Dell soups up PowerEdge series

US hardware giant Dell recently introduced the PowerEdge 1855 - a low-cost blade server that it claims combines enterprise class features with increased density compared to traditional 1U servers.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  September 11, 2005

US hardware giant Dell recently introduced the PowerEdge 1855 - a low-cost blade server that it claims combines enterprise class features with increased density compared to traditional 1U servers. The 1855 is aimed at firms with data centre space and cooling constraints that deploy large-scale web farms, application servers, and high-performance computing clusters. “Dell has designed its blades to offer the right balance of performance and density at a price point that enables customers to deploy blades cost effectively alongside 1U servers,” stated Neil Hand, vice president, Worldwide Enterprise Systems Marketing & Product Management Dell Product Group. “Initial blade investments from Dell are no longer prohibitive and customers will save more with every blade they install – improving their total cost of ownership as they scale out.” The PowerEdge 1855 supports up to 10 blade servers in a 7U chassis and provides support for major ISV’s (Independent Software Vendor) including Microsoft and Altiris for deployment software, load balancing and VMWare for virtualisation solutions. The 1855 can be equipped with dual Intel Xeon EMT64 processors, PCI express technology along with 16 GB of DDR2 RAM, dual network cards and hot-swappable hard drives. Ethernet, fibre channel and infiniBand connectivity options are also offered from Intel, Marvell and QLogic. Dell claims the PowerEdge 1855 has been upgraded significantly in response to recent customer feedback with regard to 1U servers. The company claims the 1855 provides 43 % greater performance per square foot and up to 62% more blade servers than Dell 1U solutions in a 42U rack. Dell also claims that the 1855 consumes up to 13% less power less power and requires 23% less airflow to cool than its older 1U servers. The PowerEdge can be bought in the region through Dell’s online web site - www.dell.com/servers for approximately $1,899 and should also be available through Dell’s distributors by the end of this month.

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