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HP DL360 Gen10 vs DL380 Gen10

Introduction

HP’s Gen10 ProLiant RackMount servers offer a variety of Intel Xeon 3100-7100 family processors – with clock speeds ranging from 1.8-3.6 GHZ and up to 28 cores per processor. With 24 DIMM slots (12 DIMM slots per processor), these servers have immense memory capabilities that can be configured up to 3 TB per server. These servers also share the same management software have some overlap with their supported operating systems. While the HP ProLiant DL360 Gen10 and DL380 Gen10 share many of the same specifications, there are some major differences between the two. Use the table below to find out which server is the right fit for your business.

ServerDL360 G10DL380 G10
Product Image
Form Factor1U Rack2U Rack
ProcessorsUp to 2 Intel® Xeon® 3100, 4100, 5100, 6100, & 7100 family processors. Up to 28 cores per processor. 1.8 - 3.6GHz Up to 2 Intel® Xeon® 3100, 4100, 4200, 5100, 5200, 6100, 6200, and 8100 family processors. Up to 28 cores per processor. 1.7 - 3.0 GHz
Memory24 DIMM slots (12 per processor) DDR4 starting at 2133 MT/s up to 2933 MT/s.

Up to 768GB/1.5 TB RAM per processor.
24 DIMM slots (12 per processor) DDR4 starting at 2133 MT/s up to 2933 MT/s.

768GB - 4.5TB RAM per processor.
ChipsetIntel C621 ChipsetIntel C621 Chipset
Drive Bays/StorageSFF SAS - 22 TB
SFF SATA HDD - 22 TB
SSF SATA SSD - 42.24 TB
SFF NVMe PCIe SSD - 23.84 TB
LFF SAS - 40 TB
LFF SATA - 40 TB
LFF SATA SSD - 6.4 TB
SFF SAS HDD - 72.0 TB
SFF SATA HDD - 60.0 TB
LFF SAS HDD - 273.68 TB
LFF SATA HDD - 273.68 TB
SFF SAS SSD - 459 TB
SFF SATA SSD - 115.2 TB
LFF SATA SSD - 80.64 TB
LFF SAS SSD - 44.16 TB
SFF NVMe PCIe SSD - 153.6 TB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM
DVD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD-RW
PCIe 3.0 Slots3 PCIe slots3 PCIe 3.0 slots ship standard. Additional 3 slots can be added with a PCIe riser.
Storage ControllersSoftware RAID
HPE Smart Array S100i SR Gen10 SW RAID

Essential RAID Controllers
HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR G10 LH Controller
HPE Smart Array E208i-p SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array E208e-p SR Gen10 Controller

Performance RAID Controllers
HPE Smart Array P408i-a SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P408i-a SR G10 LH Controller
HPE Smart Array P408i-p SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P408e-p SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P816i-a SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P816i-a SR G10 LH Controller
Software RAID
HPE Smart Array S100i SR Gen10 SW RAID

Essential RAID Controllers
HPE Smart Array E208i-a SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array E208i-p SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array E208e-p SR Gen10 Controller

Performance RAID Controllers
HPE Smart Array P408i-a SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P408i-p SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P408e-p SR Gen10 Controller
HPE Smart Array P816i-a SR Gen10 Controller
Systems ManagementHPE iLO AdvancedHPE iLO Advanced
I/O SlotsSerial - 1 port (optional)
Video - 1 front, 1 rear (on 8 SFF and 4 LFF only)
Network ports - 4x 1GbE embedded NIC, 1 FlexibleLOM slot available on all chassis types
iLO Remote Management Port - 1 GB dedicated
MicroSD Slot - 1
USB 3.0 Slots - Up to 5 total: 1 front, 2 rear, 2 internal (standard on all chassis types)
+1 optional USB 2.0 front (on 8 SFF and 4 LFF only)

Serial - 1 Port (optional, rear)
Display Port - 1 Front
FlexibleLOM Network Ports - 4x 1GbE embedded NIC, 1 FlexibleLOM slot
iLO Remote Management Port - 1 Gb dedicated
Front iLO Service Port - 1 standard
MicroSD Slot - 1 micro SD slot
USB 3.0 - Up to 5 total: 1 Front, 2 rear, 2 internal +2 optional USB 2.0 (on 8 SFF and 4LFF only)
Systems Insight Display - Optional for all chassis types
Power SupplyHPE 500W Flex Slot Platinum Power Supply
HPE 800W Flex Slot Platinum Power Supply
HPE 1600W Flex Slot Platinum Power Supply
HPE 500W Platinum Low Halogen Power Supply Kit
HPE 800W Platinum Low Halogen Power Supply Kit
HPE 1600W Platinum Low Halogen Power Supply Kit
Operating Systems and Virtualization Software Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016
VMware ESXi 6.0 U3
VMware ESXi 6.5 and U1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 and 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11SP4 and 12 SP2
ClearOS
CentOS
2nd Generation Intel Xeon Processor Families
Windows Server 2019: Essentials, Standard, Datacenter
Windows Server 2016: Essentials, Standard, Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2: Essentials, Standard, Datacenter
Microsoft Hyper-V Server: 2012 R2, 2016 & 2019
VMware vSphere 6.0 U3, 6.5 U2 & 6.7 U1
ClearVM: 7.6 & 8.0
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP4 and 15 SP1

1st generation of Intel Xeon Processor Families
Windows Server 2019: Essentials, Standard & Datacenter
Windows Server 2016 : Essentials, Standard & Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2: Essentials, Standard & Datacenter
Micrsoft Hyper-V Server: 2012 R2, 2016 & 2019
VMware vSphere 6.0 U3, 6.5 & 6.7
ClearVM: 2.0
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9 & 7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4, 12 SP2 & 15

1U vs 2U Rack Space

One of the main critical differences between the two servers is that the DL360 is a 1U rack while the DL380 is a 2U rack. A 1u rack is better suited for businesses with limited rack space, as you would be able to fit more processors in a cabinet using 1U racks over 2U racks. 1U racks are better suited for high performance computing environments that require high-density computing. A 2U rack, on the other hand, is a great option for those who have large amounts of available rack space to use. 2U racks allow for increased storage capacity and have more disk drive slots and PCIe 3.0 slots than 1U racks. If noise is a factor, a 2U rack will be quieter than a 1U, as the fans in a 1U rack will have to spin faster in order to cool itself down which, in turn, causes the 1U racks to operate at a higher power consumption per rack. A 2U rack has more physical space, so the fans can spin at a lower speed in order to dissipate heat more efficiently.

Storage & PCIe 3.0 Slots

The 1u rack DL360 Gen10 can be configured up to 40TB of storage. On the other hand, the 2u rack DL380 Gen10 boasts a max storage of 459TB. This is the biggest difference between these two models. Although the DL380 G10 takes up twice the amount of rack space, it offers 10x the amount of storage compared to the DL360 G10, offering 5x the amount of storage per rack.

Although both models ship standard with 3 PCIe 3.0 slots, the DL380 G10 can be upgraded to include 3 more slots with an additional PCIe riser. Customize your server with additional GPUs, RAID cards, Wi-Fi cards, or SSDs.

Conclusion

Combining power & speed, both of these servers excel at performing mission critical applications and both can be used for high-performance computing and virtualization. At the end of the day, choosing between the DL360 and DL380 G10 servers boils down to storage, PCIe 3.0 slots, and whether you want a 1U or a 2U rackmount server. The server experts at SourceTech can help identify which server best fits your needs. Call or chat with us and get a custom configured server today.

Dell PowerEdge R630 vs R730

The 13th generation of Dell rackmount servers offer large storage options and are ideal for high performance computing for your data center. The Dell PowerEdge R630 comes in a dense, compact 1u rack model, perfect for businesses with limited rack space. The Dell PowerEdge R730 boasts incredible amounts of memory and storage, able to handle very demanding workloads such as virtualization, exchange servers, medical imaging, and high performance computing. Both models come with additional storage options, as well as Dell’s new iDRAC 8 with Lifecycle Controller for remote management from a tablet or smartphone.

While the Dell PowerEdge R730 and R630 share many of the same specifications, there are major differences between the two. Use the table below to find out which server is the right fit for your business.

ModelR630R730
Product Image
Form Factor1u rack server2u rack server
Dimensions24 x 1.8" and 10 x 2.5" drive configuration: H: 4.28 cm (1.68 in), W: 48.23 cm (18.98 in), D: 75.51 cm (29.72 in)
8 x 2.5" drive configuration: H: 4.28 cm (1.68 in), W: 48.23 cm (18.98 in), D: 70.05 cm (27.57 in)
H: 8.73 cm (3.44 in), W: 44.40 cm (17.49 in), D: 68.40 cm (26.92 in)
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3/v4 product family. Up to 22 cores per processor.Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3/v4 product family. Up to 22 cores per processor.
Processor Sockets22
ChipsetIntel C610 series chipsetIntel C610 series chipset
Maximum Memory1.5TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB DDR4 up to 2400MT/s3TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB DDR4 up to 2400MT/s
Drive Bay Configurations24 x 1.8" - SATA SSD
10 x 2.5" - HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA, Up to 4 NVMe PCIe
8 x 2.5" - HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
16 x 2.5" HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
8 x 3.5" HDD: SAS, SATA, nearline SAS SSD: SAS, SATA
Max Internal Storage24 x 1.8" – 23TB via 0.96 TB SATA SSD
10 x 2.5" – 18TB via 1.8TB SAS HDD
8 x 2.5" – 14TB via 1.8TB SAS HDD
16 x 2.5" – 29TB via 1.8TB SAS hard drives
8 x 3.5" – 64TB via 8TB NL SAS hard drives
I/O Slots3 x PCIe 3.0 slots plus dedicated PERC slot7 x PCIe 3.0 plus dedicated PERC slot
RAID ControllersInternal controllers: PERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P
External HBAs (RAID): PERC H830
External HBAs (non-RAID): 12Gbps SAS HBA
Internal controllers: PERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P
External HBAs (RAID): PERC H830
External HBAs (non-RAID): 12Gbps SAS HBA
Power Supplies 750W AC power supply; 1100W power supply; Platinum 495W, 750W, 1100W 750W AC power supply; 1100W power supply; Platinum 495W, 750W,
1100W AC power supply;
Operating SystemsMicrosoft Windows Server® 2008/2012 SP2, (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V®)
Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
Microsoft Windows Server® 2008/2012 SP2 (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V®)
Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
Systems ManagementIPMI 2.0 compliant
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Mobile
Dell OpenManage Power Center
IPMI 2.0 compliant
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Mobile
Dell OpenManage Power Center
Dell OpenManage Integrations:
• Dell OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft®
System Center
• Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware®
vCenter™
Remote ManagementiDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller, iDRAC8 ExpressiDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller, iDRAC8 Express

Size

It’s important to factor in the size  Businesses that only have one or two rackmounts may want to consider the R630 for its 2u performance packed into a 1u chassis. While the R730 is a performance powerhouse, it takes up 2 units on your rackmount. It’s a good idea to think about how much computing power and storage you are getting per unit on your rackmount.

Memory

One of the major differences between the R630 and the R730 is the amount of memory each server can hold. In its compact design, the R630 can hold up to 1.5TB of RAM using 24 DIMM slots, up to 64GB per slot. If 1.5 TB isn’t enough, the R730 can be configured for up to 3TB of memory using 24 DIMM slots, up to 128 GB per slot.

Drive Bays & Storage

The R630 and the R730 each come with their own set of drive bay configurations that offer different storage options. The R630 has the following drive bay configurations: 24 x 1.8″ SSD – up to 23TB via 0.96 TB hot-plug SATA SSD; 10 x 2.5″ drive bays – up to 18TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD; or 8 x 2.5″ drive bays – up to 14TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS HDD.

If you need more storage, the R730 can deliver. Dell’s R730 can be configured in one of two ways: 16 x 2.5″ drive bays –  up to 29TB via 1.8TB hot-plug SAS hard drives, or 8 x 3.5″ drive bays  – up to 64TB via 8TB hot-plug NL SAS hard drives.

I/O Slots

Both servers come with additional PCIe slots that can increase the computing power of your device. The R630 has PCIe three slots while the R730 has seven. Customize your server with additional GPUs, RAID cards, Wi-Fi cards, or SSDs. Each model also comes with a dedicated PowerEdge Raid Controller (PERC) slot to increase performance, efficiency, and uptime of your server.

Operating Systems

The 13th generation of Dell servers support the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server® 2008/2012 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V®), Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V®), Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux. Only the R730 can support Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008. If you need a server that supports high power computing, the R730 is the right choice.

Virtualization

R630s and R730s can use VMWare or Hyper-V® to achieve virtualization. Virtualization can increase the efficiency of your data center by offloading large workloads to virtual machines, saving businesses money on server hardware and energy costs. Virtualization can reduce the number of servers your company needs, reducing the amount time your IT staff spends on configuring and managing your server.

Remote Management

Both the R630 and R730 come standard with the Dell iDRAC 8 express, which allows for remote management of the server without any additional software needed. iDRAC 8 allows for administrators to connect to the server from a smartphone, tablet, or another computer using a web browser. Take control of your server, no matter your location.

Making the Right Choice

Which server is the right fit for your business? With over twice the computing power of the previous generation, the R630 offers 2u performance in a 1u rack, which can increase the efficiency of your data center. The R630 is an ideal server for running transactional, analytical, and enterprise-level applications and can also be used for virtualization.

The R730, on the other hand, is a performance powerhouse. Boasting up to 3 TBs of memory and up to 64 TB of storage, the R730 is ideal for larger applications, such as medical imaging and email servers. The R730 can also support high performance computing applications using Microsoft Windows HPC server 2008.

So which one should you pick? The R630 is a great choice for its compact design and affordability. For business with large applications that demand higher computing power, such as hosting exchange servers and virtualization, both the R730 and 630 will be the perfect fit. Because both servers can be configured to very high levels of performance, be sure to compare how much memory and storage you are getting per rack unit. Here at SourceTech, we staff knowledgeable IT experts who can walk you through a custom server configuration for an R630 or an R730.

HP BL460c Gen 9 vs. Gen 10

The HP Gen X line of servers are industry leaders in accelerating data center performance and managing hybrid workloads. If your business is looking to boost performance, maintain scalable options and handle virtualization capabilities with increased efficiency, the HP BL460C Gen 9 and Gen 10 servers are a top choice.

When it comes to making a choice between these two high-end servers, there are several important factors to consider. Let’s look at a side-by-side comparison:

Model BL460c Gen 9 BL460c Gen 10
Processors Up to two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 or v4 product family Up to two Xeon® Scalable processors – 3100, 4100, 5100, 6100, and 8100 series. Up to 150W
Memory Maximum (LRDIMM). 2TB (16 x 128GB) up to 2400MT/s at 1.2V Maximum (LRDIMM) 2TB. 16 x 128GB up to 2666MT/s at 1.2V
I/O Slots I/O mezzanine cards: 2 x PCIe 3.0 (x8) mezzanine cards I/O mezzanine cards: 2 x PCIe 3.0 (x16) mezzanine cards
RAID Controllers Internal controllers: PERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P One (1) HPE Smart Array P204i-b 12G SAS modular Controller with 1GB Flash-Backed Write Cache (FBWC), or HPE Smart Array S100i SR Gen10 SW RAID
Max Internal Storage Hot Plug SFF SAS. Up to 7.68TB (2 x 3.84TB) Hot Plug SFF SAS. Up to 7.68TB (2 x 3.84TB)
Drive Bays 2 x 2.5" PCIe SSD’s 2 x 2.5" SAS/SATA (HDD/SSD), NVMe SSD

Business Agility and Workload Management

Today’s businesses are in most need of agility, flexibility, and scalability. Indeed, the needs of customers and the business can change rapidly and at a moment’s notice. That is why the HP gen 9 comes with the ability to offer value across multiple workloads.

With businesses operating in an environment that requires low costs, faster computing times and rapid innovation, the HP BL460c Gen 9 is capable of managing a variety of workloads without adding costs to your bottom line. The Gen 9 contains the appropriate storage capacity for varying workloads such as simple computing and virtualization. The HPE OneView platform makes it even easier for the Gen 9 to accelerate IT service delivery while boosting performance.

As the business environment continues to become fast-paced, the HP BL460c Gen 10 server has what you need to keep up. With its 16GB HPE Persistent Memory, there are only a few workloads that this server cannot handle. In fact, the Gen 10 features a drive improved economics framework that results in a 75% reduction of licensing costs. Simply put, the Gen 10 keeps you up to date with emergent IT infrastructure.

Performance Capabilities

The HP BL460c line of servers does not compromise on performance. In fact, the HP Gen 9 is equipped with an Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor that is capable of boosting performance levels by 21% from previous models. And with an HPE DDR4 memory capacity that has 2400 MT/s, the throughout ability of the Gen 9 is increased by up to 33%. If you have a power hungry data center, you need not look further than the HP Gen 9.

If you’re managing data resilient centers and highly analytical workloads, the HP Gen 10 server is a top choice. In addition to its previously mentioned 16GB HPE memory capacity, the Gen 10 also boasts the latest Intel Xeon Processor that is scalable with up to 26 cores. It also features 12Gb SAS and up to 2Tb of smart-memory. This means that its performance is unrivaled for a data center of any size.

Versatility and Scalability

The HP ProLiant Gen 9 maintains versatility for your data center in two main ways. First, its storage options that feature HPE Smart Arrays, smart host USB adapting, and B140i Controllers make memory capacity superior for this server. Secondly, its pass-through cards (particularly NVMe) enable an improved TCO to handle a range of workloads.

The HPE ProLiant Gen 10 Server does not compromise on versatility either. It features the highly innovative HPE Virtual Connect Enterprise Software that enables efficient migration from legacy systems to HPE OneView 3.0 and later platforms. If your data-center is lagging behind and needs an upgrade, the Gen 10 is definitely the way to go.

Wrap up

When making the choice between the Gen 9 and gen 10 server, it comes down to your preferences in workload management, memory capacity, and scalability. Another factor is price per performance, with the M630 being one generation older and offering a lower cost and a great value. However, if you need and can afford current technology, the M640 would be best choice. The experts atSource Tech have been specializing in servers for over 20 years and can help you make the best choice for your business needs. Contact us today.

Dell PowerEdge M630 vs M640

Dell has been well known for their ability to produce high-quality servers that can run the most demanding workloads for businesses. The Dell PowerEdge M630 and M640 are both high-end blade servers that are built with performance, efficiency and automation in mind.

When choosing between the M630 and M640, there are several important factors to consider. Let’s look at a side-by-side comparison:

ModelM630M640
Product Image
Form FactorHalf-height blade with up to 16 nodes in a 10U M1000e chassis; up to four nodes in a VRTX chassisHalf-height form factor. Up to 16 half-height Dell M640 server nodes can be installed.
DimensionsH: 197.9 mm (7.79 in), W: 50.35 mm (1.98 in), D: 564.9 mm (22.2 in)D: 544.32 mm x W: 50.35 mm x H: 197.9 mm (Handle push in)
D: 564.87 mm x W :50.35 mm x H: 197.9 mm (Handle pull out)
ProcessorsUp to 2 Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2600 v4 product familyUp to two Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
MemoryUp to 1.5TB (24 DIMM slots) DDR4 up to 2400MT/sUp to 2TB (16 DDR DIMM slots) up to 2666MT/s
Drive Bays/StoragePowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSD, SATA HDD/SSD or SAS HDD/SSD 4 x 1.8" SSD. 2 x 2.5" PCIe SSDsFront: Up to 2 x 2.5” SAS/SATA (HDD/SSD), NVMe SSD, max 12.8 TB
I/O Slots2 x PCIe 3.0 (x8) mezzanine cardsNetwork daughter card options
2 x 10GE + 4 X 1GE, 4 x 10GE
RAID ControllersPERC S130 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P Software RAID S140, PERC9 H330, H730P
Operating SystemsMicrosoft® Windows Server® 2016
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
VMware® ESXiTM
Canonical® Ubuntu® LTS
Citrix® XenServer®
Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
VMware® ESXi
Systems ManagementDell OpenManage Essentials Dell
OpenManage Mobile
Dell OpenManage Power Center
OpenManage Enterprise
OpenManage Essentials
OpenManage Mobile
OpenManage Power Center
Remote ManagementiDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller
iDRAC8 Express
iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller
iDRAC Direct
iDRAC REST API with Redfish
Chassis Management Controller (CMC)
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Achieving high data center performance

Data center performance is often tied closely with memory capacity. The Dell PowerEdge M630 boasts an advanced memory capacity of 24 DDR4 DIMM slots, and up to 4 SSD drives. This gives the server enough capacity to handle High Performance Computing. In addition, its Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor makes the M630 rank highly in performance capabilities for your data center.

If you desire a scalable and high-performance server that can handle a variety of workloads, the PowerEdge M640 is a top choice for you. From its build quality and design, the M640 is a performance workhorse. Its outside architecture features a blade server chassis that allows users to get up to 16 Intel scalable dual-socket compute nodes.

This means that you can easily scale up your workloads to handle HPC, Anything as a Service requirement (XaaS), and even cloud applications. As more businesses seek to switch to the cloud to handle critical business processes, the XaaS and cloud computing capabilities of the M640 offer your data center this much-needed capability.

Managing workload capacity

Both the Dell PowerEdge M630 and M640 servers are capable of managing flexible and scalable workloads. They offer flexible memory options and scalable nodes that make it possible for your data center to handle any surges in capacity.

The M630 is able to achieve this scalability primarily through its flexible memory options and bandwidth capability. The M630 offers Dell network adapters that are capable of offering speed, fabric, and vendor that is associated with data center workloads. With these options, you can tailor the server to handle precise workloads according to the specific bandwidth requirements.

Managing workload capacity on the PowerEdge M640 involves a combination of automation, architectural design, and processing power. The 16 Xeon Scalable nodes on the M640 are all housed in a single chassis that compacts power into a highly convenient design. In addition, its half-height construction makes it easy to fit into data centers with tight spaces and high computing requirements.

Automation capabilities

What sets the Dell PowerEdge servers apart is their ability to incorporate automation. The intelligent Dell OpenManage System provides the framework for remote access, virtual environments, and automation of routine tasks by administrators.

Starting with the Dell M630, its OpenManage framework features a systems management portfolio that can integrate with third-party solutions. It also allows for remote monitoring capabilities from a smartphone, tablet or other mobile devices.

And just when you thought automation couldn’t go any further, the PowerEdge M640 came along. It allows for a choice of collective or individual management of servers all via the Dell automation platform (Dell EMC Chassis Management Controller). The Dell EMC platform is compatible with OpenManage to achieve essential automation capabilities such as control from mobile applications or receipt of hardware alerts from anywhere and at anytime.

Wrap up

Ultimately, the choice between the Dell PowerEdge M630 and M640 is a consideration of performance capability, budget, workload management and automation. If you desire advanced memory capabilities, a simple design, and easy to customize interface/workloads, the M630 is the server for you. Another factor is price per performance, with the M630 being one generation older with a lower cost and great value. However, if you prefer a server with a flexible and scalable architecture, high density, and an emphasis on automation and data security – the PowerEdge M640 is the server of choice. Source Tech have been specializing in servers for over 20 years and we can help you make the right choice for your business. Contact us today.

Dell PowerEdge R640 vs R740

The Dell PowerEdge line of servers are industry favorites and among the most effective at managing data center workloads. These servers combine excellent memory capacity, superior application performance, and data security to keep your everyday business functions running smoothly.

Two new models in the PowerEdge line are the Dell R640 and the Dell R740. The PowerEdge R640 is built for performance and optimal data center density. This means that processing hefty workloads will be made easier, effectively catering to evolving business requirements.

In comparison, the Dell R740 is a supreme workload accelerator. It is optimized for application performance and storage scalability, providing the resources necessary to provide power to the most demanding business environments.

Use the table below to compare and contrast the different specifications between the R640 and the R740.

ModelR640R740
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ProcessorsTwo Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, up to 28 cores per processorTwo Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, up to 28 cores per processor
Form Factor1U rack2U rack
Memory24 DDR4 DIMM slots, Supports RDIMM /LRDIMM, speeds up to 2666MT/s, 3TB max
Up to 12 NVDIMM, 192 GB Max
Supports registered ECC DDR4 DIMMs only
24 DDR4 DIMM slots, Supports RDIMM /LRDIMM, speeds up to 2666MT/s, 3TB max
Up to 12 NVDIMM, 192 GB Max
Supports registered ECC DDR4 DIMMs only
Drive Bays/StorageFront drive bays
10 x 2.5” SAS/SATA with up to 8 NVMe SSD - 58TB or up to 10 NVMe drives - 64TB
4 x 3.5” SAS/SATA HDD - 48TB

Rear drive bays:
2 x 2.5” - SAS/SATA, NVMe SSD - 12TB
16 x 2.5” - SAS/SATA - 61TB
8 x 3.5” - SAS/SATA - 96TB
Storage ControllersInternal controllers: PERC H330, H730p, H740p, Software RAID (SWRAID) S140
Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem: HWRAID 2 x M.2 SSDs 120GB, 240 GB
External PERC (RAID): H840
12Gbps SAS HBAs (non-RAID): External- 12Gbps SAS HBA (non-RAID), Internal- HBA330 (non-RAID)
Internal controllers: PERC H330, H730p, H740p, Software RAID (SWRAID) S140
Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem: HWRAID 2 x M.2 SSDs 120GB, 240 GB
External PERC (RAID): H840
12Gbps SAS HBAs (non-RAID): External- 12 Gbps SAS HBA (non-RAID), Internal- HBA330 (non-RAID)
I/O SlotsNetwork daughter card options
4 x 1GE or 2 x 10GE + 2 x 1GE or 4 x 10GE or 2 x 25GE
Front ports: Video, 1 x USB 2.0, available USB 3.0, dedicated IDRAC Direct USB
Rear ports: Video, serial, 2 x USB 3.0, dedicated iDRAC network port
Video card: VGA, NVIDIA NVS310 available as PCIe card
Up to 3 x Gen3 slots, all x16
Network daughter card options
4 x 1GE or 2 x 10GE + 2 x 1GE or 4 x 10GE or 2 x 25GE
Front ports: Video, 2 x USB 2.0, available USB 3.0, dedicated IDRAC Direct Micro-USB
Rear ports: Video, serial, 2 x USB 3.0, dedicated iDRAC network port
Video card: VGA
Riser options with up to 8 PCIe Gen 3 slots, maximum of 4 x 16 slots
Embedded ManagementIPMI 2.0 compliant
iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller (Express, Enterprise)
Quick Sync 2 wireless module optional
IPMI 2.0 compliant
iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller (Express, Enterprise)
Quick Sync 2 wireless module optional
OpenManage™ SoftwareOpenManage Enterprise
OpenManage Essentials
OpenManage Mobile
OpenManage Power Center
OpenManage Enterprise
OpenManage Essentials
OpenManage Mobile
OpenManage Power Center
Integrations & ConnectionsIntegrations: Microsoft® System Center,
VMware® vCenter™, BMC Software
Connections: Nagios & Nagios XI,
Oracle Enterprise Manager,
HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus,
IBM Tivoli® Network Manager,
CA Network and Systems Management
Integrations: Microsoft® System Center,
VMware® vCenter™, BMC Software
Connections: Nagios & Nagios XI,
Oracle Enterprise Manager, HP Operations Manager,
IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus,
IBM Tivoli® Network Manager,
CA Network and Systems Management
Supported Operating SystemsCanonical® Ubuntu® LTS
Citrix® XenServer®
Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
VMware® ESXi
Canonical® Ubuntu® LTS
Citrix® XenServer®
Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
VMware® ESXi

Optimizing Application Performance

The Dell R640 is capable of providing superior application performance by using only a 1U chassis. The architecture of the server is geared towards optimum flexibility, where plenty of data storage options are left available for expansion. With the server, you can combine up to 24 DIMM’s (up to 12 of which can be NVDIMM’s) where each has either a 2.5inch or 3.5inch drive. All this capacity is housed within a compact 1U chassis, providing superior performance in a compact and flexible design.

The server also comes equipped with an Intel Xeon SP processor, which provides an increase of 27% in processing cores and a 50% increase in bandwidth.
The Dell R740 is the next level in performance capabilities within a 2U chassis. Its workload acceleration is propelled by the scalable GPUs and drives that it contains. The R740 is capable of scaling up to three 300GPU’s or six 150W GPUs.

Automation of core functions

On the R640 servers, the Dell OpenManage platform makes it possible for this line of servers to automate routine and everyday tasks. It combines intelligent processing, agent-free management, and sync capabilities to offer flexible control from multiple devices. In addition, the server comes equipped with the new OpenManage Enterprise control that offers customized reporting.

The PowerEdge R740 also comes equipped with the Dell OpenManage portfolio. On this server, the automation capabilities of OpenManage end up freeing plenty of space and time for other more tasking projects on the server.

Ability to maintain data security

The Dell PowerEdge servers are built with security at the core of their life cycle. The Dell R640 is able to leverage key security features that enhance protection and the delivery of accurate data to your customers. These features include an integrated secure boot along with cryptographically singed firmware packages, a server lock-down feature that prevents unauthorized or malicious changes, and a secure component supply chain that provides data protection from the factory to the data center.

Because these security standards are built into every Dell PowerEdge server, the R740 contains much the same security features as the R640. However, with the R740 being a workload powerhouse, the data safety via secure boot and the prevention of unauthorized access are even more critical.  The server is also equipped with the Quick Sync 2 feature for safe and reliable wireless management of data. Combined with advanced memory capabilities, the R740 can handle taxing workloads without the user worrying about data security.

Wrap up

When choosing between these two top-end servers, your decision may ultimately come down to balancing between performance and budget. At Source Tech, we stock both the Dell PowerEgde R640 and R740 servers. We have been specializing in servers for over 20 years and we can help you make the right choice for your business. Contact us today.

How Digital Transformation Can Benefit Your Small Business

We hear it around us all the time; the importance of digital transformation for businesses. Everyone is talking about the benefits that digital solutions offer for reducing operational costs, increasing efficiency, and better management of company data. Yet, many small businesses mistakenly think that digital transformation is not for them, or they are too slow to implement the solutions. Enterprise companies with expansive budgets are typically faster to employ new, digital solutions. But, it’s even more important for smaller companies to understand that digital transformation can also greatly impact their organization.

Here are the top reasons why small businesses stand to benefit from the digital transformation:

Automation

Automation is a direct result of digital transformation strategies in small businesses, allowing a company to redirect the focus of employees towards more important tasks. It also enables the business to shift resources towards revenue generating activities and more efficient operations.

As your small business becomes increasingly automated, it also collects critical information regarding customers, business operations and other relevant areas. This data can then be analyzed and used to make revenue-generating decisions.

Big Data

With digital transformation, small businesses can implement better data management strategies. At the core of digital transformation is the use of advanced technologies that collect and analyze data across the entire business. This data includes market share, customer trends, and competitor information.

Digital transformation technologies include software platforms that can collect and analyze this data in real time. The end result is the production of data reports that can be used to drive sales and implement more effective marketing strategies.

Going Paperless

When your business gets rid of the tons of paperwork that it uses in its daily operations, it can greatly cut on costs and improve the quality of its data. Rather than filling out manual data sheets, mobile data solutions can be used by employees to input data and transmit it to a central location for analysis. This results in fewer errors and omissions that would otherwise cause delays.

When your business goes paperless, it can improve its ability to communicate effective across various departments, and enhance collaboration.

Cloud Solutions

At the heart of digital transformation lies the ability for your business to implement cloud solutions such as Microsoft office 365, Amazon cloud services (AWS) and Quickbooks online. These cloud solutions integrate company data to a central location and enable employees to access data anywhere, anytime. This leads to greater collaboration among team members, increased efficiency, and more productive work processes.

With cloud solutions, your business can become more flexible. Employees can access important data from remote locations and remain productive even during trips and travel sessions. Your business can also collaborate in real time with other companies in multiple geographic locations when necessary.

Customer Service

The expectations of customers are rapidly evolving. Due to advancements in technology, customers now expect faster services, better communication, reduced response times and 24/7 service availability. For your business to keep up, it needs to implement a digital transformation strategy that increases its accessibility to customers.

Digital platforms that respond more rapidly to customer concerns, process payment information and maintain an accessible communication channel are critical for small businesses. Businesses should also aim at collecting and analyzing customer information so they can understand the pain points of customers and adapt to their needs.

 

Super-computing is now possible with HP / HPE Gen10 Servers

Businesses in data-heavy industries such as medical, science, energy, engineering and government constantly face the challenge of processing large amounts of data in the shortest time possible. Data needs to be moved around quickly and in a cost-effective manner in order to facilitate data analysis and to solve data problems. These challenges call for more efficient and powerful machines that are backed by a scalable infrastructure.

Super-computing is a solution that enables the analysis of data that would otherwise be too time-consuming and costly to analyze with standard computers. High-performance computing (HPC) technologies can enable users to overcome barriers to super-computing. These technologies facilitate and empower innovation at many different scales, enabling you to achieve the differentiation of your business, promote research, and find answers to problems in real time.

HP / HPE Gen 10 Servers facilitate Super-computing

HP / HPE Gen10 servers are designed to achieve high-performance computing through more efficient systems architecture, energy efficiency, size, and cost. The engineering and design of these servers are made with the goal of facilitating the future state of super-computing.

HP / HPE ProLiant DL360 and 380 Gen10 servers are workhorses for dense, general computing. They are dedicated for increased performance and memory expandability, making them a reliable solution for space-constrained workloads. SourceTech carries both the HP ProLiant DL360 G10 and HP ProLiant DL380 G10 servers, in stock and ready to ship to you in 1-2 business days.

HP servers enable businesses to focus compute resources towards resolving data analytics problems. They make this possible without the need for a full-scale supercomputer, thereby significantly reducing costs.

HP Gen10 servers deliver agility, economic control, and security in order to digitally transform the business. IT teams find that the HPC solutions offered by HP Gen 10 servers are ideal for super-computing in the following ways:

Agility

The need for agility lies at the heart of the IT operations of any business. IT departments need to constantly adjust CPU capacity up or down in response to automation and application deployment.

HP Gen10 servers can quickly scale up while keeping a persistent memory that is expandable to terabyte capacity. This makes automation and application deployment much easier to achieve when working with HPC.

Increased IT Security

IT security is always a primary concern among businesses. HP Gen10 servers cater to security needs by incorporating a silicon fingerprint. The fingerprint technology prevents the server from booting if an incompatible fingerprint is used to attempt access.

HP Gen10 servers also verify server security every time they boot. Any detected tampering to the firmware will trigger a rollback of the firmware to its original state. This security feature gives users peace of mind, knowing that the state of their firmware is always adequately secured.

Economic Control

HP Gen10 servers enable businesses to cut on operational costs and maximize on available resources. The servers maintain flexible capacity options and a consumption-based IT approach that allows businesses to pay only for the resources that they consume. There are also options for buffer resources, making it very convenient for users to scale up and down as necessary.

Efficiency and economic control can also be increased through leveraging capacity management and using tracking tools. Tracking tools are effective at preventing compute resources from being oversupplied.

Transform Your Business to Achieve

As businesses seek to equip their infrastructure to achieve super-computing capabilities, HP Gen10 servers enable the acceleration of this transformation. The servers provide an optimal mix of IT environments in order to facilitate the development of HPC IT infrastructure. This enables HP / HPE servers to create and promote superior super-computing experiences.

In a nutshell, HP / HPE Gen10 servers are the ultimate solution for discovering insights and trends into otherwise impenetrable information through super-computing. At SourceTech, we stock high quality and reliable Gen10 servers to cater towards your super-computing requirements. Speak to the experts at SourceTech Systems for all your server needs.

Dell Threat Defense Prevents Ransomware

Many users operate their systems dreading the possibility of a ransomware attack. Ransomware is a kind of malware that targets and disables access to critical components of your system (such as important files and folders). When ransomware penetrates your system, it embeds itself deep within your files and is often impossible to remove without an access code that only the ransomware developer possesses.

The threat of ransomware came true for many endpoint users in May 2017, when WannaCry attacked over 200,000 endpoints in 3 days. The attack spanned across 150 countries, and it spread by using EternalBlue (an existing Microsoft vulnerability).

Due to the threat of ransomware, many users are in need of comprehensive threat defense solutions against potential attacks. Dell Threat Defense prevents ransomware and other kinds of malware from penetrating your system.

What is Dell Threat Defense?

Dell Threat Defense is an advanced threat prevention solution equipped with machine learning technology and artificial intelligence. It has the capability of preventing malware from penetrating your system and causing any damage. The solution leverages algorithm models and DNA markers in order to deploy effectively across your entire system and provide a strong line of defense.

Its effectiveness arises from its ability to stop malicious and unknown executable files from running. Malicious active scripts and PowerShell attacks can also be prevented by the Dell Threat Defense solution.

Traditional Antivirus Solutions are not as effective

Traditional anti-virus software works by implementing a signature-based approach. This means that they can only identify signatures and patterns of previously detected threats when providing protection. This creates a gap between new emergent threats that do not yet have a detectable signature that can be identified by the software.

As a result, users are often left unprotected from new emergent threats. Malicious programs are rising at a faster rate, and traditional vendors of anti-virus software can’t keep up with developing solutions to all this malware.

A Highly-Effective Solution

Dell Threat Defense combines advanced and dynamic mathematical models with artificial technology in order to prevent 99% of executable malware. Other top antivirus solutions are merely as effective as identifying only 50% of threats.

Dell Threat Defense is also a proactive solution since it stops malware before it can execute on your system. This is a more effective solution than other reactive methods of detection.

Enjoy protection from the WannaCry Ransomware

Dell Threat Defense protects against all forms of the WannaCry ransomware. All known variants of the ransomware are detectable to the software, and Dell offers multiple endpoint security solutions that prevent these attacks. Data that may have been lost due to an attack can also be recovered using the Mozy Pro backup solution provided by Dell.

Easy to Deploy

Dell Threat Defense is a lightweight-solution that is targeted at businesses of all sizes. It is easy to set up, and businesses without a dedicated IT department also stand to benefit from this solution.

In addition, the threat-defense can be operated from a cloud, allowing businesses to save on costs and time that would otherwise be incurred with an on-premise setup. This allows businesses to focus on their operations and generating revenue.

No internet connection is necessary

Dell Threat Defense does not rely on a constant internet connection when operating. You can thus enjoy protection even when working offline.

Multiple Endpoints supported

Whether using a Windows PC, Mac OSX, windows servers or thin clients with embedded windows OS, Dell Threat Defense has you covered. Dell also offers flexible-pricing options to organizations that want to try before they buy, or before they commit long term.