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Dell Enhances PowerEdge Servers

Dell has unveiled its ninth-generation PowerEdge servers that will integrate Intel Xeon 5100 series processors that lower power consumption and feature advances in memory technology with an enhanced industrial design to give customers capabilities without increased complexity or cost.

The Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900 and 2950 servers and Dell PowerEdge 1955 blade server can dramatically boost performance. For example, the new Dell PowerEdge servers powered by Intel Xeon 5100 series processors can deliver up to a 152% performance increase over the previous generation 2U Dell PowerEdge server.

The new server portfolio can also lower power consumption by up to 25%, providing an increase in performance per watt of electricity of up to 169% and addressing customer requirements to reduce the cost and environmental impact of data center power demands.

Enhanced performance and reliability are achieved through:

-- Intel dual-core Xeon 5100 series processors, which increase performance while reducing power requirements

-- Fully buffered DIMMs that provide a new memory interface for faster data transmission, plus improved signal integrity and error detection.

-- SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) hard drives for faster, more reliable data transmission and reduced thermal output.

-- TCP/IP Offload Engine, which helps reduce traffic on a host processor to enhance system performance.

-- Enhanced virtualization technology for improved performance, management and utilization in virtualized workloads such as VMware ESX, Microsoft Virtual Server or Xen.

-- PCI-Express I/O, which delivers high-performance Ethernet, RAID, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel interconnect while providing investment protection for future technologies.

Dell is introducing a number of industrial design and image management enhancements, many driven by Dell's direct relationship with customers. They include:

-- Industry-first programmable LCD that enables quick and easy visual diagnosis of server faults.

-- Individually labeled hard drives that provide quick identification of the technology, capacity and speed.

-- Standardized color coding and cabling that make PowerEdge servers easier to manage and service today and with future generations.

-- Draw-latch design for tool-less access to server components.

-- The only server vendor that provides one system image (i.e., BIOS, drivers, operating systems and applications) to manage three servers: PowerEdge 1950, 2950 and 2900.

-- ImageWatch, a Dell service that helps customers proactively manage the number of changes to system images, available in a block-release format further reducing the amount of image changes a customer has to manage.

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