Dell revamps PowerEdge line of servers

At the top will be the PowerEdge R900 rack server, which includes Intel's Penryn-based 5400 processor

Bringing Intel's latest Penryn chip to its servers, Dell this week is expected to revamp the PowerEdge line of servers with new hardware and nomenclature to identify servers.

The servers are designed to consume less power and include system management tools to better manage IT tasks, said Sally Stevens, director of PowerEdge servers at Dell.

At the top of the new servers will be the PowerEdge R900 rack server, which includes Intel's Penryn-based 5400 processor and has tools to "simplify IT" by reducing the time, resources and money involved in maintaining IT environments, Stevens said. The server is targeted at enterprises and data centers.

The server includes OpenManage 5.3, a new version of the systems management software with new tools to better manage virtual environments and power consumption, said Kevin Libert, senior manager of software solutions at Dell. The company will further detail OpenManage 5.3 features later this week.

Dell also provides customization features for R900 customers by tuning servers directly to maximize application performance, Libert said. Customers will be able to customize their systems based on reference architecture and specification sheets provided by Dell, said Libert.

The R900 is a database workhorse, Libert said, and the system makes good use of the four sockets in the system and virtualized environment to deliver maximum database performance. The server is a solid platform for the SQL Server and Oracle databases, Libert said. Oracle, a leading database provider, hosts Dell servers in its Austin, Texas, data center, Libert said.

With the new server, Dell hopes to take away server market share from RISC-based servers by offering better bang for the buck, Libert said.

Growth in the x86 server market was one reason global RISC-Itanium Unix servers shipments and revenue dropped in the second quarter of 2007, according to a Gartner survey. Shipments fell 18 percent year-over-year and revenue fell 1.5 percent, according to the survey.

Dell also announced new PowerEdge R200 and PowerEdge T105 servers. The R200, an Intel-based system, is designed to meet cluster and network computing needs, according to Dell. The T105 is an entry-level, Advanced Micro Devices-based server targeted at small businesses looking to host e-mail, file-sharing or Web applications.

The company will begin taking orders for the servers this week, a Dell spokesman said. Pricing information was not available.

Dell has also shifted its naming convention to easily identify servers. Server nomenclature will start with the server type, with T representing tower servers, M (modular), R (rack). Following that will be the number of sockets, generation number and whether a server uses an Intel or AMD platform (0 represents Intel and 5 represents AMD). The PowerEdge T105 for example, represents a 10th generation Dell tower server based on the AMD platform.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Imou: At home with security

Modern living is all about functionality and security for everybody from the very young to the very old. With Imou anybody can enjoy smart life – the solution is at their fingertips.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?