Dell EMC on Tuesday launched its new-era rugged PowerEdge XR servers, designed to operate in severe environments of industrial websites or even conflict zones. The new equipment are geared up with Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) processors together with up to 512 GB DDR4 memory and up to thirty TB of solid-point out storage. In addition, the new PowerEdge XR2 features a unique widespread entry card that delivers an more way of authentication to push facts encryption and can promptly render the equipment worthless to the enemy once taken off.
As computing results in being pervasive, servers get desired all over the place, which includes critical environments, these as industrial websites, rural spots, conflict zones and other individuals. Dell is amid a few businesses that supply ruggedized laptops, tablets, and other hardware, so the company was amid the initial to address these demands. Dell’s initial-gen rugged servers ended up customized-developed equipment centered on the company’s PowerEdge servers and ended up marketed to pick out customers. Since of increasing demand for these equipment and for the reason that Dell recognized that servers for severe environments have to be designed for serious problems from scratch, the company launched its initial “official” rugged server called the PowerEdge R420xr back in 2014. Today, the company is launching its second-era intent-developed rugged server (which definitely is the company’s third-gen rugged server platform) — the PowerEdge XR2.
Just like the predecessor, the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2 comes in 1U 20” deep chassis that features shock and vibration resistance, optional dust filtration and utilizes factors qualified to operate in reduced and substantial temperatures (from -5ºC to +55ºC) as effectively as altitudes of up to 15K toes* (assume specialized DRAM modules, SSDs, other chips). Meanwhile, the new equipment is totally different from the program launched around 3 years ago and delivers enormous performance enhancements.
The PowerEdge XR2 is centered on two Intel’s Xeon Gold (Skylake-SP) processors with up to 22 cores, thirty MB L3 cache and a 140 W TDP. Electric power use is a worry for ruggedized servers for the reason that of cooling, so Dell decided to stick to CPUs with a average TDP (right after all, forty four cores is a great deal). The most important CPU socket can be geared up with ten DIMMs (4 channels at two DPC and two channels at one DPC), whilst the secondary CPU socket can support 6 DDR4 memory modules (six channels at one DPC), for a probable 512 GB full DRAM for every box (formerly only 384 GB was supported by the R420xr). These types of an unorthodox memory configuration might glance a little bit odd and bodily Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable CPUs can support much more memory, but for its rugged servers Dell intends to use qualified DIMMs designed for critical environments and their capacity is becoming restricted to 32 GB for every module these days.
The new storage sub-program is one thing that Dell have to be very pleased of: the PowerEdge XR2 supports eight scorching-swappable SATA/SAS SSDs that includes a full capacity of up to thirty TB capacity (up from six.4 TB on the earlier-gen product). Optionally, Dell might equip the program with self-encrypting SSDs, but by default the equipment will encrypt the drives itself and will demand Dell’s widespread entry card to entry/decrypt them. After these card is taken off, the drives are unable to be accessed by unauthorized staff or enemy, which will arrive in handy in various conflict zones. Based on the demands, the PowerEdge might be geared up with a range of RAID controllers.
Two CPUs, various memory modules, and eight substantial-conclusion SSDs consume a significant sum of electricity. Dell equips the PowerEdge XR2 with a 550 W redundant PSU, which will feed the aforementioned factors. Meanwhile, thanks to quantity restrictions, TDP limits, and electricity constraints, the new equipment will not support any accelerators, just like its predecessor. This might be a pity for oil and fuel exploration programs a lot of of which depend on NVIDIA’s Tesla accelerators, but usually oil and fuel businesses can pay for to construct customized hardware for their exploration demands.
Based on correct configuration, the Dell PowerEdge XR2 equipment can be geared up with 1Gb, 10Gb Foundation-T, 10Gb SFP+, and 40Gb QSFP+ networking cards. The XR2 equipment are IPMI compliant and can support Dell’s proprietary iDRAC9 distant administration. As for operating devices, assume the equipment to be appropriate with Microsoft’s Windows Server as effectively as various Linux builds.
|Dell PowerEdge XR2: Typical Requirements|
|PowerEdge XR2 1U/20″|
|CPU||Two Intel Xeon SP processors
Up to 140 W TDP (each):
Intel Xeon Gold 6152
|RAM||Up to 512 GB DDR4-2667 RDIMMs with ECC
CPU1: ten DIMMs, 4 ch at two DPC, two ch at one DPC
CPU2: six DIMMs, six channels at one DPC
8 GB, sixteen GB, 32 GB modules supported
|Storage Controllers||PERC H330
|Storage||two.five” SATA/SAS: up to hotplug 8 drives, thirty TB capacity
M.two SATA: two drives for fast boot, OS
Up to 3 push type-aspect storage units.
|Enlargement||2 × PCIe x16 for NICs|
|Networking||Built-in Broadcom 5720 two x 1GbLOM
in addition optional LOM Riser
LOM Riser Solutions:
– D-Sub, eSATA, USB two.,
– Committed iDRACDirect Micro-USB
– D-Sub, RS232, 2×USB 3.,
– Committed iDRAC community port
|Embedded Administration||IPMI two. compliant
iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller (Express, Business)
Rapid Sync two wi-fi module optional
|Security||TPM one.two/two. optional
Cryptographically signed firmware
Built-in Common Entry Card Reader
|Severe Natural environment Screening||MIL-STD-810G (temp, shock, vibration, altitude, sand/dust)
MIL-STD-461G for conductive/radiative immunity
DNV-GL for temperature, humidity, vibration, EMC
Dell EMC will provide its PowerEdge XR2 equipment directly as effectively as via resellers and OEMs who may adapt them for unique demands by loading program and carry out other customizations. OEMs can also put in their possess bezels and load BIOS with their logotypes and/or features.
*Formally, the equipment are compliant with MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD461G demands for temperature, shock, vibration, altitude, and conductive/radiative immunity, as effectively as DNV, IEC 60945 demands for maritime navigation and radiocommunication gear when it comes to temperature, humidity, vibration, and EMC.