Dell EMC Rolls Out the PowerEdge MX and Kinetic Infrastructure

Dell EMC PowerEdge server

First came the sneak peek at Dell Technologies World in May, and on Tuesday, Dell EMC formally announced its PowerEdge MX, a modular architecture designed to bridge the demands of existing traditional and transformational workloads.

There are three key elements of PowerEdge MX: its modular architecture bringing together compute, storage and networking; what the vendor calls a kinetic infrastructure — a design for a memory-centric and composable world; and OpenManage Enterprise – Modular Edition for comprehensive in-system management.

Dell EMC's Ravi Pendekanti

Dell EMC’s Ravi Pendekanti

“The challenge that organizations have going forward is, how do you make sure that you have a chance to run your workloads of today and your workloads of the future? And that’s where PowerEdge MX comes in and provides a platform to run various workloads in a single infrastructure,” said Ravi Pendekanti, senior vice president, product management and marketing for server and infrastructure systems at Dell EMC. Workloads of the future are things like IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning, for example.

The notion of a kinetic infrastructure is based on designing for a memory-centric, composable world — or an infrastructure design that’s adaptable to both expected and unknown technology changes as they come down the pike. That means giving customers a future-ready, right-sized and cost-efficient IT architecture.

The imperative to help organizations with their IT transformation initiatives is critical, according to Pendekanti, who cites a recent Dell EMC sponsored white paper by ESG Research that found more than four in five (81 percent) businesses agree that if they don’t embrace IT transformation, they’ll lose their competitive edge in their market. In other words, change or be left behind.

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A big thrust behind Dell EMC’s new infrastructure technology is doing away with costly rip-and-replace upgrades; overprovisioned and underutilized resources; and inefficient management processes, with the goal of improving the total cost of ownership for customer investments, while insuring that businesses have a single, flexible infrastructure for their multiple workloads — at the right price.

Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise Systems Management is a single console used to manage all PowerEdge devices.

“This is an infrastructure-management tool that utilizes industry standard APIs to plug into other consoles that customers use to manage other IT infrastructure, whether that’s in an emerging DevOps world using Redfish commands, or more traditional tools that exist in a data-center environment such as Microsoft System Center or VMware vCenter,” said Brian Payne, vice president, product management and marketing, for Dell EMC PowerEdge.

The Modular Edition manages the PowerEdge MX infrastructure components from deployment to updating and monitoring, and is delivered within the MX system.

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX product general availability is Sept. 12. At launch, the company will deliver …

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