Dell Unveils Highly Dense, Optimized Converged Architecture
The company's new PowerEdge FX solutions offer flexibility in hardware and software, enabling users to customize them to their workloads.AUSTIN, Texas—Dell is leveraging the high-end server features found in its latest-generation PowerEdge servers in a new, highly dense converged infrastructure that is designed to offer customers the flexibility needed to manage the fast-changing workloads driven by such trends as mobility, big data, cloud computing and the Internet of things. Dell officials announced the PowerEdge FX architecture at the Dell World 2014 show here Nov. 5, though CEO Michael Dell teased it during his press conference the night before, saying it offers higher density than any other such solution on the market. The PowerEdge FX offerings, which will be available in December, also fit with a larger industry push for infrastructure offerings that are more highly optimized for specific data center workloads. The PowerEdge FX solution can run a mix of Intel-based server, storage and networking products within its 2U (3.5-inch) enclosure. In addition, Dell officials noted the broad array of third-party software from such vendors as Microsoft and VMware that can run atop the hardware. Combined, the flexibility in hardware and software enables businesses to customize the architecture to fit whatever applications they need to run based on such metrics as performance and density, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, general manager of server solutions at Dell, said during a presentation here.
"This will allow us to make this architecture [adaptable] to our customers' worlds," Gorakhpurwalla said.