Dell’s 13th and 14th Generation of Servers

Identifying your Server Needs: The Benefits of the 13th and 14th Generation Dell Servers

When it comes to your server choices finding accurate comparisons of Dell’s 14th generation servers and 13th generation servers can be difficult. Industry jargon is often verbose and you don’t have the time to research every function a new server has. At VRLA Tech we want to help you get your data center off the ground and running as quick as possible so we have provided you with a concise look at the newest features and the differences between the two generations. If you’d prefer to talk to someone immediately about your server needs and the differences in generations email us at or give us a call at (213)810-3013.

Dell 13th Generation Servers

Dell’s 13th generation of servers arrived on the market in early 2014 and includes the PowerEdge servers such as the R730XD, R730, and R630 rack servers. Thanks to a robust community around Dell’s servers the 13th generation has a large set of innovative features that can take your data center to the next level.


A 13th Generation Dell server can greatly improve your data centers storage options. 13th generation servers come with the opportunity to upgrade to flash storage. A server with flash storage can quickly recall data stored in it to the user. With a quicker storage option your company can continue to function at a high level while you don’t have to worry about your I.T. needs. In addition to speed upgrades the storage ability of a 13th generation Dell server works much quicker than 12th generation devices when it comes to tiering your data and creating a scalable database architecture. Finally, a major upgrade for the 13th generation servers was that their digital throughput was increased. What this means is that your server can now take double the data at the same speed as before. This means your data center can work at an incredibly high level allowing for your business to function without missing a beat.


Acquiring a 13th generation Dell server can also result in a more efficient data center. A major addition to this new generation was the inclusion of a better input output (I/O) virtualization options. The new I/O options give you better access to your internal bandwidth and to dynamically allocate it in real time. In other words, you can choose where your data center runs most efficiently and quickly. This is great for a data center that’s going to run incredibly intensive applications that need more bandwidth than the rest of your internal applications. Compatibility with PowerEdge RAID Controllers in the Series 9 Family also increases your raid options for your data center. Giving you an array of RAID options ranging from 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60, you can find the RAID that best suits your data center. A series 9 RAID controller can give your data center the elasticity it needs.


Finally, a 13th Generation Dell server gives you the accessibility you need to troubleshoot your I.T. needs. The new iDRAC quick sync can give you access to your servers using near field communications. Utilizing a mobile device you can download an app for IOS or Android that gives you access to the iDRAC server remotely through your phone. Without the need of booting up your systems BIOS you can access your system logs and easily troubleshoot any issues you may have.


Dell 14th Generation Servers

A 14th Generation Dell Server includes its rack servers known as the R440, R540, R640, R740 (XD), and the R940; Dell’s tower servers are known as the T440, T640, and C4140. The newest generation of Dell servers, these servers will give you a slight speed boost and new storage configurations. Released in 2017 the 14th Generation Dell Servers are for the most cutting edge data centers with intense hardware demands.

System Management

With the new iDRAC 9, the 14th Generation servers can give you up to four times better management for your systems performance. Access to the iDRAC 9 instead of the 13th generations iDRAC 8 helps give you a connection view. This means that iDRAC 9’s new feature allows you to better troubleshoot connection errors. If your server’s have a strong Ethernet connection you likely won’t need access to this feature.

In addition to changes to iDRAC a 14th generation server gives you a new system BIOS that allows for fast deployment. If you plan to manually set up your server and make extensive changes to your systems BIOS this can be incredibly beneficial. However, if your server needs are that of a normal data center this feature likely won’t have any major impact on your efficiency.


Dell’s 14th generation servers sought to improve their environmental footprint. In doing so, Dell introduced hemmed edges as part of their structure. Hemmed edges helped to get rid of the use of paint and decreased the environmental impact of the 14th generation. In addition, Dell optimized their server’s front mesh to increase airflow and reduce the electrical toll on your company’s grid.

Finding a Server for your Data Center

No matter what choice you come to, both the 13th and 14th iterations of Dell’s servers can provide an amazingly robust architecture to service your needs. A 13th generation server provides you with a lot of the functionality you’ll find in a 14th generation server, but at a lower cost. With that being said, if your data center is utilizing a lot of different applications that put excessive amounts of stress on your machine you’ll want a 14th generation server for a more robust ability to troubleshoot unforeseen problems. However, most data centers will not run into these issues and you can get by with the same functionality at a lower price by going with a 13th generation server. At VRLA Tech we have a team of sales representatives and technical support ready to help you anytime when your hardware is giving you issues. If you’re ready to get involved with us contact us at or give us a call at (213)810-3013.

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