IT Infrastructure: Dell PowerEdge R720 Pushes Computing Might into 2U Rack-Mount Server
The Dell PowerEdge R720, part of Dell's 12th-generation data center server family, uses the latest Intel E5-2600 processor and motherboard designs to pump up the computing and storage capacity of this workhorse 2U rack-mount server. The system is competitively priced, and when I used the Geekbench performance test and compared the PowerEdge R720to an HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 8 system, the Dell PowerEdge R720 showed a 12 percent advantage. The Intel chips allow for more equipment inside the 2U chassis. Dell was able to double the number of 2.5-inch disks from 8 to 16 (the capacity of the previous-generation R710) while also making room for up to 7 PCI slots. More efficient power supplies put the finishing touch on the redesigned R720, which can also be configured to run in a fresh-air ventilated data center without a chiller. The internal design of the R720 meant that cables were tucked neatly out of the way and that several components including the solid-state drives (SSDs) were accessible by opening the front bezel. IT managers who are looking for the next generation of workhorse, 2U, dual-processor systems should put the Dell PowerEdge R720 at the top of their list.