Merging Muscle and Innovation: Building Out a Scalable and Open Data Center

Exceeding customer expectations and instilling a sense of excitement is the goal of any new product introduction. Today, Dell is going beyond providing our customers with more raw computing power with the introduction of new Intel "Nehalem EX" based (7500 & 6500 series processor) systems. 

Our latest PowerEdge R910, M910, R810 and R815 servers are the company’s highest performing servers capable of tackling the toughest computing environments while easing the migration from proprietary UNIX deployments. These new servers are designed and optimized to help improve virtualization performance, speed resource consolidation and support mission-critical business and database applications.

In terms of performance, virtualization and management capabilities, I think we’ll have our competitors losing some sleep. Here’s a quick look at the latest additions to our PowerEdge portfolio:

  • PowerEdge R910: This 4U offering features a high-performance four-socket Intel Nehalem-EX processor, up to 64 DIMMs of memory, redundant power supplies and a failsafe embedded hypervisor to give customers the performance, reliability and memory scalability they need to run mission critical applications.

  • PowerEdge M910: This full-height, four-socket Nehalem EX based blade server can scale to 512GB of RAM across 32 DIMM slots. Additionally, with the 6500 series CPU’s from Intel, and the M910 provides the highest memory scalability of any two-socket Dell blade to date making it suitable for server virtualization and consolidation or for use as a medium or large database platform.


  • PowerEdge R810: This 2U offering is available in high-density two- or four-socket varieties and is powered by Intel Nehalem-EX processing technology. Through advances in memory management, 32 memory DIMMs can be accessed by just two low cost processors, enabling it to manage four socket workloads including virtualization and mid-sized database applications.

  • PowerEdge R815: Ideal for virtualization, high-performance computing, email messaging, and database workloads, the PowerEdge R815 powered by AMD Opteron processors offers customers an excellent balance of memory scalability of up to 32 DIMMs with the ability to deploy up to 48 processing cores. This four-socket, 2U solution is ideal for customers seeking a capable and affordable computing platform.

We’ve also added some unique features and capabilities that make our latest PowerEdge servers more compelling than ever. Here is just a glimpse of how we differentiated these servers:

  • FlexMemory Bridge Technology: Dell’s FlexMemory Bridge technology is designed to give users the added flexibility to select 2-socket PowerEdge blade and rack servers while accessing to up to 32 DIMM slots for outstanding memory scalability. The end result is that customers can receive expanded memory capacity without paying a premium price.

  • "Fail-Safe" Virtualization: Dell was one of the first companies to offer an embedded hypervisor, helping speed the deployment and operation of virtualization. Now Dell has taken an extra step to offer dual embedded hypervisors to help give customers the added security of a redundant hypervisor. This feature can provide customers peace of mind as they expand and increase the number of virtual machines running on an individual server.

  • Intelligent Infrastructure: Dell is driving intelligence into its server platforms with the availability of Lifecycle Controller, an embedded systems management application. Lifecycle Controller provides IT administrators with a single console view of their entire IT infrastructure while performing a comprehensive set of provisioning functions including system deployment, system updates, hardware configuration and diagnostics.

We also see an incredible opportunity here, since customers are adopting x86 computing architectures at the expense of RISC/UNIX server platforms, according to the latest research from IDC. UNIX-based systems are dying from the death of a thousand cuts.

Recently, IBM, HP, and Oracle have all talked about their focus on high end UNIX based platforms. These vendors continue to talk about performance, reliability, and support of mission critical applications. They continue to invest millions on top of millions on their proprietary, non-integrated platforms that are more expensive to maintain and operate for their customers.

Dell is taking a different path. This is why Dell focuses on standards based, connected technologies. It’s what is right for customers, its delivers TCO and ROI without the lock-in.

About the Author: Sally Stevens