Some of you may have already heard of the Dell server announcements coming out of Oracle Open World this week. I thought I would take a minute to share some of the details with you. On Monday Dell announced the new PowerEdge R900, R200 and T105 servers as well as updates to its existing PowerEdge 1950, 2950 and 2900 servers. Dell also recently announced OpenManage 5.3, the latest version of Dell’s system management tools answering the call to simplify systems management (more on that later). And finally today Michael Dell and CTO Kevin Kettler gave a teaser of Dell’s next generation blades and virtualization-optimized server during his keynote speech. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with more details on the next-gen servers and Michael’s keynote.
On to the new servers. First off the PowerEdge R900. It’s Dell’s most powerful server and is packed with the latest in server technology. The R900 is a four-socket, 4U rack server running the new Intel Xeon 7300 series quad-core processors know as Tigerton. It has redundant power and fans, 4 embedded Gigabit Ethernet ports, 7 open PCIe slots, up to 1.5TB’s of internal storage and can scale to 128GB of memory (32 slots). We’ve heard that security is a major concern for our customers so we’ve added the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and locked-down internal USB features for added security. The R900’s expansion, security and performance capabilities make it ideal for databases, virtualized environments and mission-critical applications and services.
The PowerEdge R200 is a single-socket, 1U Intel-based rack server. It supports up to 8GB of memory, up to 1.5TBs of internal storage and has dual embedded Gigabit Ethernet ports. The R200 is designed for customer who need enterprise-class performance and management at a low cost of entry. It’s ideal for web-hosting, file/print services, gateway/firewall, DNS/DHCP or HPC compute nodes.
The PowerEdge T105 is a single-socket AMD-based tower server with a small footprint designed for small to medium sized businesses or workgroup environments requiring a dedicated application server, email server or file/print server. The T105 supports up to 8GB of memory and has an embedded Gigabit Ethernet port and a maximum internal storage capacity of 1.5TB’s.
I talked earlier about answering the call to simplify systems management. We’ve heard from our customers that they would like to see systems management simplified by reducing the number of tools and consoles to manage from. With the new OpenManage 5.3 we’ve done that and more. Besides being able to manage Dell servers from a single console, you can now also manage virtual machines, power and thermals.
Admins can now perform in-line hard drive firmware upgrades allowing for hard drive firmware upgrades from the management console without taking the server or drives off-line. This means less trips to your servers and no downtime required to perform upgrades. Dell has also partnered with Altiris, BMC Software, Dorado Software, LANDesk, Microsoft and Novell by embedding and certifying OpenManage components into their systems management applications allowing customers to manage their infrastructure from the applications of their choice.
In this vlog, Zelinda Yanez from the PowerEdge server team gives Lionel Menchaca a quick tour of some of the PowerEdge R900 features that I mentioned earlier.