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Dell's PowerEdge MX Coming for AI, IoT Workloads

PowerEdge MX, new hardware recently announced by Dell EMC, is designed to support machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) workloads via modular component deployment for easier configuration and monitoring within enterprise and datacenter environments, the company said.

The PowerEdge MX hardware, powered by Intel Xeon processors, "offers the first modular infrastructure architecture designed to easily adapt to future technologies and server disaggregation," according to Dell EMC. It's scheduled to go live Sept. 12.

The company also pointed out that PowerEdge MX is designed for the software-designed datacenter. "[It's] able to support a combination of dense virtualization, software-defined storage, software-defined networking, artificial intelligence and big data projects...By creating on-the-fly hardware capacity, over-provisioning and stranded assets are reduced as performance and efficiency are optimized."

With PowerEdge MX, aside from the baseline PowerEdgeMX7000 7U, eight-bay chassis, customers can choose from a variety of compute sleds, storage sleds and either Ethernet or Fibre Channel switching components to customize their hardware architecture.

As for system management, the unit includes the Dell EMC Open Manage Enterprise -- Module Edition, Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile plus Quick Sync 2. It also includes ProSupport Plus.

"PowerEdge MX, with its kinetic infrastructure, is uniquely designed without a mid-plane, enabling support for multiple generations of technology specifically, the absence of a mid-plane enables direct compute to I/O module connections, allowing for future technology upgrades without disrupting customer operations and without a mid-plane upgrade," the company explained. "With this approach, PowerEdge MX is prepared to one day support fully disaggregated components, down to memory-centric devices, such as storage class memory, GPUs and FPGAs, to offer customers full composability."

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