AMD lands Dell as its latest Epyc server processor customer

AMD scored a significant win in its efforts to retake ground in the data center with Dell announcing three new PowerEdge servers aimed at the usual high-performance workloads, like virtualized storage-area networks (VSAN), hybrid-cloud applications, dense virtualization, and big data analytics. The servers will run AMD’s Epyc 7000 series processors.

What’s interesting is that two of the three new Dell servers, the PowerEdge R6415 and R7415, are single-socket systems. Usually a single-socket server is a small tower stuck in a closet or under a desk and running as a file and print server or departmental server, not something running enterprise workloads. The R7425 is the only dual-socket server being introduced.

AMD said the reason is simple. With up to 32 cores and 64 threads on one CPU, up to 4TB of memory capacity, 128 lanes of PCI Express interconnects, and support for up to 24 direct NVMe SSD drives, the servers can do with one processor what would normally require a dual-socket system.

“If you want resiliency, [Reliability, Availability, Scalability], higher levels of performance and capacity, Intel requires you to buy a two-socket server. This turns that paradigm upside down. Now you can buy a two-socket server because you need the horsepower, not because you need the I/O or memory bandwidth or network capacity,” said Dan Bounds, senior director of data center products at AMD.

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