Big data can be a gold mine for innovators, making it possible for entrepreneurs and legacy businesses alike to create new industries and rethink traditional business models. But serious computing power is necessary to extract that immense value from big data. As more businesses explore ways to mine data by leveraging emerging technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, many of them face the need to upgrade their compute capacity. When purchasing new servers, it can be difficult to balance the need for higher performance with the challenge of reducing costs—including energy costs. In addition, energy conservation has become increasingly important, with many businesses seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. Companies that are exploring the potential of big data need hardware that can handle ever-increasing performance demands in a cost- and energy-efficient way.

We used a high-throughput database benchmarking tool to test the performance and power efficiency of three generations of Dell PowerEdge servers. We wanted to learn which of these servers is best equipped to help businesses crunch big data, reduce costs, and conserve energy. In our tests, a new 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge R760 server featuring a Broadcom NIC offered 166.1 percent more Ops/s (operations per second; throughput) per US dollar, 129.5 percent more overall Ops/s, and 24.2 percent better performance per watt than a 14th Generation PowerEdge R740 server. Put differently, the R760 completed more than twice as much work at a lower cost and had nearly 25 percent better power efficiency than the R740. When compared to a 15th Generation R750, the R760 processed 29.8 percent more Ops/s at a lower cost in Ops/s per US dollar and offered 3.8 percent better performance per watt.

These results mean that organizations considering server purchases or upgrades don’t have to choose between the goals of saving money, doing more work, and using less energy. The new 16th Generation Dell PowerEdge R760 servers with Broadcom NICs can help them accomplish all three.

To learn more about our Dell PowerEdge performance and power efficiency comparison tests, check out the report and infographic below.