Dell Unveils Via-Based XS11-VX8 Server
After building up anticipation earlier this month, Dell officially unveiled its XS11-VX8 server May 19. The Dell server uses Via Nano processors, and Dell allows its customers to pack 12 of these servers into a 2U chassis. Dell's use of low-power processors for this type of computing mirrors a similar effort from Super Micro Computer to incorporate Intel's Atom chip into a server system.After building up hype earlier this month, Dell officially launched its XS11-VX8 server system May 19. The new Dell server, which is designed for dense, Web 2.0 data center environments, uses Via Nano processors, which are more commonly seen in netbooks and low-cost laptops. For Dell, offering the XS11-VX8 server with Via Nano processors was a way to offer greater power efficiency and density in a smaller form factor system. According to Dell, users can pack up to 12 of these XS11-VX8 servers into a 2U (3.5-inch) chassis.
Dell is hoping to sell the XS11-VX8 server to companies that need thousands of x86-based servers in their data centers instead of a typical enterprise deployment of 10 or 20 systems. These types of "hyper-scale" companies include Web 2.0 and Web hosting businesses or enterprises interested in building out cloud computing environments in order to host or deliver applications through the Web.