Dell upgrades PowerEdge servers for mission-critical business apps

CEO Michael Dell discusses Dell server, storage and networking technologies as well as Dell’s end-to-end application solutions strategy.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dell has unveiled several new enterprise solutions designed to address enterprise customer challenges -- especially when it comes to handling mission-critical business applications faster.

Speaking at Dell's spring launch event on Monday morning, CEO Michael Dell explained that customers want to see solutions that make a difference for them, choices of where their data lives (i.e. server or cloud, etc.), and that the line between IT and business is really disappearing.

"We've transformed our business in the last few years," said Dell, explaining that his conglomerate has changed dramatically in the last five years, and now it's "not really a PC company but an end-to-end solutions company."

Achieving a $62.1 billion revenue last year, Dell has grown extensively thanks to a dozen acquisitions in the last year, with assets and technologies ranging from networking to cloud solutions.

Dell pointed out that the size of the enterprise solutions business unit at the Round Rock, Texas-based company has more than doubled, representing roughly half of the entire company's profit.

To continue the expansion and elevation of enterprise solutions, Dell announced a full portfolio of 12th generation blade, rack, and tower PowerEdge servers, based on the input of more than 7,700 customer responses in 17 countries.

These PowerEdge servers have been designed to work with Dell's existing storage and networking products, including Dell's Fluid Data Architecture for providing up to 10.5 times faster Microsoft SQL Server transactions than hard disk drive storage. The new PowerEdge servers will be available in the near future.

Dell's second major release of the day can be seen on its EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays with two new options for customers, which combine capacity and support for 10GB ethernet. These are both available immediately, including the PS4110 Series, which is ideal for smaller deployments and remote office locations.

Here's a rundown on the rest of the new and improved enterprise solutions introduced on Monday:

  • Dell's Virtual Network Architecture: Open framework for virtualizing, automating and orchestrating network services in a data center, campus and branch environments with support for 10GbE frameworks, including 10GbeE top-of-rack and 10/40 GbE distributed core fabrics
  • vStart for Dell Private Cloud: Enables businesses to deploy their own private clouds with accelerated application and IT service delivery with pre-built infrastractures (including the new PowerEdge servers)
  • Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions: Two desktop virtualization options intended to simplify PC management and security
  • Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance: Targeted towards mid-market and departmental users, this appliance is touted to enable customers to take advantage of business intelligence while being able to better organize, access and analyze data.