Dell EMC Rolls Out the PowerEdge MX and Kinetic Infrastructure

Dell EMC PowerEdge server

… 2 socket and 4 socket compute sleds, which represent the sweet spot for today’s existing and emerging workloads, according to Payne.

Each compute sled, or multiple compute sleds, has integrated direct-attached SAS storage. The vendor offers an array of networking devices that are able to connect into an Ethernet environment and a fibre channel environment. The chassis is a 7U modular enclosure.

The PowerEdge MX offers a portfolio of components for design flexibility:

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 chassis — Offers a hardware foundation with support for multiple server processor generations, in a scalable system with end-to-end life-cycle management and a single interface for all components. This 7U chassis includes eight bays to accommodate a variety of full- and double-width compute and storage combinations.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge MX740c and MX840c compute sleds — Two- and four-socket blade sleds deliver full-featured, no compromise compute, with exceptional performance and a rich set of storage options including NVMe drives, the company said. The full-width MX740c and double-width MX840c support the full Intel Xeon Scalable Processor family with up to six terabytes of memory. The MX740c can house up to six 2.5” NVMe, SAS or SATA drive bays, and the MX840c can hold up to eight.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge MX5016s storage sled — Dense, full-width, scale-out storage sleds complement MX servers, holding up to 16 hot-pluggable SAS storage hard disk drives, with a maximum of seven MX5016s sleds in the MX chassis for up to 112 drives of direct-attached storage. These drives can be individually mapped to one or more servers, offering the ideal storage ratio needed for specific use cases.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge MX Ethernet and Fibre Channel switching modules — These new low latency, high-bandwidth switching modules for multi-chassis environments include automated processes for topology compliance, quality of service and autonomous healing for peak network performance with the PowerEdge MX single management interface. PowerEdge MX is the industry’s first modular infrastructure to deliver end-to-end 25GbE and 32Gbps fibre channel host connectivity. Combined with 100GbE and 32G fibre channel uplinks, customers can expect up to a 55 percent reduction in switching latency for highly scalable, multi-chassis fabric architectures.

“We made a couple of very deliberate design decisions as we approached the network space which was that we wanted to support a high amount of bandwidth between nodes, so we decided to go with 25Gb Ethernet as the standard for all of our switching infrastructure on the Ethernet side from Day 1,” explained Drew Schulke, vice president, product management for Dell EMC networking. “We also wanted to have the ability to deploy large deployments of MX where we didn’t have to go with the traditional model and embed a switch into every single chassis.”

To meet that later objective, the MX scalable fabric supports a switching edge that allows Dell EMC to bring a total of 10 chassis together under a single switching infrastructure with low latency of the overall network.

Dell EMC’s Pendekanti wants partners and customers understand what differentiates the new MX architecture from existing Dell EMC hyperconverged offers such as VxRail and the XC Series with Nutanix. The latter solutions target single workloads, whereas DX composable architecture can run multiple workloads.

“Beyond the workloads, if you want to have an architecture that goes into supporting GPUs (graphical processing units) and FPGA’s (field programmable gate arrays) in the future, the PowerEdge MX has that flexibility,” he said.

The vendor plans to continue its partnership with Nutanix, living up to its goal of offering customers platforms that support different software.

Dell EMC partner enablement and support are already underway, including training on how to leverage the PowerEdge DX, Pendekanti said.

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