Earlier this year, IT executives gathered at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to explore some of the challenges modern enterprises face today. The event is considered a harbinger of IT trends and this year was no different. Attendees polled by SearchCIO shared some of the key challenges they face in IT today - digitization, delivering solutions in a nimble fashion and the pace of change in our ever-so connected world.

This lines up with the feedback we gathered from over 8,000 customers when designing the next generation of Dell PowerEdge servers - they are inundated with new pressures and challenges that simply didn’t exist a few years ago: cloud adoption, mobility, big data, the Internet of Things, and software-defined IT. The pace of technology development and disruption is undoubtedly increasing, and many IT organizations are trying to find the right balance of rolling out technology in new and exciting ways without adding more complexity to their environments.

To alleviate these pressures, today we are excited to announce the Dell PowerEdge 13th generation servers. The new platforms are designed to help customers meet these growing challenges and bridge the gap between traditional and emerging IT. To achieve this, we set out to do three things with this generation of PowerEdge servers: accelerate application performance, optimize workloads, and simplify management.

The new PowerEdge servers boost application performance by as much as 50 percent. We did this by moving storage closer to compute and putting software-defined storage into actual practice. The new servers were designed to accommodate the dynamic data center. Thus, for customers that need expanded storage capacity, Dell will offer several low-cost direct-attached storage solutions made specifically for the 13th generation of PowerEdge servers.

One thing we heard over and over was that customers wanted applications to run faster. That’s not surprising – in a poll we conducted with Intel that surveyed global IT decision-makers (ITDMs) just about all of them identified application performance as a pressure point for their organization. This latest generation of PowerEdge servers is another example of the innovation that Dell and Intel have driven together in our longstanding partnership in the enterprise IT space. That partnership has allowed us to collaborate together to address customer needs around application acceleration. Learn more about how Dell and Intel partnered together on this generation in the video below: