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Dell updates server and management solutions

New PowerEdge servers, Precision workstations and enhanced Lifecycle controllers and Dell Management Console in the pipeline

Dell has revamped its PowerEdge server range (ninth generation pictured).
Dell has revamped its PowerEdge server range (ninth generation pictured).

Dell has a announced a refresh of its PowerEdge server line, and enhancements to its enhancements to its system management solutions, to improve efficiency and manageability.

The vendor will release nine new PowerEdge blade, rack-mount and tower servers, and three Precision tower workstations, all running Intel Xeon 5600 Westmere-EP processors, which it say will provide ideal solutions for enterprise and SMB customers, for mission critical computing and virtualization.

According to testing by Dell Labs, the PowerEdge servers running on Intel Xeon 5600 processors can realise better overall system performance increases of up to 69% and energy efficiency improvements of up to 47% compared to Dell PowerEdge servers using Xeon 5500 processors.

"Intel has focused on three key areas when developing our latest Xeon 5600 series processors-security, virtualisation and energy efficient performance," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Centre Group.

"Dell has chosen to use the Xeon 5600 across its entire 2-socket portfolio, using unique-to-Intel features such more cores and cache, and new security features, making these servers an ideal cornerstone for any enterprise, capable of meeting the computing demands of businesses of all sizes," he added.

The PowerEdge line comes with the latest version of Dell Management Console (DMC), which includes a new power monitoring feature to give a better picture of server energy consumption to manage power usage, and ‘Out of Band' server BIOS and firmware updating that reduces administration time and improves flexibility.

Other enhancements to the PowerEdge line include the addition of Dell's Lifecycle Controller v1.3, which is embedded on the server motherboard to speed up administration tasks such as system deployment, updates, workload migration hardware configuration and diagnostics from the desktop to the data centre. Dell said that with embedded management of the Dell PowerEdge R710 delivered 58% faster pre-OS deployment than the HP ProLiant DL380 G6.

Dell also announced a new high-performance, 1-socket, 1U rack server, the PowerEdge R310, which is intended to provide a compact, energy efficient server to run common business applications and tasks such as Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, Business Center Essentials, SQL Workgroup/Standard, Oracle 11g Standard, VMware, Active Directory and SharePoint. The rack server, which runs on Intel Xeon 3400 series processors, also includes RAID configurations to help increase data reliability and/or increase I/O and a choice of operating systems for flexibility for diverse computing workloads.

In the workstation segment, Dell is releasing three new models in the Precision series, the T7500, T5500 and T3500 models, all of which run Intel Xeon 5600 processors and have been designed to provide enough capability to perform intensive applications, with the flexibility of standards-based hardware.

Mohamed Halawa, Dell's Enterprise marketing manager commented: "IT organisations are under increasing pressure to improve business productivity while prioritising technology spend within decreasing budgets. Dell's eleventh generation Dell PowerEdge servers help customers spend more time on creating business value and less on planning, deploying and maintaining IT with customer inspired design and advanced systems management.

"With massive performance gains from greater memory and processing power in our updated servers and built in reliability to minimise single points of failure, Dell is helping companies achieve better business results," he added.

Dell expects to release the new PowerEdge servers on 23rd March, with the R310 rack server becoming available in early April. The workstations are due for release in the next few weeks.