How cool is that?

Dell takes power and cooling to the next level with PowerEdge 12th generation servers

Every generation of Dell PowerEdge servers is more energy efficient than the one before.  And this one is no different. In fact, Dell PowerEdge servers have increased performance per watt up to 101x in ten years. I repeat – over 100 times!

With power and cooling costs becoming a growing line item in IT budgets, often taking up a disproportionate percentage of the allocated resources, and with energy costs quickly rising, it becomes clearer each year just how crucial it is for your business to have the right power and cooling strategy. Dell delivers with our latest generation of PowerEdge servers.

Measure, monitor, and manage

Dell is innovating in each of these areas, and is delivering built-in mechanisms for quality power management into our IT solutions, including servers, power infrastructure, and systems management. This month, Dell launched OpenManage Power Center, a user-friendly application for measurement and control at the rack, row and room level. Power Center is a complementary console compatible with all current generation PowerEdge servers.

World -Class Energy Efficiency

Dell’s latest generation of servers builds on the long history of innovation and design excellence focused on efficiency.  In addition to the features found in the last generation of PowerEdge servers, such as the ability to dynamically optimize efficiency while maintaining availability and redundancy, enhanced power-consumption reduction technologies, and advanced thermal-management techniques, Dell has made significant increases to the intelligent functionality in this generation. Lower overall system-level power draw of PowerEdge blade, rack, and tower servers is a result of Dell’s breakthrough system design delivering advancements in several areas, including the following:

Intelligent performance:  Dell’s Energy Smart power supply units (PSUs) are engineered to achieve some of the highest efficiencies in the industry. In fact, Dell was recently the first vendor certified for a Titanium-level PSU. They have intelligent features that enable a right-sizing strategy as well as embedded power-management features, including high-accuracy power monitoring. This level of accuracy and visibility into power monitoring and management allows you to achieve better overall planning without having to over-provision for “just in case” scenarios.

The PSU’s Hot Spare feature intelligently puts a redundant PSU to sleep to match the efficiency advantage of a single PSU, decreasing light load power dissipation up to 29% – but without losing the required redundancy.  In the event of a failure, a sleeping PSU will wake up within microseconds and support the system load. See the demo here.

Thermal advantages: An extensive collection of sensors automatically track thermal activity, helping regulate temperature and reduce energy consumption. Dell PowerEdge systems are capable of adjusting in real-time to reduce overall energy usage.

High-efficiency fans and airflow management: By effectively directing airflow only to where it is needed for cooling, we further enable today’s technologies, such as Dell’s 10Gb Select Network Adapter. Included in a rich feature set, an advanced thermal control minimizes system power by dynamically optimizing fan speeds and component power consumption. The server fans in Dell’s R720 and T620 use less energy to cool the system than it takes to power a nightlight!

Higher-temperature or chiller-less operation: Updates to the Fresh Air configuration introduced in PowerEdge 11th generation have been expanded across all 12th generation servers, which can operate up to the highest temperature (113° F/45°C) warrantied in mainstream servers in the industry and save $3 million in capital expenditure per megawatt of IT.

Dell’s newest servers deliver in a major way on the power and cooling innovation and efficiency front.  The net result is that a large data center can save up to $1.8 million per year on server power alone.   When you consider industry estimates on the true cost of a watt, the savings can be almost $5 million! How cool is that?

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