Dell’s PowerEdge R940: All the features to data center customers are looking for

Data centers are the backbone of modern businesses, and as such, they require a server that is reliable, robust, and cost-effective. Dell’s PowerEdge R940 is one such server that comes with all the features to fulfill data center customers’ expectations. From its form factor to its industry-leading storage capacity, the PowerEdge R940 promises to deliver superior performance and reliability. In this blog post, we will take a look at the various features of Dell’s PowerEdge R940 server, including its cutting-edge processor technology, expandability options, and more. Read on to learn why this powerful server should be your go-to choice for your data center needs.

How is a data center server different?

A data center server is a powerful computer that stores and manages data for businesses and organizations. These servers are typically located in a separate, secure facility away from the main office. Data center servers are built to handle large amounts of data and traffic, and they offer high levels of security and uptime. Dell’s PowerEdge R is a high-performance data center server that comes with all the features that customers are looking for, including enterprise-class storage, networking, and security.

Does your data center need a server?

Data center servers are the backbone of any company’s IT infrastructure. They provide the processing power, storage, and networking needed to support critical applications and business operations. But not all data centers need a server. The decision of whether or not to deploy a server depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The size and complexity of your data center
  • The types of applications you are running
  • Your budget
  • Your performance requirements

If you have a small data center with only a few applications, you may be able to get by without a server. In this case, you can use a network-attached storage (NAS) device or a cloud storage service to store your data. For computing power, you can use cloud-based solutions or client computers. This approach is often called “serverless” computing.

However, if you have a large data center with many applications, you will likely need one or more servers. Servers provide the processing power and storage needed to run complex applications. They also offer features like high availability and disaster recovery that are essential for mission-critical applications.

How to select a server for your data center?

When it comes to selecting a server for your data center, there are many factors to consider. But with Dell’s new PowerEdge R series, customers can rest assured they are getting a top-of-the-line product that comes packed with features ideal for data centers.

Some of the key features to look for when selecting a server for your data center include:

Processor: The processor is the heart of the server and must be powerful enough to handle the demands of your data center. With the Dell PowerEdge R series, customers can choose from a variety of Intel Xeon processors that offer best-in-class performance.

Memory: Memory is another important factor to consider when selecting a server. The PowerEdge R series offers up to 1TB of memory, making it ideal for demanding workloads.

Storage: Storage is another critical component of any data center server. The PowerEdge R series offers up to 16TB of internal storage, giving you plenty of room to grow. And with support for SSDs and NVMe drives, you can be sure your data is stored safely and accessed quickly.

Networking: A good network is essential for any data center. The PowerEdge R series includes support for 10GbE and 40GbE networking, making it easy to connect your servers and storage devices.

These are just some of the key features to look for when selecting a server for your data center. With the Dell PowerEdge R series, you can be sure you’re getting a reliable and powerful server that is ready to handle the demands of your data center.

Introducing the Dell PowerEdge R940

The PowerEdge R940 is designed to power your mission-critical applications and real-time decisions. With four sockets and up to 12 NMVe drives, the R940 provides scalable performance in just 3U.

Breathtaking performance for mission-critical workloads

The scalable business architecture of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 can deliver the most mission-critical workloads. With automatic workload tuning for many workloads, the configuration is quick. Combined with up to 15.36TB of memory and 13 PCIe Gen 3 slots, the R940 has all the resources to maximize application performance and scale for future demands.

  • Maximize storage performance with up to 12 NVMe drives and ensure application performance scales easily.
  • Optimized for software-defined storage with a special 2-socket configuration delivering 50% more UPI bandwidth compared to a regular 2-socket server.
  • Free up storage space using internal M.2 SSDs optimized for boot.
  • Eliminate bottlenecks with up to 15.36TB of memory in 48 DIMMS, 24 of which can be Intel Optane persistent memory PMem.

Automate maintenance with Dell EMC OpenManage

The Dell EMC OpenManage portfolio helps deliver peak efficiency for PowerEdge servers, delivering intelligent, automated management of routine tasks. Combined with unique agent-free management capabilities, the PowerEdge R940 is simply managed, freeing up time for high-profile projects.

  • Simplify management with the OpenManage Enterprise console, with customized reporting and automatic discovery.
  • Take advantage of QuickSync 2 capabilities and gain access to your servers easily through your phone or tablet.

Rely on PowerEdge with built-in security

Every PowerEdge server is designed as part of a cyber-resilient architecture, integrating security into the full server life cycle. The R940 leverages new security features built into every new PowerEdge server strengthening protection so you can reliably and securely deliver accurate data to your customers no matter where they are. By considering each aspect of system security, from design to retirement, Dell EMC ensures trust and delivers a worry-free, secure infrastructure without compromise.

  • Rely on a secure component supply chain to ensure protection from the factory to the data center.
  • Maintain data safety with cryptographically signed firmware package and Secure Boot.
  • Protect your server from malicious malware with iDRAC9 Server Lockdown mode (requires Enterprise or Datacenter license).
    • Wipe all data from storage media including hard drives, SSDs, and system

Automate productivity with intelligent, embedded management

Dell EMC automation and intelligent management mean you spend less time on routine maintenance so you can focus on bigger priorities.

  • Help maximize uptime and reduce the IT effort to resolve issues by up to 72% with ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist.
  • Leverage existing management consoles with easy integrations for VMware® vSphere, Microsoft System Center, and Nagios.
  • Improve productivity with agent-free Dell iDRAC9 for automated, efficient management.
  • Simplify deployment with OpenManage next-generation console and server profiles to fully configure and prep servers in a rapid, scalable fashion.

Fortify your data center with comprehensive protection

Dell EMC provides a comprehensive, cyber-resilient architecture with security embedded into every server to protect your data.

  • Protect server configuration and firmware from malicious changes with new Configuration Lock-down.
  • Use system erase of local storage to help ensure data privacy when you repurpose or retire servers.
  • Automate updates that check file dependencies and proper update sequence, before deploying them independently from the OS/hypervisor.
  • Take control of your firmware consoles with embedded authentication that is designed to allow only properly designed updates to run.


Dell’s PowerEdge R940 is an excellent choice for data center customers looking for a powerful and reliable server. With its impressive specs, scalability, and compatibility with existing Dell systems, it provides the features businesses need to optimize their operations in the long term.

The PowerEdge R940 also offers advanced security features such as hardware encryption and secure boot so that businesses can trust their data is safe from any malicious attempts. All these advantages make Dell’s PowerEdge R940 an ideal solution for any business wanting to take its productivity to the next level.

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