Rackspace has recently released the second generation of the Intel Xeon scalable architecture processor family, code-named Cascade Lake.
Cascade Lake processors are socket compatible with the first generation Intel® Xeon Scalable Processors, code-named Skylake. We deploy Skylake in the Dell® PowerEdge R740xd and R840 models. Cascade Lake brings the following notable updates to the family line:
The changes are minimal but impactful. Note that all other attributes of a Skylake offering carry forward to Cascade Lake including the following:
Rackspace identified the following processors in the myriad of options from Intel that meet the needs for most use cases:
The first three items in the preceding list are standard stocked items, and the last two are for special use cases. You can order the special processors with less effort than other non-standard processors, but we might not have them in stock because of low projected demand. If demand signals suggest that other options are more desirable to our customer base, we might modify this list of standards over time.
We leverage the Dell PowerEdge R740xd for the Cascade Lake offering. Dell made the following changes to the R740xd:
These two changes make the R740xd even more ready out-of-the-box for many of our virtualized environments, like VMware® ESXi and VSAN. The additional NIC is beneficial to enable NIC bonding, or additional networking needs for VMware, as an example. The NVMe adapter enables the final four hard drive bays in the 24-bay dual socket server to accept NVMe hard drives. VSAN often uses these drives for caching, but you can use them in many other applications for caching or fast storage. These drives are available in the following sizes for the indicated uses:
We believe that including Cascade Lake processors in the catalog and updating the R740xd server create a better offering to meet your needs.
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