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April 7, 2011

Dell introduces latest powerhouse servers

For RISC/UNIX migrations, large database deployments and server virtualization implementations

By CBR Staff Writer

Dell has introduced its latest "powerhouse" servers, which delivers performance, reliability and memory scalability needed to run mission critical applications, said the company.

Dell has invested in its four socket PowerEdge server portfolio in the past two years bringing the total to six systems, three of which are based on Intel’s ‘Westmere-EX’ Xeon E7 series processors including: PowerEdge R910, PowerEdge M910, and PowerEdge R810.

The PowerEdge R910 is a platform for RISC/UNIX migrations, large database deployments and server virtualization implementations. The 4U rack server comes with four processors, up to 64 DIMM slots for memory, redundant power supplies and a failsafe embedded hypervisor.

The PowerEdge M910 is a high-performance four-socket blade server, suitable for customers looking to maximise the advantages of server virtualization and consolidation or for use as a medium or large database platform.

The PowerEdge R810 is for customers looking to consolidate server hardware through virtualization and deploy email messaging and database applications.

In addition, the R810 2U offering is available in high-density two- or four-socket varieties; and memory scalability up to 32 memory DIMM slots can be accessed by two processors.

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The company said that the systems offer customers performance gains including: PowerEdge R910 configured with a ten core Intel Xeon CPU E7-4780 "Westmere-EX" processor can provide up to 38% improvement in Oracle application server and database performance over previous generation eight core Intel Xeon X7560 "Nehalem-EX" processor 2.

Further, the systems provide up to 18:1 server consolidation ratio over four socket dual core processor based systems; up to 93% lower operation costs resulting in a one year return on investment; and up to 34% improvement in SQL database virtualization performance and 49% higher performance per watt with the combination of Xeon E7 processors and new Low Voltage memory (LV RDIMM) offerings.

Dell server platform marketing vice-president Sally Stevens said over the past two years Dell has invested heavily in their four socket offerings resulting in data centre workhorse systems that can provide the peace of mind that CIOs and IT directors are looking for.

"We’ve established our credibility in the server market by putting the needs of our customer first; these latest offerings continue to put more computing power into the hands of our customers without limiting choice and flexibility," Stevens said.

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