|Dell unveils optimised servers|
Monday, 29 June 2009 02:00
According to Kobus de Beer, enterprise brand manager at Dell SA, the new PowerEdge servers are based on Intel`s Xeon 5500 Processor series architecture, but that`s where the similarities with other vendor products end. The servers include DDR3 memory capabilities, offering power consumption gains for overall computing.
“The differentiator between our offerings and others is the way we designed the servers with embedded management functionality built in as part of our overall lifecycle management solution,” he says.
“All the necessary drivers are already loaded out-of-the-box and as a result we estimate a 50% reduction in deployment time for users. Also included is our Dell management console, jointly developed by Altiris from Symantec, which is a fully modular solution. It helps us deliver a single pane of glass management view to customers along with simplified management,” De Beer adds.
According to Mandy Porter, Dell business unit manager at local distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC), the server series delivers up to 125% increased memory, offering improved system performance and virtual server capacity.
“The generation of Dell servers also includes imageDirect, an online solution that enables users to securely create, deploy and easily manage virtual and physical images, saving time and improving consistency and quality,” Porter notes.
De Beer concedes there is currently a premium price on the 11th generation Dell server releases, but envisions that “within the next six months, we will see price parity with older technologies, as Intel adjusts the pricing of the 5500 processor series architecture”.
Dell will release its third wave of server products in the third quarter, says De Beer, which will include single-socket tower systems. The company plans to release quad-socket systems based on the Intel 5500 Processor series architecture before the end of the year.
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