Dell shows off servers, storage and blades
Dell unveiled 14 new enterprise products on Wednesday, including blade servers, workstations and storage systems, as it set out its wares for what will be one of its biggest product launches this year.
The company's announcement came a few days ahead of another major product launch, scheduled for 31 March, from rival company HP.
The examples shown here include a PowerEdge server, a Precision workstation and a Precision tower. There was also new management software, as well as new storage products, to fill out a bulging portfolio.
The Dell Precision T610, T7500, T5500 and T3500 towers were debuted, with Dell claiming they had the "broadest set of [independent software vendor] certifications" — this refers to the range of software companies that were prepared to certify that their software worked with the Dell hardware.
The towers will be available soon, Dell said. According to the company, the T7500, T5500 and T3500 are Dell's first systems based on the Intel Nehalem-based Xeon processor.
The PowerEdge R710 server provides the industry's "best performance per watt based on the SPECpower ssj2008 benchmark" said Dell, although the figure is based on tests Dell conducted in its own labs.
The PS6000 series of storage servers are essentially revamped versions of the EqualLogic 4000-series machines that Dell bought in 2008.
Enhancements over the original versions include faster access times, better disc protection and solid-state technology.They work as Sata and SAS disks and include the XV line, which has 1,500rpm drives.
The PS6000 has dual controllers. Capacities range from 250GB to 1TB, which gives array capacities from 2TB to 16TB. The SSDs are in capacities of 8GB or 16GB.
Dell wanted to impress that it has surpassed both HP and IBM with its breadth of offerings, and therefore came up with this picture showing masses of Dell server technology crammed onto one very big rack, from blades (at the bottom) to many different types of server.
For the big rollout of its new technologies, Dell chose the Oval, unfortunately in the off season.
A Dell executive tried to make a joke about cricket. He seemed to believe that the big cricket rivalry, was England versus Scotland. Nobody laughed.