Dell shows off new enterprise line-up
New servers, storage arrays and 10 gigabit ethernet support launched
Dell has unveiled a whole new suite of enterprise solutions, which it says will provide an end-to-end IT platform to deliver performance and value to customer organisations.
At a series of launch events, the company has revealed new 12th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers, new EquaLogic Storage Arrays and native support for 10 gigabit Ethernet throughout Dell's Server, Storage and Networking portfolio.
Brad Anderson, President of Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell said: "Customers tell us they want a high-performance infrastructure that is easy to manage and helps them quickly deliver business outcomes. Today we are introducing a new set of data centre infrastructure solutions that share key capabilities across our entire portfolio, from servers to storage to networking.
"We accomplished this through a combination of strategic acquisitions such as Force10 and customer-centric engineering of our new 12th Generation PowerEdge servers and storage platforms, delivering an integrated infrastructure with a common, high performance network fabric. When combined with the second generation of embedded systems management in our servers, Dell is delivering one of the most robust and easy to manage data centre infrastructures in the industry," he added.
The new twelfth generation PowerEdge servers are available in blade, rack and tower formats, and have been developed with input from 7,700 customers. Features include Dell Express Flash, the industry's first, front accessible, hot swappable PCIe solid state disks, a second generation of Dell embedded server management tools, and dell ‘fresh air' IT energy efficiency, which the company says can save up to $3 million in a typical data centre.
The new EquaLogic storage arrays come in mid-range and entry level versions, for storage of between 36TB up to 1.2PB in a single group. The arrays are configured with both optical (SFP+) and copper (10GBASE-T) 10GbE networking.
Other announcements include Dell Virtual Network Architecture that provides for an end-to-end 10GbE framework, based on Force10 Networks technology; vStart for Dell Private Cloud, to help businesses rapidly deploy their own private cloud; Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions and Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance to give mid-market and departmental users access to high quality business intelligence solutions.
Matt Eastwood, Group Vice President, Enterprise Platform Research, IDC commented: "Dell continues to invest significantly in its enterprise capabilities and has made impressive progress to become a trusted enterprise IT solutions vendor. Today we're seeing the next big push from Dell as it focuses on solving its customers' biggest pain points by delivering design innovation and operational efficiency for data centres of all sizes. With the technology advancements that Dell unveiled today across storage, networking, virtualization, data integration and computing, it's clear that the company is laser focused on growing its share of the enterprise market."