Dell recently unveiled its 9G (ninth-generation) PowerEdge servers, which the company says feature the most comprehensive enhancements to the product line and support the company’s strategy to drive more complete and cost-effective enterprise technologies across a variety of environments. The new PowerEdge servers integrate high-performance processors with lower power consumption and advances in memory technology.
Says Doug Downing, enterprise brand manager, Dell SA: "Our 9G servers deliver on Dell's continual efforts to drive reduced complexity and simplified operations for our customers."
The Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900 and 2950 servers and Dell PowerEdge 1955 blade server boost performance. For example, the new Dell PowerEdge servers powered by Intel Xeon 5100 series processors can deliver up to a 152% performance increase over the previous generation 2U Dell PowerEdge server. The new server portfolio can also lower power consumption by up to 25%, providing an increase in performance per watt of electricity of up to 169% and addressing customer requirements to reduce the cost and environmental impact of data centre power demands.
Enhanced performance and reliability are achieved through:
* Intel Dual-core Xeon processors, which significantly increase performance while reducing power requirements.
* Fully buffered DIMMs that provide a new memory interface for faster data transmission, plus improved signal integrity and error detection.
* SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) hard drives for faster, more reliable data transmission and reduced thermal output.
* TCP/IP Offload Engine, which reduces traffic on a host processor to enhance system performance.
* Enhanced virtualisation technology for improved performance, management and utilisation in virtualised workloads such as VMware ESX, Microsoft Virtual Server or Xen.
* PCI-Express I/O, which delivers high-performance Ethernet, RAID, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel interconnect while providing investment protection for future technologies.
The company is also introducing a number of design and image management enhancements. They include:
* Programmable LCD that enables quick and easy visual diagnosis of server faults.
* Individually labelled hard drives that provide quick identification of the technology, capacity and speed.
* Standardised colour coding and cabling that make PowerEdge servers easier to manage and service today and with future generations.
* Draw-latch design for tool-less access to server components.
* One system image (ie BIOS, drivers, operating systems and applications) to manage three servers: PowerEdge 1950, 2950 and 2900.
* ImageWatch, a Dell service that helps customers proactively manage the number of changes to system images, available in a block-release format further reducing the amount of image changes a customer has to manage.
Dell has also enhanced its systems management capabilities. Dell OpenManage 5.0 delivers hardware deployment, monitoring and management with features including:
* DRAC5 (Dell Remote Access Controller) for improved performance in secure remote management.
* Integrated hardware and software management with partner applications like Altiris Server Management Suite, Microsoft SMS and MOM, and Novell ZENworks Linux Management - Dell Edition, providing single console management of enterprise resources.
* Dell OpenManage Connections, which allows comprehensive hardware monitoring within industry management frameworks.
* IMPI 2.0 and SMASH, which deliver simplified management capabilities today and in the future via a standardised management infrastructure.
* Improved Linux Integration with full support for Novell SuSE Linux SLES9.
* Improved integration between Dell OpenManage and VMware ESX 3.0, allowing simplified monitoring for customers' hardware devices dedicated to virtual machines.
The 9G PowerEdge servers anchor a broad initiative to drive commonality between Dell's server, storage and software technologies, making it easier and more cost-effective for customers to deploy enterprise technology in a variety of IT environments. This initiative will generate announcements throughout the year, furthering Dell's offerings in enterprise technologies and services for demanding workloads, such as database, with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Oracle Database 10g; virtualisation, with VMware ESX Server and Microsoft Virtual Server; and Microsoft Exchange.
In a related announcement, Dell enhanced its network-attached storage (NAS) portfolio with two new Dell Storage Servers. Optimised for file sharing, both NAS products are based on Dell's new PowerEdge 2900 and PowerEdge 2950 servers. The new storage products further Dell's efforts to simplify storing, managing and protecting data for enterprises of all sizes.
The Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900 and 2950 servers featuring Intel 5000 series dual-core Xeon processors are available today worldwide. Prices start at: PowerEdge 1950 - R14 195 including VAT and delivery; PowerEdge 2900 - R14 450 including VAT and delivery; PowerEdge 2950 - R16 130 including VAT and delivery. Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900, 2950 featuring Intel 5100 series Dual-core Xeon processors and PowerEdge 1955 blade servers featuring Intel 5000 and 5100 series Dual-core Xeon processors and related pricing will be available in the coming weeks.
Dell simplifies storage
Dell has announced new disk, tape and management products designed to simplify storing, managing and protecting data for enterprises of all sizes.
With the worldwide introduction of two new Dell Storage Servers, Dell is enhancing its network-attached storage (NAS) portfolio. Optimised for file sharing, both NAS products were designed on Dell's 9G PowerEdge 2900 and PowerEdge 2950 servers. To speed customer deployment time, Dell's Storage Servers offer simple installation with setup possible in only 15 minutes.
For SAN environments, Dell is offering customers streamlined deployment and management capabilities by integrating Dell IT Assistant management software with EMC's Navisphere software. Customers now can manage Dell/EMC SAN environments more easily via a single management console.
To address customers' requirements for improved storage optimisation, Dell is expanding disk drive technology on PowerVault MD1000 direct attached storage (DAS) systems to include support for Serial ATA (SATA) II disk drives. This technology is available in addition to previously announced configurations supporting 3,5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives.
Dell is also meeting customers' needs for simple, automated data centre backup by expanding its line of PowerVault ML6000 tape libraries with the PowerVault ML6030 control module (CM) and PowerVault ML6000 expansion module (EM). These modular tape products feature intelligence and self-diagnostic capabilities designed to ensure maximum system availability.
Dell Storage Servers
* Built on the 9G of Dell's PowerEdge 2900 and 2950 servers.
* Offer simple installation with setup as fast as 15 minutes.
* Pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2.
* Advanced features such as single instance storage (SIS) and improved file replication features with distributed file system (DFS) for storage capacity optimisation and simplified branch office operations.