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Dell PowerEdge C5125 12-sled
Dell has introduced a new generation of low-power, high-density PowerEdge microservers.
The PowerEdge C5125 (pictured) and C5220 are designed for shared and cloud-computing infrastructures, along with dedicated hosting, Dell announced on Tuesday. Specifically, the compact structures of the servers are specialised for running non-virtualised applications on dedicated physical servers, as Facebook has admitted to doing with test microservers.
"One of the most important attributes of the PowerEdge C5125 and C5220 is the density. By packing 12 one-socket servers in a 3U form factor, these systems deliver four times the density of more conventional 1U servers," wrote Barton George, a cloud-computing evangelist at Dell, on a blog post on Tuesday. "This translates to four times less floor space, cabling and racks, all of which means greater revenue per square foot for web hosters and datacentre operators."
Each server can feature up to 12 single-socket server sleds in a single 3U chassis. According to Dell, the servers — produced by Dell's Data Centre Solutions division — cost 75 percent less to cool than comparable HP or IBM 1U [one-rack unit] servers.
The C5125 is AMD-based and will be available in April, while the C5220 uses Intel's Xeon or Core i3 Sandy Bridge processors and will be available in May.
The chassis for the new PowerEdge server family is the C5000 'Viking' chassis, which Dell outlined in September.
The launch follows the announcement by Intel in early March that it plans to push into the microserver category with its Xeon, Sandy Bridge and Atom processors.