Intel Xeon Scalable platforms are powerful infrastructure that represents an evolutionary leap forward in agility and scalability. Disruptive by design, it sets a new benchmark in platform convergence and capabilities across compute, storage, memory, network and security. An innovative approach to platform design in Intel Xeon Scalable processors unlocks the power of scalable performance for today’s datacenters and communications networks—from the smallest workloads to your most mission-critical applications.
With up to 28 cores delivering highly enhanced per core performance, and significant increases in memory bandwidth (six memory channels) and I/O bandwidth (48 PCIe lanes), your most data-hungry, latency-sensitive applications such as in-memory databases and high-performance computing will see notable improvements enabled by denser compute and faster access to large data volumes. And the latest generation processors designated with an ‘M” can support denser memory, with up to 1536GB per processor.
The convergence of compute, memory, network, and storage performance combined with software ecosystem optimizations make Intel® Xeon® Scalable platforms ideal for fully virtualized, software-defined datacenters that dynamically self-provision resources—on-premises, through the network, and in the public cloud—based on workload needs.
Intel innovation is driving the modernization and hybrid cloud transformation of the traditional enterprise datacenter.
Migrating to the newest generation of high-performing and energy-efficient Intel-based hardware tunes a datacenter for highly optimized performance across a broad set of enterprise workloads while lowering costs and improving resource utilization.
Over time, evolving to a software-defined infrastructure (SDI) across all the critical domains of the datacenter (compute/storage/network) will deliver critical automation, orchestration and telemetry capabilities to help businesses unlock the full capabilities of multi-cloud computing.
With modern, industry-standard Intel servers and technologies that run on software-defined infrastructure, you can seamlessly manage an environment that supports development and delivery of cloud-native applications and mission-critical workloads on secure private clouds, while also integrating with public clouds, many of which already run on Intel® architecture.
Storage capacity for the VxRail system is provided by drives that have been integrated, tested, and validated by Dell EMC. VxRail configurations use 2.5” form-factor SSDs, 2.5” NVMe drives, and mechanical HDDs. There is a VxRail configuration that uses 3.5” form-factor drives which also available for dense-storage requirements. Disks drives are logically organized into disk groups. Disk groups are configured in two ways:
The flash drives used for caching and capacity have different endurance levels. Endurance level refers to the number of times that an entire flash disk can be written every day for a five-year period before it has to be replaced. A higher-endurance SSD is used for write caching, and capacity-optimized SSDs are used for capacity. Currently, the 400GB, 800GB, and 1600GB SAS SSD or 1600 GB NVMe are used for caching, and for capacity either 1.92 or 3.84TB flash SSDs, 1.2, 1.8, and 2.4 TB 10K HDDs, 2TB (7.2K) HDDs, and 4TB 7.2K (3.5” form-factor) are used. All VxRail disk configurations use a carefully designed cache-to-capacity ratio to ensure consistent performance. Capacity SSDs are offered in both higher endurance SAS and SATA. The SATA SSDs are a lower cost option, up to 30% per drive, and great for read or moderately intensive workloads. The figure below depicts the wide-ranging set of components available across the VxRail system line-up.
All-NVMe configurations are available in the E560N and P580N which use either Intel Optane or NVMe drives for cache, and NVMe drives for capacity. The E560N is a cost-effective 1U platform that can support a variety of workloads including data warehousing, database, and analytical workloads with its support for Nvidia T4 GPUs. The P580N is the only 4-socket VxRail offering. Combined with all-NVMe storage, it is an ideal platform for memory-intensive and compute-heavy application workloads.
VxRail nodes can be configured with choice of processor, memory, storage (cache and capacity drives), based networking, power supply, and GPU (in the E and V Series only). The figure below shows the comprehensive set of options available across the family. Customers can be assured their VxRail is configured to best match their workload requirements in a very prescriptive manner, with millions of possible configuration combinations in the VxRail Series. Combine this with the numerous ways to scale on demand, and it is clear that VxRail provides the agility demanded by today’s modern IT. Some of the upgrade options for VxRail include, memory, GPU, NIC cards, cache SSD, and capacity drives.
Figure 10. A representative set of component options available across the VxRail series