Dell introduces two new data center products, the Dell PowerEdge 4220 and PowerEdge 2420 rack enclosures, designed to support Dell's vision of an energy-efficient and easy-to-manage data center. In addition, Dell announces that it will utilize Future Facilities' 6SigmaDC software suite in its data center consulting practice to help clients maximize their space utilization and energy efficiency.
unveiled two new data center rack enclosures, the Dell PowerEdge 4220 and
PowerEdge 2420, designed to support the Dell portfolio of servers and storage
The company also announced that its data center consulting practice will
henceforth utilize Future Facilities 6SigmaDC software suite to help customers
maximize data center space utilization and energy efficiency, via features such
as virtual design and 3-D modeling.
"We have a pretty holistic understanding of the ecosystem of the data center,"
Albert Esser, vice president of data center infrastructure for Dell, said in an
interview. "For each device we design, we put it within that
The PowerEdge 4220 and PowerEdge 2420 incorporate several features,
including flexible rear and side-rack power distribution unit (PDU) options
that make it easier to access power outlets within the rack, and air dams at
the front mounting posts to prevent hot air from leaking back to the front of
the servers and increasing server inlet air temperatures.
Cable management has also been simplified, with adjustable cable rings and
removable tail-bars at the top and bottom of the rack back frame. The PowerEdge
4220 rack has a static load bearing of 2,500 pounds, while the PowerEdge 2420
has a static load rating of 1,500 pounds.
Dell maintains that these improvements will translate into increased energy
efficiency for the data center infrastructure.
The company has made a concerted effort to beef
up its virtualization, server and storage offerings over the past few months.
In September 2008, they rolled out the Dell PowerEdge M905 and M805 blade
servers, and offered expanded support for Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer
and VMware ESX.
Feb. 25 report from IDC
showed that Dell, along with Hewlett-Packard, IBM
and Sun Microsystems, suffered from declining server systems revenue in the
fourth quarter of 2008, dragged down by a U.S.
economy in recession.
By utilizing Future Facilities' 6SigmaDC software suite for its data center-consulting
practice, Dell hopes to leverage Virtual Facility, which creates a
mathematically precise 3-D representation of the data center. In theory, this
would allow the creation of a more energy-efficient data center, and prevent
the costly purchasing of unnecessary equipment.
Dell and Future Facilities claim that the use of Virtual Facility will allow
issues to be identified before facilities are built, also saving costs.