Dell releases new 9G servers

Dell today released three new ninth-generation (9G) servers, based around Intel’s Xeon processor technology, as part of its PowerEdge range.

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By  Eliot Beer in Monte Carlo Published  June 7, 2006

Dell today released three new ninth-generation (9G) servers, based around Intel’s Xeon processor technology, as part of its PowerEdge range. “Our focus for our enterprise business is to reduce complexity and increase utilisation and performance; with these new servers we have worked very hard to achieve these goals,” said Andy Rhodes, head of servers at Dell EMEA. “Our customers will see a dramatic performance leap from 8G to 9G, much more than any previous generation’s increase. We have also worked hard to reduce power consumption, and make sure that the new servers are as simple and standardised as possible.” The new servers will use Intel’s Xeon 5000-series CPUs initially, moving to the 5100-series within a few weeks, according to Dell. The firm’s benchmarks show the 9G servers will offer up to a 152% performance increase over the previous server generation. While Dell admits this is higher than most customers would experience, company representatives said a 95% increase would be achievable, and compared it to increases of around 30% in performance when looking at previous generation shifts. Dell is also keen to focus on the detailing on each server; the company said its engineers have increased their attention to detail when designing the servers, using colour-coding, one-handed latches, hard-drive labels and programmable LCD interfaces to make working with the servers easier for IT staff. “We are also the only vendor to provide a single system image for our servers; combined with our policy of aggregating image updates into as few update packages as possible; in the last five quarters we have issued three updates, compared to one competitor who issued 22 in the same time,” said Rhodes. The new range consists of the Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900, and 2950 servers, along with the 1955 blade server, which will be released shortly. “These products are ready to ship now; our partners have been briefed and can start taking orders today,” said Bassem Ghoussainy, enterprise marketing manager for Dell Distribution, which covers regions where Dell uses partners, including the Middle East. “All of our products are built to order in our Ireland facility, including orders through partners, so all our customers can rely on the same level of attention to detail,” he added.

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