Dell EMC on Tuesday launched its new-generation rugged PowerEdge XR servers, designed to work in harsh environments of business websites and even battle zones. The brand new machines are geared up with Intel’s newest Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) processors together with as much as 512 GB DDR4 reminiscence and as much as 30 TB of solid-state storage. As well as, the brand new PowerEdge XR2 encompasses a particular widespread entry card that gives an extra means of authentication to drive information encryption and might immediately render the machines ineffective to the enemy as soon as eliminated.

As computing turns into pervasive, servers get wanted in all places, together with extreme environments, equivalent to industrial websites, rural areas, battle zones and others. Dell is amongst just a few corporations that provide ruggedized laptops, tablets, and different , so the corporate was among the many first to deal with such wants. Dell’s first-gen rugged servers have been custom-built machines primarily based on the corporate’s PowerEdge servers and have been bought to pick out prospects. Due to rising demand for such machines and since Dell realized that servers for harsh environments must be designed for excessive circumstances from scratch, the corporate launched its first “official” rugged server known as the PowerEdge R420xr again in 2014. In the present day, the corporate is launching its second-generation purpose-built rugged server (which actually is the corporate’s third-gen rugged server platform) — the PowerEdge XR2.

Identical to the predecessor, the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2 is available in 1U 20” deep chassis that options shock and vibration resistance, elective mud filtration and makes use of parts licensed to work in high and low temperatures (from -5ºC to +55ºC) in addition to altitudes of as much as 15Okay toes* (assume specialised DRAM modules, SSDs, different chips). In the meantime, the brand new machine is totally totally different from the system launched over three years in the past and brings enormous efficiency enhancements.

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The PowerEdge XR2 is predicated on two Intel’s Xeon Gold (Skylake-SP) processors with as much as 22 cores, 30 MB L3 cache and a 140 W TDP. Energy consumption is a priority for ruggedized servers due to cooling, so Dell determined to stay to CPUs with a average TDP (in spite of everything, 44 cores is quite a bit). The first CPU socket might be geared up with 10 DIMMs (four channels at 2 DPC and a couple of channels at 1 DPC), whereas the secondary CPU socket can help six DDR4 reminiscence modules (6 channels at 1 DPC), for a possible 512 GB whole DRAM per field (beforehand solely 384 GB was supported by the R420xr). Such an unorthodox reminiscence configuration might look a bit odd and bodily Intel’s newest Xeon Scalable CPUs can help extra reminiscence, however for its rugged servers Dell intends to make use of licensed DIMMs made for extreme environments and their capability is being restricted to 32 GB per module in the present day.

The brand new storage sub-system is one thing that Dell have to be happy with: the PowerEdge XR2 helps eight hot-swappable SATA/SAS SSDs that includes a complete capability of as much as 30 TB capability (up from 6.four TB on the previous-gen mannequin). Optionally, Dell might equip the system with self-encrypting SSDs, however by default the machine will encrypt the drives itself and would require Dell’s widespread entry card to entry/decrypt them. As soon as such card is eliminated, the drives can’t be accessed by unauthorized personnel or enemy, which can turn out to be useful in varied battle zones. Relying on the wants, the PowerEdge could also be geared up with quite a lot of RAID controllers.

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Two CPUs, a number of reminiscence modules, and eight high-end SSDs devour a considerable quantity of energy. Dell equips the PowerEdge XR2 with a 550 W redundant PSU, which can feed the aforementioned parts. In the meantime, as a result of quantity restrictions, TDP limits, and energy constraints, the brand new machine is not going to help any accelerators, identical to its predecessor. This can be a pity for oil and fuel exploration functions lots of which depend on NVIDIA’s Tesla accelerators, however sometimes oil and fuel corporations can afford to construct for his or her exploration wants.

Relying on actual configuration, the Dell PowerEdge XR2 machines might be geared up with 1Gb, 10Gb BASE-T, 10Gb SFP+, and 40Gb QSFP+ networking playing cards. The XR2 machines are IPMI compliant and might help Dell’s proprietary iDRAC9 distant administration. As for working methods, anticipate the machine to be appropriate with Microsoft’s Home windows Server in addition to varied Linux builds.

Dell PowerEdge XR2: Basic Specs
 PowerEdge XR2 1U/20"
CPUTwo Intel Xeon SP processors
As much as 140 W TDP (every):

Intel Xeon Gold 6152
Intel Xeon Gold 6140
Intel Xeon Gold 6138
Intel Xeon Gold 6132
Intel Xeon Gold 6130
Intel Xeon Gold 6126
Intel Xeon Gold 5122
Intel Xeon Gold 5120
Intel Xeon Gold 5120T
Intel Xeon Gold 5118
Intel Xeon Silver 4116
Intel Xeon Silver 4114
Intel Xeon Silver 4112
Intel Xeon Silver 4110
Intel Xeon Silver 4108
Intel Xeon Bronze 3106
Intel Xeon Bronze 3104

Chipsetunknown
RAMAs much as 512 GB DDR4-2667 RDIMMs with ECC
CPU1: 10 DIMMs, four ch at 2 DPC, 2 ch  at 1 DPC
CPU2: 6 DIMMs, 6 channels at 1 DPC
eight GB, 16 GB, 32 GB modules supported
Storage ControllersPERC H330
PERC H730p
PERC HBA330
Storage2.5" SATA/SAS: as much as hotplug eight drives, 30 TB capability
M.2 SATA: 2 drives for quick boot, OS

As much as three drive form-factor storage gadgets.

Growth2 &instances; PCIe x16 for NICs
NetworkingBuilt-in Broadcom 5720 2 x 1GbLOM
plus elective LOM Riser

LOM Riser Choices:
Broadcom 5720 2&instances;1Gb
Broadcom 57416 2&instances;10Gb Base-T
Broadcom 57416 2&instances;10Gb SFP+

I/OEntrance ports:
– D-Sub, eSATA, USB 2.zero,
– Devoted iDRACDirect Micro-USB
Rear ports:
– D-Sub, RS232, 2&instances;USB three.zero,
– Devoted iDRAC community port
Embedded AdministrationIPMI 2.zero compliant
iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller (Specific, Enterprise)
Fast Sync 2 wi-fi module elective
SafetyTPM 1.2/2.zero elective
Cryptographically signed firmware
Safe Boot
System Lockdown
Safe Erase
Built-in Widespread Entry Card Reader
Harsh Atmosphere TestingMIL-STD-810G (temp, shock, vibration, altitude, sand/mud)
MIL-STD-461G for conductive/radiative immunity
DNV-GL for temperature, humidity, vibration, EMC
PSU550W redundant

Dell EMC will promote its PowerEdge XR2 machines straight in addition to via resellers and OEMs who might adapt them for specific wants by loading software program and carry out different customizations. OEMs may set up their very own bezels and cargo BIOS with their logotypes and/or options.

Gallery: Dell PowerEdge XR2

*Formally, the machines are compliant with MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD461G necessities for temperature, shock, vibration, altitude, and conductive/radiative immunity, in addition to DNV, IEC 60945 necessities for maritime navigation and radiocommunication tools with regards to temperature, humidity, vibration, and EMC.

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