The 10 Coolest Servers Of 2016


Pushing Ahead In 2016

While the market for servers has been tough in one respect – revenue and shipments have been down in recent quarters – server technology remains the foundation of IT, and the lynchpin of the burgeoning hyper-convergence market.

2016 saw the merger of Dell and EMC, a union that brings together market-leading hyper-convergence solutions with Dell servers. Before the merger was finalized, EMC execs were eager to get their hands on Dell servers, and soon after the deal closed, it was announced that the red-hot VxRack and VxRail hyper-convergence systems would be based on Dell FX server hardware.

3 of CRN’s “10 Coolest Servers of 2016” are:


Dell PowerEdge

The 13th generation of the PowerEdge features the new Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors, and Dell claims the update gives the servers a boost in performance between 20 and 30 percent. The PowerEdge R730 also got a new cooling system designed to keep it cool enough to use in the data center. Dell updated the PowerEdge family with support for Intel’s latest Broadwell processor, along with several new management and software-defined storage capabilities the company said will help reduce the total cost of server ownership.


Dell DSS 7000

In the immense Dell EMC portfolio, the new Dell DSS 7000 object storage server is at home alongside EMC’s ScaleIO, Isilon and Elastic Cloud Storage solutions. The high-capacity server is intended for Red Hat’s Ceph 2 open source, software-defined storage platform, and emphasizes Dell’s commitment to offering customers a wide variety of product options. It is designed for cloud data centers, putting 90 3.5-inch drives in one 4U chassis, and delivering up to 720 TB of capacity, according to Dell.


Dell FX

The venerable Dell FX line of servers got a boost when it was finally made official that they would be the go-to servers for EMC’s red-hot VxRail and VxRack hyper-convergence product lines. For months after the merger of Dell and EMC was announced, the folks at VCE, EMC’s converged and hyper-converged division — were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the FX. The FX is expected to get VxRack and VxRail price points lower and offer more reconfigurability.


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Source: by Matt Brown on January 9, 2017