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Dell's PowerEdge 2950 servers have been designed to a behavioral specification that was developed by the computer manufacture to ensure consistency in the hardware's layout across the entire PowerEdge family. A master system image from a single easy-to-copy template ensures simplified software management and updates to BIOS, system drivers, firmware, operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap.  and applications. The 2950's 2U chassis features six internal drive bays that provide ample space for up to 1.8TB of hard drive storage. Up to two 5100 series dual-core Intel Xeon processors can be installed. When in 2900 series or 1900 series PowerEdge servers, the 5100 series Xeons can deliver up to 152 percent more performance than previous PowerEdge generations, according to Dell, and consume less power. Up to 32GB of fully-buffered DIMM (Dual In-Line Memory Module) A printed circuit board that holds memory chips and plugs into a DIMM socket on the motherboard. See memory module.

DIMM - Dual In-Line Memory Module
 memory and up to eight 2.5-inch 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.  drives can be addressed by the system, which also features PCI express technology and a TCP/IP offload engine See TOE.  that shunts the TCP/IP TCP/IP
 in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances.
 processing to a separate, dedicated processor on the server's embedded NICs (Network Interface Cards). This sharing of the workload extends the primary CPU's capabilities, for increased overall performance. The 2950 also features RAID configurations with a battery-backed cache, hot plug power supplies and fans, and an optional internal or external tape backup drives. The included baseboard management controller A baseboard management controller (BMC) is a specialized microcontroller embedded on the motherboard of many computers, especially servers. The BMC is the intelligence in the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) architecture.  monitors the server hardware and send alerts if faults occur. An optional Web-based graphic interface allows remote access and troubleshooting. Deli Inc., Round Rock, Texas.

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