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10 Hot New HPE, Lenovo, Supermicro, Dell Servers With AMD Processors
CRN breaks down 10 of the hottest new servers launched in 2021 based on the new AMD EPYC processors.
The 10 Hottest Servers Of 2021 With AMD’s New EPYC Processors
A slew of next-generation servers were recently launched by the largest server players in the world based on AMD’s new third-generation EPYC processors.
Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are currently battling for server leadership in the global market. The worldwide sever market generated $25.8 billion in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 1.5 percent year over year, according to data from research firm IDC. With nearly 3.3 million server units shipped in the fourth quarter, the global COVID-19 pandemic has yet to significantly slow down the server market as hyperscale players like AWS, Google and Microsoft continue to spend billions each quarter on equipping new data centers.
AMD called its new 7-nanometer EPYC processors, code-named Milan, the “highest-performance server processors in the industry, at the socket level and at the per-core level.”
Here are 10 of the world’s hottest new servers from Dell, HPE, Lenovo and Supermicro based on AMD’s new EPYC processors.
Dell PowerEdge XE8545
Dell Technologies combined AMD third-generation EPYC processors and Nvidia technology for accelerated workloads to create its new PowerEdge XE8545 server, designer for cutting edge machine learning, complex high-performance computing (HPC) and GPU virtualization.
The new 4U PowerEdge XE8545 server combines the maximum core counts of two 3rd generation AMD EPYC processors with four of the highest performing NVIDIA A100 GPUs. PowerEdge XE8545 offers up to 128 cores of Milan CPUs, four Nvidia A100 GPUs, and optimized performance of Nvidia‘s vGPU software in a dual socket, 4U rack server. The PowerEdge XE8545 is one of the first servers on the market to have the new Nvidia NVLink baseboard with Nvidia’s A100 chips in it. Additionally, the server is completely air cooled for greater efficiency and lower cost of operation.
HPE ProLiant DL365 Gen10 Plus
HPE’s new ProLiant DL365 Gen10 Plus server specifically targets virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. The 1U ProLiant DL365 includes AMD third generation EPYC processors with up to 128 cores per 2-socket configuration and 32 DIMMs for memory up to 3200 MHz.
The HPE ProLiant DL365 server delivers low-cost virtual machines, increased security and is equipped with PCIe Gen4 capabilities. The HPE ProLiant server provides rapid detection of a security-compromised server, identifies and contains malicious code, and facilitates the recovery of operating systems. Combined with a better balance of processor cores, memory, and I/O, the HPE server an ideal choice for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
The ProLiant DL365 server with AMD will be available April 16.
Supermicro A+ SuperBlade
One of the largest servers in Supermicro’s A+ server lineup is the new 8U SuperBlade with an AMD EPYC processor of up to 280W and hot-swap NVMe support. The new server has up to 48 DIMM slots and up to 12TB of DDR4-3200 memory per node.
Supermicro’s SuperBlade includes advanced networking such as HDR/EDR, InfiniBand and up to four 25 Gigabit Ethernet switches with add-on cards. The SuperBlade has up to 2 NVMe with optional mezzanine 4x NVMe per blade and can support up to 20x 1-socket or 2-socket blade servers or up to 10x 4-socket blade servers.
Lenovo ThinkSystem SR665
The new Lenovo ThinkSystem SR665 is a two-socket server with AMD new EPYC processors that features 128 cores and 128 Gen4 PCIe lanes to maximize server performance and decrease network bottlenecks critical workloads. Outfitted with up to 8x PCIe 4.0 slots, the ThinkSystem SR665 provides the networking scalability and speed necessary to ensure that I/O-intensive workloads such as software defined networking do not encounter bottlenecks that reduce efficiency.
Specifically optimized to run demanding cloud computing workloads such as VDI, database and analytics, artificial intelligence and more, Lenovo’s server has built-in security features to help protect against data integrity and firmware threats. The ThinkSystem SR665 has 32x DDR4 memory slots and a maximum 4TB using 128GB 3DS RDIMMs.
Dell PowerEdge R7525
Another huge Dell PowerEdge launch this year is its new R7525 Rack Server, dubbed as a highly adaptable rack server that delivers powerful performance and flexible configurations. The 2U server includes up to two, 2nd or 3rd Generation AMD EPYC Processors with up to 64 cores per processor. In terms of memory, the PowerEdge R7525 delivers up to 32 x DDR4 RDIMM (2TB), LRDIMM (4TB) and bandwidth up to 3200 MT/S.
The PowerEdge R7525 Rack Server includes 24 direct connect Gen4 NVMe that supports all flash vSAN Ready Node. Maximized storage and memory configuration options enable HPC, AI and rendering. Dell’s server has automated server life cycle management with scripting via the iDRAC Restful API with Redfish.
HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus Server
Last month, Hewlett Packard Enterprise launched a brand new server line targeted for storage-optimized solutions for database workloads with the launch of the HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus. The ProLiant DL345 provides up to 128 lanes of PCIe Gen4 to improve I/O throughput and reduces latency in a single socket design. Enclosed in a 2U server chassis, the one-socket server improves storage capacity across SAS/SATA/NVMe storage options, making it an ideal for applications such as structured/unstructured database management.
The server’s AMD third-generation EPYC processors provide HPE with unmatched performance, security, automation, and remote management capabilities to support a range of critical workloads essential to digital transformation, the company said.
The DL345 ProLiant server with AMD’s new CPUs becomes generally available April 16.
Supermicro A+ Ultra
Supermicro’s new A+ Ultra server supports dual third-generation AMD EPYC processors in a 1U or 2U form factor. The Ultra contains 32 DIMMS of DDR4-3200 MHz memory for up to 8-TB of capacity.
Supermicro said Ultra’s uncompromised 2-processor design for performance supports the highest CPU TDPs. The server is designed to deliver best-in-class performance, flexibility and scalability for the most demanding IT environments and to power mission-critical enterprise workloads. Oher features include all NVMe, hybrid storage and low latency optimizations with up to 8 PCI-E 4.0 slots with flexible on-broad 1/10/25G Ethernet options.
Lenovo ThinkSystem SR645
Lenovo’s new ThinkSystem SR645 is powered by two AMD EPYC CPUs in a compact 1U rack server maximizing CPU core and memory density. The SR645 server features Lenovo’s XClarity system management suite that enables an easy-to-use application with industry standard Redfish-compliant REST APIs to provide streamlined hardware provisioning and maintenance.
The ThinkSystem SR645 features 128 cores and 128 Gen4 PCIe lanes to maximize server utilization and decrease network bottlenecks in critical workloads. The server has 32 DDR4 memory slots and a maximum 4TB using 128GB RDIMMs. Lenovo says the company’s lauded system reliability, XClarity management capabilities, and security infrastructure layer add to the exceptional value that the ThinkSystem SR645 brings to the data center.
Dell PowerEdge C6525
Dell’s new PowerEdge C6525 is a compute-dense server designed to boost data center performance to tackle a variety of high-performance computing workloads and applications. The PowerEdge C6525 comes with up to two, 2nd or 3rd Generation AMD EPYC processors per node configurations with up to 64 cores per processor and up to 280W.
Features include up to 512 processing cores in a 2U/4N dense server, which is the most available processing cores of any 2U Dell EMC PowerEdge server. Dell’s server has up to 3200MT/s memory speed to reduce latency and deliver faster response as well as optimized core count and memory for large datasets. In terms of security, the PowerEdge C6525 has AMD Secure Memory Encryption (SME) and Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), drift detection, and offers digitally signed firmware packages.
HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus
HPE’s recently launched its new Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus system with the HPE ProLiant XL225n server. The HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus System is a shared infrastructure chassis with flexible support for up to 4 ProLiant XL225n servers powered by AMD EPYC processors. Server nodes can be serviced without impacting operation of other nodes in the same chassis for increased server up-time.
The system can be deployed with a single server, leaving room to scale as customer‘s needs grow in a move to bring the power of supercomputing to any data centers HPE said. It is ideal for HPC applications in industry verticals like manufacturing, oil and gas, life sciences, and financial services. The Apollo 2000 Gen10 Plus supports a full stack of second- or third-generation AMD EPYC GPUs with support for processors over 240W in the ProLiant XL225n server.