Server News

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-02-28 Print this article Print


Server News

As for PowerEdge news, well, there was news, but not a lot of it. For example, Dell's PowerEdge servers already have open, flexible architectures; embedded intelligence (in 3.8 million already in production use); proactive OpenManage system management controls; and virtualization capability.

The 12th-generation PowerEdge is using more DRAM and NAND flash; cooler-running, multicore Intel Sandy Bridge processors and chipsets that save money on electricity and cooling costs; and new plug-ins for VMware vCenter and Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for MS System Center Configuration Manager. There also are simpler management console controls.

Digitally signed firmware updates are now available, and so is a new data wipe feature that kills data dead€”to borrow a phrase from an insect repellent company€”if needed. For more details on the new servers, go here.

Fluid Data Is the Operative Image

Naturally, everything is designed to move the data faster and more efficiently from server to storage to wherever. That's the Fluid Data concept€”an image stolen, frankly, from the Compellent storage division's marketing department.

Dell is banking that its transition into new markets is going to continue to pay increased dividends as it moves into tighter and meaner competition with IBM, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle as a go-to data center provisioner.

"When you look at the overall IT market, it's like $3 trillion worldwide," Dell said. "With a little more than $60 billion in revenue, we have about 2 percent of that total. So we think we have enormous growth opportunities in all those spaces: IT services, in software and in infrastructure."

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: editingwhiz.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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