Dell focuses on virtualization and high-performance computing for its next round of updates to its lines, which include new PowerEdge servers and the EqualLogic PS4000 storage array, as well as new consulting services. The new Dell products have been tailored to focus on the needs of both enterprise and SMBs.
announced a variety of business-centric products and services on June 17,
primarily servers and consulting offerings designed to make the creation of
data centers, and the implementation of virtualization, a more efficient task
for the enterprise and SMBs alike.
The company's small-to-midsize-business offerings
include the EqualLogic PS4000 storage array and the PowerVault NX3000 NAS (network-attached
storage) device. The former is designed to offer enterprise-class storage
virtualization, thin provisioning and management capabilities, while the latter
reduces duplicate files with SIS (Single-Instant Storage) technology while
sharing files across Windows and non-Windows clients. The NX3000 can also
double as an optional iSCSI target in the support of application data.
Dell is also introducing the PowerEdge T410 and T710 tower
servers, which are aimed specifically at both SMBs wrestling with small amounts
of space and businesses across the size range looking to boost their
At 24 inches deep, the short chassis of the PowerEdge
T410 is designed to compact itself into tight spaces and shallow racks. Both
the T410 and the T710 feature one-button deployment via the Lifecycle
Controller, and the T710 can include up to 16 drives for large local storage
On the high-performance computing end, Dell is also
introducing the PowerEdge R410, designed for intensive high-performance
computing workloads. The company claims these new servers have a 73 percent
performance improvement over the last generation, while also saving power. The
device includes the DMC (Dell Management Console) and Dell Lifecycle Controller
for simplified management.
In addition, Dell is pairing its new hardware lines
with a variety of consulting and other services designed to streamline
implementation into both SMBs and the enterprise. The Dell ProConsult offerings
include five consulting options designed to optimize the data center, each
focusing on a specific area: Platform Optimization & Virtualization, Data
Planning & Management, Disaster Recovery, Data Management, and Facilities
Dell is also offering two "business-ready"
virtualization configurations to introduce a virtual enterprise infrastructure
into a business. These two infrastructures include Data Center Virtualization
Configuration, which combines Dell PowerEdge M-series blades and EqualLogic
PS600 iSCSI storage technology, Cisco Catalyst networking switches, VMware
vSphere 4 and Platspin Migrate from Novell; and Small and Medium Business
Virtualization Configuration, which combines a variety of hardware, including
the PowerEdge R710 and the Dell PowerVault MD3000i, with Microsoft's
Other additions to Dell's virtual solutions line
include enhanced hypervisors, with support for VMware vSphere 4, Windows Server
2208 R2 Hyper-V and Citrix Essentials for XenServer 5.0; enhanced disaster
recovery with reduced application downtime and managed data protection; and
application virtualization. The Dell ProManage Virtual Server Remote Monitoring
and Reporting allows IT administrators improved visibility into VM performance,
to determine the average utilization of everything from processor to disk at
the VM level and to, ultimately, save time.