolio, the R820 supports a Fresh Air compliant configuration that lets you operate at higher data center temperatures – in some cases completely avoiding cooling costs.

Customers wanted more power in less space. We listened. The PowerEdge R820 is a perfect example of the mantra that has been adopted for the 12th generation servers;  “Designed by you. Engineered by Dell.”