Highest Performing Dell PowerEdge Servers Now Available; New Blade Servers, Improved Performance, Commonality and Management Across Enterprise Products Continues Commitment to Reduce Data Center Complexity.ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Dell (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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Customers now can order PowerEdge 1950, 2950, 2900 and 1955 blade servers with the Intel Xeon processor 5100 series that help lower power consumption(1) and can deliver up to a 152 percent performance increase over the previous generation dual-socket Dell PowerEdge server.(2)
Dell's ninth-generation PowerEdge servers were introduced earlier this month and until today were available only with the high-performance Intel Xeon processor 5000 series. The new servers, which feature the most comprehensive enhancements ever to the widely installed product line, support the company's strategy to reduce complexity and drive more complete and cost-effective enterprise technologies across a variety of customer environments.
"From one generation to the next, Dell is well-known for providing reliable servers. It was one of the primary reasons we chose them in the first place," said Brian Kucic, Senior Operations Manager for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (body, World-Wide Web) National Center for Supercomputing Applications - (NCSA) The birthplace of the first version of the Mosaic World-Wide Web browser.
Address: Urbana, IL, USA.
http://ncsa.uiuc.edu/. (NCSA (1) (National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana-Champaign, IL, www.ncsa.uiuc.edu) A high-performance computing facility located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ). "We're really looking forward to rolling out Dell's 9th generation servers in a production environment and enjoying the combination of dependable uptime and increased performance."
New Blade Servers Designed to Cut Complexity
Dell continues its drive to deliver full-featured, high-density computing platforms at a cost and total cost of ownership advantage to traditional 1U rack servers. Dell's next-generation blade offering, the Dell PowerEdge 1955 was designed to meet data center needs by reducing complexity without burdening customers with the price premium or acquisition cost previously associated with the platform.
Dell engineered the PowerEdge 1955 blades to deliver investment protection to customers, leveraging the current 7U chassis and enabling customers to deploy the new Dell PowerEdge 1955 side-by-side with existing PowerEdge 1855 blades. Dell's innovative chassis design and strategic placement of high performance cooling fans provides maximum airflow efficiencies and optimal cooling for customers.
Dell PowerEdge 1955 blade servers boast a wide range of connectivity features, reducing overall solution cost and cable sprawl for customers' data centers. The balanced architecture of the PowerEdge Blade Server supports high performance Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand connectivity options from Dell, Intel, Cisco, Topspin, Brocade, McDATA, and QLogic.
The new server portfolio also can lower power consumption by up to 25 percent, providing an increase in performance per watt of electricity of up to 169 percent and addressing customer requirements to reduce the cost and environmental impact of data center power demands.(2)
Dell's PowerEdge servers anchor a broad initiative to drive commonality between server, storage and software technologies, making it easier and more cost-effective for customers to deploy enterprise technology in a variety of IT environments. This initiative will generate announcements throughout the year, furthering Dell's leadership in enterprise technologies and services for demanding workloads, such as database, with Microsoft SQL Server A relational DBMS from Microsoft that is a major component of the Windows Server System. It is Microsoft's high-end client/server database and is closely integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft Office System. 2005 and Oracle Database 10g; virtualization An umbrella term for enhancing a computer's ability to do work. Following are the ways virtualization is used.
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Increased Performance Across Enterprise Product Lines
Customers can also take advantage of the increased performance in the recently announced Dell Precision(TM) 690 and 490 workstations. Also featuring the Intel Xeon processor 5100 series, these workstations deliver performance gains over previous models of up to 45 percent(3) on single-threaded applications and up to 155 percent(4) on multithreaded multithreaded - multithreading applications.
Dell's enhanced network-attached storage (NAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular ) portfolio also incorporates the processors with two new Dell Storage Servers based on Dell's PowerEdge 2900 and PowerEdge 2950 servers. Optimized for file sharing, both NAS products further Dell's efforts to simplify storing, managing and protecting data for enterprises of all sizes.
Pricing and Availability
The Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900, 2950 and PowerEdge 1955 blade servers and Dell Precision 690 and 490 workstations featuring the dual-core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series are available for order today and are scheduled to ship July 17. Prices for the servers start at $1,898, $1,848, $1,948 and $1,848 respectively; prices for the workstations start at $1,779 and $1,529 respectively. Prices for the Dell PowerEdge 2900 and 2950 Storage Servers start at $2,847 and $2,547 respectively. Additional product information is available at http://www.dell.com/poweredge, http://www.dell.com/precision and http://www.dell.com/storage. Product photography is available at http://www.dell.com/photos.
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(1) Based on testing performed by Dell Labs in May 2006 using the SPECjbb2005 benchmark on a PE2950 with two dual core Intel Xeon 5160 (3.0Ghz Woodcrest) processors, 4GB 667Mhz and 533Mhz FBD FBD Fluid(ized) Bed Dryer
FBD Fully Buffered DIMM (memory)
FBD Free Body Diagram
FBD Far Beyond Driven (album)
FBD Functional Block Diagram(s) memory, 2x SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, www.sas.com) A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. 73GB/15k rpm HDDs, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition OS as compared to a PE2850 with two dual core Intel Xeon 2.8Ghz Paxville processors, 4GB 400Mhz DDR (Double Data Rate) Refers to an SDRAM memory chip that increases performance by doubling the effective data rate of the frontside bus. For more details, see SDRAM.
DDR - Double Data Rate Random Access Memory 2 memory, 2x SCSI SCSI
in full Small Computer System Interface
Once common standard for connecting peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, etc.) to small and medium-sized computers. SCSI has given way to faster standards, such as Firewire and USB. 36GB/15K rpm HD's, and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition OS. Actual performance and power consumption will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
(2) Based on the SPECjbb2005 benchmark test performed by Dell Labs in December 2005 and April-May 2006 on a PE1950 with two dual core Intel Xeon 5160 (3.0Ghz Woodcrest) processors, 8GB 667Mhz FBD memory, 1x SATA (Serial ATA) A serial version of the ATA (IDE) interface, which has been the de facto standard hard disk interface for desktop PCs for more than two decades. The original Parallel ATA (PATA) interface was launched in 1986. 80GB/7.2K rpm HDD (Hard Disk Drive) See hard disk and HDD caddy.
HDD - hard disk drive , and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition OS as compared to a PE2850 with two dual core Intel Xeon 2.8Ghz (Paxville) processors, 8GB 400Mhz DDR2 memory, 1x SCSI 36GB/15K rpm HDD, and Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, SP1 OS. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
(3) Up to 45% performance gain in single threaded benchmarks (Woodcrest): Based on the SPEC CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. 2000 (integer-speed base) benchmark test performed by Dell Labs in January 2006 on the Dell Precision 690 with two Intel Xeon 5150 2.66GHz processors with dual-core, 4MB L2 cache and 1333MHz FSB (FrontSide Bus) See system bus.
FSB - front side bus (No HT available), 8GB DDR2 533 ECC (1) (Error-Correcting Code) A type of memory that corrects errors on the fly. See ECC memory.
(2) (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) A public key cryptography method that provides fast decryption and digital signature processing. FBD memory, 160GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2 as compared to the Dell Precision 670 with two Intel Xeon 3.8GHz processors with 2x 2MB L2 cache & 800MHz FSB (HT off), 2GB DDR2 ECC memory, 160GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
(4) Up to 155% performance gain in multi-threaded benchmarks (Woodcrest): Based on the SPEC CPU2000 (integer-rate base) benchmark test performed by Dell Labs in January 2006 on the Dell Precision 690 with two Intel Xeon 5150 2.66GHz processors with dual-core, 4MB L2 cache and 1333MHz FSB (No HT available), 8GB DDR2 533 ECC FBD memory, 160GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2 as compared to the Dell Precision 670 with two Intel Xeon 3.8GHz processors with 2x 2MB L2 cache and 800MHz FSB (HT off), 2GB DDR2 ECC memory, 160GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.
SPEC(R) and the benchmark name SPECjbb(R) are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) is a non-profit organization that aims to produce "fair, impartial and meaningful benchmarks for computers." SPEC was founded in 1988 and their goal is to ensure that the marketplace has a fair and useful set of metrics to . For the latest SPECjbb2005 benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org/jbb2005.