Summary: The Dell PowerEdge R720 12th Generation marks more than just a progressive step in mainstream 2U server technology. Dell has been the first to embrace front-mounted, hot-swappable PCIe storage technology in the new R720.
Pros: Fastest storage option available in a mainstream 2U server, Highly customizable chassis and BIOS to configure exactly for your environment, Excellent monitoring and management features
Summary: Dell’s PowerEdge R720 just keeps on getting better, making it well suited to running a wide range of business applications. Its E5-2600 v2 Xeons deliver more cores for less power, expansion potential is superb and its CacheCade feature can seriously boost read IOPS.
Pros: Supports E5-2600 v2 Xeons, superb design, high expansion potential, excellent virtualisation features
Summary: After much delay, Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 processor finally got the official go-ahead in March with the big name vendors all pledging support for the new 32nm chips, including Dell which has started the product ball rolling with the new PowerEdge R720 .
Summary: As a general-purpose 2U rack server, the PowerEdge R720 looks capable of running any application that can be thrown at it. Its massive memory capacity and hypervisor redundancy make it ideal for virtualisation, while the storage capacity, expansion potential and remote management are excellent.