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The Dell PowerEdge C6615: Maximizing Value and Minimizing TCO for Dense Compute and Scale-out Workloads

David Dam David Dam

Mon, 02 Oct 2023 21:35:01 -0000


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In the ever-evolving landscape of data centers and IT infrastructure, meeting the demands of scale-out workloads is a continuous challenge. Organizations seek solutions that not only provide superior performance but also optimize Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). 

Enter the new Dell PowerEdge C6615, a modular node designed to address these challenges with innovative solutions. Let's delve into the key features and benefits of this groundbreaking addition to the Dell PowerEdge portfolio.

Industry challenges

  1. Maximizing Rack utilization: One of the primary challenges in the data center world is maximizing rack utilization. The Dell PowerEdge C6615 addresses this by offering dense compute options.
  2. Cutting-edge processors: High-performance processors are crucial for scalability and security. The C6615 is powered by a 4th Generation AMD EPYC 8004 series processor, ensuring top-tier performance.
  3. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): TCO is a critical consideration that encompasses power and cooling efficiency, licensing costs, and seamless integration with existing data center infrastructure. The C6615 is designed to reduce TCO significantly.

Introducing the Dell PowerEdge C6615

The Dell PowerEdge C6615 is a modular node designed to revolutionize data center infrastructure. Here are some key highlights:

  • Price-performance ratio: The C6615 offers outstanding price per watt for scale-out workloads, with up to a 315% improvement compared to a one-socket (1S) server with AMD EPYC 9004 Series server processor.
  • Optimized thermal solution: It features an optimized thermal solution that allows for air-cooling configurations with up to 53% improved cooling performance compared to the previous generation chassis.
  • Density-optimized compute: The C6615's architecture is tailored for scale-out WebTech workloads, offering exceptional performance with reduced TCO.
  • High-speed NVMe storage: It provides high-speed NVMe storage for applications with intensive IOPS requirements, ensuring efficient performance.
  • Efficient scalability: With 40% more cores per rack compared to the AMD EPYC 9004 Series server processors, the C6615 allows for quicker and more efficient scalability.
  • SmartNIC: It includes a SmartNIC with hardware-accelerated networking and storage, saving CPU cycles and enhancing security.

Key features

To maximize efficiency and reduce environmental impact, the PowerEdge C6615 incorporates several key features:

  • Power and thermal efficiency: The 2U chassis with four nodes enhances power and thermal efficiency, eliminating the need for liquid cooling.
  • Flexible I/O options: It supports up to two PCIe Gen5 slots and one 16 PCIe Gen5 OCP 3.0 slot for network cards, ensuring versatile connectivity.
  • Security: Security is integrated at every phase of the PowerEdge lifecycle, from supply chain protection to Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and role-based access controls.

Accelerating performance

In benchmark testing, the C6615 outperforms the competition:

  • HPL Benchmark: It showcases up to a 335% improvement in performance per watt per dollar and a 210% increase in performance per CPU dollar compared to other 1S systems with the AMD EPYC 9004 Series server processor.  

Figure 1.  HPL benchmark performance

  • SPEC_CPU2017 Benchmark: Results demonstrate up to a 205% improvement in performance per watt per dollar and a remarkable 128% increase in performance per CPU dollar compared to similar systems.  

Figure 2.  SPEC_CPU2017 benchmark performance

Final thoughts

The seamless integration of the Dell PowerEdge C6615 into existing processes and toolsets is facilitated by comprehensive iDRAC9 support for all components. This ensures a smooth transition while leveraging the full potential of your server infrastructure.

Dell's commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in its use of recycled materials and energy-efficient options, helping to reduce carbon footprints and operational costs.

In conclusion, the Dell PowerEdge C6615 emerges as a leading dense compute solution, delivering exceptional value and unmatched performance. For more information, visit the PowerEdge Servers Powered by AMD site and explore how this innovative solution can transform your data center operations.

Note: Performance results may vary based on specific configurations and workloads. It's recommended to consult with Dell or an authorized partner for tailored solutions.

Author: David Dam

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