After ignoring the market for several years, Dell is bringing news
blades and a chassis to compete against similar offerings from HP and
Dell's new blade architecture is ready for prime time.
The Round Rock,
is announcing Jan. 21 that after much rumor and speculation, its new blade
architecture will now be available to customers starting this month. In
addition to new blades, Dell will be offering a new 10U (17.5-inch) PowerEdge
M1000e chassis that can hold up to 16 of the company's new "half-height,"
dual-socket blade servers.
It's the first time in several years that Dell has offered a new blade
architecture for customers. In that time, Hewlett-Packard has soared to become
the leader of this particular market, controlling about 42 percent of all
worldwide blade revenue in the third quarter of 2007, according to the latest
market report from
For the first time, revenue from blade shipments exceeded $1 billion in the
third quarter of 2007, which might account for one reason why Dell decided to
rejuvenate its hardware. Rick Becker, vice president for the Dell Product
Group, told eWEEK that he believes the company has made tremendous strides in
improving the power and cooling efficiency of its blades compared with previous
These improvements include nine hot-pluggable, redundant fans for the
chassis that use less power, while allowing the system to use the least amount
of fresh air possible to cool the chassis. The enclosure also includes a total
of nine power supplies and technology that allows the system to place lightly
loaded power supplies into standby, which increases energy efficiency.
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In addition, Dell has incorporated its OpenManage software into the new
PowerEdge M series, which Becker said will help reduce the complexity of
controlling the system and allows for remote management. These developments are
also part of Dell's "Simplify IT" initiative that
Michael Dell announced last year.
"What we are seeing these new blades used for are very dense deployments,
where power and cooling are major issues and customers need a very
specific blade solution," Becker said, adding that Dell is still dedicated to
its standard rack-mounted servers.
"We are very committed to blades when they are the right answers to the
right problems," Becker added. "This is all very much part of a complete data
center solution, and we see the M series as a way to address problems ranging
from virtualization to power management, and we believe that we have leaped
past anything the competition has to offer."
The M1000e chassis supports a number of different networking options,
including Ethernet, Fibre Channel and Infiniband. Dell is also introducing a
new feature called "Flex I/O," which allows users to scale the system and add
bandwidth as needed.