Leveraging AMD CPUs hasn't changed the fundamental value proposition PowerEdge offers; the R7415 has the same features users enjoy and have come to expect from the PowerEdge line.
Review date: July 12, 2018 | Model: Dell PowerEdge R7415
The Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is a single-socket server that features a CPU from AMD’s new EPYC line. With the new processor, Dell EMC and AMD claim that users will see a performance bump accompanied by lower TCO through socket licensing and power needs. The R7415 comes with an ample amount of space to add devices to boost performance. For instance, users can add 16 DDR4 DIMMs that can hold up to 2TB of memory and can add up to 24 NVMe SSDs--all within the small 2U footprint. The PowerEdge R7415 comes with all of the features that make PowerEdge servers attractive for potential buyers such as LifeCycle Controller, iDRAC, and OpenManage Mobile, as well as the company’s new built-in security features such as cryptographically trusted booting and silicon root of trust. The PowerEdge R7415 is designed mainly for use in SDS and business analytics, though it could certainly be used for other use cases... The R7415 is clearly a capable system that can be configured with high-performance storage and RAM at a decent pricepoint for value-minded buyers - without cutting back on options. This isn't insignificant, as many systems that target a more value-minded buyer cut back on options available. With support for 24 bays of NVMe and 2TB of RAM, the R7415 can be tooled for very specific workloads that are less compute intensive and thus see a negative TCO impact when outfitted with dual processors. The PowerEdge EPYC systems are also an interesting option in software-defined situations where end users can save on CPU Socket-based licenses. This is especially true for something like VMware vSAN, where in a remote office, workloads are less heavy but the organization still wants the ease of management that vSAN offers and the quality PowerEdge brings to the table - just in a more affordable configuration.Reviewed by: Adam Armstrong | Read full review...