1) Which feature of the new Dell 12th Generation Servers is most useful to you and your workloads?
As I am not within the target group, I can only comment upon this in a very subjective and theoretical way. I would personally use the PCIe SSD solution in as many servers as possible. The superb speed coupled with low energy consumption and low temperatures is very appealing. In addition, the LifeCycle Controller is worth its weight in gold!
2) Based on your IT environment, what suggestions do you have for future feature improvements on Dell servers / solutions?
Researchers combine copper and graphene for quicker, cheaper computer cooling
In electronics heat is often the enemy, but research at North Carolina State University may have resulted in a way to keep things cool in a less-expensive manner than is currently possible. Dr. Jag Kasichainula achieved the feat by using graphene. Comprised of honeycombed carbon atoms, graphene is being utilized for a number of different breakthroughs and experiments; in this case it is combined with copper to create a composite heat spreader. The spreader then connects to the electronic device in question with a indium-graphene film. The higher thermal conductivity of both materials allows the composite spreader to draw heat away approximately 25 percent faster than commonly-used copper versions. Copper is also notoriously expensive, so reducing the amount required should also result in a solution that costs less than those currently implemented. Dr. Kasichainula's paper on the composite, published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, also details the manufacturing process needed to create the material, so we'll be keeping a close eye on whether the process will be coming to market anytime soon.'
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This will shave off some of the production costs and provide better cooling. What's not to like about that?