The Edge has Come of Age – the Compact and Ruggedized Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR12

Sep 03, 2021

Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 servers

The hunger for insights and real-time data processing never rests. Along with the phenomenal growth of data, it's no wonder that IoT devices have exponentially increased their computing power. However, optimizing workloads in the harshest conditions requires edge technology built for demanding environments like deep in the ocean or the brutal heat of the desert. Understanding the diverse needs of the market, Dell Technologies recently launched their next-generation edge servers.

The brand-new Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 (1U) and XR12 (2U) platforms bring more power and durability to the edge, packaged with tools that will keep management simple. The latest servers provide the small size needed to fit into compact spaces and withstand the harshest elements while delivering performance, security, reliability, and the enterprise compute required to power your innovative solutions at the edge.

Computing Power Comes to the Edge

Answering the call for better edge servers, Dell Technologies has introduced two edge warriors to its extensive lineup of next-gen servers: the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR12. Both units pass standards such as MIL-STD, NEBS, and marine compliance. Whether it's dust, shock, extreme temperatures, or vibrations, these machines can perform and go almost anywhere your solution is required.

The Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 are designed to survive and not restrict the environment they're put in. Thanks to the server's reverse airflow support, there's no need to update a location's HVAC facilities to support them. When it comes to space, the reduced depth and front/rear port options allow you to deploy these machines into locations where powerful computing has never been possible. The short depth chassis (fits into a 19" cabinet) enables the system to fit in racks usually left for other equipment (i.e., network switches and routers).

Uncompromising Security and Resilience

Even when you overcome the harsh conditions of the edge, there is still the question of security. After all, some of our most significant threats to any deployment come from people, not the environment.

In response, from hardware to software and manufacturing to delivery, the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 are built to handle nearly every possible vulnerability with:

Secured Component Verification - ensures the entire supply chain of each server is secure.

Silicon Root of Trust - verifies that all the code is original and legitimate.

OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager - offers self-encrypting data drives as well as encryption key management.

iDRAC9 Telemetry - offers streaming of hardware data into a variety of analytics software.

BIOS live scanning - verifies the integrity and authenticity of a platform's BIOS image in ROM.

Rapid OS recovery - quickly restores server operation, allowing for maximal uptime and availability.

Core Level Management - Now Possible at the Edge

No deployment is static, and to preserve uptime and Quality of Service, edge servers must be easy to manage and maintain. Therefore, the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR12 include a suite of tools and helpful integrations. The goal was to make these servers as manageable as the machine on your desk.

Comprehensive Server Management

  • Built-In Telemetry streaming - updates you on the latest performance data
  • Thermal Management - allows for automated operation of the server's cooling system
  • RESTful API with Redfish - opens connectivity to devices using this industry infrastructure standard

Intelligent Automation

  • Allows the system to work autonomously and in harmony with your staff

Easy Ongoing Maintenance

  • Reduces server maintenance time thanks to zero-touch configuration and implementation capabilities and integrated change management

Third-Party Integrations

  • Enables you to leverage your favorite tools with full-stack management integration with VMware, Microsoft, Ansible, ServiceNow, and others.

Deploy Confidently at the Edge with Dell and UNICOM Engineering

Dell Technologies is one of the most trusted brands in the industry. The compact, streamlined, flexible, and secure Dell EMC PowerEdge XR11 and XR 12 platforms enable rugged next-gen edge solutions, now and into the future. As a Dell Techologies Titanium OEM partner, we have worked together for over a decade, solving problems and delivering solutions on behalf of our mutual customers. Relationships are in our DNA and fundamental to our ability to drive your success.

When you work with UNICOM Engineering, we become an extension of your team, listening to your needs, and protecting your brand with every system that leaves our dock. Our agile team is committed to making the imaginable possible as we adjust to needs and demands in every phase of our partnership and your business. We are ready to power your solutions with Dell Technologies' industry-leading portfolio, delivering unique solutions with greater speed and reliability. To learn more about how we can help you drive your edge solution to market faster, watch our Why Build on Dell Video or visit our website to schedule a consultation today.


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