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Dell updates PowerEdge server family

Jack Loo | March 8, 2012
The vendor refreshes its embedded systems management function as well.

Dell has unveiled a new family of blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers running on Intel's Xeon E5 chip, the same day that the latter had unveiled its new processor.

The new series are aimed at customers ranging from small business to hyper-scale data centres who run applications including collaboration, IT and Web infrastructure, high performance computing, decision support, and business processing.

"Dell designed the new PowerEdge servers with input gathered from more than 7,700 customer interactions in 17 countries across four continents," said Ho Chye Soon, general manager, commercial business, Dell Singapore.

The new portfolio has PowerEdge R820, R720, R720xd and R620 rack servers, the M620 blade server, the T620 tower server and C6220.

Dell updated its embedded systems management tools to iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2.0. New capabilities include agent-free monitoring of over 400 sensors, including memory, RAID, storage and network devices, in multi-vendor operating system and hypervisor environments without installing software agents or drivers. This helps save up to US$1.9 million in server maintenance, according to Dell.

Efficiency functions

Efficiency functions include an expanded Fresh Air offering for the servers, based on customer feedback. The platforms can operate up to the highest excursion temperature of 45 deg C and save up to an estimated US$3,000,000 in capital savings.

Dell introduced OpenManage Power Center, a platform that leverages on Intel's Node Manager function in the E5 Xeon chip, to control and optimise energy usage at the server, rack, row and room level from a single interface.

The vendor is also quick to tag onto Microsoft's newly released SQL Server 2012, by pushing out its Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance, which Dell says will be the first of its kind available on the new SQL Server.

Analyst firm IDC ranked Dell as the only vendor among the top five server vendors to grow revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011. "The 12th Generation PowerEdge servers build on Dell's early lead in introducing embedded systems management into x86 servers with new features designed to streamline and automate data center operations," said Matt Eastwood, group vice president, Enterprise Platform Research, IDC.  


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